3
May

Guingamp fans travel to French Cup final in tractors

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Forget planes, trains and automobiles. For supporters of French club Guingamp, all you need to get from A to B are … tractors!

Living up to the club’s nickname - ‘The Farmers’ - hundreds of Guingamp fans traveled to Paris for their Coupe de France final against Rennes in the super-slow-moving vehicles. Obviously, this made for some hilarious scenes on French highways:

The trip from Guingamp to Paris takes about four and half hours by car, so you can only imagine how long and uncomfortable that journey must have been. In fact, according to Metro, some fans feared it might take them so long, they reportedly left for Paris a day early and slept in the tractors overnight!

Thankfully the Farmers won the final 2-0 over Rennes for their second-ever cup triumph. Had they lost, that would have made for one miserable drive back!

H/T Metro

3
Jan

The 13 quirkiest blogs of 2013

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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.
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  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
16
Nov

Championship club Yeovil Town becomes first soccer team to get its own girl band

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Yeovil Town is new to the second tier in English football, and despite currently being dead last in the standings, they’re making their presence felt. Firing off a warning shot to cheerleaders everywhere, the club is joining forces with a record label to become the first football club to launch its own girl band.

In an attempt to attract a new generation of supporters to the small-town club in Somerset, Yeovil is planning to have its band — to be based on the Pussycat Dolls — perform at home matches for the rest of the season.

Club spokesman Adrian Hopper said:

"Yeovil Town are delighted to get involved in this new innovative project. We feel sure the unique chance to have a girl band linking with us as a club will not only launch the group but also help to spread the word of Yeovil Town Football Club to a whole new section of the community, whilst at the same time helping charity from sales of the record."

According to The Guardian, auditions for females aged 18 and over will be held at Huish Park on Dec. 4, and the successful girls — a lead singer and a group of south west-based dancers — will work with The Famous Company to record a single that will be released on iTunes. The record will raise money for Prostate Cancer UK — the Football League’s official charity.

Don’t bet on Yeovil Town’s girl band to be disappointing, either. The club has had success foraying into the music industry once before. “Yeovil True,” a 2004 song released by the club made it to Number 36 in the UK charts:

1
Sep

Copenhagen blocks ticket orders from fans with non-Danish sounding names

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FC Copenhagen fans were probably thrilled after getting drawn with Real Madrid, Celtic and in the Champions League group stage. After all, it poses a rare chance to see some European giants come to town. Not surprisingly, many were eager to order the three-match ticket bundles for the trio of home fixtures but shockingly many received emails from the club telling them that their tickets had been cancelled due to “security reasons.”

The reason?

They’re names were “non-Danish” sounding.

The bizarre decision to block purchases of orders made by people with foreign-appearing names was made to prevent away fans from claiming tickets in the home sections of the Parken stadium, which the club said was a “main safety concern.” However, it upset many Copenhagen fans with non-traditional Danish last names.

Copenhagen club secretary Daniel Rommedahl then responded to hundreds of fans who had since showered the club with criticism, insisting that fans will be able to plead their case that they are, indeed, fans of FC Copenhagen:

“Safety is always our main concern when it comes to events at Parken. Therefore we make every effort to ensure that fans of our guests only have access to the away section.

“If a dialogue with the customer shows otherwise, the purchase will be approved.

“We were fully aware that our decision would cause a reaction, but it was the best solution. We are fully aware that everyone will not agree, but discrimination it is not.”

It’s hard to see that this was the best possible solution, but at least fans will get a chance to retrieve their rightly tickets. We wonder how exactly that dialogue is going to go, though. Questioning fanhood based on last names probably makes for some awkward phone conversations.

(H/T Goal.com)