2
May

Series Recap: ‘Rise as One’ offers inside look at soccer’s storied history

The groundbreaking documentary series, “Rise as One,” presented by Budweiser and FOX Sports, showcased six of the most unique soccer stories from around the world.

Now is your change to re-live some of the greatest moments, seen below:

Power of Unity: The Japanese women’s national team overcame intense personal pain to inspire their country after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The story was truly uplifting and one of the best moments in sports to date:

Breaking Barriers: The United States men’s national team and Iran went head-to-head at the 1998 World Cup amid volatile politics and intense scrutiny, which helped break diplomatic tension — albeit for a short moment in time — on the world stage:

One Nation: Les Bleus’ memorable 1998 World Cup title run unified the racially diverse nation and helped inspire France to one of the most memorable victories in world soccer history:

Match for Peace: The story of how an exhibition match between World Cup champions Brazil and war torn Haiti, helped lift the spirits of the island nation during one of its darkest hours:

Forever Heroes: Nearly 20 years after a plane crash killed all but three men from Zambia’s national team, ”Forever Heroes” shows how the new survivor-led club overcame tragedy to capture the African Cup of Nations, just miles from the crash site:

 World War Truce: During a tense, frozen Christmas in World War I, German and British soldiers held a secret cease-fire to play a friendly soccer game. 

For information or video footage on “Rise as One,” visit FOXSoccer.com or Rise as One.

14
Apr

Sub runs onto pitch to block goal, kind of gets away with it

Entering the field of play when you’re not supposed to is generally frowned upon — even more so when you stop an almost-certain goal from being scored.

A player in Iran did just that, and it actually kind of worked out for him. He was sent off, but his team kept all 11 players on the pitch, and their opponents didn’t score the ensuing direct kick. Win-win.

But honestly, the biggest question we have after watching that is why the sub didn’t just save it with his hands. It’s not like he wasn’t going to be caught.

(H/T Guardian)

18
Jun

Incredible double save sends Iran to World Cup

Leading 1-0 over South Korea in a crucial World Cup Qualifier, Iran needed a victory to secure a place in the 2014 World Cup.

In comes Iranian goalkeeper Rahman Ahmadi.

Off of a free kick in the 75th minute, Ahmadi made an unbelievable double save that helped preserve the victory and clinch the top spot in Group A, igniting celebrations as the team booked their spot in the World Cup.

20
Sep

At a soccer match in Isfahan, Iran, fans were throwing trash and other objects on the pitch. A player picked up what he appeared to be a random piece of debris and tossed it off the field. No big deal, right? Very, very wrong.

As you can see in this unbelievable video, it was not just a piece of trash.

It was a grenade. A real, live grenade. Just seconds after the player nonchalantly threw it off the pitch, it exploded, sending the referees and players scrambling away.

A scary moment that could have ended far worse than it did. All involved are lucky no one was injured — especially the player who held the grenade!