15
Oct

Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez scores cheeky winner vs. Canada

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There’s almost nothing better than watching James Rodriguez play for the Colombian national team. No slight to Real Madrid, but something just seems to click whenever he puts on the yellow shirt. Something extra special.

On Tuesday night, James was at it again, deciding Colombia’s friendly match against Canada with this perfectly taken quick free kick in the 74th minute:

13
Oct

Isco scores delicious chip during Spain’s practice

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Remember Isco?

You know, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder whom Real Madrid bought for $38 million two summers ago only to become the world’s most expensive bench-warmer?

Yeah, that guy apparently still knows how to play football, judging from this video from a recent Spain practice:

We wouldn’t be surprised if this tape shows up “anonymously” at Carlo Ancelotti’s doorstep today.

H/T 101GG

5
Oct

James Rodriguez teaches Ronaldo how to dance

imageThere are few things Cristiano Ronaldo can’t do on the football field, but there is one thing missing from Ronaldo’s vast skill set - dancing. 

Yup, for all his prowess in front of goal, his celebrations usually lack in creativity. But now that World Cup dancing sensation James Rodriguez is in town, that’s about to change.

In fact, it looks like the Colombian star has already begun teaching CR7 some moves:

H/T SB Nation

Image provided by Getty

27
Sep

Man United fans’ “Come home Ronaldo” banner flies over Real match

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As reported by FOX Soccer Blog earlier this week, a Man United fan group, “United Reel,” spent $4900 on an airplane to fly a banner over Real Madrid’s next match to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

That match was today at Villarreal, and United Reel delivered as promised:

As you could imagine, upon seeing said banner Ronaldo immediately stripped off his Real jersey - causing hundreds of women to faint in the stands - and waltzed off the pitch singing “Glory, Glory Man United” all the way to the dressing room. (Actually, he went on to score Real’s second goal, his eighth in three games).

Sigh …

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H/T @dermotcorrigan

26
Sep

Gareth Bale accidentally runs over a woman’s foot

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

First, fans kicked his car after he didn’t stop to take pictures and sign autographs. So this week, when he did pause while driving to give the fans what they wanted, things still didn’t go to plan.

When he drove off, Bale accidentally ran over a woman’s foot. Owwww.

Luckily, she appears to be fine — and now she can tell all her friends that one of the world’s best soccer stars graced her foot with the tire of his car!

(H/T SB Nation)

24
Sep

Man United fans to fly “Come home Ronaldo” banner during next Real match

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Coming off two games in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a combined seven goals, a group of Manchester United fans have come up with a brilliant ploy to convince the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner to come back to Old Trafford.

According to the Independent, a fan group spent $4,900 to hire a plane and fly a banner over Real’s next home match with the message “Come home Ronaldo.”

It’s totally going to work, too. After all, that’s definitely how they got the United bosses to finally can David Moyes last season, right?

In all seriousness, we’ve all heard about the rumors that Ronaldo is unhappy in Madrid and will one day seek a return to United. But the key words here are: one day.

He’s not going to just pack his bags and leave the reigning European champions to join a team that, gulp, doesn’t even play in the Champions League (and might not for some time.) Plus, CR7 literally just said his future still lies at the Bernabeu.

So, hate to be a buzz kill, but … nice try, though.

20
Sep

Chicharito and James both score wonder goals in Real Madrid rout

Real Madrid completely annihilated Deportivo today, winning 8-2 in a total blowout. And a couple of those goals were absolute stunners.

First, James Rodriguez smashed home this bullet in the 36th minute. It was only 2-0 then.

Later in the match, after Real had piled on a few more goals, Chicharito scored his first for the club (and Real’s 7th of the game).

It just may be the best goal he’s scored in his career.

Not a bad debut goal, Chicharito. Not bad at all.

10
Sep

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are bickering again and it’s fantastic

imageLittle did we know Mourinho was showing off Guardiola’s bald head. (Getty)

Jose and Pep are our favorite “frenemies” in the world of soccer, and their feud added a new chapter this week at a UEFA coaches summit in Switzerland. 

It turns out that even being in the land of neutrality couldn’t stop the two from bickering. The fight reportedly started over the length of the grass on the pitch. Guardiola thought the length of 3 cm was too long, and wanted it reduced to 1.5 cm, and be watered before every game. This would, according to Pep, make the play faster and more beautiful.

From TZ, the rest of the exchange went as follows:

"Everyone has his style of play, which should be respected," Mourinho responded. "Football can be spectacular in several ways."

"The beauty of football depends on the coach," Guardiola replied. "It seems to me that Mourinho prefers the result to the spectacle. I know to him that’s all that matters."

And it doesn’t end there. El Confidencial reports that Mourinho hit back at Guardiola with a cheap shot about his lack of hair.

"When you enjoy what you do, you don’t lose your hair, and Guardiola is balding. He doesn’t enjoy football."

This is just classic Mourinho. It’s not entirely clear if he actually said this, but we’re really, really hoping he did. 

9
Sep

Gareth Bale saves Wales with free-kick goal, stops pitch invaders

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Wales struggled mightily against international powerhouse Andorra in their EURO 2016 qualifier on Tuesday, even trailing at one point after a sixth-minute penalty goal from Ildefons Lima (who?).

Luckily, Wales have one of the best players in the world on their squad, a certain “Gareth Bale.”

The Real Madrid ace headed home the equalizer later in the first half and then saved his best for last, scoring a perfect free kick in the 81st minute for the 2-1 victory.

Upon scoring the winner, Bale first copied his club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s now famous “Hey, look at me!” celebration…

… and then stopped a wave of Welsh pitch invaders from running wild all over the pitch:

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"Calm down, people. It’s Andorra we’re talking about here."

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