Genoa coach channels inner Rambo, spies on city rivals

Before Sunday’s derby match against Sampdoria, a Genoa youth coach was caught spying on their city rivals’ training session in “full military attire,”  leading to what might be the greatest press release in the history of professional sports.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Sampdoria fans saw or overheard some rustling in the trees bordering the training pitch. A member of the club’s staff then decided to look into the matter, and after a quick chase discovered the spy hiding behind a tree. The man turned out to be none other than Luca De Pra, a Genoa youth coach and “popular figure in the city.”

Luca De Pra captured spying on Sampdoria training

Sampdoria later posted this image of De Pra on their official web site, along with the following statement:

That the derby is a question of nerve, tactics and strategy we already knew, but frankly we could never expect that it could turn into a scene of espionage.

Like Rambo hidden among the branches on the hill, Luca De Pra, Genoa goalkeeping coach and man of noble footballing ancestry, failed to overcome Sampdoria’s intelligence and counter intelligence operations.

However, no prisoners were taken, and no blood was shed. Once tracked down and caught red-handed, the opposing side’s soldier was let free to return to base. You should always forgive your enemies, as nothing annoys them more.

Just brilliant stuff.

As for Genoa, the club has come out and said that this battleground tactic was all De Pra’s idea and suspended the coach indefinitely. The best part? Genoa didn’t seem to need any help whatsoever, cruising to a 3-0 win on Sunday.


David Beckham cheats against little kids in China

David Beckham is “beck” in China to resume his role as Global Football Ambassador, and as was the case last time, another great video has hit the web from his visits. Beckham’s age got exposed in a little pick-up scrimmage, so Becks had to resort to a little gamesmanship.

That video’s cute, but who can forget this classic from Beckham’s last trip to the Far East?


Racing fans order players to lose so rival team can suffer relegation


What’s the biggest soccer rivalry in the world? The Manchester Derby? Liverpool and Everton? Inter vs. Milan? Roma and Lazio? Hands up those who said Racing Club and Independiente over in Argentina.

Fans of Racing Club issued this flyer ahead of their match against relegation-threatened Quilmes, which reads: “Players! Lose or rot in hell!”

This obviously begs the question, why would they so vehemently ask that of their players? Well, Racing’s main rival, Independiente, are also battling relegation, and there is just a tad bit of history between the three clubs:

Back in 1983, Independiente played Quilmes with the roles reversed and Racing Club facing the drop. Independiente are still widely believed to have accepted defeat top Quilmes to help send their bitter rivals down.

Well, now the boots on the other foot. Will Racing’s players satisfy their fans’ thirst for revenge?