Today, in World Cup Selfies…

Eden Hazard, Belgium:

Radamel Falcao, Colombia:

Edinson Cavani, Uruguay:

Sergio Aguero, Argentina:

Yann Sommer, Switzerland:

We told ya’ll this was the World Cup of Selfies!


Messi, Neymar, Falcao and Aguero sing like dorks in video

What does it take to get Lionel Messi, Neymar, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Eric Abidal, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to sing like huge dorks in a music video? The last name on that list probably gives it away.

Shakira recorded a World Cup version of her song “La La La” for Brazil this summer, and recruited some of the world’s biggest soccer stars to appear in the video for it.

See? Even some of the world’s biggest stars like to lip-sync just like us. They even look just as dorky doing it, too.

But the real star of the video, however, is Shakira and Gerard’s son, Milan, as he adorably plays soccer with an elephant. Not bad for a 16-month-old!


Benjamin Aguero Maradona is already living up to his name

Things that most five-year-old kids are learning to do:

1) Tie their shoes

2) Share toys

3) Count to 10

4) Draw fridge art

5) Ride a tricycle

But not if your father is Sergio Aguero and your grandfather is Diego Maradona. No, instead, at age five you are learning to score golazos.

It’s probably too early to tell, but young Benjamin might have a future doing this soccer thing. Let the bidding begin!

(H/T SB Nation)


Mourinho targets Atletico star


Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

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


Real Madrid’s rising star Morata bound for Arsenal

Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League could receive a considerable boost in January if the papers are to be believed. Rising Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata is set to join the table-topping Gunners on a six-month loan deal in the New Year to add an extra dimension to an already talent-laden squad. We’ve also got the latest on Sergio Aguero, Alexandre Pato and Cristian Tello. Just click here for the best gossip from the UK press.


Chelsea plot move for Monaco’s Falcao

Chelsea look keen to bolster their attacking options with a number of questions asked about the firepower they possess up front. Despite only moving to Monaco in the summer, Chelsea have turned their attention to Radamel Falcao. After making a good start to life in France the Colombian has enhanced his reputation as a clinical goalscorer with a host of clubs interested in the striker. We’ve also got the latest news on Manchester United, Arsenal plus a story on the future of Mario Balotelli. Click here for more.


Man City strikers wanted by top clubs

Manchester City are back in the news but for very different reasons. Normally big-spending City are in the hunt for new players but this time two of their star commodoties are on the wish list of two big clubs. We’ve also got the latest on Borussia Dortmunds’s search for a new striker to replace Robert Lewandowski. Just click here for the best gossip from the UK press.  


Uruguayan keeper retires after chopping off four of his fingers

imageUruguayan keeper Juan Obelar was forced to retire from football after a horrendous accident left him with only a thumb on his left hand. The 34-year-old chopped off four of his fingers while using a wood-cutting machine.

From the Daily Mail:

I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment.

I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers.

I was on my own, I didn’t have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb.

Obelar, who last featured for Montevideo-based Penarol, had been out of a team and planned to attempt a comeback in January. Obviously, those plans have now been scrapped. Obelar said he will receive surgery to try to reconstruct his hand, but there is no way his fingers can be reattached. We hope you get well soon, Juan!

imageGetty Images via Daily Mail

It’s not the first unusual domestic accident that has left soccer players on the sidelines, although none have been as horrific as Obelar’s.

Man United defender Rio Ferdinand once suffered a tendon strain by simply watching television, and Man City striker Sergio Aguero injured his foot last year while riding his son’s mini-motocross bike.  AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta takes the cake, though. He once missed a month of action after needing surgery for rupturing tendons in his thumb. The reason? A marathon session on the PlayStation!


Manchester City, Bayern Munich first teams to advance to UCL Round of 16

Manchester City achieved club history on Tuesday night by reaching their first-ever knockout stage in the Champions League, blowing out CSKA Moscow 5-2. Alvaro Negredo netted a hat trick after two goals by Sergio Aguero had put City comfortably ahead. Not even the two goals conceded by Costel Pantilimon — in place of the benched Joe Hart — could spoil the party.

After two consecutive painful group stage exits, the relief amongst the City players and fans was noticeable on social media:

City wouldn’t have made history had they not received a little help from their Group D rivals Bayern Munich. Bayern still had to take care of business at Viktoria Plzen. Not surprisingly, they did just that, winning 1-0 on a Mario Mandzukic header in the second half:

Not only did Bayern secure a Round of 16 spot themselves, it was also their ninth straight victory in the Champions League, which ties the all-time record set by Barcelona in the 2002-03 season.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola, said afterwards: “I’m very happy over this new record. I hope we can extend it in Moscow.” Indeed, they would set the all-time mark with a tenth straight win.


Bayern Munich eye Aguero swoop


After an impressive goalscoring start to the season, Sergio Aguero appears to have gained some admirers. Heading the list of clubs looking to sign the Manchester City forward are reigning European Champions, Bayern Munich. With the Bundesliga giants failing to be convincing in attack at present, the Argentine could be the long-term solution. We’ve also got the latest on Sami Khedira and Ilkay Gundogan. Click here for these and more rumors from the UK press.