3
Apr

Trecker’s Travels Day 2: Allez Paris Saint-Germain

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By Jamie Trecker
FOX Soccer

PARIS—The Metro pulled out of Porte St. Cloud with a roar: “Allez Paris! Allez, Allez, Allez Paris!” The chrome cars were draped in red flags and men raced through the compartments, clutching cans of Leffe, singing, hoarse and sweaty: “Trois-un! TROIS! UN!” Their giddiness was understandable for PSG had done the unthinkable: they had knocked off mighty Chelsea, and put one foot into the semifinals of the Champions League.

Wednesday’s win was a high point for this young French club – PSG has only been in existence since 1972 – and signaled that Qatar’s ambitious program is paying immediate dividends. This match was no fluke: the Parisians lacked some skill and technique, with Edinson Cavani spectacularly wasteful, but they more than made up for it in possession and drive. By the end of the game, Chelsea were penned back, swept into their own area by a sea of dark blue shirts.

Jose Mourinho was his usual provocative self after the match: he called Javier Pastore’s brilliant individual goal at the death “a joke;” he said he had played Andre Schurrle because he had “no real strikers,” and when he was was asked if the tie was over, he smiled wanly and said no. His face read: “yes.”

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2
Nov

Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays tennis against Novak Djokovic

We don’t need to tell you that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man of many talents. In fact, there’s nothing Zlatan is not good at (except for losing). But it might shock you to find that his tennis game on Saturday transcended his footie skills.

Ibra was in attendance to watch the former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Paris Masters, and after the match, Djokovic naturally invited Paris’ biggest star onto the court for a little rally.

The two of them hit the ball back and forth a bit to the delight of the crowd, and Ibra showed off an impressive forehand. But when the Djoker suddenly opted to use his feet, Zlatan incredibly shanked the ball wide after a clumsy volley. This is probably the only time you will ever see Ibrahmovic fail at ball-kicking, so watch closely:

Pictures provided by AP Images

1
Oct

Introducing the “Zlatan burger”

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Photos:  Twitter/@ProZlatan

PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be celebrating his birthday this Thursday, and just in time for the occasion, Parisian restaurant Doddy’s Cafe has decided to add a big-mouth burger to their menu dedicated to the big, mouthy Swede. 

Twice the size and twice as expensive as the restaurant’s other burgers — as Zlatan is to most strikers — the burger is, in the restaurant’s own words, “so big even Chuck Norris couldn’t fit it in his mouth.” In short, it’s a lot to handle. Again, kind of like Zlatan himself.

The Guardian provided the mouth-watering details of this God-king of burgers:

The burger, just like the PSG forward, is a commanding presence, combining 600 grams [over 1.3lbs] of mince beef with onions, bacon and three types of cheese including cheddar, Emmental and Auvergne blue, all contained in a giant bun that has been specially made for the restaurant.

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Restaurant manager Jean-Philippe Grandin hopes that the mighty Zlatan himself will come in to try his burger sometime. That is, of course, after he devours some more Ligue 1 defenders first. But mere mortals, too, are encouraged to tackle the Zlatan.

"I’d recommend this burger to everyone. It truly has the strength and power of Zlatan Ibrahimovic," Grandin’s assistant Kelly told The Guardian.

Side effects to finishing the massive, €29.90 ($40.50) burger — which only seven people have accomplished so far — reportedly include an overwhelming sense of confidence, sudden urges to criticize former colleagues and a tendency to refer to oneself in third person.

19
Aug

Cavani, Tevez score first goals for new clubs

Two of the higher-profile transfers this summer included Edinson Cavani’s blockbuster move to PSG and Carlos Tevez’s Juventus switch. Both stars celebrated their first goals for their new clubs over the weekend.

First, Carlos Tevez scored in the Old Lady’s 4-0 romp over a decent Lazio side in Sunday’s Italian Super Cup. In what was a bit of a scramble, Tevez cleaned up the mess after two good stops by Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti:

Minutes later over in France, Edinson Cavani opened his PSG goal-scoring account with a beautiful long-range strike to tie up Ajaccio four minutes from time. The crucial goal prevented PSG from getting off to an even rockier start than they are already on. The Parisians have stumbled to start their Ligue 1 title defense, but thanks to Cavani they find themselves on two points rather than one.

Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic must have been impressed by what he saw from his new partner up front. Well, then again probably not. Zlatan knows Zlatan can do that in his sleep.

18
Jun

Beckham offered trial to be kicker in NFL

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, while he was still with the LA Galaxy, David Beckham received a formal offer to try out as a kicker for an NFL team.

A source told the newspaper:

"A couple of scouts felt that David has the potential to become a kicker in the NFL team, and one actually put a call into him for a trial. It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer then any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities.”

While a few teams inquired about his services, only one (unidentified) team sent over an official offer.

Needless to say, Beckham politely turned down the offer and decided to take his talents to France, playing the final season of his career with Paris Saint-Germain.