16
Oct

High school player chooses Neymar meet-and-greet over $10K payout

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Meet Neymar, or bag a cool $10,000 instead?

For most, that’s likely a tough decision. But for Americas High School (El Paso) junior Rhiannon Conelley, the choice was easy.

The 16-year-old student-athlete won a contest put on during the World Cup by Brazilian soft-drink outfit Guaraná Antarctica, with the grand-prize being her choice between a free trip to Spain to meet her idol, or 10 grand in cash.

"I just wanted to meet Neymar, I thought that was more important than the $10,000. Everyone disagrees with that, but I’m sticking to my guns," she said, via the El Paso Times.

Conelley, her varsity team’s goalkeeper, won the contest by submitting a photo of her in a Brazil kit doing some juggling tricks, and of course, holding a tasty can of Guaraná Antarctica:

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The junior beat out thousands of entrants by claiming 4,113 votes, nearly 1,000 more than second place.

Although it’s not determined exactly when Conelley will get to meet Neymar, she, her mother and her team’s soccer coach will all fly to Spain to link up with the Barcelona phenom.

So, what will she say when she finally gets to meet her idol?

"I’ll ask him if he wants to marry me," she joked to the El Paso Times, then backpedaled.

"I don’t want to scare him too much," she said. "I don’t want him to call security to kick me out."

(h/t El Paso Times)

6
Sep

Neymar shows his good and bad side vs. Colombia

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Neymar returned to the Brazilian national team on Saturday against none other than Colombia, the side that ended his World Cup campaign, to the horror of an entire nation. 

Exacting revenge on Los Cafeteros, the Barcelona playmaker proved to be the same difference maker we’ve become accustomed to seeing and scored the only goal of the friendly, a lovely free kick in the 83rd minute:

However, Neymar also provided one of the low-lights of the affair.

As we all know, not only is Neymar a great footballer, but also a good actor. He showed off his skills once again by rolling over one or two too many times after a pretty routine foul:

C’mon, Neymar.

We love ya, kid, but please ease up on the theatrics.

GIF via Pies

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3
Sep

Neymar shows off a mesmerizing bit of skill at Brazil training

The World Cup — and particularly that little 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champs Germany — certainly was a forgettable tournament for the Brazilian national team.

We wouldn’t blame the Brazilians if they still felt a bit of an emotional hangover from the letdown ahead of their friendly on Friday against Colombia.

It looks like they’re in good spirits, though. And how couldn’t they be with Neymar (perhaps the one Brazilian who had a commendable World Cup), showing off his deft footwork in training.

The craziest bit happens at about the 13-second mark. That’s the type of handling we couldn’t even accomplish in a video game.

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We’re just glad Neymar is happy again.

(h/t 101GG, Image: Getty)

19
Aug

Neymar steals the show in Luis Suarez’s first Barca match

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So, uh, Neymar is back, you guys.

The Brazil star painted a sad figure at the World Cup this summer after breaking a bone in his back vs Colombia and missing the Selecao’s infamous last two contests. 

Just about six weeks later, Neymar returned to the pitch in Barcelona’s 6-0 friendly win over Club Leon, and boy did he show up.

First, he converted Andres Iniesta’s pass with a lovely chip over goalkeeper Will Yarbrough, before scoring on a cheeky little back-heel finish just before the halftime whistle. The fact Luis Suarez made his Barcelona “debut” was reduced to a footnote on the night.

Enjoy:

H/T Reddit

Photo: Reuters

5
Aug

Bastian Schweinsteiger trolls Neymar in Ibiza

We see what you did there, Bastian, you sly dog, you!

While vacationing in Ibiza last week, injured Brazil star Neymar ran into Bastian Schweinsteiger during the German’s 30th birthday party and the two posed for a picture together.

In the pic, Neymar throws up a classic variation of the “hang loose” hand signal, while World Cup champion Schweinsteiger, possibly unbeknownst to Neymar, put up seven fingers - an obvious, shameless taunt invoking Germany’s infamous 7:1 semifinal win over the Selecao in Belo Horizonte.

We can only imagine Neymar’s reaction when he saw the photograph later …

H/T infobae.com

11
Jul

Brazil’s embarrassing World Cup exit provokes unexpected sympathy

Should old acquaintance be forgot? It was never going to be, but I hardly expected to be thinking of my friends from Copacabana so soon after landing back in England, and I certainly didn’t expect to be feeling so sorry for them.

