Dirty Tackle

  • The brightest and bleakest futures of Romelu Lukaku's move from Chelsea to Everton

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle9 hrs ago

    Everton have paid a club record Β£28 million to take Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell last season. The fact that Everton would pay so much for the 21-year-old and that Chelsea would let go of a promising young striker when they've had so many problems at that position in recent years both raise questions about the move. So it is our duty to look into the future for a glimpse of the best and worst outcomes of this deal for each side.

    Everton

    The immediate future is undeniably bright. Lukaku was the one player the club wanted more than any other in this transfer window and now they've got him on a five-year deal. He led the team with 16 goals in all competitions last season. The price was high, but, for a club not known for possessing financial muscle, this can also be seen as a positive. Kind of like a person lifting a bus with their bare hands to save a child trapped underneath.

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  • Brazilian defender kisses angry opponent on the neck

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle12 hrs ago

    Internaticional striker Rafael Moura was upset about a collision with Ceara defender Sandro during a Copa do Brazil match Wednesday night. Normally, these types of situations can escalate to fisticuffs or words that can never be taken back, so Sandro attempted to defuse the situation by giving Moura a kiss on the neck.

    Though, this could have made things even worse, the surprising show of affection apparently confused Moura enough to make him immediately flee the scene.

    After Luis Suarez used the World Cup in Brazil as an occasion to bite an opponent for the third time in his career, it's kind of nice to see an altercation during a match in the same country end with a bit of tenderness instead of attempted cannibalism. At least someone is learning from Suarez's mistakes.

    Ceara went on to win 2-1, with Inter equalizing in the second minute of injury time before Ceara scored the winner in the third minute of injury time.

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  • No one is enjoying the Awkward Ashley Cole meme more than Ashley Cole

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle22 hrs ago

    Ashley Cole posed with his new Roma teammates as if he wasn't sure if he was allowed to be in the photo and the internet took over from there. So now Ashley Cole hovering in the background with his hands clasped behind his back has become a meme and no one finds it funnier than Ashley Cole himself. 

    Cole retweeted several of the photoshops doing the rounds, including a couple that called back to painful moments in his recent past. First, he shared one of him standing under the plane as the England team he was excluded from prepared to depart for the World Cup.

    β€œ@mrblackmills: This one is brilliant!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #AshleyColeInHistory #Creeping pic.twitter.com/Y0zX62kE9n” lol they got me hangin on tireπŸ˜‚

    Then he shared one that had him in the background of a photo of ex-wife Cheryl Cole with her new husband.

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  • Carles Puyol demonstrates impressive yoga poses with his girlfriend, inspires imitator

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Barcelona great Carles Puyol has retired from football and it seems he has replaced it in his life by serving as the base for his girlfriend's acrobatic yoga poses. Puyol has been posting pictures of him and girlfriend, Vanessa Lorenzo, doing next-level yoga on Instagram.

    Behold the synergy of mind and body that can only be achieved by someone who has the hair strength of 1,000 shorter haired people.

    This impressive display even inspired Spanish actor Carles Sans to follow Puyol's lead.

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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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  • Louis van Gaal thinks someone broke Manchester United (and it wasn't Alex Ferguson)

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Though Louis van Gaal has started his reign at Manchester United by notching two wins in as many preseason matches, he is far from satisfied with the state of his team. He said Man United's 3-2 win over Roma was "not a good performance" and now he's expressed his belief that it would have been easier to follow Sir Alex Ferguson than David Moyes because someone (or someones) broke the team.

    From the Telegraph:

    So who broke Man United? Well, no one wants to point any fingers, but their names might rhyme with "Shmavid Shnoyes" and "Bed Boodbard."

    In related news, David Moyes immediately burned his newspaper after reading these quotes.

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