Imagine a tackle so bad that the player gets a 14-game suspension. Brazil’s Smith almost decapitates an opponent at a Peruvian match between Alianza Universidad and Deportivo Municipal. Is he just angry at having the dullest name in samba history?
It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt, wasn’t it? 19-year-old Brazilian debutant Maurides celebrates his 88th minute goal with a backflip, lands awkwardly and buckles his knee. From glory to ignominy, all in the time it takes to say, “Youtube hit!”
Here’s a rather nifty little video courtesy of the FA which they showed at our Supporters Summit. It’s a run down of 150 years’ worth of English football history, all shown at a whippet-like pace. It’s worth two and a half minutes of anyone’s time.
Didn’t think you could be sent off for a poor first touch? Think again. Ukrainian U21 captain Olesandr Noyok receives his second booking just four seconds after his first yellow. Why? A terrible first touch of course.
South Africa look set to miss out on Brazil 2014 thanks to a bullet header from Bernard Parker…into his own goal. “Oh my God,” the Kaizer Chiefs striker almost certainly didn’t say as it ripped past his own keeper.
Ronaldinho: “I was cleaning my mouth and the referee played on. It was not rehearsed or anything, no, it was luck.” Erm, we don’t think lack of rehearsal exempts you from cheating, does it? Watch it and weep.
Sunday’s Swiss Super League game between FC Thun and Zurich saw a pretty unusual pitch invader as a pesky pine marten ran amok. Players and officials gave chase although they couldn’t get near it until Zurich defender Loris Benito got touch tight with the furry fiend.