16
Oct

FAIL! French U-21 defender teases opponents prematurely

Layvin Kurzawa (R), before it all went wrong. (Getty Image)

Remember that time in grade school when you were taught not to tease your peers or it would come back and bite you in the butt? That what goes around comes around?

So, apparently, France Under-21 defender Layvin Kurzawa didn’t learn that.

With his side down 3-2 on aggregate in their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying playoff against Sweden, Kurzawa scored in the 89th minute to put the visitors up on away goals. Convinced that this goal would seal France’s spot in next summer’s tournament, the brash defender mockingly saluted several Swedes as he celebrated.

Big mistake.

Just one minute later, Oscar Lewicki responded with his second goal of the game to push Sweden through, 4-3 on aggregate, and boy did they let Kurzawa hear it after:

12
Oct

Liechtenstein goalkeeper seals loss with huge howler

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Liechtenstein were aiming for a big upset result against Sweden in Euro 2016 Qualifying on Sunday, only to be outdone by a horrid mistake from  goalkeeper Cengiz Bicer.

Down by only a goal against the Group G favorites in the second half, Liechtenstein’s hopes at a shocking draw were still alive until Bicer whiffed on a clearance and opened the door for Jimmy Durmaz to put the game away.

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Image via Getty

24
Sep

Olympiakos advance in Greek Cup on ugly own-goal by Panachaiki’s Giannis Kargashad

With the scoreline at 0-0 in their Greek Cup tie against mighty Olympiakos, Panachaiki defender Giannis Kargashad four options here:

A) Kick the ball in the opposite direction of his own goal, preferably up-field or out of play.

B) Let his goalkeeper, who is clearly in good position, pick up the ball or kick it away.

C) Do nothing, let the ball roll past the post for a goal kick (based on our keen eye, it was never going in).

D) Hammer the ball home with authority.

Kargas went with Option D. Panachaiki lost, 1-0. Welp!

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H/T Bleacher Report

22
Aug

This is probably the worst miss to happen in soccer ever

It is not an exaggeration to say that Junior Malanda will never, ever live this miss down. It has to be one of the worst — if not the worst of the worst — miss to ever happen in a soccer match. There aren’t words to do it justice, so just watch in awe.

Just…how? The ball was practically on the line already, he just had to push it over. A puppy could score that.

To make matters worse, Wolfsburg lost to Bayern, 2-1, and had Malanda managed to tuck that one away, it would’ve been a huge draw in their Bundesliga opener, and only their second point ever in Munich. It was not to be.

18
Aug

Keisuke Honda throws name in the ring for worst corner kick ever

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Earlier today, we showed you a pathetic attempt at a corner kick from Nantes midfielder Serge Gakpé.

Not to be outdone, Keisuke Honda of AC Milan did all in his power to upstage Mr. Gakpé. In a preseason match vs Valencia, Honda somehow, incredibly, blasted the set piece all the way into the furthest reaches of the upper deck. In fact, the ball probably still hasn’t landed.

Watch:

The worst best part? For some reason Honda was allowed to take another corner in the second half. And wouldn’t you know it, the Japenese winger almost produced an exact copy of that horrendous effort:

Hey, at least he hit the ball!

Could we somehow fuse the attempts from Honda and Gakpé together into one, it would surely be a textbook corner kick.

H/T Pies

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

imageYou might want to remain seated for this, Alberto. (Image: Reuters)

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)