Pun of the Year: Scottish Football Team Names his Mascot „Lionel Nessi“

Is there anything more Scottish than Irn Bru and the Monster of Loch Ness? I hardly doubt it.

Now when you see a picture that contains both, the legendary fizzy drink that will cure the worst hangovers you could imagine (just a little advice from me) and the legendary creature supposedly living in a deep, black lake in the form of life size football mascots, you know the story is gonna be lit.

And this one definitely is. The story is coming straight out of Inverness, the city next to the world famous Loch Ness and the castle from which MacBeth brutally used to rule his kingdom. Inverness also has got a football team: Inverness Caledonian Thistle, currently ranked 7th in the second Scottish division. And Inverness Caledonian Thistle just happened to get a new mascot.

A Mascot that has been named after a suggestion from season ticket holders Bob and Kath Fraser and that has been introduced at last week’s final of the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup against Dumbarton FC.

The mascot that resembles some sort of reptile has received the brilliantly punny name of Lionel Nessi, combining the local mystical creature and the mystical creature from Argentina that is known as the best footballer to ever be seen on earth.

Gotta love the Scottish humor. And it’s not even entirely unrelated, as the shirt of Inverness Caledonian Thistle somehow reminds us of the one worn by the players of the blaugrana from Barcelona.

Up until now, Lionel Nessi seems to have brought a slight touch of Messi-magic into the stadium, leading Inverness to a cup victory against Dumbarton and a streak of four undefeated games (3 victories).

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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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Source: Twitter.com/lincolnredimps

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

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Source: Twitter.com/kevoconnor12

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

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Source: Twitter.com/OptaJose

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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Source: Twitter.com/_jedits_

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

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Source: Twitter.com/mackolik

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

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Source: Wikimedia

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

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Source: Wikimedia

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A Commentator’s nightmare lineup in the Primera Division (Wednesday Shortlist #17)

Imagine being a commentator in Spain. You’d get to work at stadiums like the Santiago Bernabeu or the Camp Nou. But on the downside you’d have to deal with many, many silly names. Honestly: Shoutout to all the spanish commentators broadcasting a 10pm game between Bilbao and Sociedad without mispronouncing 200 names per game!

Here’s my selection of the most difficult player names in La Liga: Good luck to any TV-comentator trying to pronounce all of these these correctly…

Note: Basically, the entire list could only consist of Athletic Bilbao Players, so I left them out. That’s why there might be missing a few “obvious” ones. (Seriously, I wouldn’t want to work in their fan-shop and mess up 50 prints on shirts per day…)

Goal:

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao – he’s the exception of the rule only for that striking first name for a keeper.)

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Defense:

Guilherme Siqueira (former Atlético Madrid)

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Álvaro Odriozola (Real Soiedad)

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Unai Elgezabal (SD Eibar, on loan to CD Numancia)

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Source: Twitter

Midfield:

Ryad Boudebouz (Betis Sevilla)

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Andrew Hjulsager (Celta Vigo)

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Source: Twitter

Íñigo Barrenetxea (former SD Eibar)

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Source: Twitter

Alexander Szymanowski (CD Léganes)

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Source: Twitter

Attack:

Adalberto Peñaranda (Malaga)

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Source: Twitter

Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad)

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Source: Twitter

That was it for this week’s Wednesday Shortlist. Let me know if you enjoyed it via the comment section below. 🙂 Cheers and have a great week!

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GIF me the highlights: Champions League Matchday 5

Another round of this year’s Champions League group stage is over. And what a matchday it has been! PSG smashing Celtic, Basel shocking Man United and Dortmund losing yet another game – loads of topics to discuss! Forget about detailed match reviews, analyses and stats of the games. Because here comes the summary of this Champions-League-Week in GIFs:

Barca vs Juventus: Expectation

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Barca vs Juventus: Reality

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Griezmann responding to Atletico-haters (including myself) with that screamer against Roma

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What should be done to Griezmanns barber

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Excuse me sir, could you tell me how many minutes PSG’s streak without conceding a goal in the UCL lasted against Celtic?

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A message to Celtic Glasgow for finally ending PSG’s streak and silencing their fanboys a little bit at least:

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What happened to Celtic after they scored

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Liverpool fans after 45 minutes against Sevilla

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Liverpool fans after 90 minutes

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How it looks inside Liverpools defence

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The only explanation I have for Besiktas winning a group with Monaco, Leipzig and Porto after 5 matchdays

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Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in this year’s Champions League

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Jose Mourinho when someone mentions playing FC Basel away

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GIF me the highlights: Champions League Matchday 3

Another round of this year’s Champions League group stage is over. Forget about detailed match reviews, analyses and stats of the games. Because here comes the summary of this Champions-League-Week in GIFs:

What the Dutch refs around Bjorn Kuipers did before they disallowed Basel’s goal against CSKA Moscow:

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How Basel’s Dimitri Oberlin wasted the opportunities after he was subbed on:

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A better goalkeeper than Dortmund’s Roman Bürki:

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How Liverpool fans reacted when Oxlade-Chamberlain finally scored:

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How every other football fan reacted when Oxlade-Chamberlain finally scored:

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How NK Maribor’s defense concedes goals in this campaign:

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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and his reaction after he thought he scored but ended up getting sent off:

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Man City after 3 games, 9 points and 8:1 goals be like:

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What everyone thought about Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford when he scored that free-kick against Benfica:

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AS Monaco’s campaign summed up:

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Chelsea’s and AS Roma’s offences:

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And last but not least: The weekly reaction to any game involving Atletico Madrid:

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