28
Feb

England fans petition to ban Tom Cleverley from World Cup

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It turns out that Manchester United fans aren’t the only ones that have been unimpressed by midfielder Tom Cleverley this season.

The 24-year-old was selected by Roy Hodgson in the 30-man squad for the Three Lions’ friendly against Denmark next week. England fans immediately made their feelings known.

The online petition, which says Cleverley doesn’t possess any genuine qualities whatsoever,” has almost reached 5,000 signatures in just a couple of days.

Ouch.

27
Feb

Horror tackle: Mandzukic takes out Schweinsteiger in practice

It’s not like injuries have derailed Bayern Munich much at all this season, but you never want to see something like this.

Mario Mandzukic almost sent the recently-healed Bastian Schweinsteiger back to the doctors with a vicious tackle during Wednesday’s open practice. In a passing drill, Mandzukic lunged into the air with both feet and slid right into the Bayern talisman’s ankles, leaving him in a heap. Schweinsteiger had just come back from a three-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Fortunately, Bayern’s co-captain wasn’t seriously hurt and completed the next day’s practice without a problem. Still, David Alaba’s reaction in the video really says it all: what were you thinking, Mario!?

H/T Sport1

22
Jan

Worse than Falcao: Galatasaray’s Aydin Yilmaz suffers broken leg

Want to see something more gruesome than Radamel Falcao’s knee injury? Maybe you don’t, but just like passing a car wreck, it’s impossible not to look.

Galatasaray winger Aydin Yilmaz broke his leg during a Turkish Cup match against Elazigspor while looking to make a defensive challenge. Going for a slide tackle on Serdar Özkan, the 25-year-old unfortunately got his leg caught in the grass, causing it to bend in a way it just isn’t meant to. Upon seeing what happened to Yilmaz, Özkan turned away in horror, his hands covering his face. It’s easy to see why.

Adding insult to injury, literally, Elazigspor won the match 1-0. We wish Yilmaz a speedy recovery.

H/T 101GG

22
Jan

Falcao injures knee, could spell doom for Monaco and Colombia hopes

Radamel Falcao was stretchered off with a nasty knee injury during Monaco’s Coupe de France clash on Wednesday, spelling potential doom to both Monaco’s Ligue 1 and Colombia’s World Cup hopes. Falcao picked up the injury shortly after scoring the opening goal against Monts Or Azergues.

Whether Falcao will miss the rest of the season and the summer spectacle remains to be seen, but initial reports are not encouraging. Monaco released a short statement in regards to Falcao, saying the striker was hit in the left knee and that the club “must await further tests in the coming days to clarify the exact nature of the injury.”

Perhaps a better question is why Falcao was starting against a fourth-tier outfit, which was easily beaten 3-0, in the first place. It may just cost Monaco their run at a first Ligue 1 title since 2000, and Colombia — a dark horse candidate for the World Cup — their best player in Brazil.

16
Jan

Neymar leaves Barcelona match with ankle injury

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When Neymar went down in the 23rd minute in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Getafe, Culés held their breath and feared the worst.

The rising Barca star was down for several minutes being tended to by the club physios after awkwardly rolling his ankle. He needed assistance off the pitch, clearly unable to put much weight on his right ankle.

Barcelona confirmed the initial reports that Neymar sprained a tendon in his ankle, but more tests will be conducted on Friday. Hopefully it’s nothing worse, and the injury won’t keep him sidelined for too long. Until then, Barca fans and Brazilians will continue to hold their collective breath:

2
Dec

Standard Liege player sent off for donkey kick to the face

During Standard Liege’s 5-0 win over Lierse in the Belgian Pro League, French midfielder William Vainqueur was shown a late red card for accidentally donkey-kicking an opponent in the face.

After making an incredible mess of trapping the ball (first kicking it back into his own face), Vainqueur swung around one of his legs desperately looking to get a touch. Instead, he found his defender’s jaw.

Maybe Vainquer has been watching too many Zlatan highlights, or maybe he just got a really, really bad Charley horse at that very moment. Either way, maybe karate is more his thing.

7
Nov

Uruguayan keeper retires after chopping off four of his fingers

imageUruguayan keeper Juan Obelar was forced to retire from football after a horrendous accident left him with only a thumb on his left hand. The 34-year-old chopped off four of his fingers while using a wood-cutting machine.

From the Daily Mail:

I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment.

I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers.

I was on my own, I didn’t have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb.

Obelar, who last featured for Montevideo-based Penarol, had been out of a team and planned to attempt a comeback in January. Obviously, those plans have now been scrapped. Obelar said he will receive surgery to try to reconstruct his hand, but there is no way his fingers can be reattached. We hope you get well soon, Juan!

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It’s not the first unusual domestic accident that has left soccer players on the sidelines, although none have been as horrific as Obelar’s.

Man United defender Rio Ferdinand once suffered a tendon strain by simply watching television, and Man City striker Sergio Aguero injured his foot last year while riding his son’s mini-motocross bike.  AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta takes the cake, though. He once missed a month of action after needing surgery for rupturing tendons in his thumb. The reason? A marathon session on the PlayStation!

2
Nov

Player punches opponent, somehow gets away with it

Could you hear that punch?

It’s hard to imagine that anybody who was at the scene did not. Incredulously, the match officials for a semi-pro game in England’s Northern League neither saw nor heard Birtley player Mark Brereton’s right-handed haymaker smack against the face of Heaton Stannington’s Paul Blakely.

Blakey was soon rushed to a local hospital with a suspected broken jaw, while Birtley’s manager was able to substitute Brereton off following the referee’s failure to react to the shocking assault.

From Sky Tyne and Wear:

Brereton immediately walked off the pitch but instead of being sent off the officials allowed him to be substituted as none of them had seen the incident.

Heaton Stannington assistant manager Geoff Walker said: “Their coach apologised on the lad’s behalf but I said if it was one of our lads he wouldn’t kick a ball for us again.

“The officials have come up to us at the end and said they didn’t see it but I think there is plenty here that did see it.”

At least karma got the better of Brereton and his side. Heaton Stannington went on to win the match 3-0.

H/T 101GG