Hey! Take it easy!
Hey! Take it easy!
"If you can save a cannonball, you can save a penalty kick!"
Perhaps taking a page out of Patches O’Houlihan’s book (from the movie Dodegball), a group of Slovenian soccer players utilized a rather violent new drill for their goalkeeper training.
Believed to be associated with fourth-tier side SD Gorišnica, a couple players are seen lighting up makeshift football cannons and firing them off at their teammate from a frighteningly short distance. While the first ball fails to launch, the second one nearly decapitates the poor keeper, who at that point scurries out of the net faster than a shark out of water.
Something tells us that this new training method probably won’t catch on.
Image via: Eurosport
This could have just been an unfortunate oversight from Sky Sports, but would you be surprised one bit if the graphics producer is actually a United fan and aired out some wishful thinking?
After two consecutive defeats at Old Trafford (the first time United have lost back-to-back home games since 2002), the Red Devils sit in ninth place, thirteen points off the pace of league leaders Arsenal. Fans are growing increasingly unhappy, and Moyes is officially on the hot seat.
Maybe that graphic should be saved in the system, just in case?
Because while the error was likely just that — a mistake — Sunday’s back cover of the Daily Star reflects United fans’ sentiments much more bluntly.
Newcastle’s first team held their annual Christmas party on Sunday, and luckily Sammy Ameobi took plenty of pictures.
Fresh off a tremendous win against the defending Premier League champions Man United, the team decided to let loose and dress up like it’s Halloween, with plenty of superheros, cross-sport stars, and even a Chewbacca in attendance. Ameobi is the teenage mutant ninja turtle, but we can’t quite make out who everyone else is. Maybe you can?
Take a look:
Well, we do know who this one is. Looks like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a rough night!
Do we have a fortune teller among our ranks at FOX Sports 1?
Crowd Goes Wild’s resident soccer enthusiast Trevor Pryce correctly predicted the World Cup group for the United States earlier this week.
Anticipating that it was the USA’s turn to end up in the “Group of Death,” Pryce listed Germany, Ghana and Portugal as his guesses for who the US would face in a segment on Wednesday’s show. The odds of getting that perfectly right were approximately 1 in 4,000.
Just call him the Prophet of Doom!
We at the FOX Soccer Blog wish he was completely wrong, but now we’re just scared. Pryce also said he think the USA would finish last in the group.
You’ve got your work cut out for you, Yanks.
Uh, someone at UEFA might want to wake up the graphics producer.
PSV’s Jeffrey Bruma may not be a world star, but as a member of the Dutch national team you’d expect television crews to at least know his name.
Image via 101GG
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and appreciating how well we have it, not to mention the fattest day of the year. In honor of this this day, we’ll run down a list of things that we are thankful for this year, as told through GIFs.
We’re thankful for:
Ronaldo being in top form…
…and getting some help from his friends
Jurgen Klopp, the most fun manager in soccer…
…except when he’s angry
The Snow Bowl…
…FA Cup upsets…
…and Champions League classics
Mario Balotelli finally being happy…
…we mean really happy
Sticking it to the refs
The ‘Harlem Shake’ (it was fun while it lasted, don’t lie)
Celebrating the end of legendary eras…
…and not-so-legendary ones
YOU! Our great fans
(Sorry, wrong one)
The occasional, technical difficulties…
…and on field difficulties…
…and whatever this was:
That the World Cup is in Brazil next year…
…and that Neymar will be in it
And Zlatan, one more time, because he won’t :(
Image via Twitter/@sambagnallphoto
If you needed any more proof that we all watch too much TV, here it is.
Wolverhampton striker Leigh Griffiths scored in a League One match Tuesday, and simply wanted to dedicate the goal to a family member who had recently passed on.
He lifted his shirt to reveal the message, “R.I.P Brian.”
Have you figured it out yet?
As most people with internet access know, another, more widely-known Brian passed away recently — the dog from the hit FOX comedy show Family Guy. The show killed off its lovable, four-legged character in Sunday’s episode, causing such a massive uproar among fans that it has caught the attention of even occasional TV viewers. It even triggered an online petition on Change.com, which reads:
"The writers of family guy didn’t just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America’s dog!"
Clearly, this has been a huge deal.
So on Tuesday, when Griffiths revealed his undershirt — OK, this is too weird. The guy’s name is almost Griffin — many thought they put two and two together and reported that the Wolves player had pulled off a cheeky tribute to Brian the cartoon character! Even Wolverhampton’s newspaper thought so (the tweet has since been deleted):
— Express & Star Sport (@EandS_Sport) November 26, 2013
The rumor made its round to many social media outlets, before his club team eventually cleared up the misinterpretation:
As mentioned, it’s a family member of Leigh’s who passed away recently and nothing to do with Family Guy.— Wolves (@OfficialWolves)
It’s hard to say what Griffiths thought of the mix-up as his Twitter account is private, but we would like to think he’s happy. After all, his tribute has now been seen by quite a few more people than he thought!
And for those still mourning TV Brian, here’s a special tribute:
Every once in a while, a shot is hit so badly off the mark, shanked so sky-high that the TV announcer will joke, “This one’s hit to the moon!,” or “This shot’s off to (insert geographic location outside the grounds here)!”
Well this weekend, Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta literally blasted a ball out of the stadium.
Kakuta, who along with fellow Blues player Lucas Piazon is on loan at Eredivisie leaders Vitesse Arnhem, scored in the team’s 3-0 win over the Go Ahead Eagles (that’s actually their name; take note, Hull City Tigers, it could be worse) on Sunday.
Perhaps brimming with optimism after that goal, Kakuta went for a long-distance shot just ten minutes later. Unfortunately, this time he launched the ball straight out of the (admittedly tiny) 8,000-seat De Adelaarshorst grounds. A lucky, unsuspecting passer-by then scooped up the ball and happily went on his way with what could be an excellent present just in time for the holiday season.
Shouldn’t something like this only happen in baseball?
(H/T Dirty Tackle)