• 11.23.16
    Is this the worst miss in the history of football? Bloopers | Comments Off on Is this the worst miss in the history of football?
    I've seen some bad misses in my time. But, ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to watch is quite possibly the worst miss in the history of the beautiful game. The culprit was Djuricic, a striker for Serbian side Lokomotiva who somehow managed to miss an open goal against Turbina in Belgrade, when he was mere inches from the goal line. Wow.   Follow Rob Smith on Twitter (@robsmithireland)
  • 12.31.14
    The best moments of 2014 Bloopers, Footy thoughts | Comments Off on The best moments of 2014
    And so another year draws to a close at midnight tonight, so let's take a look back at the past twelve months in the beautiful game. Ashley Cole surprised many by joining Roma and this photo of an uncomfortable Cole spawned a thousand memes. Speaking of team photos, Wesley Sneijder's mascot made the Dutchman a little conscious about his height. In the World Cup, James Rodriguez's new friend was more of a talking point than the Colombian's sensational skills. This is the same World Cup in which Rihanna declared herself a Germany fan. Don't look, Liverpool fans. Sepp Blatter talks ethics. Mario Balotelli wants a smooch from Queen ...
  • 09.14.12
    Five for Friday Bloopers, YouTube gold | Comments Off on Five for Friday
    Happy Friday one and all. Have a splendid weekend and enjoy these five videos from the world wide web that caught my eye as of late. 1. Own goal of the year. Already. Oh dear. [jwplayer mediaid="2398"]   2. An oldie but a goodie. Zidane playing 5-a-side with some local kids. Shows 'em how it's done Zizou-style. [jwplayer mediaid="2399"]   3. Norweigan goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein losing his cool a little bit during an interview. [jwplayer mediaid="2400"]   4. Danish goalkeeper Jakob Kohler scoring an injury-time overhead-kick cracker. Phew! [jwplayer mediaid="2401"]   5. Thomas Gravesen's time at Real Madrid. Surprisingly more entertaining that Jonathan Woodgate's debut at the club. [jwplayer mediaid="2397"]   Enjoy your weekend one and all. ...
  • 08.05.12
    Top 5 worst refereeing decisions Bloopers, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Top 5 worst refereeing decisions
    5. Partick Thistle v Dundee United, 1992/93 Scottish referee Les Mottram is not in Dundee United's Paddy Connolly good-books after, in 1992, denying the striker a hat-trick after his goal bounced back out of the goal. To make matters worse, a Thistle defender picked up the ball and handed it to his 'keeper expecting a restart. Mottram waved play on, failing to award the clear goal or alternatively award a penalty to the opposing player picking up the ball. Bizarrely he was chosen by the Scottish FA to referee two matches in the 1994 World Cup. 4. Watford v Reading, 2008/9.  "Probably the worst decision I've ...
  • 01.24.12
    Balotelli's stamp? I've seen worse behaviour. Bloopers, YouTube gold | Comments Off on Balotelli's stamp? I've seen worse behaviour.
    When "Super" Mario Balotelli stamped on Scott Parker during Sunday's tie between City and Spurs, it sparked outrage (mainly on Twitter, as always). It was, by all accounts, clearly intentional and well out of order. But it is far from the worst thing I have ever witnessed on the pitch. Here are 5 gutwrenching moments in our beautiful game: 1. Brazilian youngster Kerlon rose to fame in 2007 for his famous seal-dribble of the ball during the match. This involves him repeatedly bouncing the ball on his head while running past and beating players. Then in 2007, Atletico Mineiro’s Coelho thought enough ...
  • 12.21.11
    The obscure comedy of a phantom goal Bloopers, YouTube gold | Comments Off on The obscure comedy of a phantom goal
    Remember a couple of seasons ago, when Reading famously were allowed a goal against Watford when the ball didn't actually cross the line - or go anywhere near it. The English media, as they do, were making mountains out of molehills at the time and even called for the referee and linesman to be permanently relieved from their duties. It wasn't the first phantom goal that would leave thousands - literally thousands  - scratching their heads in disbelief. German side Eintracht Frankfurt will never forgive the officials of their game against Duisburg two seasons ago. Having being already 4-0 down, Duisburg were ...
  • 12.16.11
    Miss of the year? I think so. Bloopers | Comments Off on Miss of the year? I think so.
    Well, 2011 has produced some moments of hilarity. Mario Balotelli trying to put on his training bib is one moment that springs to mind. But as for on-pitch bloopers, I love a good glorious miss. I witnessed something in Germany that made me literally think "my granny could finish that". 21 year old Edgar Prib became a household name in Germany with a spectacular miss when his Greuther Furth side were facing Eintracht Frankfurt recently. In the 18th minute, the 21-year old chipped Franfurt 'keeper Oka Nikolov and all he needed to do was to tap the ball in the net from ...
