20
Oct

Paderborn’s Marvin Ducksch hits incredible volley goal

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Newly-promoted Paderborn continue to stir up the Bundesliga with good results and even better goals in their debut season.

Last month, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke a league record with a goal from 80 yards (!) out, and, on Sunday, Marvin Ducksch put away this tidy finish to help Paderborn to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt:


Tipped by most experts to finish in last place before the season, Paderborn have instead lost just two of their first eight games — and those defeats were to first-placed Bayern and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach — to put them securely in the top half of the table. With a few more golazos, the surprise team of the season might even stay there.

20
Oct

No touching! Goalkeeper sent off for patting opponent’s bum

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In what has to be a first in all of professional sports, CD Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales was sent off in a recent Honduran top flight match for patting an opponent on the butt.

Real Sociedad striker Eris Hernandez received a couple love taps from Morales after the latter scooped up a harmless ball in the area and got ready to punt the ball up-field. Basically, it’s something you’ve probably seen thousands of times before and will see thousands of times more.

"Butt" to the surprise of everyone, the referee called play back, and after a brief discussion with his assistant - who seemed to had made the call - showed Morales the red card.

Huh!?

Was this the linesman’s first night on the job and he didn’t know this is a thing? Is he just an extreme homophobe? Did Hernandez have a restraining order against Morales or something? We’ll probably never know what was “behind” this puzzling ejection.

H/T Pies

18
Oct

Most obvious foul in history does not get called a foul

No blood, no foul?

Bradford City’s Rory McArdle literally picked up and tossed Sheffield United's Stefan Scougall to the ground on Saturday and the referee just stood there and waved 'play on.'

Have you ever seen anything like this?

All that was missing was an RKO

H/T SBNation

18
Oct

Dundee midfielder celebrates goal with real-life ‘RKO out of nowhere’

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If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard of the viral “RKO” craze featuring WWE star Randy Orton and his signature finishing move. Dozens of Vine videos in and outside the sports world have been doctored to feature Orton delivering a flying “RKO out of nowhere,” and they are all hilarious.

On Saturday, Dundee FC’s Gary Harkins took it to a whole new level, acting out the RKO out of nowhere to celebrate Dundee’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Motherwell:

Amazing. 

For reference, here are some of the very best RKOs out of nowhere:

H/T FTW

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18
Oct

Wesley Sneijder scores pair of golazos in Galatasaray win

imageBitter rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were deadlocked at 0-0 in the final minutes of Saturday’s Super Lig bout when Wesley Sneijder decided to TURN UP.

In the 88th minute, the Dutch international decided to let it fly from a good 25 yards and buried his screamer into the top corner for the Galatasaray lead:

And because it worked out so well the first time, Sneijder unleashed another worldie just two minutes later to make it 2-0:

Hey defense, how about someone steps up on that guy?

Fenerbahce pegged one back in injury time, but it was too little too late (and too much Sneijder) to prevent Galatasaray’s win.

H/T 101GG

18
Oct

Bench collapse provides funniest team picture of all time

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Derry City were posing for their official team picture this past week when suddenly the bench in the first row collapsed. We all owe whoever was able to take a snapshot of the carnage a huge “Thank You.”

The second attempt went much more smoothly:

H/T Yahoo!Sports

18
Oct

Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius

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Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

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16
Oct

Crazy brawl breaks out in Argentina’s fourth division

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It’s been a while since the last full-fledged melee out of Argentina has come to our attention. Frankly, it’s been quiet. Too quiet.

But sadly, we knew that eventually the silence wouldn’t last. Enter fourth-division sides Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti.

The two teams got involved in a massive brawl on Thursday after a foul at one end of the pitch quickly spilled over to the other end, where all 22 players and dozens of fans took part in a frenetic free-for-all:

The match was suspended after only twenty minutes of play.


16
Oct

ABC buys sitcom ‘Men in Shorts’ based on Robbie Rogers’ life

imageIt’s not often that retiring from professional soccer at the age of 25, and then un-retiring a few months later, is the stuff of TV comedies.

But Robbie Rogers made some headlines in his brief retirement and return to the game at the LA Galaxy. He became the first openly gay man to play in a professional sports league in the United States.

So now TV network ABC is taking Rogers’ experience and turning it into a comedy called “Men in Shorts.”

The show is, not surprisingly, about a young professional soccer player who comes out of the closet and will follow how his teammates, family and friends interact with him after his coming out.

Rogers, since his coming out, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in sports. He also has a book entitled “Coming Out to Play” being released November 25.

Rogers who recently started his own fashion blog and has his own menswear label is attached to the TV show as a producer.

16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!