Dirty Tackle

  • Owen Hargreaves pulls off lovely rabona goal in the BT studio with first touch in two years

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves hasn't played professionally in two years since no top-flight clubs wanted to take a chance on his spontaneously exploding joints injuring their other players. Now a pundit for BT Sport, Hargreaves is confined to the studio and at the start of the clip above, claims he hasn't touched a ball in two years. He then proceeds to bang in a rabona off the post on his first try. 

    Of course, when he says he hasn't touched a ball in two years he really means that he's been practicing this in a shed eight hours a day for the last 17 months while listening to the Karate Kid soundtrack and crying, but it's best not to dwell on that and just celebrate with some Fruit Pastilles.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

  • Fan brings loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter to stadium to make sandwiches during Man City-CSKA match

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    While Man City were disappointing their home fans with a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow that leaves them bottom of the Champions League group E table, at least one supporter could take solace in the incredible savings he provided himself by making his own sandwiches at his seat.

    Following the match, a picture of a fan sitting front row, reportedly at the Etihad, with a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and what appears to be a knife spread on social media. It's unclear how this person got all of their sandwich fixings into the ground, but they seemed to be more focused on the sandwich making than the action on the pitch that City end the match with nine men

    One Man City fan has resorted to making a peanut butter sandwich at the Etihad. pic.twitter.com/yyDTrXDcyn

    We miss you tooth brush guy. We miss you so much.

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  • Jose Mourinho abruptly ends interview at the mention of upcoming Liverpool game

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    A 1-1 draw with Maribor in which Eden Hazard missed a penalty and Diego Costa had a goal disallowed left Jose Mourinho in a bad mood and he made this abundantly clear in his post-match interview. First, he said how unhappy he was with his team and then he mentioned his "long story" with referee Daniele Orsato, who sent Mourinho off twice during his two-year spell in Italy as manager of Inter.

    After Mourinho praised Maribor's defending, the interviewer asked if this performance made Chelsea's Premier League match against Liverpool on Saturday harder and the Chelsea boss walked out on him, refusing to answer. This can be seen at the end of the video above.

    A day earlier, he said that he wouldn't have rested players against a difficult opponent as Liverpool did against Real Madrid, adding,  “If one day I go to a game and I don’t feel I can win, maybe I don’t go. " So with a few days to go until the Liverpool match, he has to pace himself with the mind games. Otherwise he might get a jaw cramp.

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  • James Milner is too sad to argue Man City's latest Champions League failure

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    At fulltime of Man City's 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow at the Etihad, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleto and Samir Nasri crowded around the match officials to air their many grievances. At that moment, City were bottom of Champions League group E, winless and with just two points through four matches. Their chances of advancing to the knockout stage with Bayern Munich and Roma left to play now slim. Another embarrassingly quick exit from the competition seemingly inevitable. And James Milner was too sad to argue.

    The referee played an active role in the match, which is why the City trio decided to focus their anger on him. CSKA's Seydou Doumbia scored the match's first goal in just the second minute, but Yaya Toure equalized in the eighth with a curling free kick into the top corner. Doumbia went on to restore CSKA's lead in the 34th minute and Toure went on to get himself sent off in the 81st minute (he had previously been booked in the 66th minute) for shoving an opponent as if it was an acceptable thing to do.


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  • Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to equaling Raul's Champions League scoring record

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    Coming into this week's round of Champions League fixtures, Cristiano Ronaldo had a one-goal edge on Lionel Messi (70-69) as they both chased Raul's all-time scoring record in the competition (71). Though this is very much the season of Cristiano, he was unable to score in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday, giving Messi the chance to jump ahead in Barcelona's match against Ajax on Wednesday. And as we all know by now, Messi doesn't waste chances.

    Is Raul's Champions League record going to fall in the next 48 hrs? More on Ronaldo vs Messi http://t.co/BUTGXnJuAO pic.twitter.com/dH4pX158Qh

    The Argentine scored both of Barca's goals as they beat an Ajax side that played the final 18 minutes with 10 men. In doing so, Messi hopped over Ronaldo and equaled Raul's Champions League scoring record in the 2-0 win.

    Here's the goal that did it:

    It took Real Madrid legend (and newest New York Cosmos addition) Raul 144 Champions League matches to score his 71 goals, but Messi has done it in just 90. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has 70 goals in 107 games.

