12
Sep

Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen steals teammate’s thunder with diving header in training

Sometimes, the planets align and something truly serendipitous happens … right when you least expect it.

Take this clip from Ajax training, where Anwar El Ghazi is taped accepting the club’s award for August’s goal of the month.

What happens in the background is a classic case of thunder-stealing. For those unfamiliar:

Yep, that’s Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen flying through the air to nail a sublime diving header. A keeper! Perhaps he was just trying to throw his hat into the ring for September’s goal of the month award.

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"You mad, bro?"

(h/t Pies, Image: Getty)

21
Mar

PSV’s Memphis Depay’s protective mask is nightmare fuel

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That, right there, is quite the busted-up eye. PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay picked up the shiner over the weekend against Vitesse Arnhem, courtesy of an errant elbow.

Reportedly, Depay is medically cleared to play this weekend against Roda, so long as he wears a protective mask. So, how do you make a scary young talent even more frightening?

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Like that. You add a flesh-colored demon mask, that’s how. Depay looks like the unfortunate hell-spawn of Hannibal Lecter and Michael Myers.

Here’s to hoping it’s only temporary, because we can’t imagine anyone wanting to mark the 20-year-old when he’s sporting that.

(h/t 101GG)

23
Dec

NAC players join fans in pitchside Jacuzzi after win

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

A time of holiday cheer and winter wonderlands. A time for presents, Christmas cookies and Chanukah candles. A time for relaxation and diversion, with no shortage of football games to keep you company while huddling up next to a cozy fire. A time where fans and players can join together and celebrate the season … in jacuzzis?

This weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie, our favorite football league here on the blog (exhibit A and B), three lucky NAC Breda fans got to watch their team play Cambuur Leeuwarden in a field-level hot tub after having won a charity auction.

Sporting Santa hats, flippers and snorkels, the fans had a jolly ol’ time watching their relegation-threatened team win the match 1-0. To top it all off, several of NAC’s players then spotted the jacuzzi and decided to jump in to celebrate!

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Let’s hope this becomes a thing.

30
Sep

Error-divisie? Best of the weekend from the Dutch league

The Dutch Eredivisie is quickly becoming one of our favorite leagues here on the blog. Every weekend there seem to be crazy happenings on or off the pitch that demand our (and therefore, your) attention.

For instance, check out this historically unlucky goal conceded by Roda JC goalkeeper Filip Kurto against Utrecht:

See what we mean? Pretty much just par for the course in the Netherlands.

Also this weekend, last-place side NEC unfurled a giant tifo ahead of their local derby match against Vitesse.

Perhaps in homage to rapper legend MIMS’ classic lines “I’m hot cause I’m fly, you ain’t ‘cause you’re not,” the NEC supporters tried to intimidate their opponents with the message “We’re gonna win this, you’re not.” Brilliant. *Smacks head on desk*

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Unfortunately, NEC lost the match in heart-breaking fashion, conceding the match-winning goal off the boot of Lucas Piazon (on loan from Chelsea) in the second minute of stoppage time:

It was NEC’s eighth loss in a row to start the campaign, which likely means that for the eighth week running, no NEC player got to cash in on the highly-coveted Man of the Match prize that the club launched before the season: a free bikini car wash. Bummer.

H/T Dirty Tackle