27
Feb

Horror tackle: Mandzukic takes out Schweinsteiger in practice

It’s not like injuries have derailed Bayern Munich much at all this season, but you never want to see something like this.

Mario Mandzukic almost sent the recently-healed Bastian Schweinsteiger back to the doctors with a vicious tackle during Wednesday’s open practice. In a passing drill, Mandzukic lunged into the air with both feet and slid right into the Bayern talisman’s ankles, leaving him in a heap. Schweinsteiger had just come back from a three-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Fortunately, Bayern’s co-captain wasn’t seriously hurt and completed the next day’s practice without a problem. Still, David Alaba’s reaction in the video really says it all: what were you thinking, Mario!?

H/T Sport1

2
Dec

Standard Liege player sent off for donkey kick to the face

During Standard Liege’s 5-0 win over Lierse in the Belgian Pro League, French midfielder William Vainqueur was shown a late red card for accidentally donkey-kicking an opponent in the face.

After making an incredible mess of trapping the ball (first kicking it back into his own face), Vainqueur swung around one of his legs desperately looking to get a touch. Instead, he found his defender’s jaw.

Maybe Vainquer has been watching too many Zlatan highlights, or maybe he just got a really, really bad Charley horse at that very moment. Either way, maybe karate is more his thing.

7
May

FC Copenhagen won its 10th Danish title over the weekend, and TV personality Peter Moller, a former Copenhagen striker, was caught right in the middle of the celebration!

A former teammate of his, Lars Jacobsen, spotted his old friend interviewing another Copenhagen player on the sidelines and apparently decided to chop Moller to the ground with a hurtling slide tackle that would make Gennaro Gattuso smile. The best part: everyone could see Jacobsen coming a mile away, but Moller still didn’t expect what was coming his way.

To his credit, Moller got right back up with a smile and tried to get back at Jacobsen with a little trip, despite failing miserably.