12
Sep

Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen steals teammate’s thunder with diving header in training

Sometimes, the planets align and something truly serendipitous happens … right when you least expect it.

Take this clip from Ajax training, where Anwar El Ghazi is taped accepting the club’s award for August’s goal of the month.

What happens in the background is a classic case of thunder-stealing. For those unfamiliar:

Yep, that’s Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen flying through the air to nail a sublime diving header. A keeper! Perhaps he was just trying to throw his hat into the ring for September’s goal of the month award.

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"You mad, bro?"

(h/t Pies, Image: Getty)

3
Sep

Neymar shows off a mesmerizing bit of skill at Brazil training

The World Cup — and particularly that little 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champs Germany — certainly was a forgettable tournament for the Brazilian national team.

We wouldn’t blame the Brazilians if they still felt a bit of an emotional hangover from the letdown ahead of their friendly on Friday against Colombia.

It looks like they’re in good spirits, though. And how couldn’t they be with Neymar (perhaps the one Brazilian who had a commendable World Cup), showing off his deft footwork in training.

The craziest bit happens at about the 13-second mark. That’s the type of handling we couldn’t even accomplish in a video game.

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We’re just glad Neymar is happy again.

(h/t 101GG, Image: Getty)

16
Aug

Training Ground Collision Leaves Dirk Kuyt a Mess

Dirk Kuyt must have legions of female fans across the world who appreciate his stunning good looks, but they might want to reconsider following a training ground run-in with Dutch teammate Jonathan De Guzman. And by run-in we mean it was like two derailed trains smashing into one another.

Training prior to the Dutch side’s friendly against Portugal this week, the players collided head-on during a drill, making both miss the friendly and perhaps even their club teams’ next match. Poor Dirk Kuyt looks like he came away from it a little worse:

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Ouch!

(Via: WAATP)

26
May

Manchester City POV training with a GoPro

If you’ve ever wondered what a Premier League practice looked like from a player’s point of view, your questions have been answered.

Thanks to a GoPro video camera, Manchester City have given fans a look at what training is like through the eyes of Carlos Tevez, Joe Hart, and Samir Nasri. It’s fascinating to see the precision passing from such a close angle.

Hopefully next time they keep the cameras on after training so we can see what it’s like riding home in Ferraris and hitting the clubs in Manchester.

22
May

Brooklyn Beckham trains with QPR, close to joining Academy

Beckham could be back in the Premier League before we know it, Brooklyn Beckham that is.

David Beckham’s 14-year-old son has been training with recently relegated Queens Park Rangers and while reports have said that he has signed, QPR has confirmed that those reports were a little quick on the trigger.

We may have to wait a little longer for a Beckham to be playing for England again, but at least Brooklyn is on the right track. He could probably just show this video of him putting the moves on PSG defender Thiago Silva earlier this year.

22
Mar

Donovan enjoying time off … in Madison?

Photo courtesy of @23botter

The United States men’s national team hosts a crucial World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica Friday night. With numerous injuries plaguing Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad, you would figure Landon Donovan - USA’s all-time leader in goals and assists - could step in to help his country earn a World Cup bid, right?

Guess again.

The LA Galaxy star, currently on an organized sabbatical, was spotted in Middleton, Wis., earlier this week playing pickup soccer at an indoor facility and wearing, of all things, a University of Wisconsin soccer T-shirt.

Read more here.