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?

12
Nov

Goalkeeper scores last-gasp bicycle kick!

Guess this one just missed the cutoff date for FIFA’s Goal of the Year nominations!

UE Alcudia keeper Tolo Barcelo scored a last-minute goal against Real Mallorca’s reserves on Sunday to save his side a 1-1 draw. And if that wasn’t impressive and shocking enough, he did it via a perfectly-executed bicycle kick! Showing off a technique that not even Zlatan Ibrahimovic could scoff at, Barcelo may have found himself a new position on the field!

H/T 101GG

31
Oct

Man City’s U-17 squad completes amazing soccer stunt

Now this is fun. Here’s to hoping the sort of merrymaking Manchester City’s U-17 squad engages in continues to catch on.

Ten players on each side (that’s 20 total if our journalism-school math is sound) take turns heading the ball down the line. The payoff? A deft headed touch into a trash can and absolute bedlam shortly thereafter.

According to the video’s description, this is a record-breaking effort which could explain the excitement. We’re curious who the bookkeeper is for these records, though.

Perhaps a 22-man challenger will emerge to take the crown? We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

12
Oct

Record breaker! Van Persie overtakes Dutch legend Kluivert

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(Photo: Getty Images)

Oranjeboom! Robin van Persie became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer by scoring a hat-trick in the 8-1 annihilation of Hungary in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. Those three goals gave him 41 in an Oranje shirt,so who better to celebrate with than the man whose record you’ve just equaled?

Van Persie leapt into the awaiting arms of the Netherlands’ assistant manager Patrick Kluivert when he drew level with the former Dutch striker’s record of 40 goals with a great header from Arjen Robben’s cross to give his side a 4-0 lead. 

Van Persie then went one better when he latched on to Robben’s cushioned header for his third. This time RVP decided to celebrate with his teammates and leave PK to look on in admiration.     

10
Oct

Groom busts out aisle freestyle on wedding day

If your wedding day is supposed to give you the jitters — or even worse, cold feet — then Daniel Cutting is about as calm as Hindu cow.

Watch as this groom opts to make his march toward matrimony while juggling a soccer ball.

Consider all the factors stacked against him: He’s in a cramped church aisle; he has his family, friends, and the eyes of God all upon him; and oh, he’s about to pledge his life to another. And he absolutely nails it.

What a display! He even takes it up a notch by shaking hands with some of the attendees. Bonus points if he spotted his soon-to-be father-in-law.

With an entrance like this, it makes us wonder what he did for the proposal.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)