19
Jun

Chilean celebrations turn destructive in Santiago after win vs. Spain

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Chile had a lot to celebrate on Wednesday after knocking defending World Cup champions Spain out of the tournament with a huge 2-0 win. The team’s fans were so excited that they stormed the Maracana before the game even started.

But in Santiago the city-wide celebrations went overboard, unfortunately ending in violent clashes with the police:

The revelry led to fires, damage to what has been reported as 300 city buses and a huge clean-up operation. Local media described the crowd as a “red swarm” of office workers and locals in team colors:

But there was some positive news of sorts: shares in both Chile’s biggest brewery and its biggest winemaker were reported to have jumped more than 3% after Chile’s World Cup success.

(h/t The Guardian)

8
May

Millwall survive relegation thanks to lucky goldfish

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Millwall fans invade the pitch after the Lions avoided relegation. (Getty)

It was early April, and Millwall needed a string of good results through the end of the season to survive the drop down to League One. The outlook for the Lions was bleak.

But their fortunes changed when life-long supporter Tommy Pratt bought what is now known as the lucky goldfish. Pratt is friends with Millwall players Alan Dunne and David Forde, and started jokingly texting them before each game “may the fish be with you.”

Then a strange thing started happening: Millwall couldn’t lose.

"The fish has been everywhere with us - it came out to dinner a few weeks ago," Dunne told News At Den. ”It became funnier and funnier after every game because we were still unbeaten and the fish was still alive and going strong.”

The magical lucky fish was there sitting in its bowl by the TV as Millwall put up a 4-0-3 record in the club’s final seven games of the season. Perhaps Millwall should consider a secondary mascot?

Even manager Ian Holloway placed some faith in the water-dwelling creature. “Maybe we should get some Koi carp for the training ground,” he joked.

It might not be such a bad idea.

Story via New At Den

8
May

Player scores, celebrates by giving himself a round of applause in the stands

It’s not often you get to applaud yourself for a job well done. But Trakai striker Dmitriy Kovb did that — in the most literal sense — after scoring for his club.

The Belarusian has excellent form with this celebration. Hands raised and cupped perfectly, an impressed look on his face while looking relaxed with his leg up on his opposite knee. 

Two thumbs up, Dmitriy.

(H/T WAATP)

1
May

This is one of the coolest looks at championship celebrations you’ll ever see

Ajax secured their 33rd Eredivisie title on Sunday, making it four straight triumphs for the Dutch club. That’s more than any other team in the Dutch league.

But just because they’ve made a habit of winning the league over and over again, they still celebrate like it’s the first time. Thanks to defensive star Daley Blind, we got a a behind the scenes look at their most recent title celebrations.

As expected, there’s cheering, dancing and a LOT of drinking.

Drink up, fellas. You deserve it.

(H/T r/soccer)

28
Feb

Sponsor creates special glasses for Manchester City fans

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Manchester City fans will be able to do the famous Poznan worry-free during the Capital One League Cup final on Sunday.

Inspired by Lech Poznań fans back in 2010, City supporters adopted the celebration and have been using it ever since:

If the Citizens score against Sunderland, their supporters won’t miss a second of the action while celebrating with some very special glasses created by the tournament’s sponsor, Capital One.

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That’s a sweet wing-mirrored design — and damn smart marketing.

Images courtesy of Capital One

6
Jan

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 400th career goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit yet another milestone today: he scored his 400th career goal for club and country. The Real Madrid and Portugal super star hit the mark in Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.

He’ll turn just 29 in less than a month, so with plenty of footballing years ahead of him, we have a slight hunch that number will be significantly higher when he eventually retires (yes, it will happen some day).

Update: Ronaldo also scored his 399th earlier in the match, and dedicated both goals to the late Eusebio, who was laid to rest today.

The Portuguese legend is certainly somewhere watching and smiling.

31
Oct

Did Ronaldo send message to Blatter with goal celebration?

For those of you wondering why CR7 celebrated his first goal against Sevilla in the manner he did, then look no further than Sepp Blatter. FIFA’s president nailed his colors to the mast when addressing Oxford University students earlier last week when he was asked to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Blatter said he preferred Messi, but not before he mimicked Ronaldo in bizarre fashion by marching across the stage like a soldier and describing the Real Madrid forward as a “commander” … which drew laughter and applause from the young brains in the audience. Blatter has since apologized for his “light-hearted” comments following criticism from Real Madrid and Ronaldo himself, who suggested the Swiss was biased against him, Real Madrid and Portugal.

So when Ronaldo denied Bale the chance to score his hat-trick from the penalty spot we now know why. CR7 we salute you!