13
Aug

Aubameyang reveals his true identity in German Super Cup

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Dortmund in the club’s 2-0 German Super Cup win over Bayern Munich, and celebrated by revealing his true identity as the one and only Spider-Man.

Of note: He pulled the mask out of his sock. That thing must have smelled awful. It’s impressive that he kept it on his face for that long.

Okay, so this isn’t the first time Aubameyang has pulled off this stunt, but it is his most realistic mask to date. His Spiderman celebration was actually inspired by former teammate Jeremie Janot, who is apparently a huge — we’re talking HUGE — Spider-Man fan.

Back in 2005, he wore a full Spider-Man kit, mask included, in a match. A real match that counted for real points.

Now THAT is dedication.

(Photo: Action Images)

27
Apr

Columbus Crew’s Dominic Oduro really loves pizza

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Nobody loves pizza more than Dominic Oduro loves pizza.

And to prove it, the Columbus Crew forward shaved the design of actual slices of pizza in his hair. Pepperonis and all. Check it out:

Who else is getting hungry?

Sadly, Oduro’s delicious ‘do couldn’t inspire Columbus to a win on Saturday, as the Crew tied NY Red Bulls, 1-1. Oduro came on as a second-half substitute but failed to score, which may have robbed us of a chance to see his favorite goal celebration:

Told ya. That man really enjoys his pizza.

Image: MLS

23
Mar

Estonian team follows up goal with the best bowling celebration we’ve seen

Nomme Kalju’s Hidetoshi Wakui provided the new frontrunner for goal celebration of the season after using the pitch as his own private bowling alley.

Upon scoring in the Tallinn derby against FC Flora, Wakui retrieved the ball and immediately ran over to the touchline, with his teammates in tow. The goalscorer then threw a perfect strike with the Brazuca, knocking down all of his teammates bowling pins.

Great form, too!

H/T Dirty Tackle

9
Mar

David Meyler celebrates goal with brilliant head-butt

What makes for a great goal celebration?

Energy, flair, attitude and acrobatics all come to mind, but it’s timeliness that might make the best ingredient of all.

Saturday, we witnessed Samuel Eto’o celebrate a Chelsea goal by using the corner flag as a cane, poking fun at himself after his true age has been publicly questioned. On Sunday, Hull City’s David Meyler utilized current events to his advantage, as well.

After giving Hull a 2-0 advantage over Sunderland in the FA Cup quarterfinals, Meyler ran over to the corner flag and gave it a solid, playful head-butt, only a week after Newcastle manager Alan Pardew controversially head-butted Meyler in a sideline altercation. Genius!

8
Mar

Samuel Eto’o’s old-man strength leads Chelsea

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Fernando Torres was a late scratch ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, setting the stage for none other than “old man” Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o turned out to be the match-winner as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute and won a penalty to set up Chelsea’s second just moments later. But Eto’o’s most brilliant moment of the night came on his goal celebration.

Coming off a week that saw his true age publicly questioned (by his manager, no less) Eto’o hobbled over to the corner flag holding his back and clutching the flag stick like it was his walking cane. The tongue-in-cheek celebration was priceless in light of Jose Mourinho’s recently leaked comment that he thought the officially 32-year-old striker might actually be 35.

Clearly Eto’o has taken the mini-controversy in stride, showing that, like a fine wine, perhaps he’s just getting better with age. Mourinho himself commented on it, telling reporters after the match: “I didn’t suggest Samuel’s celebration, but we knew [about] it. The best way to diffuse the situation is make fun of a funny situation.”

Of course, when you’re seven points clear atop the Premier League, everything is a little more amusing.

22
Sep

Dominic Oduro celebrates goal with pizza

Columbus Crew striker Dominic Oduro is a hungry man. Hungry for goals — he leads the team with 11 this season, good for fifth in MLS — and certainly hungry for pizza.

Oduro was celebrating his opening goal against the Chicago Fire before remembering he had a personal pizza waiting for him on the sideline. Sure enough, Oduro was handed the box by a club employee, took a bite and gave the rest of the pizza to a fan in the front row.

Clever stuff, but it isn’t even the best celebration involving food. Remember these Icelandic guys?

H/T Dirty Tackle

10
Jun

Goal celebration meets giant puddle, everybody wins

This weekend in Poland, we received a big reminder that it’s still OK to have fun and be a kid.

In a wet and slippery match between Grom Prace Male and GC United Gassy, striker Trykacz Jaroslaw scored the lone goal for Gassy. His teammates wanted to make sure they celebrated properly, so they took to the air and leapt into the biggest puddle they could find, splashing the opponents in the process.

While Gassy ended up losing 2-1, they certainly win the “most entertaining celebration” award in our book.

H/T 101GG

7
May

Gareth Bale is trying to trademark his goal celebration as a logo

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Gareth Bale has filed an application with the Intellectual Property Office to trademark the heart-shaped hand gesture that he throws up to the camera after pretty much every single goal he scores.

It seems clear that Bale will try to put the logo on merchandise for fans to snatch up (the application mentions jewelry, leather goods and clothing).

One thing we’d like to know: What if Bale screws up his own trademark in the heat of the moment? Does the placement of the other fingers matter? That would be embarrassing.

And perhaps we’re reading into this too much, but the “11” in the middle means Bale won’t want to change his kit number. Maybe it’s a signal he isn’t planning on leaving Tottenham any time soon — a change in club often means a change in number.

Well, unless it’s to Real Madrid. Number 11 is held by Ricardo Carvalho. His contract is up this summer…

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