23
Sep

Nottingham Forest to honor late Brian Clough with green sweater tribute

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Brian Clough made them fashionable back in his day.

The beloved late manager, who led Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, a league title and four league cups, was famous for wearing green sweaters (the English call them “jumpers”) on the sidelines.

On Wednesday, Forest will pay tribute to their legendary coach with a beautiful gesture for their League Cup tie at Tottenham. Each traveling fan attending the match at White Hart Lane will be handed a replica green jumper to wear.

From The Guardian:

All Forest fans traveling on official club coaches to the fixture will be given replicas of Clough’s famous fashion accessory to mark the 10th anniversary of his death on 20 September 2004.

John McGovern, Nottingham Forest’s club ambassador, said: “Brian was simply the best. There will never ever be anyone in football quite like Brian again. He is synonymous with Nottingham Forest and to see 1,000 Forest fans in green jumpers at such a high-profile game will be a fantastic way to mark the anniversary.”

The jumpers will be handed out by representatives of the Nottingham-based sponsors of the competition, Capital One.

Image provided by Reuters

21
Sep

Mario Balotelli trolls Manchester United after latest loss

imageOne way to immediately win over the hearts of Liverpool fans far and wide is to make fun of bitter rivals Manchester United at every opportunity.

New Reds striker Mario Balotelli is off to a strong start, tweeting this after United’s shocking 5-3 loss at Leicester City on Sunday:

Good one, Mario.

Of course, the dig at the Red Devils would’ve had a little more sting had Liverpool not lost this weekend as well!

Image provided by Reuters

20
Sep

Ashley Young still doesn’t know if it was indeed a bird that pooped in his mouth

It’s been more than a month since the infamous moment in Manchester United’s loss at Old Trafford to Swansea. No, it wasn’t the loss itself.

It was what appeared to be bird poop flying into Ashley Young’s mouth.

There was much speculation at the time about whether it was actually bird poop, or perhaps a loogie, or something else disgusting that no one would want flying into their mouth.

It turns out, Ashley Young still doesn’t know what hit him, either. 

Bless whoever put the pigeon above his locker.

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

20
Sep

Young Hull City goalkeeper nails singing “I’m Yours” for initiation

Standing in front of your team and singing a song is a pretty popular initiation for most new signings, but not many actually have the pipes to pull it off.

But young Hull City goalkeeper Rory Watson serenaded his teammates with a rather lovely version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” on their road trip to Newcastle.


While he probably won’t be winning “The X Factor” any time soon, you have to admit Rory’s got a little bit of a hidden talent. If soccer doesn’t work out, he could totally be a lounge or cruise singer.

(H/T Metro)

21
Aug

French soccer broadcasters go where no cameramen have gone before

The secret is out!

French television network Canal+ has unveiled the truth behind their live broadcasts of professional soccer.

Take a look at the lengths the cameramen will go to get that perfect camera angle on the game-winning goal.

The clever video is part of Canal+’s promotional push advertising their coverage of Ligue 1, Champions League and the Premier League with the tagline: “We will always do more for the sport.”

Does this mean should start expecting cameramen lineups at the beginning of each game?

17
Aug

Graphic artist’s wonderful Premier League goal illustrations

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Do yourselves a favor and follow Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks) on Twitter.

In a time when the Premier League has announced a crackdown on goal Vines and GIFs, This graphic artist is offering a new way to sidestep copyright infringement with his numerous and timely illustrations.

16
Aug

Vanishing spray makes near-perfect Premier League debut

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The popular free-kick tool known as “magic spray” made its debut in the Premier League on Saturday.  Across England, every spray of the vanishing white foam was greeted with applause and cheers from the stands.

Most of the refs seemed happy with their new-found spraying power. In particular, Manchester United-Swansea City referee Mike Dean, who used his canister with great enthusiasm (though Nathan Dyer wasn’t too impressed with this line).

Unfortunately, with any new product there’s always a chance of it backfiring. Poor referee Jon Moss learned that the hard way as he attempted to draw out the lines for an Arsenal free kick, and ended up spraying it all over himself:

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Brutal. Hopefully that stuff doesn’t sting. Practice makes perfect, Jon. Keep at it and you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

Photographs: Action Images, Getty Images

16
Aug

Pitch invader takes halfway decent free kick

imageJust look at the form - and those kicks. Perfect. (Photo: Action Images)

Most pitch invaders storm the field in hopes of hugging their favorite player, or snapping selfies with as many stars as possible. 

But on the opening day of the Premier League, one fan took a different route, and elected to show off his football skills. He saw the opportune moment as Spurs lined up to take a free kick and pounced with lightning quick speed.

Christian Eriksen looked just devastated that the strike didn’t go in. And to be honest, his ensuing free kick wasn’t any better than the pitch invader’s attempt.

Maybe Blackpool should consider giving the fan a call.