11
Sep

Puebla prepares for Liga MX match wearing wolf masks

It’s no secret that Puebla manager José Luis Sánchez Solá — also known as “Chelis”— has always been a bit of a character. Whether it’s his brutal honesty in interviews or even quitting live on air, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chelis deployed some strange tactics in one of Puebla’s training sessions this week:

So, why exactly are his playings wearing wolf masks while they train? We’ll let Chelis himself explain:

"When they play the ball like a dog will do, they will fight to steal it and defend it," he said on the club’s website.

Puebla is fighting to avoid relegation from Liga MX this season, so at this point, whatever works, right?

You can see the masks in action below courtesy of our friends over @TheBuzzerOnFOX:

18
Nov

Ravel Morrison scores best training goal perhaps ever

West Ham striker and England under-21 international Ravel Morrison scored a stupendous goal during England practice last week. Though he wasn’t facing any defenders, Morrison receives 100 points for this acrobatic back-heel volley.

Tabbed as one of the most promising up-and-coming English players today, Morrison will be hard-pressed to come up with something more spectacular in a real game. The 20-year-old has five goals in 12 appearances for the Hammers this season, and two goals in three games with the U-21 Three Lions.

29
Oct

Balotelli is at it again, trolls teammates in practice

It wasn’t too long ago when Mario Balotelli was pouting on Manchester City’s bench and causing trouble on and off the pitch — remember the practice dust-up between him and former Man City manager Roberto Mancini? Though Balotelli was generally regarded as the team’s official prankster,  once his standing within the team soured, so did his mood. By the time he left City, nobody was laughing at his shenanigans anymore.

But now that he is back in his beloved Italy, Balotelli has transformed from clubhouse cancer back to class clown. We’ve already seen him do this:

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And this:

And this week, Balotelli was up to some more tricks, this time nutmegging Cristian Zapata and M’Baye Niang without them even realizing it:

Another successful stunt on the board! We can only guess who Super Mario’s next victims will be, but we do know this: when Balotelli’s happy, we’re happy.

22
Jul

Homeland hero Shinji Kagawa disgraces himself at open practice

Manchester United enjoy a massive fan following wherever they go, but perhaps no region is more enthusiastic about the Red Devils than the Far East. In Japan particularly, United draw a great deal of support after having acquired national icon Shinji Kagawa, who last year became the first Japanese player to win the Barclays Premier League.

So just imagine the disappointment fans endured while watching Kagawa embarrass himself at an open practice session in front of thousands in Yokohama.

Manager David Moyes had his team finish the practice with a simple shooting competition, with every player taking turns testing the goalkeepers from the edge of the box. Those who scored got to hit the showers, but those who failed had to keep going until one last, unlucky man remained.

That man: Kagawa of all people.

We’re not sure if Moyes planned any punishment for coming in last, but we’re thinking Kagawa got off after disgracing himself in front of his own people.

(From 101GG)

12
Jul

Pep Guardiola has received only positive feedback from his new club Bayern Munich in his first training camp, and you can see why! Pep has been seen clowning around with all the high-profile starts, even jokingly kicking Arjen Robben’s behind. And now he’s shown he likes to get into the action as well, inserting himself in a game of tiki-taka with his players. And guess what? Looks like Pep’s still got it!

Let’s see Jupp Heynckes try to do that!

(H/T WAATP)