24
Jul

Mineiro win first Copa Libertadores title, Olimpia players too upset to talk

Atletico Mineiro overcame a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to beat Olimpia on penalties for their first ever Copa Libertadores title.

A goal by Leo Silva in the 87th minute leveled the aggregate score at 2-2 after Jô’s opener early in the second half kept Atletico in the tie. After extra time didn’t produce a winner, Mineiro converted all four of their penalties before Olimpia’s second miss sealed the outcome.

Highlights are below:  

With the win, Mineiro’s Ronaldinho became just the fourth player all-time to win a World Cup as well as both the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores. He also became just the seventh to win the UCL and the Copa Lib. The last to do it was Walter Samuel (UCL with Inter in 2009, CL with Boca Juniors in 2000).

While Dinho and co. celebrated on the pitch, the loss had Olimpia’s players too chocked up to put into words:

17
Jul

Horrendous tackle to the face nets player 14-game ban

The Peruvian Football Federation has banned a player for 14 matches following a reckless, high kick to the face of an opponent. Willigton Smith of second tier club Alianza Huanuco wildly followed through on this tackle, or clearance, or whatever he was going for, and struck the face of Deportivo player Omar Cuya, who was knocked out cold.

"Y boom," indeed.

15
Jul

Didier Drogba has to escort hugging pitch invader back to sideline

"Don’t let go! Don’t you ever let go!"

There are times when supporters take their love for a club or player a just little bit too far. Case in point: this heavily tattooed Chelsea fan — one of which is an image of Didier Drogba — who invaded the pitch during Galatasaray’s 3-0 victory against tiny Shrewsbury this weekend.

The fan “attacked” Drogba with a big bear hug and some kisses on the cheek, clearly with no intention of letting go of his favorite player. After a few seconds, Drogba tried to detach himself, but the man had other ideas — mainly, continuing to sweet-talk and cuddle up to his idol. We can only imagine what the fan was babbling in Drogba’s ear as the former Chelsea player actually had to escort him to the sideline himself.

Now that’s what we call a Stage-5 clinger!

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(H/T and pic: 101GG)

9
Jul

Hat-trick hero Chris Wondolowski’s jersey misspelled

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Does the extra “W” stand for “win”?

Chris Wondolowski’s three first-half goals in the US’ 6-1 win over Belize were overshadowed by an unfortunate wardrobe mistake: his jersey read “Wondowlowski.”

The San Jose Earthquakes forward did receive a corrected jersey at halftime, but strangely, the goals stopped coming for him. Maybe his wife, Lindsey Wondolowski, was on to something:

After the match, Wondolowski admitted that he is very superstitious, saying “I’m rocking [the jersey] the whole tournament.”

It’s safe to say that all US fans are hoping he does, too.

1
Jul

Angry fans throw chairs at club chairman (no pun intended but intended)

Getting relegated always makes for an uncomfortable next press conference. When it happens to be the first relegation in the club’s 108-year history - in the soccer hotbed of Argentina, no less - it’s downright a nightmare.

Club Atletico Independiente president Javier Cantero can vouch for that first hand after his team dropped from Argentina’s top flight for the first time since its founding in 1904.

Cantero’s season-ending press conference was suddenly interrupted by a mob of angry fans who began flinging chairs at Cantero and any poor soul with him on stage. With the mob calling for his head (his resignation), Cantero was forced to flee the scene.

Next time, maybe send your spokesman out there instead?

(H/T Deadspin)

-Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX)

1
Jul

MLS player scores bicycle kick goal…on the ground!

Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara is smarter than all of us.

When going up for a bicycle kick attempt, you can only be sure of this: If you miss, you’ll realize that landing straight on your back and tailbone hurts like hell. Like really, really bad. Plus it looks pretty embarrassing.

Camara didn’t need to worry about all that. He was already sitting on the ground when he went for the bicycle kick, looking graceful as ever, too, as he scored! One of the more fun goals you’ll ever see.

The defender seems to have a certain knack for this kind of stuff. Though it was only Camara’s second goal of the season, both of them have been bicycle kicks, which is kind of outrageous.

-Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX)

1
Jul

Shakira sighting at Confed Cup thanks to Pique red card

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Stating the obvious, absolutely nothing went right for Spain in their 3-0 loss to hosts Brazil in the Confederation Cup final. Spain not only gave up three unanswered, but also missed a penalty kick and received a red card.

The silver lining? Shakira got some face time as her significant other Gerard Pique was walking off the pitch for his rough foul on Neymar. Clearly, the pop star, who shares a child with the Barcelona star, wasn’t very happy.

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Here’s what former England international Gary Lineker had to say about it: