Hoffenheim had plenty to smile about this weekend after putting six goals past Wolfsburg, but there was one giant buzz kill: Hoffi the Moose, the team’s mascot, literally lost its head while celebrating one of the goals.
After Anthony Modeste made it 4-1 Hoffenheim just before halftime, Hoffi sprinted over to celebrate with the players but clumsily tripped over the advertising board, causing his head to fall off. Every child in attendance immediately had their perception of reality crushed to a pulp.
Watch the tragic incident below:
Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to their first League Cup title since 1976 on Sunday, and nearly broke the trophy.
Kompany almost dropped the Capital One Cup mid-lift when its detachable base slipped out of the Belgian’s hands. The base didn’t make it, but Kompany went on to hoist the remains as if nothing ever happened.
Samir Nasri was not as calm.
If you think you’ve seen a lot from comedian Kevin Hart recently, it’s because you have. The funnyman is featured in two movies on the silver screen at the moment and scheduled to be in two more in 2014. All the while, hes been making commercials, TV show cameos, touring and seemingly promoting his stuff non-stop.
So it’s impressive that Hart somehow found the time to stop in at Manchester City to meet up with his “cousin” Joe Hart and take part in a friendly penalty shootout. Even better: despite having never played soccer in his entire life, Kevin buried one in the left corner past Joe, who was probably dying with laughter at Kevin’s interesting form.
"Bend it like Beckham!! AHHH!!!"
As far as we’re concerned, you can never have enough Kevin Hart.
This player was pretty darn proud of his “unique” goal celebration during an Italian amateur league between Ponticelli and Riolo Terme.
The referee, however, was less amused.
Warning NSFW: Video contains some inappropriate language.
Anyone who has read a comments section on YouTube knows the level ridiculousness that the conversations often fall to. One particularly awful brand of argument is the never-ending “soccer vs. football” one. If you frequent content about the beautiful game has read at least a dozen.
In a series in which British actors Grahame Edwards and Eryl Lloyd Parry dramatically perform YouTube comments, the two thespians take on the infamous argument. The resulting reenactment shows just how ridiculous the conversation truly is.
Bravo, gents. Maybe fans will think twice before delving into this petty argument.
Swansea defender Neil Taylor could have taken a seat on Fulham’s bench today were it not for the birth of his second child!
Taylor was reportedly on the cusp of a move to the Cottagers ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline when his wife unexpectedly went into labor mid-afternoon. As if the workings of deadline day weren’t already complicated enough, this personal matter understandably scratched any hopes of sealing the deal.
Fulham were said to be desperate to sign the left back, tabling an offer of around $6.5 million. And Taylor, who has struggled to get minutes under Michael Laudrup since returning from a lengthy injury spell, would probably have welcomed a move to London as well. Alas, it looks like divine intervention was at play here.
On Deadline Day, almost anything can happen. A good rule of thumb is to expect the unexpected. But we’re not sure if Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill saw this one coming while reporting outside of West Ham’s grounds…
Cotterill actually did quite well to keep his cool during the silly-string attack. He may want to prepare for another wave of string as the Hammers have signed Pablo Armero on loan from Napoli.
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For all of you Championship followers, Middlesbrough has made a vicious assault on the rest of the English second division, going undefeated in their past six games (winning five) and jumping from 19th up to 9th place. Now just five points shy of a place in the top six, Boro are vying for a surprise spot in the promotion playoffs.
Now, to most observers it’s been the play of the defense, in particular goalkeeper Shay Given, that has been the catalyst to Boro’s rise. Given posted six clean sheets in ten games since coming on loan from Aston Villa. But if you listen to the 37-year-old, the Teessiders’ luck has changed thanks to a new team mascot — Holly the Hamster.
Indeed, Boro are unbeaten in the Championship since Holly scurried into the training ground “thanks to a secret Santa team-bonding game at Christmas,” whatever that means.
Given told the Daily Star:
“She seems to be our lucky mascot at the moment.
She came into the training ground over Christmas as a bit of a joke from one of the lads, but we’re unbeaten since, so we’re all taking looking after her very seriously now.
She’s got a nice home in with us at the training ground, and we’re making sure we feed and water her every day. She’s got an unbeaten record so far, so we’ll make sure she stays happy and keeps working her magic.”
If Middlesbrough can keep their hot streak going all the way to the Premier League, hopefully we can turn this into a movie or something.
Next stop: Holly-wood?
H/T Dirty Tackle
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."
Snapshot via Metro