15
Sep

Fans of club in Brazil copy Japan’s post-game clean-up practice

While Japan didn’t win any matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, their fans won the hearts of many around the globe with their unique post-game ritual.

After every match, the Japanese fans stayed after and cleaned up their section of the stadium. It was a truly heart-warming thing to see. And it looks like one Brazilian club took notice and adopted this practice.

After Atletico-PR beat Vitoria 2-0 on Sunday, their fans stayed after the match to help clean up the Arena da Baixada. The club even gave the supporters 20,000 trash bags to aid their efforts.

We’re hoping this is a practice that catches on at stadiums around the world!

(H/T DirtyTackle)

11
Sep

Puebla prepares for Liga MX match wearing wolf masks

It’s no secret that Puebla manager José Luis Sánchez Solá — also known as “Chelis”— has always been a bit of a character. Whether it’s his brutal honesty in interviews or even quitting live on air, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chelis deployed some strange tactics in one of Puebla’s training sessions this week:

So, why exactly are his playings wearing wolf masks while they train? We’ll let Chelis himself explain:

"When they play the ball like a dog will do, they will fight to steal it and defend it," he said on the club’s website.

Puebla is fighting to avoid relegation from Liga MX this season, so at this point, whatever works, right?

You can see the masks in action below courtesy of our friends over @TheBuzzerOnFOX:

11
Sep

Rio de Janeiro favela features world’s first pitch powered by players

We’re all used to Pelé doing the remarkable, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Brazilian soccer legend has partnered with Shell to unveil something truly mind-blowing: A pitch that’s powered by players.

That’s right. Nestled in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, there’s now a pitch with floodlights that are powered by the kinetic energy of the players on the pitch. Per Shell:

Special tiles under the pitch surface to capture the energy generated by football players’ movement. This energy is then stored and combined with the power generated by solar panels next to the pitch to convert into renewable electricity for the pitch’s new floodlights.

How awesome is that? Take a look at the before and after shots of the once rundown pitch in the Morro da Mineira favela.

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imageWe’re not sure if there’s a timer on those lights … but something tells us they likely won’t be going out anytime soon.

(h/t Metro, images via Shell)

11
Sep

Welcome to the ’80s: Denim is the new team color for Napoli

Serie A team Napoli has decided to take a stab at high fashion in their latest kit design.

We’re just not sure what decade we’re in.

Take a look at the denim themed kits. 

And yes, those are shirts AND shorts in what appears to be simulated blue jean fabric.

 Look closely: are those fake denim seams?

Napoli unveiled the design as one of their alternate kits, branding it as ‘Perfect Denim.’

This is a scare tactic for their opponents, right?

(h/t For the Win)

10
Sep

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are bickering again and it’s fantastic

imageLittle did we know Mourinho was showing off Guardiola’s bald head. (Getty)

Jose and Pep are our favorite “frenemies” in the world of soccer, and their feud added a new chapter this week at a UEFA coaches summit in Switzerland. 

It turns out that even being in the land of neutrality couldn’t stop the two from bickering. The fight reportedly started over the length of the grass on the pitch. Guardiola thought the length of 3 cm was too long, and wanted it reduced to 1.5 cm, and be watered before every game. This would, according to Pep, make the play faster and more beautiful.

From TZ, the rest of the exchange went as follows:

"Everyone has his style of play, which should be respected," Mourinho responded. "Football can be spectacular in several ways."

"The beauty of football depends on the coach," Guardiola replied. "It seems to me that Mourinho prefers the result to the spectacle. I know to him that’s all that matters."

And it doesn’t end there. El Confidencial reports that Mourinho hit back at Guardiola with a cheap shot about his lack of hair.

"When you enjoy what you do, you don’t lose your hair, and Guardiola is balding. He doesn’t enjoy football."

This is just classic Mourinho. It’s not entirely clear if he actually said this, but we’re really, really hoping he did. 

10
Sep

Sevilla awarded their weight in beer for winning the Europa League

What good is winning a trophy if you don’t have anything to celebrate with? Well, luckily for Sevilla, their sponsor Cruzcampo came up with a great solution: give the players beer. LOTS of beer.

So Cruzcampo honored the team by giving each first team player his weight in beer. This is certainly one of the more unique ways to give away free booze.

Some of the players even showed up wearing a few extra accessories to add just a little bit more to their weight. You can’t blame them for trying.

(H/T SB Nation)

10
Sep

Daniel Agger donates to help send Denmark team to Homeless World Cup

Denmark was trying to send a team to the Homeless World Cup, which kicks off in October in Chile, but had come up short 20,000 kroner (about $3,500). They team had already raised a lot of money, so new donors were hard to come by and time was running out.

In stepped Daniel Agger.

The Danish international asked an Ombold board member — the organization sending the Denmark team to the tournament — how things were going. When he found out they were in need of money to be able to fund the trip, Agger didn’t hesitate to tell them he’d give them the money.

"You just tell me where and when to spend the money; and also if there is anything else I can do," Agger said.

What a selfless and wonderful act, Mr. Agger.

(H/T The Guardian)

10
Sep

Sprinklers shower TV commentators before Switzerland-England match

The world got a front row seat to the hazards of touchline reporting earlier this week, and it didn’t disappoint.

ITV commentators Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Glen Hoddle and Adrian Chiles were analyzing England’s game plan prior to the Three Lions’ 2-0 victory against Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park in Euro 2016 qualifying. Then, unexpectedly, the sprinklers were turned on and showered the English pundits on live television before the match:

Splash!

We understand the importance of gamesmanship. We just didn’t know that it applied to members of the media as well.

H/T NESN

4
Sep

Young fan thinks he can win the Champions League with Leeds United

Seven-year-old Zack Webb thinks pretty highly of his managerial skills. He may well be the next Jose Mourinho or Josep Guardiola, but for now, he’s just a young boy with big dreams.

Unless Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino decides to take him up on his offer:

It has been a decade since Leeds United have been in top flight football. At this point, might as well give the little fella a shot, right?

(H/T Deadspin)