12
Dec

Fight breaks out in Europa League match

Anyone who said the Europa League is a meaningless competition clearly forgot to tell Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and Ukrainian squad FC Chornomorets Odesa.

With a shot at the round of 32 on the line, things became awful chippy between PSV’s Santiago Arias and Chornomorets’ Sito Riera late in the game.

As seen in the video, Arias gives Riera a less-than-friendly shove out of bounds. This sends Riera over the edge, in more ways than one. The winger charges Arias, shoving him and then popping him with a kick for good measure.

This overreaction starts a minor brouhaha, resulting in a yellow card for PSV’s Adam Maher to go on top of Riera’s red.

That wasn’t the only assault that took place in Thursday’s Europa League action. During an earlier match between St. Gallen and Swansea City. Look at that adorable girl just viciously attack that pretzel. It never stood a chance:

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The scene calls up shades of one George Costanza:

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Unabashed eating. Gotta love it.

28
Sep

USMNT’s Aron Johansson scores superb match-winner vs PSV

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Aron Johansson was a relatively unknown commodity to most Americans when he declared his intention to play for the US men’s national team this summer. But now, Johansson is starting to raise more than a few eyebrows after getting off to a hot start to the season with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore’s former club).

The Icelandic-American striker has already amassed eight goals in all competitions this season, the latest of which was this stunning, match-winning golazo against Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven:

Bet that’ll put a smile on Jurgen Klinsmann’s face.

H/T Big Lead

11
Aug

17-year-old hat trick hero becomes the latest Belgian shooting star

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Add Zakaria Bakkali to Belgium’s “golden generation.”

The 17-year-old winger was added to Belgium’s national team squad for their upcoming friendly against France on Thursday, just a day after scoring his first goal for PSV in a Champions League qualifier. Bakkali followed that up with this impressive hat trick for against NEC over the weekend, announcing himself to the world:

There’s got to be something in the Belgian water, right?

After producing the likes of Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Simon Mignolet, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku— all of whom are 25 or younger — the Belgians’ seemingly endless talent pool has gotten even richer with the arrival of Bakkali. Are the Rode Duivels suddenly on the verge of becoming one of the world’s best teams?

Maybe so, at least on paper. One thing is for certain: expect Bakkali to play in the Premier League very soon. A Premier League team without a Belgian these days is like a ship without a sail.

12
May

Mark van Bommel fittingly sent off in last game of career

Never has there been a more appropriate finish to a career than Mark van Bommel’s.

The Dutchman’s 20-year professional career came to a close after his PSV side fell to FC Twente 3-1. The tough midfielder, known for his strong tackles, received a red card in the 71st minute after a vicious challenge on Duasn Tadic’s ankle. It’s hard to imagine van Bommel’s exit from the game any other way — well, other than with a win.

We’re thankful this tackling machine left us with such an emphatic exclamation mark on a fantastic career.

12
Jan

PSV visits Thai prison, plays friendly against inmates

When major European clubs go on international tour, you think of high-end planning; five-star hotels, city sightseeing and mixed in with low-key exhibitions against your occasional local pushovers.

This wasn’t the case for PSV Eindhoven earlier this week.

Two days after defeating Thai champions Muanthong United in a friendly during their Centennial Asian Tour, the Eredivisie side visited Bangkok’s notorious prison Klong Prem Central Prison, the same prison that hosts a World Cup tournament inside its walls due to the large foreign inmate population.

Dick Advocaat’s side were shown around the facility before taking time to play against some of the prison’s inmates. Players like Arsenal target Kevin Strootman and former Barcelona midfielder Mark van Bommel participated in the action.