19
Jul

Things are getting hilariously bad for Blackpool FC

Earlier this month, Blackpool FC had to cancel their pre-season tour due to a lack of players. No, seriously, they only had eight on their active roster. Embarrassing, to say the least.

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Blackpool — including five trialists — takes on Penrith. (Image: @BlackpoolFC)

But then on Saturday, the club faced Penrith in a preseason match, and things went from bad to absolutely knee-slapping hilarious. With only eight players, the Seasiders had to find a way to fill out their roster. So “Trialist” came to the rescue.

Not only did Trialist dominate the starting lineup, he had a pretty stellar game. Well, at least one of them did. We’ve no idea who.

Well done, Mr. Trialist. We look forward to hopefully learning your name (and some of the other anonymous Blackpool players) soon.

18
Jul

Luis Suarez forgets keys and is locked out of home in Spain

Since biting Giorgio Chiellini, Luis Suarez has been on a bit of a roller coaster. He had his appeal rejected, but then secured a move to Barcelona. However, because of his ban, he cannot be unveiled with his new club.

So Suarez is stuck in limbo while waiting in Spain for his eventual unveiling and introduction to the press. While he waits, he’s staying with his in-laws in Castelldefels outside of Barcelona.

Well, today we’ve learned that even a person as successful and wealthy and talented as Luis Suarez forgets his keys sometimes. Whoops:

The eager fans outside the house didn’t mind, of course, and Suarez obliged many of them with autographs and pictures. But man, the guy just can’t seem to catch a break these days. 

It sure seems like biting gives you bad karma. Who knew?

(H/T Off The Post)

16
Jun

Landon Donovan definitely knows how to laugh at himself

You’re probably sick of hearing about Landon Donovan not making the USA’s World Cup team, but this ad is worth just one more mention of it.

Instead of Donovan sporting red, white and blue this summer, we get Landon in his bathrobe, slippers, moping around his apartment while playing as himself on FIFA.

Oh, and make sure you watch it all the way to the end.

That’s got to be one of the best eye-rolls ever.

He may not be going to Brazil, but at least Landon can still give American fans something to smile about.

7
Jun

Zidane, Beckham take on Bale and Moura in “Beckingham Palace”

When you were a kid, your parents probably often told you to never play sports indoors. "You’ll break a window!"

Well apparently David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura weren’t very good listeners:

Broken trophy case? No big deal. Expensive chandelier? Eh, it’s replaceable. Beating the young stars? So worth the damage price tag.

5
Jun

Worst throw-in ever? It’s at least in the top five

Little Luxembourg held Italy to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Wednesday, stunning the Italians ahead of their World Cup campaign. It was an impressive result for the country of just over half a million people.

But unfortunately for one Luxembourg player, this will live on the blooper reels for ever and ever and ever:

He needed to put just a liiiittle more muscle into that one.

(H/T SB Nation)

30
May

This is either the best or worst penalty ever (definitely best)

It’s not easy to come up with a new routine for penalty kick. Aside from those who venture to try a Panenka or a stutter step, kicks from the spot tend to be pretty straightforward.

But now, thanks to Ashad Ali Adubarey, we have a new technique: the flop.

At first glance it seems like Adubarey screwed up royally. But then you watch it again (and again and again) and it’s clear this was totally on purpose.

And not only was this purposeful, it was incredibly bold. Adubarey didn’t try out this new technique in just any old match. This was during the AFC Challenge Cup third-place match. His side, Maldives, would end up defeating Afghanistan 8-7 on penalties to secure third in the tournament.

It’s a good thing this worked for Adubarey, or he’d have some very annoyed teammates. And we’re guessing he won’t try this one again.

(H/T Guardian)

9
May

A-League offers a lifetime’s worth of bloopers in one season

We here at the FOX Soccer Blog love ourselves a good fail. But nothing could have prepared us for the video below.

That’s right. What we have here is nearly 20 full minutes of epic fails of every variety from Australia’s A-League. You want own goals? You get own goals! You want headshots, groin shots and unsuspecting ball boys getting popped? You got it.

Howlers, whiffs, streakers … you name it, it happened. This doesn’t bode well for the Socceroos, but please never change.

(h/t Pies)

24
Apr

National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup

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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)

14
Apr

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)