21
Oct

Taking a look at a record-setting day in the UEFA Champions League

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Let us ask you guys one question: Do you like goals?

You do?

Then you were probably doing cartwheels while watching the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

FORTY goals were scored in all, a new record for a single day with eight matches on the agenda — 44 were scored in Oct. 1997, but there were 12 games under the old format — and we put all of them in one video for your viewing pleasure here.

You’re welcome.

It wasn’t the only record set on Tuesday.

Shakhtar Donetsk put in seven goals on their own against BATE Borisov — as did Bayern Munich at Roma — and were already up 6-0 by halftime, the largest lead ever in a Champions League match at the half.

The 7-0 final score also marked the biggest away win in the competition’s history:

Of those seven goals, Luiz Adriano scored FIVE, making him only the second player — equaling Barcelona’s Lionel Messi total versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 — ever to score that many in one Champions League match. Being in the company of Messi is never a bad thing!

The Brazilian also scored four in one half, the first time that has been achieved, and did so in just 17 minutes, another record.

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Wednesday, you have a lot to live up to!

Images provided by Getty

8
Oct

Radamel Falcao has a parrot who cheers him on for every goal

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Parrots are fun. Or annoying. It all depends how talkative — or not — your parrot is.

For instance, I grew up with a parrot. In over 12 years of training, our green little family monster managed to learn all of one word: “Hello.” Fascinating. Needless to say, we’ve given up on good old, ‘Freddy.’

Radamel Falcao has a parrot, too, and he’s way more of a chatter-box. In fact, ‘Coco’ cheers after every goal his owner scores, squawking “gol de Falca” and “golazo” over and over again.

Thanks to Colombian television, here is some footage to go with this important news story:

H/T WAATP

6
Oct

Highlights from Sunday’s wet n’ wild Superclasico

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Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors met in a torrential downpour for Sunday’s Superclasico and the highlights are all kinds of fun.

The match resembled water polo more than football at times as players on both sides slipped and slid and the ball repeatedly stalled on the water-logged pitch.

In fact, Argentine journalist Gustavo Streger was very excited about the new camera angle that surfaced from the depths of the Estadio Monumental:

Colossal referee mistakes didn’t exactly help the “flow” of the game.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Gago was wrongly shown a red card by Mauro Vigliano for a handball in the box, though Gago actually stopped a River Plate shot with his head. A “wave” of Boca players appropriately hounded Vigliano: Poseidon must have been watching carefully, as River’s Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Mora ended up skying his penalty to restore some karma.

However, the the tide turned once more as River scored a late goal in the 78th minute to salvage a draw for the hosts.

Image provided by Getty

24
Sep

Man United fans to fly “Come home Ronaldo” banner during next Real match

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Coming off two games in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a combined seven goals, a group of Manchester United fans have come up with a brilliant ploy to convince the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner to come back to Old Trafford.

According to the Independent, a fan group spent $4,900 to hire a plane and fly a banner over Real’s next home match with the message “Come home Ronaldo.”

It’s totally going to work, too. After all, that’s definitely how they got the United bosses to finally can David Moyes last season, right?

In all seriousness, we’ve all heard about the rumors that Ronaldo is unhappy in Madrid and will one day seek a return to United. But the key words here are: one day.

He’s not going to just pack his bags and leave the reigning European champions to join a team that, gulp, doesn’t even play in the Champions League (and might not for some time.) Plus, CR7 literally just said his future still lies at the Bernabeu.

So, hate to be a buzz kill, but … nice try, though.

20
Sep

Celta Vigo’s Pablo Hernandez scores mind-bending goal vs. Atletico Madrid

Let’s not even try to figure out how Celta Vigo’s Pablo Hernandez put this into the back of the net vs. Atletico Madrid, and instead just enjoy the madness of it. Who even tries that?!


A no-look back-heel volley? There’s no way he ever scores a better goal than that. 

UPDATE: Here’s another angle, and it’s even more incredible.

(H/T @MexicoWorldCup)

19
Sep

Russian youth soccer game turns into massive brawl

A soccer match in Russia was the scene of a violent incident that quickly got out of hand.

The match between Dnepr Smolensk and Lokomotiv Moscow turned into an all-out brawl replete with haymakers and cheap shots. Just go ahead and watch to see the melee, and make sure to keep en eye out for the flying kick (you can’t miss it).

Fortunately, it looks like everyone escaped without major injury. Yet, something tells us these kids need some anger management courses.

Or if that won’t work, at least put on some gloves.

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Photo illustration FOXSports.com

(h/t Deadspin)

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)

11
Sep

Puebla prepares for Liga MX match wearing wolf masks

It’s no secret that Puebla manager José Luis Sánchez Solá — also known as “Chelis”— has always been a bit of a character. Whether it’s his brutal honesty in interviews or even quitting live on air, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chelis deployed some strange tactics in one of Puebla’s training sessions this week:

So, why exactly are his playings wearing wolf masks while they train? We’ll let Chelis himself explain:

"When they play the ball like a dog will do, they will fight to steal it and defend it," he said on the club’s website.

Puebla is fighting to avoid relegation from Liga MX this season, so at this point, whatever works, right?

You can see the masks in action below courtesy of our friends over @TheBuzzerOnFOX:

31
Aug

Junior Malanda is having a rough start to the Bundesliga season

It was just last Friday that Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda had this horrendous miss against Bayern Munich.

As if he wasn’t already embarrassed enough, this happened on Saturday:

The poor guy just cannot catch a break. Maybe it’s a good thing the international break is coming up. He could probably use some time to reflect (and practice finishing).