2
May

Mammoth soccer stadium opens in Saudi Arabia

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Talk about a stadium fit for a king.

The King Abdullah Sports City National Stadium officially opened this week, and it is truly a spectacle.

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The 60,000 seat stadium will house the two Premier League teams in Jeddah, Al-Ittihad FC and Al-Ahli SC, according to Arup Associates.

Given the hot climate in Saudi Arabia, the open-air stadium was specially designed to provide plenty of shade and ventilation with the diamond-shaped designs along the side.

With this proclaimed as a “jewel of the desert,” clearly it’s good to be king.

(Images and h/t 101GG)

14
Nov

Saudi Arabian Premier League offers daily dose of sportsmanship

When a match doesn’t go as desired, fans and coaches often use referees as scapegoats. On the whole, though, we’d say that refs are good at doing their jobs.

That said, what in the world was the referee in this Saudi Arabian Premier League match between Al Nahda and Al Ittihad thinking? Fortunately for all of us, the players on the field restored faith in humanity after this farce. Let’s set the scene.

Al Nahdha keeper Taisir Al Antaif lines up to start play but notices his shoe is untied. This is a problem, because he’s wearing gloves from the Mickey Mouse collection. Enter: Jobson, Al Ittihad’s striker with a heart of gold.

In the vein of good sportsmanship, Jobson notices the dilemma and ties Al Antaif’s shoe for him. The two exchange a high five and the game, tied 2-2, continues.

Then the referee intervenes. He blows the whistle for Al Antiaf taking too long to star play, thus giving Al Ittihad a free kick in a very dangerous area.

Safe to say that everyone in the entire stadium, Al Ittihad fans included, think the decision is a dubious one … to put it nicely. But in the continued spirit of sportsmanship, Al Ittihad just harmlessly pushes the ball out of bounds for a goal kick. Talk about fair play.

Final score line: Benevolence 2, Miserliness 1.

(h/t LiveLeak)

13
Nov

Lionel Messi returned to the top of the AP Global 10 soccer rankings by breaking Pele’s 54-year-old goal-scoring record with his 76th tally over the weekend. Just how did he celebrate his return to the top of the world rankings? Simple. By having a big, scary gun pointed right in his face.

The hilarity starts at 3:00 when Argentina arrived to Saudi Arabia’s airport for Wednesday’s friendly. The team’s televised reception at the airport showed Messi being protected by an armed officers and staring down the barrel of an AK-47.

Check it out.