23
Jun

Tough competition: Brazilian men are pretending to be foreign to pick up girls

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Brazilians may be known for their sex appeal but during this World Cup, some locals are losing out to the influx of foreigners.

So some Brazilian men are taking action: they are posing as tourists in popular night clubs to try to win the favor of Brazilian women.

According to a column for Folha de Sao Paulo, speaking in bad English or “Portunhol” (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish) or attempting basic greetings in French and Italian have become the pick-up weapons of choice to get Brazilian girls.

The challenge is staying in ‘character.’ And the ruse may not be working as well as it seems.

One woman, 21-year-old student Thais Iwanow, told Folha de Sao Paulo that she has been tricked by a fake foreigner. “I noticed he was faking because of a stupid detail! So I told him to get lost! Now I turn my back on any guy who approaches me speaking English!”

Brazilian women can take comfort in knowing there are only a few more weeks left of World Cup fans flooding the country.

10
Aug

Dutch team finds new way to motivate players

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This might get the boys to give that extra 10 percent.

Starting what may soon become a trend across the European soccer landscape, Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen has come up with a special reward for its “Man of the Match” recipient — a personal car wash serviced by three bikini-clad beauties.

After a preseason friendly against La Liga side Osasuna, NEC’s first MOTM prize winner Victor Palsson promptly tweeted out a picture to make his teammates fume with jealousy:

The club is hoping that the idea will make a difference in the players’ performances. After finishing in 15th place last season, just four points above the relegation playoff places, any extra motivation would be deemed helpful.

But a car wash might not be for everyone, so just in case, we’ve come up with a few extra MOTM rewards that might galvanize your players to go the extra mile:

  • The Zlatan Ibrahimovic sweater - a real collector’s item.
  • A dinner date with Luis Suarez at a vegetarian restaurant, relax.
  • Seasons 1 and 2 of Breaking Bad on DVD - For those who were dumb enough not to have seen this show already.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography, “I Am Zlatan.”
  • Get your taxes done by Uli Hoeness for free.
  • One tin of Cristiano Ronaldo’s special secret hair gel.
  • Free acting lessons with Neymar.
  • A close shave from Fabien Barthez.
  • Two tickets to Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match…wait, that already happened? Isn’t he still playing?
  • New $4,000 pair of Swarovski crystal encrusted boots.
  • A pet pig. On second thought, maybe not.