Jack Wilshere trolls birthday boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to perfection

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrated his birthday on Friday, blowing out 21 candles (we assume) on his birthday cake.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s teammate, Jack Wilshere, however, took the cake when it came to saying, “Happy birthday.”

Wilshere posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Happy birthday to my boy @alexoxchamberlain.” The only hook? Wilshere used a photo of fellow Gunner Kieran Gibbs.

This all goes back to a game last season in March, when Oxlade-Chamberlain handled a ball inside the area against Chelsea. The referee, Andre Marriner, rightly showed a red for the infringement, but accidentally sent off Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Oops! Andre Marriner mistakenly sends off Kieran Gibbs during a Premier League match against Chelsea last season (Photo: Getty Images).

Kudos to Wilshere for pulling this little gem.

Curious, though, that he’d want to dig up a game where Arsenal were blown out to the tune of 6-0.

Oh, well. Happy birthday, Ox!


FAIL: French sports minister calls Ronaldo “Cristiano Ronaldo”

Well, this is awkward.

During a World Cup promotional event in Paris, French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron mistakenly introduced Brazilian legend Ronaldo as, wait for it, “Cristiano Ronaldo.”

To Ronaldo’s credit he just stands there and smiles as Fourneyron realizes her gaffe. If you recall, “El Fenomeno” was at the center of Verde-Amarela's disappointing 1998 World Cup run in France where the former Barcelona and Real Madrid great reportedly suffered convulsions in his sleep before Brazil's cup final match against France.

Sure, it’s been nearly three years since Ronaldo last played football, but this kind of mistake — in France of all places — cannot be a boost for the strength of Ronaldo’s legacy.

Or ego.

(h/t DirtyTackle)


Süper Lig defender wrongly thinks ball is out of play, leads to goal

NOTE: Fast-forward to the 2:30 mark

A defender’s disastrous lack of judgement sealed Eskişehirspor’s victory over Kasımpaşa in the Turkish Süper Lig this weekend.

With Eskişehirspor up 1-0 late in stoppage time, Kasımpaşa’s Ryan Donk saw a high-arching ball bounce near the touchline and heading out of play. With his side desperately searching for a last-minute equalizer, Donk quickly turned up-field to find another ball to throw in to his teammates.

But alas, Donk failed to realize that the original ball took a devilish bounce and somehow stayed in play!

With the defender nowhere in sight, Eskişehirspor gladly accepted the gift. Former West Ham striker Diomansy Kamara finished off the 2-on-1 breakaway to close out the match in bizarre fashion.

H/T 101GG


Goalkeeper commits awful time-wasting error to spoil victory

South African Premier League side AmaZulu FC was leading their Johannesburg rivals Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the 92nd minute, ere Tapuwa Kapini committed a goalkeeper’s cardinal sin and wasted AmaZulu’s chance to go top of the table.

Attempting to run down some clock, Kapini took the ball from outside his area and tried to dribble back towards his own net. Next thing he knew, he fell to the ground and fumbled the ball straight to an opponent, who tapped in the goal for the last-minute equalizer. Not exactly the greatest way to endear yourself to fans in a local derby.

Hmm, where have we seen this before?

Oh, right:

Sorry Juan Flores, we had to.

(H/T Dirty Tackle)


Peruvian club’s comedy of errors continues with superb own goal

Peruvian top flight side Union Comercio may not be top flight for much longer, at least as long as they continue to gift their opponents goals week after week.

In yesterday’s match against Universitario, Union defender Renzo Reaños scored this fantastic golazo into his own net to hand the visitors a 1-0 victory. It was Union’s fourth loss in a row, after which Reaños felt compelled to apologize on Twitter for his match-“winner.”

Reaños said “I feel very bad. It was my fault we lost today. I want to say sorry to my team mates and to all the people of Union.”

This, of course, come just one week after goalkeeper Juan “Chiquito” Flores provided us with the howler of the year:

With Union doing more than half the work for their opponents recently, it might not surprise you that the club is in second to last place in the Primera Division, sitting on just 26 point out of 29 games.


Two for one! The weekend’s best goalkeeper fails


Chelsea back-up Mark Schwarzer had himself a senior moment in the club’s friendly against Roma on Saturday, allowing the softest of goals to hand Roma an opening lead. Now, goalkeepers are not known for their nimble footwork, but how can you mess up like this:

That was bad, but could it possibly be worse than this next clip?

Over in Peru, Unión Comercio’s Juan Flores tried to act super cool and ended up looking very dumb after this colossal fail just six minutes into a match against Sporting Cristal:

Do we even need to ask which one is worse?


Hands on approach! Keeper sent off for moment of insanity

This is not quite the start Swedish second division side Orgryte were looking for in their clash with Hammarby. Just 44 seconds into the game an innocuous punt upfield resulted in one of those crazy moments from a goalkeeper that simply defy explanation. For the record Peter Abrahamsson was sent off and Orgryte, who are in the relegation zone and need every point they can get, went on to lose 3-0. Enjoy.