Posts Tagged ‘Soccer

08
Oct
08

Soccer Team Goes For a Fatal Swim

As a means to dispel some bad spirits and help their team win a soccer match, 16 members of the second division Midland Portland Cement team in Zimbabwe went swimming in the Zambezi river while in the resort city of Victoria Falls. Nothing too extraordinary there, a nice show of team unity if anything. Unfortunately, only 15 members of the team came out of the water. Local police commander Peter Rodzi said afterwards that “The area where the team was swimming is prohibited as the current is strong. The river is also infested with crocodiles and hippos.” The missing player has yet to be found.
The swim was recommended to the players by the team’s technical committee in order to be cleansed of bad spirits. Believing in spirits and their power is a common held religious belief in Zimbabwe and much of Africa.

[Reuters]

02
Oct
08

I’m A HERO! Oops, I Blew It…

Here’s some video from a German soccer match where the goalie takes and then scores on a penalty kick. Clearly pretty happy with himself he takes his time making his way back to his own goal, celebrating with his teammates. Alas, the other team wasn’t content with dawdling and took their revenge on him. Check it out!

18
Sep
08

Streaking Can Be Dangerous

I love streaking. In college I streaked every Thursday and it made the college experience better for everyone. The opportunity to see me naked is one everyone should opt for. Thus when I came across this video of a guy streaking a soccer game in Australia I had to post it. Nathan Roberts is a player on the Virginia B Grade team but is sidelined due to fluid in his lungs, pneumonia and an inflamed liver and spleen. During a recent match between United and Hummocks Watchman Eagles after having “knocked back a few bevvies” it was mentioned that someone should streak. Taking up the offer after $50 was offered, Roberts went for it. The only stipulation was that he had to do a cartwheel while streaking. That, unfortunately, is when the troubles began. Join us as we watch the video (taken by his sister) together in all its grainy digitalized goodness and see what happens. Like any good streaker, Roberts had no regrets, “I like a bit of attention and I’d do it again,” he said. “But I’d up the price.”

Roberts gets tended to after injurying his foot when attempting a naked cartwheel.

Roberts gets tended to after knocking himself unconscious doing a naked cartwheel. He was taken off the field in a stretcher.

26
Aug
08

Rape Returns to the Duke Campus

Just when the Duke Rape scandal seemed to go away, Rape rears its not so ugly face on campus once more; Ashley Rape that is. The freshman soccer player who was ranked as the 5th best soccer recruit in the country will be joining the Blue Devils’ soccer team this fall. On the field, Rape has been a member of the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 National Teams and was a selection for Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” this past February. Rape is, obviously, a striker with a nose for the ball, her senior year alone she scored 19 times, not to mention the 21 assists. If you see her coming down the field your defense had better stand up because she’s coming to score and score often. Remember, always go for the eyes and the groin. I hope the Duke athletic staff intends to keep her well away from the lacrosse boys and strippers, Rape should always be kept far far away from those parties.

15
Aug
08

The Chinese Show Their Sportsmanship

52 minutes into their soccer match, Chinese athletics took a sharp nosedive from respectability when Tan Wangsong kicked Belgian soccer player Sebastien Pocognoli directly into the nuts. Apparently Pocognoli’s wang wasn’t enough of a chanteuse for the Chinese and thus this necessary step had to be taken. Wangsong’s was the first of two Chinese red cards in the game, in which they eventually lost, the second coming when the team captain elbowed someone.

These types of incidents are not unknown amongst the Chinese soccer set though, in fact, they are almost common. The Chinese take a lot of pride in soccer, despite their team only qualifying for one World Cup, (Japan/Korea) where they were held without a goal for the entire tournament. After losing to Brazil in an Olympic game, there was a mini-riot outside the stadium until police came and broke it up, so this craziness is not just left to the players on the pitch.

“Most of the men’s soccer players are poorly educated,” Xu Guoqi a professor at Kalamazoo College and author on a book regarding Chinese soccer said, “One soccer player even tried to stab somebody to death in a bar fight.”Among the other poor activities on the men’s soccer team include in March 2007, a former goalkeeper for the national team, Liu Yunfei, being arrested on drug charges. Another goalie, An Qi, was caught with a prostitute in a hotel in 2005. But then again, who amongst us HASN’T been caught with a Chinese prostitute at least once?

10
Jul
08

Being Hammered New Qualification for Refs

The NBA had Tim Donaghy fixing games, which is a pretty dastardly thing to do, but in the soccer leagues of Belarus they have a very different problem with their referees, drunkenness.

Initially, referee Sergei Schmolik was escorted off the field and taken to the hospital for tests because it seemed like his back was hurting him. It wasn’t. His strange refereeing style may have had something to do with the fact that he instead tested for high levels of alcohol in his system.

“The stadium crowd were stunned by Shmolik’s peculiar behaviour. The referee was hardly moving by the end of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, as he officiated the game from the centre circle, refusing to go to his pocket for any cards throughout.

“I haven’t seen a drunk referee before. It’s just beyond my comprehension,” said Belarus national coach Berndt Stange, who was at the game.”

I particularly love the wave he gives to the crowd as he comes off the field, I just can’t believe they even needed to test for alcohol, as it seems pretty clear to me that he’s hammered, but then again, I’d be hammered if I was in Belarus too…

[Sports by Brooks]

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01
Jul
08

I Suppose He Could Have Been a Dickhead

soccerball-faceHaving helped defeat the Russians in the semi-finals, Ballface Linares was totally deflated after the game when he was rejected by 3 different ladies.




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