10
Apr

In the family: Best of the best soccer siblings for National Siblings Day

In honor of National Siblings Day, we’re bringing you some of the best sibling action you’ll see on the soccer pitch:

Kristie and Samantha Mewis (USA)

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These sisters have dreamed of playing soccer together for the US women’s national team since they were little girls. During the 2014 Algarve Cup, that dream became a reality:

Gonzalo and Federico Higuain (Argentina)

Gonzalo is clearly the more well-known Higuain, but older brother Federico has also had a decent career in soccer. He currently plays for the Columbus Crew, and scores really pretty goals, like this one:

Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)

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The Hazard brothers in training for Belgium. (Image: Twitter)

Big brother Eden may be stealing the headlines now, but 21-year-old Thorgan isn’t far behind. While on-loan from Chelsea in the Jupiler League, the striker has been tearing it up — he even won the Golden Shoe for the 2013 season. It won’t be long until we see both brothers on the pitch for the Blues.

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13
Mar

The great Dane, Nicklas Bendtner, is at it again

In case you haven’t heard, Nicklas Bentner, Arsenal’s flighty striker, has had another run-in with the law after an alleged drunken incident with a cab driver in Copenhagen.

Now that Bendtner has gone from leading an attacking line to a walking punchline, it’s appropriate we take a look at the Dane’s more illustrious exploits, courtesy of the Daily Mail:

May 2009: He stumbled out a London nightclub with his jeans around his ankles just hours after Arsenal were denied a place in the 2009 Champions League final by Manchester United.

August 2009: Changed his shirt No from 26 to 52 – reportedly to reflect a new £52,000-a-week deal signed at the Emirates. A rumor Bendtner has since denied.

September 2009: Stripped down to his underwear after a high-speed crash in which he was fortunate to escape with his life. His £160,000 Aston Martin was a write-off.

February 2011: Split with his Danish royal fiancée Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, just seven weeks after she gave birth to their son.

December 2011: During his loan spell at Sunderland he was arrested for allegedly going on a £4,000 car-wrecking spree with Lee Cattermole. The charges were later dropped.

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June 2012: Fined £80,000 and banned for one match after pulling down his shorts to reveal Paddy Power-branded underwear in a stupid publicity stunt while playing for Denmark at the European Championships in 2012.

March 2013: Banned from driving for three years and fined £100,000 for being over the legal drink-drive limit after he was spotted by police in Copenhagen driving against the traffic. Hit with a six-month playing ban by Denmark.

November 2013: Arrested on suspicion of criminal damage at his luxury apartment block.

Quite the rap sheet for someone purporting to be an adult. And yet, his most egregious offense, aside from the drunk driving, goes undocumented. Who in the world should be allowed to post selfies like this?:

We’ll just leave it at that.

9
Oct

Daniel Agger gives young fan shirt after plunking him with ball

Well, that’s one way to go about getting a soccer player’s shirt.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, training with Denmark’s national team, sent a wayward ball that wound up finding the face of an unsuspecting kid behind the goal.

Upon realizing he’d drilled someone, Agger, ever the nice gent that he is, went to go check on the fan.

Cool enough, right? Well, it gets even cooler. Agger then hopped over the barrier — much to the amusement of the other kids — to make sure the youngster was OK.

After a short conversation, the Danish international then gave the dazed boy his shirt.

What a memorable experience! And in case the woozy fan might be a little foggy on the details, he can just turn to the tape.

(h/t TalkSport.com)