6
Nov

Amsterdam hooligans ambush Celtic fans in pub ahead of Champions League match

Video footage has been unearthed showing around 50 Ajax hooligans ambushing a group of Celtic fans in an Amsterdam pub the night before their Champions League match. The footage was recorded by an eye witnesses from a window.

The group of thugs, all wearing coats with their hoods drawn, began banging on the pub’s windows, and you can see one Celtic fan turn towards them moments before he gets attacked from the inside.

The gang quickly fled away from the scene, but according to reports, nine arrests have been made by Amsterdam police. It is believed the hooligans targeted the pub knowing Celtic fans would be inside.

H/T 101GG

28
Aug

Celtic stun Shakhter in stoppage time to advance to Champions League group stage

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Somewhere, Rod Stewart is crying tears of joy.

Scottish champions Celtic will embark on yet another Champions League adventure after beating Shakhter Karagandy 3-2 on aggregate, advancing to the group stage in dramatic fashion.

After heading into Wednesday’s return leg down 2-0 to Shakhter, Celtic came back to equalize the tie on goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. Still level on aggregate heading into stoppage time, with the global exposure and millions of Euros that the Champions League offers on the line, a nervous home crowd longed for a hero. They got one in the form of James Forrest:

Understandably, Forrest’s stoppage-time goal sent Celtic Park into a frenzy. Manager Neil Lennon, well, he could hardly contain himself either:

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It’s drama and scenes like this that truly make soccer the best game in the world. Good luck to Celtic in the group stage. As for Shakhter, well, this one’s for the sheep.

20
Aug

Shakhter Karagandy’s strange superstition involves sacrificing sheep

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Photo: AP

It’s not unusual for athletes and teams to have pregame rituals. Everything from not washing certain items of clothing to prayer to eating specific meals — the list is endless. Apparently, for Shakhter Karagandy, it includes sacrificing a sheep. And guess what? It’s been working.

The Kazakh champions beat Celtic in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League playoffs tie on Tuesday, and will take the 2-0 advantage back to Scotland for the return leg next week.

The tradition of killing a sheep before the match is a ritual that Shakhter Karagandy has done throughout this year’s Champions League run. Karagandy manager Viktor Kumykov confirmed that the club had slaughtered a sheep a day ahead of the clash against Celtic and explained how the ritual sacrifice was standard practice. According to Pitchside Europe, he said,

"We are just observing a tradition. The guys decided that being in the playoff is a new level and we are not going to violate this tradition."

While fans of the club are thrilled at their success, sheep across Kazakhstan are probably coming up with rituals of their own to stop the team from winning.

Our Crowd Goes Wild crew on FOX Sports 1 ate the story up:

12
May

Watching your club win a title is always memorable. One lucky fan in particular this week will remember it for very special reasons though.

Celtic may have won the Scottish Premier League as far back as mid-April, but yesterday’s 4-0 home win over rivals St Johnstone signed off their final home game in style.

The Scottish club, who claimed their 44th division title with ease last month, were finally able to parade their medals and the famous trophy at their Celtic Park ground after the game.

The biggest story was still to come however. Manager Neil Lennon, who has been linked with the soon-to-be-vacated manager’s job, cherished the title victory but handed his medal to a lucky young Celtic fan in the crowd.

Watch the video to see just how gobsmacked the little girl is. Brilliant!