29
Mar

This might be the strangest pitch invader yet

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes Betty Boop.

During Marseille’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux, a fan interrupted Mathieu Valbuena while he set up to take a corner kick.

Why would someone would bring this doll into a soccer stadium? You know what, don’t answer that. We probably don’t want to know.

H/T 101GG

27
Mar

Rejoice, world! The Zlatan stamps are now on sale

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As we first told you in November, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been immortalized by the Swedish Postal Service (Posten) with his own line of stamps. And on Thursday, after an excruciating four-month wait, the stamps finally went on sale, obviously to roaring success.

Football fans all over the continent have been flocking to their local post offices for the first time in probably a decade. Posten’s Head of Stamps Britt-Inger Hahne told TT news agency that five million stamps have already been sold in advance.

“The French are particularly interested,” Hahne said. “One customer ordered 1,500 packages for his French friends.” (Okay, we’re not sure if that means 1,500 Facebook “friends” or actual friends, but regardless, that’s a lot of stamps!)

Zlatan himself has been overjoyed at the thought of seeing his big schnoz on the bills he will receive. In November, he said:

It’s a great honour to be on a postage stamp and I’m very happy and proud to have been chosen. I usually receive bills and they seldom have nice stamps. Maybe that will change now.”

As you can see, the Zlatan stamps all feature images of him in action with the Swedish national team, and two of them capture the iconic bicycle kick he scored against England, which won the FIFA Puskas Award in January for Goal of the Year.

Image: Getty

6
Mar

Zlatan praises Matuidi wonder goal

Blaise Matuidi scored a ridiculous goal for France in their friendly against the Netherlands yesterday. The entire soccer world took notice, and for good reason.

The best way to describe it is a no-look spinning scissor kick, but it’s better if you just watch it:

The stunning strike even caught the attention of PSG teammate and soccer god Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Only Zlatan can get away with talking in third person while complimenting another player. Because Zlatan does what Zlatan wants.

21
Feb

Monaco defender gets ultimate revenge

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When Layvin Kurzawa took a thunderous cleat to the chest in the 83rd minute of Monaco’s Ligue 1 match against Reims, it looked like he might not be able to continue.

But after a minute of agony — and watching offending Reims player Aissa Mandi being sent off — Kurzawa soldiered on, and boy, did it pay off.

On what would be the final kick of the match, the 21-year-old scored the game-winner, securing a crucial three points in the race for the Ligue 1 title.

The lesson here: Don’t mess with Layvin Kurzawa.

Image courtesy of Getty

22
Jan

Falcao injures knee, could spell doom for Monaco and Colombia hopes

Radamel Falcao was stretchered off with a nasty knee injury during Monaco’s Coupe de France clash on Wednesday, spelling potential doom to both Monaco’s Ligue 1 and Colombia’s World Cup hopes. Falcao picked up the injury shortly after scoring the opening goal against Monts Or Azergues.

Whether Falcao will miss the rest of the season and the summer spectacle remains to be seen, but initial reports are not encouraging. Monaco released a short statement in regards to Falcao, saying the striker was hit in the left knee and that the club “must await further tests in the coming days to clarify the exact nature of the injury.”

Perhaps a better question is why Falcao was starting against a fourth-tier outfit, which was easily beaten 3-0, in the first place. It may just cost Monaco their run at a first Ligue 1 title since 2000, and Colombia — a dark horse candidate for the World Cup — their best player in Brazil.

19
Jan

Man Utd make Cavani top target

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Manchester United continue to be linked with the world’s top targets despite not making a signing in the current transfer window. United are biding their time so far and seem reluctant to overpay for second-rate players. Paris Saint-Germain star striker Edinson Cavani is the latest name to be mentioned as a potential signing. According to Sunday’s newspapers, Cavani has emerged as David Moyes’ number one objective.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

6
Jan

Liverpool, Tottenham after Lille forward

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Lille forward Solomon Kalou is reportedly growing tired of life in France and is eyeing up a move to a Premier League giant. Lille currently sit third in Ligue 1, only four points off top side Paris Saint-Germain. Lille have a real chance of winning the title, but Kalou may decide he wants to have another crack at the Premier League.

In Monday’s newspapers, Liverpool and Tottenham are eyeing up the Ivorian who left Stamford Bridge in July 2012. 

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

25
Nov

What was this fan thinking?!

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A Saint Etienne fan was pictured hanging off the terrace railing on Sunday as an ugly brawl between supporters marred the Ligue 1 side’s road match at Nice. (Ironic, right? “Nice?” Forget it.)

How did he get there?

Tensions already ran high hours before the match when a pack of Saint Etienne fans had their bus stoned while arriving to Nice’s grounds. Once inside Allianz Riviera stadium, the roadies had revenge on their minds, ripping apart some 200 seats and using them as missiles before the match even began. Riot police quickly intervened and tried to remove the violent fans, numbering around 100, from the stadium:

imageimageimage Looking to get out of dodge, one fan then attempted to climb over the railings and get to the other section, channeling his inner Sly Stallone in Cliffhanger … or Rambo … or any Stallone action movie ever:

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Pretty stupid.

According to reports, nine people were injured during the brawl, and Nice’s public prosecutor Eric Bedos said that an investigation was already underway, although he didn’t give any more details. The French League, meanwhile, threatened a ban on traveling fans after the incident.

From The Guardian:

"Enough! The few cretins who claim to be supporters do not even realise they ruin the image of football," the French League (LFP) president Frédéric Thiriez said in a statement.

"I will ask a meeting with the ministry of Interior to discuss the supporters’ trips to away games. If we don’t succeed in resolving this problem it will end with a systematic ban on [supporters’] trips, which nobody wishes."

That would be severe punishment, no doubt, but at least fans woulnd’t dangle off railings like Christmas tree ornaments anymore.

Watch the crazy video below:

(All images: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty)

24
Nov

Fail! 3-on-0 breakaway ends in astonishing miss

Note: Start at the 2:56 mark

The Coupe de France is open to all amateur and professional football clubs in the country (even overseas territories) so you can imagine that the competition’s first few rounds can get a little sloppy. Professional clubs don’t even enter until the seventh round, at which point there are still 176 teams in the running (not including Ligue 1 sides, who enter later).

AS Nancy, though, are a second-division side and should probably not be looking this incompetent. Taking on third-division side RC Strasbourg, Nancy found themselves on a 3-on-0 breakaway (that’s right, zero defenders), and still managed to make a mess of it. With just the keeper to beat after Strasbourg’s entire back line decided to take the play off, one Nancy player calmly laid it off to No. 14 at the top of the box. But with the open goal at his mercy, he inexplicably skied it!

Luckily for these ‘negative Nancys,’ the team still hung on for a 2-1 win.