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. But it was not to be.

19
Aug

David Beckham joins the world in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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He did it, everyone! David Beckham has completed the ice bucket challenge (as has almost everyone else on the planet).

Beckham was nominated by Ryan Seacrest (who was nominated by… Bill Gates!) and in turn challenged Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s an all-star cast right there. Well done, Becks.

Seeing as Beckham was "slimed" at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards just last month, pouring a little bit of ice water over his head must have been a piece of cake:

Why is he on his knees, though?

Beckham joins a long list of soccer stars who’ve succumbed to the viral internet campaign raising awareness and funds to fight ALS. We’ve showed you Cristiano Ronaldo doing it in his underpants earlier this week, and here are a few more footballers:

Neymar

Mario Balotelli


Paul Scholes

Steven Gerrard

Gerard Pique and Shakira

Abby Wambach

Image: Reuters

16
Aug

Real Madrid full-kit pitch invader tries to blend in on corner kick

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This is Cristiano Ronaldo. He played and scored against Fiorentina in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly loss on Saturday. He was subbed off at halftime, but somehow ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ magically appeared back on the pitch in the 75th minute.

Okay, clearly that is not the Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a fan who thought himself clever by wearing a full kit, invading the pitch and trying to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick. It actually worked pretty well as no one seemed to know what was going on or what to do.

He was pretty much was given free rein to walk wherever he pleased.

Security? Anybody? No? Okay then. Well played, sir.

16
Aug

Vanishing spray makes near-perfect Premier League debut

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The popular free-kick tool known as “magic spray” made its debut in the Premier League on Saturday.  Across England, every spray of the vanishing white foam was greeted with applause and cheers from the stands.

Most of the refs seemed happy with their new-found spraying power. In particular, Manchester United-Swansea City referee Mike Dean, who used his canister with great enthusiasm (though Nathan Dyer wasn’t too impressed with this line).

Unfortunately, with any new product there’s always a chance of it backfiring. Poor referee Jon Moss learned that the hard way as he attempted to draw out the lines for an Arsenal free kick, and ended up spraying it all over himself:

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Brutal. Hopefully that stuff doesn’t sting. Practice makes perfect, Jon. Keep at it and you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

Photographs: Action Images, Getty Images

16
Aug

Pitch invader takes halfway decent free kick

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Most pitch invaders storm the field in hopes of hugging their favorite player, or snapping selfies with as many stars as possible. 

But on the opening day of the Premier League, one fan took a different route, and elected to show off his football skills. He saw the opportune moment as Spurs lined up to take a free kick and pounced with lightning quick speed.

Christian Eriksen looked just devastated that the strike didn’t go in. And to be honest, his ensuing free kick wasn’t any better than the pitch invader’s attempt.

Maybe Blackpool should consider giving the fan a call.

13
Aug

Aubameyang reveals his true identity in German Super Cup

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Dortmund in the club’s 2-0 German Super Cup win over Bayern Munich, and celebrated by revealing his true identity as the one and only Spider-Man.

Of note: He pulled the mask out of his sock. That thing must have smelled awful. It’s impressive that he kept it on his face for that long.

Okay, so this isn’t the first time Aubameyang has pulled off this stunt, but it is his most realistic mask to date. His Spiderman celebration was actually inspired by former teammate Jeremie Janot, who is apparently a huge — we’re talking HUGE — Spider-Man fan.

Back in 2005, he wore a full Spider-Man kit, mask included, in a match. A real match that counted for real points.

Now THAT is dedication.

(Photo: Action Images)

12
Aug

Swedish 7th division player scores 21 goals in regional match, breaks record

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(Image: Facebook.com/KongoUnited)

Sometimes athletes like to pad their stats, and a game in the Stockholm’s regional seventh division is an extreme example of a perfect opportunity to do just that. 

Kongo United’s Yanick Djouzi Manzizila is now the new holder of a Swedish football record for the most goals scored in a game that had stood for the last 60 years. 

Manzizila had a a stellar game against opponents Balrog Botkyrka Södertälje IK, knocking in 21 goals. (The previous Swedish scoring record was 18 goals, set in 1954)

Unsurprisingly, Kongo United trounced the other team with a final score of 30-0.

The runaway victory didn’t come as a surprise to the goal scorer.

“I had scored 12 goals against them before, so I knew there was a chance to score goals,” Manzizila told Aftonbladet.

The team is sitting pretty at the top of the standings in the division with a goal difference of 86-8.

(h/t Who Ate All The Pies)

12
Aug

Atlanta Silverbacks player scores absolute golazo in NASL

Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos hit a 40-yard free kick over the weekend that even Cristiano Ronaldo himself would be impressed by.

The 25-year-old Salvadoran scored this stunner against the New York Cosmos in the NASL, and it’s worth a few watches:

This one will live on Burgos’ highlight reel for the rest of his career.

12
Aug

Landon Donovan is the latest athlete to have a “Short Memory”

It was a tough summer for Landon Donovan. The United States legend was left off of the World Cup roster in what would turn out to be his last chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament.

Some might say it was a summer to forget for the LA Galaxy star. Well, for Foot Locker’s latest edition of athletes with short memories, it literally was just that.

Donovan joins Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen on the list of greats that that have simply “forgotten” the worst moments of their careers. 

"I’m the captain!" Apparently it’s not just short memory that’s afflicting Donovan, but "revised" memory as well.