20
Aug

Bayern Munich use magician, fireworks to unveil… new team bus

Bayern Munich pulled out all the stops for a huge club announcement on Tuesday. The German champions erected a big ol’ stage, set off fireworks and even hired a magician to… do what exactly?

Announce a new blockbuster signing? Unveil a dazzling new fan shop to rival Borussia Dortmund’s Fan World? Nope.

They revealed their new team bus.

Sigh….

You can go ahead and add this to the long list of reasons why Bayern are (not so) lovably known around the Bundesliga as “FC Hollywood.”

The kitchen is pretty epic though… for a bus:

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16
Aug

Legia Warsaw trolled with Champions League anthem ahead of Polish league match

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Polish champions Legia Warsaw still haven’t gotten over their harsh Champions League exit on a clerical error, when on Friday they were mercilessly ridiculed by their next Polish league opponents.

After their 6-1 aggregate victory over Celtic was wiped away over fielding an ineligible player for the final four minutes of the second leg, Legia were greeted by Ekstraklasa side Jagiellonia Bialystok with the Champions League anthem blaring in the stadium as the teams took the field!

That’s some A+ trolling right there, but justice was eventually served as Legia went on to whip the cynical opposition, 3-0.

H/T Pies
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20
Jul

Hibernian player hits flying seagull during preseason game

PULL!

Callum Booth of Scottish club Hibernian took part in some impromptu trapshooting as his attempted clearance during a friendly match struck a  seagull high above the pitch.

Luckily, the seagull was able to take the hit like a champ and reroute its flight. It is said that Fulham manager Felix Magath was so impressed by the seagull’s toughness that the club has prepared an offer sheet in an attempt to boost their woeful defense.


H/T Yahoo!Sports

22
Jun

Crazy Dutch fan gets Louis van Gaal, RvP tattooed on his back

It has been a terrific start to the 2014 World Cup by the Netherlands. So much so, that one super fan decided to take his love to the next level. 

Dutch-based singer Andre Pronk took the brave decision to get Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal tattooed on his back — perhaps prematurely. Just watch:

Mr. Pronk dropped into a Rotterdam tattoo shop to request the ink of the Oranje boss’ face — above the iconic image of RvP’s looping header against Spain:

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Netherlands have made a great start to the tournament in Brazil, but you can’t help think that these body stamps may come back to haunt him!

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(H/T: Metro)

13
Jun

Whoops! World Cup opening ceremony displays the wrong nation’s flag

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As we all know, Thursday’s World Cup opener did not go off without a hitch.

A bank of floodlights in Sao Paulo’s stadium went out inside the first 15 minutes of the match, the doves released met an untimely demise, and we all know about Pitbull’s costume. But even though we kept a running diary of everything that happened yesterday, we still managed to miss the perhaps most egregious moment of the entire day:

Yup, the organizers of the World Cup opening ceremony displayed Niger’s flag on the giant globe… while announcing Nigeria. Oops!

H/T Yahoo!Sports

3
Jun

Neymar is ready for the World Cup

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Brazil played its penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Panama on Tuesday, though it also could be described as Neymar’s own personal tune-up game. 

The Selecao’s great hope used the game to play himself into tournament form, opening the scoring with a magnificent free kick in the first half, then conjuring up a magical back-heel assist for Hulk in the second.

Pin-point accuracy? Check.


Back-heel touch? Check and check.

Brazil won the friendly match, 4-0, but more importantly, Neymar’s confidence is through the roof right now. Can the World Cup start already?

3
Jun

Ajax manager, players pranked by Adidas over new kits

The Dutch just might be the most gullible people in the world. At least, that’s the conclusion you would have to draw after watching this video.

Ajax sponsor Adidas and the club’s marketing director Edwin van der Sar decided to pull a prank on manager Frank de Boer and several of his players by pretending to consult them on their new kits for next season. But instead of the actual jerseys, a hired actor presented them with truly absurd spoof kits.

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Ajax’s classic home shirt with the bold red stripe in the middle suddenly featured ‘typical Dutch imagery’ such as tulips or bicycles, while away kits ranged from a tie-dye version to T-shirt tuxedos and those large animal face tees you might see on kindergartners.

The fake kits are so laughably awful that it makes de Boer and his players look even more preposterous for falling for it. At one point, the befuddled coach tells van der Sar, “I have a feeling we won’t be taken seriously.”

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Now, it’s us who can’t take you seriously, Frank.

Giant animal face jerseys? Come on! If that’s not a dead giveaway you’re being “punk’d” then nothing is. Shame on everyone involved.

19
May

Soccer player dies of injuries suffered from brutal tackle

Watch the play at the 0:32 second mark.

A professional soccer player died of his injuries six days after suffering a horror tackle in an Indonesian Premier League match.

Persiraja forward Akli Fairuz was struck in the chest by PSAP Sigli goalkeeper Agus Rahman’s studs-up challenge after the two were racing toward a ball that ricocheted off Rahman’s chest and back into play. Fairuz got to the ball first and scored a goal (which would then be disallowed for offside), but not before Rahman’s crunching tackle left the striker in a heap on the ground.

According to the Daily Mail, though Fairuz was able to leave the field and appeared to be OK, even watching the end of the match from the bench, afterward it was discovered he suffered severe internal injuries. After undergoing surgery and spending six days in a hospital, Fairuz tragically passed away on May 16.

H/T Deadspin