14
Oct

Inter’s Juan Jesus offers to trade places with critical fan

imageInter Milan is struggling in Serie A. Heading into the season with high expectations, the Nerrazzuri have instead fallen to 10th place and their faithful fans are getting restless.

Trying to lighten the mood, vice captain Juan Jesus took to Twitter during the international break and offered all 122,000 of his followers a virtual hug, saying “Whatever happens, we are always together. A hug to you.”

 Yeah, that didn’t go over too well.

According to Football Italia, one fan was apparently so irate by the defender’s words that he fired back, “Whatever happens you always take your salary!! Wake up!! You need to win.”

Juan Jesus hit back, writing “you’ve always got money on your mind. It’s easy for you to say, I’d like to see you on the field.”

The fan demanded a “different attitude” and the Brazilian became irritated. “How about we swap places. I’ll give you my wages and you live my life (training, travel, games). According to you we do things for a laugh.

“You don’t know how much I suffer to lose even if it’s to half a goal. So do this: ensure that you do everything you can as a supporter and we’ll do our part on the pitch.”

*Raises hand*

Yeah, umm, Juan?

We would like to trade places with you. Like, whenever you want. 

Let us know.

10
Oct

Young Man United fan sobs because her school uniform is blue

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Looks like someone doesn’t like their onesie … (Image: FOXSports.com illustration)

Anyone who says that you can’t be born with a passion for football clearly hasn’t heard of young Lilly Rae Doyle.

Lilly Rae, a 3-year-old Manchester United fan diehard, is blowing up after video of her bawling her little eyes out hit the Internet:

You see, Lilly was distraught at having to wear a blue uniform for school, the color of United’s bitter arch-rivals Manchester City. She’s simply beside herself, tearing at the uniform and crying “I don’t want it on!”

Remember: She’s just 3 years old, so this probably is literally the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. Despite her mom, Faye’s, efforts to calm her down, young Lilly just can’t handle the thought of donning blue.

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26
Sep

Gareth Bale accidentally runs over a woman’s foot

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

First, fans kicked his car after he didn’t stop to take pictures and sign autographs. So this week, when he did pause while driving to give the fans what they wanted, things still didn’t go to plan.

When he drove off, Bale accidentally ran over a woman’s foot. Owwww.

Luckily, she appears to be fine — and now she can tell all her friends that one of the world’s best soccer stars graced her foot with the tire of his car!

(H/T SB Nation)

16
Aug

Pitch invader takes halfway decent free kick

imageJust 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.

11
Aug

Newcastle won’t let Ben Arfa join their fan session so he’s having his own

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.

imageWho 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.

11
Aug

Clint Dempsey gives child his kit for a couple of handfuls of popcorn

Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, and as expected, was a little bit hungry after the match ended. Where could the Seattle Sounders striker find himself some food?

Aha! The small child sitting field-side with the giant bucket of popcorn. Surely he’d want to share with the USA star, right?

Well, there had to be something for the little kid to get in return for his precious popcorn. Clint gratefully obliged:

So Dempsey gets a stomach full of popcorn, and the little boy gets a sweaty, game-worn (and absolutely priceless) jersey. Seems like a fair trade.

But for real Clint, you’re the man.

(H/T SB Nation)

4
Aug

Reading FC’s Royston Drenthe invites fans over for FIFA tournament

imageImage via Instagram/@rawroya

Your weekend was probably not as cool as that of the six guys in the above picture.

That is because those lucky lads spent Sunday evening at Royston Drenthe’s house taking part in a surprise FIFA 14 tournament!

One day earlier, the Dutch midfielder posted the following message to his Instagram:

"Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA14 & is a Reading fan living in reading like this pic & tomorrow I will choose 4 people to come to mine to play a FIFA14 tournament winner gets a nice prize which will be revealed tomorrow, drop your number on here & hope for a call."

Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA, huh?

After probably receiving the phone numbers of every single Reading citizen that owns the video game, Drenthe ended up picking six winners (instead of four) to come by his house the next day to see who would take home the “nice prize.”

Of course, Drenthe documented the entire tournament on Instagram, even providing live commentary that would make Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray proud:

After a few hours, the winner was crowned and Drenthe handed out the mystery prize - an authentic Drenthe Reading jersey (shocker!).

Apparently, Drenthe had so much fun hosting that he is set to do it again. He captioned this last Instagram picture with a promise to hold another tournament next month, albeit in his native Holland.

17
Jul

PSV plans stadium section for blind and visually impaired fans

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(Image: PSV Media)

PSV Eindhoven is taking fan hospitality to the next level.

The team’s home base, Philips Stadium, will now have a special section in the stands for visually impaired fans.

According to the press release, the section will have room for 20 fans with vision impairments.

The specialized seats will come with headsets that will broadcast game commentary so that fans can enjoy the atmosphere and still be able to follow the action on the pitch.

Th go-ahead for the season long project came after a successful trial during the PSV/FC Groningen match last year. If this season is a success, PSV will consider expanding the number of seats.

(h/t R/soccer)