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:

14
May

Bundesliga’s top 10 bloopers of the 2013/14 season

Days after the A-League released their intense blooper reel for the 2013/14 season, the wonderful people at the Bundesliga (free content! Woo!) came out with their own. 

It’s not quite a full 20 minutes of non-stop fails like the Down Under version, but it’s still absolutely brilliant.

Watch:

Which fail was your favorite?

13
May

Genoa wrongly congratulates player on making Italy’s World Cup squad

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Missing out on a World Cup squad is painful enough. But when your own club congratulates you thinking that the opposite is true? Now that’s just brutal.

Poor Alberto Gilardino. The longtime Italy international, who was part of the Azzurri’s World Cup winning squad in 2006, received that very punch to the gut on Tuesday, when his club, Genoa, Tweeted out the following message before Italy’s provisional roster was officially announced:

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Mattia Perin, Genoa’s goalkeeper did make the cut. Gilardino did not. D’oh! Probably shouldn’t jump the gun next time, Genoa.

(H/T Yahoo!Sports)

21
Apr

Betis defender makes pair of costly mistakes, quits before halftime

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Sometimes, it just all becomes too much to take. For Real Betis defender Paulão, this was one of those times.

The Brazilian center back asked to be taken off the pitch barely a half hour into Betis’ match against Rayo Vallecano after he made two disastrous mistakes that both led to goals, and which all but crushed his team’s final hopes of staving off relegation. (Betis went on to lose to Rayo by that very two-goal margin, and with the club ten points from safety and just four games remaining, their fate is all but mathematically sealed.)

Paulão set up the first goal of the game in the 14th minute with an astoundingly weak back-pass to his goalkeeper, which Rayo’s Ruben Rochina easily intercepted and slotted home. Ouch! Thirteen minutes later, Paulão scored an own goal when his sliding clearance attempt went awry. Double ouch.

His two mistakes were so bad, even Rayo captain Roberto Trashorras went over to help Paulão off the ground and offer his condolences. But in spite of everyone’s pity and support, the imposing defender had reached his breaking point and wished to be substituted right then and there. His manager obliged, and Paulão spent the rest of the afternoon in tears on the end of the bench. Poor fella.

H/T The Guardian

15
Apr

Levante’s revolutionary “twin free-kick” routine fails miserably

Just like they drew it up!

Levante found themselves down 1-0 to Villareal in the final minutes of stoppage time this past Saturday when the perfect chance for a late equalizer presented itself - a free kick roughly 20 yards out from goal. But rather than attempting a straightforward, direct free kick with a point on the line, Levante’s Victor Casadesus and Ruben Garcia decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out a cunning, new playground routine.

Both players ran up to the ball simultaneously looking to deceive the wall and goalkeeper, which sounds like a good idea. But apparently they failed to tell each other who was supposed to actually kick the ball, and so they both did, resulting in this miserable fail (not to mention zero points for Levante.)

Communication is key, lads.

H/T Pies

3
Mar

Hoffenheim mascot’s head falls off during celebration

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Hoffenheim had plenty to smile about this weekend after putting six goals past Wolfsburg, but there was one giant buzz kill: Hoffi the Moose, the team’s mascot, literally lost its head while celebrating one of the goals.

After Anthony Modeste made it 4-1 Hoffenheim just before halftime, Hoffi sprinted over to celebrate with the players but clumsily tripped over the advertising board, causing his head to fall off. Every child in attendance immediately had their perception of reality crushed to a pulp.

Watch the tragic incident below:

H/T: Pies

15
Dec

Kasimpasa’s Ryan Donk uses second ball to stop opponents’ attack

As comedian Dave Chappelle might say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Referee, I didn’t know I … couldn’t do that.”

During a Turkey Super Lig match between Kasimpasa and Besiktas, Kasimpasa defender Ryan Donk blatantly stopped a Besiktas attack by throwing a second ball at the ball in play. Even better, Donk then had the nerve to claim his innocence after receiving a yellow card for the stunt.

Dude, you carried another ball and then threw it at the match ball. That’s illegal, as far as we know.

Somehow, that wasn’t even the ballsiest move of the game.

In the second half, with Kasimpasa up 2-1, a fan ran onto the field and punched down a Besiktas player, before getting gang-tackled by several players from the home team:

11
Dec

CFR Cluj submit weirdest goal of the year

In football, we occasionally encounter golazos scored from 50 yards out, or see unthinkable fails from just a few feet away. But have you ever seen both happen in just a matter of seconds?

On Monday, CFR Cluj fans went from stunned to downright flabbergasted after defender Vasile Maftei whiffed at a ball in the six-yard box, only for his teammate Damjan Dokovic to inexplicably score from forty yards just moments later.

After Maftei’s brutal miss, Cluj got the ball back out around the halfway line. Dokovic seemed to simply try to boot it back up-field into the danger area, but his ball ended up taking a generous hop and bounced over the goalkeeper for an incredibly lucky opening goal.

Profiting from this bizarre twist of fate, Cluj went on to beat Sageata Navodari rather comfortably, 6-1.

H/T Pies