Bosnians celebrate first-ever World Cup appearance

Bosnia-Herzegovina wasn’t even in existence until 1992, but just two decades after its national team played their first match (a year later, in 1993) the small Balkan nation has clinched its first-ever World Cup appearance after a 1-0 win at Lithuania on Tuesday.

The historic moment unleashed a large-scale celebration in the streets of Sarajevo, the nation’s capital. It wasn’t the only milestone on Tuesday.

Though Iceland didn’t qualify directly, the small Nordic island nation did make the playoff round for the first time ever, which was cause for celebration in its own right. After earning a draw at Norway — coupled with Slovenia’s loss at Switzerland — Iceland has a chance to become the smallest-ever nation to make the World Cup finals if it navigates through the playoff round held in November.

Close to 3,000 Iceland fan traveled to Norway to see the country’s biggest game ever (to date), which is almost one percent of Iceland’s entire population. Below is some fan footage of the exact moment when Iceland knew they clinched a playoff spot:

Congratulations to both nations for their terrific accomplishments!


John Obi Mikel scores first Premier League goal in 8 seasons


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We may never be able to prove the existence of Big Foot, unicorns or the Loch Ness Monster, but one of our planet’s greatest mysteries has finally been solved — John Obi Mikel can, in fact, score a goal in the Premier League.

It “only” took him eight years:

We strongly advise you to watch this now before all videos and images get confiscated by the government for evidence, because there’s a 99.9% chance none of us will ever see this happen again:


Mikel, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are visibly stunned.


Mikel’s teammates make sure he’s not actually a figment of their imagination.


USA players commemorate Costa Rica win with signed shovel


By now, you’ve all watched and read about the ridiculous snowstorm during USA’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Costa Rica on Friday night. To stamp their historic victory in soccer folklore, U.S. soccer posted a signed shovel by USA players on its Instagram account to commemorate their victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The picture of the signed shovel was accompanied with the following message from U.S. soccer:

The entire #USMNT signed this shovel after the game tonight!”

Much to Costa Rica’s chagrin, the Central American team plans to file an official protest with FIFA following their loss to the United States under the snowstorm, which they labeled as an “embarrassment.”

On the bright side, the game was entertaining to watch.