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

24
Sep

Kaiserslautern striker joins shortlist for “Worst Miss Ever” award

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It’s really been a banner season for our never-ending “worst miss ever” contest, and it’s still only September! Most of our top submissions so far have come out of Germany, where Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda has tried his best to make it a one-man show.

But now a new player from the German leagues has thrown his hat in the ring: Kaiserslautern striker Philipp Hofmann.

Just look at all of the bad:

Kaiserslautern still won their match vs Union Berlin 1-0, but they probably should’ve been docked a goal for Hofmann’s inexcusable miss.

So, did that take the cake (so far) for our “Worst Miss Ever?”

Not in our book. That honor still belongs to this man:

HOW!?!?

Vine via Alex Chaffer

21
Jul

Arsenal stars practice their New York accents before USA summer trip

This is just too good.

Ahead of Arsenal’s first pre-season game in the United States in 25 years, several of the Gunners worked on their New York City accents to amazing results.

Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Flamini, and Serge Gnabry (two Brits, a Frenchman and a German) gave it their best effort, and that’s all you pretty much can say about it:

If you’re keeping score, Jenkinson wins by default.

H/T BleacherReport

20
Jul

Swiss League opener yields best own goal you’ll see all year

While most leagues in Europe are just now getting back in the groove with preseason friendlies, over in Switzerland the 2014/15 season got already back underway on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for Milan Gajic of Young Boys Bern to score perhaps the goal of the season.

Unfortunately, he put it in his own net!

Gajic put St. Gallen ahead, 2-1, with this incredible half-volley from outside the box that thundered past his goalkeeper and into the top corner:

It might well be Gajic’s greatest goal he’ll ever score, but this is hardly the way he wanted to kick-start his season.

Young Boys did go on the equalize late in the game to at least secure a point in their opener.

H/T 101GG

1
Jun

Wesley Sneijder pantsed Sulley Muntari after Netherlands-Ghana friendly

Wesley Sneijder and Sulley Muntari were teammates for four years at Inter Milan, even winning a Champions League title together in 2010. So after their two national teams faced off in a World cup warm-up match on Saturday, Sneijder sought Muntari out and played a little trick on his old friend - sneaking up behind him and yanking his shorts down.

Boys will be boys!

H/T Reddit

31
May

Japanese fans boost away attendance with cardboard cutouts

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Japanese first division club Omiya Ardija doen’t have a huge fan base,  but certainly a creative one.

While Omiya’s home attendances rank among the lowest in the J-League year after year, a dozen or two of their most loyal fans traveled over 300 miles to a mid-week away game at Tokushima Vortis.

Perhaps ashamed of their small numbers, the group came up with a brilliant solution to boost their presence and undoubtedly the team’s morale — handmade cardboard cutouts!

As you can see, the attention to detail here is impeccable. Except for the whole “not having a face” thing. But the effort — from decking the cardboard fans out in jerseys, hats and even Hawaiian shirts, to handing one of them an actual drum — has to be applauded.

Plus, the cardboard still looks more realistic than what Italian Serie B side Triestina did a few seasons ago. Remember this?

(H/T and Images: Metro/Twitter)

11
May

Meanwhile, in Serie A…

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It appears the good folks at Sampdoria handle pitch invaders a little bit differently.

After a bikini-clad woman intruded onto the field, her captor just picked her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her off the field like a trophy.

Where to? We don’t have the faintest idea.

And into the wedding sack you go!


9
May

A-League offers a lifetime’s worth of bloopers in one season

We here at the FOX Soccer Blog love ourselves a good fail. But nothing could have prepared us for the video below.

That’s right. What we have here is nearly 20 full minutes of epic fails of every variety from Australia’s A-League. You want own goals? You get own goals! You want headshots, groin shots and unsuspecting ball boys getting popped? You got it.

Howlers, whiffs, streakers … you name it, it happened. This doesn’t bode well for the Socceroos, but please never change.

(h/t Pies)

5
May

How we reacted to Liverpool’s historic collapse at Crystal Palace

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Liverpool suffered an astonishing collapse at Crystal Palace on Monday night, blowing a 3-0 lead with only 11 minutes left to play (plus stoppage time) to draw 3-3.

Palace’s monumental comeback dealt Liverpool a critical blow in the Premier League title race, as Manchester City now only need four points from their final two games to secure the trophy.

The result at Selhurst Park sent shock waves around the world, and depending on who your team is, these were the most likely reactions:

Liverpool fans

Crystal Palace fans

Manchester City fans

Everyone else