Didier Drogba hits his own banner with wayward free kick

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Didier Drogba was awfully quiet in his highly-anticipated return to Stamford Bridge, as his Galatasaray side crashed out of the Champions League with a 2-0 second-leg loss to Chelsea. The former Blues striker and fan favorite struggled to get touches all night, but ‘The Drog’ still made sure he reminded Chelsea fans of the mark he left at the Bridge - literally!

In the first half with Chelsea already up 1-0, Drogba hit a free kick so poorly it struck a large “Drogba Legend” banner that hung in the upper tier of the Matthew Harding Stand.

Was it just a coincidence that Jose Mourinho discussed the prospect of Drogba returning to Chelsea, in any capacity, just hours earlier? Was Drogba sending a message that, yes, he indeed belonged in London? Or was it just a successful ploy by the Chelsea fans to distract Drogba with kindness and affection?

Either way, it made for a funny little moment in a not-so-funny night for Drogba.

H/T Off The Post


Deadline day falls apart because wife goes into labor


Swansea defender Neil Taylor could have taken a seat on Fulham’s bench today were it not for the birth of his second child!

Taylor was reportedly on the cusp of a move to the Cottagers ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline when his wife unexpectedly went into labor mid-afternoon. As if the workings of deadline day weren’t already complicated enough, this personal matter understandably scratched any hopes of sealing the deal.

Fulham were said to be desperate to sign the left back, tabling an offer of around $6.5 million. And Taylor, who has struggled to get minutes under Michael Laudrup since returning from a lengthy injury spell, would probably have welcomed a move to London as well. Alas, it looks like divine intervention was at play here.

H/T Pies


Goalkeeper scolded for falling out of tree trying to save cat


If you saw a cat stuck in a tree, would you save it?

Victor Francoz did, but paid dearly for it. The French goalkeeper for English semi-pro side Oxford City fell out of the tree and injured himself while trying to save a cuddly feline. Francoz will have to miss two weeks of action thanks to a deep gash in his calf. And to make matters worse, his coach Mike Ford has “no sympathy” for the fallen hero.

Ford told The Oxford Mail:

"It’s ridiculous. I’ve not got any sympathy for him at all because he’s done it to himself. He fell out of a tree when he was trying to get a cat.

He’s got a deep cut and unfortunately now we don’t have Victor because he’s gone back to France for a couple of weeks to have treatment. You just don’t get professional players climbing trees.”

The 23-year-old signed for the club this past summer with hopes of a playing career in England, but will now be unable to take part in Oxford’s next few games. His worst-case scenario? The fireman stunt may cost him his place as first-choice goalkeeper.

Dude, next time try 911.

H/T The Guardian


John Terry nutmegged by his own son after Man United win

Chelsea captain John Terry had himself a good day on Sunday, as his side beat Manchester United 3-1 behind a hat trick from Samuel Eto’o. But the best trick of the game may have occurred well after the final whistle.

Playing with his two kids on the Stamford Bridge pitch after the match, Terry was nutmegged by his son Georgie! And just seconds later, Terry gets Georgie back with a nutmeg of his own, just to make sure they know Daddy is still the best.

Thankfully TV cameras caught the moment. Maybe David Moyes can show his team how to get past the Chelsea defense next time.

H/T r/soccer


NAC players join fans in pitchside Jacuzzi after win

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

A time of holiday cheer and winter wonderlands. A time for presents, Christmas cookies and Chanukah candles. A time for relaxation and diversion, with no shortage of football games to keep you company while huddling up next to a cozy fire. A time where fans and players can join together and celebrate the season … in jacuzzis?

This weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie, our favorite football league here on the blog (exhibit A and B), three lucky NAC Breda fans got to watch their team play Cambuur Leeuwarden in a field-level hot tub after having won a charity auction.

Sporting Santa hats, flippers and snorkels, the fans had a jolly ol’ time watching their relegation-threatened team win the match 1-0. To top it all off, several of NAC’s players then spotted the jacuzzi and decided to jump in to celebrate!


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Let’s hope this becomes a thing.


Wayward squirrel chased off field during QPR match

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QPR’s home match against Leicester City was stopped for a good five minutes after a squirrel made its way onto the pitch and refused to leave. Nuts!

Thankfully, Leicester striker David Nugent heroically chased the furry pitch invader off the field, flailing his arms wildly to the delight of the crowd at Loftus Road.


Kasimpasa’s Ryan Donk uses second ball to stop opponents’ attack

As comedian Dave Chappelle might say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Referee, I didn’t know I … couldn’t do that.”

During a Turkey Super Lig match between Kasimpasa and Besiktas, Kasimpasa defender Ryan Donk blatantly stopped a Besiktas attack by throwing a second ball at the ball in play. Even better, Donk then had the nerve to claim his innocence after receiving a yellow card for the stunt.

Dude, you carried another ball and then threw it at the match ball. That’s illegal, as far as we know.

Somehow, that wasn’t even the ballsiest move of the game.

In the second half, with Kasimpasa up 2-1, a fan ran onto the field and punched down a Besiktas player, before getting gang-tackled by several players from the home team:


Andre Wisdom gets lost on way to stadium, drives his Porsche straight into mud pit

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Liverpool player Andre Wisdom, currently on loan at Derby County, drove his $150,000+ Porsche straight into a mud pit after getting lost on his way to his own stadium.

There’s a bit of irony in his name, no? England’s Under-21 national team captain will likely be a great Premier League player some day, but he’ll never live this moment down.

Having just arrived to Derby a few weeks ago, Wisdom still didn’t quite know how to get to Pride Park from his hotel and decided to make use of his in-car navigation system. There was just one problem, though: the GPS led him down an ominously muddy road in the middle of nowhere. But rather than pulling over and seeking an alternative route — or perhaps coming up with the brilliant idea to call someone, anyone, at Derby to help him out — Wisdom stubbornly drove ahead, right into the pool of sludge.

At this point, Wisdom abandoned ship and called his club to come find him. Wisdom managed to get to his match on time, and the car was found hours later by a mountain biker.

Speaking with The Mirror, the biker said:

"To get to that point he would have to come through an equally muddy section - I have no idea what he was thinking. I just can’t believe he could have got that far to begin with, then to submerge it in that puddle."

"We are miles from any main road and the track doesn’t go anywhere, it’s just mind boggling how he ended up there."

Hilariously, this story is an obvious parallel to an episode of The Office, where Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute religiously follow their GPS straight into a lake:

Funny concept for a scripted television show. Even funnier when it happens in real life:


H/T The Mirror


Joey Barton messes with his opponent’s privates

QPR’s Joey Barton gave injured opponent Danny Guthrie a, ahem, precautionary gonad check-up whilst receiving treatment on the pitch in the late stages of his side’s 1-1 draw at Reading.

Though some may have seen sinister intent in it, Barton merely was having a little fun with his former Newcastle teammate, which he confirmed via Twitter afterward:

How refreshing, a Joey Barton blog with little to no controversy attached!

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