Soccer

Fans Go Really Wild In Bosnia (Video)

Bitter rivals Velez and Zrinjski, two teams split by an ethnic divide, recently played for the Bosnian Cup.  Visiting Velez scored a goal in extra time and as you might imagine, the fans of Zrinjski did not take it too well. The irrational spectators charged the field as the Velez team fled for their lives, running to the parking lot and the relative safety of the team bus. 

Celebrity: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Soccer

No Men, No Problem In Turkey

Fenerbahce bans men at gamesTurkey has come up with a unique solution to control fan violence in soccer stadiums. League champion Fenerbahce was ordered to play two home games without any spectators after fans invaded the pitch during a friendly match with Ukrainian champion Donetsk in July.  The fans also attacked journalists who were critical of the team.

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Süper Lig

What Word Is Italian For Steinbrenner?

Maurizio Zamparini is Italian for George SteinbrennerAnother wacky story from European soccer has once again showed up to delight us. Bombastic Maurizio Zamparini, owner and chairman of the Italian League's Palermo team, fired his 36th coach in the past 24 seasons. 

Commented Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Saskatchewan) Leader Post, "Who knew that Zamparini is Italian for Steinbrenner?”

 

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George Steinbrenner

Newcastle United Is Taking Apparel To A New Level

Newcastle Premier LingerieThis weekend, sports fans are wearing team jerseys, caps, shirts and many other forms of gear, in support of their favorite team. Across the pond, fans have been introduced to an entirely new approach to sports apparel.

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Newcastle United F.C.

A Photo With Landon Donovan In Manhattan Beach, CA

On September 3, I traveled to Los Angeles for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers opening football game vs. the USC Trojans, which was played the following afternoon. My friend and I came out a day early to enjoy a little extra time in SoCal.  After landing at LAX, our first stop was Manhattan Beach. 

Arsenal Must Be Really Desperate This Season

Arsenal giving away free road ticketsArsenal is a longtime power in the English Premier League, but is very inexperienced this season and is taking their lumps as a result. 

Last Sunday, they traveled about 400 miles north to play Manchester United and were mauled 8-2. About 3,000 fans made the trip and now those followers are being rewarded for their loyalty. 

Celebrity: 
Arsenal Football Club

Man Names Daughters After Maradona?

Mara and Dona named after Diego MaradonaAccording to sportsdeke.com, an Argentina journalist named his twin daughters Mara and Dona, because of the affection felt for his country's former soccer superstar Diego Maradona.

As sportsdeke notes and we agree: It is good for us all that he was not such a big fan of Brazilian standout Kaka. 

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Diego Maradona

Colorado Soccer Coach Gets Weird Email

Bill Hempen Big 12 emailLast month, University of Colorado soccer coach Bill Hempen received an odd email from the Big 12 Conference, asking him to nominate some of his players for preseason league honors. 

One problem, Colorado is now in the Pac-12. 

"As much as we miss the Big 12, I doubt if any of our players would get any votes," explained Hempen to the Denver Post. 

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Colorado Buffaloes Women's Soccer

Columbian Soccer Coach Punches Female Fan

Hernan Dario Gomez punches woman in BogotaHernan Dario Gomez is the coach of the national soccer team of Colombia, or at least he was until last week. 

Colombia had fared poorly in the South American championships (the Copa America) and Gomez was getting skewered by the media. 

Real Madrid Signs A 7-Year-Old

Real Madrid signs Leonel Angel Coira For many years, Real Madrid was the king of Europe. Recently, other clubs such as arch rival Barcelona and Manchester United are ruling the roost. So, to restock their roster, Real Madrid has been scouring Europe and South America for future stars. 

Monday, they signed a young play-maker from Argentina named Leonel Angel Coira, who happens to be 7-years-old. The “youngster” will join the club youth system on September 5. 

Celebrity: 
Real Madrid C.F.

Sharapova & Vujacic Grabbing Brunch (Photos)

Sunday morning, superstar tennis player Maria Sharapova and fiancée, basketball player Sasha Vujacic were spotted at the Le Pain Quotidien restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California.

The Russian born Sharapova is currently ranked fifth in the world by the WTA and is the owner of three Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon ’04, US Open ’06 & Australian Open ’08). She has put together a strong 2011, reaching the semifinals of the French Open and finishing runner-up at Wimbledon.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is A Worldwide Superstar (Video)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest and most beloved soccer players in the world. The planet's highest paid footballer boasts numerous individual and team honors from his time with Manchester United of the English Premier League. After being transferred to La Liga's famed Real Madrid, Ronaldo is hoping his record breaking individual accomplishments will propel his team past hated rival FC Barcelona and back on top of Spanish football.

What A Shock—Another Soccer Riot

2011 Copa AmericaCopa America is the most important soccer tournament in South America and has been filled with upsets as favorites Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and host Argentina were all eliminated in the quarterfinals, leaving four long shots in the semifinals. 

After playing a scoreless draw in one semi, Paraguay defeated Venezuela 5-3 on penalty kicks and predictably a riot broke out. 

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2011 Copa America

Ancient Chinese Secret?

2011 FIFA Women's World CupNorth Korea is in the news once again in a hilarious way. Their women's world cup team, which claimed that several of its players were hit by lightning in practice, but still traveled to and played in Germany, is at it again. 

Celebrity: 
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Women's World Cup Present & Future

2011 FIFA Women's World CupJapan's exciting victory over the USA on penalty kicks brought ESPN a huge national rating of 8.6, the second highest TV rating ever for women's soccer, trailing only the 1999 World Cup final between the USA and China on ABC, which garnered a 13.3. 

By comparison, the final round of the British Open on ESPN & ABC had a paltry 2.8 rating. Interestingly, the highest TV markets included: Baltimore, Washington DC and Norfolk. 

Celebrity: 
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Real Madrid Living Large in Los Angeles (Videos & Photos)

Real Madrid Living Large in Los Angeles (Videos & Photos)Legendary Spanish football franchise Real Madrid has descended upon Los Angeles for preseason training camp. This nearly 6,000 mile voyage coincides with the team's game against the LA Galaxy, played last Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Wednesday's contest vs. Chivas Guadalajara, played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

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Real Madrid C.F.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Kaka
Tomas Mejias
UCLA Bruins

Kaka

Kaka

World Cup Final Is Set

2011 FIFA Women's World CupWednesday, Team Japan scored its second consecutive major upset, defeating Sweden 3-1 to advance to the Women's World Cup final Sunday against the USA. Japan shocked Germany 1-0 last weekend to advance to today's semifinal. Japan is 0-3 this year against the Americans. 

Celebrity: 
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

USA Women Advance To The Semis

USA Women's SoccerThe Women's World Cup is down to their final four teams and it certainly is not the four teams everyone predicted. The semifinals feature three long shots in Japan, Sweden and France, along with the US, which overcame several controversial calls by the Australian referee to eliminate the Samba Queens from Brazil.  

Celebrity: 
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Different Kind Of Fantasy Football

NFLThe NFL lockout is now well past 100 days, so Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated has suggested that fans take up fantasy soccer.  Here are some of the proposed rules. 

A bicycle kick goal with the opposite foot: 10 points

A goal scored while pretending that your spine has been severed by a slight brush of your opponents' pinky finger:  7 points 

Goal scored without a riot:  6 points

 

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