2
Sep

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a spin in McLaren supercar with Jenson Button

Of all the “untouchable” players during the transfer window, Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to be among the top of the list.

So, with the transfer deadline on Monday, what’s a guy to do on one of football’s busiest days? Ronaldo spent his time with one of the world’s premier Formula One drivers, Jenson Button.

The Portuguese star hopped in a pair of McLaren supercars with Button, taking a ride around the circuit and doing a few donuts, all the while receiving instruction on how to drive the vehicle.

Ronaldo was admittedly a bit tense during the lesson, saying, “He tried to teach me some stuff, but he was going so fast I didn’t take a lot of attention because I was like in the pressure to hold everything so strong.”

The “lesser” of the supercars, the McLaren 650S, boasts over 600 horsepower, while the McLaren P1 (or “bad boy” as Button calls it), cranks out over 700 horsepower.

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Even a guy that looks like that couldn’t help but blush at all that raw power.

(h/t Bleacher Report, Image: Getty)

1
Sep

How not to do Social Media: Leeds United fans aren’t too happy with their club’s Twitter account

A little more than an hour remained on Deadline Day when Leeds United’s Twitter account sent out a tweet teasing their fans that more deals were set to be done by the club.

The Championship club got their fans all worked up, expecting some new additions to a squad hoping to secure a much higher finish than the previous season.

The first deal to come through saw Leeds striker Matt Smith complete a move to Fulham. Not exactly what the Elland Road faithful were hoping for. But there had to be at least one inbound player, right? RIGHT?

Nope. Two minutes before the transfer window closed, Leeds announced another departure. Well, maybe a post-deadline announcement was imminent?

Wrong again.

We can’t repeat them here, but the responses to Leeds’ final tweet give you a colorful picture of how the fans feel about staying up for an extra hour or so just to see two players sold. Not many will ever trust the @LUFC account again.

1
Sep

Sky reporter uses vanishing spray to keep QPR fans under control

You can always count on some wacky things to happen during Sky Sports’ coverage of Deadline Day. (Considering how many consecutive hours their reporters spend outside of stadiums across England, it’s surprising that more shenanigans don’t happen.)

With about 5 hours before the transfer window closed on Monday, Gary Cotterill used a unique method of keeping the rowdy QPR fans behind him at bay: vanishing spray.

The fans seem happy to oblige Gary, standing the designated four feet away from him behind the white line. They’re more well-behaved than some actual footballers, who are happy to sneak a step beyond the disappearing line.

1
Sep

Zenit make the best deadline day signing: Bart Simpson

imageIt’s not often that mascots get transfer day love, but sometimes the new signing is just that popular.

Zenit St. Petersburg seem to think so.

Take a look at their latest squad addition: Bart Simpson. Manager Andre Villas-Boas seems mighty pleased with the deal.

Don’t worry about Bart’s health though, Zenit put him through a fitness test.

imageBart also joined the squad in training and there’s video of the mascot’s first day, take a look here.

(Images courtesy FC Zenit)

31
Aug

This is a spectacular own-goal from the German fifth tier

There are own-goals, and then there is this fantastic screw up by Zamir Daudi of TGM SV Jügesheim.

It takes a certain amount of skill to put the ball into your own net while you are facing away from it, but that’s just what Daudi did:

There’s a certain twisted beauty in scoring an own goal that bad.

31
Aug

Junior Malanda is having a rough start to the Bundesliga season

It was just last Friday that Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda had this horrendous miss against Bayern Munich.

As if he wasn’t already embarrassed enough, this happened on Saturday:

The poor guy just cannot catch a break. Maybe it’s a good thing the international break is coming up. He could probably use some time to reflect (and practice finishing).

31
Aug

Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit

30
Aug

Russian defender lights up Shakhtar Donetsk striker with vicious clothesline

Well, that’s certainly one way to stop a striker from getting past you.

When Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano tried to collect a long clearance and head toward goal, FC Illychivets Oleksandr Chyzhov decided to stop the striker by launching a bone-crushing clothesline.

Seriously, it was like something straight out of the WWE:

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Adriano dropped in a heap and was immediately out cold. Chyzhov clearly knew he’d landed a significant blow, as he frantically waved for the physio staff to come to Adriano’s aid.

Stunningly, Chyzhov wasn’t sent off for the incident, and fortunately for everybody, Adriano was reportedly fine after being stretchered off the pitch.

A few more “clothesline from hell” moves and Chyzhov could kick-start a new career for himself with the WWE like John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

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(h/t Metro, Image: Getty)

30
Aug

Schalke tip cap to miners with awesome new stadium tunnel

Schalke have paid homage to the mining community that supports their side by revamping a tunnel in the Veltins-Arena stadium to look like a coal mine.

The club is nicknamed “the Miners” because of the area’s history of mining, and it’s pretty awesome to see Schalke embracing it.

With clubs like Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich lining up in the dark, imposing tunnel alongside Schalke’s squad, we’d say the pregame intimidation factor gets a bump in Schalke’s favor.

Let’s just take one more look at that:

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Awesome stuff.

(h/t Metro)

29
Aug

David Beckham fell off his motorcycle, but don’t worry, he’s mostly OK

The English football icon has been making the most of his retirement, spending a lot of time indulging in some of his other hobbies. One of his favorites is riding motorcycles. 

Earlier this summer, a documentary called “Into The Unknown,” starring David Beckham was released, highlighting his travels through Brazil on his motorcycle.

While Beckham may be able to tackle the difficulties of riding through the Amazon, it seems that Golden Balls had a bit more trouble cruising down the Sunset Strip. According to TMZ, Beckham had to lay down his bike in the middle of the street to avoid paparazzi.

Now it looks like Becks may have injured his wrist in the accident. At least it wasn’t the moneymaker!

It’s clear that Beckham is certainly enjoying his retirement, but we all would like him stay in one piece, please.