6
Jun

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

7
May

Band together: Japanese team scores brilliant free kick

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A cheeky set-piece routine is one of our favorite things here at the FOX Soccer Blog, because there’s always a 50/50 chance it fails miserably. And we love seeing others fail. Japanese second-division side Kyoto Sanga FC, however, were right on the money with their unconventional free kick.

In a game against Yokohama, five of Kyoto’s players lined up and produced a series of dummies before one eventually blasted it top shelf into the net:

Not so ‘dummy’ now, is it!?

As we mentioned, not all innovative free kick routines work out quite as well. Here are a couple of our favorite fails:

The “Let’s both hit it at the same time” free kick

The “I’ll fall to the ground and head it to you” free kick:

H/T 101GG

6
Feb

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?

5
Dec

Brighton U-21 executes beautiful back-heel, drilling opponent in face

Sometimes a headline tells you all you need to know. This really is one of those instances.

Just sit back, watch and enjoy as Brighton U-21 player Glen Rea flicks a back-heel that accidentally(?) finds the grill of Millwall player Kris Twardek.

(H/T Pies)

31
Oct

Man City’s U-17 squad completes amazing soccer stunt

Now this is fun. Here’s to hoping the sort of merrymaking Manchester City’s U-17 squad engages in continues to catch on.

Ten players on each side (that’s 20 total if our journalism-school math is sound) take turns heading the ball down the line. The payoff? A deft headed touch into a trash can and absolute bedlam shortly thereafter.

According to the video’s description, this is a record-breaking effort which could explain the excitement. We’re curious who the bookkeeper is for these records, though.

Perhaps a 22-man challenger will emerge to take the crown? We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

10
Oct

Groom busts out aisle freestyle on wedding day

If your wedding day is supposed to give you the jitters — or even worse, cold feet — then Daniel Cutting is about as calm as Hindu cow.

Watch as this groom opts to make his march toward matrimony while juggling a soccer ball.

Consider all the factors stacked against him: He’s in a cramped church aisle; he has his family, friends, and the eyes of God all upon him; and oh, he’s about to pledge his life to another. And he absolutely nails it.

What a display! He even takes it up a notch by shaking hands with some of the attendees. Bonus points if he spotted his soon-to-be father-in-law.

With an entrance like this, it makes us wonder what he did for the proposal.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

28
Aug

President Barack Obama shows off his impressive soccer moves

Juggling a global financial crisis, a possible insertion in Syria (and not to mention being a father and husband) can’t be an easy task for anyone. But juggling a soccer ball? All in a day’s work for the POTUS.

Barack Obama dropped by a high school in New York and crashed the practice of the girls and boys soccer teams. The Commander-in-Chief deftly takes a first touch for a quick juggle before greeting the entire boys team.

When’s the last time a guy in slacks and dress shoes moseyed onto a high school practice field and elicited that kind of awesome reaction? Truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and a reminder to youngsters to stay in school:

President Obama meeting the boys team at Tully Junior-Senior High School (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

And of course, President Obama drops by to meet the Tully Junior-Senior High School girls soccer team (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

And just for kicks, President Obama takes aim and shows off his footie skills (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

(h/t SBNation)

29
May

Despite what you may have heard, Robin Van Persie can do more than just score fantastic golazos (y’know, like this one!)

No, RVP is also quite nimble with his feet, and he showed off his best Neymar impression at his annual charity tournament in Rotterdam. Together with freestyler Soufiane Touzani and Feyenoord’s Tonny Vilhena, RVP tooled with a couple of youngsters at will, the three of them performing a dizzying display of keep-away at the childrens’ mercy.

24
Apr
You don’t see this every day! BK Häcken goalkeeper Christoffer Kallqvist, instead of booting the ball safely up-field after receiving a back-pass, decides to nutmeg onrushing striker Marcus Ekenberg. Even Ekenberg went over to give the goalie his due on that one. Gutsy!

You don’t see this every day.

BK Häcken goalkeeper Christoffer Kallqvist, instead of kicking the ball safely up-field, decided to be cheeky and nutmeg onrushing striker Marcus Ekenberg. Luckily for Kallqvist it worked, thus avoiding a place in endless blooper reels. Even Ekenberg had to go over to the keeper afterwards and give him his due. Gutsy!