Zenit make the best deadline day signing: Bart Simpson

imageIt’s not often that mascots get transfer day love, but sometimes the new signing is just that popular.

Zenit St. Petersburg seem to think so.

Take a look at their latest squad addition: Bart Simpson. Manager Andre Villas-Boas seems mighty pleased with the deal.

Don’t worry about Bart’s health though, Zenit put him through a fitness test.

imageBart also joined the squad in training and there’s video of the mascot’s first day, take a look here.

(Images courtesy FC Zenit)


Hoffenheim mascot’s head falls off during celebration

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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:

H/T: Pies


Bayern Munich mascot Berni is excited about the Super Bowl


Almost everything that Bayern Munich’s cuddly mascot Berni does is fantastic. He’s a pretty adventurous bear, too. He’s tried sand-boarding, dirt biking, and even the Gangnam Style dance.

So what else will Berni set out to conquer? American sports, of course.

With the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, Berni tried his paw at tossing around the pigskin. A for effort, big man.

(H/T @brittanyschray)

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Burnley mascot gets sent off for trolling referee’s assistant

Championship side Burnley FC made headlines on Saturday by claiming the league lead with a 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers, but perhaps the bigger story from that match was a bizarre red card shown to Burnley’s mascot.

That’s right, “Bertie the Bee” was thrown from the game in the first half after handing a linesman a pair of over-sized glasses after a dodge decision. Sadly, referee Simon Hooper didn’t find the humor in it.

Police actually escorted Bertie Bee off the field and later, a picture emerged of the criminal locked up in a cell. This might be the greatest picture ever taken:


Mind you, this is the same mascot who once bravely tackled a streaker during a match against Preston years ago:


Franck Ribery swaps mascots because of height

Franck Ribery stood patiently in the players tunnel, awaiting the start of Mark van Bommel’s testimonial match, when it suddenly dawned on him.

"Sacre bleu, my mascot is almost as tall as me!"

Worried the world could find out that he is, in fact, not 6 feet tall, the diminutive Frenchman acted fast, negotiating fervently with teammate Holger Badstuber over a trade for the latter’s much shorter player escort (no, not that kind of escort).

After a little back and forth, Ribery got his wish just in time for the run-out, avoiding the Bayern winger any further embarrassment than this video already has.

However, Franck still looks small compared to his incredibly large ego. Napoleon complex much?