26
Mar

Vancouver Whitecaps lose player to ‘off-field walking accident’

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We’ve all been there.

You’re walking around downtown, without a care in the world, when something across the street grabs your attention.

Maybe it’s a cute girl, or boy. Maybe it’s a shiny new Ferrari (humans love shiny things), or a new frozen yogurt shoppe that just looks so appealing! Whatever it may be, you stare a little bit longer, when suddenly — BANG! — down you go. 

What the heck?! That bike rack came out nowhere!

It’s okay, we all eventually fall victim to the occasional walking hazard. Unfortunately, when you’re a professional athlete, the embarrassing mishap quickly goes viral. Sorry, Nigel Reo-Coker.

According to Major League Soccer’s official website, the Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder faces a short spell on the sidelines after what the league termed an “off-field walking accident.” The club confirmed that Reo-Coker was “looking elsewhere while walking when he tripped over a bike rack, cutting his face and hitting his head in the process.” According to the CBC, he also suffered a slight concussion.

Ouch. That sounds pretty rough, though not nearly as brutal as the roasting he’s sure to receive from his teammates. And from his coach, Carl Robinson, for that matter. “I don’t think he was looking where he was going, which is never a good sign for a midfield player,” Robinson deadpanned to reporters.

At least the former West Ham and Aston Villa player can take solace in this: as far as oddball injuries are concerned, it could have been a lot worse.

(H/T MLS)

Composite: USA Today/FOX Sports - Eddie Hon

20
Feb

FAIL! Fabio Capello names wrong player by same name to Russia squad

image"Wait a second…that’s not the guy! Is that the guy? Hmph!"

Fabio Capello is apparently still getting used to the Russian language and nomenclature. Because according to The Mirror, the Italian manager inadvertently called up the wrong player to Russia’s national team. Seriously.

Capello named 21-year-old Andrey Semenov from Lokomotiv Moscow’s reserve team to his squad for an upcoming friendly against Armenia, when he really tried to call up the more experienced Andrey Semenov, — also a defender — from Terek Grozny. Oops!

As you could imagine, the result of this faux-pas was highly amusing.

The incorrectly selected Semenov said he “was surprised, to say the least,” while Lokomotiv even published a press release on their website declaring the good news. However, it didn’t take long for them to find out this wasn’t, in fact, so. The Russian Football Federation quickly caught the error and apologized.

Poor guy. This is comparable to receiving a fake love letter from your elementary school crush (which may or may not have happened to me).

H/T DirtyTackle

18
Feb

Fail! Whitecaps striker’s backflip… backfires

We can all agree that acrobatic backflip celebrations are pretty awesome, right? It would help if you can land them, though. Jamaican forward Andre Lewis from the Vancouver Whitecaps attempted to bust one out in a preseason friendly against University of Victoria, and instead fell flat on his backside, making for a rather embarrassing walk back to the center circle. Exactly what you deserve trying to showboat in front of college kids!

Vine: 101GG (H/T Pies)

17
Feb

Who let the dogs out!? Four-legged pitch invaders make for wild weekend

What the bark is going on around here!?

On the same weekend a husky interrupted a pitch over in England, two videos have trickled out of South America showing more dogs running wild.

In a Brazilian Paraense match (Para state championship division), between Remo and Paysandu, one furry pitch invader couldn’t resist getting in on the action, successfully breaking up a Remo attack. The players couldn’t get mad at it, though. Just look how cute it is pouncing around!

And at least that canine didn’t leave a deposit right in the six-yard box.

Yup, that’s exactly what happened over in Argentina’s first division.  During Rosario Central’s game against River Plate, a dog literally ran on the pitch, took a squat right in front of the Rosario goal, and went Number 2 without a care in the world:

Man, it must be so sweet to be a dog.

