31
Jul

Men’s Health declares Cristiano Ronaldo “Fittest Man Alive”

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That’s a lot of muscle and not a lot of fat. (Image: @MadridSportsES)

Cristiano Ronalo is shirtless again — we know, we know, you’re shocked — and this time it’s on the cover of Men’s Health magazine’s September issue. They’ve declared him the Fittest Man Alive, and really, when you break down the numbers (or just use your eyeballs) it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Just a few nuggets from his spread in the fitness magazine:

-Ronaldo runs more than six miles per game
-His body fat is in the low single digits (well, duh)
-In a typical game, he sprints 33 times at a top speed of about 21 mph
-He can kick that ball at 80 mph (surprised he hasn’t broken a net yet)

Okay, we get it Cristiano. YOU’RE IN SHAPE. Can you stop showing off now? The rest of us are feeling self-conscious.

Here’s a look behind the scenes of his cover shoot, in case you want to feel even worse about your own physique:

31
Jul

Class act: Spanish 3rd division team dresses to the nines for charity match

Cultural Leonesa, a Spanish 3rd division team, turned some heads when they unveiled their dapper new kits: tuxedo shirts.

But now, we’ve finally gotten a chance to see the high-class gear in action and it is every bit the fashion statement we were hoping for.

Check out some video highlights of the penguin suits in action, especially the goalie’s stylish and sharp white tux.

The team wore the uniform as part of a charity match to benefit the local mining industry and celebrate the club’s 90th year.

Although, someone must have forgotten to tell the competition that it was a black tie affair.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

31
Jul

Norwegian football club gets big boost from super fan’s estate

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(Image via @FLFart)

A Norwegian football club just got a big boost to their bank account thanks to a local fan.

Erling Andreassen, who passed away at the age of 91 in July, left nearly all his estate to his local club in Vang, Norway: FL Fart.

(Okay, yes, funny name, have a laugh — can we move on now?)

The estate totals nearly four million Norwegian Krone ($636,000) and will go into the coffers of FL Fart. The club is best known for their successful women’s team, which is playing in Norway’s top tier women’s league.

The team issued a statement on the “magnificent” gift, saying the board hasn’t decided how the funds will be allocated, but it will be brought up at their annual meeting to figure out how to best use them. For a club of such a small size, this donation will go a long way.

And since you’re still chuckling about the club name, “Fart” translates as “speed” in Norwegian.

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

31
Jul

U-20 Mexico/Northern Ireland match ends in violent brawl

A tournament match-up between Mexico and Northern Ireland Under-20s turned very, very ugly on Wednesday.

The teams were facing off in Northern Ireland in the Milk Cup, an annual week-long international youth tournament, when the game devolved into full-team brawls. Twice.

The fighting started in the 57th minute, and deteriorated into violence with three players getting red cards.

The brawling started again with three or four minutes left on the clock and resulted in one Mexican player aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Ireland player.

The referee opted to blow the final whistle when order was finally restored.

In total, three Mexican players and one from Northern Ireland were sent-off for fighting during the match and all four were later suspended by the tournament organizers.

On Thursday, Mexican FA issued an apology for the team’s behavior, while Northern Ireland team manager Stephen Craigan said Mexico shouldn’t be invited back to the tournament. He’s got a point:

"It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world. They were here to watch a football match, they do not expect to see that. Mexico did it last year, they had a man sent-off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

Northern Ireland came out of the melee with a 2-1 win, and will win the tournament if they beat their final opponent, Canada.

(h/t BBC Sport)

30
Jul

Cesc Fabregas does the Macarena for Chelsea initiation, scores lovely goal

A longtime Chelsea tradition requires all new signings to perform a song in front of the entire team as part of their initiation.  

This year, all eyes were on former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. How would he try to win over his new teammates? With the Macarena, of course!

Too easy.

Following his little song and dance, Cesc then opened his goal-scoring account for the Stamford Bridge club, with quite an impressive strike to boot. Check out the Spaniard’s beautiful free kick vs. Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem:


We’re thinking that Cesc’s goals might help his status at Chelsea a bit more than his singing.

30
Jul

Going crazy! Pitch invaders run wild at end of Real Madrid-Roma match

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Not one, not two, not three.

Not four, not five.

Not six.

We literally lost track how many pitch invaders interrupted the end of the Real Madrid vs. Roma match on Tuesday night at the International Champions Cup, but we do know this: One is already too many.

The preseason tournament has had at least one pitch invader in seemingly every game thus far, but things really got out of hand in Dallas:

Security staffers, don’t quit your day jobs.

Photo provided by Getty Images.

29
Jul

Super friends! CR7 poses with Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather

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Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo dismissed a TMZ report that he would join forces with Lil Wayne’s new sports management company.

Nothing’s been said about him joining The Money Team, though!

Three days ago, Cristiano Ronaldo shared a picture with boxing champ Floyd “Money” Mayweather on Twitter, then posed for a selfie with Justin Bieber. Check it out:

So, who’s in your clique?

29
Jul

Is New York City FC the best five-a-side team in the Big Apple?

Jacobson (R) becomes NYCFC’s fifth player on the roster. (Image: USA Today)

New York City FC acquired FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson by trade on Tuesday. The expansion side shipped the modest price of a 2016 third-round draft pick to FCD in exchange for the 28-year-old holding player.

As far as transactions go, this swap warrants little more than a footnote for a team still months away from taking the field. NYCFC’s reaction to the deal, however, is quite a bit more notable. 

In response to the swoop for Jacobson, NYCFC boasted about the strength of its five-man roster to the shock and horror of basketball teams and indoor sides everywhere.

Andrew becomes the second midfielder signed to the club after Frank Lampard made the move form Chelsea last week. Spanish striker David Villa, goalkeeper Josh Saunders, and defender Jeb Brovsky fill the remaining spaces in what must currently be New York’s best five-a-side team.

The statement isn’t as rash as it sounds. Times are tough for both New York basketball teams. Carmelo Anthony stayed with the Knicks this summer, but they are hardly Eastern Conference contenders given the weak supporting cast surrounding him. Brooklyn is paying the luxury tax from now until eternity without any flexibility to reinforce an aging team with little real chance to win the NBA title.

Serious questions quickly emerged. Is Melo a better scoring option than the combined strengths of Frank Lampard and David Villa? Can Jeb Brovsky or Josh Saunders repel Joe Johnson’s threat from deep? Will 

These are the dilemma NYCFC asked us to ponder. The only problem: Jacobson quickly joined Brovsky and Saunders by securing a loan deal to fill the time before training camp. So much for the pickup game at Pier 40 to settle the matter, then.

29
Jul

Leroy Fer destroys dance floor at his own wedding

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer got married over the weekend to long-time girlfriend Xenia Schipaanboord, and the pair then set the dance floor on fire with an impressively synchronized, not-so-traditional first dance.

Set to the romantic tune of Chris Brown’s These H*** Ain’t Loyal, watch these newlyweds entertain their guests with some dirty dancing:

Fer played for the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, but with moves like that you could easily mistake him for a Colombian!

Via Daily Mirror

29
Jul

Carles Puyol seems to be enjoying his retirement so far

If you ever wondered what retired professional soccer players do when they go on vacation with their stunning WAGs, maybe these posts from Carles Puyol’s girlfriend Vanesa Lorenzo will shed some light.

Apparently, some highly advanced hotel room yoga is on the agenda:

Perfect balance…

OK, now we’re slowly approaching Sarah Marshall-Aldous Snow territory…. (Come on, you can see it!)

Enjoy retirement, Carles! We’re sure you will.