24
Apr

If Liverpool don’t win the league, this guy is probably to blame

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Eleven years ago, diehard Liverpool fan Uke Krasniqi vowed to not cut his hair until the Reds won the league title.

He saw his beloved club win the FA, the League Cup and even the coveted Champions League — but that’s not what he wants. He wants the Premier League trophy.

With Liverpool so close to claiming their first title since the 1989-90 season — before the Premier League era — Krasniqi has decided to set up an appointment to cut his hair.

This seems like a bit of a risky move, Uke. Liverpool still have to play Chelsea, and a win for the Blues would put them just two points behind the Reds. Liverpool may be the favorites, but this is far from over.

So if the Reds can’t manage to capture their first league title in more than two decades, the Liverpool faithful will know who to blame for jinxing the club.

(Story via Metro)

24
Apr

National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup

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Is this how Portugal’s security will protect Ronaldo? (Image: Action)

It’s never easy to adjust to a new environment when you’re traveling the world. The importance of that adjustment is astronomical for teams at a World Cup. The pressure is on to perform, but how can players be expected to do so if they’re not comfortable?

Naturally, each team has some specific and downright weird demands ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  • Portugal must have six private security guards, with FOUR of them dedicated to protecting Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ecuador requires a basket of Ecuadorian bananas every day in their rooms.
  • Uruguay wants silent air-conditioners in the players rooms.
  • France needs liquid soap, not bar soap, for proper bathing.
  • Honduras has to have faster WiFi.
  • Japan’s demands include a jacuzzi in every suite.

This is just a sample of the requirements released by Brazilian newspaper Lance. And we’re sure there are many more demands that we’ll never hear about (and probably don’t want to).

(H/T SB Nation)

24
Apr

Fans help pay for non-league player’s rehab after horrific injury

Chippenham midfielder Rob Dean suffered a horrendous career-threatening injury last month. He dislocated his knee, twisted his tibia and ruptured ligaments 30 minutes into a match against Hungerford that was eventually abandoned by the referee because of the severity of the injury.

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Dean in the hospital a few days after the injury. (Image: @Phillo11)

Surgery was successful, and Dean is on the mend now, but as a non-league player with just a regular day job, he’s not exactly raking in the cash. If he ever wants to play again — and doctors have told him his career is likely over — he’ll need extensive rehab to get his leg back to full strength.

So Chippenham fans rallied behind him to help pay for it:

The £1,000 given to Dean by the club’s supporters will hopefully help him realize his dream of playing again. Despite what the surgeons have said, he’s determined to prove them wrong. Dean told This Is Wiltshire,

“It’s so far away anyway, so there was no point in really thinking about it. I want to get myself walking and month-by-month, set myself little targets. Then you never know — people have proven surgeons wrong and hopefully, down the line, I can be one of them. Never say never.”

(Story via Gazette and Herald, BBC Sport)

24
Apr

President Obama plays soccer with Japanese robot because why not

The robot takeover is upon us. Run for your lives. IT’S HAPPENING!

Alright, alright, not exactly. Maybe robots will take over the world one day, but thankfully we’re not there yet.

We are, however, now living in an age where a robot has a better first touch than the President of the United States. Sorry, Barack, but this Japanese masterpiece has you beat:

You might want to keep your day job, Mr. President.

23
Apr

Jermaine Jones gets ultimate ‘Murica knee tattoo

In case you weren’t sure, Jermaine Jones loves the United States of America a lot. So much so that the former Schalke 04 mdifielder got this red, white and blue (and probably very painful) tattoo on his knee:

Jones isn’t the only United States men’s national team player that’s had his American pride inked on his body. Terrence Boyd got this bad boy about a year ago, showing off his commitment to the stars and stripes:

Other players, like Clint Dempsey and John Brooks, display their USA pride by representing their home towns on their skin:

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Dempsey will always be a Texas boy at heart. (Image: The Denim Kit)

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Brooks has Germany (where he was born) on one elbow, and Illinois (his father’s home state) on the other. This was well before his ill-advised gigantic back tattoo that got him benched (Image: Men in Blazers).

It’s probably a safe bet that there will be a few more USA players tatted up after this summer’s World Cup in Brazil — nothing like a bit of body art to commemorate a special event.

