21
Oct

Taking a look at a record-setting day in the UEFA Champions League

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Let us ask you guys one question: Do you like goals?

You do?

Then you were probably doing cartwheels while watching the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

FORTY goals were scored in all, a new record for a single day with eight matches on the agenda — 44 were scored in Oct. 1997, but there were 12 games under the old format — and we put all of them in one video for your viewing pleasure here.

You’re welcome.

It wasn’t the only record set on Tuesday.

Shakhtar Donetsk put in seven goals on their own against BATE Borisov — as did Bayern Munich at Roma — and were already up 6-0 by halftime, the largest lead ever in a Champions League match at the half.

The 7-0 final score also marked the biggest away win in the competition’s history:

Of those seven goals, Luiz Adriano scored FIVE, making him only the second player — equaling Barcelona’s Lionel Messi total versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 — ever to score that many in one Champions League match. Being in the company of Messi is never a bad thing!

The Brazilian also scored four in one half, the first time that has been achieved, and did so in just 17 minutes, another record.

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Wednesday, you have a lot to live up to!

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21
Oct

World-class grass: League One club uses confiscated grow lamps on pitch

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It’s high time football clubs got serious about recycling. Rochdale AFC, a team in England’s third division, League One, is doing just that.

Oli Makin, the grounds manager of the Manchester area club, is repurposing marijuana growing lamps, confiscated by police, to help bolster Rochdale’s pitch.

Spotland stadium, which is also home to the Rochdale Hornets rugby league club, gets quite a bit of wear and tear.

Makin told BBC that he got the idea from Notts County FC, who tried the same thing last year. 

"I can’t thank police enough," Makin told the BBC. "It has saved the club a fortune and the players will be happy, especially the goalkeeper."

Professional grade growing lamps don’t come cheap: they cost between $40,000 and $50,000 apiece.

(Image: Getty)

20
Oct

Paderborn’s Marvin Ducksch hits incredible volley goal

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Newly-promoted Paderborn continue to stir up the Bundesliga with good results and even better goals in their debut season.

Last month, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke a league record with a goal from 80 yards (!) out, and, on Sunday, Marvin Ducksch put away this tidy finish to help Paderborn to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt:


Tipped by most experts to finish in last place before the season, Paderborn have instead lost just two of their first eight games — and those defeats were to first-placed Bayern and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach — to put them securely in the top half of the table. With a few more golazos, the surprise team of the season might even stay there.

20
Oct

No touching! Goalkeeper sent off for patting opponent’s bum

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In what has to be a first in all of professional sports, CD Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales was sent off in a recent Honduran top flight match for patting an opponent on the butt.

Real Sociedad striker Eris Hernandez received a couple love taps from Morales after the latter scooped up a harmless ball in the area and got ready to punt the ball up-field. Basically, it’s something you’ve probably seen thousands of times before and will see thousands of times more.

"Butt" to the surprise of everyone, the referee called play back, and after a brief discussion with his assistant - who seemed to had made the call - showed Morales the red card.

Huh!?

Was this the linesman’s first night on the job and he didn’t know this is a thing? Is he just an extreme homophobe? Did Hernandez have a restraining order against Morales or something? We’ll probably never know what was “behind” this puzzling ejection.

H/T Pies

19
Oct

Marcelo Bielsa sits down on cup of hot coffee, hilarity ensues

A classic moment straight out of “The Three Stooges” went down on Sunday during Marseille’s 2-0 victory over Toulouse at Stade Vélodrome on Sunday.

Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa — who opts to sit on coolers instead of those big comfy dugout chairs for some reason — accidentally took a load off right onto a cup of hot coffee:

Ouch! The good news is that Marseille padded its Ligue 1 lead over Paris Saint-German to seven points.

(h/t BT Sport Football)

18
Oct

Most obvious foul in history does not get called a foul

No blood, no foul?

Bradford City’s Rory McArdle literally picked up and tossed Sheffield United's Stefan Scougall to the ground on Saturday and the referee just stood there and waved 'play on.'

Have you ever seen anything like this?

All that was missing was an RKO

H/T SBNation

18
Oct

Dundee midfielder celebrates goal with real-life ‘RKO out of nowhere’

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If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard of the viral “RKO” craze featuring WWE star Randy Orton and his signature finishing move. Dozens of Vine videos in and outside the sports world have been doctored to feature Orton delivering a flying “RKO out of nowhere,” and they are all hilarious.

On Saturday, Dundee FC’s Gary Harkins took it to a whole new level, acting out the RKO out of nowhere to celebrate Dundee’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Motherwell:

Amazing. 

For reference, here are some of the very best RKOs out of nowhere:

H/T FTW

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18
Oct

Wesley Sneijder scores pair of golazos in Galatasaray win

imageBitter rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were deadlocked at 0-0 in the final minutes of Saturday’s Super Lig bout when Wesley Sneijder decided to TURN UP.

In the 88th minute, the Dutch international decided to let it fly from a good 25 yards and buried his screamer into the top corner for the Galatasaray lead:

And because it worked out so well the first time, Sneijder unleashed another worldie just two minutes later to make it 2-0:

Hey defense, how about someone steps up on that guy?

Fenerbahce pegged one back in injury time, but it was too little too late (and too much Sneijder) to prevent Galatasaray’s win.

H/T 101GG

18
Oct

Bench collapse provides funniest team picture of all time

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Derry City were posing for their official team picture this past week when suddenly the bench in the first row collapsed. We all owe whoever was able to take a snapshot of the carnage a huge “Thank You.”

The second attempt went much more smoothly:

H/T Yahoo!Sports

18
Oct

Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius

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Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

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