Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is one of the most endearing figures in all of soccer. His players—current and former—love him, the fans of his teams—current and former—love him, and even the often catty and suspicious British media loves him. Ranieri is relaxed, charming, funny, open, honest, confident,…
Dynamo Kiev’s players did not enjoy the ass-kicking Shakhtar Donetsk were laying on them in a match this weekend. Irked at Shakhtar’s celebration after their third goal of the day, some Dynamo players decided to try their hand at a more literal beat-down, which led to a huge brawl on the pitch:
While absolutely no one can reasonably claim they saw Leicester’s impossible yet now real Premier League title season coming, that didn’t prevent some exceedingly optimistic fans from putting down a few bucks in the off-off-off-off chance (their preseason title odds were 5,000-1) that Leicester would win the league.…
A Japanese game show recently tested out the “Why don’t you just play with a huge goalkeeper who can block the whole goal?” theory on Lionel Messi. He showed that, even if you get a nightmarish, house-sized Miitomo-looking demon to guard the goal, he’ll still score on you.
Okay, imagine what it must feel like to be a Leicester City player—against all odds one result away from shocking the world by winning the Premier League title—and watching the game that does in fact seal the trophy with all of your teammates. You’d probably freak out, right? So did they:
Eden Hazard was the best player on the Premier League title-winning team last season, and he just scored a goal that clinched the Premier League title ... for Leicester City.
You’d have to go back a little earlier in the game than where this clip starts to get it, but watching live, at the point where the following highlight begins I was pretty sure Lionel Messi was fucking up:
During yesterday’s Manchester United-Leicester City match, professional agitators Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth got into the little tiff you see above. Huth grabbed a handful of Fellaini’s ‘fro and gave it a yank, which Fellaini responded to by throwing an elbow and a slap toward Huth’s head.
No, it hasn’t happened yet. In their first crack at wrapping up their miracle season as Premier League champions, Leicester City couldn’t nab the win they needed and drew against Manchester United, 1-1. Which was no surprise. And now the nervy times begin.
Today’s Bayern Munich-Borussia Mönchengladbach broadcast on FS2 had a bonus soundtrack: “HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!?”
The very thing that everyone at Leicester City has studiously avoided looking at is now inches away and is staring them right in the face.
Unless Marchamalo player Mario’s languid dribbling style here is literally hypnotizing, then this barely impeded run of his through the entirety of Toledo B’s half en route to goal might be some pretty strong evidence of match-fixing.
Sevilla midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli saw his kneecap do something kneecaps should never do—namely, appear to slide off and up into his thigh—during today’s Europa League match against Shakhtar Donetsk. As a warning, the video’s pretty gross:
IFK Göteborg were set to host Malmö for a regularly scheduled, 90-minute Swedish league match yesterday. But towards the end of the game, some fans threw a huge firecracker at Malmö’s Tobias Sana, and Sana returned the favor by firing one of the corner flags javelin-like in the fans’ direction, and the rest match was…
The English Football Association has handed Tottenham’s Dele Alli a three-match suspension for the punch (seen above) Alli threw into Claudio Yacob’s gut in the first half of Spurs’ 1-1 draw against West Brom on Monday.
Claudio Ranieri is impossible to hate. Not only has he masterminded Leicester City’s miracle year, one of the most improbable underdog seasons in the history of sports, but he’s done so with such easy-going charm, shrugging off pressure and always deflecting credit to his players. It’s won him as many fans as has the…
MLS fans agitating players and getting into fights in the stands? Maybe they really are getting the hang of this soccer thing, after all!
Youssef, a 38-year-old Toulouse fan with a cranial disability, readily cops to behaving like a dick. Watching Lyon players filter into the team bus after flying into Toulouse last Friday ahead of the weekend’s game, Youssef and his 12-year-old son were on hand to throw some verbal barbs at the rival players. He did…