1
Sep

How not to do Social Media: Leeds United fans aren’t too happy with their club’s Twitter account

A little more than an hour remained on Deadline Day when Leeds United’s Twitter account sent out a tweet teasing their fans that more deals were set to be done by the club.

The Championship club got their fans all worked up, expecting some new additions to a squad hoping to secure a much higher finish than the previous season.

The first deal to come through saw Leeds striker Matt Smith complete a move to Fulham. Not exactly what the Elland Road faithful were hoping for. But there had to be at least one inbound player, right? RIGHT?

Nope. Two minutes before the transfer window closed, Leeds announced another departure. Well, maybe a post-deadline announcement was imminent?

Wrong again.

We can’t repeat them here, but the responses to Leeds’ final tweet give you a colorful picture of how the fans feel about staying up for an extra hour or so just to see two players sold. Not many will ever trust the @LUFC account again.

1
Sep

Sky reporter uses vanishing spray to keep QPR fans under control

You can always count on some wacky things to happen during Sky Sports’ coverage of Deadline Day. (Considering how many consecutive hours their reporters spend outside of stadiums across England, it’s surprising that more shenanigans don’t happen.)

With about 5 hours before the transfer window closed on Monday, Gary Cotterill used a unique method of keeping the rowdy QPR fans behind him at bay: vanishing spray.

The fans seem happy to oblige Gary, standing the designated four feet away from him behind the white line. They’re more well-behaved than some actual footballers, who are happy to sneak a step beyond the disappearing line.

31
Aug

This is a spectacular own-goal from the German fifth tier

There are own-goals, and then there is this fantastic screw up by Zamir Daudi of TGM SV Jügesheim.

It takes a certain amount of skill to put the ball into your own net while you are facing away from it, but that’s just what Daudi did:

There’s a certain twisted beauty in scoring an own goal that bad.

31
Aug

Junior Malanda is having a rough start to the Bundesliga season

It was just last Friday that Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda had this horrendous miss against Bayern Munich.

As if he wasn’t already embarrassed enough, this happened on Saturday:

The poor guy just cannot catch a break. Maybe it’s a good thing the international break is coming up. He could probably use some time to reflect (and practice finishing).

31
Aug

Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit

30
Aug

Schalke tip cap to miners with awesome new stadium tunnel

Schalke have paid homage to the mining community that supports their side by revamping a tunnel in the Veltins-Arena stadium to look like a coal mine.

The club is nicknamed “the Miners” because of the area’s history of mining, and it’s pretty awesome to see Schalke embracing it.

With clubs like Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich lining up in the dark, imposing tunnel alongside Schalke’s squad, we’d say the pregame intimidation factor gets a bump in Schalke’s favor.

Let’s just take one more look at that:

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Awesome stuff.

(h/t Metro)

29
Aug

David Beckham fell off his motorcycle, but don’t worry, he’s mostly OK

The English football icon has been making the most of his retirement, spending a lot of time indulging in some of his other hobbies. One of his favorites is riding motorcycles. 

Earlier this summer, a documentary called “Into The Unknown,” starring David Beckham was released, highlighting his travels through Brazil on his motorcycle.

While Beckham may be able to tackle the difficulties of riding through the Amazon, it seems that Golden Balls had a bit more trouble cruising down the Sunset Strip. According to TMZ, Beckham had to lay down his bike in the middle of the street to avoid paparazzi.

Now it looks like Becks may have injured his wrist in the accident. At least it wasn’t the moneymaker!

It’s clear that Beckham is certainly enjoying his retirement, but we all would like him stay in one piece, please.
25
Aug

La Liga minnows SD Eibar win top-flight debut on wonder goal

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SD Eibar made its La Liga debut this weekend and promptly celebrated their first three points thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. The club from the tiny Basque town of Eibar, which boasts a population of just over 27,000, also made sure the winning goal was a memorable one.

Midfielder Javi Lara buried a beautiful free kick from an impossible angle to etch himself forever in club lore:

The underdog of all underdogs, Eibar is the smallest club to ever to compete in La Liga and had to raise $2.3 million in capital just to keep its place in the league after earning promotion from the Segunda Divison.

Their home ground, Ipurua Stadium, holds just 5,900 spectators (there are plans to raise the capacity to a whopping 6,700). And now they’re playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose own arenas could hold three Eibars. The entire town. Three times.

We here at the Blog sincerely hope the magical ride continues for as long as possible. What a great story.

Image provided by Getty

GIF via Reddit

24
Aug

Black cat invades Camp Nou pitch during Barcelona’s La Liga opener

imageThe Blaugrana will be hoping the furry pitch invader in their La Liga home opener isn’t a sign of things to come this season.

Just as their match against Elche kicked off, a rather adorable black cat ran rampant on the pitch for a good few minutes, sprinting the length of the pitch before it was eventually wrangled by a steward.



If Barcelona has some kind of disastrous or unlucky or ‘cat’-astrophic season, we all know who the Camp Nou faithful will blame.

Image: Josep Lago, Getty Images

22
Aug

This is probably the worst miss to happen in soccer ever

It is not an exaggeration to say that Junior Malanda will never, ever live this miss down. It has to be one of the worst — if not the worst of the worst — miss to ever happen in a soccer match. There aren’t words to do it justice, so just watch in awe.

Just…how? The ball was practically on the line already, he just had to push it over. A puppy could score that.

To make matters worse, Wolfsburg lost to Bayern, 2-1, and had Malanda managed to tuck that one away, it would’ve been a huge draw in their Bundesliga opener, and only their second point ever in Munich. It was not to be.