14
Sep

President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet

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Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

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13
Sep

Birmingham’s Wes Thomas scores net-breaking goal

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Birmingham City’s Championship game against Leeds United on Saturday was delayed for nine minutes after Wes Thomas’s 38th-minute goal literally broke the net.

Thomas dislodged the back left stanchion of the net with the game’s opening goal, and it took the ground staff a considerable amount of time to replace the broken support beam.

The crazy thing about it: Thomas even went with a finesse shot instead of power, yet still managed to break it! Birmingham, we have to talk about your net quality…

Watch (1:00 min mark):

13
Sep

Ronaldinho chose Queretaro to “continue winning titles… and girls”

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Oh, Ronnie…

Brazil legend Ronaldinho Gaucho raised plenty of eyebrows by choosing to play for Liga MX club Queretaro, but he may have shed some light on his surprising decision at his official unveiling on Friday.

Per Mundo Deportivo), Ronaldinho told reporters:

"I’ve always lived in the same way and with every team I’ve been a champion. I hope to keep doing the same and continue winning titles and girls."

It’s no secret Ronaldinho loves the female attention that’s accompanied him his entire career (remember this NSFW pic?), and after playing in France, Spain, Italy and Brazil, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year is now looking to dip into a whole new pool of chicas. And keep winning titles. In some order.

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13
Sep

1860 Munich release awesome Oktoberfest kit

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Call the contest! It’s over! 1860 Munich have won the Football Kit World Cup!

Munich’s second-biggest club released their special edition Oktoberfest kits in preparation of the world’s largest country fair, and they are amazing.

Why are they the best?

Two words: Lederhosen shorts!

The traditional Bavarian garb will dominate the Munich landscape as far as the eye can see for the next few weeks, and now 1860 have made sure that goes for the Allianz Arena pitch as well. The plad shirt to go with the lederhosen is also an Oktoberfest staple and completes the whole kit.

Let’s see if big brother Bayern Munich can answer with an improved version of their away kits last season, which were also Oktober-fest inspired but way less awesome:

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H/T SBNation

9
Sep

Austrian player makes grave mistake: touching Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Here’s a good reminder that while you should always “Dare to Zlatan,” thou shalt never actually dare to touch Zlatan:

Rubin Okotie is one lucky man.

Lucky that Zlatan was in a good enough mood to let him finish the match and go home to his family with a story he can tell his grandchildren one day.  "I touched Zlatan and I lived."

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9
Sep

Germany’s Kramer, Scotland’s Morrison play rock-paper-scissors to determine possession

Ah yes! Good ol’ “rock-paper-scissors.”

Kids play it every day. And, apparently, so do professional athletes. 

In the late stages of Germany’s EURO 2016 qualifier vs Scotland, neither James Morrison nor Christoph Kramer knew who should receive the ball after the referee called for a stoppage in play to tend to the injured Marco Reus. So they did what any kid on the playground would do: determine possession through rock-paper-scissors.

Kramer picked scissors. Morrison chose rock. Ball goes to Scotland, right?

Nope! The referee later decided that a free kick should be awarded to Germany, thus overruling the ironclad law of RPS. For shame!

H/T Sport1

8
Sep

Croatian defender submits new frontrunner for ‘Worst Miss Ever’

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Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda can rest a little bit easier tonight. The title for “worst miss ever” has a new owner, and his name is Ilija Sivonjić.

The Croatian defender for second-division side Hrvatski Dragovoljac somehow managed to keep the ball out of his opponent’s net from literally an inch out. Not a foot. An inch. Like, the ball was already on the line. All Sivonjić needed to do was blow it across…

Welp!

Perhaps Sivonjić was confused and thought he was in his own penalty area? It’s the only possible explanation for doing such a fine job of keeping the ball from crossing the line.

Not even Malanda could dream up a worse goal-line miss!

H/T Reddit

8
Sep

New England Revolution midfielder celebrates goal with imaginary musket

imageDiego Fagundez scored the equalizer in the New England Revolution’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday, and followed it up with one of the best goal celebrations of the year.

After nicking in at the far post to tie the score at 1-1, the Uruguayan midfielder positioned himself next to the three musket-wielding Minutemen behind the goal and played along with their customary gun salute after each Revs goal:

How has it taken this long for a New England player to come up with this celebration, though? Seriously! This golden opportunity has been waiting for you all this time, guys, right in front of your nose.

Finally someone did what had to be done. Well done, Diego.


Via MLS

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6
Sep

34 seconds! Goalkeeper receives fastest red card in MLS history

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Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Nasco was “rapidly” sent off after just 34 seconds into Friday’s 6-0 loss to the LA Galaxy for deliberately tripping up Alan Gordon on the very first chance of the match:

Maybe he just wanted to beat the traffic?

Nasco, a former police officer who made his MLS debut just six days earlier at the age of 30, is now the not-so-proud owner of the record for fastest red card in league history.

The previous record was set by New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Johnson, who received his marching orders in the second minute against Sporting KC in 2009.

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