11
Jun

Betting on the World Cup: Some crazy prop bets to throw money at

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Got some cash to burn? Or just really don’t like a particular player or a team?

Most online betting sites let you wager on your favorite (or least favorite) teams, the likely tournament winners and top players. 

And then there’s the fun stuff. And the truly insane.

Here’s a roundup of some of the wackier prop bets you can make on the World Cup through betting site Paddy Power:

  • Luis Suarez to outscore the entire England World Cup Team — 7/1
  • Lionel Messi does not score a goal — 12/1
  • Cristiano Ronaldo does not score a goal — 9/2
  • Neymar does not score a goal — 5/1
  • Andrea Pirlo to score direct from a free kick outside the box during any match — 2/1
  • Any goalkeeper to do a scorpion kick — 66/1
  • Player fails a drugs test during the tournament — 6/1
  • Any English player to cry when eliminated — 2/5

We’re no gambling experts at the FOX Soccer towers, but it’s pretty safe to assume that Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar will NOT be held scoreless in Brazil this summer.

H/T Paddy Power.

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20
May

Andrea Pirlo looks a little worse for wear at the Scudetto bus parade

imageWake up, Andrea!  (Image via 101GG)

Juventus had their bus parade on Sunday to celebrate a third straight Serie A championship, and it seems as though one particular, bearded midfielder may have had one too many libations along the way!

Check it out:

Oh, Andrea!

Since the parade fell on the eve of his birthday (Pirlo turned 35 on Monday), maybe we should give him a pass. After all, it is his birthday week! Long hair, don’t care!

H/T CaughtOffside

15
May

World Cup stickers: Then-and-now photos of stars from 2006-2014

The fine folks over at Eurosport did some digging and came up with some of the best old-school Panini sticker cards of stars at the World Cup. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite before-and-after looks:image

Look at that! Even the dashing Cristiano Ronaldo went through an awkward phase. It looks like the sunshine of Madrid has treated the Portuguese quite nicely over the years. Not only did he pick up a tan, he also picked up another earring!imageThe 2006 edition of Clint Dempsey would fit right in where the 2014 edition plies his footballing trade professionally: Seattle, a.k.a. the grunge capital of the world.

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Look at little Lionel Messi. Eight years of tirelessly running around melted that baby fat from 2006 right off.

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25
Apr

Golazo! Nike strikes gold with “Winner Stays” commercial

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of actually being one of our sports idols? We’re not sure where the practice of saying an icon’s name when playing pick-up came about, but we’ve all done it.

Nike Football found a way to cash in on this schoolyard quirk, and the result is gold. Watch “Winner Stays” for yourself to see and review our favorite highlights from Nike’s ‘Risk Everything’ football campaign:

  • The kid calling out “Neymar” for pulling a totally non-Neymar move and shying away from a one-on-one
  • Double the “David Luiz”
  • A possible World Cup preview with “Pique” tackling “Neymar,” his Barcelona teammate!
  • "Zlatan" insisting "Zlatan" take a free-kick
  • Cameos from Kobe Bryant, Anderson Silva, and Jon “Bones” Jones
  • "Iniesto!"
  • And of course, Ronaldo having the support of the one fan who matters most:

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Irina Shayk! It’s good to be Ronaldo.

Image provided by Nike Soccer/Nike Football

8
Feb

Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner can’t do anything without Pirlo’s passes

In a new video posted by the Bianconeri’s official YouTube account, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo go out for a nice little brunch together after practice. Throughout the spot, Lichtsteiner asks Pirlo to “pass” him multiple things. The punchline (it’s not much of one) is when Stephan asks Pirlo to pass him the water, which is closer to him.

On their way out of the restaurant, Pirlo has a revelation: maybe practice makes perfect?

Somehow, passing is only Pirlo’s second-greatest attribute, well behind fashion. Just look at him:

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10
Nov

Pair of golazos help Juventus beat Napoli in Serie A showdown

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Serie A title favorites Juventus and Napoli met up for a critical match on Sunday to determine who would take over second place and creep within a point of league-leading Roma.

After Fernando Llorente put Juve ahead in just the 2nd minute of the match, the defending champions looked to be in complete control. But it wasn’t until late in the second half that Juventus could secure their position, when Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba suddenly staged their own mini-competition.

In the 74th minute, Pirlo emitted all the power and magic from his majestic beard to unleash a flawless free kick into the upper right corner. Teammate Paul Pogba was not to be outdone, though, and clinched the 3-0 win just six minutes later. Pogba did what Pogba loves to do more than anything: tee up an outrageous volley from distance:

Welcome to Golazo City! Population: Juventus

26
Oct

Tottenham to offer Pirlo three-year contract

The heat is on in the race to sign 34-year-old Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Tottenham are reportedly prepared to offer the Italy international a three-year contract. Pirlo is free to discuss his future with other clubs in January. Click here for the best of the rest of the gossip from the UK press.

8
Oct

Tottenham lines up shock move for Juventus star Pirlo

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Andrea Pirlo is out of contract at the end of the season and as yet Juventus have not taken steps towards offering the 34-year-old midfielder a new deal. The queue has already started for one of the most gifted players on the planet and one club that has supposedly thrown its hat into the ring is Tottenham, who already look well stacked in the midfield departent, but then again you wouldn’t turn down the chance to sign Pirlo, would you? Click here for more rumors from the UK press.

25
Sep

Juventus enact rule forcing substituted players to remain on bench

Sometimes team spirit isn’t organic. Sometimes it needs to be manufactured.

Maybe a team watches a movie together to foster chemistry. Or maybe the coach comes up with a rule where substituted players must remain on the bench and watch the game with his teammates, or else face harsh punishment.

Say what? That’s exactly what Juventus coach Antonio Conte has done. Players that are taken off in-game will be required to watch the rest of the game from the bench, or else face a fine and a month-long ban.

Harsh, indeed! Conte, clearly upset after Pirlo opted to march down the tunnel after being subbed off against Verona, had this to say about the situation:

“Before it, there had never been the need to have a rule, but from now on there is a rule and it is valid for all players.” The only exception? Players that that are on a stretcher and have to see the doctor.

So much for catching and early shower and beating traffic.

(h/t Football-Italia)

25
Sep

United defender Rafael considering return to Brazil

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It’s been a bad start to the season for Manchester United, but matters could be made a whole lot worse if one of the UK papers is to be believed. Right-back Rafael is reportedly thinking about returning to Brazil which would increase David Moyes’ already sizeable headache.

Evergreen Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to other clubs in January. Find out which ones by clicking here.