15
Oct

Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez scores cheeky winner vs. Canada

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There’s almost nothing better than watching James Rodriguez play for the Colombian national team. No slight to Real Madrid, but something just seems to click whenever he puts on the yellow shirt. Something extra special.

On Tuesday night, James was at it again, deciding Colombia’s friendly match against Canada with this perfectly taken quick free kick in the 74th minute:

13
Oct

Isco scores delicious chip during Spain’s practice

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Remember Isco?

You know, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder whom Real Madrid bought for $38 million two summers ago only to become the world’s most expensive bench-warmer?

Yeah, that guy apparently still knows how to play football, judging from this video from a recent Spain practice:

We wouldn’t be surprised if this tape shows up “anonymously” at Carlo Ancelotti’s doorstep today.

H/T 101GG

8
Oct

Radamel Falcao has a parrot who cheers him on for every goal

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Parrots are fun. Or annoying. It all depends how talkative — or not — your parrot is.

For instance, I grew up with a parrot. In over 12 years of training, our green little family monster managed to learn all of one word: “Hello.” Fascinating. Needless to say, we’ve given up on good old, ‘Freddy.’

Radamel Falcao has a parrot, too, and he’s way more of a chatter-box. In fact, ‘Coco’ cheers after every goal his owner scores, squawking “gol de Falca” and “golazo” over and over again.

Thanks to Colombian television, here is some footage to go with this important news story:

H/T WAATP

6
Oct

Fiorentina score pair of screamers against struggling Inter Milan

imageInter Milan had ambitious goals for the new season, but their poor form continued this weekend with a loss at Fiorentina.

Khouma Babacar started the fireworks in the seventh minute with this audacious long-range strike:

And because it is so fun to score on Inter right now, La Viola teammate Juan Cuadrado added a second golazo just 12 minutes later:

Inter would concede a third, less spectacular goal in the second half to drop their second match in a row. They currently sit in 10th place in Serie A, already ten points behind first-place Juventus.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, jumped Inter in the tables for 9th, putting an end to their own slow start.

H/T Reddit

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5
Oct

Clint Dempsey’s nifty backheel pass leads to Sounders goal

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Marco Pappa chipped in a lovely goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, but it was teammate Clint Dempsey’s cheeky set-up that was the real highlight on the play.

Backheel assists are special enough, but Deuce’s was extra special. A Zidane Turn - Backheel pass hybrid. Brilliant stuff.

5
Oct

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci scores stunning winner vs Roma

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Juventus and Roma, Serie A’s top two undefeated teams, clashed on Sunday in what proved to be a wild spectacle. The first half ended 2-2 after three penalty kicks were awarded and converted. In the second, both sides were desperate to find a winner to gain some separation at the summit.

That’s when, in the 86th minute, Leonardo Bonucci showed up:

Game, blouses.

5
Oct

Robbie Keane won’t stop scoring golazos

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We’re starting to sound like a broken record, but Robbie Keane is scoring ridiculous goals again.

Keane goes for power and precision this time with a clean side-footed volley into the bottom corner. Nuts.

He then proceeds to bust out the “Russell Crowe in Gladiator” pose:

Are you not entertained?

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4
Oct

Lewandowski scores superb goal to get on track in Bundesliga

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Bad news, Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski is starting to find his scoring touch again.

After netting just twice in his first eight games as a Bayern Munich player, the 26-year-old bagged his first brace for his new club in a 4-0 win over Hannover.

His second goal was of particularly high quality. Lewandowski took down a perfect Xherdan Shaqiri cross with a wonderful first touch in stride, then slotted home coolly past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. It’s the kind of goal that will give Bayern fans hope Lewandowski is finally about to break out.

The rest of the league will be less enthusiastic.

3
Oct

Question of the day: Did Feyenoord score an illegal goal off a throw-in?

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Dutch side Feyenoord allegedly scored a very controversial goal off a throw-in during Thursday’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege.

Sven van Beek was officially credited with the goal, but it’s tough to tell whether or not he got a definitive touch on the ball. From our angle, it looks as though Miquel Nelom’s throw-in didn’t touch anyone before bouncing off the ground and over goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima’s head. Per FIFA rules, that would be an illegal goal:

However, the goal stood and gave Feyenoord a 1-0 lead. The Dutch went on to win the Group G bout by a singe goal, 2-1, so needless to say the decision proved very decisive.

So what do you think? Was it a goal? Or should it not have counted?

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H/T Daily Mail

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