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."

Image provided by Reuters

2
Sep

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a spin in McLaren supercar with Jenson Button

Of all the “untouchable” players during the transfer window, Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to be among the top of the list.

So, with the transfer deadline on Monday, what’s a guy to do on one of football’s busiest days? Ronaldo spent his time with one of the world’s premier Formula One drivers, Jenson Button.

The Portuguese star hopped in a pair of McLaren supercars with Button, taking a ride around the circuit and doing a few donuts, all the while receiving instruction on how to drive the vehicle.

Ronaldo was admittedly a bit tense during the lesson, saying, “He tried to teach me some stuff, but he was going so fast I didn’t take a lot of attention because I was like in the pressure to hold everything so strong.”

The “lesser” of the supercars, the McLaren 650S, boasts over 600 horsepower, while the McLaren P1 (or “bad boy” as Button calls it), cranks out over 700 horsepower.

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Even a guy that looks like that couldn’t help but blush at all that raw power.

(h/t Bleacher Report, Image: Getty)

29
Aug

David Beckham fell off his motorcycle, but don’t worry, he’s mostly OK

The English football icon has been making the most of his retirement, spending a lot of time indulging in some of his other hobbies. One of his favorites is riding motorcycles. 

Earlier this summer, a documentary called “Into The Unknown,” starring David Beckham was released, highlighting his travels through Brazil on his motorcycle.

While Beckham may be able to tackle the difficulties of riding through the Amazon, it seems that Golden Balls had a bit more trouble cruising down the Sunset Strip. According to TMZ, Beckham had to lay down his bike in the middle of the street to avoid paparazzi.

Now it looks like Becks may have injured his wrist in the accident. At least it wasn’t the moneymaker!

It’s clear that Beckham is certainly enjoying his retirement, but we all would like him stay in one piece, please.
26
Aug

Real Madrid launch all-black Champions League dragon kit

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Real Madrid finally launched their new third kits on Tuesday and it was well worth the wait, because it has DRAGONS on it. Dragons!

Renowned Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto created the all-black kit, which Real will most likely don for some of their Champions League matches and whenever they feel like intimidating the hell out of their opponents.

If this won’t break all kinds of kit sale records in the Far East market, I don’t know what will. Well played, Real and Adidas, well played.

Okay, now when’s the next season of “Game of Thrones” starting again?

23
Aug

Did Cristiano Ronaldo deliberately punch Diego Godin last night?

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In the final minute of Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory Friday night over Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to punch Atletico defender Diego Godin in the head on a corner kick. The two got tangled up in the box as Real were desperately searching for an equalizer, and Ronaldo seemed to smack Godin to the ground out of frustration.

When you see it again in slow motion (below), it certainly looks like Ronaldo landed not one, but two hay-makers on Godin’s dome, and though we can’t say for sure, the second one seems somewhat intentional. Should La Liga share our view, anything other than a multiple-match suspension would be a surprise.

Also, we see you Sergio Ramos. Attempting a “Hand of God” goal, there? Nothing gets past the FOX Soccer Blog!

20
Aug

Sergio Ramos punches Mario Mandzukic in the face, only sees yellow

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Three months after last season’s Champions League final, Atletico and Real Madrid faced off again on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa.

In the second half, new Atletico striker and former Bayern Munich man Mario Mandzukic reintroduced himself to Sergio Ramos, charging at and landing on top of the defender after a duel in the air.

None too pleased, Ramos retaliated whilst on the ground with a clean punch to Mandzukic’s jaw, a perfectly reasonable response in MMA fighting, not so much in a football match.

We’ll see if there will be any repercussions for Ramos in the next few days. We reckon that’s worthy of just a bit more than a yellow card.

16
Aug

Real Madrid full-kit pitch invader tries to blend in on corner kick

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This is Cristiano Ronaldo. He played and scored against Fiorentina in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly loss on Saturday. He was subbed off at halftime, but somehow ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ magically appeared back on the pitch in the 75th minute.

Okay, clearly that is not the Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a fan who thought himself clever by wearing a full kit, invading the pitch and trying to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick. It actually worked pretty well as no one seemed to know what was going on or what to do.

He was pretty much was given free rein to walk wherever he pleased.

Security? Anybody? No? Okay then. Well played, sir.

15
Aug

Darren Fletcher does Ice Bucket Challenge, as awareness goes global

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We’ve already introduced you to the Ice Bucket Challenge, (which you’re probably aware has been making the rounds on the Internet), but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick refresher:

The movement to combat the rare neurodegenerative disease ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has gone viral since originating in Boston last month. Athletes and celebrities have joined the general public in pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then “daring” more people to do the same.

The challenge has made its way over to Europe now, too, as a trio of AS Roma players took the plunge.

Additionally, Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was recently tapped to do it. In turn, and to the delight of everyone here at FOX Soccer, he nominated none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Don’t let all the ladies down, CR7. We know you don’t need an excuse to remove your shirt anyway, so just do it.

H/T Daily Mail

9
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo is so over doing regular push-ups

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Ronaldo with Irina. Are we sure they’re not just wax figures? (Image: Getty)

When you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing about your life is normal. He dates a super model, plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world, makes way too much money and has magical hair gel that keeps his locks perfect at all times.

So why would his push-ups be normal?

Clearly, he is bored with the regular form of this exercise and decided to add a little extra challenge to it, because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo. He even gets back up like he’s super-human.

Come on, dude, stop making your teammates look bad.

(H/T The Score)