24
Feb

Feyenoord’s Graziano Pelle throws epic fit after draw

We’re taught to control our anger and be a fair sport way back in elementary school, but every so often some of the world’s top athletes seem to forget.

This was again the case on Sunday in the Eredivisie, as Feyenoord’s Graziano Pelle threw a temper tantrum for the ages following his side’s draw against Twente.

A last-gasp equalizer in the 96th minute by Twente’s Cuco Martina denied Pelle’s side a crucial win, which would have seen Feyneoord pull within a point of second-place Twente. Instead, the 2-2 draw meant they fell to nine points behind leaders Ajax while slipping down to fourth place.

But whereas his teammates took it on the chin and dutifully shook hands with the other team, the Italian striker — who had opened the scoring in the first half — stormed off, kicking and screaming all the way down the tunnel. Not even a completely innocent camera and light fixture came away unscathed.

Kids, don’t be like Graziano Pelle.

16
Oct

Tahiti FA now awards 1 point for losses to ‘prevent sadness’

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Get pumped, Tahiti. Losing isn’t so bad.

A recent, bizarre rule change in Tahitian soccer has softened the blow for losing teams considerably.

Tahiti’s Football Association have revamped their scoring system in the domestic leagues so that winners now pick up four points instead of three, a draw yields two points, and losers pick up one point. Yes, losing teams now literally get rewarded just for showing up.

And here’s the kicker: it’s all because they “don’t want anyone to be sad.”

FA director Charles Ariiotima explained the compensation for losers, which as far as we know is the first of its kind, to ESPN Brasil:

We just don’t want anyone to be sad. With this system, even if a team loses every game, they won’t be on zero points at the end of the season. Football, first of all is joy.

Think we’re kidding? Here’s some hard, black-on-white proof:

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Tahiti knows a thing or two about losing, of course, though they never seemed particularly upset about it. Tahiti’s national team had a memorable time in Brazil during this summer’s Confederations Cup, despite losing all three of its games and getting outscored a whopping 24 goals to 1.

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Yayyy, losing!

H/T 101GG