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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5 things that make anybody squirm less than watching Liverpool try and keep a lead (Wednesday Shortlist #16 by guest writer Mark Malu)

For this week’s Wednesday Shortlist I’m glad to announce Mark Malu from The Kopville as guest writer. Make sure to check out his awesome blog too!

After three weeks of excellent form shown by Liverpool in both the Premier League and the Champions League, their defensive fragility shot their confidence right back down to earth. Starting with a ridiculous forfeit of a 3-0 lead against Sevilla in the Champions League, they gave up a solid 1-0 lead against current Premier League champions, Chelsea F.C.

Liverpool, historically, has notoriously been a force to reckon with going forward, always creating countless scoring chances, producing some truly world class attacking players, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Fernando “El Nino” Torres, Luis Suarez and so on. Nonetheless they have always had issues in the back, this started a long time before the high tempo Klopp era we have seen recently. In the last five years they have conceded over 40 goals each year in the Premier League. So, if you are a gambling person you always know to bet on them to concede a minimum of one goal. As a fan of the team you know to squirm whenever they take a lead in a game, no matter how long is left in the game.

So next time anyone watches a Liverpool game, here are 5 things that will make you squirm less than watching Liverpool F.C. try and keep a lead:

The Famous sound of nails scratching a chalkboard

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Watching a group of private school kids/band kids try and pull off the latest trending dance (the Whip/Nae Nae, Dabbing, Crank dat by Soulja Boy)

 

When you see someone think they were being acknowledged with a friendly wave, but it was meant for the person behind them. Awkward.

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When your grandmother or grandfather keeps calling your girlfriend your ex-girlfriend’s name, but nobody is brave enough to correct them in front of the entire family.

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Finally, any time Alberto Moreno is supposed to do anything defensively.

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Just writing this list brought a shiver down my spine.

Well, let’s hope Mark recovered well from that shock. Again many thanks for contributing to my Wednesday Shortlists! Here’s the link to his blog again. You’re gently invited to leave a follow there: https://kopville.wordpress.com/

Cheers and have a great week!

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10 Things Italy could do with their free time during the World Cup (Wednesday Shortlist #14)

So it’s official. The World Cup 2018 in Russia will not see the Italian national team participate. For the first time in 60 years the squadra azzurra has failed to qualify for a World Cup. Terrible news. And the result of a process that has been dwelling in the Italian football system for decades. Maybe, this disaster will eventually turn things around in Italy. It would be great to see them in their former glory again.

Nevertheless a World Cup without the azzurri will simply not be the same. Personally, it makes me really sad not to see them play in Russia – especially with legends like Gigi Buffon or Daniele de Rossi that certainly won’t have another shot in 2022.

But as much as the Italians will be missed, it also gives us the chance to enjoy some glee at their expense. Gotta live with that, scusi.

Let’s give them 10 more or less serious suggestions on what to do during the World Cup as they’ll have plenty of free time next summer:

  • Take revenge and smash Sweden 128-0 in FIFA18 on amateur mode.
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  • Meet up with the Dutch for a public viewing of the World Cup.
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  • Play a friendly against other teams who didn’t qualify. Maybe something like San Marino, Albania, Canada or St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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  • Shut down every IKEA in Italy.
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  • Watch the entire World Cup of 2006 again and pretend it’s live.
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  • Reactivate Marcello Lippi as national coach.
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  • Read every article on NeinSports.com (Please, I need the clicks).

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  • Make the 25th of July (when they got drawn into a qualifying group with Spain) a national day of mourning.
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  • Actually not drive around honking every second night during the World Cup for once.
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  • Build a statue for Gigi Buffon. And this one I mean completely serious. Missing his last World Cup is not the farewell this legend deserves.
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Wednesday Shortlist #10 – Football’s World XI: North & South America Edition

Hello boys and girls! It’s Wednesday – the middle of a long, exhausting week. In order to bring in some relief from work-place boredom or tiredness during school lessons, here’s this week’s Wednesday-Shortlist for you to browse through and hopefully have a laugh at. Bad puns, useless knowledge and proper banter; Wednesday Shortlists have it all. This week’s topic: A slightly different American all-star selection.

Fun fact: If they actually were countries, only two of the following players would have qualified for the World Cup. Unfortunately there was no player named USA ─ but hey, it wouldn’t have made a difference, would it?

Captain: Dieter America (Currently without club)

Bolívia (Currently without club)

Alan Brazil (Bathgate Thistle CFC, Scotland)

Antonio Cañadas  (CF Lorca Deportiva, Spain)

Vinicius Colombiano (Retired)

Alejandro Cuba  (FC Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy, Switzerland)

Fabrice Peru  (GSI Pontivy, France)

That was this week’s Wednesday Shortlist. Hit the comment section in order to tell me which one was your favourite, who I missed in my list and what subjects you’d like to see covered in an umpcoming edition!

