23
Jul

Scary scene breaks out as protesters clash with players during friendly

Maccabi Haifa players and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed during a preseason friendly between Haifa and Lille in Austria, with the incident caught on video.

According to the Jerusalem Post, a group of male fans stormed the pitch in the 85th minute waving Palestine flags. Punches were thrown and profanities exchanged between Haifa players and the pitch invaders, but security eventually removed the protesters.

Thankfully, it appears everyone emerged from the fracas uninjured.

(H/T Deadspin).

9
Jun

Neymar makes young pitch invader’s day at Brazil training

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This lucky kid got to dribble next to Neymar. (Image: @fcb_OneTouch)

There may not be a more likable soccer star right now than Neymar Jr.

Brazil’s World Cup poster child saved a young pitch-invading fan from being taken away by security at the Selecao’s training session on Monday, and instead brought 8-year-old Bernardo Nunes over to meet his idols and snap some pictures.

Neymar has a history of doing this, too. In a March friendly against South Africa, the Barcelona forward came to the rescue of another young pitch invader, even getting his teammates to hoist the boy up in the air for a night he’ll never forget.

With acts of kindness like these, it’ll be hard for anyone to root against Neymar during this World Cup, especially with it being held in his home country.

11
May

Meanwhile, in Serie A…

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It appears the good folks at Sampdoria handle pitch invaders a little bit differently.

After a bikini-clad woman intruded onto the field, her captor just picked her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her off the field like a trophy.

Where to? We don’t have the faintest idea.

And into the wedding sack you go!


7
May

Puppies invade pitch in Bolivia, but player ruins the fun

Now if this isn’t just a little bit of a cute overdose, we don’t know what is. Apparently bored with the goings-on of a match between The Strongest and Universitario in the Bolivian top flight, a few puppies decided to take to the field and play a game of their own.

Unfortunately for the three pups, an angry Universitario player didn’t enjoy their precious little romp. He snatched at one of the furry pitch invaders, wrestling with it for a bit. Not one to let a fun time be ruined, the pooch seemed to fight back, possibly even nipping the human-sized buzzkill.

That’ll teach him not to use his hands!

Luckily for humanity (and probably the player, lest he be taped harming an innocent puppy), a saintly ball boy intervened before the player escalated the incident.

The lesson here: puppies are the cutest and you should just let them play.

(h/t Deadspin)

6
May

Pitch invader gets knocked out by rival pitch invader

Well, this has to be a first!

After last week’s Slovakian Cup encounter between Slovan Bratislava and MFK Kosice, a fan from the winning team (Kosice) decided to invade Bratislava’s pitch and jubilantly wave his shirt over his head. This act of mockery enraged one of the home fans so much that he decided to invade the pitch as well. Why? So he could knock the guy out cold, as if to say: “Not in my house!”

P.S.: Apparently, stadium security is pretty lax over in Slovakia.


H/T Deadspin

12
Apr

Iniesta ignores young pitch invader while she hugs him

We’re sure that Andres Iniesta normally loves the support of his fans, but when a young girl ran onto the field to hug her idol after Barcelona’s loss to Granada on Saturday, we can’t blame him for trying to brush her off.

Her timing was less than ideal: it was during a TV interview. After a loss. To a team that hasn’t defeated your club since 1972.

Come on, kiddo. Not cool.

You have to give her credit for her commitment to the hug. That girl has a death-grip on Iniesta’s waist. But was it worth the inevitable months of being grounded?

29
Mar

This might be the strangest pitch invader yet

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes Betty Boop.

During Marseille’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux, a fan interrupted Mathieu Valbuena while he set up to take a corner kick.

Why would someone would bring this doll into a soccer stadium? You know what, don’t answer that. We probably don’t want to know.

H/T 101GG

28
Mar

Young pitch invader shakes lazy security guards

Playing ‘Tag’ is so much more fun when people actually try to catch you!

A little boy decided to invade the pitch during River Plate’s 2-0 win against Lanus last weekend, but to his disappointment, few if any of the security guards or players on the pitch made much of an effort to capture the young renegade.

The boy taunted the disinterested guards like a heavyweight champ, twirling around the field and doing several of these gestures, to no avail:

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Finally, the boy just started running at the guards, like a bull at a matador, only to juke them out at the last second.

The fun eventually stopped when the kid either ran out of energy, or simply got too bored. The lesson here, as always: if you don’t give kids’ shenanigans any attention, they’ll stop on their own.

H/T r/soccer

22
Mar

Fan #DaresToZlatan, gets rewarded


LE BEAU GESTE DE ZLATAN by footeo-clubeo Game recognize game!

A young fan stormed the field following PSG’s 1-0 win at FC Lorient on Friday with only one goal in mind: get Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shirt. Remembering what he learned from the Great Zlatan’s recent Twitter lecture, the fan daringly sprinted over and slid in front of Ibrahimovic, before asking for — and receiving — his hero’s jersey. He even got a hug out of it!

See? That’s what happens when you #DareToZlatan.

H/T r/soccer

5
Mar

Little boy interrupts Brazil friendly, Neymar handles introductions

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D’awww!

At the end of Brazil’s 5-0 friendly win against South Africa in Johannesburg, a little boy ran onto the pitch looking to greet his idols, and sure enough, he got that chance! Despite security’s efforts to retrieve the “pitch invader,” Neymar ran over to the boy, picked him up, and introduced him to the entire team.

It’s precisely moments like this that give soccer its reputation as “The Beautiful Game.”

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Photos: Getty Images

UPDATE:

There is now video of the adorableness.