5
Sep

Arsenal steps up to support #RainbowLaces initiative with hilarious video

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In partnership with Paddy Power and Stonewall, a gay rights charity, Arsenal have stepped up to help “kick homophobia out of football” with the #RainbowLaces campaign. Everton were the first EPL team to join the cause, and hopefully more sides will throw their support behind it.

With hopes of raising awareness of the issues surrounding homophobia in football, Arsenal teamed up with Paddy Power and Stonewall to produce a short video that is as funny as it is effective.

Gunners stars Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all feature in the clip. And just to give you a little taste of what’s in store, here’s what the PP blog had to say from behind the scenes of the taping:

The director, Jim Gilchrist, asked Olivier Giroud to take inspiration for his line from a certain Hollywood blockbuster.

“What is Zoolander? I do not know Zoolander,” came the bewildered reply from the 27-year-old Chambery-born striker.

“Should I just act more French?”

We don’t want to spoil any more of the punchlines, so just give the video a watch.

Players are being urged to to show their support by lacing up with rainbow laces over the Sept. 13-14, or Rainbow Lace weekend.

And remember … COWABUNGA!

(h/t Reddit, Image: Getty)

3
Sep

Neymar shows off a mesmerizing bit of skill at Brazil training

The World Cup — and particularly that little 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champs Germany — certainly was a forgettable tournament for the Brazilian national team.

We wouldn’t blame the Brazilians if they still felt a bit of an emotional hangover from the letdown ahead of their friendly on Friday against Colombia.

It looks like they’re in good spirits, though. And how couldn’t they be with Neymar (perhaps the one Brazilian who had a commendable World Cup), showing off his deft footwork in training.

The craziest bit happens at about the 13-second mark. That’s the type of handling we couldn’t even accomplish in a video game.

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We’re just glad Neymar is happy again.

(h/t 101GG, Image: Getty)

2
Sep

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a spin in McLaren supercar with Jenson Button

Of all the “untouchable” players during the transfer window, Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to be among the top of the list.

So, with the transfer deadline on Monday, what’s a guy to do on one of football’s busiest days? Ronaldo spent his time with one of the world’s premier Formula One drivers, Jenson Button.

The Portuguese star hopped in a pair of McLaren supercars with Button, taking a ride around the circuit and doing a few donuts, all the while receiving instruction on how to drive the vehicle.

Ronaldo was admittedly a bit tense during the lesson, saying, “He tried to teach me some stuff, but he was going so fast I didn’t take a lot of attention because I was like in the pressure to hold everything so strong.”

The “lesser” of the supercars, the McLaren 650S, boasts over 600 horsepower, while the McLaren P1 (or “bad boy” as Button calls it), cranks out over 700 horsepower.

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Even a guy that looks like that couldn’t help but blush at all that raw power.

(h/t Bleacher Report, Image: Getty)

30
Aug

Russian defender lights up Shakhtar Donetsk striker with vicious clothesline

Well, that’s certainly one way to stop a striker from getting past you.

When Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano tried to collect a long clearance and head toward goal, FC Illychivets Oleksandr Chyzhov decided to stop the striker by launching a bone-crushing clothesline.

Seriously, it was like something straight out of the WWE:

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Adriano dropped in a heap and was immediately out cold. Chyzhov clearly knew he’d landed a significant blow, as he frantically waved for the physio staff to come to Adriano’s aid.

Stunningly, Chyzhov wasn’t sent off for the incident, and fortunately for everybody, Adriano was reportedly fine after being stretchered off the pitch.

A few more “clothesline from hell” moves and Chyzhov could kick-start a new career for himself with the WWE like John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

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(h/t Metro, Image: Getty)

17
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo does Ice Bucket Challenge in his underwear

Finally! It’s the Ice Bucket Challenge video to end all Ice Bucket Challenge videos.

Darren Fletcher challenged Ronaldo to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, and CR7 happily obliged. In true Ronaldo fashion, he did it in the skimpiest pair of undies on the market (his own brand, naturally), and nothing else.

Ronaldo has long been a fan of his brand of skivvies. (Image: Getty)

It’s far from a surprise that the Adonis-like Ronaldo opted to do the challenge almost totally naked, but it IS surprising whom he nominated to follow suit.

Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Lil Wayne? Interesting lineup. We’ll see if they own up!

(h/t Bleacher Report)

14
Aug

Anderlecht coach kicks ball in anger, ball gets last laugh

Nearly everyone has had that moment of blind rage where they’ve tried to take out their frustration on a helpless inanimate object, only to come out looking like an idiot.

This blogger, in particular, once blew up after losing a game of Madden 2005 and broke the arm off his parents’ antique couch. (Sorry, mom and dad!) But unlike Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki’s bout vs. an exercise bike, my moment of embarrassment wasn’t recorded for all to see on YouTube.

Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi also fell victim to this momentary lapse in judgment, and luckily we all get to witness the glory.

Oof! Not a good look. You have to love the gentleman in the suit to the right’s expression near the end of the video, though.

Where have we seen this happen before?

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Oh yeah, that’s right. Good grief!

(h/t Deadspin)

10
Aug

Maradona slaps journalist for allegedly winking at his baby’s mother

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It’s been a while since we’ve peeked under the tent of the circus that is Diego Maradona’s life. This latest video of the Argentinian legend is a nice reminder: Don’t mess with Maradona.

The video begins with Maradona (with his son, Diego Fernando, in his arms and Diego Fernando’s mother, Veronica Ojeda in the passenger seat) already fired up.

A throng of reporters stopped the Maradona clan as they reportedly left a theater, and the elder Diego was none too pleased. Clearly upset with the media, a defiant Maradona claims, “I am 53 years old and I’m not the “Dieguito,” I’m 53 years old and my name is Diego Armando Maradona!" before rolling up his window.

The video then cuts to a wider shot, showing Maradona exit the car, confront a reporter and slap the man, allegedly for winking at Ojeda.

Maradona asks the man, “Why mess with my wife if I do not mess with you?” before slapping him across the face.

No doubt, a mature reaction for the impressionable Diego Fernando to witness. We’re not saying the reporter didn’t need to be straightened out — if what’s alleged is true — but no matter what the real story, it looks like some growing up needs to happen.

(h/t Metro, Image: Getty)

13
Jun

Here’s what Sao Paulo sounds like during a Brazil World Cup match

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s an absolutely massive soccer tournament called the World Cup going on in Brazil.

Brazilians are obsessed with soccer, and in case you had any doubt (really?), the video above puts that to rest.

Shot in Sao Paulo, a city that boasts a metropolitan population of over 20 million, the video captures the city’s reaction to Thursday’s World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia (also held in Sao Paulo).

The event is so massive that the streets are almost entirely empty. We’re assuming the rare car or person you see is the sucker that drew the short straw reluctantly going to replenish on beer beverages.

There’s not much else to say other than press play, and enjoy the horns, whistles, fireworks and unfiltered adulation as Brazil mounts their comeback.

THIS is the World Cup.

(h/t reddit)

22
May

Messi, Neymar, Falcao and Aguero sing like dorks in video

What does it take to get Lionel Messi, Neymar, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Eric Abidal, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to sing like huge dorks in a music video? The last name on that list probably gives it away.

Shakira recorded a World Cup version of her song “La La La” for Brazil this summer, and recruited some of the world’s biggest soccer stars to appear in the video for it.

See? Even some of the world’s biggest stars like to lip-sync just like us. They even look just as dorky doing it, too.

But the real star of the video, however, is Shakira and Gerard’s son, Milan, as he adorably plays soccer with an elephant. Not bad for a 16-month-old!

19
May

River Plate veteran’s first goal for the club is a golazo

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It’s the final day of your club’s league and you need a win to clinch the title. There’s no better time to score your first goal, is there?

Not many players find themselves in that situation, but 35-year-old River Plate veteran Cristian Ledesma did on Sunday. Now, it wasn’t the only goal scored in the match – River beat Quilmes 5-0 to snag the title – but it was certainly the most impressive. In his third stint with the club (first signed in 1999), Ledesma finally broke through with this rocket from distance.

It may be the midfielder’s first (and possibly only) goal he scores for River, but it’s certainly one he won’t forget.

Especially since he got to cap the night off like this:

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(H/T 101GG)