Mexico’s stars relax by playing beach soccer with Brazilian locals

Fresh from Tuesday’s valiant 0-0 draw with Brazil, the Mexico squad decided to show off their beach soccer skills. Instead of preparing for the crucial clash with Group A rivals Croatia on Monday, the players stripped down to their Speedos and invited some lucky locals to join in the fun:

El Tri forward Marco Fabian looked most at home on the shore — his silky flicks and delicate touches wowed spectators. Mexican teammate Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was given a stint between the sticks. On this showing, the Little Pea should stick to what he does best — goal poaching:

When the sandy spectacle reached its climax, the players mingled with other locals, signing autographs and posing for photos. All the players came away from the beach unscathed, to the delight of Mexican supporters everywhere.



Man City’s U-17 squad completes amazing soccer stunt

Now this is fun. Here’s to hoping the sort of merrymaking Manchester City’s U-17 squad engages in continues to catch on.

Ten players on each side (that’s 20 total if our journalism-school math is sound) take turns heading the ball down the line. The payoff? A deft headed touch into a trash can and absolute bedlam shortly thereafter.

According to the video’s description, this is a record-breaking effort which could explain the excitement. We’re curious who the bookkeeper is for these records, though.

Perhaps a 22-man challenger will emerge to take the crown? We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

(h/t 101GreatGoals)


Landon Donovan exclusive coming your way!

FOX Soccer Daily debuts on FOX Sports 1 this coming Monday at 4pm ET, and we’re starting things off right! Our host Julie Stewart-Binks secured an exclusive interview with the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, in which the USA star touches on several topics, including his plans for the future.

For more information on America’s new home for soccer, including where you can find FOX Sports 1 on your TV, check out FOXSports1.com!


Behind the scenes: Alex Morgan’s FOX Sports 1 Promo shoot

FOX Sports 1, the one that makes sports fun again, coming to you August 17th!

See the full ad during the MLB All-Star Game, July 16, LIVE on FOX!


Ever since he helped out Cristiano Ronaldo with his sprinting technique when the Portuguese striker was at Manchester United, the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, has expressed a wish to play for the Red Devils.

Some within the club even reciprocate his wish, with defender Rio Ferdinand leading the clamor for Bolt to pull on a red shirt and turn out for the Premier League champions.

Well finally, we and Rio are gonna get our wish!

That’s right. Usain Bolt will apparently take his place alongside United’s current greats in Rio’s testimonial against Sevilla on August 9.

It must have taken a lot for Rio to convince new boss David Moyes to sign Bolt up for one game only, but it will certainly put all eyes on Old Trafford to see whether Bolt’s soccer skills can match his sprint speed.

[H/T 101 Great Goals]


Goal celebration meets giant puddle, everybody wins

This weekend in Poland, we received a big reminder that it’s still OK to have fun and be a kid.

In a wet and slippery match between Grom Prace Male and GC United Gassy, striker Trykacz Jaroslaw scored the lone goal for Gassy. His teammates wanted to make sure they celebrated properly, so they took to the air and leapt into the biggest puddle they could find, splashing the opponents in the process.

While Gassy ended up losing 2-1, they certainly win the “most entertaining celebration” award in our book.

H/T 101GG


Trecker’s Travels, Day Nine: Bobbing and Weaving


Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By: Jamie Trecker

AMSTERDAM – In what is becoming a habit on my travels, I’ve ended up in a strange place. I’m parked in a houseboat along one of the main canals in this city.

‘Why, Trecker?’ you ask? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Other “good” ideas of mine have included: traveling from Berlin to Warsaw on a Soviet-era sleeper train; going to El Salvador at the tail end of the guerra sucia; and visiting Scotland in July. It has been argued, frequently and loudly by my partner, that my travel plans suffer from too much whimsy.  

However, I am happy to report that despite bobbing about on the Ringvaart van der Harlemmermeerpolder, that this is hardly the worst decision I’ve ever made. I’ve got a windmill to the left of me, a pumping station to the right and water out my front door. It’s quite peaceful. There are rabbits and ducks about. People row past and wave. One could get used to this.

Houseboats are fixtures along Amsterdam’s canals. The potted history is that, after World War II, there was a sharp housing shortage in the city combined with a surfeit of suddenly decommissioned naval barges. The Dutch are nothing but ingenious and today an estimated 2,500 families live along the inner waters of the city. Then, it was cheap and practical. Today, it is not: there are no more moorings left for sale and the cost of a houseboat has gone through the roof. What was once bohemian has gone upscale, meaning that today you can find “boat-els” and private lessors throughout the city.


Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

The canals form a web across the city, creating nearly a hundred small islands with nearly 2,000 bridges. They make Amsterdam a maddening city to navigate even with a well-thumbed guidebook, a cellphone and a sextant. (Every landlord I’ve met here opens their spiel with “when lost, please do not call me and tell me you are ‘on a bridge.’”) But if you’re going to get lost, you might as well do it the way the Dutch do, on a bike. I got a blue one, with a basket and a bell. The bell is important: the bike has no brakes.

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"Telepathic" is how many pundits described the legendary striker partnership between Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, who in three seasons (1998-2001) combined for a whopping 123 goals with Manchester United.

Yorke and Cole reunited for this video, where they challenge United’s current strikers Wayne Rooney, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and Danny Welbeck to replicate their telepathic connection on the soccer field by wearing blindfolds in drills!

This short video is really fun to watch, and Rooney steals the show late when he one-times a Welbeck cross and smashes it right into the top corner!