Dirty Tackle

  • Dunga doesn't want Brazil players wearing earrings, hats or flip-flops

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    In his ongoing effort to whip Brazil into shape after their profound embarrassment at the World Cup, new/old manager Dunga has set some new rules for the team and at least some of them seem to be targeting star man Neymar.

    Dunga has told his players to avoid wearing earrings, hats and flip-flops — a.k.a. 92 percent of Neymar's wardrobe.

    From Reuters:

    So these things aren't banned, but the players will be if they violate any of the new rules. Got it.

    As Brazil showed during the World Cup, belting out the national anthem is probably what they do best, so that shouldn't be a problem. The "no religious statements" rule might mean the end of Ka-"I belong to Jesus"-ka's international career, though. Also, the members of the 2014 World Cup squad might want to ask if "paying for their excess baggage costs" means they have to cover their own therapy for the resulting emotional baggage.

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  • Everything Mario Balotelli was blamed for in Liverpool's loss to Real Madrid

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Though Mario Balotelli has gotten off to a terrible start at Liverpool, it has become clear that many fans, pundits and even some people at his own club are all too eager to blame all of the problems currently plaguing Liverpool on the new guy with the reputation for trouble. This was perhaps most evident in Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

    With that said, here's everything that Balotelli is being blamed for...

    The entire first half

    Real Madrid toyed with Liverpool in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of 18 minutes. As has been the case throughout much of the last two seasons under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool's defending against Madrid was like colander being used to plug up a fire hose. So, Rodgers decided to make a change at halftime and that change was to replaced Balotelli with Adam Lallana.

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