Video of the week: Bayern Munich player Niklas Süle produces ridiculous own goal

Bayern Munich has sealed the title in the German Bundesliga for the approximately 643th time in a row. After a 4:1 away win in the Bavarian derby against Augsburg, Bayern secured their 28th championship in early April already. One has to admit: their dominance in their own country’s football is thoroughly impressive.

But the football universe is used to see Bayern celebrate titles way before the season ends. So, what actually stays in mind from last weekend’s game in Augsburg is the hilarious own goal produced by Bayern’s young defender Niklas Süle to give Augsburg an early 1:0 lead.

It was an own goal that actually makes you feel sorry for the 22-year old, who now actually has become the youngest Bundesliga player to ever have scored three own goals with 22 years, 7 months and 6 days.

Not only this inglorious record should awake our pity for Süle, but, even more, the fact that the own goal was absolutely not his fault after all. And that’s what makes this goal so brilliantly hilarious, too.

This slapstick-goal started out with his teammate, Jerome Boateng, losing the ball due to a horrific stoppage error, resulting in an Augsburg attacker being able to have a one on one with Bayern’s keeper Ulreich, who then was actually able to clear the ball away. However, as you’ll probably be able to imagine by now, the ball goes straight into Süle’s face and from there it finds the back of the net. Ouch.

See for yourself: Süle’s own goal against Augsburg (from 01:35 onwards)

At least he’ll have the silverware soon to chill his face a bit after that hit.

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The invincibles: Football Teams across Europe that harldy lost any games this season (Wednesday Shortlist #23)

Paris St. Germain, Bayern Munich, Celtic Glasgow. Teams that will probably collect their trophies way before the last matchday. European league football has become a bit boring lately. However, there are a couple of teams that – statistically – impress even more than these. Let’s see who Europe’s invincibles truly are:

1) Lincoln Red Imps, Gibraltar. (W-D-L: 12-1-0)

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2) Cork City, Ireland. (3-0-0)

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3) FC Barcelona, Spain. (20-5-0, Boring, I know.)

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4) FC Porto, Portugal. (20-4-0, so unless they’re facing Liverpool they’re actually quite capable, apparently)

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5) Manchester City, England. (23-3-1, also they lost to Liverpool. What happened to that Andy Carroll and Stuart Downing club we all used to laugh at?)

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6) SSC Napoli, Italy. (22-3-1)

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7) Red Star Belgrade, Serbia. (20-3-1)

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8) Red Bull Salzburg, Austria (16-7-1)

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5 promising football players who fucked up their careers big time (Wednesday Shortlist #22)

Modern day football is a harsh business. Today, promising players become brands, role models and items of public interest before they even made their first steps on the pitch as professional footballers. Take Youssoufa Moukoko as an example. In the meanwhile, everybody who’s bothered enough to browse through football-related news outlets like this one right here, should have come across this name. The 13 year-old is currently ripping apart the U17 Bundesliga with the youth side of Borussia Dortmund and is already dubbed the next big thing in world football. But hey, don’t forget about the likes of Martin Odegaard – players that have been given the same outrageous media attention and clearly harmful hype in the last years and who have struggled to reach what were believed to be able to do.

What separates players like Odegaard from the five gentlemen, I’m going to introduce to you in a bit is the simple fact that the young Norwegian is still capable of changing his faith and eventually making it big in world football. I want to dedicate this shortlist to five players, that have already completely fucked up their careers and have meanwhile gone from hero to zero.

5) Freddy Adu

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His story could have been a football edition of the American Dream. Aged 13, Adu was the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract with a MLS Team, when he joined D.C. United in 2004. Back then, he was dubbed the biggest hope for soccer in America. He was believed to be something like the American Pelé. Also Nike recognized that, signing a million-dollar deal with the young midfielder that was originally born in Ghana. At this time, Adu had many offers from European top teams including Manchester United, Inter Milano and PSV Eindhoven, which all have been turned down.

In 2007 Adu finally made his move to Europe by joining the Portuguese giant Benfica Lisbon. He was never able to prevail, making only 11 appearances for Lisbon.  After that, it all went down for Adu: Greece, Turkey, Poland and – as absolute rock bottom – the 4th Finish division have been his further destinations. Currently Adu is without a club and after 13 stopovers in the ugly depths of European and American club football, Adu’s career can only be described as an American Nightmare.

4) Savio Nsereko

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The story of Savio Nsereko is so sad, it’s almost funny again. Being elected the best player of the 2008 U19 European Championship, the young German had a bright future ahead. That’s probably why West Ham United paid 11 Million Euros for him in 2009. Nsereko turned out to be a huge flop in England and hence had to leave. After a football journey through Bulgaria, Romania, Kazakhstan and the lower German divisions, Nsereko had long been off the radar of the average football fan.

That changed instantly, when he made it back to the headlines in 2012. Having run out of money, Nsereko allegedly faked his own kidnapping in Thailand and was arrested for this. Lately, he tried to relaunch his career in the German 4th division. His contract got terminated before the first game with his new team. Ouch.

