5
Jul

What’s in a name? Brazilian boy named after multiple French legends

Being named after one of your parent’s heroes is hardly a new phenomenon.

World Cup hero James Rodriguez was famously named after fictional secret agent “James Bond,” while soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. So, it’s a normal practice, we’re sure you will agree.

However, being named after five — yes, FIVE — separate legends?That seems a bit much.

It is, however, every day life for seven-year-old Brazilian youngster Zidane. Or, to give him his full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos.

Phew!

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The boy’s father, Petrucio Santos, is to blame for the 10-word-strong name. With Zidane born so soon after France’s victory over Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio showed his appreciation and love of the country the way he felt best.

Petrucio, a shopkeeper from Maceio, told G1:

"I was won over by the friendliness of French people. I decided to learn the language to be able to speak it without sounding ridiculous if I visit again!"

Spare a thought for little Zidane though, who doesn’t even know most of his own name. "I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them," said the confused young boy.

As well as Zidane, Henry and Barthez, Petrucio included tributes to Eric Cantona and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari — Silva Santos being the family name.

When asked which player he’d prefer to be named after, it wasn’t Neymar, David Luiz or Thiago Silva on the young lad’s lips.

"I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo," little Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierr … ahh, we give up.

(HT: G1 Globo)

20
Mar

Ray Parlour dishes on Kolo Toure’s outrageous trial with Arsenal

Here we have Arsenal legend Ray Parlour in an interview with talkSPORT shedding light on Kolo Toure’s trial with Arsenal in 2001, and man, it is great.

Apparently, young Kolo was eager to impress Arsene Wenger and the Gunners … a bit too eager.

Parlour notes how Toure smashed into Thierry Henry with a two-footed tackle during the trial.

"It could have been a red card in a normal game," Parlour recalls. Wenger, obviously upset that his best player is rolling around on the ground from a tackle in a trial, tells the Ivorian to stop tackling.

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What does Toure go and do after apologizing? He does it again, but this time takes out Dennis Bergkamp. Rinse and repeat with the scolding and the apology.

Then, a popped-up ball winds at the feet of Wenger. In comes Toure with yet another two-footer, sending Wenger to the medical room. A crestfallen Toure can’t believe what he’s done.

In the medical room, Wenger eventually tells Parlour, “‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’re signing him tomorrow.’”

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And that’s that. All’s well that ends well!

(h/t Reddit)

18
Jan

Balotelli, Reus, Fabregas and Henry star in new Puma commercial

To promote their highly anticipated evoPOWER boots, Puma produced this commercial which basically just involves Cesc Fabregas and Marco Reus destroying a bunch of stuff.

Cesc and Reus are both surrounded by teams of scientists as they test out their new cleats, which apparently provide them with enough power to shoot balls to the moon or through brick walls and stadium scoreboards (not to mention those silly targets). Meanwhile, Thierry Henry observes all the footage from an “undisclosed location,” seemingly impressed.

He then concludes that the powerful boot is ready for the game, and that it should be put to “the final test.” At this time, Mario Balotelli emerges as the final tester, but sadly — or mercifully — the ad comes to an end.

It should only be a matter of time, though, until we get to see what happens next (Prediction: Super Mario destroys a bunch of stuff).

28
Oct

Thierry Henry’s golazo helps NY Red Bulls seal first major trophy in franchise history

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Heading into the last MLS weekend, the New York Red Bulls were just one more win away from claiming the first title in their 17-year history (counting the Metro Stars era) - the Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Thanks in part to their world star Thierry Henry, New York finally ended the drought.

Down 1-0 to the Chicago Fire in the all-important last match, Henry unloaded a spectacular goal to tie it up for New York midway through the first half. Henry chested down a long ball from the Red Bulls’ own half, waited for the right bounce, and smashed a dipping volley off the crossbar and in. Just, wow:

Probably stunned by Henry’s brilliance, Chicago ended up conceding four more goals as New York won 5-2 and claimed the Shield.

Next up: The MLS Cup playoffs, for which the Red Bulls are obviously the Number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Check out the full bracket:

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25
Oct

NY Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry gets flip-book treatment

It looks like the recent trend of paying homage to soccer stars via flip-books is here to stay.

The latest hero to be immortalized is none other than New York Red Bulls dynamo Thierry Henry.

The video is a slight variation from earlier flip-books, where actual video of the event is spliced in. Chalk it up to technological evolution, we suppose.

Either way, we certainly hope these continue to roll out.

25
Sep

Thierry Henry continues on-pitch hilariousness with dance

Perhaps fueled by the introduction of the new internet meme #Henrying, New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry continued his recent penchant for on-field antics.

During a weekend 1-0 win against FC Dallas, Henry reacted to a foul called against him by, well, apparently dancing.

We’re not sure exactly what Henry was trying to convey with his gyration, but it certainly was fun to watch.

(h/t TalkSport)

17
Sep

Ronaldo passes Henry on all-time Champions League scoring list

Entering Real Madrid’s Champions League opener, the storyline to watch was whether or not Gareth Bale would make his UCL debut for Los Blancos, and how he would fare. Bale eventually did, coming on as a second-half substitute. However, it was that other $100 million man who stole all the spotlight on Tuesday, as Cristiano Ronaldo — fresh off a new contract extension with Real — netted a hat trick to move past Thierry Henry for fourth place on the all-time Champions League scoring list. 

Tied with Henry on 50 goals apiece to start the day, Ronaldo left the former Arsenal and Barcelona star behind him by scoring two goals in quick succession around the hour mark of the match. Both were as easy as they come for Ronaldo, who simply had to tap in on both occasions. To seal the hat trick, though, Ronaldo opened his box of tricks, making three Galatasaray defenders look like schoolboys with a few silky moves before going top shelf past keeper Fernando Muslera.

Just look at that last one again. And again. And a few more times:

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