We all know love Mario Balotelli loves his toys. Usually, they’re the more expensive kind, like cars or jewelry, but he’s not above having a little fun with things you’d find at a child’s birthday party.
So give the man a balloon full of helium, and this is what you get:
Oh, Mario. Please never stop being you.
(H/T SB Nation)
It’s been more than a month since the infamous moment in Manchester United’s loss at Old Trafford to Swansea. No, it wasn’t the loss itself.
It was what appeared to be bird poop flying into Ashley Young’s mouth.
There was much speculation at the time about whether it was actually bird poop, or perhaps a loogie, or something else disgusting that no one would want flying into their mouth.
It turns out, Ashley Young still doesn’t know what hit him, either.
Bless whoever put the pigeon above his locker.
(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)
Standing in front of your team and singing a song is a pretty popular initiation for most new signings, but not many actually have the pipes to pull it off.
But young Hull City goalkeeper Rory Watson serenaded his teammates with a rather lovely version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” on their road trip to Newcastle.
While he probably won’t be winning “The X Factor” any time soon, you have to admit Rory’s got a little bit of a hidden talent. If soccer doesn’t work out, he could totally be a lounge or cruise singer.
Do yourselves a favor and follow Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks) on Twitter.
In a time when the Premier League has announced a crackdown on goal Vines and GIFs, This graphic artist is offering a new way to sidestep copyright infringement with his numerous and timely illustrations.
Illustration: Ki Sung-yueng scores the opening goal of the season to take the lead for Swansea against MUFC. pic.twitter.com/zD078I3Jk8— Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks)August 16, 2014
— Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks)August 16, 2014
— Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks)August 16, 2014
The popular free-kick tool known as “magic spray” made its debut in the Premier League on Saturday. Across England, every spray of the vanishing white foam was greeted with applause and cheers from the stands.
Most of the refs seemed happy with their new-found spraying power. In particular, Manchester United-Swansea City referee Mike Dean, who used his canister with great enthusiasm (though Nathan Dyer wasn’t too impressed with this line).
Unfortunately, with any new product there’s always a chance of it backfiring. Poor referee Jon Moss learned that the hard way as he attempted to draw out the lines for an Arsenal free kick, and ended up spraying it all over himself:
Brutal. Hopefully that stuff doesn’t sting. Practice makes perfect, Jon. Keep at it and you’ll get the hang of it eventually.
Photographs: Action Images, Getty Images
Just look at the form - and those kicks. Perfect. (Photo: Action Images)
Most pitch invaders storm the field in hopes of hugging their favorite player, or snapping selfies with as many stars as possible.
But on the opening day of the Premier League, one fan took a different route, and elected to show off his football skills. He saw the opportune moment as Spurs lined up to take a free kick and pounced with lightning quick speed.
Christian Eriksen looked just devastated that the strike didn’t go in. And to be honest, his ensuing free kick wasn’t any better than the pitch invader’s attempt.
Maybe Blackpool should consider giving the fan a call.
Diego Poyet has some grovelling to do.
The newest West Ham signing has been making amends with new teammates Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, apologizing for some not-so-nice tweets he sent back in 2011 and ‘12.
— Diego Poyet (@diegopoyet7)August 13, 2014
In case you forgot the comments made by the then-16-year-old Poyet, here’s a reminder of some of the posts:
I went to subway and asked for the greasiest, biggest, and most expensive sub they had. They game me Andy Carrol— Diego Poyet (@diegopoyet7)December 11, 2011
Andy Carroll seems like he’s moved on. Although, it doesn’t seem like he’s going to miss an opportunity to milk Poyet’s apology for as long as he can.
A big thanks to @diegopoyet7 for agreeing to make my morning cuppa every morning for the next month!! ☕️💪— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll)August 13, 2014
(H/T Daily Mail)
Hatem Ben Arfa is almost certainly on his way out at Newcastle. After on-going “personality problems” and reportedly showing up to preseason overweight, manager Alan Pardew has demoted Ben Arfa to the reserve team, and gave away his number 10 to new signing Siem de Jong.
The club has now gone a step further and banned Ben Arfa from a fan session at St. James’ Park. Instead of missing out on meeting and greeting Newcastle fans, the talented attacker is taking matters into his own hands.
Ben Arfa has organized his own fan session at a Newcastle bookshop called The Back Page, where he won’t sign autographs, but he will mingle with Magpies fans.
Who needs the club’s approval anyway? Not Hatem! (Facebook)
Not only is Ben Arfa defying the club, he’s doing is just down the street from the stadium and on the same night - Tuesday - as the club’s official fan session.
Way to stick it to the man, Hatem, and win over quite a few Toon fans in the process.