- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle16 hrs ago
Before he set off for his relaxing four-month break in Catalunya, the Uruguayan met with Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan.
As you can see, there was some mild confrontation.
- - - - - - -
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
Boffins at Cambridge University Press have compiled a multi-billion word database in order to find the terms most associated with each 2014 World Cup football team.
By scouring a broad range of English-language media sources throughout the tournament, the study has produced a list of the top three words used in conjunction with each team in Brazil. Here's the full list, as per the BBC:
While some terms are quite unsurprising (Belgium "dark horse"; Honduras "physical"; Cameroon "hapless"; Spain "humiliation") there are plenty that don't seem to quite fit. The top word for England, for example, is "exciting." That really couldn't be any further from reality. And Portugal's second most popular word is "ego", but that appears to have been accidentally inserted in place of the word "Ronaldo."
The USA's terms are typically patriotic ("determined, heroic, courageous") and Uruguay's are at least 66% dictated by the actions of Luis Suarez ("bite, disgrace, doe-or-die").
David Luiz was handed the captain's armband on Tuesday evening, charged with the responsibility of leading hosts Brazil to the World Cup Final.
Instead of providing resolve as a fearless leader, however, the Paris Saint-Germain star oversaw one of the biggest embarrassments in Brazilian football history as the Selecao were crushed 7-1 by Germany in Belo Horizonte.
The happy-go-lucky 27-year-old has a smile on his face for 99.9% of his waking hours, but was understandably distraught as the whistle blew and he became a part of an unfortunate chapter in Brazilian World Cup history.
Thanks to some comically bad defending, nervous incomplete touches and a complete lack of discipline, Brazil conceded five goals in the first half of its World Cup semifinal with Germany.
The Selecao's performance was so bad that it broke records: never before has a team at the World Cup been allowed to score five goals in such a short period of time:
29 minutes is the earliest in a #WorldCup game that any team has ever scored five goals.
Incredibly, four of Germany's goals were scored in six minutes — that's probably a record while playing FIFA, let alone during an actual World Cup game.
Germany also has equalled a scoring record that was set by Brazil in 1958:
In that semifinal, Brazil beat France 5-2 — the same score it managed against Sweden in the final. In that semi, however, the score was only 2-1 at halftime.
The World Cup may still be in full swing, but many clubs across Europe have started pre-season training. However, it appears that preparations for the 2014/15 season aren't going too well at Blackpool, who have just eight senior players in their squad and no full-time backroom staff.
As their 2013/14 Championship season petered out and they finished just two points above the relegation zone, the Seasiders slowly started losing personnel. In fact, 17 players were released at the end of the season and several other loan players were sent back to their parent clubs.
New manager José Riga was introduced at the beginning of June, but so far he hasn't hired any assistants and has only been able to bring in one player — defender Tony McMahon, who was on loan last season.
With just five weeks to go until the new campaign, Riga was forced to delay pre-season training until this week. When the first session did happen, it had fewer attendees than a Milli Vanilli reunion concert...
Blackpool squad in pre season training 😂 pic.twitter.com/YqheZcBon3
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle4 days ago
As the World Cup approaches its climax, many of Europe's smaller clubs have been battling in the 2014/15 Europa League qualifying phase. Last Thursday, Montenegro's FK Čelik Nikšić hosted Slovenian PrvaLiga side Koper in the first leg of the first qualifying round.
The home side were beaten 5-0, thanks in part to a goal in which their goalkeeper appeared to jump over the ball, allowing it to roll into the net unimpeded.
This hilariously bad goalkeeping has raised some eyebrows, with one Hungarian website calling it a "scandal" while suggesting Čelik capitulated in a "suspicious manner." Several reports also claimed that the home team "seemed uninterested."
With such superb goalkeeping on display in Brazil, it's good to know that the Europa League is providing some karmic balance.
- - - - - - -
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle6 days ago
The people of Brazil are coming to terms with the back injury that will prevent Neymar from competing in the remainder of the 2014 World Cup, but no one is more upset than little Ana Bella Weiss.
Soon after the Selecao's victory over Colombia, the 21-month-old toddler was filmed by her parents as she reacted to the Barcelona superstar's painful predicament.
"Neymar is broken!" she correctly cries at the beginning of the clip, before her mother explains that he is in hospital and the doctors are taking good care of him. The adorable youngster then repeats "Where is Neymar?" while growing increasingly frantic, despite mom's best efforts to calm her.
The suggestion that there will be another World Cup in 2018 does nothing to stem the water works. Clearly, mom just doesn't get it.
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle7 days ago
Argentina has no shortage of talent at the 2014 World Cup Brazil, but one of the South American nation's most creative and skilful prospects won't be found on the field this summer.
Away from her duties as a model and TV producer, Fiorella Castillo has carved a reputation of one of the most impressive freestyle footballers on the streets.
Not only can she juggle with the best of them, but she does so in high heels.
After reading about her claims of defeating over 800 menat freestyling on Ipanema Beach, I managed to track her down to see her skills firsthand -- and challenge her to a game of horse.
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle7 days ago
James/Hamez Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of the 2014 World Cup during Colombia's 2-1 loss to Brazil, bagging a consolation from the penalty spot in the 80th minute.
There has been a lot of metaphorical weight on the 22-year-old's shoulders during the tournament, but there was quite literally more weight on him when a gigantic insect landed on his arm while celebrating his spot kick.
The green creature might have been a cricket, a locust or another of Brazil's 70,000 insect species. Either way, Rodriguez didn't seem to notice its presence.
However, at this point, DT is not ruling out the possibility that the Colombian star deliberately invited the insect to accompany him as a Jiminy Cricket-style sidekick, in order to promote a forthcoming series of children's animated movies about a young boy who scored a bunch of World Cup goals and tremendously inflated his transfer value.
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle8 days ago
Russia's Fabio Capello was the highest paid manager at the 2014 World Cup, earning an annual salary of$11.2 million according to Forbes. Sadly, the Russian Football Union's hefty investment in the Italian didn't pay off, as it was sent home from Brazil without a win.
The well-remunerated coach will now begin preparation for Euro 2016— but not before being forced to appear before Russian parliament to explain his lack of success.
[More World Cup: Rising star trying to derail Neymar, Brazil]