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  • Goalkeeper in Scottish fourth division immediately goes home to Canada after nightmare match

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    The recent Angus derby couldn't have gone much worse for Montrose goalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl. In what would be a 5-1 loss for Montrose, Arbroath keeper David Crawford even scored the first goal of his career against Birnstingl with a long free kick that took a high bounce and rolled over the Canadian's fingertips to dribble in. On top of that, Birnstingl was sent off in the 82nd minute for a bad challenge that forced Montrose to put a striker in goal since they had already used all three substitutes.

    The only thing that could have made it worse for Birnstingl would've been getting struck by lightning as he walked off. But he might have welcomed that after what he had just experienced.

    Though everyone has bad days and Crawford's goal probably shouldn't have even counted since the ball was still rolling when he kicked it, Birnstingl took it all especially hard and went with the extreme measure of immediately fleeing the country.

    From the Daily Record:

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  • Four days in the life of Arsene Wenger: A man constantly getting cut back down to size

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    Arsene Wenger is a man of balances that keep him in a state of constant state of fluctuation between joy and despair. He hasn't won the Champions League, but he has been in the competition 17 years in a row. He develops a great player and then they leave or repeatedly get hurt. He's had an undefeated season and then he's had nine years without winning a trophy. If he eats a delicious meal, he can be certain that dessert will make him sick. And over the first four days of November, that's pretty much what happened. 


    Wenger arrives at the Emirates, site of Arsenal's next two matches — a Premier League game against newly promoted Burnley and a Champions League game against Anderlecht. Coming off wins at Anderlecht and Sunderland in their previous two matches, he was feeling good when he spotted a familiar face on the wall.

    After the match, Wenger was quick to praise his side's defending.

    Boss: "We could not find that defensive stability but we've found it now and that's important in the Premier League" #AFCvAND




    But at least he got his zipper to work.

  • Dejan Lovren's daughter is not pleased with Brendan Rodgers' team selection

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    Brendan Rodgers opted to make wholesale changes to Liverpool's starting XI for their Champions League match at Real Madrid. This angered many fans as it gave the impression of throwing in the towel on what should have been a big night for the club, in order to keep the struggling team's players rested for an important Premier League match against Chelsea at the weekend. None were more upset than defender Dejan Lovren's one-year-old daughter Elena, though.

    Lovren's wife Anita shared a picture on Instagram of her daughter watching the match at the Bernabeu with her hands up, along with the caption "Why my daddy doesn't play????" Her dad wasn't even named on the substitutes bench.

    Several Liverpool fans offered unflattering answers to that question on Anita's Instagram page, but as Elena always says, "Haters gonna hate."

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, was a bit more pleased with Rodgers' decisions. Especially after taking a 1-0 lead against his toothless Liverpool in the 27th minute.

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  • Liverpool fan arrested for making Madrid cops chase a ball

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    Liverpool fans had a chance to live out the ultimate European away day in Madrid after being deprived of Champions League football in recent years, but local police weren't in the mood to let them kick their balls around like they own the place.

    Plaza Mayor was where the traveling supporters congregated in large numbers before kick-off against Real Madrid, drawing the attention of Madrid cops who are apparently do not enjoy balls flying around in the square. So they decided to try and confiscate the offending object, which started an impromptu game of keep away.

    As you can see in the video above (via our friends at Eurosport), one fan to kicked the ball away from the bumbling cops just before they could snatch it away. And for continuing their embarrassment, they arrested him.

    (Liverpool) @LFC banners in Madrid's emblematic Plaza Mayor earlier #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/psAEo0eUNM

  • Wayne Rooney sings with Ed Sheeran, Leon Osman covers Will Smith, Petr Cech drums to the Foo Fighters

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle 2 yrs ago

    (Warning: NSFW language at the start of the video)

    Wayne Rooney recently attended an Ed Sheeran concert (and unlike Mark Clattenburg, he didn't get in trouble for it) and after the show was over, he went to a local pub with the singer. Perhaps aided by a bit of liquid courage, Rooney sang an emotional rendition of the song "Lego House" with Sheeran accompanying him on guitar and a small audience singing along.

    Though no one will confuse Rooney for Frank Sinatra anytime soon (hair difficulties aside), you can really hear the pain of yet another disappointing World Cup experience in his voice.

    Elsewhere, Everton midfielder Leon Osman delivered a rousing performance of Will Smith's classic "Boom! Shake the Room!" at his testimonial dinner...

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