23
Apr

Barcelona-themed candy confiscated because they’re full of drugs

A master candy maker was arrested along with eight other people as part of a big drug sting involving chocolates in the shape of the Barcelona shield.

But what do candy and drugs have in common? A whole lot:

The national police of Spain nabbed the makers of these treats in a an operation to take down a drug ring in Alicante and Valencia region. Not only did the bust find gourmet chocolates filled with weed and hallucinogenic mushrooms, but lots of cash, speed and cocaine as well. That’s quite the haul.

So, if you’re in Spain looking for Barca chocolates filled with drugs, you’re out of luck.

(H/T SB Nation, Story via The Local)

22
Apr

Must be the Moyesie! Man United stock price soars after sacking

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How much can the value of the world’s most popular club depend on a single man? Evidently, quite a lot.

When the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Man United manager last May, MANU stock nosedived from a share price of $18.44 to $15.16 in only a month! Under the disastrous reign of David Moyes, the stock continued to plummet, reaching a 52-week low of $14.26 in February.

But since March, MANU stock gradually rose once again. Coincidentally, this was around the same time rumors of Moyes’ possible firing first surfaced. Hmmm! And once Moyes did finally get the ax early Tuesday morning, United’s stock suddenly became a hotter commodity than rare Pokemon trading cards in a late 1990s middle school cafeteria.

Tuesday evening, MANU stock closed at $18.78/share after opening at $17.90. A week ago, the stock closed at $16.26; that’s over $2.50/share less. We are no financial experts here, but we do know that’s a big difference. In fact, the value of the club was at over $3 billion by market close Tuesday, an increase of $100 million since Monday, the last day Moyes was still in charge.

From The Associated Press:

Since 2012, when 10 percent of United was floated by the Glazers, the rise and fall of the club’s shares have been as keenly watched as the team’s results. Wall Street investors initially welcomed the dismissal of Moyes, with shares soaring by seven percent at one point after Tuesday’s announcement - reaching their highest level since Ferguson’s retirement.

”Following on as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to prove a Herculean task … with arguably deeper disappointment at stake should the trophy cabinet remain bare for a second season,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Connecticut-based Interactive Brokers.

As hip-hop artist Nelly might say, “Hey, must be the Moyesie!”

Illustration provided by FOXSports.com / Eddie Hon

21
Apr

Man City fans back under-fire David Moyes

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Hey, have you heard?

Manchester United are said to be on the verge of parting ways with David Moyes after yet another loss this weekend. Yup! Apparently, that might happen to you if, in your first season as manager, your club suffers its worst finish in the Premier League era and fails to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Imagine that.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Moyes, however. He still has his share of admirers in England, even in Manchester! On Monday, rival club Manchester City fans came out in droves to not only root on their own team against West Brom, but also to shower their rivals’ manager with messages of “support.” Check it out:

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See, David? Everything will turn out alright. Even if you do get the sack, football geniuses don’t stay unemployed for long.

21
Apr

Betis defender makes pair of costly mistakes, quits before halftime

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Sometimes, it just all becomes too much to take. For Real Betis defender Paulão, this was one of those times.

The Brazilian center back asked to be taken off the pitch barely a half hour into Betis’ match against Rayo Vallecano after he made two disastrous mistakes that both led to goals, and which all but crushed his team’s final hopes of staving off relegation. (Betis went on to lose to Rayo by that very two-goal margin, and with the club ten points from safety and just four games remaining, their fate is all but mathematically sealed.)

Paulão set up the first goal of the game in the 14th minute with an astoundingly weak back-pass to his goalkeeper, which Rayo’s Ruben Rochina easily intercepted and slotted home. Ouch! Thirteen minutes later, Paulão scored an own goal when his sliding clearance attempt went awry. Double ouch.

His two mistakes were so bad, even Rayo captain Roberto Trashorras went over to help Paulão off the ground and offer his condolences. But in spite of everyone’s pity and support, the imposing defender had reached his breaking point and wished to be substituted right then and there. His manager obliged, and Paulão spent the rest of the afternoon in tears on the end of the bench. Poor fella.

H/T The Guardian