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  • Deco finishes his own testimonial by equalizing with a lob off the crossbar against Barcelona

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle17 hrs ago

    Brazilian born Portuguese international Deco ended his glittering career last year with Fluminense and to honor him, two of his former clubs took part in a star-studded testimonial that came to a perfect end. The two teams with which Deco won the Champions League — Porto's 2004 squad and Barcelona's 2006 squad — were reassembled (as best as everyone's schedule would allow) to play the send-off match at the Estadio do Dragao.

    The likes of Vitor Baia, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Nuno Valente, Benni McCarthy and Dmitri Alenichev represented Porto, while Barca had Juliano Belletti, Sylvinho, Gio van Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel, Samuel Eto'o, Leo Messi, Ludovic Giuly and Edgar Davids (who only played one season on loan at Barca in 2004).

    Deco, who won the 2004 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award, started the match for Porto, and then switched to play a bit for Barca before finishing the match back with the home side. He scored for both teams, but he saved his best for last when lobbed in the final equalizer off the crossbar just before full time.

    And that is how you end a career.  

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  • Polish league keeper banks the ball off opponent's face and into his own net

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle18 hrs ago

    The only goal of the Polish Ekstraklasa match between Lechia Gdansk and Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala was an odd one. In the 29th minute, Podbeskidzie B-B keeper Richard Zajac received a simple backpass from one of his defenders and took a moment too long to decide what he wanted to do with it. This allowed Lechia midfielder Maciej Makuszewski to get right in front of him. Zajac decided not to let this deter his plans, though. So he kicked the ball off of Makuszewski's face, causing it to trickle into his own net.

    Makuszewski was credited with the easiest goal of his career, Lechia won 1-0, and Zajac somehow managed to make a mistake worse than his haircut.

    The new season has only just begun, leaving plenty of time for everyone to not forget that this happened.

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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

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  • Radamel Falcao almost takes pitcher's head off while trying baseball batting practice

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Monaco were in Miami for a friendly against Colombian side Atletico Nacional and while they were there, Radamel Falcao tried his hand at baseball. The prolific Colombian striker took batting practice at Marlins Stadium and as the video above shows, he took some good cuts.

    He even fired one line drive right back at the pitcher, who managed to just duck out of the way before being decapitated. Thankfully, no one was hurt and everyone was able to laugh about it, but that pitcher still got quite a scare.

    Liverpool players also took batting practice while in Boston for their friendly against Roma at Fenway Park. Here's Steven Gerrard's attempt...

    Video via 101GG

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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

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  • Letters from Bojan: Arriving in the mythical land of Stoke

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    The earnest question of whether Lionel Messi could do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke has persisted as cliched joke for a few years now. So when Barcelona surprisingly sold Bojan, a 23-year-old once hyped as the next Messi, to Stoke City, the only explanation was that Messi personally asked him to go there on an expedition to see if the conditions in this mythical place are as challenging as the fables suggest. This is Bojan's first letter back to his friend.

    Dear Leo,

    As promised, I am writing to let you know that I have arrived in Stoke. Gerard Pique was right. It is a real place. But the tales of endless nights filled with sheets of rain and frigid wind like a witch's breath that instantly turns foreigners to stone is not true. I have seen the sun here and it is quite warm, but I realize the season has not yet begun. Perhaps that is when the horrific conditions described on the internet curse the land. I must admit that I am still quite scared.

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  • Carmelo Anthony shows off his juggling skills at Real Madrid's training session in LA

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    NBA star Carmelo Anthony visited Real Madrid's training session in Los Angeles on Wednesday with his friend Dontaye Draper, who played for Real's basketball team for two years. Anthony said that he is a Madridista and his favorite player is "of course" Cristiano Ronaldo. He then demonstrated his juggling skills, penalty taking, and heading ability that rivals Peter Crouch.

    Once he had the champions of Europe thinking about asking for a refund on the € 80 million they just spent on James Rodriguez, Anthony met the Real Madrid players and Alvaro Arbeloa asked him about his new five-year deal with the New York Knicks and new teammate Jose Calderon. Everyone — including manager Carlo Ancelotti — then got together for a group photo.

    Xabi Alonso concluded the visit by inviting Melo to Madrid.

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