- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle19 hrs ago
A 90-yard half-volley helped put newly promoted Bundesliga side Paderborn top of the table (if only for a moment) with a 2-0 win against Hannover 96. With Paderorn up 1-0 late in the match, Hannover pushed everyone forward for a last-chance free kick — including their goalkeeper. When the ball was cleared to Moritz Stoppelkamp, he turned and launched a shot over the defenders that gently rolled in for an empty-net goal. Simple as that.
Stoppelkamp's goal sealed Paderborn's victory and put them ahead of Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich on goal difference. It set a Bundesliga record for longest goal and it also made for an interesting image on the 2D replay...
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle20 hrs ago
Oktoberfest has begun and to mark the occasion, 1860 Munich wore a lederhosen inspired kit for their Bavarian derby with Ingolstadt in the 2. Bundesliga. Though the match ended in a 1-1 draw, 1860 won the day with their special kit.
1860 Munich's new lederhosen-themed kits to celebrate Oktoberfest.... pic.twitter.com/vc1uAQBzLx
Last season Bayern Munich wore a lederhosen inspired away kit that might have inspired the club with which they share the Allianz Arena. But 1860 put their own twist on the concept with the blue and white checked shirt and detailing on the shorts. The fans also displayed a lederhosen tifo before the match.
The kit was modeled after what the team wears for their Oktoberfest celebrations each year. It translates so well that they should probably consider making this kit design a new tradition. Because the thing about Oktoberfest kits is that they'll always look good after drinking the right amount of beer (a.k.a. all the beer).
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle21 hrs ago
James Rodriguez scores his first La Liga goal in style, pinning the ball to the top corner from outside the penalty area against Deportivo La Coruna. His goal was sandwiched between two from Cristiano Ronaldo to give Real Madrid a 3-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Gareth Bale added two of his own, Ronaldo completed his hat trick and Chicharito scored his first two goals in a white shirt to give Madrid a 8-2 win.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made headlines a day earlier by saying, "I do not know how James plays" despite spending 80 million euros on him after his outstanding World Cup performance for Colombia. Well Florentino, this is how he plays. Not bad.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a deal that will allow him to mentally return to Manchester United while he continues to physically play for Real Madrid. Man United will pay the Spanish giants a £ 200 million fee in the first of its kind agreement, breaking the British transfer record they set during the summer window with the £60 million signing of Angel Di Maria, also from Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has repeatedly spoken of his desire to return to Man United since leaving the club for Spain in 2009, fueling rumors that have intensified in recent weeks. And now the two-time World Player of the Year says he has found the ideal arrangement: continuing to play for Real Madrid as he is now, but also pretending to play for Manchester United in his mind.
Manchester United's home loss to Swansea to start the season featured something that appeared truly nauseating and it wasn't Man United's performance. Early in the match, Ashley Young looked to be the victim of a laser-guided shot of bird poop directly to his mouth. Footage of the incident quickly spread across the Internet, causing all who viewed it to recoil in horror and brush their teeth until their toothbrushes turned into a prison shivs.
Closer examination of higher resolution video later seemed to prove that the substance assumed to be bird poop actually landed behind Young just as he spit up on his own lips and the whole thing was a perfect storm of optical illusions and regurgitation, but Ashley Young himself still remains unsure about what happened that day. His teammates were happy to mock him about it, though.
FIFA has asked executives to return luxury watches gifted to them by one of the Brazilian football confederation's sponsors during the World Cup, but UEFA president Michel Platini has decided that he's not going to.
From the BBC:
Since the watches were reported to FIFA's ethics committee, FA chairman Greg Dyke and FIFA vice president Jim Boyce have both said they will return the watches. Under FIFA rules, officials are only allowed to accept gifts with symbolic or trivial value.
Platini, meanwhile, said he will make a cash donation of the same value as the watch to an unspecified charity, but you'll have to pry his free watches from his cold, dead wrist. From the AP:
And just to push the situation to maximum absurdity, FIFA president Sepp Blatter decided to turn his Twitter account into a parody of itself by tweeting this...
Everyone in the global football community has a responsibility to act ethically. Football fans rightly demand this. FIFA has taken the lead.
MLS and EA Sports held a launch party for FIFA 15 in New York City and it featured a special performance from FIFA 15 cover star and hip hop enthusiast Clint Dempsey. We can only hope that this starts a trend that international cover boy Lionel Messi continues.
During the World Cup it was announced that Dempsey will soon release a full album with rapper XO called The Redux and this marked their first live performance, along with Trae Tha Truth, since the reveal. You can see Dempsey take the stage about 1:10 into the video above on a song called "Hot Fire."
And if that's not a large enough sample for you, here's the first single from The Redux entitled "It's Poppin'"...
Dempsey's FIFA 15 rating hasn't been made public yet, but after seeing this he should definitely be somewhere in the 90s for the flow category.
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Roy Keane is terror. But he is apparently the kind of terror that Aston Villa needed because since he's joined the club as Paul Lambert's assistant manager, they've started the season undefeated with three wins and a draw, putting them second behind Chelsea after finishing 15th last season. And the players have been praising his influence.
Said Alan Hutton (via the Daily Mail):
Joe Cole echoed that sentiment. From the Irish Independent:
Keane has a variety of looks that convey his volcanic aura in a number of subtle but fiery ways. The following is a collection of the ones he's used thus far to spur Villa on to an undefeated start. (Waring: You'll notice that as Roy Keane's beard grows menacingly thicker, your control over your bowels will lessen significantly.)
The "I can see you, I know what you've done, and you better fix it right now."
Riding high after a convincing 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, Roma manager Rudi Garcia used his Twitter account to declare his relationship with Roma TV presenter Francesca Brienza on Thursday. The couple were recently pictured having dinner together by a gossip magazine, so they posted matching tweets that read, " “Ah I forgot... It is my private life. Francesca[/Rudi] is part of it and not only since yesterday." The message was accompanied by a picture of them at the Colosseum.
Ah dimenticavo.. È la mia vita privata. Francesca ne fa parte e non da ieri 😉 pic.twitter.com/dJiMAHsjWn
If you look closely, you can probably see Ashley Cole lurking in the background of that Colosseum visit.
MLS has unveiled a new logo as part of a major rebrand for the league that completely eliminates the '90s style foot and ball design that has represented it from the beginning. And the new design is...well, it just is.
The new logo, which will be used for the 2015 season and beyond, is more of crest and its elements are all very simple at first glance. It will appear in customized colors for each club in the league. There's a slash that extends beyond the perimeter of the crest and demonstrates a total disregard for people with OCD. There's a lot of blank space. But the league explains that each element has a goofy explanation to it.
You might laugh at the clarification that MLS stands for Major League Soccer, but go to www.MLS.com and you'll see why that was necessary.