28
Jul

FAIL! Fernando Torres pulls a Torres, misses wide-open net from a yard out


Fernando Torres fail (Chelsea vs Olimpija… by footazo

Fernando Torres is already in his mid-season form. Unfortunately, that’s “Torres’ form,” and not anybody else’s.

How do you mess this up? HOW?!

At least Jose Mourinho will be happy to know that if he needs his team to miss a sitter, Torres is still his guy.

26
Jul

Norwich City apologize after claiming 13-0 win over wrong opponents

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Championship side Norwich City apologized to Italian club Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after the Canaries mistakenly thought they had played — and badly beaten — the Serie D outfit, 13-0, in a recent friendly match.

Huh? How could they not know who they were playing, you ask?

The error appears to have stemmed from a classic case of miscommunication.

Norwich were due to face Serie C side Novara on Sunday as part of their training camp in Italy, but the fixture was canceled and replacement opponents were called in — believed to have been S.C Vallee d’Aoste. In reality, the Canaries had only faced a regional select side.

It’s no wonder, then, that Norwich manager Neil Adams felt his side could’ve used more of a challenge.

"With all due respect to the opposition, they didn’t really give us the test that certainly we wanted at this stage of the season," Adams said before the team’s website claimed the double-digit win over S.C Vallee d’Aoste.

After the Serie D club notified them of the error, Norwich apologized in a statement:

"In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste," the statement read.

H/T BBC.com

Image provided by Reuters.

24
Jul

Head-scratcher: What has Pepe done to his hair?

No, seriously, we want to know. What has Pepe done to his hair?

The summer can be a bit boring for some footballers, but certainly there’s a better way than THAT to spice things up.

His hair looks like a bare tree!

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(Image: Getty)

Maybe it’s a defensive technique, since someone could poke an eye out going up for a header against him.

What makes matters worse is he’s currently in California for the International Champions Cup. If this becomes the next American fad hairstyle, we’re calling it quits. Bring back the Bieber … anything!

Hopefully Pepe lost a bet, and this coiffure nightmare is all just a joke that will soon disappear. 

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

20
Jul

Whoops! World Cup trophy damaged at afterparty

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The German national team apparently celebrated their fourth World Cup title a bit too hard last weekend.

According to DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, part of the World Cup trophy was damaged at the Rio afterparty!

"At one spot a small piece was chipped off, but don’t worry. We have specialists who can fix it," Niersbach told German news magazine Spiegel.

The culprit? A mystery. Niersbach joked that a thorough and persistent investigation was conducted, but proved inconclusive.

Good thing the damaged trophy wasn’t the original! Because no World Cup champion actually gets to keep the real deal, FIFA representatives had already taken the original version back for safekeeping before the team even left the Maracana.

20
Jul

Swiss League opener yields best own goal you’ll see all year

While most leagues in Europe are just now getting back in the groove with preseason friendlies, over in Switzerland the 2014/15 season got already back underway on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for Milan Gajic of Young Boys Bern to score perhaps the goal of the season.

Unfortunately, he put it in his own net!

Gajic put St. Gallen ahead, 2-1, with this incredible half-volley from outside the box that thundered past his goalkeeper and into the top corner:

It might well be Gajic’s greatest goal he’ll ever score, but this is hardly the way he wanted to kick-start his season.

Young Boys did go on the equalize late in the game to at least secure a point in their opener.

H/T 101GG

16
Jul

Blackpool cancels preseason tour due to lack of players

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Blackpool have canceled their pre-season tour in Spain citing a lack of available players.

The Championship side has just eight players signed to the active roster after 27 left the club at the end of last season. It is unclear if that many players have ever left the same club in a single summer before, but we’re guessing this is a record.

Based on who they do have under contract, the best Blackpool could do is field a fairly aggressive 3-1-4 formation, with no goalkeeper. That’s right. A second-division club in England currently has just one midfielder and no goalkeepers under contract. Good luck with that!

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston told the club’s website:

"I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to recruit sufficient numbers and quality to be able to compete in the Championship.

"The main thing people want to see is players signing for us and I think once we get some signed, and everything settles down, then we’ll soon forget about some of the problems.

"We’re finding it difficult to land some of the players we’ve been chasing.

"That’s always the case, but unfortunately it’s with the backdrop of not having many players, so it probably focuses things a little more than would normally be the case."

FIFA rules require a team to field a minimum of seven players for games to be valid, so technically The Seasiders could still play. However, that would obviously still be pretty dumb.

Instead of getting embarrassed on the road, the team has decided to skip the tour and concentrate on player recruitment. A wise choice in our book.

(H/T The Guardian, Press Association).

Photo provided by Getty Images

10
Jul

Angry Brazil fan smashes TV after defeat to Germany

Fans in Brazil have their own ways of dealing with the humiliation of their country’s 7-1 defeat to Germany - some cried, some booed, and some went a whole lot further.

One particularly enraged Brazilian supporter just couldn’t hide his emotions and went to work on destroying his television.

After ripping the flatscreen from the wall, the fan decides to repeatedly drop the tube - most likely a smash for every goal conceded. Unfortunately, in his fit of rage he’s lost all sense of reasoning and despite the best efforts of one of the family members they’re unable to stop the madness.

Unfortunately for TV sets in Brazil, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the Selecao wins or loses. After their Round of 16 win over Chile in penalties, this poor flat screen suffered the same fate:

22
Jun

Samsung wishes Landon Donovan good luck today against Portugal

Whoever is running the Samsung Middle East Twitter feed is having a rough day.

They’ve apparently forgotten who actually made the US World Cup squad.

Whoops!

The corporate account was sending good wishes to some of the stars sponsored by the tech company including Cristiano Ronalso, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney. They just never updated their ad campaign when Donovan was cut.

Donovan is only marginally included in Samsung’s video to go with the advertising, which was tweeted out on June 19.

(See him way in the back, fourth from the left?)

One wonders how much they had to re-edit that video.

20
Jun

Thomas Muller serves up his shot on a plate. Literally.

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Germany’s Thomas Muller is just 24 years old and already one of the World Cup’s great scorers, with eight goals to his name in just seven career games.

But in a practice session on Thursday, the 2010 Golden Boot winner and joint-leading scorer in Brazil was a ways off target. Looking to hit a mini-net in a drill, Muller instead drove his effort high and wide… and straight onto a poor fan’s dinner plate.

Watch:

Everything’s easier on bigger goals, isn’t it?

10
Jun

Cristiano Ronaldo threw around a football at training on Monday

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Cristiano Ronaldo throws a football before a team practice session (Image: Action Images).

Much to the delight of Portugal fans (and probably dismay of USA, Ghana and Germany fans) Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training Monday ahead of “Os Navegadores” friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

Since the team was training at the New York Jets’ facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, it made sense for the Portuguese players to try their hands (get it?) at a little American football.

Of course, the newly fit Ronaldo took a few tosses with the hand-egg under the tutelage of Jets wideout David Nelson. This all goes down at about the 30-second mark of the video above, and the results are about what you’d expect from a guy that makes his living primarily using his feet.

There hasn’t been an athlete that physically impressive with that sort of throwing form since Tim Tebow led the charge for the Jets. Maybe CR7 can blame the shorts?

He should definitely blame the shorts.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)