Start Your AFCON Campaign With A True Howler

The week’s most absurd soccer moments

By Sam Patterson

Goalie Itumeleng Khune’s butterfingers gave Mauritania an early lead, and South Africa’s AFCON qualifying campaign went running face first into a brick wall. [source: streamable]

We’re not quite sure what Michael Kokocinski, a defender for TSV Munich’s reserve squad (in the German 4th tier), was thinking with this back-pass. [source: The Mirror]

It seems like the referee was playing favorites, and Mallorca’s Lucas Alvedano lost. [source: 101greatgoals]

We will never stop loving John Anthony Brooks’ past exploits for the USMNT, but we can chastise him for this mortar of a shot against Peru. [source: Eat My Goal]

It speaks to Italy’s form that striker Antonio Candreva felt the need to unveil this shameful piece of simulation against lowly Malta (while clinging to a paltry 1–0 lead in the 87th minute). [source: Bleacher Report]

First Gareth Bale had to endure friction with Madrid’s rabid fan base. Then this weekend he faced a jinx from part-time warlock Tal Ben Haim that sent his free-kick over the bar. [source: imgur]