16
Apr

Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead

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When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

Composite: FOX Sports/Julie Ahn & Cheryl Hasegawa

16
Apr

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech shows off sick drumming skills

When Petr Cech isn’t busy trying on new headgear or keeping balls out of Chelsea’s net, he loves rocking out on the drums.

He’s already played together with Queen drummer Roger Taylor and performed live at a Czech music festival, and now Cech is hitting up the recording studio! In the video above, the former World Goalkeeper of the Year records the drumming part for Czech band Eddie Stoilow’s cover of the track ‘Baby.’

And just like opposing strikers on weekends, the drums and cymbals stand little chance.

H/T OffThePost

15
Apr

Man City’s Emyr Huws strikes stunning long-distance goal for Birmingham

Man City’s Emyr Huws was taking a corner kick for his loan club Birmingham City when the ball was headed back out to him far up the sideline.

After getting away from one Middlesbrough defender, Huws had all the time in the world to figure out his next move.

With nobody else in any hurry to close him down, Huws could:

A) Send it back into the mixer, hoping a teammate could meet his cross for a header
B) Safely pass it to a teammate
C) Unleash a speculative effort from a good 30+ yards out.

Huws went with Option C.

15
Apr

Anti-violence team named after pope has two players sent off in first game

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Oh, the irony!

Papa Francisco FC, an Argentinian soccer team named after Pope Francis and set up to promote non-violence in the sport, had two of their players sent off in their first-ever match.

The Buenos Aires-based club was founded to serve as an inspiration for others in Argentinian football, which is plagued by violence and gang activity across all levels (it’s so bad, in fact, that Lionel Messi cried about it in a recent TV ad). The team is nicknamed “The Saint of the South” in honor of His Holiness, and the team motto, according to president Jorge Ramírez is “no hooligans, no violence and no insults.”

However, in the club’s first game — which took place in the Catholic holy site of Lujan to boot — it appears the team did not act very saintly at all. And it’s safe to say that the Pope won’t change his allegiance from San Lorenzo to Papa Francisco FC anytime soon.

H/T The Guardian

15
Apr

Levante’s revolutionary “twin free-kick” routine fails miserably

Just like they drew it up!

Levante found themselves down 1-0 to Villareal in the final minutes of stoppage time this past Saturday when the perfect chance for a late equalizer presented itself - a free kick roughly 20 yards out from goal. But rather than attempting a straightforward, direct free kick with a point on the line, Levante’s Victor Casadesus and Ruben Garcia decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out a cunning, new playground routine.

Both players ran up to the ball simultaneously looking to deceive the wall and goalkeeper, which sounds like a good idea. But apparently they failed to tell each other who was supposed to actually kick the ball, and so they both did, resulting in this miserable fail (not to mention zero points for Levante.)

Communication is key, lads.

H/T Pies

14
Apr

Sub runs onto pitch to block goal, kind of gets away with it

Entering the field of play when you’re not supposed to is generally frowned upon — even more so when you stop an almost-certain goal from being scored.

A player in Iran did just that, and it actually kind of worked out for him. He was sent off, but his team kept all 11 players on the pitch, and their opponents didn’t score the ensuing direct kick. Win-win.

But honestly, the biggest question we have after watching that is why the sub didn’t just save it with his hands. It’s not like he wasn’t going to be caught.

(H/T Guardian)

13
Apr

Former friends meet after marital drama, and tensions boil over

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It wasn’t long ago that former teammates Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi were close friends, sharing memories and vacations together. Just seven months ago, they were pictured together on a boat, smiling and relaxing:

Since then, their relationship has turned sour, and it boiled over during Inter Milan’s 4-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. But what was it that caused the friends to part ways? Two words: Wanda Nara.

Lopez and Nara were married in 2008, and have since had two children together. They seemed the picture of a perfect, happy family, but soon Nara began a very public affair with Icardi:

At first, it seemed that Lopez was handling it well, telling Argentine media TyC:

“It has been a very difficult time in my life and I cried a lot, but it all passed thanks to football. It was not a normal break-up, but at the end of the day nobody died. All I want now is to spend time with my children. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll face Icardi on the field and we’ll have a good laugh about it.”

Well, that day came on Sunday, and it’s safe to say Lopez was not laughing.

Apparently Lopez was unhappy with Icardi posting images on Twitter of himself with Lopez’s two children that he had with Nara.

"I can understand that, being a public figure, he publishes photos. But I`m not comfortable with my kids being in those photos," Lopez said in comments to Sky Sports.

The snubbed handshake wasn’t where the drama ended. During Sunday’s match, Icardi scored twice, and definitely used his celebration to rub it in a little. And, there was a scuffle on the field that both players were involved in.

In the end, Icardi got the best of his former friend and teammate — leaving with both the win and the girl.

(Image via Getty, H/T DirtyTackle)

12
Apr

10-year-old boy back on the pitch after losing part of his leg in accident

In October of last year, 10-year-old Adrian Grajeda lost part of his right leg after a car drove through a fence at his school, and debris from the crash hit him while he was playing soccer.

Adrian showed more bravery in that moment than most people do in a lifetime, helping to save another young child that was on the field.

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"Three witnesses recall Adrian helped a girl, he pushed a girl out of the way of the car so the item struck him not the little girl," his mother told KESQ.

Four surgeries and seven blood transfusions later — including his leg being amputated below the knee — Adrian has returned to action with the help of a prosthetic leg.

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"I hope I can get better with my legs, so I can shoot better and get better at running," Adrian told KESQ. That will be difficult with his current prosthetic, which doesn’t bend at the ankle. But that doesn’t mean that Adrian will give up any time soon. This kid is a warrior, and has unmatched positivity.

"I mean I can’t really bend at the ankle, so I can’t shoot with my right foot, but it’s cool because I can still walk," he said.

Adrian’s family is trying to raise money to help him get an athletic prosthetic so he can continue improving his game. You can find ways to help here.