20
May

Miralem Pjanic buys out pharmacy’s stock to aid flood victims

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If you follow the news even remotely, you probably heard about the current crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia’s government recently said that over one million people, a quarter of the country’s population, have been affected by a historical flood that has already destroyed over 100,000 homes and cost the lives of more than 40 people.

In response to the natural disaster, Bosnia international and Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is doing his best to help out. According to Bosnian newspaper Avaz, Pjanic visited Sarajevo on Monday evening, and emptied the shelves of the very first pharmacy he came across, buying up the entire stock of medical supplies to give out to those in need.

According to the article (translated by Google Chrome), Pjanic told reporters, “I sympathize with the misfortune that has befallen our nation.”

What an amazing guy. Our thoughts and prayers here at FOX Soccer are also with those affected by the flood, not just in Bosnia but all the Balkan countries.

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H/T Yahoo!Sports

17
Mar

Budweiser releases first promo for ‘Rise As One’

As anticipation builds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Budweiser released it’s first television spot entitled “Believe As One,” centered around the six-episode soccer series “Rise As One.”

Airing on FOX Sports 1 on March 25, “Rise As One” will showcase some of soccer most memorable and incredible tales in the run up to this summer’s extravaganza.

Click here for more information on “Rise As One.”

28
Aug

Celtic stun Shakhter in stoppage time to advance to Champions League group stage

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Somewhere, Rod Stewart is crying tears of joy.

Scottish champions Celtic will embark on yet another Champions League adventure after beating Shakhter Karagandy 3-2 on aggregate, advancing to the group stage in dramatic fashion.

After heading into Wednesday’s return leg down 2-0 to Shakhter, Celtic came back to equalize the tie on goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. Still level on aggregate heading into stoppage time, with the global exposure and millions of Euros that the Champions League offers on the line, a nervous home crowd longed for a hero. They got one in the form of James Forrest:

Understandably, Forrest’s stoppage-time goal sent Celtic Park into a frenzy. Manager Neil Lennon, well, he could hardly contain himself either:

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It’s drama and scenes like this that truly make soccer the best game in the world. Good luck to Celtic in the group stage. As for Shakhter, well, this one’s for the sheep.

21
Aug

Manager wakes up from coma after hearing his team won their first match

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Wayne Thorne with wife Mandy (via @BathSport)

A devastating car accident left Larkhall Athletic manager Wayne Thorne in a week-long coma. All it took for him to wake up was his wife uttering those sweet three little words: Honey, we won.

Thorne had just begun his second season in charge of the semi-pro club when, on his way home from his second job as a kitchen fitter, a head-on collision left him with a ruptured artery in his heart, 16 crushed ribs, a punctured lung, a broken sternum, a dislocated and broken hip and pelvis, as well as a fracture below his left knee.

Lucky to be alive, Thorne underwent a series of surgeries that induced a coma. He remained unresponsive for a week, up until his wife and brother let him know the club had won their opening match of the season. Larkham beat Bridport 4-3 after storming back from a 1-3 deficit.

In an interview with The Guardian, Mrs. Thorne added:
"On the first Saturday Larkhall had a game and me and his brother told him the score and he opened his eyes. I know studies have shown that they can hear you and me and his brother truly believe he heard us. It was brilliant to see, because he absolutely loves his football and is so dedicated to Larkhall Athletic.”
Who says sports can’t heal all wounds?

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Thorne (fourth from the bottom right) in Larkhall’s team photo. Image via WAATP
14
May

Trecker’s Travels, Day Nine: Bobbing and Weaving

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By: Jamie Trecker

AMSTERDAM – In what is becoming a habit on my travels, I’ve ended up in a strange place. I’m parked in a houseboat along one of the main canals in this city.

‘Why, Trecker?’ you ask? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Other “good” ideas of mine have included: traveling from Berlin to Warsaw on a Soviet-era sleeper train; going to El Salvador at the tail end of the guerra sucia; and visiting Scotland in July. It has been argued, frequently and loudly by my partner, that my travel plans suffer from too much whimsy.  

However, I am happy to report that despite bobbing about on the Ringvaart van der Harlemmermeerpolder, that this is hardly the worst decision I’ve ever made. I’ve got a windmill to the left of me, a pumping station to the right and water out my front door. It’s quite peaceful. There are rabbits and ducks about. People row past and wave. One could get used to this.

Houseboats are fixtures along Amsterdam’s canals. The potted history is that, after World War II, there was a sharp housing shortage in the city combined with a surfeit of suddenly decommissioned naval barges. The Dutch are nothing but ingenious and today an estimated 2,500 families live along the inner waters of the city. Then, it was cheap and practical. Today, it is not: there are no more moorings left for sale and the cost of a houseboat has gone through the roof. What was once bohemian has gone upscale, meaning that today you can find “boat-els” and private lessors throughout the city.

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

The canals form a web across the city, creating nearly a hundred small islands with nearly 2,000 bridges. They make Amsterdam a maddening city to navigate even with a well-thumbed guidebook, a cellphone and a sextant. (Every landlord I’ve met here opens their spiel with “when lost, please do not call me and tell me you are ‘on a bridge.’”) But if you’re going to get lost, you might as well do it the way the Dutch do, on a bike. I got a blue one, with a basket and a bell. The bell is important: the bike has no brakes.

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6
Apr

On Saturday, Eric Abidal got his first taste of action after a long 13 months away from the game following his liver transplant almost a year to the date. That combined with Tito Vilanova’s return to the Camp Nou sidelines for the first time since January made for an emotional night in Barcelona.

To cap it all off, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas had a rare offensive explosion in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Mallorca.

Whether you’re a Barca fan or not, you can’t help but root for Abidal and applaud his arduous battle from what many considered to be a career-ending condition:

"It was a very special moment for me after a year out," said Abidal, wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.

"I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment," he added.

Read more here.