The Dutch just might be the most gullible people in the world. At least, that’s the conclusion you would have to draw after watching this video.
Ajax sponsor Adidas and the club’s marketing director Edwin van der Sar decided to pull a prank on manager Frank de Boer and several of his players by pretending to consult them on their new kits for next season. But instead of the actual jerseys, a hired actor presented them with truly absurd spoof kits.
Ajax’s classic home shirt with the bold red stripe in the middle suddenly featured ‘typical Dutch imagery’ such as tulips or bicycles, while away kits ranged from a tie-dye version to T-shirt tuxedos and those large animal face tees you might see on kindergartners.
The fake kits are so laughably awful that it makes de Boer and his players look even more preposterous for falling for it. At one point, the befuddled coach tells van der Sar, “I have a feeling we won’t be taken seriously.”
Now, it’s us who can’t take you seriously, Frank.
Giant animal face jerseys? Come on! If that’s not a dead giveaway you’re being “punk’d” then nothing is. Shame on everyone involved.
Wesley Sneijder and Sulley Muntari were teammates for four years at Inter Milan, even winning a Champions League title together in 2010. So after their two national teams faced off in a World cup warm-up match on Saturday, Sneijder sought Muntari out and played a little trick on his old friend - sneaking up behind him and yanking his shorts down.
Boys will be boys!
Leave it to Podolski to provide some comic relief. (Getty Images)
The German national team is gearing up for the World Cup in Italy, but there hasn’t been much to smile about so far.
In addition to the long list of injured first-team players that still haven’t been able to join practice, Joachim Low & Co. have had to deal with the fallout from Kevin Grosskreutz’s drunken stupor after the German Cup final. (And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, read this.)
With this cloud of negativity hanging over the German camp, you just knew it was only a matter of time before Lukas Podolski did something silly to lighten the mood.
And sure enough, the team’s resident prankster did just that at the end of Germany’s media day on Sunday, throwing one esteemed reporter into the team resort’s pool: Poor guy! Let’s just hope his cell phone wasn’t in his pants.
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:
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.
According to LiberaTV, AC Milan star Mario Balotelli denied a group of youngsters autographs and paid dearly for it - his Ferrari was wrapped with toilet paper in a classic act of revenge.
Now, it’s practically impossible for athletes to grant every single autograph request, but this might be a lesson for Super Mario and other star athletes. And hopefully for them, other teens won’t take a lesson from these pranksters!
Next time, Mario, when asked by a few young fans, just play it safe and scribble those signatures. It’s not that hard.