3) Adam Johnson

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The story of Adam Johnson presents itself like a nightmare, too. After shining as a promising youth player and getting into the starting line-up of Manchester City after his move to the team he would later be winning the Premier League and the F.A. Cup with, and being on the doorstep of the English national team, his career crashed down almost instantly in 2016. Johnson, at this time playing for Sunderland, was accused and later found guilty of having had a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. This resulted in the Englishman being convicted to a six-year prison sentence and hence probably the end of his professional career.

2) Breno

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Another footballer who passed valuable time of his football career spending time in jail is Breno, the Brazilian defender who used to play for German giants Bayern Munich. He joined the Bavarians aged only 19 in 2008, after having already showed his potential in the Brazilian first division. After having had a solid start in Germany, his career began to get stuck a little, also due to injuries. After he played for Nuremberg on loan, he returned to Munich, where, again, he began to have vast integration problems in the club that had a lasting impact on his performances. In 2011, his rented mansion in Munich burned down, with him being slightly injured in the incident. Later, Breno got arrested and convicted for arson and had to serve three years in jail. Now, Breno’s back on the pitch and currently playing in the Brazilian first division again.

1) Adriano

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The career that has taken the worst path of them all, is, in my opinion, the one of Brazilian striker Adriano, once rocking the European football with Inter Milano. Adriano won the golden boot in 2005, which along four Serie-A titles and one Confed Cup trophy can be said to be his greatest achievement. And these are fairly decent ones. Adriano was on top of the game for a few years. Anyhow, he wouldn’t be on this list if that hadn’t changed massively. After experiencing big troubles with alcohol and depressions, Adriano ended his career in Europe and went back to Brazil.

But there things got even worse for him. The millions he’s earned during his time in Europe are gone today and Adriano reportedly lives in a favela of Rio de Janeiro now. Apparently, he’s even become a gang-member there, getting involved in violence and drugs, which pictures like the famous one of him posing with two machine guns that can be frequently seen on social media, seem to prove. Adrianos career must be the ultimate downfall of a footballer. Let’s hope he’ll be able to get back to a normal life one day.

What do you think about the downfalls of these players? Did I miss someone you really wanted to see on this list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Lukas Podolski has opened a kebab store in Cologne

Remember the 2014 World Cup, when Lukas Podolski lifted the trophy with the German national team after having made two appearances for Jogi Löw’s side? I’m sure you do. But what’s the striker doing now anyways?

Well, after he retired from international football in 2016 one might have lost track of him a bit. However, Podolski is actually still playing professional football. Currently, he plays for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe, where he scored 5 goals in 18 appearances, so far.

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Bur “Poldi” wouldn’t be who he is, if he wouldn’t remain in the headlines differently than that. Podolski has always been known to be a versatile businessman and has already opened a fashion brand and story plus an ice cream parlour in his home town Cologne. Podolski, one of those players you simply cannot hate, has remained a people’s man throughout his career.

That’s also the reason, why he launched his latest project together with two friends from Cologne. This week, Podolski opened his newest store – a kebab place called “Magnal Döner”. But why would a professional footballer, who one’d actually expect to be supporting healthy food or the high-class lifestyle of gourmet food open a fast food store?

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“A five star restaurant wouldn’t be right for me. I’m not a suit person”, Podolski said during the opening. While wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. What a good lad.

So, if you’re ever in Cologne, make sure to check out Podolskis kebab store. Because it’s not just him who is different than the rest of his league in a great way; it’s also the kebabs. Freshly baked bread, self-prepared meat, and so on. Not what you’d expect when thinking about a kebab from  remembering your last soggy 4 a.m. snack after a night out.

However, you probably won’t be served by the former Bayern Munich and Arsenal striker. Even though he’s willing to be very engaged in this project, he’ll probably still be playing in Japan for a while. Who knows if he gets inspiration of opening a sushi store soon, too?

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GIF me the highlights – Champions League Matchday 6

Seems like we’re getting a GIF overdose here on my blog. Anyways, it’s been a funny Champions League week with many highlights to point out – so I hope you enjoy this week’s GIF me the highlights. It’ll be the last one for a few weeks, I promise 😉

Who doesn’t love the Champions League anthem? This lit af tune was played at the Old Trafford instead ahead of the game:

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When you ask Daley Blind if he has understood the offside rules yet:

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A visual representation of every Bayern Munich fan following the game against PSG and building up hopes for a miracle:

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How we say goodbye to Atletico Madrid as they get knocked out after the group stage:

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Absolute SCENES in Rome as AS Roma wins its group and goes through to the round of last 16:

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However: Scenes in Naples as SSC Napoli failed to qualify:

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How to sum up AS Monaco’s campaign in one GIF:

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Spartak Moscow be like: „Is Liverpool still here?“

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And finally: Arsenal thinking that winning the Europa League would be easy peasy lemon squeezy – until they realize who came down from UCL:

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