20
Feb

Trailer to “Next Goal Wins” looks incredible

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American Samoa are, by many accounts, the worst national soccer team in history.

Currently ranked 196th out of 207 national teams in the FIFA rankings, American Samoa were joint-worst from their inception into FIFA in 1994 all the way to 2011. They’ve given up 294 goals in 42 matches. And last but not least, they hold the record for the most lopsided loss of all time, a 31-0 defeat to Australia.

Thirty-one to nothing. To Australia.

Enter Thomas Rongen, who previously coached DC United and the USA’s Under-20 national team. Rongen took over American Samoa in 2011, looking to make their losing ways losing-by-double-digit ways a thing of the past. To track progress, a film crew followed the team around on their quest to win a game, any game.

The documentary is set to release later this year, and the trailer is goose-bump inducing.

There’s the goalkeeper who can’t remember how many goals he conceded to Australia. There’s the incredible story of the first-ever transgender international soccer player. The assistant coach who is pumped up that they “only gave up eight” this time. And then there’s the energetic Rongen, who might have the coolest, least-appreciated managerial job of all time.

We can’t wait until this comes out, if only because we might feel better about our own game after watching it.

Image courtesy of Getty

H/T MLS.com

11
Jan

Ouch! Pele broke Sylvester Stallone’s finger while filming ‘Victory’

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No one will ever question Sylvester Stallone’s toughness on the silver screen. Stallone’s most painful moment during his blockbuster movie career, though, might come as a bit of a shock.

During a recent promotional interview for ‘Grudge Match’ with the BBC, the Hollywood legend recalled a humbling experience while filming the 1981 classic ‘Victory.’ In the film, Stallone played the role as an American POW goalkeeper, starring alongside soccer greats Bobby Moore, John Wark, Ossie Ardiles and Pele:

Stallone told the BBC:

"That was one of the low points of my life. What a butt-kicking I got! I still have a broken finger from trying to block a penalty by Pele.

"He put on a pair of World War II shoes which were steel-tipped, and the ball was like a cannonball - it was twice as thick and heavy as footballs are today. He was telling me he was going to take a shot and I thought ‘It’s soccer, what’s the big deal? It’s easy.’

"He came to take one penalty shot and he told me exactly where he was going to put it, so I stood there but the ball still flew past me before I could move.

"He put it literally right where he had said. He did it again, and it ripped through the back of the net and broke a window in the barracks where we were filming. I went ‘Are you kidding me?’ I found a new kind of respect."

Sounds painful. Then again, what did Sly expect when attempting to stop the greatest player of all-time from scoring?

(H/T Dirty Tackle, BBC)

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30
Nov

David Beckham explains horror Manchester United initiation

imageBefore gaining fame for his free kicks, “Bend it like Beckham” held a different meaning in the United locker room. (Image: Getty)

"The Class of ‘92," an upcoming documentary about the Manchester United youth academy’s most famous graduates, always promised to offer an inside look into the rise of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Co. But is this simply too much information?

In the run-up to Sunday’s premiere in London, Beckham was forced to delve into his memory bank and recount a quite uncomfortable tale of his initiation into the senior side. While every new member was hazed in some way, Beckham said he got the worst of it; he was required to perform a sex act on himself whilst staring at a picture of eighties Reds legend Clayton Blackmore.

The picture probably looked something like this:

imageClayton Blackmore, circa 1989.

No comment.

In an interview with Metro.com, Beckham said:

“Everyone had an initiation that you had to go through on the youth team, that was one of the most uncomfortable ones, I got the short straw!

“The fact that I had to look at Clayton Blackmore’s calendar and do certain things…while looking at Clayton Blackmore.”

"I was embarrassed when I was saying it on camera let alone talking about it more. But it’s something that we all had to go through. It was definitely something I wouldn’t like to go through again!"

Again, no further comment from us. Let’s just check out the film’s official trailer instead:

29
Dec

Ronaldinho on the big screen

Ronaldinho and his animated self. Super hero meets soccer star!

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho is a super star on the pitch, but now he’s going to shine on the big screen — well, sort of.

Bala entertainment, a division of Venky’s (owners of Blackburn), has an animated movie in production featuring the Brazilian star. According to India Glitz, the movie is set to be released in May of 2014 — right before Brazil hosts the World Cup.

The animated film will be called “R-10.” The character modeled after Ronaldinho will face off against aliens, using his soccer skills to defeat them and save the world. We couldn’t make this up if we tried!