Russian youth soccer game turns into massive brawl

A soccer match in Russia was the scene of a violent incident that quickly got out of hand.

The match between Dnepr Smolensk and Lokomotiv Moscow turned into an all-out brawl replete with haymakers and cheap shots. Just go ahead and watch to see the melee, and make sure to keep en eye out for the flying kick (you can’t miss it).

Fortunately, it looks like everyone escaped without major injury. Yet, something tells us these kids need some anger management courses.

Or if that won’t work, at least put on some gloves.


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(h/t Deadspin)


Swansea to fight off Russian interest in Michu

The transfer window may have shut in most of Europe but it remains open for one more day in Russia. Anzhi Makhachkala have been undergoing some personnel changes in the last few months. Samuel Eto’o, Willian, Lassana Diarra and Lacina Traore all left the club as part of a clear-out, but they are looking to recruit again. Swansea striker Michu, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, has been linked with a move to Anzhi but the Swans will resist such a bid.

We’ve also got the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. Just click here for more.  


FAIL! Fabio Capello names wrong player by same name to Russia squad

image"Wait a second…that’s not the guy! Is that the guy? Hmph!"

Fabio Capello is apparently still getting used to the Russian language and nomenclature. Because according to The Mirror, the Italian manager inadvertently called up the wrong player to Russia’s national team. Seriously.

Capello named 21-year-old Andrey Semenov from Lokomotiv Moscow’s reserve team to his squad for an upcoming friendly against Armenia, when he really tried to call up the more experienced Andrey Semenov, — also a defender — from Terek Grozny. Oops!

As you could imagine, the result of this faux-pas was highly amusing.

The incorrectly selected Semenov said he “was surprised, to say the least,” while Lokomotiv even published a press release on their website declaring the good news. However, it didn’t take long for them to find out this wasn’t, in fact, so. The Russian Football Federation quickly caught the error and apologized.

Poor guy. This is comparable to receiving a fake love letter from your elementary school crush (which may or may not have happened to me).

H/T DirtyTackle


Four direct berths, playoff spots in balance as UEFA WCQ comes to a close


Expect plenty of drama and turmoil to unfold as Europe concludes the group phase of its World Cup qualifying efforts on Tuesday.

Most of the heavy hitters have either locked up a place in Brazil or situated themselves properly to claim one ahead of the last round of fixtures. Several prominent sides – including England and Spain – still need a result to guarantee a direct berth, while other countries – ranging from the usual suspects in France and Portugal to potential first-timers Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland – must obtain results to either finish in top spot or seal a place in the playoffs next month.

Here is a look at the state of play heading into a decisive day across the continent:

Qualified: Belgium (Group A), Italy (Group B), Germany (Group C), Netherlands (Group D), Switzerland (Group E)

Into the playoffs: Croatia (Group A), Sweden (Group C)

Assured of a direct berth or a playoff spot, depending on results: Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group G), France (Group I), England (Group H), Greece (Group G), Portugal (Group F), Russia (Group F), Spain (Group I)

Group A: Nothing to see here with Belgium (qualified) and Croatia (playoffs) already confirmed as the top two.

Group B: Italy has already booked its place in Brazil. Bulgaria (13 points, +6 GD), Denmark (13 points, -1 GD), Czech Republic (12 points, +3 GD) and Armenia (12 points, -1 GD) remain in contention for second place, but the low point haul and the smattering of the results here and elsewhere means not one of the four sides is likely to qualify for the playoff as one of the top-eight finishers (only the results against the top five teams in the group count in that convoluted table).

Bulgaria hosts the Czechs (already eliminated from playoff contention based on results) in Sofia with a chance to claim second place. If the Bulgarians falter, then Denmark will almost certainly top them given their task at home to bottom side Malta. Armenia must win in Italy and then hope for some help along the way.

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Pitch invader dodges security, scores full-body golazo

Yesterday’s World Cup qualifiers were so chock-full of awesomeness we hardly had any time to appreciate the more irreverent side of the beautiful game.

Luckily, today affords us that opportunity! And as always, the web hasn’t let us down.

Take a gander at the video of this fan tearing down the pitch during yesterday’s 4-0 win for Russia against Luxembourg.

With a move that would make [insert soccer superstar’s name here] proud, this smooth operator splits two would-be tacklers before dive bombing into the goal.

Worth noting: Fabio Capello appears to take the break in the action to do a little bit of coaching. Now that’s focus.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)


LA Galaxy, Chelsea battle for Eto’o coup

There seems to have been an influx of high-profile names making the leap over to the United States recently. Today’s Paper Chase links another superstar with a transfer to USA’s Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy have joined Chelsea and Inter Milan in showing an interest in Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o who is valued at £13million ($20 million). Eto’o, who transferred to Anzhi in 2011 has had a successful spell at the club, scoring 25 times in 51 appearances.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Zenit player scores, swears at fans, gets red card

You stay classy Roman Shirokov.

The Zenit midfielder was subbed on in the 59th minute of a match against Volga, and he certainly made an impression. In stoppage time, Shirokov scored Zenit’s third goal, securing a 3-1 victory.

But then he carried out a bizarre celebration.

After the goal, Shirokov proceeded to flip off the home crowd. The referee wasted no time, and sent him off with a straight red card.

Apparently the fans were booing as he was subbed on because he tweeted “CSKA deserved the championship” after CSKA Moscow won the league, which assured a second place finish for Zenit. This appeared to be his way of repaying them.

H/T 101GG


Linesman assaults youth player after match

Following the conclusion of a Russian reserve league match between Amkar Perm and Terek, linesman Musa Kadyrov committed an unforgivable act. Right after the final whistle blows, the linesman drops his flag and begins to assault an 18-year-old Amkar defender. After punches and kicks were landed, his teammates swooped in for the rescue.

To add insult to injury, Terek players took the opportunity to create even more chaos.

The attacked defender told the Guardian:

"The ref blew the final whistle and I started walking to our bench, when suddenly someone came from behind, pushed me to the ground and began kicking and punching me," the 18-year-old Amkar player told reporters.

"Terek players then joined the attack. Someone grabbed me by the throat, another hit me … bloodying my face."

The Russian football association has, rightfully, acted quickly and pushed for a lifetime ban for the out of control linesman.


Too long have pitch invaders been coming on to the field to interrupt the game. Now, it seems, we have a potent weapon against such anti-social behavior! A new breed of super stewards ready to take on the invasion. This video shows a fan on the pitch in the Brazil vs Russia game. The unsuspecting fan is running around the pitch (obviously lapping up his moment), before the steward takes him down with a move more associated with WWE.

The steward’s 15 minutes of fame continued after the match, when fans were eager to get a photo with him!

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