United abandon Lewandowski plans

Since partway through last season, Robert Lewandowski had seemingly decided to join Bayern Munich at the end of his current contract. The Dortmund forward denies a deal is done, which has fanned the flames of speculation in the media. He has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs but the German giants still look to be leading the chase for the Poland international. Today’s newspapers report that Manchester United have given up hope of signing the forward.

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Premier League giants chase Lewandowski

As far as most people were aware, Robert Lewandowski was set for an end of season move to Bayern Munich. The Dortmund striker had been linked to the German giants for months and it appeared the move would materialize.

Today’s newspapers would have you believe differently. The main story on the back pages of the tabloids is that the Polish international is being considered by Premier League suitors, including Manchester City and Arsenal. It appears the move to Bayern is not as clean-cut as everyone thought.

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Poland suffers joy, heartbreak in span of seconds during World Cup qualifier

This video is painful to watch, especially if you’re a Poland fan.

Let’s set the scene here: Poland, clinging to hopes of Brazil 2014 in a World Cup qualifier against Montenegro, find themselves knotted at 1-1 in the 94th minute. 

There’s a scramble in front of Montenegro keeper Mladen Božović’s net in the waning seconds of the contest, and the ball rolls to Jakub Blaszczykowski’s foot. The winger slots it home, the crowd at Poland National Stadium is whipped into a frenzy and the Polish players careen into the corner to celebrate.

Surely the match is decided, no?

Watch the heartbreak unfold from the :35 to :50 second marks, as Poland realize the goal has been disallowed for offsides. Lukasz Szukala sprints to protest referee Bjorn Kuiper’s decision, but only picks up a yellow for his trouble.

In the end, the correct call was made, but the enormity of the letdown can’t be overstated. With the draw, Poland’s World Cup dreams are in serious jeopardy. They sit fourth in Group H behind England, Montenegro and Ukraine, with road matches yet to play against San Marino, Ukraine and England.

Such is life in the beautiful game.

(h/t Reddit)


Goal celebration meets giant puddle, everybody wins

This weekend in Poland, we received a big reminder that it’s still OK to have fun and be a kid.

In a wet and slippery match between Grom Prace Male and GC United Gassy, striker Trykacz Jaroslaw scored the lone goal for Gassy. His teammates wanted to make sure they celebrated properly, so they took to the air and leapt into the biggest puddle they could find, splashing the opponents in the process.

While Gassy ended up losing 2-1, they certainly win the “most entertaining celebration” award in our book.

H/T 101GG