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Forget ‘men versus boys.’
In Australia, it’s now: women versus boys. Literally.
A week after losing the W-League’s grand final to the Melbourne Victory, the Brisbane Roar have made the unusual choice to compete in Queensland’s Under-15s boys league. The reason? With a regular season that lasts only three months, the Roar would like to develop their players by providing them with more consistent playing time.
From The Guardian:
“We wanted to put them in a competition where physically they are able to compete and also able to play football and develop as players,” says head coach, Belinda Wilson.
What the boys have in strength, especially as they develop over the season, the women have in smarts, she says. “That’s the major difference. They are probably a lot stronger than us in the physicality, so we have to adapt our game so we can be competitive in that environment. In terms of footballing sense, the girls are a little bit more game aware and have more ability from a tactical point of view, because of the level they’ve been playing.”
She’d like to be competing with the under-16s boys, but with so many of her players away on national duties for long stretches of this season, the decision was made to go down an age group. But, she says, “we’d never, ever, ever play against the under 18s, because physically we can not compete against an under-18 boy. Or man.”
Wilson believes the regular off-season schedule will help the team be “bigger and better” next season. We’ll see.
H/T The Guardian
You could read the entirety of David Moyes’ open letter to Manchester United fans about his and the Red Devils’ shortcomings, but who has time for that?
Leave it to The Sun to put it succinctly:
Short, sweet and to the point. Perhaps Moyes should have focused less on being verbose and more on how he’s going to get United back to respectable footing.
Willian has had a strong debut in the Premier League for league leaders Chelsea, but every player knows there are edges to be gained.
Perhaps after studying aerodynamics, Chelsea’s speedster realized an afro isn’t the most streamlined look. On Friday, he posted the photo below on Instagram, suggesting that his afro would be no-more:
That got the FOX Soccer Blog crew thinking: What kind of looks could Willian opt for? With some help from our crack photo team (and some inspiration from Andy Warhol), we came up with a few possibilities:
Yikes. Here’s to hoping his barber knows what he’s doing.
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League One clubs seem to be having a lot of fun with their supporters this year.
Earlier this year, a Leyton Orient fan jokingly made a Twitter promise to clean seats if his favorite player was brought back. Then it happened, and he kept his word.
Yesterday, Wolves fan Richard Jon Gough tweeted his club about a misprinted jersey. Oops:
— Richard Jon Gough (@Richard_J_Gough)March 5, 2014
It wasn’t long before Wolves replied, apologizing to Richard for the mistake, and offering him a new kit, free ticket and player meet-and-greet. What they gave him wasn’t all that special. It was how they did it.
50 Internet points for you, Wolves.
(h/t Dirty Tackle)
Cristiano Ronaldo has millions of fans. The ball boys at the Vicente Calderon are not among them.
With Real Madrid trailing city rivals Atletico 2-1 late in the second half on Sunday, one mischievous sideline volunteer took the opportunity to play Ronaldo like a piano.
With time running out and Real set to take a corner kick, Ronaldo grew impatient waiting for a new ball to be thrown to him. Spotting a ball boy nearby, Ronaldo quickly waved over to him, visibly agitated. But the kid merely shrugged his shoulders insolently and held out his arm with the ball in hand, signaling Ronaldo to “come and get it.” When Ronaldo did, the boy deviously chucked the ball past him. So. Owned.
As we all know, however, Ronaldo did have the last laugh. His equalizer in the 82nd minute thwarted Atletico’s hopes of clinching the first derby double in 63 years (and probably ruined that kid’s night).
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:
Now we know what can happen when groundskeepers stop in the pub on their way to work.
Apparently, that’s exactly what happened in Romania.
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.
Anybody who ventures out to the driving range must attempt at least one “Happy Gilmore” swing. That’s just common knowledge. But while Adam Sandler makes it look all too easy in the cult classic, some of us know the struggle is real. Take United States women’s national team star Sydney Leroux for example:
It’s a good thing Leroux is wearing Richard Sherman’s “Don’t you ever talk about me” shirt, or else we might be tempted to give her some abuse for this.
She did get the hang of it, though (on her 29th try):
.@sydneyleroux You ever want some golf tips, just let Happy know. It’s all in the hips.— Happy Gilmore (@_Happy_Gilmore)February 27, 2014