10
Sep

Daniel Agger donates to help send Denmark team to Homeless World Cup

Denmark was trying to send a team to the Homeless World Cup, which kicks off in October in Chile, but had come up short 20,000 kroner (about $3,500). They team had already raised a lot of money, so new donors were hard to come by and time was running out.

In stepped Daniel Agger.

The Danish international asked an Ombold board member — the organization sending the Denmark team to the tournament — how things were going. When he found out they were in need of money to be able to fund the trip, Agger didn’t hesitate to tell them he’d give them the money.

"You just tell me where and when to spend the money; and also if there is anything else I can do," Agger said.

What a selfless and wonderful act, Mr. Agger.

(H/T The Guardian)

1
Jul

Preserving the pain: Chilean player tattoos his missed goal on back

One Chilean player has given new meaning to the idea of never forgetting.

Striker Mauricio Pinilla almost won the game for his team against Brazil in the round of 16, sending a curling strike just over the bar.

Brazil went on to win the match in penalties.

But for Pinilla, that miss will now have a permanent place … on his back … in ink.

Pinilla also missed one of the penalty kicks that kept Chile from advancing. That one was not inked on his back.

(Game image in tweet courtesy AP Images)

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)

18
Jun

World Cup Day 7: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Just like “The Wall” in Game of Thrones, reaching the World Cup final is a long, grueling climb. On Wednesday, three nations saw their dreams cut down in agonizing fashion.

Cameroon and Australia were always long shots to make the knockout stage — but no one saw defending champions Spain bow out of the competition by the end of the first week. But this tournament has been about as predictable as Chicago weather or Taylor Swift’s next boyfriend, so maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised (Taylor, our humble blogger is still waiting for your call).

The end of Spain’s reign is another team’s gain, however, and that team could very well be Chile. La Roja were considered one of the dark horses of the World Cup going in, and after quickly securing progress to the Round of 16, they’re starting to live up to the hype.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Chile, though. We’ll explain in our latest edition of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”

THE GOOD

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Wednesday started off with a bang. Tim Cahill scored his fifth career World Cup goal for the Socceroos — which at the time was half of Australia’s all-time tally — and what a strike it was.

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18
Jun

Massive World Cup barbecuing making Chile’s smog worse

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Hold your breath, Chilean fans, it’s going to be a smoggy night.

Chile’s government is requesting that soccer fans don’t participate in the national pastime of barbecuing during World Cup matches because of air pollution. 

Apparently, the clouds of smoke coming from the grills full of charred meats are exacerbating Santiago’s pollution problem. The additional smoke from burning charcoal during Chile’s match against Australia on June 13 nearly reached the level of an environmental emergency. Before Wednesday’s match, officials declared a “pre-emergency,” banning wood-burning stoves, restricting the use of cars and ordering the closure of more than 1,000 companies.

From the BBC:

“When we have low winds and we’re at critical levels what we are saying is that people should avoid burning charcoal because that makes the air quality worse,” said Claudio Orrego, the government official responsible for the Santiago region, on Wednesday. “I’ve been the butt of a lot of jokes for this and I take it with humor, but I also urge people to take it seriously.”

But after Chile’s historic win over Spain, good luck keeping Chileans from their celebratory “asado.”

(h/t Bloomberg)

18
Jun

Chile fans troll Spain on Wikipedia after historic World Cup victory

Chile’s 2-0 defeat of Spain is one for the history books, literally.

Not only did Chile give a powerful performance against the defending World Cup champions at the Maracana on Wednesday,  but they also doomed the 2010 World Cup winners to an early exit from Brazil.

Chile fans didn’t waste any time on Wikipedia, though. Just take a look.

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By the final whistle, the entry had been changed back to its original content.

Question now is: Who will be the next Wikipedia victim?

(h/t SportsNation for the spot).

18
Jun

Chile fans storm barrier at Maracana, break in to stadium

About 100 Chile fans busted through a security checkpoint at the Maracana stadium less than an hour before the Spain-Chile game Wednesday, damaging the media room as they desperately ran around in an apparent attempt to get into the game.

The red-shirted Chileans, mostly young men, sprinted through the huge FIFA media center underneath the stands and ran toward a corridor they apparently thought would lead to the grandstands.

But once inside that corridor, they realized it didn’t lead to the stands. They broke down a temporary wall, sending metal lockers crashing to the ground, according to AP journalists.

"I was the lone guy standing out there (near entry to press center)," security guard Diego Goncalves said. "All of a sudden they knocked down the fence and just pushed their way through."

One guard grabbed a Chilean by the neck and dragged him away.

Security guards eventually surrounded the group, made them sit on the ground and led them away in a line with each Chilean holding onto the shoulders of another in front of him.

Take a look at some of the scenes:

13
Jun

World Cup Day 2: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

imageThat feeling when you score your first World Cup goal (Image: Reuters)

The World Cup began in earnest on Friday with our first full day of non-stop soccer action, guaranteeing that nobody in the USA did a lick of work. Not even a little bit.

A more extensive recap of Friday’s action can be found here, but as FOXSoccer.com’s social micro site, the Blog will give you a snapshot of each match-day’s biggest social media moments. So without further ado, we present you with: the good, the bad and the ugly from Day 2.

The Good

The Netherlands started their World Cup campaign on Friday, which is always great because they have, without a doubt, the most colorful fans in the world:

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29
May

Chilean miners who survived collapsed mine appear in chilling World Cup ad

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Chile’s national team supporting the miners in 2010. Now the miners are returning the favor. (Image: Reuters)

Shortly after the 2010 World Cup, a group of Chilean miners captured the world’s attention as they were trapped inside a collapsed mine. The 33 men survived an incredible 69 days underground, and were all successfully rescued as the globe watched.

Now, they’ve banded together to urge on their country in this summer’s World Cup. The group gathered at the mine to give this powerful message. Even if you don’t understand Spanish, this will give you chills:

Mario Sepulveda, one of the trapped miners, explained the ad to the AP:

"My message to our Chile team is that we’re going to win. They have the talent and a whole country behind them and they must battle until the end. There are harder things in life and you can conquer them. Chile will not only pass to the second round, but it will surprise everyone."

You won’t see a more intense and moving World Cup ad for a long time.

(H/T DirtyTackle, SB Nation)