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

23
Sep

Head-first slide! Player loses three teeth after worst tackle ever

Gaspar Iniguez will never be able to live this moment down.

In a match against Boca Juniors, the 19-year-old Argentinos Juniors midfielder accidentally committed a head-first slide tackle on Boca’s Cristian Erbez, knocking out three of his own teeth according to Ole.com.

With just minutes to go in a goalless contest, Iniguez looked to prevent a dangerous-looking counterattack when he stumbled and fell face-first into Erbez’s run. The Boca man promptly collided with Iniguez’s face in what looks like one of the worst ways to lose some teeth.

To add insult to injury, Iniguez was also booked for the “tactical foul,” which will probably haunt the teenager every time he looks in the mirror for the rest of his life.

H/T Dirty Tackle

7
May

FC Copenhagen won its 10th Danish title over the weekend, and TV personality Peter Moller, a former Copenhagen striker, was caught right in the middle of the celebration!

A former teammate of his, Lars Jacobsen, spotted his old friend interviewing another Copenhagen player on the sidelines and apparently decided to chop Moller to the ground with a hurtling slide tackle that would make Gennaro Gattuso smile. The best part: everyone could see Jacobsen coming a mile away, but Moller still didn’t expect what was coming his way.

To his credit, Moller got right back up with a smile and tried to get back at Jacobsen with a little trip, despite failing miserably.

27
Nov

Sometimes, two-footed tackles from behind ARE okay.

An Israeli police officer had to bring down a pitch invader (who wasn’t even streaking? Step it up dude) the only way he knew how during Maccabi Haifa’s 2-1 victory over Beitar Jerusalem. Great form too. Pepe would be proud.