- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle10 hrs ago
Arsenal physio Terry Sminter has admitted that the club's ongoing injury crisis is down to his crippling fear of being alone. Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere all suffered injuries during Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Tottenham, continuing a problem that has plagued the club for years. And now Sminter has confessed to his part in the matter.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle21 hrs ago
The MLS Players Union has released an updated list of salaries for every player in the league and the top spot belongs to someone currently playing in Brazil.
Kaka joined incoming MLS club Orlando City from Milan at the end of June and was immediately sent out on loan to Sao Paulo, where he has two goals and one assist in 11 appearances. Though the 32-year-old Brazilian won't play for Orlando City until they join MLS in 2015, his guaranteed salary for 2014 is listed as $7,167,500 — a new MLS record.
To put that in perspective, Orlando City only have five players on the list and the combined guaranteed compensation for the four who aren't Kaka totals $251,837.50. Here's the league's top earners for 2014:
Sunday's Argentine Primera Division match between Belgrano and Racing Club resulted in five goals, four yellow cards and two reds — at least one of which was truly deserved.
During the match, Belgrano tested their theory that the best way to get an opponent off the ground is to anger them. Defender Pier Barrios achieved this by intentionally standing on a Racing player's leg. It worked in that the Racing player immediately got up off the ground, but it also get Barrios sent off.
Later, Belgrano keeper Juan Carlos Olave attempted a more passive-aggressive way of angering an opponent receiving treatment, but all he got was a kick to the back of the leg from the injured party.
Racing won 4-1, helped in part by Belgrano finishing the match with just nine men.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic blames 'someone' (Pep Guardiola) for ruining his best chance at winning the Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's PSG will face former club Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving him an opportunity to take yet another shot at Pep Guardiola. Ibrahimovic made it clear in his book, "I am Zlatan," that he did not get along with Guardiola during his one season at Barca. And now he's blaming "someone" for the team's 2009/10 Champions League failure. Of course, when Zlatan refers to "someone" it is always Pep Guardiola.
From the Guardian:
"It's nothing to complain about today, except for when I brought it up just now."
Though Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, Zlatan has famously never won it. He didn't explain what bad decisions he was referring to, but in both legs of Barcelona's doomed semifinal against Jose Mourinho's Inter that year, Zlatan was removed just after the hour mark. This, of course, is always a bad decision in Zlatan's mind.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made a habit of going back to the dressing room before the halftime and full time whistles sound, which means that if he's going to shake hands with opposing coaches, he tries to do it while the match is still going on. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert did not appreciate this on Saturday as his side was losing 3-0 to Chelsea.
When Mourinho gave Lambert a pat on the shoulder and extended his hand for a shake, the Villa manager instinctively went for it before retracting and pointing to his watch. He then went back to watching his team lose by three goals.
Mourinho took it in stride though, instead giving both Lambert and his assistant, Roy Keane, who was too busy having the scariest beard on the planet to move, a gentle pat before going on his way.
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No one likes to score own goals, but sometimes they happen in such strange ways that all you can do is laugh at them. And the own goal scored by Boa Esporte keeper Joao Carlos during his side's Brazilian Serie B match against Avai on Saturday is definitely the kind you have to laugh at.
Avai launched a counter attack after a failed Boa Esporte corner kick and Joao Carlos decided to come charging off his line to try and intercept a cross into the box. He dove for the ball, but didn't reach it and instead it went right to the Avai player behind him, who got off a quick shot. The Boa Esporte defender covering for Joao Carlos instinctively cleared it, but in doing so he banked the ball off of his downed keeper's head and back in for the own goal.
Avai were already up 1-0 when this happened, so the own goal put the match out of reach for Boa Esporte, who lost 2-0. Joao Carlos might not have found the humor in his own goal at the time, but he can take comfort in knowing that the rest of us did. Thank you, Joao Carlos.
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There was a wonderful bit of fair play in the Bundesliga on Saturday when the referee showed Borussia Monchengladbach's Christoph Kramer a yellow card for what he thought was a foul on Paderborn's Stefan Kutschke. Kramer, who you might remember from the head injury he suffered in the World Cup final, couldn't believe he was booked and reacted with bemusement. But Kutschke stepped in and showed his exemplary sportsmanship by explaining to the referee that he just fell on his own and Kramer didn't touch him.
The ref then rescinded the yellow card and the match resumed with a dropped ball. Visiting Gladbach went on to win 2-1.
"There was no challenge," Kutschke later told reporters of the incident. "I slipped on the turf and I pointed that out to the referee. But then I saw that Christoph Kramer was shown a yellow card and I said — no, that wasn't a foul."
Arjen Robben does not understand any of this.
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There are many dangers in the world. The oceans have sharks, the woods have bears, and football grounds have sprinklers. Gary Neville met his nightmare while being interviewed at The Hawthorns before West Brom's 4-0 win over Burnley.
Not realizing that he was standing right next to a dormant sprinkler head, Neville was given a jolt when the beast awoke and started spraying its harmless venom. After doing a little dance, Neville saw the humor in his terror and giggled like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
He will never begin a pitchside interview before checking for sprinklers again.
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago
French defender Jeremy Mathieu arrived at Barcelona last summer with little fanfare, but he has quickly become a standout performer, taking a starting place from Gerard Pique in the process. One Barcelona fan wasn't pleased with Mathieu after his side's 0-0 draw at Malaga on Wednesday, though.
The man confronted Mathieu about the first points Barca dropped this season by knocking on the window of his Ferrari. Mathieu didn't like this strange man touching his expensive car, so he got out and asked what the man's problem was.
"You cost me € 200!" the man told a very confused Mathieu before asking, "Why did you draw with Malaga?"
The problem with all of this? Well, there's a few. But to start, Mathieu wasn't even in the squad for the Malaga match. So with this in mind, the footballer got back in his car to leave the confused man to be handled by security staff and the police.
Mathieu did play in Barcelona's match against Granada on Saturday, though. And they won 6-0.
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle3 days ago
Manchester United (and England) captain Wayne Rooney was shown a straight red card for kicking Stewart Downing in the 60th minute of his side's match against West Ham. It was very dumb.
In an desperate attempt to stop Downing from mouting a counter attack, Rooney kicked him in the thigh from behind. It made the referee's decision an easy one.
Rooney started off the match much better, though. He opened the scoring in just the fifth minute to help his team take a 2-1 lead into halftime, but this being a Man United match in the post-Ferguson era, they could not go an entire 90 minutes without a fright.
Man United weathered the final 30 minutes with 10 men and won 2-1. The three-match ban Rooney will have to serve for his first red card at the club level since 2009 will keep him out of matches against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea.
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