H/T Pies

24
Jan

Chelsea fans duped into talking about transfer prospects that actually don’t exist

Andrew Ryan from Manchester United YouTube channel “Full Time Devils” stopped a handful of gullible Chelsea fans outside of Stamford Bridge and put their knowledge of the Blues’ transfer dealings to the test. The results will make you want to smash your head against the desk. Or simply laugh your tail off.

Ryan asked fans for their opinions on some of the club’s rumored January transfer targets, but here’s the twist: none of the players actually exist!

Playing right into the prankster’s hands, the clueless fans happily offered their scouting reports on the likes of Liam Ying (an anagram of “I am lying”), Lugi Bull (“gullible”), and Win Nowt (“win nothing”).

Oh, what fans will do to prove their footy intelligence, especially once the cameras are on.

23
Jan

Drunk Man United fan calls 911 asking to speak to Sir Alex police claim

According to Manchester Police, an audibly upset and intoxicated Manchester United fan called up the Greater Manchester Police’s 999 line shortly after the Red Devils crashed out of the League Cup to Sunderland, asking to talk to none other than former manager Sir Alex Ferguson because “the result is all wrong.”

When told by the operator that this was, in fact, the emergency police line he dialed, the fan insisted he had a crime to report:

"Yeah I’ll report a crime. The crime… is that… Manchester United… Manchester United… were absolutely knackered!"

The GMP later went to Facebook to clarify the purpose of the 999 line and to direct other disillusioned United fans to try reaching the club directly:

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Interestingly, the “emergency” phone call comes just a couple days after some pranksters over at Paddy Power put up an “emergency” Sir Alex wax figure outside of Old Trafford:

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You have to forgive United fans for insisting that Sir Alex has all the solutions to the club’s sudden downfall since retiring. Still, maybe the calls for him to return have gone a bit too far.

H/T Telegraph

11
Jan

Wardrobe Malfunction! Ricardo Carvalho puts shirt on backwards

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Oops!

Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho forgot how to put a shirt on correctly after removing his undershirt per referee’s orders. Rushed as he tried to rejoin the match, Carvalho put it own backwards by mistake.

To Carvalho’s defense, he’s not alone. Wardrobe malfunctions seem to have become more of a thing among footballers in recent years. Just ask Mario “Bibotelli:”

"He can’t even get his bib on there, Ray."

H/T Metro

Snapshot via Metro

3
Jan

The 13 quirkiest blogs of 2013

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2013 was a wild year, to say the least. A 20-month-old baby was signed by a Belgian pro soccer club, Spain’s national team was rumored to be involved in a strip poker scandal while at the Confederations Cup, and on more than one occasion, referees were seen punching and kicking players. But none of those stories cracked our countdown of the best the blog had to offer. So without further ado, take a look back at the greatest, craziest, weirdest, and funniest stories of the year:

  1. Ronaldinho launched his own condom line in 2013.
  2. We found the real-life Air Bud, World Cup Pup:
  3. Sir Alex Ferguson’s last piece of gum chewed as Man United manager sold for $640,000 on eBay.
  4. Speaking of the internet, remember #DempseyWatch? Good timesimage
  5. Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom got lost on his way to a home match and drove his Porsche straight into a giant mud pit.image
  6. Perhaps Wisdom wishes he had been loaned out to Dutch team NEC instead. The club offered players a free bikini car wash if they won the MOTM award as a new motivational ploy.image
  7. The world’s unluckiest goalkeeper (watch his series of bloopers) was charged with biting a man’s ear off.
  8. Speaking of keepers, a lower-division team in Slovenia came up with a new goalie drill:
  9. We finally found out what happens when David Beckham visits China. Mainly, seriously dangerous stampedes.image
  10. Another thing we learned in 2013: how to take corner kicks under water:
  11. Burnley FC’s mascot actually got arrested after trolling the linesman.
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  12. A lower league manager in England miraculously woke up from a coma after his wife told him his team won their final league match.
  13. And finally, not to be outdone: a French weather lady (and a porno website) had to pay up after betting that the national team would fail to make the World Cup:Starts at 1:40 mark