4
Aug

Reading FC’s Royston Drenthe invites fans over for FIFA tournament

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Your weekend was probably not as cool as that of the six guys in the above picture.

That is because those lucky lads spent Sunday evening at Royston Drenthe’s house taking part in a surprise FIFA 14 tournament!

One day earlier, the Dutch midfielder posted the following message to his Instagram:

"Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA14 & is a Reading fan living in reading like this pic & tomorrow I will choose 4 people to come to mine to play a FIFA14 tournament winner gets a nice prize which will be revealed tomorrow, drop your number on here & hope for a call."

Anyone who thinks they are good at FIFA, huh?

After probably receiving the phone numbers of every single Reading citizen that owns the video game, Drenthe ended up picking six winners (instead of four) to come by his house the next day to see who would take home the “nice prize.”

Of course, Drenthe documented the entire tournament on Instagram, even providing live commentary that would make Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray proud:

After a few hours, the winner was crowned and Drenthe handed out the mystery prize - an authentic Drenthe Reading jersey (shocker!).

Apparently, Drenthe had so much fun hosting that he is set to do it again. He captioned this last Instagram picture with a promise to hold another tournament next month, albeit in his native Holland.

3
May

Reading fans invade pitch wrongly thinking they clinched promotion playoff spot

imageThe Reading fans’ joy lasted for only a few moments. (Image: Reuters)

Well, that’s a bit embarrassing …

Heading into Saturday’s final round of games, Championship side Reading were in a battle with Brighton over the final playoff spot for Premier League promotion. Thanks to a 2-2 draw against Burnley, all Reading needed was for Brighton to not beat Nottingham Forest and the playoff spot would’ve been theirs.

Unfortunately, just then a rumor spread through the crowd that Forest notched a late equalizer, seemingly giving Reading the result they needed. Ecstatic, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate. But elation quickly turned into stunned silence once those fans realized that Brighton had, in fact, held on for the win. Stupid cell phone reception!

As upsetting as this must have been for Reading fans, it could have been exponentially worse. Just ask Schalke fans.

On the final day of the 2001 Bundesliga season, Schalke’s players, staff and fans were celebrating their first title in over 40 years, unaware that Bayern Munich, who were losing away to Hamburg, were still playing deep in stoppage time needing only a goal to tie, and thus, steal the title from Schalke in the final seconds. It happened, and the heartbreak was incomparable.

Watch (unless you’re a Schalke fan):

H/T Deadspin

18
May

Premier League, Surviving on Top: Part two

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In part two of our examination of the history and impact of relegation from the Premier League, we take a look at the statistical odds and financial impact for each club.

There is still hope for recently-relegated Wigan, Reading, and QPR. Clubs that are relegated to the Championship have a 60% chance of returning to the Premier League the following season — though none that were relegated last year made their way back.

For clubs that are promoted to the Premier League, there is an 82% chance that they will be relegated the following year, evidenced by Reading this year. Newly promoted Cardiff City hopes to channel the momentum to make sure that doesn’t happen next year:

The financial implications of relegation cannot be overstated. Next season, Premier League clubs will receive 30 times more yearly revenue from TV rights than teams in the Championship. Just one year of relegation can cripple a team’s finances.

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Tomorrow, we look at the relegation hardships that teams endure, as well as the compensation received to help soften the financial blow. All of this is leading up to FOX Soccer’s coverage of the final Premier League matchday with nine games live on broadcast across the FOX family of networks.

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14
Apr

Forgetting something ref?

In the second half of the match between Reading and Liverpool, Referee Mark Clattenburg tried to issue a yellow card for Danny Guthrie’s foul of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. The only problem is, Clattenburg had left his notebook, which contained his yellow and red cards, in the locker room at halftime.

Thankfully, the fourth official was able to provide the assist and make sure that Guthrie saw the physical evidence that he was getting booked.

It just goes to show you that (surprise!) even the top officials aren’t perfect.

16
Mar

The Barclays Premier League relegation battle continues to heat up, with Aston Villa grabbing a huge 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp was at a loss to explain how his side had lost the game after missing several chances to go further in front against Villa.

The defeat leaves QPR rooted to the bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety and Redknapp admits the result could have a big impact on their survival hopes.

12
Jan

Relegation-threatened Reading pulled off the improbably on Saturday, scoring three goals in the final ten minutes to come back and defeat West Brom 3-2. Watch their incredible late victory!

1
Jan

Check out Clint Dempsey’s long-range goal in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Reading. Deflection or not, it was Deuce’s first goal at White Hart Lane. What a way to start 2013 for the American!