17
Oct

Seeing yellow! Goalkeeper busted taking a leak during match

When you gotta go … you gotta go.

Such was the case for Excelsior ‘31 keeper Arjan Kok (no laughing!) in a match against CSV Apeldoorn. Apparently the net-minder has a pea-sized bladder, as he took it upon himself to do a little grass-watering behind the touchline during the match.

A quick-thinking spectator managed to record the end of the act, which drew a smattering of applause from the crowd. And, for what it’s worth, Excelsior ‘31 cruised to a 4-0 victory.

We’ll leave it to you to make your own urine-related jokes. Have at it!

(h/t 101GG)

16
Oct

High school player chooses Neymar meet-and-greet over $10K payout

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Meet Neymar, or bag a cool $10,000 instead?

For most, that’s likely a tough decision. But for Americas High School (El Paso) junior Rhiannon Conelley, the choice was easy.

The 16-year-old student-athlete won a contest put on during the World Cup by Brazilian soft-drink outfit Guaraná Antarctica, with the grand-prize being her choice between a free trip to Spain to meet her idol, or 10 grand in cash.

"I just wanted to meet Neymar, I thought that was more important than the $10,000. Everyone disagrees with that, but I’m sticking to my guns," she said, via the El Paso Times.

Conelley, her varsity team’s goalkeeper, won the contest by submitting a photo of her in a Brazil kit doing some juggling tricks, and of course, holding a tasty can of Guaraná Antarctica:

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The junior beat out thousands of entrants by claiming 4,113 votes, nearly 1,000 more than second place.

Although it’s not determined exactly when Conelley will get to meet Neymar, she, her mother and her team’s soccer coach will all fly to Spain to link up with the Barcelona phenom.

So, what will she say when she finally gets to meet her idol?

"I’ll ask him if he wants to marry me," she joked to the El Paso Times, then backpedaled.

"I don’t want to scare him too much," she said. "I don’t want him to call security to kick me out."

(h/t El Paso Times)

10
Oct

Young Man United fan sobs because her school uniform is blue

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Looks like someone doesn’t like their onesie … (Image: FOXSports.com illustration)

Anyone who says that you can’t be born with a passion for football clearly hasn’t heard of young Lilly Rae Doyle.

Lilly Rae, a 3-year-old Manchester United fan diehard, is blowing up after video of her bawling her little eyes out hit the Internet:

You see, Lilly was distraught at having to wear a blue uniform for school, the color of United’s bitter arch-rivals Manchester City. She’s simply beside herself, tearing at the uniform and crying “I don’t want it on!”

Remember: She’s just 3 years old, so this probably is literally the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. Despite her mom, Faye’s, efforts to calm her down, young Lilly just can’t handle the thought of donning blue.

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5
Oct

Arsenal fans light flares outside Stamford Bridge, delay match

In case you were wondering what this “incident” was that delayed Sunday’s London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal, maybe this picture will clear it up:

H/T SBNation

1
Oct

Galatasaray fans interrupt Champions League match with flare storm

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Galatasaray were already down 2-0 to Arsenal when the throng of away fans - clearly uninspired by what they saw - began throwing dozens of flares onto the pitch (WATCH it here), briefly interrupting Wednesday’s match.

During the stoppage, vice-captain Wesley Sneijder went over to the fans to try and calm them down, knowing full well that in this day and age, UEFA are doling out punishment for fan behavior left and right.

Strangely enough, though, it might be Arsenal who get in trouble:

The Turkish fans’ performance didn’t exactly “light a fire” under their team. Galatasaray fell further behind before getting a lone consolation goal on a second-half penalty as Arsenal won 4-1.

Here are some more pictures, courtesy of Reuters:

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23
Sep

FIFA 15 delivers new layers of realism to the beautiful game

EA Sports’ FIFA 15 for XBOX One and Playstation 4 brings a new dimension of realism to the beautiful game. Electronic Arts pulled out all the stops to make this year’s game one to remember.

First thing’s first: The visuals on the new consoles are stunning. Getting into a match is breathtaking, beginning with an aerial view of the host stadium before taking the user to pitch level with the fans chanting and players coming out of the tunnel. During the match, as play goes on, footprints appear on the grass where players have been stepping, just another sense of realism brought in by EA. The corner flags are now part of the game play too, bending down as players run into them.

Gone is the slow game play of its predecessor FIFA 14. FIFA 15 bring a lot more pace to the game, enabling you to hit your opponent with a swift counter-attack or rush back to make a last-ditch clearance off of your opponent’s feet.

Passing is much quicker this year around. As quickly as you can counter attack, build-up play is just as similar. Ping-pong passing up the pitch is still doable, but the faster the ball glides up the pitch, the harder it is to control.

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Long balls cannot just be heaved up-field and expected to conveniently fall to a player’s feet. Accuracy is paramount with the right amount of power behind the pass to ensure your striker can bring it down in his stride.

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19
Sep

Hustle and flow: Clint Dempsey rapping at a FIFA 15 release party

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Clint Dempsey is a man of many talents, which is what one would expect from the captain of the USMNT. One of his lesser-known talents, though, is that he can spit hot fire on the mic.

Dempsey, a.k.a. “Deuce” in the rapping world, took to the stage at a FIFA 15 release party to drop a verse from “Hot Fire,” a track he collaborates with fellow Houston rapper “XO” on.

Deuce starts going on at about the 1:10 mark of the video, and we have to say: We were actually pretty impressed with his chops. What do you think?

(h/t Pies)

11
Sep

Puebla prepares for Liga MX match wearing wolf masks

It’s no secret that Puebla manager José Luis Sánchez Solá — also known as “Chelis”— has always been a bit of a character. Whether it’s his brutal honesty in interviews or even quitting live on air, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chelis deployed some strange tactics in one of Puebla’s training sessions this week:

So, why exactly are his playings wearing wolf masks while they train? We’ll let Chelis himself explain:

"When they play the ball like a dog will do, they will fight to steal it and defend it," he said on the club’s website.

Puebla is fighting to avoid relegation from Liga MX this season, so at this point, whatever works, right?

You can see the masks in action below courtesy of our friends over @TheBuzzerOnFOX:

10
Sep

Lionel Messi’s hometown bans parents from naming newborns ‘Messi’

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You probably haven’t heard of Hector Varela but he is the proud father of Messi. Not Lionel Messi, but Messi Daniel Varela. Hector needed two weeks to get special permission from the authorities in the south Argentinian region of Rio Grande (Patagonia) to name his son after the Barcelona maestro. 

That news has prompted Rosario, the hometown of the original Messi, to ban the use of Lionel’s surname as a first name because it would be too confusing.

The director of the Civil Register of the Santa Fe province, Gonzalo Carrillo, insists naming a new-born son Messi is “against the law” although he accepts the Messi Daniel Varela case may upset his plans.

However, proud father Hector is delighted that he got through the red tape. He told Mundo Deportivo: “I am Messi’s father. Many people chose Lionel as a name for their sons after Messi, but this is more obvious.”

Another Messi is born, but how many more will follow?

Image used from Getty.

(H/T Deadspin)

4
Sep

Young fan thinks he can win the Champions League with Leeds United

Seven-year-old Zack Webb thinks pretty highly of his managerial skills. He may well be the next Jose Mourinho or Josep Guardiola, but for now, he’s just a young boy with big dreams.

Unless Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino decides to take him up on his offer:

It has been a decade since Leeds United have been in top flight football. At this point, might as well give the little fella a shot, right?

(H/T Deadspin)