17
Apr

PAOK fans erect “ring of fire,” dump anchovies on rivals’ bench

PAOK’s feud with Greek record-champions Olympiakos is one of the fiercest in the country. To make sure we all remember this, the PAOK fans went all-out prior to the rivals’ Greek Cup tie this week.

First, the home supporters formed a giant ‘ring of fire’ by lighting hundreds of flares in every section of the Toumba Stadium. The impressive yet frightening display delayed the start of the match due to the thick smoke taking several minutes to clear.

But the PAOK fans didn’t stop there. In fact, things got really weird. Or should we say, fishy. Believe it or not, one troublemaker then made it his mission to dump a crate of anchovies all over the Olympiakos bench.

Why anchovies? Since, Olympiakos’ home ground is in Athens’ port of Piraeus, their supporters were kindly nicknamed “anchovies.”

The salty fish might make for nice pizza toppings, but seat covers… not so much. Here’s proof of the incident (the culprit was later arrested):

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After this second act of mischief, the referee ordered a clean-up operation and directed both teams back to the dressing room until he was guaranteed by PAOK’s security team that it was safe for them to return. The delays took over an hour, and once the game finally did start, tempers didn’t simmer down any.

Multiple fights and skirmishes broke out throughout the match, both on and off the pitch, with three players shown red cards and flares thrown onto the field, causing continuous, intermittent stoppages in play. The second half alone needed 15 minutes of stoppage time to compensate for all the commotion.

And after all of that, PAOK moved on to the Greek Cup final thanks to a 1-0 win.

1
Apr

MLS teams take full advantage of April Fools’ Day

imageThe Rapids announced a spectacular return to their roots Tuesday (Image: Colorado Rapids)

It’s April 1st, so we all know to take every breaking news item with a huge grain of salt, right?

We certainly hope so, or there’s a good chance you were that person that frantically forwarded the following MLS stories along to friends and colleagues, along with an oblivious, “OMG! Have you seen THIS?”

Up first: Orlando City SC, who re-branded themselves the “Manatees” today:

#GoSeaCows, indeed. Who needs another sports team nicknamed “The Lions” anyways? Booooring.

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29
Oct

Balotelli is at it again, trolls teammates in practice

It wasn’t too long ago when Mario Balotelli was pouting on Manchester City’s bench and causing trouble on and off the pitch — remember the practice dust-up between him and former Man City manager Roberto Mancini? Though Balotelli was generally regarded as the team’s official prankster,  once his standing within the team soured, so did his mood. By the time he left City, nobody was laughing at his shenanigans anymore.

But now that he is back in his beloved Italy, Balotelli has transformed from clubhouse cancer back to class clown. We’ve already seen him do this:

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And this:

And this week, Balotelli was up to some more tricks, this time nutmegging Cristian Zapata and M’Baye Niang without them even realizing it:

Another successful stunt on the board! We can only guess who Super Mario’s next victims will be, but we do know this: when Balotelli’s happy, we’re happy.

15
Oct

Costa Ricans welcome El Tri with custom casket

Clearly, Costa Ricans love hosting World Cup qualifiers.

A month after welcoming the United States with a hostile reception at the airport, fans of Los Ticos gave Mexico a similarly friendly greeting.

Mocking El Tri for their grave position in World Cup qualifying with one match to go — if they are to lose to Costa Rica on Tuesday night coupled with a Panamia victory against the United States over two goals, Mexico will most likely be eliminated — a small group of fans rolled up to the airport with a coffin draped in Mexico’s colors propped up on a pickup truck. Inside the coffin: a skeleton wearing a Mexico kit.

The message is pretty easy to decipher: 

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For more on Mexico’s do-or-die match against Costa Rica, read Kyle McCarthy’s preview and key points to the match.

22
Sep

Newly-wed Man United fan still the winner of the derby

Manchester United may have lost the derby against City on Sunday, but a United fan who recently married into a family of City supporters can still say he came out on top.

The fan — whose twitter alias is @aboycalledyoung — pulled an epic prank on his new in-laws while giving his wedding toast. Having lost his father the past year, he leads his in-laws into an emotional tribute to his old man before delivering the perfect punch line!

Later, the cheeky groom confirmed on twitter that this prank was indeed the best way he could think of to honor his father:

H/T 101GG

12
Sep

Beckham signs 1-year contract with Arsenal!

Nope! Not that one. Gotcha!

David Beckham’s 10-year-old son Romeo has signed with Arsenal on a 1-year youth contract, according to ITV. It’s not a surprise, either. Romeo  has long been identified as a Gooner, and was recently spotted running about in an Ox jersey:

Trying to follow in his father’s footsteps as a footballer, Romeo will now get his chance to develop the other half of his inherited skill set. Of course, he’s already gotten his feet wet in the modeling world, just like David:

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21
Aug

Fenerbahce fans try to ruin Arsenal players’ sleep ahead of UCL match


Whenever big competition comes to Istanbul, the rabid local fan bases are almost certain to drum up a storm around the visiting teams’ hotels, looking to interrupt the players’ sleep the night ahead of the matches. To be fair this “tradition” extends to certain fan bases all over the world, but Istanbul can get especially rowdy. For that reason, many clubs usually book two different hotels to try and throw off the troublemakers.

Arsenal, of course, didn’t do that. So after word spread on social media that the Gunners had taken up quarters in Istanbul’s Wyndham Hotel Kalamış, a mob of Fenerbahce fans duly swarmed over there and went to work, shooting dozens of flares and firecrackers into the night.

Amazingly, no Arsenal players were injured.

Of course, the fans’ “support” could all be for nothing. Fenerbahce has been expelled from all UEFA competition this season and is awaiting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport today on their appeal. Should the suspension stand, Arsenal automatically goes through to the Champions League group stage.

14
Aug

Scottish fans take over London’s Trafalgar Square, fill fountain with soap

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Photo via 101GG

In the build-up to Wednesday’s “friendly” match between longtime rivals England and Scotland — in fact, it is the oldest football rivalry in the world — the traveling Scottish fans took over one of London’s most famous downtown spots, Trafalgar Square.

Given that this was the first match between the two nations in 14 years, the Scots were particularly riled up for this one, with more than 25,000 reportedly traveling down the British Isles to, mainly, stir up trouble. And to make lots of bubbles.

Yes, the “Tartan Army”successfully turned Trafalgar Square into one giant bubble bath by squirting large quantities of dish soap into the famous fountains (and perhaps some other, non-cleaning liquid):

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Photos by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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Photo via 101GG

Not a bad prank to pull on the old enemy. We’re not sure how cheery the Scots were after this, though:

England won the match 3-2 on debutant Rickie Lambert’s winner in the second half.

16
May

Classic “Anchorman” prank!

An Australian news reporter was embarrassed by her colleagues while reading the highlights to Wednesday’s Europa League final. At the end of the highlight, her male colleague slyly changed the copy on the teleprompter to something completely non-soccer-related. Predictably, the reporter kept reading the script, sending the entire set into an uproar and reminding everyone of Veronica Corningstone’s prank on the legendary Ron Burgundy.

The lesson as always, don’t read everything you see on the teleprompter.

13
May

Stoke players organize “retirement gift” for Owen

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Stoke City’s Michael Owen, who has announced his retirement at the end of the season, found his car egged by teammates after Sunday’s game against Tottenham.

Owen already came up with a list of primary suspects, to whom he tweeted out this warning:

At least Owen’s true home team came up with a more appropriate and touching retirement gift:

Awwwwww.