Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo completes hat trick of pain for Antoine Griezmann

Over the last four months, Cristiano Ronaldo has inadvertently tormented Antoine Griezmann. First, Cristiano’s Real Madrid beat Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Griezmann missed a penalty in the second half that could have changed the outcome. Then, Cristiano’s Portugal beat Griezmann’s France in the Euro …

Dinamo Bucharest fans sabotage Steaua Bucharest choreography

As if losing 5–0 to Man City in a Champions League qualifying match where Kun Aguero missed two penalties and still had a hat trick wasn’t bad enough, Steaua Bucharest also suffered a prank from local rivals Dinamo Bucharest. From the Guardian: With anticipation high ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side, Steaua owner …

Paul Pogba’s agent named his company after Jerry Maguire

The undisputed king of this transfer window is agent Mino Raiola. He represents three of Man United’s four signings (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Paul Pogba), including the largest deal in the history of football. And the name of the Dutch firm raking in his cut of all this action? Maguire Tax & Legal. As …

Dirk Nowitzki does a Simone Zaza impression during charity match

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9OXUMfssoSQ Some time has passed since Simone Zaza’s cartoonish penalty in Italy’s shootout loss to Germany in the Euro 2016 semifinals, but German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going let him forget it. During a charity match in Mainz, Germany, Nowitzki replicated Zaza’s high-stepping run-up and crap shot, then laughed at Zaza’s endless pain. Nowitzki’s …

Andrei Arshavin scores wonder goal in Kazakhstan

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7p4kKO5OYmw Believe it or not, 35-year-old Andrei Arshavin is still playing football. Though he’s a long way from his days with Arsenal, playing for Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League, he’s still got some of the moves that made him a standout performer back at Euro 2008 and he showed this in a match against …

Belgium posts open call for national team manager applications

Belgium sacked Marc Wilmots after only making it as far as the Euro 2016 quarterfinals with their supposed golden generation before losing to Wales. However, they are apparently so devoid of ideas for a replacement that they have posted a job listing on the Belgian FA’s website along with an open call for applications. Here’s …

European football falls victim to Pokemon Go epidemic

If you see professional footballers running around the pitch while staring at their phones during matches this season, it’s because they’re playing Pokemon Go — a mobile game that has pretty much usurped pornography as the most popular thing on the internet in just a matter of days since its release. Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer shared …