20
Sep

Celta Vigo’s Pablo Hernandez scores mind-bending goal vs. Atletico Madrid

Let’s not even try to figure out how Celta Vigo’s Pablo Hernandez put this into the back of the net vs. Atletico Madrid, and instead just enjoy the madness of it. Who even tries that?!


A no-look back-heel volley? There’s no way he ever scores a better goal than that. 

UPDATE: Here’s another angle, and it’s even more incredible.

(H/T @MexicoWorldCup)

20
Sep

This 80-yard goal is one you definitely don’t see every day

Paderborn were just promoted to the Bundesliga last season, and already they’re catching everyone’s attention. Case in point: This audacious goal from Moritz Stoppelkamp on Saturday.

Not only are they adding to highlight reels, but the first-time Bundesliga team are undefeated so far, and currently leading the league:

imageIt’s probably not going to last, but they’re certainly enjoying themselves so far.

(H/T SB Nation)

16
Sep

Thailand’s women’s national team gets cash bonus for losing ‘only’ 5-0

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Thailand’s women’s national team lost 5-0 to South Korea in their Asia Games opener this weekend, a pretty discouraging way to open the tournament. Unless, of course, if you’re on the team.

Believe it or not, the Thailand FA awarded each player a bonus of 100,000 Thai baht ($6,200) for only losing 5-0. We kid you not.

"We fared better in the second half," the FA president told the Nation newspaper. “The association had planned to give the team 200,000 baht ($6,200) if they won the match, but, for the players’ efforts, we decided to hand them 100,000 as consolation.”

Um, where can we sign up for a roster spot?

In America, we often hear complaints over giving out participation trophies at youth tournaments. This is a little worse, don’t you think?

H/T SBNation (Pic: Stanley Chou)

12
Sep

Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen steals teammate’s thunder with diving header in training

Sometimes, the planets align and something truly serendipitous happens … right when you least expect it.

Take this clip from Ajax training, where Anwar El Ghazi is taped accepting the club’s award for August’s goal of the month.

What happens in the background is a classic case of thunder-stealing. For those unfamiliar:

Yep, that’s Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen flying through the air to nail a sublime diving header. A keeper! Perhaps he was just trying to throw his hat into the ring for September’s goal of the month award.

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"You mad, bro?"

(h/t Pies, Image: Getty)

4
Sep

Young fan thinks he can win the Champions League with Leeds United

Seven-year-old Zack Webb thinks pretty highly of his managerial skills. He may well be the next Jose Mourinho or Josep Guardiola, but for now, he’s just a young boy with big dreams.

Unless Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino decides to take him up on his offer:

It has been a decade since Leeds United have been in top flight football. At this point, might as well give the little fella a shot, right?

(H/T Deadspin)

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)

28
Aug

Legia Warsaw fans fire back at UEFA with amazing tifo over Champions League ruling

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After having its UEFA Champions League qualification tossed out on a pretty bogus technicality, Legia Warsaw were steaming mad.

To recap, Legia Warsaw blasted Celtic in their Champions League playoff to the tune of a 6-1 aggregate win, but the Polish side were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player late in their second-leg win. As a result, Celtic were reinstated, and Legia Warsaw were dropped to the Europa League.

To make matters worse, Celtic did absolutely nothing with the extra chance they were given at Champions League glory, losing to Slovenian side Maribor in their playoff earlier this week.

So, yeah, Legia Warsaw’s fans were none too pleased with UEFA. Luckily, they channeled their frustration into creativity and put together an amazing tifo. Ahead of Legia Warsaw’s Europa League playoff match against Aktobe, they busted out this:

The tifo meet all the requirements needed to send a message to UEFA: A gigantic, greedy pig holding a “6<1” sign with a caption of “Because football doesn’t matter, money does” with the backdrop of the UEFA logo?

Message received.

(h/t 101GG)

27
Aug

Lady luck! Soccer fan mistakenly bets MK Dons 4-0 win vs. United at staggering odds

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How would you like to win £1,250 ($2,071) totally on accident? That sounds about as awesome as it does unlikely … unless you’re one lucky woman in England:

Holly Griffiths, a reported Manchester United fan, redeemed a free bet of £2.50 ($4.14) on Tuesday’s Capital One League Cup tilt between MK Dons and United. Most sane folks expected United, an English juggernaut, to roll past lowly third-tier MK Dons.

That, of course, wasn’t the case. MK Dons went on to win in a stunner, but we assume Griffiths was even more surprised when she went to check her betting account.

She’d accidentally tossed her freebie bet on the massive underdogs to win 4-0 at a whopping 500/1 odds. To put it in perspective, it would be like gambling that Eeyore would win the Kentucky Derby, and hitting.

OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but this isn’t: Holly Griffiths is the luckiest person in the world.

(h/t Metro)

16
Aug

WATCH: Mainz player scores from 60 yards in final seconds to force PK shootout

There’s a lot of excitement in the air as the Premier League kicks off anew on Saturday, but we’ve probably already seen the most exciting match of the weekend, and it was in the First Round of the German Cup.

Mainz 05 and third-division club Chemnitzer FC offered fans an incredible football spectacle featuring ten goals and a penalty shootout. The highlight came on the very last play in extra time, when Mainz’s Johannes Geis scored from 60 yards to force an unlikely penalty shootout.

Just two minutes earlier, Chemnitz though they had scored the winner over the Bundesliga side, but Geis took advantage of a terrible goal kick by Philipp Pentke to extend the nerve-wracking affair. Pentke, however, would redeem himself in the shootout and seal the upset for Chemnitz.

Watch the full highlights here: