Pro freestyle soccer player hustles in old man disguise

Perhaps taking a page out of Johnny Knoxville’s book (think “Bad Grandpa”), renowned freestyle footballer Sean Garnier disguised himself as an elderly man and hit the streets to prank a bunch of guys “half his age.”

In a TV spot for Mexican department store Coppel, Garnier joins a street soccer game and starts out woefully lethargic, playing, well, like a really old dude.

But just as he’s about to get kicked off the court, Garnier begins schooling everyone left and right to huge roars from the crowd:

The funny ad reminds us of a similar stunt done by Pepsi with professional basketball star Kyrie Irving a couple years back:

H/T Pies


Ecuador Under-16 international scores solo goal for the ages

Wait, it’s already time for “The Next Neymar?”

Fabian Tello, a youth international for Ecuador’s Under-16 side, has made his case to become the next dribbling sensation by taking almost the entire Paraguayan team to school en route to one of the greatest solo goals you’ll see. After getting the ball played to him on the left wing, Tello juked his way around six different defenders (beating two of them twice!) before rounding the goalkeeper as well (you know, just for good measure) and drilling home the goal. Scintillating stuff!

And again, Tello is not even 16. You may want to remember his name.

H/T SBNation


Blindfolded Paul Pogba is still better than you at juggling

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has grown up right in front of our eyes this season. With six goals and four assists in league play, the 20-year-old is one of Serie A’s highest-rated players on the season, and a key component of a Juve team that is dominating Italy.

If that wasn’t enough, he’s also very good at juggling… while blindfolded. Though Pogba botched his first couple attempts in the video above, on the third try he manages 19 touches, and even whips out some “Around the Worlds” for good measure.

This just proves once more that even a blindfolded Pogba could’ve probably been very useful to the Manchester United midfield this season, had Sir Alex Ferguson not let him leave to Juventus for free a couple of years ago.

The only question now is, what’s more impressive: juggling blindfolded or in high heels?


Argentinian model juggles impressively in high heels

Argentinian model Fiorella Castillo is way better at juggling a soccer ball in high heels than most people in proper soccer footwear.

In the video above, which has quickly gone viral on the interwebs, Castillo shows off her moves in the streets of Mar del Plata, as crowds gather around in awe.

If you want to see more of Castillo, a quick search on YouTube yields plenty of clips of the beautiful baller doing her thing.

H/T DNAIndia


Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi still has the magic touch

Even at 48 years old, Gheorghe Hagi, unanimously considered Romania’s all-time greatest footballer, still has that legendary touch of 20 years ago.

In an all-star match between Galatasaray and Barcelona legends (Hagi played for both, and managed the Turkish side on two occassions) the ”The Maradona of the Carpathians” pulled off a sublime 180-degree pirouette pass with the outside of his boot. Of course, it found his teammate perfectly.

Brilliant stuff!


Mesut Ozil plays keepy-uppy with chewing gum

It looks like there is nothing Mesut Ozil can’t do right now. After three assists in four matches for the Gunners, the German international appears to have turned around the fortunes of the club. And in his latest act of greatness, Ozil brought out the ol’ gum-juggling trick during warm-ups before Arsenal’s clash with Swansea on Saturday.

Dubbed “the Magician” more than occasionally in both Germany and Spain, Ozil proves he indeed has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. If he ever needs any extra work or a new hobby after football, surely a stint working in the circus could be his next calling.

H/T 101GG


World’s best freestyler makes London his playground


Meet two-time defending World Freestyle champion Andrew Henderson. Andrew is good at juggling. Very, very, very good.

The 22-year old from England started doing freestyle tricks at the age of 15, and when it came time for Henderson to pick between university football and freestyle, he chose what he does best. Henderson now practices five hours per day, five days a week, and quite clearly all the hard work is paying off. 

Kick back, relax, and don’t let your jaw hit the ground:

Video by STRskillschool


Raul serves food at testimonial match, Julian Draxler steals show with must-see assist


Raul, one of Europe’s greatest players ever, celebrated his incredible career with a testimonial match between his current side Al Saad and Schalke 04, for whom Raul played from 2010 to 2012.

The Champions League's all-time leading scorer swapped kits at halftime and contributed to Schalke's 9-0 romp over Qatar's national champion.

Appropriately, Raul scored a brace to get on the score sheet in his farewell, thanks to a penalty and this finger-lickin’ good assist by 19-year-old German prodigy Julian Draxler:

Despite recently extending his contract with Schalke through 2018, Draxler has already fielded — and rejected — offers from some of Europe’s top clubs willing to meet the €45m release clause, including Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. And you can see why after his cheeky move.

After the match, Raul served homemade Spanish food to players and match officials as a way of saying thank you. “It’s an honor for me. Schalke is my home, blue and white forever,” Raul told the sellout crowd at Veltins-Arena.



In case you needed a reminder, Robin van Persie is pretty good at ball-kicking.

In this video shot for Rio Ferdinand’s magazine “5,” RVP shows off his skills, gives tips on how to execute the perfect free-kick, and answers questions about Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, music, and his favorite footballers of all time.

Oh, and of course there’s a fun, little cross-bar challenge at the end. Because why not.