Video of the week: Uruguayan Goalkeeper has to Borrow Shirt From Fan

What sounds like a story from your local Sunday League team has actually happened last week in Uruguay’s Premier Division: While warming up for the game against Progreso, Penarol keeper Kevin Dawson realised that somehow there was no match short for him. Either himself or someone from the staff must have forgotten to pack it for the away game.

Luckily, a supporter in the stands was wearing a replica goalkeeper-shirt and went on borrowing his kit to the goalkeeper, receiving a Penarol jacket from the bench in return.

After the referee allowed this  unusual shirt swap, the game was set to go. And apparently the fan’s shirt proved to be a lucky charm for Dawson and Penarol, as they were able to keep a clean sheet and ed up winning the game 1:0.

Penarol is still well positioned in the fight for the national crown, being ranked 2nd after 14 rounds.

In order to maintain this position after the clash with Progreso, they really had to count on their „12th man“ this time.

Featured picture source: Twitter.com/nicopirri

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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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Say goodbye to the Wednesday Shortlist – and welcome the video of the week! (Week 1: Hilarious defender fail from England)

Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing amazing. Spring is finally coming and that makes it necessary to do some proper spring cleaning. Also on this blog. I have recieved some criticism concerning the Wednesday Shortlists and the way there was one every week.

Now I’ve decided that quality should come before quantity. Hence, the Wednesday Shortlist will be put aside, however I will from time to time post some entertaining listicles with some proper banter in it.

But since I want to stay in touch with all of you at least once every week, I’ve decided to introduce a new category: The Video of the Week.

In this category I will introduce to you, probably every Wednesday again, the most hillarious sports video that crossed my path in the last week. And when does this new category start? Today!

Video of the week: Woking FC defender produces hilarious fail that makes his team lose the game in 94th minute

The first video of the week comes right from the motherland of football. And it represents the absolute beauty of lower league football. Woking FC was playing Macclesfield Town at home in England’s National League that is the 5th tier of the coutry. Everyone was expecting a 2:2-draw as we were deep in stoppage time alread. But then Joey Jones, a Woking defender, produced the fail of the season and let the visitors sneak away a 2:3-victory when he turned away from a ball that he believed to go in but that was stuck in the mud actually, allowing the opposition to score the late winner from a ball that he could easily havecleared away.

Remember what every youth coach used to tell you in your early years of playing football? „Focus your eyes on the ball!“ Well, Joey Jones probably won’t forget that anytime soon again.

Watch for yourself:

Here’s another view of the bizarre goal:

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How to prove that VAR is garbage with just one video (What really grinds my gears #17)

So here we go again. Actually, I was planning not to write much about VAR in modern football anymore. I think I’ve sufficiently stated how much I dislike this new feature and how much I think that it’s rather destroying football than actually adding something useful to it.

But not too long ago, VAR has been confirmed at the World Cup in Russia this summer. How exciting… As we’ve clearly seen an the Confed Cup – nothing less than the official trial in international football for the VAR – the technique has way too many problems to be used at the most important and biggest football tournament in the world.

Well, apparently FIFA has another opinion. And from my point of view I only have one explanation for this decision: FIFA officials have not watched a single game of football in Germany, Australia, Italy or Portugal this year.

Because in these leagues, among a few others, VAR is being used since the beginning of the seasons. And failures haven’t been rare. Many people that were longing for VAR to be introduced have since changed their minds and see VAR – as it is now – as harmful for their beloved sport.

Why? Because it may provide a little bit more fairness in the game, having goals disallowed because of players being offside by five centimetres, not visible for the linesman to see. But what’s the price we’re paying for that? Emotions! Having to wait after every second goal of your club if some guy in front of a plasma screen a few hundred kilometres away will allow it or not kills what makes football so special – the power of instantaneous emotions.

Don’t believe me? Have a look at this video from last weekend then.

It shows AC Milan player Patrick Cutrone after allegedly having scored a goal. However, he, all his teammates and every Milan fan couldn’t celebrate it instantly. Instead they had to wait for minutes while the goal was under review by VAR. After the goal is allowed, Cutrone tries to celebrate. Well, he’s the only one who really does. No collective ecstasy in the stadium, no relief after having scored an important goal, nothing.

This episode proves how much harm VAR does to football. For a rather unimportant league game this might be not so terrible after all. But imagine if Mario Götze’s World Cup winning goal from 2014 would have been reviewed like that. Do we really want this to happen?

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Hogwarts United: Secret Siblings of Harry-Potter-Characters in the world of football (Wednesday Shortlist #24)

Hello Boys and Girls. Dumbledore NeinSports has prepared a new Wednesday Shortlist for you.  Here are some footballers from around the globe that could have starred in the latest Harry Potter movie too.

And to emphasize musically, how bad this shortlist is, there will be – for the first and only time – a Wednesday Shortlist Soundtrack to go with it:

Here they are: The players of NeinSports very own Hogwarts United FC

Alfie Potter (Mansfield Town, England)

Harry Granger (Partick Thistle U20, Scotland)

Dean Riddle (Sheffield United, England)

Dean Thomas (Retired)

Paul Black (Nort Carolina FC, USA)

Will Longbottom (Kidderminster Harriers, England)

Dean Crabbe (Tynecastle FC, Scotland)

Benjamin Delacourt (Cercle Brügge, Belgium)

Tom Tonks (Stourbridge FC, England)

Hedwiges Maduro (Omonia Nikosia, Cyprus)

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (Sligo Rovers, Ireland)

Coach: Peter Snape (Currently without club)

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!

Have a great week, everyone.

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Farcial scenes in Portugal: Huge flag blocks VAR during goal review

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all fine and having a good time.

I surely have, because right now I’m filled with glee. And there’s hardly any better joy than that, is there?

As you hopefully remember from my other posts, I’m not really a fan of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in modern football. I think it’s rather destroying the game than actually adding value to it in its current form and stories from every league where VAR is installed seem to prove me right for once. Kind of a big deal for me, you know.

But what I’ve read the other day exceeded my expectations so hard, I felt it was inevitable to share this gleeful joy with you.

What I’m talking about is a scene from a Portuguese league game between Desportivo das Aves and Boavista Porto, which the home side won 3:0. So far, so unspectacular. But the last goal in this game was probably one of the most bizarre I’ve ever whitnessed.

Not because of the goal itself, but because of the ridiculous VAR failure that went along with it. When the referee wanted to review the goal to see if there has been an offside or not, he simply wasn’t able to do so. Why? Because a huge flag swung by the away supporters blocked the f*cking camera. Can you believe that?

Watch the hilarious incident here:

They spend millions and millions in order to install a high tech system with cameras and even more officials that slow the game down and kill emotions in order to make it fair for everyone and still manage to get blocked by a single peace of fabric. Ooooh, the irony.

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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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Source: Twitter

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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Source: Twitter

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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Source: Reddit

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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Source: fussballtransfers.com

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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Source: Twitter

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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