28
Aug

Legia Warsaw fans fire back at UEFA with amazing tifo over Champions League ruling

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After having its UEFA Champions League qualification tossed out on a pretty bogus technicality, Legia Warsaw were steaming mad.

To recap, Legia Warsaw blasted Celtic in their Champions League playoff to the tune of a 6-1 aggregate win, but the Polish side were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player late in their second-leg win. As a result, Celtic were reinstated, and Legia Warsaw were dropped to the Europa League.

To make matters worse, Celtic did absolutely nothing with the extra chance they were given at Champions League glory, losing to Slovenian side Maribor in their playoff earlier this week.

So, yeah, Legia Warsaw’s fans were none too pleased with UEFA. Luckily, they channeled their frustration into creativity and put together an amazing tifo. Ahead of Legia Warsaw’s Europa League playoff match against Aktobe, they busted out this:

The tifo meet all the requirements needed to send a message to UEFA: A gigantic, greedy pig holding a “6<1” sign with a caption of “Because football doesn’t matter, money does” with the backdrop of the UEFA logo?

Message received.

(h/t 101GG)

27
Aug

Cosmin Moti: The Champions League’s newest sensation

Merely an afterthought at the beginning of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League shuffle, Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Steaua Bucuresti wound up turning into a true thriller.

The drama really kicked off when Ludogorets scored just before Spanish referee Alberto Undiano blew for full time, sending the contest into extra-time. With an apparent affinity for heightening drama toward the end of a period, Ludogorets then had their keeper, Vladisov Stoyanov, sent off with a red card.

Out of substitutions and with a penalty shootout looming, the team turned to central defender Cosmin Moti to save the day. And boy, did he:

Moti donned backup keeper Ivan Civorovic’s keeper shirt, but it may as well have been a cape. Not only did Moti step up to take his side’s first kick of the penalty shootout (with his goalie gloves on!), he drilled it past his counterpart.

Then, the new Champions League star went on to save not just one, but two Steaua penalties to seal the win. Moti’s heroics earned lowly Ludogorets their first-ever berth in the Champions League group stage.

Here’s to hoping Moti and his scrappy side keep the hits coming against some other big boys.

26
Aug

Hulk scores on scintillating solo run as Zenit reach UCL group stage

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Hulk doesn’t need to smash to be a menace on the field. Sometimes, a little solo run past three hapless defenders will do just fine, as was the case Tuesday against Standard Liege.

The robust Brazilian striker scored two goals to send Zenit into their third straight Champions League group stage. The first was a penalty kick, and the second was, well, just watch:

21
Aug

French soccer broadcasters go where no cameramen have gone before

The secret is out!

French television network Canal+ has unveiled the truth behind their live broadcasts of professional soccer.

Take a look at the lengths the cameramen will go to get that perfect camera angle on the game-winning goal.

The clever video is part of Canal+’s promotional push advertising their coverage of Ligue 1, Champions League and the Premier League with the tagline: “We will always do more for the sport.”

Does this mean should start expecting cameramen lineups at the beginning of each game?

16
Aug

Legia Warsaw trolled with Champions League anthem ahead of Polish league match

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Polish champions Legia Warsaw still haven’t gotten over their harsh Champions League exit on a clerical error, when on Friday they were mercilessly ridiculed by their next Polish league opponents.

After their 6-1 aggregate victory over Celtic was wiped away over fielding an ineligible player for the final four minutes of the second leg, Legia were greeted by Ekstraklasa side Jagiellonia Bialystok with the Champions League anthem blaring in the stadium as the teams took the field!

That’s some A+ trolling right there, but justice was eventually served as Legia went on to whip the cynical opposition, 3-0.

H/T Pies
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31
May

Sergio Ramos gets tattoo of Champions League trophy

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After winning the 2010 World Cup with Spain, Sergio Ramos got a tattoo of the famous trophy on his right calf. The tat’s location was a peculiar choice, as his left calf looked rather bare in comparison.

Alas, now we know what Ramos had in mind all along. He was simply saving room for the other big prize in soccer, one he hadn’t yet earned - the Champions League trophy.

After Real Madrid’s win last weekend, one he helped engineer with his last-gasp equalizer in regulation time, Ramos got the ink done to complete his on-the-body “trophy case.”