6
Feb

Manchester United pay homage to Munich Air Disaster victims

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If you follow Manchester United’s official Twitter page, you are already aware that today, February 6th, marks the 56th anniversary of the Munich air disaster — the plane crash that took the lives of 23 people, including eight United players and three staff members back in 1958.

Anyone connected with the club has since recognized February 6th as “the darkest day;” the disaster robbed United of a team that was considered to be on the verge of dominating European football at the time.

On every anniversary, the club pays tribute to those who lost their lives in a variety of ways. Each year, at 3:04pm GMT, supporters traditionally flock to Old Trafford to pay their respects, and on the club website you can find a great deal of content that help recount the full story. The club will also pay homage to the victims ahead of this weekend’s home match vs Fulham.

9
Dec

Galatasaray pair face punishment for Nelson Mandela tribute

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Seriously, what is wrong with the world?

Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba and teammate Emmanuel Eboue both face punishment from the Turkish FA for paying homage to Nelson Mandela after Friday’s 2-0 win over Elazigspor.

One night after Mandela’s death, Drogba revealed a shirt with the  message “Thank You Madiba,” (Madiba is Mandela’s clan name) while Eboue’s undershirt read “Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela.” Both players of course are African, and this was a show of their appreciation for one of the most important civil rights leaders in world history.

However, the Turkish FA deemed the messages to be the kind of “political expressions” they are currently trying to discourage players and fans from making at games. And despite the fact Drogba and Eboue’s messages were a tribute rather than a manifesto, the pair has been summoned to appear before the Turkish Professional Football Discipline Committee because they had not asked for permission first.

In response, Drogba took to Instagram with this message:

I’d be very interested to see your comments on this…but I’m sorry if I had to I would do it again and again.Nor because of political beliefs but because this man inspired me,a country, a continent, the world!!!!! Thanks again Madiba

12
Nov

#YouAreFootball video series highlights Sunderland community hero George Forster

Football is nothing without its fans.

That’s the message Barclays, the Premier League’s official sponsor, is reaffirming with a series of videos on their YouTube channel. The videos are dedicated to supporters all around the world and specifically some local heroes. Heroes such as George Forster.

Forster, 87, founded the Sunderland Supporters’ Association back in 1965 and dedicated the last 48 years of his life (and counting) to the Black Cats. Nothing short of a legend around the Stadium of Light, even the players have acknowledged his lengthy service: George is an honorary member of the Sunderland Former Players Association - the only non-player to hold such an honor, according to Barclays Football’s official Facebook page.

"People like George, they are football, they are the real fans, they are the football club” said his grandson, Lee Redford.

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There are stories like Forster’s all around the Premier League, and it’s important to show our appreciation to these men who dedicate their lives to their club, to their passion. Aptly labeled with the #YouAreFootball hashtag, we encourage you to watch the rest of the Premier League’s original videos on their YouTube channel!

15
Aug

Ecuador-Spain friendly stopped in 11th minute to honor Christian Benitez

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Two weeks after the tragic passing of Christian Benitez due to cardiorespiratory arrest, the Ecuadorian national team took the field again for a friendly against Spain. To pay tribute to the prolific former Club America striker, both teams halted play in the 11th minute as fans cheered the memory of their former Number 11.

In addition, Ecuador’s players took the field with black ribbons sewed onto their jerseys, with some wearing shirts depicting an image of Benitez. One player, as you can see in the video, even had “Chucho,” Benitez’s nickname, shaved in his head. A giant Benitez jersey was also unfurled in the stands, inscribed with hundreds, if not thousands of messages and signatures.

It’s one of those moments that truly transcend the sport, and you could see both the anguish and pride of the Ecuadorians as they took a minute to honor one of their own:

Rest in peace, Christian.

9
May

Manchester United fan pays tribute to Ferguson with forearm tattoo

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s resignation from Manchester United has ignited emotions from around the globe. From fans to players, tributes have been pouring in from all across the world and this tattoo might be the most extreme tribute yet.

Whether or not it was a good idea to get this inked onto your body for the rest of your life, there will likely never be another manager worthy of such permanent praise.

The Soccer world reacts:

16
Dec

Soccer world pays homage to Newtown victims

In times such as this past weekend when tragedy struck in Newtown, CT, soccer and sports in general take a backseat to reflecting on what’s truly important in our lives. And though the games still had to be played, there were several acts of class on display across Europe to send prayers and condolences to the victims and their families across the Atlantic.

From the QPR players insisting on wearing black armbands in their match versus Fulham, to an emotional moment of silence at Celtic Park, to Milan's Antonio Nocerino's goal dedication, take a look at some of the touching images over the weekend.

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The moment of silence prior to Celtic’s match against St. Mirren.

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Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Liverpool and Aston Villa players all wore black armbands in tribute to the Sandy Hook victims.

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Nocerino dedicated his goal to the children and their families, saying, “everything I did today was only for them.”