Sandro sends terrifying warning to Charlie Adam

This tackle by Stoke’s Charlie Adam has Tottenham midfielder Paulinho sidelined for up to a month. It’s not the first time Adam has seemingly gone after Spurs players, including a couple of incidents involving Gareth Bale.

Adam took to Twitter to clear the air:

Paulinho’s fellow Brazilian teammate, Sandro, had a message for Adam as well, using his own Twitter and Instagram accounts to send a menacing warning:

imageCharlie Adams - THE BEAST IS WATCHING YOU!!! - @sandroraniere

Adam may be a little more cautious next time he takes on Tottenham.


Edgar Davids elbows opponent in the face, victim left needing skin graft

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He’s always been a little temperamental, but Edgar Davids has taken it another step this weekend.

Not one to hide from the limelight, Dutch maestro Davids joined struggling side Barnet, who languish in the lower echelons of English league football. He couldn’t save them from relegation that season but, to much surprise, remained with the club in his player-manager capacity.

In one of his not-so-finest moments however, Davids lost his cool during a 20-man brawl against Wrexham on Sunday.

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Deputizing at centerback, Davids — who insists his Barnet players call him “Mister”, and has ensured that he wears the no.1 shirt at the club — swung a wild elbow at former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright, leaving the victim needing a skin graft.

Despite a career littered with red cards, tough tackles and combative play, perhaps ‘Pitbull’ has gone a little too far this time.


Head-first slide! Player loses three teeth after worst tackle ever

Gaspar Iniguez will never be able to live this moment down.

In a match against Boca Juniors, the 19-year-old Argentinos Juniors midfielder accidentally committed a head-first slide tackle on Boca’s Cristian Erbez, knocking out three of his own teeth according to Ole.com.

With just minutes to go in a goalless contest, Iniguez looked to prevent a dangerous-looking counterattack when he stumbled and fell face-first into Erbez’s run. The Boca man promptly collided with Iniguez’s face in what looks like one of the worst ways to lose some teeth.

To add insult to injury, Iniguez was also booked for the “tactical foul,” which will probably haunt the teenager every time he looks in the mirror for the rest of his life.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Josip Simunic sets Croatia-Serbia relations back 20 years with brutal foul

There are few football rivalries — if any — that are as deep-rooted and ferocious as that between Croatia and Serbia. The feud on the pitch obviously pales in comparison to the bitter wars in the Balkans, yet fighting between soccer hooligans from both countries drew world attention in the early 1990s and became part of the bigger picture.

This past March, Serbia played its first competitive game against Croatia as an independent nation, the first of its two World Cup qualifying duels.  In that match, Serbian fans were banned from traveling to Zagreb as a safety measure, (as were Croatian fans on Friday), reporters at the game overheard a distinct “Let’s kill the Serbs” chant, and Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic was accused of nationalist gestures during a goal celebration.

Needless to say, tempers were frayed on Friday to begin with. But then Croatia’s Josip Simunic, with the score tied 1-1 late in the match, unleashed a horrendous challenge on Serbia’s Miralem Sulejmani. Simunic deliberately took out the Benfica forward in a full speed collision, trying to prevent a clear breakaway and sending Sulejmani a good 4-5 yards in the air.

Simunic was appropriately sent off, and showered with boos and several missiles by the home crowd. The match ended in a draw, knocking Serbia out from the World Cup qualification process.


Argentinian player gets rocked by referee

Referees are always right in the middle of the action, and every now and then can find themselves in the way of a pass or a player’s run. Usually this just draws some chuckles or growls from the crowd, but rarely ever do referees truly interfere with the players.

Again, that’s rarely ever. In just the fewest of instances, a referee might just run you over like Mack truck.

Clearly the last thing Internacional midfielder Andres D’Alessandro expected was getting involved in a head-on collision with the match official this weekend. But there he was: laying lifelessly on the ground for a moment after being on the wrong end of what could be described as a perfectly timed football tackle. American football, that is.

Weird, we thought Brian Urlacher had retired.

(H/T 101GG)


First Red Card of the English Season Comes 13 Minutes Into the First Game


Usually the first game of a new season starts out a bit conservative, at least until the players get back into the flow of things and grow comfortable with the pace of an official match. 

Notts County defender, Gary Liddle, however, embraced a different strategy during his team’s first match of the English Football League season against Sheffield United, going all out from the first whistle. Unfortunately the strategy of pure aggression didn’t really pan out, as he was given a red card only 13 minutes into the match!

We’ve tried to come up with an explanation for Liddle’s De Jong-like kung-fu kick, but we’ve got nothing. That’s just a comically bad challenge.

What makes the red card even more bizarre is that Notts County ran this advertisement to market season tickets, featuring Liddle:


Fans might want to think twice before they follow’s Gary example…


Horrendous tackle to the face nets player 14-game ban

The Peruvian Football Federation has banned a player for 14 matches following a reckless, high kick to the face of an opponent. Willigton Smith of second tier club Alianza Huanuco wildly followed through on this tackle, or clearance, or whatever he was going for, and struck the face of Deportivo player Omar Cuya, who was knocked out cold.

"Y boom," indeed.


Mark van Bommel fittingly sent off in last game of career

Never has there been a more appropriate finish to a career than Mark van Bommel’s.

The Dutchman’s 20-year professional career came to a close after his PSV side fell to FC Twente 3-1. The tough midfielder, known for his strong tackles, received a red card in the 71st minute after a vicious challenge on Duasn Tadic’s ankle. It’s hard to imagine van Bommel’s exit from the game any other way — well, other than with a win.

We’re thankful this tackling machine left us with such an emphatic exclamation mark on a fantastic career.


Kweuke delivers brutal leg-breaking tackle

Warning: this video contains graphic images.

In Sunday’s Czech Republic cup match, AC Sparta Praha’s Leonard Kweuke delivered an absolutely unnecessary tackle on an oncoming defender that lead to him getting carried off in a stretcher. Needless to say, he was issued a straight red card.

Reports have Kwueke receiving a 12-match ban for this ruthless challenge, which is nothing compared to the seemingly endless rehab that the victim Radek Dosoudil will have to deal with.