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Wednesday Shortlist #5 Around the year: The footballer calendar

It’s Wednesday – the middle of a long, exhausting week. In order to bring in some relief from work-place boredom or tiredness during school lessons, here’s this week’s Wednesday-Shortlist for you to browse through and hopefully have a laugh at. Bad puns, useless knowledge and proper banter; Wednesday Shortlists have it all. This week’s topic: Football players who would nicely add up to a calendar (Not because of the looks, that’s what you should buy the Pirelli calendar for)

With this line-up you’d be successful all year long (worst joke of the day, I know, thanks):

January Ziambo (KF Gramshi, Albania)

Jody February (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa)

Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion, England)

Shane April (Mthatha Bucks FC, South Africa)

Stevie May (Aberdeen FC, Scotland)

Marco Juner (SC Weselberg, Germany)

Julyan Collett (Waitakere United, New Zealand)

Augusto (Slask Wroclaw, Poland)

Thabo September (Retired)

Shaun October (University of Pretoria FC, South Africa)

Motseothata November (Currently without club)

December Ngobeni (Retired)

And as a little extra:

Sean Christmas (Stavanger IF, Norway)

That was this week’s Wednesday Shortlist. Hit the comment section in order to tell me which one was your favourite, who I missed in my list and what subjects you’d like to see covered in an umpcoming edition!

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More than just a game: This Syrian TV-Commentator is the proof that football truly has an immense emotional power

Oftentimes, when I talk to people about football, I say that this sport is more than a game. The emotional bond between a fan and a team is something stronger than what onlookers see. To them, football might be just 22 men chasing a ball and getting overpaid for that.

That’s simply not true. You know that when you stood out there on the stands of your local team’s stadium, having the rain pour down on you for 90 minutes and then see your team score in the additional time: Against the odds, against everything. A miracle. What follows is a pure outburst of emotion: Joy, pride, tears, ecstasy and many, many more. It’s when you hug complete strangers that you wouldn’t even greet on the street just because a ball went into a net that is held by a construction of metal. It’s when bonds are formed that are so hard to describe in words.

If you experienced that feeling, and when you’re reading a widely unknown football blog in the depths of the internet, I assume you did, you’ll know what I mean. You’ll probably remember those moments right now. No matter what team you support (ok maybe not Arsenal, just kidding) you’ll have had such moments before. They’re what makes football so special.

But now imagine this not just being your local team beating the league leader or a famous club in the champions league. Imagine that this moment would be one of the few moments of joy and especially of unity that a crisis-ridden nation would have got to enjoy during years of war, violence, fear and lack of perspectives. That’s what happened in Syria this week.

The country that makes the headlines nearly on a daily basis because of its civil war, the terrible crimes of extremist terror groups and the many war sites between countless groups of interests finally appeared in the public eye concerning a completely different matter: Football.

Despite the terrible situation in their home country, the Syrian national team has played a very decent qualifier for the world championship in Russia in 2018 and now, on the last day of this qualifiers, the Syrians would have needed a point against Iran in order to keep their dream alive and make it into the Asian playoffs against Australia.

After being down 2-1 until the additional time, this dream seemed over. But then one of these magic moments, I’ve talked about earlier on, striked. Out of nowhere the Syrians got the ball and could launch one last attack in the 92nd minute of the game. The ball came to Omar al-Soma, who netted it finally. Syria made it.

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It must have been a moment of joy and unity, that we in the western world wouldn’t be able to imagine. A shattered country trembling together for its national team to keep the Syrian dream alive. And Omar al-Soma making this happen in the 92nd minute. This comeback might not have been as extreme as Barcelona’s against PSG in the Champions League, but to the fans, it meant more. I can promise you that.

Watch the goal and the commentator’s outburst here:

Because in this little moment, many Syrians could forget their sorrows, forget the war and be joyful and proud of their country once again. Assad followers and rebels the like – the football managed to unite huge parts of the country. Surely, there’s still some more people who couldn’t be bothered about football while pursuing their goal of establishing a religious terror state in this region, but they don’t deserve to be talked about here.

The commentator’s breakdown after the goal has gone viral since the game. Hearing him screaming and then bursting in tears just perfectly describes the magic of football. The celebrations in many Syrian cities, whether they were under control of the Assad government or the rebels, proved that football has the power to unite an entire country.

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For the sake of the Syrian population it would surely be great to see them make it to the world championship. But there’s still a long road to go. After the duel with Australia there would come another playoff against a side from South America (possibly the former World Cup finalist Argentina).

But even getting to this first playoff stage is a vast success for Syria, a country that has to play its home games in Malaysia due to terror dangers and has lost around 40 footballers from the first two divisions in the civil war. And for the country it certainly isn’t just about results – it’s about magic moments like this 92nd minute in Tehran that made the world seem good for just a little while.

