14
May

Bundesliga’s top 10 bloopers of the 2013/14 season

Days after the A-League released their intense blooper reel for the 2013/14 season, the wonderful people at the Bundesliga (free content! Woo!) came out with their own. 

It’s not quite a full 20 minutes of non-stop fails like the Down Under version, but it’s still absolutely brilliant.

Watch:

Which fail was your favorite?

17
Apr

USA defender John Anthony Brooks benched due to giant back tattoo

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Getting tattoos is all fun and games until you can’t do your job.

According to the Berliner Morgenpost, United States men’s national team defender John Anthony Brooks was benched by Bundesliga club Hertha BSC Berlin last weekend after Brooks got himself a “large-scale” back tattoo, which hence has prevented him from being able to play comfortably.

Of course. 

As tattoo-lovers know, for several days following the procedure, one is advised to avoid intense physical activity, tight-fitting clothing, and sweaty conditions, among other things.

In hindsight, as a professional athlete Brooks should probably have known better than to get ink done in the middle of the season.

Understandably, Hertha coach Jos Luhukay was not pleased:

"I don’t have any understanding for that. The tattoo could lead to an inflammation, and, naturally, that is not good," Luhukay told the paper.

Nope, not good. Next time, wait until after the season, John.

(H/T SBNation)

Image provide by Getty.

9
Apr

Trecker’s Travels: Santa Claus hits Bayern Munich’s official store

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MUNICH

Every time I travel, I ask the guys in the office if they’d like me to bring anything back for them. Scarves, jerseys, chocolate, whatever — though I do draw the line at objects bigger than a breadbox — and this is an attempt to camouflage the fact that, well, I’m out of the office in foreign lands that most people would really like to be in.

[This is the point at which I’m supposed to remind you that not one thing at all about 11-hour plane trips and all-day sits at rainy arenas at which you curse the wi-fi and wish dearly you had a fifth of Early Times, is glamorous. But I’ll skip it.]

So, the guy that runs our podcast is a Bayern Munich fan, and of course I’m in Munich. Neither of these things are a secret. Thomas Hautmann, in fact, is so over the top in his Bayern fandom that several weeks back, Warren Barton took the opportunity to poke fun at the poor guy on-air — something about him wearing Bayern underwear. And so, this trip, I was to get him Bayern underwear.

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5
Apr

Cruel Braunschweig fans hang dead sheep at Hannover training grounds (Graphic!)

Eintracht Braunschweig’s rivalry with Hannover 96 is arguably the most hostile one in the Bundesliga, stemming from a bitter feud between the two cities that spans several centuries. But one group of barbaric Braunschweig fans really crossed the line with a despicable act ahead of their derby this Sunday.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE

What you see here is a dead sheep, tied up on Hannover’s training ground fence along with the message: “On Sunday, you dirty animals will be suffocated.”

Sadly, this shameful act is not a one-off. In their first meeting this season — the first derby since 1976 — Braunschweig fans dropped off a pig donning their rival club’s scarf in downtown Hannover:

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9
Mar

Fair play: Bremen’s Aaron Hunt rejects penalty

In a game where diving to win penalties is as commonplace a practice as it is obnoxious and disgraceful, Werder Bremen’s Aaron Hunt offered a refreshing alternative: telling the truth!

With Bremen up 2-0 over Nurnberg on Saturday, Hunt was awarded a penalty when the referee thought Javier Pinola had tripped the Bremen winger. Pinola turned away steaming, but before any of his teammates could plead their case to the referee, Hunt came clean. After admitting he wasn’t fouled, the official reversed his decision, Hunt got a couple pats on the back, and Bremen, perhaps aided by the good karma, saw out the win.

By the way, what is it with Germans being so nice all the time now? Just a year ago, Miroslav Klose similarly corrected a referee decision and had a Lazio goal called back because he used his hand in the process:

22
Feb

Hamburg player serves up wicked knuckleball goal

Hamburg haven’t had many reasons to smile this season — they sit in 16th in the Bundesliga — but were given several in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund today.

In particular, this insane knuckling shot from Hakan Calhanoglu in stoppage time put the icing on the very tasty cake.

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction says it all. Even he can’t be mad at that.

H/T SB Nation Soccer