Dani Alves backed by football world following banana incident


Dani Alves had barely finished eating his banana when support for his brilliant anti-racism stunt began pouring in. (If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the video.)

After the Barcelona defender munched on a banana thrown at him by a bigoted fan during Sunday’s match at Villarreal, his girlfriend Thaissa Carvalho quickly started a trend that took social media by storm.

Carvalho Instragrammed a picture of her entire family posing with half-eaten bananas, along with the hashtag #somostodosmacacos:

Alves’ injured Barca teammate Neymar joined the movement soon thereafter, adding the English translation of the hashtag - #weareallmonkeys - for his millions of followers. He wouldn’t be the last.

Soon enough, Alves and Neymar’s fellow professional footballers all over Europe joined the fray with pictures of them eating bananas, including Luis Suarez, Hulk, Marta and Sergio Aguero:

Not only did people around the world take a stand against racism with him, but Villarreal has also acted swiftly against the fan who threw the banana.


Luis Figo tweets dressing room pic that rivals ‘Oscar Selfie’

On Tuesday, an assortment of football legends assembled in Bern, Switzerland to play ‘BSC Young Boys and Friends’ in the eleventh “Match Against Poverty,” an annual charity game with this year’s proceeds going to the Philippines. The World XI was dubbed ‘Ronaldo, Zidane and Friends’ and featured many of the best players from the past 25 years.

The friendly match came just two days after Ellen DeGeneres broke Twitter with her insta-famous ‘Oscar Selfie.’ So, appropriately, Luis Figo  turned in his own effort, which may have broken the Twitter record for most football legends in one picture:

We spot Ronaldo, Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Youri Djorkaeff, Steve McManaman, Patrick Vieira, Giovane Elber, Fabio Cannavaro and coach Ruud Gullit. Who else can you see?

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Joe-Max Moore, Peter Vermes inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame


Joe-Max Moore, Peter Vermes & Sunil Gulati at the ceremony. (USA Today)

Before the United States beat Jamaica 2-0 at Sporting Park on Friday, a couple of U.S. soccer legends were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

In a ceremony held outside the stadium, Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes became the latest members of the elite circle.


Joe-Max Moore playing for the United States. (Getty)

Moore, a Tulsa, OK native, played a big role in the 1990s for the USA as the team rose to relevance on the world soccer stage.

He debuted for the team in 1992, represented the USA in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and scored 24 goals in 100 games for the Stars and Stripes. In his time with the national team, he accomplished a rare feat: Moore scored at least one goal in nine straight years, something only three other Americans have accomplished.

Moore was honored to be inducted, and knew one person in his life would be especially proud of his achievement:

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes was also inducted to the Hall of Fame, both for his playing accomplishments and his coaching successes.


Peter Vermes’ unveiling as Kansas City Wizards coach in 2009. (Getty)

Vermes was part of the US men’s national team in the late 1980s and early 1990s, even captaining the 1990 FIFA World Cup team. In his 66 caps with the USA, he scored 11 goals and was a member of the 1988 team at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

After his playing career came to an end, Vermes stayed in the game by getting into coaching. He became the Kansas City Wizards — later re-branded as Sporting KC — head coach in 2009, and has been with the club ever since.


Messi, Maradona, Cruyff and Beckham all on the same team? It’s true… sort of


Image from Daily Star

This season, fans in England have the opportunity of a lifetime: you can watch Diego Maradona, David Beckham, Franz Beckenbauer and Roberto Carlos, among others, all come out of retirement to team up with Lionel Messi and form the most star-studded roster ever assembled. Even better, they’re all playing under the legendary coaching pair of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

A terrible joke? No!

Well, not really.

Sixth-tier side Farnborough, in partnership with their new club sponsors and betting outfit Paddy Power, has changed all of their players’ and coaches’ names to that of a legendary football icon, a world football first.

So no, it won’t be Maradona taking orders from the great Sir Alex. Rather, it’ll really be David Tarpey listening to Simon Gardener’s X’s and O’s. On paper, however, Farnborough should strike fear into every opponent. At least until they take the pitch.

The only question we have: would Farnborough’s “all-star” squad be able to beat a team comprised of Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi? (Yes, that really is a thing, too)

(H/T Daily Star)


Highlights from Real Madrid-Juventus legends game

One of our favorite parts about the dreaded summer break in soccer: nostalgic all-star games! Today, past Real Madrid and Juventus greats faced off against each other in the “Corazon Classic,” a star-studded affair that included the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Edgar Davids, Luis Figo, Fabrizio Ravanelli, and Roberto Carlos. There was no shortage of moments that made you wish we were back in the late ’90s-early ’00s.

First there’s Luis Figo being all vintage Luis Figo:

Then Zidane decided to casually carry the ball on his head for a moment:

Sighhh. Time to break out the old Panini sticker books and soak up the nostalgia.

The end result? Real’s oldies won 2-1.


Dennis Bergkamp to be immortalized with Arsenal statue


Dennis Bergkamp is set to become the fourth Arsenal legend to receive his own statue outside Emirates Stadium. Originally a rumor, the word seems to be out now after pictures on twitter surfaced of the sculpture.

As you can see, the statue is based on the classic image of him controlling the ball in the air against Newcastle in 2003.


Bergkamp’s statue is rumored to be unveiled outside Emirates Stadium before the start of the 2013-14 Premier League season, joining the statues of other all-time Gunners Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman.

Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 423 games for the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.