The return home came just hours before the first semifinal and, like hundreds of millions of others across the planet, I watched incredulous as the team of the host nation, the greatest of all soccer nations, concede goals to Germany with a rapidity that would have been surprising in the NBA; let alone a sporting arena that had yielded just 1.25 goals per entire game in the previous round, as things became about as tight and tense as international soccer can get.

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After the magnificent Germans had eased off and started saving their energy for Sunday’s final, they stopped at seven, to which Brazil replied with a gesture that produced one in the closing seconds. I was watching in a riverside pub on the south-western fringes of London, slack-jawed like everyone around me, trying to think of precedents but being able to think only of the folks with whom I’d seen all the previous Brazil games.

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8
Jul

World Cup Diary: Tournament has been glorious but problems persist

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BELO HORIZONTE —

Good football, or a least a tournament with good narratives, will cover a multitude of sins. Barring something calamitous in the final week, the chaos that many had feared would characterize the World Cup has not come to pass and nor have the demonstrations against government corruption that dominated last year’s Confederations Cup.

Only Belo Horizonte, where Brazil will meet Germany in Tuesday’s semifinal, has really suffered, an overpass constructed as part of improvements in infrastructure for the World Cup collapsing onto a bus, killing two people and injuring several others. At the weekend, there were demonstrations at the offices of Construtora Cowan, the firm that built the overpass on Avenida Pedro 1, while others have visited the site of the collapse bearing placards that read, “This is the reality of the World Cup,” and “World Cup disaster: Put it on FIFA’s bill.”

Wrangles over that are ongoing. The area around the collapsed overpass has been shut off pending an investigation, with some alleging that short cuts were taken to get the structure in place in time for the World Cup. Local authorities have urged the judiciary to re-open the road in time for the semifinal to ease traffic pressure. “The work won’t be carried it in haste because of the World Cup,” said Colonel Alexandre Lucas Alves of the Civil Defense. “It can only be done when we can be sure there will be no more casualties.”

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Elsewhere, the main issues have been with the police’s habit of acting first and asking questions later. Early in the tournament, partygoers in the Rio de Janeiro district of Lapa were subjected to a baton charge and the indiscriminate use of pepper spray after spilling from bars into a pavement. Eyewitnesses said the mood was jovial and police waded in without warning.

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7
Jul

Brazilian voodoo priest reportedly puts curse on Germany

Brazil might be without talismanic star Neymar for their World Cup semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, but they may have some other magic on its side.image

Yep, black magic enthusiast, Helio Sillman, says that he has placed a curse on Joachim Low’s Germany. “I’ll take their top player and bind his legs so he can’t run on the pitch,” said Sillman.

Yikes!

Of course, this naturally will lead to speculation as to who Sillman has cursed in particular. Could it be keeper Manuel Neuer, whose box-to-box rushes would be rendered useless? Or perhaps it’s Thomas Muller, the team’s current top goal-scorer at the World Cup? Or maybe Miroslav Klose, whose chasing the overall World Cup goal-record?

We’ll find out on Tuesday. As it happens, Sillman actually carries out a ritual before every Selecao game. By placing lit candles inside a small football pitch replica box, he uses a voodoo doll of the opposing team’s best player to curse them.

It almost didn’t work in the quarterfinals, though. Colombia hero James Rodriguez nearly sank the Brazilians, but they clung on to defeat Los Cafeteros 2-1 last Friday.

Needless to say, Neymar, wasn’t saved by Sillman’s black magic, either, with his tournament-ending injury after breaking his back vertebra. To his credit, Sillman is claiming the victories over Cameroon, Chile, Croatia and Mexico as down to his voodoo skills.

If Germany are the next victims of Brazil’s magical run, we’ll know exactly who to thank or blame.

(H/T: Yahoo)

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6
Jul

Heartbreaking! Cute little girl cries over hearing of Neymar’s injury

Be honest, when you heard that Brazil’s talisman and face of the 2014 World Cup 2014, was injured and would no longer be able to play in the tournament, did you shed a tear?

If so, you’re not alone.

We doubt you’re as cute and adorable as little Brazil fan Ana Bella, however. After Ana’s mother informed her of Neymar’s devastating injury and abrupt end to his tournament, little Ana’s eyes begin to tear up. Asking “Cadê ele?” (“where is he?”), she can no longer hold back the tears. Before you know it, she’s in floods.

We feel your pain, Ana. We all do.

(H/T: WhoAteAllThePies)