Fans help pay for non-league player’s rehab after horrific injury

Chippenham midfielder Rob Dean suffered a horrendous career-threatening injury last month. He dislocated his knee, twisted his tibia and ruptured ligaments 30 minutes into a match against Hungerford that was eventually abandoned by the referee because of the severity of the injury.


Dean in the hospital a few days after the injury. (Image: @Phillo11)

Surgery was successful, and Dean is on the mend now, but as a non-league player with just a regular day job, he’s not exactly raking in the cash. If he ever wants to play again — and doctors have told him his career is likely over — he’ll need extensive rehab to get his leg back to full strength.

So Chippenham fans rallied behind him to help pay for it:

The £1,000 given to Dean by the club’s supporters will hopefully help him realize his dream of playing again. Despite what the surgeons have said, he’s determined to prove them wrong. Dean told This Is Wiltshire,

“It’s so far away anyway, so there was no point in really thinking about it. I want to get myself walking and month-by-month, set myself little targets. Then you never know — people have proven surgeons wrong and hopefully, down the line, I can be one of them. Never say never.”

(Story via Gazette and Herald, BBC Sport)


Sponsor creates special glasses for Manchester City fans


Manchester City fans will be able to do the famous Poznan worry-free during the Capital One League Cup final on Sunday.

Inspired by Lech Poznań fans back in 2010, City supporters adopted the celebration and have been using it ever since:

If the Citizens score against Sunderland, their supporters won’t miss a second of the action while celebrating with some very special glasses created by the tournament’s sponsor, Capital One.


That’s a sweet wing-mirrored design — and damn smart marketing.

Images courtesy of Capital One


American Outlaws celebrate milestone in Kansas City


Ever since the American Outlaws was founded in 2007, they have slowly but surely gained popularity among the US soccer fan base. On Thursday night in Kansas City, they hit a big milestone: Wichita became the 100th chapter of the Outlaws.


It doesn’t take much to become an official chapter. To apply, the group must have 25 official members, and a bar that will show every single game, with audio, no matter what.

When this whole thing started in 2007, the idea was to bring fans together across the United States, to “unite and strengthen” the fan base and support US Soccer in one concerted effort.

"People were looking for the type of group that did something for every single game," Chris Donahoo, one of the founders, said in Kansas City on Thursday night before the USA qualifier against Jamaica. "Not just qualifiers, not just World Cup, not just Gold Cup, but friendlies. We needed to have something for everybody to go to every single game."

It’s taken six years to get here, but the Outlaws are showing no signs of slowing, with a presence at every single match.


The Outlaws in Columbus were 9,000 strong. (Image courtesy of Getty)

"It started in 2007 from Lincoln, Nebraska, where we made the first chapter. Ever since then, we got two or three new chapters the first year, the second year we got 5-10 more, and then tonight here we are, 2013, getting ready to go to Brazil and we announced our 100th chapter and it’s really just been exponential,” Donahoo said.

And their plans for Brazil are quite impressive. The first organized Outlaws travel for a World Cup was in 2010, when 55 members went to South Africa. Now for 2014, the number of fans wanting to travel increased.

"Before we had even qualified, we sold three charter jets from Houston to Brazil. And, we have a 1,500 person wait list to get on the jets if those people can’t go," Donahoo said. "It’s not a credit to us, it’s not a credit to US Soccer it’s a credit to the people that are fans out there that believe in US Soccer, so I think that this is just the beginning."

It’s become clear that the American Outlaws are here to stay, helping bring fans across the country together one chapter at a time.


Gross! Fans throw diapers at Allianz Lima goalkeeper

There have been many things thrown at players in the past - maybe the most famous being a pig’s head that landed just short of Luis Figo.

Based on this latest report out of South America, a pig’s head might be a welcomed sight. Fans of Real Garcilaso took it one step (or a handful of baby steps) too far at a Peruvian league match, when they threw soiled diapers at the Allianz Lima keeper. That’s foul, in more ways than one.

It is unclear as to whether the actual toddlers were at the stadium, but their diapers certainly made an impact.

Video (via 101greatgoals)


Atalanta fans crush rival cars with tank as new club signing takes joy ride


Image via Forza Italian Football

Giulio Migliaccio signed with Serie A club Atalanta last week, and has already managed to get himself into hot water.

When a player signs with a new team, there is a natural reaction to want the fan base to like you, even if it means taking part in endeavors that are not the most well-thought out. Like say, riding in a tank. At a preseason fan festival, Atalanta supporters painted two cars to represent rival clubs Brescia and Roma.

With Migliaccio aboard a tank — yes, an actual tank — this happened:

The midfielder said he was unaware of what was going on until the tank was going over the cars, but apologized for the incident anyway:

”I only realized when the tank was going over them, and since I could not see because I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.”

The Italian soccer federation has now opened an investigation into the incident. It may be fun to ride tanks, but it’s something that is usually frowned upon outside of the military.


Born to lead

During pre-season, teams start preparing for the upcoming year: work off the rust, shine up their boots and get ready for their opener. Well, it’s also a good time for the fans to get in a little practice, too.

During PSV’s 3-0 pre-season win over Eindhoven FC, a group of supporters gave a young fan the chance to test out his pipes. He sits atop a man’s shoulders and leads the crowd of rowdy fans in a raucous chant.

He didn’t certainly need a megaphone to make his voice heard. It wouldn’t be surprising if this kid makes a few more appearances leading the PSV fans during the upcoming season.


Busted: Recent Real Madrid signee Isco has a dog named Messi


In the words of Ricky Ricardo, Real Madrid’s Isco “has some splainin’ to do.”

Unless you have been living under a rock, it’s pretty clear that Real Madrid fans and Barcelona fans do not get along and do not like each other one bit. Just imagine if one of your star players actually liked the opposing team.

It has been revealed by Barcelona newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that not only is Isco a lifelong Barcelona fan, he also has a dog named Messi.

Moreover, he revealed his dislike for his new club back in 2009:

”I’ve always been a bit antimadridista and I still am. I have the feeling it’s an arrogant club, and without humility you don’t get anywhere.’‘

Isco’s Real Madrid unveiling just turned into must-watch TV.

H/T 101GG


Pele asks Brazil supporters not to boo if team plays poorly


The Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday and host nation Brazil is widely viewed as the favorites to win the competition. After a string of disappointing performances in the 2010 World Cup, 2011 Copa America, and 2012 Summer Olympics, Brazilians are understandably on edge.

The legendary Pele has stepped up and asked his fellow countrymen to support the team and refrain from booing even if they struggle.

He tells Goal.com:

“A request to all Brazilians, to those who love Brazilian football, to respect this preparation period before the Confederations Cup. Don’t jeer the team, and don’t bring violence to the stadiums. Let’s host a clean cup - even if the team doesn’t perform well, we should not jeer - and support the players, because they need this.”

This will be an interesting test to gauge the Brazilian temperament a year prior to their hosting of the 2014 World Cup.