19
Jul

Liga MX is back and already providing wacky entertainment

Anyone that watches Liga MX knows that crazy things happen all the time, and today’s match between Leon and America was no exception. The Apertura is barely underway, and Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough has put himself in the running for blunder of the season with this one:

From the slip to holding the ball out to chucking it back over the line, this is golden material for a soccer blooper reel. 

The only question is why did he hold on? WHY? Put it over the bar, punch it out — anything but exactly what he did would’ve worked out just fine.

7
Jun

This is what happens when fair play goes horribly wrong

It’s common practice for a team to kick the ball out of bounds when an opponent is injured, and then for an opposing player to return it to them. They teach that to you when you’re a kid: play fair. 

It’s usually a straight-forward event, and the match continues without further incident.

But sometimes this courteous gesture goes, horribly, terribly wrong:

And because this happened in the 90th minute of the match, Polonia Warsaw wasn’t able to continue the fair play tradition and walk the ball back into their own net (though, to be fair, it wasn’t really their fault the keeper was daydreaming).

Welcome to the blooper reel, Blekitni Gabin goalkeeper. You’ll be on it forever.

(H/T SB Nation)

16
Apr

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech shows off sick drumming skills

When Petr Cech isn’t busy trying on new headgear or keeping balls out of Chelsea’s net, he loves rocking out on the drums.

He’s already played together with Queen drummer Roger Taylor and performed live at a Czech music festival, and now Cech is hitting up the recording studio! In the video above, the former World Goalkeeper of the Year records the drumming part for Czech band Eddie Stoilow’s cover of the track ‘Baby.’

And just like opposing strikers on weekends, the drums and cymbals stand little chance.

H/T OffThePost

29
Mar

Javi Lopez, part-time goalkeeper?

What happens when your goalkeeper gets a red card and you don’t have any subs left? One the the most entertaining events in soccer: a field player hops in goal.

When Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla was sent off against Barcelona in the 83rd minute, Javi Lopez stepped up to the challenge. He probably felt guilty for the penalty kick he gave up earlier in the match that gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead, and decided to take one for the team. Literally.

Usually, this field-player-in-goal scenario goes one of two ways.

1) Hilariously awful goalkeeping
2) Incredible save by someone who has no business doing it

Today, Lopez did the latter.

Cat-like reflexes. But, while Lopez’s impressive goalkeeping skills kept Barcelona from striking again, 10-man Espanyol couldn’t find the equalizer. Still, he can add this gem to his highlight reel.

19
Mar

Goalkeeper converts first-ever penalty for match-winner

Universidad de Chile fans must have been rubbing their eyes in disbelief when Johnny Herrera stepped up to take a penalty kick in a scoreless game against Copa Libertadores opponents Real Garcilas. Why?

A) Herrera has never taken a penalty kick before

B) Herrara is the team’s goalkeeper.

Though most players — let alone goalkeepers — without any penalty experience would shy away from the spot, Herrara stepped up, and, wouldn’t you know it, coolly struck it past his opposite number Diego Carranza.

It was the only goal of the match and sent Universidad de Chile to the top of their group, proving the old adage true yet again: No guts, no glory.

(H/T Pies)

25
Feb

Valdes wants Premier League move

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ contract runs out of the end of this season and the Spain international is looking for a move elsewhere. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Manchester City and Liverpool have been put on red alert after Valdes revealed he hopes for a transfer to a Premier League side. 

Valdes is regarded as one of Barcelona’s greatest ever keepers, having won 19 trophies, including three Champions League titles and five La Liga titles.

For this rumor and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.

14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

29
Jan

Iker Casillas hasn’t given up a goal in three months

Nov. 27, 2013. That’s the last time someone scored on Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. It was Galatasaray’s Umut Bulut in the Champions League.

Since then, Casillas and the Real Madrid defense have been impenetrable. On Tuesday, as Los Blancos booked their spot in the Copa del Rey semifinals, Casillas broke the club record of 682 minutes without conceding a goal. He passed Paco Buyo’s mark of 658 minutes, set in the 1994-95 season.

But what’s even more impressive is that in those 11 hours and 22 minutes, Casillas has only had to make 13 saves. For those doing the math, that’s less than two saves every 90 minutes.

He should treat his defense to a nice night on the town.

24
Jan

Goalkeeper scolded for falling out of tree trying to save cat

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If you saw a cat stuck in a tree, would you save it?

Victor Francoz did, but paid dearly for it. The French goalkeeper for English semi-pro side Oxford City fell out of the tree and injured himself while trying to save a cuddly feline. Francoz will have to miss two weeks of action thanks to a deep gash in his calf. And to make matters worse, his coach Mike Ford has “no sympathy” for the fallen hero.

Ford told The Oxford Mail:

"It’s ridiculous. I’ve not got any sympathy for him at all because he’s done it to himself. He fell out of a tree when he was trying to get a cat.

He’s got a deep cut and unfortunately now we don’t have Victor because he’s gone back to France for a couple of weeks to have treatment. You just don’t get professional players climbing trees.”

The 23-year-old signed for the club this past summer with hopes of a playing career in England, but will now be unable to take part in Oxford’s next few games. His worst-case scenario? The fireman stunt may cost him his place as first-choice goalkeeper.

Dude, next time try 911.

H/T The Guardian