National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup


Is this how Portugal’s security will protect Ronaldo? (Image: Action)

It’s never easy to adjust to a new environment when you’re traveling the world. The importance of that adjustment is astronomical for teams at a World Cup. The pressure is on to perform, but how can players be expected to do so if they’re not comfortable?

Naturally, each team has some specific and downright weird demands ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  • Portugal must have six private security guards, with FOUR of them dedicated to protecting Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ecuador requires a basket of Ecuadorian bananas every day in their rooms.
  • Uruguay wants silent air-conditioners in the players rooms.
  • France needs liquid soap, not bar soap, for proper bathing.
  • Honduras has to have faster WiFi.
  • Japan’s demands include a jacuzzi in every suite.

This is just a sample of the requirements released by Brazilian newspaper Lance. And we’re sure there are many more demands that we’ll never hear about (and probably don’t want to).

(H/T SB Nation)


Sub runs onto pitch to block goal, kind of gets away with it

Entering the field of play when you’re not supposed to is generally frowned upon — even more so when you stop an almost-certain goal from being scored.

A player in Iran did just that, and it actually kind of worked out for him. He was sent off, but his team kept all 11 players on the pitch, and their opponents didn’t score the ensuing direct kick. Win-win.

But honestly, the biggest question we have after watching that is why the sub didn’t just save it with his hands. It’s not like he wasn’t going to be caught.

(H/T Guardian)


Fan bares all to distract Diego Costa’s PK attempt against Getafe

Warning: The image and video below contain partial nudity.

Fans will go to extreme lengths to distract players on opposing teams, but this is one of the most shameless we’ve seen.

When Diego Costa stepped up to take a penalty kick for Atletico Madrid against Getafe on Sunday, one dedicated fan dropped trou in an attempt to throw Costa off.

It worked.

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Is this the worst penalty attempt ever?

When the Panenka penalty is done right, it’s a thing of beauty. A seemingly effortless flick of the boot that floats into the back of the net whilst the keeper dives aside.

When the Panenka penalty is done wrong, it’s also a thing of beauty — but for an entirely different reason.

Behold, in an amateur match between Swords Celtic and Lorcan Celtic, as Swords forward Mark O’Brien gives this bit of skill a whirl to disastrous effect.

With his side already up 4-0, O’Brien walks up to the spot and dinks a ball with about as much force as a kitten sneeze. It one-hops right into the arms of the Lorcan keeper, who remained statuesque in goal.

Of course, now that the clip has hit the internet, O’Brien has opted for some damage control. He took to Twitter to claim his teammate won the penalty on a dive, so O’Brien muffed the penalty on purpose in a show of sportsmanship.

Hmm, not sure we’re convinced.

(h/t Pies)


Wenger’s airport fall a fitting end to Arsenal’s nightmarish day


Safe to say it wasn’t a good day for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Hours after watching his team get smacked around Anfield Road to the tune of a 5-1 loss, Wenger apparently slipped and fell at a Liverpool train station with two suitcases in tow. Luckily, according to The Mirror, a club spokesperson has said “he’s fine,” but someone did snap pictures of the whole thing happening, even though we don’t know who. It illustrates perfectly the kind of day Arsenal were having.

While Wenger took the fall, some of his players at least took responsibility for the dreadful performance against Liverpool:


Images via: 101GG


Copa del Rey semifinals provide hilarious yet disturbing footage

The Copa del Rey semifinals pitted all four of Spain’s Champions League participants this season against one another, promising two sets of exciting cup ties.

This is not the excitement we had in mind.

In the Barcelona-Sociedad tie at the Camp Nou, we may have seen one of the most comical, horrendous own goals of the year (and it’s only February!). After a nice move from Barca ended with a shot against the post, Soceidad’s Gorku Elustondo smashed the rebound straight off goalkeeper Eñaut Zubikarai's face and into the net.

Yeah, watch that video one more time. You deserve a laugh.

Meanwhile, in Wednesday’s early game between Real and Atletico Madrid, we may have found our early leader in the clubhouse for “Ugly Face of the Year” — a fairly new award, one we just came up with actually. The lucky candidate: Pepe, who aimed some fresh snot at Diego Costa’s direction.

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And for all of you wondering who last year’s winner was, there really could only be one choice:  image

Simply terrifying.


AC Milan players are pretty bad at dodgeball


It’s not uncommon for professional sports teams to go outside the box and use alternative ways to train. We can only guess that when AC Milan added the playground game of dodgeball to their training session as to lighten the mood and build some teamwork.

Dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge!

From the looks of it, Milan players could use more tips. To quote the great dodgeball legend, Patches O’Houlihan, Milan are “as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop.”


H/T r/soccer

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Why is Swansea defender Rangel driving this truly ugly jeep?

Most clubs have training ground challenges, but the players at Swansea have taken them to a new level with the punishment for losing.

Near the end of the last 2013, the team revealed the story behind their crossbar challenge:

The jeep started as just pink, but we can see now after more than a month of new crossbar challenge losers adding to it, it’s become one of the ugliest vehicles imaginable.


Courtesy: Angel Rangel

Defender Angel Rangel is the challenge’s most recent loser, and posted a photo to his Instagram page to show off his new wheels for the week.

Some of the additions? Neon-colored rims, purple and pink butterflies, and more. By the end of the season, this whip probably won’t even be street legal.

(H/T DirtyTackle)


Old lady invades pitch, menacingly scolds security

This elderly woman meant business when she marched onto the pitch at Sporting Braga’s final match of 2013 against fellow Portuguese top flight club Maritimo.

From her intense finger wagging scold to the evil smile as she heads back to the stands, this old lady knew she wouldn’t be touched. You don’t mess with granny.

She might be our favorite soccer hooligan ever.

(Via SB Nation)


Honk! Lavezzi gives Zlatan’s nose a playful squeeze

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a world-class player, no doubt about it. But nobody is flawless, and PSG’s Swedish talisman has face blessed with quite a bit of “character.”

His rather pronounced nose has always been a sticking point for those looking to rib the striker. Take Portuguese newspaper Abola, before Sweden’s World Cup qualifier against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, for example:


(Image: 101GG)

Or the always colorful Joey Barton during a Ligue 1 match against Olympique Marseille last season:

We’re sure Zlatan is aware of his beak, so we find it a little curious that PSG teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi felt the need to give the nose a honk over the weekend.

As you can see in the video, while celebrating a successful Ibra penalty, Lavezzi was compelled to squeeze Zlatan’s nose. Lavezzi finds it hilarious, but Ibrahimovic certainly didn’t seem pleased.

Maybe it’s a one-time thing, or maybe it will develop into a recurring theme, ala Adrian Beltre’s sensitive cranium.

(h/t 101GG)