8
Jun

Daniel Sturridge becomes human target in Honduras friendly

imageDaniel Sturridge did not have a good weekend (Image: Reuters)

Saturday was not kind to England’s Daniel Sturridge. The usually dependable target man looked more like the subject of target practice in the Three Lions’ last World Cup tune-up match against Honduras.

First, Sturridge received a nasty shot to the man area from Emilio Izaguirre: (Izaguirre would receive a yellow card for this completely uncalled for act, so at least justice was done.)

Later in the match, after Sturridge bottled a few chances he would normally convert, the Liverpool man was hit by a beer can thrown from the stands, probably by a fan who was displeased with the performance:

Hopefully for England, Sturridge will be doing more of the striking in Brazil, rather than getting struck by things.

H/T: BleacherReport and Yahoo!Sports

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

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.