13
Sep

1860 Munich release awesome Oktoberfest kit

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Call the contest! It’s over! 1860 Munich have won the Football Kit World Cup!

Munich’s second-biggest club released their special edition Oktoberfest kits in preparation of the world’s largest country fair, and they are amazing.

Why are they the best?

Two words: Lederhosen shorts!

The traditional Bavarian garb will dominate the Munich landscape as far as the eye can see for the next few weeks, and now 1860 have made sure that goes for the Allianz Arena pitch as well. The plad shirt to go with the lederhosen is also an Oktoberfest staple and completes the whole kit.

Let’s see if big brother Bayern Munich can answer with an improved version of their away kits last season, which were also Oktober-fest inspired but way less awesome:

imageImages via uhlsport, adidas

H/T SBNation

31
Aug

This is a spectacular own-goal from the German fifth tier

There are own-goals, and then there is this fantastic screw up by Zamir Daudi of TGM SV Jügesheim.

It takes a certain amount of skill to put the ball into your own net while you are facing away from it, but that’s just what Daudi did:

There’s a certain twisted beauty in scoring an own goal that bad.

25
Aug

La Liga minnows SD Eibar win top-flight debut on wonder goal

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SD Eibar made its La Liga debut this weekend and promptly celebrated their first three points thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. The club from the tiny Basque town of Eibar, which boasts a population of just over 27,000, also made sure the winning goal was a memorable one.

Midfielder Javi Lara buried a beautiful free kick from an impossible angle to etch himself forever in club lore:

The underdog of all underdogs, Eibar is the smallest club to ever to compete in La Liga and had to raise $2.3 million in capital just to keep its place in the league after earning promotion from the Segunda Divison.

Their home ground, Ipurua Stadium, holds just 5,900 spectators (there are plans to raise the capacity to a whopping 6,700). And now they’re playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose own arenas could hold three Eibars. The entire town. Three times.

We here at the Blog sincerely hope the magical ride continues for as long as possible. What a great story.

Image provided by Getty

GIF via Reddit

27
Apr

Dani Alves shows everyone how you combat racism

How perfect is this?

In the late stages of Barcelona’s 3-2 win at Villarreal on Sunday, a banana was thrown at Dani Alves as he was getting set to take a corner kick.

Unfazed, the Barca defender picked up said banana, peeled it and took a nice big, satisfying bite before going on about his business.

After the match, Alves said humor is the best way to kick racism to the  curb.

"We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily.

"If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective."

That’s right, bigots. Dani Alves eats your racism for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ain’t no thang.

30
Mar

Leighton Baines grabs a cold one after Everton knocks off Fulham

After handily taking down relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday, Everton sit just four points shy of Arsenal for the coveted fourth Champions League spot.

With a game in a hand and a tie against the Gunners next week, things are looking up for Everton. So, what better way to celebrate than grabbing a nice cold one? That’s what Leighton Baines opted to do:image

Yep, apparently Baines made a pit stop outside of Craven Cottage to snag a bit of ice cream.

It just goes to show that you’re never too old to chase down the ice cream man.

(Image via seanburns199, h/t 101GG)

20
Feb

Trailer to “Next Goal Wins” looks incredible

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American Samoa are, by many accounts, the worst national soccer team in history.

Currently ranked 196th out of 207 national teams in the FIFA rankings, American Samoa were joint-worst from their inception into FIFA in 1994 all the way to 2011. They’ve given up 294 goals in 42 matches. And last but not least, they hold the record for the most lopsided loss of all time, a 31-0 defeat to Australia.

Thirty-one to nothing. To Australia.

Enter Thomas Rongen, who previously coached DC United and the USA’s Under-20 national team. Rongen took over American Samoa in 2011, looking to make their losing ways losing-by-double-digit ways a thing of the past. To track progress, a film crew followed the team around on their quest to win a game, any game.

The documentary is set to release later this year, and the trailer is goose-bump inducing.

There’s the goalkeeper who can’t remember how many goals he conceded to Australia. There’s the incredible story of the first-ever transgender international soccer player. The assistant coach who is pumped up that they “only gave up eight” this time. And then there’s the energetic Rongen, who might have the coolest, least-appreciated managerial job of all time.

We can’t wait until this comes out, if only because we might feel better about our own game after watching it.

Image courtesy of Getty

H/T MLS.com

16
Jan

Ronaldo to buy Real physios new car for helping him win Ballon d’Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo is very aware that winning a Ballon d’Or, although an individual award, could not be accomplished without the help of his teammates and his coaches. And, of course, his team of physios (as seen above).

Turns out, the folks responsible for maintaining Ronaldo’s body and massaging out the knots in his massive thighs will be most rewarded for doing their part. According to reports, Ronaldo had promised the full staff of physios a new car if he’d won the Ballon d’Or again, or won the Champions League. Whichever came first, we reckon.

From MARCA:

A small part of the Ballon d’Or that he was awarded last Monday was also for the physios that work with him, and that is why the player has said on numerous occasions that he would buy them a car if he won the Ballon d’Or or if Real Madrid won its much-awaited “Décima” (tenth Champions League trophy).

The promise was made during one of the many long sessions that the Portuguese has being treated on the physio table. And Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who doesn’t make promises lightly.

While we don’t know whether this means the physios receive one car to share, or each their own, it’s a great gesture from Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, the entire staff got this shout-out via Twitter, with Ronaldo saying that “this award is for everyone.”

Image via Twitter/@Cristiano

23
Nov

Must-see to believe: Bicycle kick save in ice hockey

Who says the FOX Soccer Blog must strictly be 100% soccer-based?

Well, common sense, that’s who. But still, you have to check out this incredible save by Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra of the NHL.

This past Wednesday (so we’re a bit late, sue us), Berra pulled off one of the most stunning saves of the year, stopping a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets defender Jack Johnson with a bicycle kick, or as some hockey folks apparently call it “going around the world with the pads.”

Impressive stuff, hockey. But can you top René Higuita’s memorable scorpion kick save?