20
Aug

Man gets Man U tattoo because his name is already “Mr. Manchester United”

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Quite possibly the nuttiest football fan in the world, “Mr. Manchester United” — yes, that is his actual, legal name — now has United’s club badge tattooed on his forehead.

Our sources say that Mr. Manchester United got the tattoo out of fear nobody knew exactly just how big his love for Manchester United really was….

In all seriousness, the fan did offer an explanation for this to The Sun, and it is hilarious:

'The tattoo's my ID card,' he said. 'People don't look at me in a funny way, they look in admiration.' 'Now, whenever someone asks my name, I point to my forehead and smile. It makes me stand out and proves my loyalty to United,' he added.

Earlier this year, Zdravkov Levidzhov won a 15-year legal battle to change his name to Mr. Manchester United.

Mr. United drew inspiration for his name - and life - change after watching the Red Devils’ victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final… on TV. (He wasn’t even there? Some fan!)

Oh, and his cat’s name is “David Beckham.” Of course it is.

(H/T and Image: The Sun)

20
Aug

Sergio Ramos punches Mario Mandzukic in the face, only sees yellow

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Three months after last season’s Champions League final, Atletico and Real Madrid faced off again on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa.

In the second half, new Atletico striker and former Bayern Munich man Mario Mandzukic reintroduced himself to Sergio Ramos, charging at and landing on top of the defender after a duel in the air.

None too pleased, Ramos retaliated whilst on the ground with a clean punch to Mandzukic’s jaw, a perfectly reasonable response in MMA fighting, not so much in a football match.

We’ll see if there will be any repercussions for Ramos in the next few days. We reckon that’s worthy of just a bit more than a yellow card.

20
Aug

Bayern Munich use magician, fireworks to unveil… new team bus

Bayern Munich pulled out all the stops for a huge club announcement on Tuesday. The German champions erected a big ol’ stage, set off fireworks and even hired a magician to… do what exactly?

Announce a new blockbuster signing? Unveil a dazzling new fan shop to rival Borussia Dortmund’s Fan World? Nope.

They revealed their new team bus.

Sigh….

You can go ahead and add this to the long list of reasons why Bayern are (not so) lovably known around the Bundesliga as “FC Hollywood.”

The kitchen is pretty epic though… for a bus:

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19
Aug

David Beckham joins the world in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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He did it, everyone! David Beckham has completed the ice bucket challenge (as has almost everyone else on the planet).

Beckham was nominated by Ryan Seacrest (who was nominated by… Bill Gates!) and in turn challenged Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s an all-star cast right there. Well done, Becks.

Seeing as Beckham was "slimed" at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards just last month, pouring a little bit of ice water over his head must have been a piece of cake:

Why is he on his knees, though?

Beckham joins a long list of soccer stars who’ve succumbed to the viral internet campaign raising awareness and funds to fight ALS. We’ve showed you Cristiano Ronaldo doing it in his underpants earlier this week, and here are a few more footballers:

Neymar

Mario Balotelli


Paul Scholes

Steven Gerrard

Gerard Pique and Shakira

Abby Wambach

Image: Reuters

19
Aug

Portland Timbers can’t be thrilled about the pitch conditions in Guyana

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We hear about it all the time.

Managers and players the world over have, at one time or another, blamed field conditions for poor results or unwatchable displays of football. And to be fair, some pitches have been truly horrendous. Remember the Cowboys Stadium turf for the International Champions Cup last summer? Or this water-logged pitch in Kazakhstan? Classic!

Well, those grounds look like a freshly cut and watered pitch at God’s personal Wembley Stadium up in heaven compared to what the Portland Timbers encountered in Guyana ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League tie vs Alpha United.

Not a joke: a professional soccer team actually plays here:

Man.

That… — can we call it a pitch’” — is actually mostly used for cricket, but that doesn’t explain why footballers have agreed to play here, or why Alpha United are allowed to host CONCACAF Champions League games in the first place. Really, there’s nowhere else you can play?

In any case, for the rest of time, no team is allowed to complain about field conditions ever again. Except the Timbers.

H/T SBNation

19
Aug

Neymar steals the show in Luis Suarez’s first Barca match

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So, uh, Neymar is back, you guys.

The Brazil star painted a sad figure at the World Cup this summer after breaking a bone in his back vs Colombia and missing the Selecao’s infamous last two contests. 

Just about six weeks later, Neymar returned to the pitch in Barcelona’s 6-0 friendly win over Club Leon, and boy did he show up.

First, he converted Andres Iniesta’s pass with a lovely chip over goalkeeper Will Yarbrough, before scoring on a cheeky little back-heel finish just before the halftime whistle. The fact Luis Suarez made his Barcelona “debut” was reduced to a footnote on the night.

Enjoy:

H/T Reddit

Photo: Reuters

19
Aug

Colorado’s Dillon Serna scores cracking volley vs DC United

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Take a bow, Dillon Serna.

The Colorado Rapids youngster is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in Major League Soccer, and he showed us why on Sunday.

With his side tied 1-1 at DC United, Serna scored this stunning goal from 35 yards out for a 2-1 lead, then celebrated with a textbook back flip to boot:

That’ll do, Dillon. That’ll do.

Actually no it didn’t because the Rapids still lost, but don’t let that little fact ruin the moment. What a hit!

H/T Reddit

18
Aug

Keisuke Honda throws name in the ring for worst corner kick ever

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Earlier today, we showed you a pathetic attempt at a corner kick from Nantes midfielder Serge Gakpé.

Not to be outdone, Keisuke Honda of AC Milan did all in his power to upstage Mr. Gakpé. In a preseason match vs Valencia, Honda somehow, incredibly, blasted the set piece all the way into the furthest reaches of the upper deck. In fact, the ball probably still hasn’t landed.

Watch:

The worst best part? For some reason Honda was allowed to take another corner in the second half. And wouldn’t you know it, the Japenese winger almost produced an exact copy of that horrendous effort:

Hey, at least he hit the ball!

Could we somehow fuse the attempts from Honda and Gakpé together into one, it would surely be a textbook corner kick.

H/T Pies