4
Sep

Teen cancer patient scores for Villarreal in charity match against Celtic

imageVillarreal may have beaten Celtic 4-2, but no one was talking about the score line.

The Spanish club hosted a charity match to benefit the ’United for Hope’ project, which helps children with cancer. 

One of those kids had the game of his life. Thirteen-year-old Gohan, who has dreamed of being a professional footballer, started the match for Villarreal. He also scored a clever goal just after kick-off.

Take a look at Gohan’s day with the club: 

I think the man of the match was an easy choice.

(h/t Bleacher Report)

(Image: @VillarealCF)

28
Jan

Everton fan gets “You’ll Never Walk Alone” tattoo for charity

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Image via Team George (Facebook)

There are few local derbies as passionate as the one on Merseyside between Liverpool and Everton. The two clubs’ stadiums are just one short mile apart, and the players have a distinct distaste for one another. No fixture between the two has yielded more red cards since the inception of the Premier League than this one.

But as this story reminds us, the intense passion of the Merseyside derby can be used to do really, really amazing things.

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Image via Team George (Facebook)

This is 4-year-old George Johnson. He suffers from a very rare motility condition, which means that he can’t eat, drink or swallow, and is currently fed directly through his heart. His family needs to bring him to the USA to seek further treatment, but couldn’t afford the trip. So they’ve been fundraising.

But they needed some help. That’s where diehard Everton fan Matty Bowman stepped in. He pledged to have “You’ll Never Walk Alone” tattooed on his back to help raise awareness about George’s story.

It worked.

Team George has now surpassed their goal of £15,000, and the number grows every minute. For Bowman, it’s a small price to pay in order to see that George gets the treatment he needs.

"If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t have done, but I did it for a reason — it was for George, I’ve got a boy the same age," Bowman told the Liverpool Echo.

Bowman may be a lifelong Everton fan, but we’re pretty sure he’s got his own diehard fans in George and his family, too.

H/T WAAP

17
Jan

Jose Mourinho’s gives reporter who beat cancer personal greeting

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho showed off his warm and fuzzy side during Friday’s press conference ahead of their match against Manchester United.

ITV News journalist Rags Martel was recently declared cancer-free, and it was his first press conference since the announcement.

Not normally known for being kind to media members, the “Special One” Martel a personal, charming greeting after spotting him in the crowd.

(H/T WAATP)

1
May

Portland Timbers make 8-year-old’s wish come true

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Eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre loves soccer. Last fall, he started to feel pain while playing with his team, The Green Machine. He was diagnosed with cancer (Wilms’ tumor) and missed the last game of the season as a result of the treatment he was receiving.

Atticus’ wish was simple: To play in a scrimmage against the Portland Timbers with The Green Machine.

Without hesitation, the Timbers teamed up with Make-A-Wish Oregon to grant Atticus’ wish. On Wednesday morning, a select group of Timbers players played against Atticus and The Green Machine at JELD-WEN Field.

We’ll let the video take it from here:

More than 3,000 fans showed up to cheer on Atticus and The Green Machine as they beat the Timbers 10-9, with Atticus scoring four goals on Wednesday. What a stunning display of support from the Portland community. They gave him a day he’ll never forget.

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Images and video courtesy of Major League Soccer.

6
Apr

On Saturday, Eric Abidal got his first taste of action after a long 13 months away from the game following his liver transplant almost a year to the date. That combined with Tito Vilanova’s return to the Camp Nou sidelines for the first time since January made for an emotional night in Barcelona.

To cap it all off, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas had a rare offensive explosion in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Mallorca.

Whether you’re a Barca fan or not, you can’t help but root for Abidal and applaud his arduous battle from what many considered to be a career-ending condition:

"It was a very special moment for me after a year out," said Abidal, wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.

"I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment," he added.

Read more here.

4
Dec

One of the most heart-warming stories of 2012, Tottenham fan Callum Fuller, a young cancer survivor, gets to spend a day at Spurs’ training ground with his soccer hero Gareth Bale and his fellow teammates.

We must admit, Callum holds his own during the various training sessions with Tottenham’s players. The young fan wrapped up his special day with a visit to White Hart Lane.