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

Fan bares all to distract Diego Costa’s PK attempt against Getafe

Warning: The image and video below contain partial nudity.

Fans will go to extreme lengths to distract players on opposing teams, but this is one of the most shameless we’ve seen.

When Diego Costa stepped up to take a penalty kick for Atletico Madrid against Getafe on Sunday, one dedicated fan dropped trou in an attempt to throw Costa off.

It worked.

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12
Apr

Rob Ford ruthlessly cracks penalty kick past youth soccer player … twice

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is rarely short of headlines. Instead of listing his many exploits … we suggest you just Google the peculiar public figure.

The latest comes to us from an event at a youth soccer camp in Toronto. Mayor Ford drops by the camp, and in the video below you’ll see he challenges the kids to see who wants to step between the posts and take on “Fordnaldo” mano-a-mano.

The end result is nothing short of what you’d expect from Ford.

The politician absolutely catapults a shot past the boy. After making the kid find a seat (probably in an attempt to save his own life), he lines up another. He even engages in a little bit of smack talk!

So, does Ford take it easy on try No. 2? You know, let the kid get a stop so everybody wins? Nope. He cracks another one, this time hitting the top of the net and leaving the kid helpless yet again.

Good on you, Rob Ford. Prove to everyone you truly are an athletic force to be reckoned with!

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Ah, yes, still some work to be done.

(h/t Bleacher Report)

8
Apr

Brazil manager forbids ‘acrobatic’ sex during World Cup

Every World Cup, it becomes the talking point amongst players and media members. No, not starting lineups or formations, weather or field conditions. Sex.

Yes, the idea of players bringing their girlfriends or wives along to the world’s biggest tournament has been ‘hotly’ debated for decades. Could they be a distraction to the players, perhaps even “tire” them out ahead of the games? Or would a little “stress relief” actually be beneficial? You know, clear the mind among other things. These are excellent questions that every national team manager has had to address.

As the host nation, Brazil is facing the most pressure to perform this summer, so sex was naturally one of the topics manager Luiz Felipe Scolari had to answer recently. And he gave a fantastic answer:

“The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in balanced way, but there are certain forms, certain ways and others who do acrobatics. And that, no,” Scolari replied at a press conference in Lisbon on Monday.

"We will put limits and survey the players.”

So close the Kama Sutra, Thiago Silva. No diving in the bedroom, Neymar. Rules are rules.

H/T Pies

6
Apr

Poor Aron Johannsson gets ‘inappropriately touched’ by opponent

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AZ and US national team striker Aron Johannsson was the victim of on-field bullying in the Eredivisie this weekend, getting his privates pulled by Roda defender Guy Ramos.

Ramos appeared to squeeze the Icelandic-American’s genitals in response to something Johannsson had to say, and the referee let him off scot-free. However, Ramos did get sent off in the second half of the game, while Johannsson scored to secure AZ a draw, so at least justice was somewhat served.

If you have a Y chromosome, chances are you are solemnly nodding to yourself right now, having been hit in that area probably more than once.  Ladies, admit it: this is worse than getting your hair yanked by an opponent, albeit similar. Completely uncalled for and painful.

Here’s “The Grab:”

H/T Dirty Tackle

5
Apr

Man gets taped to Newcastle lamp post in Sunderland kit on stag night

Chances are, this is not how you would envision your bachelor night to go.

A groom-to-be was taped up to a lamppost by his friends in the middle of Newcastle this weekend, wearing, of all things, a full Sunderland kit. (The outfit was complemented by a cartoonish helicopter cap, a nice touch.)

The brave stag, who remains unidentified, thus spent his last night of “freedom” getting honked at and ridiculed by hundreds of strangers in Newcastle. Sounds fun!

H/T Pies

5
Apr

Linesman trolled so hard by Portuguese fans

Being a linesman can be a lonely gig, but one assistant referee in Portugal was recently lucky enough to have his very own cheering section.

In a third-division match between Ermesinde and Perosinho last month, a small group of comedians fans made it their mission to troll one of the linesmen, following him up and down the touchline and celebrating his every move.

Though the match official seems to find it quite amusing, we’d wager he grew exponentially more embarrassed as the prank continued.

This hasn’t been the first such stunt; check out these crazy Cadiz CF fans:

H/T Pies