  • 10.16.11
    Two bicycle-kick beauties and a big blooper Bloopers, Europe, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Two bicycle-kick beauties and a big blooper
    I've witnessed some cracking goals and some dire misses in my time. What came to my attention recently was two goals from wonderful bicycle-kicks. Better than Wayne Rooney's against City last season? I certainly think so. The first is this goal from Swiss international striker Eren Derdiyok for Bayer Leverkusen agaisnt Wolsfburg. That technique should earn him sort of trophy. Or, at least, the German goal of the season. [jwplayer mediaid="1165"] Secondly is Julio "The Beast" Baptista's match-winning bicycle kick for newly-rich Malaga against Getafe. I almost fell off the couch when I was watching this at home. I didn't even know it ...
  • 10.10.11
    South Africa play for a draw and celebrate. Cue embarrassing exit. Bloopers, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on South Africa play for a draw and celebrate. Cue embarrassing exit.
    Here is a great example, if any, that you should always, always, always go out and play for a win and nothing less. South Africa faced Sierra Leone on Saturday in the Mbombela Stadium, one of last summer´s World Cup stadia just outside the city of Nelspruit. It was a qualifying match for the 2012 African Cup Of Nations - and a crucial one. The significantly weakened "Bafana Bafana" side went out and played for the draw in the important qualifier, thinking it was enough to top the team's group and seal a place in the 2012 finals. It ...
  • 10.03.11
    "Unbelievable Jeff…I mean, Fulvio" Bloopers, Europe, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on "Unbelievable Jeff…I mean, Fulvio"
    A bunch of grown men sitting around and excitedly describing the action on an unseen monitor. It's the classic Soccer Saturday formula that many (myself included) tune into on most, if not all, Saturday afternoons. Well, the Italians have something similar. But they love a bit of drama in their version. Their Jeff Stelling is Fulvio Giuliani, a sharply dressed and slick haird host that often mistakes replays for the live action. The Chris "Unbelievable Jeff" Kamara is Elio "Forza Inter" Corno - an obsessed Inter fan. Corno is known for his spats with the mustachioed AC Milan fanatic Tiziano Crudelli. ...
  • 09.25.11
    Top 5 worst football jerseys ever! Bloopers, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Top 5 worst football jerseys ever!
    I recently witnessed a man walking down Grafton Street sporting this season's Everton goalkeeper jersey. Yes, that camouflage one. It might work if you are in armed combat or if you happen to be Ian Brown. It's just a bit wrong for a goalkeeper jersey. For me it's the worst football jersey in the last year. Here's my top 5 worst football jerseys. 5. Mexico. The much-praised Jorge Campos used to design his own jersey when on international duty for Mexico. I'm not sure if he could be praised for what he designed though. 4. Chelsea. Orange and grey. Oh dear. 3. Exeter City. ...
  • 05.15.11
    Gary Neville goes head-to-head with Noel Gallagher Bloopers, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Gary Neville goes head-to-head with Noel Gallagher
    Manchester United won their 19th English top-flight league trophy while rivals Manchester City won their first FA Cup since 1969. The rivalry off the pitch continued as ex-Oasis songwriter and Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher and former Man United defender Gary Neville went head-to-head recently. With Rio Ferdinand acting as a middle-man. It started off with Neville tweeting the lyrics of the chorus from the Oasis classic "Fade Away". Ferdinand then tweeted "just been asked by Noel to tell you to not use lyrics from Fade Away or any other Oasis songs...Said he feels violated!". Then according to reports it moved ...
  • 05.06.11
    Handballs, phantom goals and some refereeing howlers Bloopers | Comments Off on Handballs, phantom goals and some refereeing howlers
    Referees have a tough job. Without the use of technology (which boggles many as to why they still don't) the job they do can be tough. And contraversial as has been the case on many occasions. One of the most shocking fouls in the history of the professional game to go unpunished occured at the Estadio Pizjuan in Seville at the 1982 World Cup in a game between West Germany and France. With France's Patrick Battiston clean through on goal, he had only goalkeeper Harald Schumacher to beat. The 6 fot 2 inch 'keeper launched himself in the air at Battiston ...
  • 04.21.11
    Peñarol's gigantic flag and Ramos' butter-fingers Bloopers, Football's greatest moments | Comments Off on Peñarol's gigantic flag and Ramos' butter-fingers
    Two things that have caught my eye on You Tube this morning. Firstly, at the recent Ireland v Uruguay friendly at the Aviva, I was sitting amongst a lot of Uruguay fans. Loud and passionate about their football, I noticed that most of them were wearing yellow and black jerseys. I asked one of them in my limited Spanish who the team were? "Peñarol!" came the reply "we love them as much as Uruguay". I was impressed with that level of support for the Montevideo club. But I didn't realise that Uruguayans love the club so much that they bring a ...
  • 03.19.11
    Balotelli vs. his bib Bloopers | Comments Off on Balotelli vs. his bib
    You may have seen this already. I felt it was too good not to put in. This is Mario Balotelli warming up for Manchester City vs. Dynamo Kiev last Thursday. He seems to be struggling with putting on his bib - to the point where he needs assistance. Robbie Savage provides commentary in the video below. [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] To be fair, they are quite tricky - if you're asleep.