30
Sep

Bayern fans rent out floor in office building to “attend” Champions League match

imageCSKA Moscow played their Champions League match vs. Bayern Munich behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of the sanctions handed down by UEFA for CSKA fans’ racist behavior last season.

However, that did not stop a group of Bayern fans from making the trip to Moscow to watch their boys. A couple incredibly resourceful fan groups rented out an office in a neighboring skyscraper so that around 55 Bayern faithful could still enjoy a nice view of the match:

Now those are real fans!

Tobias Schweinsteiger, a Bayern Munich reserve player and older brother of Bastian also attended, tweeting “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

UPDATE: Following Bayern’s 1-0 victory, German news outlet Sport1 confirmed that the club paid the expenses for the office space.

H/T Abendzeitung

Image provided by Getty

29
Sep

FC Santa Claus promoted to Finnish third division

As the debate over the existence of Santa Claus rages on in kindergartens around the world, one thing we do know for certain: FC Santa Claus is an actual, real football club in Finland. With a very awesome logo, too:

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And wouldn’t you know, Santa just got promoted!

Yes, Christmas has indeed come early for the supporters of this small club inside the Arctic Circle (Lapland, more specifically) after clinching promotion to the Kakkonen division of Finnish football. The decisive goal was scored by Kris Kring… — nah, just kidding — Jaakko Paavilainen in the 94th minute of their match vs ORPa, sending the team’s commentators into a frenzy:

Watch out, Kakkonen squads. Santa Claus really is coming to town!

(H/T Metro)

29
Sep

Brazilian goalkeeper scores own goal via diving header

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Meet Joao Carlos.

Joao is a Brazilian goalkeeper for Serie B side Boa EC. By all accounts, he’s a rather decent one, too. In his last seven starts (before Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Avai), the 26-year-old gave up just two goals as Boa won all but one of their games.

Alas, even the best know that sometimes, crazy things just happen on the pitch. We’re talking really strange. Things you can’t do anything about, but will bury you with shame regardless.

Things like this: H/T Dirty Tackle

28
Sep

Bayern players evacuated from Moscow hotel after fire alarm

Bayern Munich are in Moscow to face Russian champions CSKA on Tuesday in the Champions League, and their trip got off to a rocky start as the hotel briefly evacuated everyone in the wee hours of the night due to a fire alarm.

The team were ushered out wrapped in blankets, but judging by Pep Guardiola’s selfie, didn’t seem too bothered by the unexpected wake-up call.

They’ll surely be hoping for no more surprises for the rest of their stay, however, as Bayern are the big favorites even on the road. Bayern won both their Champions League meetings with CSKA last season.

27
Sep

The best glitches in FIFA 15

By now, most of you have heard of the FIFA 15 glitch that sees the goalkeepers run out to midfield as part of the most extreme offside trap in history…

…but here are some other, much funnier ones that have come up in the first few weeks of the game’s release:

Ter Stegen should win the goalkeeping battle at Barcelona. After all, he can apparently even fly:

Steven Gerrard’s form has hit a bit of a snag, but as he proved on Saturday, it can’t be possibly this bad!

One underrated feature of FIFA 15: more camera angles

Still the undisputed heavyweight glitch champ of the world, though:

H/T Pies

24
Sep

Man United fans to fly “Come home Ronaldo” banner during next Real match

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Coming off two games in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a combined seven goals, a group of Manchester United fans have come up with a brilliant ploy to convince the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner to come back to Old Trafford.

According to the Independent, a fan group spent $4,900 to hire a plane and fly a banner over Real’s next home match with the message “Come home Ronaldo.”

It’s totally going to work, too. After all, that’s definitely how they got the United bosses to finally can David Moyes last season, right?

In all seriousness, we’ve all heard about the rumors that Ronaldo is unhappy in Madrid and will one day seek a return to United. But the key words here are: one day.

He’s not going to just pack his bags and leave the reigning European champions to join a team that, gulp, doesn’t even play in the Champions League (and might not for some time.) Plus, CR7 literally just said his future still lies at the Bernabeu.

So, hate to be a buzz kill, but … nice try, though.

24
Sep

Kaiserslautern striker joins shortlist for “Worst Miss Ever” award

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It’s really been a banner season for our never-ending “worst miss ever” contest, and it’s still only September! Most of our top submissions so far have come out of Germany, where Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda has tried his best to make it a one-man show.

But now a new player from the German leagues has thrown his hat in the ring: Kaiserslautern striker Philipp Hofmann.

Just look at all of the bad:

Kaiserslautern still won their match vs Union Berlin 1-0, but they probably should’ve been docked a goal for Hofmann’s inexcusable miss.

So, did that take the cake (so far) for our “Worst Miss Ever?”

Not in our book. That honor still belongs to this man:

HOW!?!?

Vine via Alex Chaffer

24
Sep

Who hit the worse free kick: Julio Dos Santos or Johannes Geis?

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Over the past month or so, we saw so many horrible corner kicks that we were almost concerned over the general well-being of the sport. It truly was an epidemic.

Now it appears we have a new, fast-spreading virus to deal with: free-kick-itis.

Freekickitis is nothing to joke about, people. Just look at the awful effects it can have on an otherwise solid Bundesliga player like Mainz’s Johannes Geis last weekend:

Terrible, right? It’s like the Space Jam aliens stole his talent!

And here’s Julio Dos Santos of Paraguyan club Cerro Poteno falling victim to this gruesome illness:

Let’s put a stop to this now. Spread awareness on freekickitis to your football clubs all around the world, before it is too late.

Image provided by Getty

H/T SBNation

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