16
Sep

Thailand’s women’s national team gets cash bonus for losing ‘only’ 5-0

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Thailand’s women’s national team lost 5-0 to South Korea in their Asia Games opener this weekend, a pretty discouraging way to open the tournament. Unless, of course, if you’re on the team.

Believe it or not, the Thailand FA awarded each player a bonus of 100,000 Thai baht ($6,200) for only losing 5-0. We kid you not.

"We fared better in the second half," the FA president told the Nation newspaper. “The association had planned to give the team 200,000 baht ($6,200) if they won the match, but, for the players’ efforts, we decided to hand them 100,000 as consolation.”

Um, where can we sign up for a roster spot?

In America, we often hear complaints over giving out participation trophies at youth tournaments. This is a little worse, don’t you think?

H/T SBNation (Pic: Stanley Chou)

16
Sep

Former Germany keeper to make switch into pro wrestling?

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It may sound like a joke at first — and you know what? It kind of is, go ahead and laugh — but former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese may soon be joining the professional wrestling circuit.

Since getting booted out of the Hoffenheim squad in the middle of last season, the 6’ 4” Wiese has turned away from soccer and struck a new path into bodybuilding. Thanks in part to that mirror pic Wiese posted to Twitter a few months ago, the WWE apparently took notice.

“I have an official inquiry from the WWE,” Wiese confirmed to Bild on Tuesday, “and I’m going to take my time and listen.”

Wiese, who now weighs a whopping 250 pounds, would become the first former soccer player to make it to the top level of wrestling, and only the second German ever. But a long road awaits should he pursue this new career. To join, the WWE requires schooling of at least a year at its Florida academy.

“I won’t s*** my pants. Why should I immediately say no? Wrestling is very popular, especially in the States,” Wiese said. “I will go through the inquiry with my agent next week.”

For what it’s worth, we think he should take the offer. Potential nicknames like Tim “The Beast” Wiese, “Wiese F Baby,” or simply “The German Giant” roll right off the tongue.

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16
Sep

Arsenal fans have jolly ol’ time in Dortmund before Champions League match

Arsenal have been drawn together with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage for the third time in the past four season, so perhaps it’s no wonder that Gunners fans are starting to feel completely at home in Dortmund.

Check out these Gooners making a bubble bath out of a fountain in downtown hours before their UCL opener:

H/T WAATP

15
Sep

Thomas Vermaelen has difficulty getting into Barcelona car park

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Amused by famous people suffering through real-world problems?

Then you’ll love new Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen having some serious issues getting his Audi into the club’s car park:

Good thing Vermalen had about five different guys instructing him with violent hand gestures and dozens of fans egging him on. I’m sure that calmed his nerves.

The whole ordeal took about two minutes, but the former Arsenal man finally did get his Audi into the park without a scratch. 

Now you only have to do that, what, 200 more times this season? Good luck, bud!

Image provided by Reuters

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

15
Sep

Fans of club in Brazil copy Japan’s post-game clean-up practice

While Japan didn’t win any matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, their fans won the hearts of many around the globe with their unique post-game ritual.

After every match, the Japanese fans stayed after and cleaned up their section of the stadium. It was a truly heart-warming thing to see. And it looks like one Brazilian club took notice and adopted this practice.

After Atletico-PR beat Vitoria 2-0 on Sunday, their fans stayed after the match to help clean up the Arena da Baixada. The club even gave the supporters 20,000 trash bags to aid their efforts.

We’re hoping this is a practice that catches on at stadiums around the world!

(H/T DirtyTackle)

15
Sep

Gross! Swiss football shocked by urine scandal

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A “piss attack” against a player in the fourth division of Swiss football has prompted outrage and concern over a lack of security in the lower leagues.

According to Swiss newspaper Blick, FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder was the target of a prank by FC Baden fans behind his net during their match on Saturday.

The fans allegedly asked a ball boy to hand them Felder’s water bottle while he wasn’t looking. The fans quickly emptied, then re-filled the bottle with urine.

The next time Felder took a drink from the bottle there was a huge uproar from the fans behind him: “You have been infected! You have AIDS,” the report says.

Felder complained about still feeling nauseous the following day and planned to seek out a doctor on Monday.

Unsurprisingly, Muri coach Beat Hubeli was outraged:

“That’s from the bottom drawer. I’ve played football all my life and experienced a lot, but this surpasses everything.”

FC Baden president Thomi Bram was horrified by his fans’ actions and promised to launch an internal investigation.

“This is a serious abuse of fair play if it has actually happened that way,” Bram said.

(H/T Pies)

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14
Sep

Blas Perez unintentionally scores wonder goal

FC Dallas striker Blas Perez was the Man of the Match in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, scoring both goals. But he really should’ve been named “Magician of the Match,” because Perez’s first goal was scored from a truly impossible angle:

Yeah, there’s no way he meant to do that.

Or did he?

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14
Sep

President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet

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Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

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