The preseason fundraisers, I mean tournaments, continue around the world this week for many of Europe’s top soccer teams, and it seems to have been an especially bloopery few days!
To give you an idea of where some of the big clubs are playing at the moment: Manchester United, Man City and Real Madrid are three of the teams taking part in the Herbalife World Football Challenge, a tournament that pits some of the top sides in the world against a handful of Major League Soccer teams. Barcelona is about to join the WFC after winning the Audi Cup over in Germany, while Chelsea is spending the summer over in Asia, battling for the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Sure, fans around the world have been treated to some great soccer so far, but they are also getting to see their fair share of flubs as well! Why don’t we let Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun kick things off for us:
The only thing that could have made this one any worse is if he ended up hurting himself in the process!
Up next, we’ve got Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli, who caught some serious flak for an incident on Sunday that his coach called “disrespectful.” Early on during a game against the LA Galaxy (which City won on penalties), Balotelli found himself wide open with the ball at his feet…but rather than take a shot, he tried a spinning back heel that dribbled wide of the net:
I think he either thought he was offside, or he thought he was about to score the goal of the century, but it’s tough to tell. Whatever the case, City manager Roberto Mancini was enraged by the play and took him off minutes later!
This last blooper comes to us from Man United’s 4-0 thrashing of the MLS All-Star team on Wednesday, but it’s a linesman that ends up red in the face:
You know the situation has gotten out of control when even the refs start diving!
To more serious matters now: remember that Brazilian goalie who jump kicked another player earlier this week? As I told you on Wednesday, Gustavo the goalie was let go by his team, Sport Recife, but the story doesn’t end there.
The Daily Mail reports he may end up facing a charge of attempted murder when all is said and done. Police have apparently spoken to several witnesses and plan to speak with him next.
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Have you heard of Neymar? I have three words to describe what you’re about to see: Oh. My. Goodness.