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Nearly everyone expected massive underdog Tahiti to get crushed by every opponent they faced in the Confederations Cup, and that’s precisely what’s happened so far after their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Nigeria.
While they may not have the most talent in the tournament, you can argue that Tahiti has more pride than any other team. They have considered it a blessing to be in the tournament at all and are enjoying every minute of it.
Despite being blown out, the official Tahiti football Twitter showed just how much pride they have:
GOAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAHITI!!!!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!! #NeverGiveUp Tehau HERO!!!!!!— Tahiti Football (@TahitiFootball)
— Tahiti Football (@TahitiFootball)
VAHIRUA IS BETTER THAN MESSI #GoTahiti— Tahiti Football (@TahitiFootball)
Alright, maybe that last tweet was a little overambitious, but credit Tahiti fans and supporters for getting behind the team no matter what.
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and Mario Balotelli making headlines.
In the past two months alone, the Italian striker offered his girlfriend to Real Madrid players if they could come back from a 4-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals, he took his $300,000 Ferrari onto a go kart track after he was banned from go karting, and he got himself into a Twitter battle with Usain Bolt.
Late in Italy’s Confederations Cup match vs. Mexico, Balotelli broke the 1-1 draw with a 78th minute game winning goal. After the match, he dedicated the goal to his favorite rapping superstar:
this gol is for my bro @Drake !!! STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE!!— Mario balotelli (@FinallyMario)
Drake was kind enough to retweet the dedication. Whether or not Drake reacted to Balotelli’s goal like Italy’s famous broadcaster Tiziano Crudeli remains a mystery:
Guessing the tax scandal hasn’t been much of a distraction for Lionel Messi, at least not on the field.
Messi scored three of Argentina’s four goals in an easy friendly win over Guatemala last night, pushing him ahead of legend Diego Maradona on the all-time scoring list and into second place, where he is tied with Hernan Crespo on 35 goals.
So who does Messi have left to catch? The one and only Gabriel Batistuta! “Batigol” tops the list with 56 golazos, so Messi still has quite a bit of work to do in that department.
Maybe Wesley Sneijder isn’t washed up yet after all. The Dutch star, who forced his way out of Inter but failed to impress for Galatasaray in the Champions League this season, rediscovered the swagger that made him one of the most skillful, feared midfielders in the world just a couple years ago. Look at that delightful back-heel!
This weekend in Poland, we received a big reminder that it’s still OK to have fun and be a kid.
In a wet and slippery match between Grom Prace Male and GC United Gassy, striker Trykacz Jaroslaw scored the lone goal for Gassy. His teammates wanted to make sure they celebrated properly, so they took to the air and leapt into the biggest puddle they could find, splashing the opponents in the process.
While Gassy ended up losing 2-1, they certainly win the “most entertaining celebration” award in our book.
One of our favorite parts about the dreaded summer break in soccer: nostalgic all-star games! Today, past Real Madrid and Juventus greats faced off against each other in the “Corazon Classic,” a star-studded affair that included the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Edgar Davids, Luis Figo, Fabrizio Ravanelli, and Roberto Carlos. There was no shortage of moments that made you wish we were back in the late ’90s-early ’00s.
First there’s Luis Figo being all vintage Luis Figo:
Then Zidane decided to casually carry the ball on his head for a moment:
Sighhh. Time to break out the old Panini sticker books and soak up the nostalgia.
The end result? Real’s oldies won 2-1.