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After winning the Copa Del Rey in dramatic fashion against arch-rivals Real, Atletico Madrid are in Singapore ahead of a charity exhibition match in the country.
So, how would you expect them to train and warm-up for the event? Well, by facing 128 kids in a preparation match, of course!
In the hilarious video, you’ll see Atleti taken to task by over a hundred youngsters. The sight of one of the best strikers in the world, Radamel Falcao, blazing over the bar with a ton of kids surrounding him will certainly stay in the memory!
Image taken from our colleagues at 101 Great Goals
Eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre loves soccer. Last fall, he started to feel pain while playing with his team, The Green Machine. He was diagnosed with cancer (Wilms’ tumor) and missed the last game of the season as a result of the treatment he was receiving.
Atticus’ wish was simple: To play in a scrimmage against the Portland Timbers with The Green Machine.
Without hesitation, the Timbers teamed up with Make-A-Wish Oregon to grant Atticus’ wish. On Wednesday morning, a select group of Timbers players played against Atticus and The Green Machine at JELD-WEN Field.
We’ll let the video take it from here:
More than 3,000 fans showed up to cheer on Atticus and The Green Machine as they beat the Timbers 10-9, with Atticus scoring four goals on Wednesday. What a stunning display of support from the Portland community. They gave him a day he’ll never forget.
Images and video courtesy of Major League Soccer.
By Leander Schaerlaeckens
From every nook and cranny they had streamed to the little Astroturf field in the park in the middle of their working class Alamos neighborhood. Seven, eight, nine years old. There must have been a hundred of them, delineated by their snazzy replica uniforms of the world’s big clubs, but with their own names on the back. They’d come to play soccer.
Some of them were big, some small. Some were good, some not. But they all played with a fanatical abandon that bordered on the maniacal. All day long. No matter the 85 degree temperatures, which rose steadily on the plastic field. On and on it went, teams playing 30-minute games and then shuffling through the gates of the tall fences to make way for another pair of teams. Those who weren’t in a game just then played on the side, or between shrubs, or underneath the bleachers. Overhead rabbled exotic birds, invisible on the branches of the tall trees behind the curtain of lilac flowers.
They weren’t so different from seemingly everybody else across this magnificent city on a pleasant Sunday, playing on every expanse wide enough, and those not quite suitable too, every vacant space sucked into soccer’s spell on this country.
Diego Maradona appears to have a new girlfriend. His ex-partner just gave birth to a baby he fathered. And the same ex-partner is also involved in a legal dispute with the Argentine football great’s former wife.
In the last few days local media have been awash with news and photos about a new woman in Maradona’s life, who has been identified as 22-year-old Rocio Geraldine Oliva.
Maradona, 52, has declined to confirm the relationship - but he also hasn’t denied it. A photo of Maradona holding a poster with the words ”Rocio Te Amo” (Rocio I love you), and another photo of the two toasting each over glasses of champagne have been widely circulated in the Argentine media.
”I’m fine, relaxed and in love with Diego,” Oliva said Wednesday in a television interview. ”What others say means nothing to me.”
Reports about the new romance surfaced two weeks ago when Maradona’s long-time partner Veronica Ojeda gave birth in Buenos Aires to a baby boy who was named Diego Fernando. He has already been nicknamed ”Dieguito,” and Maradona - who is working in Dubai - has yet to return to Argentina to see him.
In a global partnership to fight polio, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and FC Barcelona are joining forces to help save and improve the lives of children around the world.
Here’s the official release from Barcelona’s website:
Under the slogan ‘More than a Goal. End Polio’, FC Barcelona has been helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with its media power and global recognition, to facilitate the development of programs and news related to this disease.
Widespread concerns over this year’s flu epidemic has reached new proportions after a New York City youth sports club took extreme measures by urging kids from giving high-fives and fist bumps during matches.
The Manhattan Soccer club reportedly sent an email on Monday warning parents that “the safest thing to do is touch elbows” during a team’s post game lineup for club high-fives.