26
Sep

Gareth Bale accidentally runs over a woman’s foot

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

First, fans kicked his car after he didn’t stop to take pictures and sign autographs. So this week, when he did pause while driving to give the fans what they wanted, things still didn’t go to plan.

When he drove off, Bale accidentally ran over a woman’s foot. Owwww.

Luckily, she appears to be fine — and now she can tell all her friends that one of the world’s best soccer stars graced her foot with the tire of his car!

(H/T SB Nation)

16
Aug

Pitch invader takes halfway decent free kick

imageJust look at the form - and those kicks. Perfect. (Photo: Action Images)

Most pitch invaders storm the field in hopes of hugging their favorite player, or snapping selfies with as many stars as possible. 

But on the opening day of the Premier League, one fan took a different route, and elected to show off his football skills. He saw the opportune moment as Spurs lined up to take a free kick and pounced with lightning quick speed.

Christian Eriksen looked just devastated that the strike didn’t go in. And to be honest, his ensuing free kick wasn’t any better than the pitch invader’s attempt.

Maybe Blackpool should consider giving the fan a call.

11
Aug

Newcastle won’t let Ben Arfa join their fan session so he’s having his own

Hatem Ben Arfa is almost certainly on his way out at Newcastle. After on-going “personality problems” and reportedly showing up to preseason overweight, manager Alan Pardew has demoted Ben Arfa to the reserve team, and gave away his number 10 to new signing Siem de Jong.

The club has now gone a step further and banned Ben Arfa from a fan session at St. James’ Park. Instead of missing out on meeting and greeting Newcastle fans, the talented attacker is taking matters into his own hands.

Ben Arfa has organized his own fan session at a Newcastle bookshop called The Back Page, where he won’t sign autographs, but he will mingle with Magpies fans.

imageWho needs the club’s approval anyway? Not Hatem! (Facebook)

Not only is Ben Arfa defying the club, he’s doing is just down the street from the stadium and on the same night - Tuesday - as the club’s official fan session.

Way to stick it to the man, Hatem, and win over quite a few Toon fans in the process.

11
Aug

Clint Dempsey gives child his kit for a couple of handfuls of popcorn

Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, and as expected, was a little bit hungry after the match ended. Where could the Seattle Sounders striker find himself some food?

Aha! The small child sitting field-side with the giant bucket of popcorn. Surely he’d want to share with the USA star, right?

Well, there had to be something for the little kid to get in return for his precious popcorn. Clint gratefully obliged:

So Dempsey gets a stomach full of popcorn, and the little boy gets a sweaty, game-worn (and absolutely priceless) jersey. Seems like a fair trade.

But for real Clint, you’re the man.

(H/T SB Nation)

4
Aug

Reading FC’s Royston Drenthe invites fans over for FIFA tournament

imageImage via Instagram/@rawroya

Your weekend was probably not as cool as that of the six guys in the above picture.

That is because those lucky lads spent Sunday evening at Royston Drenthe’s house taking part in a surprise FIFA 14 tournament!

One day earlier, the Dutch midfielder posted the following message to his Instagram:

"Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA14 & is a Reading fan living in reading like this pic & tomorrow I will choose 4 people to come to mine to play a FIFA14 tournament winner gets a nice prize which will be revealed tomorrow, drop your number on here & hope for a call."

Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA, huh?

After probably receiving the phone numbers of every single Reading citizen that owns the video game, Drenthe ended up picking six winners (instead of four) to come by his house the next day to see who would take home the “nice prize.”

Of course, Drenthe documented the entire tournament on Instagram, even providing live commentary that would make Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray proud:

After a few hours, the winner was crowned and Drenthe handed out the mystery prize - an authentic Drenthe Reading jersey (shocker!).

Apparently, Drenthe had so much fun hosting that he is set to do it again. He captioned this last Instagram picture with a promise to hold another tournament next month, albeit in his native Holland.

17
Jul

PSV plans stadium section for blind and visually impaired fans

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(Image: PSV Media)

PSV Eindhoven is taking fan hospitality to the next level.

The team’s home base, Philips Stadium, will now have a special section in the stands for visually impaired fans.

According to the press release, the section will have room for 20 fans with vision impairments.

The specialized seats will come with headsets that will broadcast game commentary so that fans can enjoy the atmosphere and still be able to follow the action on the pitch.

Th go-ahead for the season long project came after a successful trial during the PSV/FC Groningen match last year. If this season is a success, PSV will consider expanding the number of seats.

(h/t R/soccer)

4
Jul

Tim Howard shows epic defense again as he blocks a hug from a fan

Tim Howard has become something of a national hero after his unbelievable string of saves ensured the USA came out of the World Cup with their heads held high.
Memes, a petition to the White House and phone calls from Barack Obama - just some of the hullabaloo surrounding Howard’s heroics.
The Everton and US keeper returned to Los Angeles to an excited mob of fans at LAX. He seemed happy to pose for photos and sign autographs, but one male fan decided to go too far and dive in for the hug. Just as at the World Cup, Howard denied the man access.
(H/T: NESN)
20
Jun

Police investigating surprisingly able wheelchair fans at the World Cup

According to the Independent, police in Brazil are investigating incidents where supposedly disabled patrons have leapt out of their wheelchairs to celebrate goals. 

Fans were captured on CCTV and social media standing in the disabled section during the opening game at Sao Paulo. Police believe that tickets for the section were illegally transferred. 

FIFA has previously released tickets for the sections, citing a lack of demand. However, re-selling a ticket for more than face value is a crime in Brazil — and the disabled section tickets sell for less than half the cost of those in the regular sections.

Never ones to miss a chance for a joke, some Brazilians have cited the pictures as evidence that this World Cup is creating miracles. The police aren’t seeing the funny side of it, however.

(H/T Independent)

19
Jun

England fans reportedly attacked by crowd in Sao Paulo

According to multiple reports, a group of England fans were attacked by a crowd in São Paulo ahead of the team’s World Cup match against Uruguay on Thursday.

The Daily Mail reports that 10 England fans were taken to the hospital after being injured by firecrackers.

Local police said one of the attackers threw improvised explosive devices at English fans drinking at a bars close to the city’s official FIFA Fan Fest. Those that got close to the fans tried tearing off their English soccer jerseys:

Police arrested 15 people and confiscated weapons including knives and brass knuckles:

The British Consulate confirmed via Twitter that they were aware of the incident:

(h/t Mashable)