Bayern Munich practice looks fun…

imagePep Guardiola likes to run a tight ship at Bayern Munich, rarely granting media access to pre-match training sessions. However, the club’s official YouTube channel does offer a glimpse into some of the more lighthearted drills Guardiola has to offer.

And boy, do they look strange. Introducing… “bucket ball”

There’s a lot going on here. The gist of the drill looks pretty clear, but what’s going on with guys holding hands and dancing in circles like they’re at the Oktoberfest?

Guardiola had his players do this drill the week of their match at Hamburg, which ended in a goalless draw - Bayern’s worst result of the season.

So yeah, we don’t believe “bucket ball” has worked its way into Bayern’s regular training regimen.

H/T Reddit


Question of the day: Did Feyenoord score an illegal goal off a throw-in?


Dutch side Feyenoord allegedly scored a very controversial goal off a throw-in during Thursday’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege.

Sven van Beek was officially credited with the goal, but it’s tough to tell whether or not he got a definitive touch on the ball. From our angle, it looks as though Miquel Nelom’s throw-in didn’t touch anyone before bouncing off the ground and over goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima’s head. Per FIFA rules, that would be an illegal goal:

However, the goal stood and gave Feyenoord a 1-0 lead. The Dutch went on to win the Group G bout by a singe goal, 2-1, so needless to say the decision proved very decisive.

So what do you think? Was it a goal? Or should it not have counted?


H/T Daily Mail

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Lincoln City manager beats Barnet with use of jelly candies


When Lincoln City’s team bus failed to turn up for Saturday’s away fixture in Barnet, the team was left with no way to transport  vital match-day equipment such as the tactics board. So manager Gary Simpson got creative.

Simpson used the lid of a kit bin for a makeshift board and a packet of Jelly Babies as the counters. Striker Ben Tomlinson wasn’t the only one amused:

Considering Lincoln City beat the Conference Premier (fifth division) leaders 2-1, maybe Simpson is on to something. The coach quipped to BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he might have to use Jelly Babies for the rest of the season.

"If we can keep winning I will do whatever is necessary," he said.

It didn’t take long for Simpson’s success with his new secret weapon to make the rounds.

Before you knew it, the club’s Under-10 side employed the same strategy, though our sources understand several of the jelly babies mysteriously disappeared by the halftime talk.


Image via The Guardian


Andre Ayew forced out of match after bleeding through two kits


Olympique Marseille lost 2-0 to Montpellier in their season home opener at the beautifully renovated Stade Velodrome. To add insult to injury, striker Andre Ayew was forced off in the strangest of circumstances early in the second half.

The Ghana star had suffered a head wound during the first half that caused him to bleed all over his crisp, white jersey - a big no-no in all of professional sports. Luckily, kit managers always plan for unforeseen events such as this, and Ayew promptly received a spare shirt to finish out the half.

Alas, the wound reopened in the second half, and once again the referee required Ayew to change his kit. However, with no third No. 10 shirt available (you have to finish the match with the same number as you started), Ayew found himself in an unsolvable quandary. The kitman hopelessly tried to turn a No.33 kit into a No.10, but the referee was not impressed, and so new Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa angrily had to take off one of his key attacking players for the final 38+ minutes with his side chasing a deficit. Bloody hell!

H/T Yahoo!Sports

Photo: Getty


Cristiano Ronaldo promotes goofy Japanese “facial fitness” product


You may remember the story we posted a couple weeks ago about Cristiano Ronaldo joining a Japanese game show and watching in horror as the host tried out a “facial fitness” product that CR7 has been “promoting,” probably by force for an insane amount of money:

Well, wouldn’t you know it, this preposterous new product now has a TV commercial. And yes, it is just as absurd as you would have imagined.


What is that, the “Shake Weight” for cheekbones? Is this real life?

No wonder that Ronaldo at no point actually uses the product. He already has perfect bone structure.

There’s more, too.

MTG _CR, the company behind this… cheek-strengthening device(?)… also had Ronaldo promote another of their products: An elegant handheld personal massager featuring a pair of what can only be described as disco balls.

This one, Ronaldo actually seems to enjoy using:

H/T SB Nation.


Idiotic! Hearts captain knocks down opposing manager after scoring

Here’s a bizarre incident from the Scottish Premier League’s relegation group: Hearts captain Jamie Hamill celebrated his penalty goal against Ross County by literally steamrolling opposing manager Derek Adams on the sidelines!

Yeah, good luck trying to figure out what was going through Hamill’s mind here:

The oddest bit? He doesn’t even appear to be cognizant of what he had just done. Actually, he seems rather pleased with himself:

Truly one of the weirdest red cards we’ve ever seen.

H/T 101GG


Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead


When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

Composite: FOX Sports/Julie Ahn & Cheryl Hasegawa


Pele diamond statues created from his own DNA

Yes, this is really a thing.

For the bargain price of $7,500 you can now own a special World Cup souvenir — a diamond figurine made of diamonds that actually contain DNA extracted from Pele’s hair.

A total of 1,238 of these special edition statues will be available for purchase, one for each goal Pele is said to have scored in his legendary career.


Mexican team stages paper-bag protest


Is this the most bizarre team photo of the season? Of all time?

Players of Mexican second-division side Celaya posed for their team photo against Merida with brown paper bags over their heads in protest of non-payment. Celaya has reportedly not paid their players for more than two months. Many of the players drew dollar signs onto their bags, while some wrote “págame,” or “pay me.”

In the States, we often see fans of the very worst sports teams wear paper bags on their heads after stretches of putrid, literally “unwatchable” displays. Now, we’re seeing that athletes can deploy them for their own protests as well. Ah, the many uses of a paper bag!

Image and H/T: 101GG


The 13 quirkiest blogs of 2013


2013 was a wild year, to say the least. A 20-month-old baby was signed by a Belgian pro soccer club, Spain’s national team was rumored to be involved in a strip poker scandal while at the Confederations Cup, and on more than one occasion, referees were seen punching and kicking players. But none of those stories cracked our countdown of the best the blog had to offer. So without further ado, take a look back at the greatest, craziest, weirdest, and funniest stories of the year:

  1. Ronaldinho launched his own condom line in 2013.
  2. We found the real-life Air Bud, World Cup Pup:
  3. Sir Alex Ferguson’s last piece of gum chewed as Man United manager sold for $640,000 on eBay.
  4. Speaking of the internet, remember #DempseyWatch? Good timesimage
  5. Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom got lost on his way to a home match and drove his Porsche straight into a giant mud pit.image
  6. Perhaps Wisdom wishes he had been loaned out to Dutch team NEC instead. The club offered players a free bikini car wash if they won the MOTM award as a new motivational ploy.image
  7. The world’s unluckiest goalkeeper (watch his series of bloopers) was charged with biting a man’s ear off.
  8. Speaking of keepers, a lower-division team in Slovenia came up with a new goalie drill:
  9. We finally found out what happens when David Beckham visits China. Mainly, seriously dangerous stampedes.image
  10. Another thing we learned in 2013: how to take corner kicks under water:
  11. Burnley FC’s mascot actually got arrested after trolling the linesman.
  12. A lower league manager in England miraculously woke up from a coma after his wife told him his team won their final league match.
  13. And finally, not to be outdone: a French weather lady (and a porno website) had to pay up after betting that the national team would fail to make the World Cup:Starts at 1:40 mark