4
Jan

Nakamura knocks bride and groom off a wedding cake

Japanese game shows never cease to provide us with golden entertainment. Today’s example: Free kick master Shunsuke Nakamura attempting to knock a bride and groom off of the top of a wedding cake.

It’s no secret that Nakamura has a spectacular ability to hit inch-perfect free kicks.

So why not see if he can do the near-impossible and hit a small cake topper off of a fake wedding cake that moves up and down and is obstructed by balloons in just 10 minutes? Simple.

Well, not exactly. Even Nakamura needed several attempts and even a little extra time until he eventually nailed it:

We’re not exactly sure what the stakes were here, but Nakamura couldn’t have been more relieved to have finally hit his target. We wonder what wacky challenge he’ll attempt next.

(Via r/soccer)

2
Oct

Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi still has the magic touch

Even at 48 years old, Gheorghe Hagi, unanimously considered Romania’s all-time greatest footballer, still has that legendary touch of 20 years ago.

In an all-star match between Galatasaray and Barcelona legends (Hagi played for both, and managed the Turkish side on two occassions) the ”The Maradona of the Carpathians” pulled off a sublime 180-degree pirouette pass with the outside of his boot. Of course, it found his teammate perfectly.

Brilliant stuff!

8
Aug

Take your pick: Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo?

There are few players in the world who can bend the ball perfectly over a wall, past the goalkeeper and into the net on a regular basis. Sure, sometimes you get lucky and hit your free kick just right, but to do it consistently takes a tremendous amount of practice and skill.

Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of those players that have absolutely mastered the art of the free kick. And on Wednesday night, the legends played a game of soccer HORSE across two continents.

First up was Ronaldinho, who scored this stunner for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil against Botafogo:

But Cristiano Ronaldo countered with this beauty during the International Champions Cup final win versus Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea:

Alright, Ronnie, you’re up next. Let’s see what you’ve got.

28
Jul

World’s best freestyler makes London his playground

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Meet two-time defending World Freestyle champion Andrew Henderson. Andrew is good at juggling. Very, very, very good.

The 22-year old from England started doing freestyle tricks at the age of 15, and when it came time for Henderson to pick between university football and freestyle, he chose what he does best. Henderson now practices five hours per day, five days a week, and quite clearly all the hard work is paying off. 

Kick back, relax, and don’t let your jaw hit the ground:

Video by STRskillschool

28
Jul

Raul serves food at testimonial match, Julian Draxler steals show with must-see assist

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Raul, one of Europe’s greatest players ever, celebrated his incredible career with a testimonial match between his current side Al Saad and Schalke 04, for whom Raul played from 2010 to 2012.

The Champions League's all-time leading scorer swapped kits at halftime and contributed to Schalke's 9-0 romp over Qatar's national champion.

Appropriately, Raul scored a brace to get on the score sheet in his farewell, thanks to a penalty and this finger-lickin’ good assist by 19-year-old German prodigy Julian Draxler:

Despite recently extending his contract with Schalke through 2018, Draxler has already fielded — and rejected — offers from some of Europe’s top clubs willing to meet the €45m release clause, including Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. And you can see why after his cheeky move.

After the match, Raul served homemade Spanish food to players and match officials as a way of saying thank you. “It’s an honor for me. Schalke is my home, blue and white forever,” Raul told the sellout crowd at Veltins-Arena.

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24
Jun

Babies are balling out of control in “little big shots” commerical

Canon has released a new commercial promoting their new camera; the idea is that big talent can be stored in little things. To help get the idea across, they’ve rolled out a set of infants showcasing incredible soccer skills.

These babies may or may not have had some help from computer animation, but it’s still impressive seeing these little guys pull off some amazing tricks.

Rumor has it that Arsenal has already tried to sign each and every baby in this commercial.

Bold strategy, let’s see how it pays off for them.