26
Jul

Norwich City apologize after claiming 13-0 win over wrong opponents

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Championship side Norwich City apologized to Italian club Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after the Canaries mistakenly thought they had played — and badly beaten — the Serie D outfit, 13-0, in a recent friendly match.

Huh? How could they not know who they were playing, you ask?

The error appears to have stemmed from a classic case of miscommunication.

Norwich were due to face Serie C side Novara on Sunday as part of their training camp in Italy, but the fixture was canceled and replacement opponents were called in — believed to have been S.C Vallee d’Aoste. In reality, the Canaries had only faced a regional select side.

It’s no wonder, then, that Norwich manager Neil Adams felt his side could’ve used more of a challenge.

"With all due respect to the opposition, they didn’t really give us the test that certainly we wanted at this stage of the season," Adams said before the team’s website claimed the double-digit win over S.C Vallee d’Aoste.

After the Serie D club notified them of the error, Norwich apologized in a statement:

"In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste," the statement read.

H/T BBC.com

Image provided by Reuters.

21
Jan

Santi Cazorla apologizes after holding insulting Tottenham sign

The seething rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of fiercest in all of football.

Just four miles separate the stadiums of the two combatants, and such proximity breeds plenty of ill-will in the North London derby.

As an example, Arsenal’s Spanish winger Santi Cazorla (with Arsenal legend Robert Pires at his side) held up a sign expressing what Gunner fans believe of anything Spurs-related:

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Image via @ZouMSS

Whoops. Not exactly a deft public-relations move. Cazorla was quick to apologize, but the damage was essentially done.

That excuse might hold as much water as a screen door, but for some reason we’ll give Cazorla and Pires the benefit of the doubt.

But we’re not sure Spurs fans and players will be so understanding.

(h/t Daily Mail)

5
Dec

Brighton U-21 executes beautiful back-heel, drilling opponent in face

Sometimes a headline tells you all you need to know. This really is one of those instances.

Just sit back, watch and enjoy as Brighton U-21 player Glen Rea flicks a back-heel that accidentally(?) finds the grill of Millwall player Kris Twardek.

(H/T Pies)

8
Nov

FAIL: French sports minister calls Ronaldo “Cristiano Ronaldo”

Well, this is awkward.

During a World Cup promotional event in Paris, French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron mistakenly introduced Brazilian legend Ronaldo as, wait for it, “Cristiano Ronaldo.”

To Ronaldo’s credit he just stands there and smiles as Fourneyron realizes her gaffe. If you recall, “El Fenomeno” was at the center of Verde-Amarela's disappointing 1998 World Cup run in France where the former Barcelona and Real Madrid great reportedly suffered convulsions in his sleep before Brazil's cup final match against France.

Sure, it’s been nearly three years since Ronaldo last played football, but this kind of mistake — in France of all places — cannot be a boost for the strength of Ronaldo’s legacy.

Or ego.

(h/t DirtyTackle)

9
Oct

Daniel Agger gives young fan shirt after plunking him with ball

Well, that’s one way to go about getting a soccer player’s shirt.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, training with Denmark’s national team, sent a wayward ball that wound up finding the face of an unsuspecting kid behind the goal.

Upon realizing he’d drilled someone, Agger, ever the nice gent that he is, went to go check on the fan.

Cool enough, right? Well, it gets even cooler. Agger then hopped over the barrier — much to the amusement of the other kids — to make sure the youngster was OK.

After a short conversation, the Danish international then gave the dazed boy his shirt.

What a memorable experience! And in case the woozy fan might be a little foggy on the details, he can just turn to the tape.

(h/t TalkSport.com)