What really doesn’t grind my gears #7 (special edition) – Forest Green Rovers: The green and vegan Football Club

This week I was struggling to find a topic to write this week’s column about. I was very busy with work and couldn’t really let my satirical anger dwell. So I decided to cover a topic that was in the back of my head for quite a while now: The English Football League club Forest Green Rovers and their commitment to a green and vegan club-lifestyle.

Firstly, having in mind that I am probably the least-vegan person in the world and would rather stop watching football than stop eating meat (yes that is a commitment), I was shocked and kind of angry that a club would ban all meat products from its menu and leave supporters with having to nibble on a so called “Q pie” – a Quorn and leek pie made with soya milk béchamel, instead of enjoying a hefty sausage with chips and gravy on the stands. Tearing apart football and traditional stadium snacks – I was convinced that the hipsters now had taken over the beautiful game as well. And it made me feel horrible.

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The famous Q pie

My first thoughts really were more suitable for a cracker-barrel than for a written blogpost. However, we’re trying to get this pure pub-emotions into a written form in this format, as you know by now. So why not write about a club full of vegan hipsters that only sell vegan food and drinks, don’t wear leather boots and probably don’t even need a lawnmower for their stadium as they could just send out their hippie fans for doing the job and to enjoy a 100% vegan snack after the game?

Because Forest Green Rovers is a project that is far more than just some hipsters trying to play the role of a new, alternative club that pretentiously walks around with a waddling finger towards other teams just because it serves soya and quinoa instead of pork and veal and manages to be successful even without serving meat-containing meals to its players on matchdays.

After doing some research on the club, its owner Dale Vince and the philosophy he’s trying to follow with his team, I decided to write a special edition of my column this week: Because the Forest Green Rovers represent what really doesn’t grind my gears.

Dale Vince, who took over the club back in 2010, is a millionaire who made his fortune from producing and selling green energy. The English newspaper The guardian once named him an eco-warrior and I think this description fits very well. And eco warriors are something this world needs today, more desperately than ever.

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The man, who used to live in a van as a hippie when he was younger and now drives to work on an electrical motorbike, is so refreshingly different from other club chairmen that wear suits, chase money and only see their club as a source of capital but completely ignore its social role model function.

And taking notice of this role model function and using this to promote sustainable and absolutely necessary goals is exactly what makes the Rovers special. In a world that is sadly bur truly more and more focused on profit and hence is exploiting the only planet we have horrendously, only few people realize that actions need to be taken. And one needs to start somewhere. So why not do that in your local football club, show the people that you can live ecologically, sustainably and yet still manage to be successful?

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Forest Green Rovers are doing just that. With their promotion to League Two the club from the tiny town of Nailsworth gained a lot of media attention and could already spread its message throughout the UK. If they manage to accomplish their further goals, promoting to the Championship within the next few years and moving into a new stadium that is made entirely out of sustainably grown wood, they could reach out to the entire world and maybe start to influence other clubs, organizations or maybe even governments to start thinking about their ecological footprint as well.

One of them maybe being US-President Donald Trump who lately pulled out of the Paris accord and certainly made a step in the wrong direction with that. In an interview with the Dailymail Forest Green Owner Dale Vince found clear words for the US-President: Trump is a massive source of entertainment. He’s beyond parody. No one could have dreamed up such a character. He’s f***ed up America. Europe is saying, “F*** America, let’s do the climate accord without them”.’

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But what exactly is the club’s message that I’ve been praising during the last few paragraphs like a sectarian? The club aims to be the world’s most sustainable football club. They don’t use chemicals on their pitch, they water it with rain water, they have solar panels on their stadium roofs and provide plugs for electrical vehicles on their parking. Then there’s the vegan thing, too.

But all of this, Vince and his club don’t force onto anyone. Spectators can bring in their own food even if it’s not been bought at a local fairtrade organic farmer’s market. On non-matchdays, players are allowed to eat meat, if they wish to. This caused a little scandal at first, as some players were pictured eating meat pies in the streets. They got called hypocrites. But actually it’s the exact opposite of being hypocritical.

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Forest Green Rovers are a club that makes a revolutionary approach at addressing socially and environmentally important issues in the world of sports – a platform that has up until now hardly ever been used for this. Even if they get branded as hippie vegans or worse as pretentious hipsters, they’re not. What’s happening in the small town of Nailsworth with its less than 6000 inhabitants is a football revolution that might very well have an impact on how sports fans will see the world they live in. Because, as beautiful as sports is, there’s always more important things – saving the world being one of them.

So, researching on a topic that I firstly found outrageous and ridiculous, I found a very interesting man with revolutionary ideas and an entire club trying to make these happen. For myself, I’d really like to visit their New Lawn Stadium once and have a little chat with Mr. Vince about his visions. Maybe I could even be convinced to try one of those vegan beers there.

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