David Beckham has announced he will be retiring from soccer after his current season with French team Paris Saint-Germain wraps.
The 38-year-old soccer star told The Guardian that he is thankful to PSG for giving him the opportunity to continue, adding “now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.” Beckham also mentioned he is honoured to represent England both “on and off the pitch.”
“I want to thank all my teammates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from,” he said. “I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.”
If we can’t admire him as he runs up and down the pitch, here’s to hoping Beckham chooses to dedicates his time to his underwear modelling career.
Two ADORABLE Golden Retriever puppies interrupted a soccer match in Istanbul, when they burst onto the field in a tug of war. The Saturday soccer match was between Turkish team Galatasaray and Germany’s VfR Aalen. Officials had to stop the game to cart the dogs off field before resuming again. Luckily the dogs didn’t tear into the grass or worse, relieve their bladders!!
Oh and if you’re wondering, VfR Aalen won the match, 1-0.
Think your parents are bad? This guy takes soccer WAY to seriously. He takes his best shot while his toddler stands in net. Am I a terrible person for watching this over and over again? lol! Yep, I’m going to hell…
For a lot of people (ahem, me) team sports as a child were super nerve-racking because of the all-consuming fear of being chosen last. Luckily, these two kids have loving family members to prepare them for the big day that they’ll have their first go at organized sports.
Unfortunately, neither child is necessarily adept in their chosen arenas. Let’s assess:
This kid has so much passion for wiffle ball… until he doesn’t. In fact, he has a two-second attention span. That’s a record low!! This was the three-year-old’s second time playing the sport but it looks like he’ll need a lot more practice.
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David Beckham surprised 60 fans in Westfield Stratford City yesterday while they were posing for souvenir photos across from Olympic Park. The Galaxy midfielder hid outside an Adidas photo booth at a shopping mall and revealed himself from behind the wall. As soon as they saw him, their expressions changed to complete shock and excitement.
While I’d love to be photobombed by Beckham (yes please) I’m pretty sure my face would turn beat red and I’d erupt in a fit of nervous giggles. The most moving part is when one of the younger boys starts crying upon seeing his idol. ADORBZ!
Beckham is supposedly going to be involved in the London Games Opening Ceremonies on Friday even though he’s not on the British men’s soccer team. This clip shows what a genuinely good guy he must be!!
Watch it here:
Euro 2012 isn’t only about soccer. As this fan from Ukraine proves, going to a soccer match can be a fun dance party of one as well.
You gotta love the unique personalities of these fans. Personally, I want to see him dance in a club.
Kicking off Euro 2012 in style, this video captures some of the greatest moments of the EuroCup throughout the years. Taking about three to four weeks to create, the video takes a quirky approach by using Lego pieces as players and props.
Barred from lighting flares at soccer matches? No problem.
After football fans were banned from using flares at stadiums from the Turkish Football Association, fans of this soccer team have found a solution.
Unraveling a giant trollface banner equipped with holes, fans lit up flares and held them throughout the match.
On the banner, there was a one-word question that said,”Problem?”
Such a smart and brilliant idea.
This kid has mad hops
In other awesome videos, street tumbler Brandon MCcuien shows us in this video how close a human being can get to being a super hero with his wicked tumble routines.
Makes me wish I actually stuck with gymnastics…
“It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy,” the Team Portugal player writes on his Facebook page.
Ronaldo further explains that he will be the sole guardian of the child, and that the mother’s name will remain confidential.
“As agreed with the baby’s mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential,” he writes, “my son will be under my exclusive guardianship.”
According to People, 35,623 of his Facebook fans “liked” this announcement.
“I have had several offers. It’s a part of my life I am curious to discover when the appropriate moment arrives,” the Real Madrid winger disclosed to British newspaper the Daily Star.
Details as to who is making the offers and for how much have not yet come out. However, it looks like soccer fans can expect a lot more on-field action before the soccer star makes a Hollywood debut.
David Beckham’s success in Milan will not last much longer. According to perezhilton.com, Beckham will be returning to Los Angeles on March 9.
Following a highly publicized trade from the LA Galaxy to the AC Milan, perezhilton.ca reports that 33-year-old Beckham will be returning to Los Angeles once his loan deal expires in March. Beckham has been performing exceptionally well in Milan, scoring twice in five games for the Italian team. He signed a five-year contract with LA Galaxy in 2007, but had earlier expressed interest in staying on with Milan if they would offer the MLS side substantial money for the trade. The AC Milan was given until Friday to offer the money that Los Angeles specified, but no offer was made.
Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Galaxy owners AEG told the LA times: “We received an offer. It was rejected. We need to end the circus and the zoo.”
In the crazy, testosterone — driven world of sports — shit happens. And just as often as shit happens, boneheaded broadcasters will spend eternity demonizing and chastising incidents which, for the players involved, were in the heat of the moment? and for the broadcasters, in the heat of their cushy seats in the press box.
Case and point: Sunday?s World Cup finale.
Why the random leap into the deep end of World Cup madness? I can?t stand by as Zinedine Zidane?s good name is sullied from one headbutt that was, although ill-advised, in the heat of the moment.
This happens all the time. Many great players, including Michael Jordan, have lost their cool in crucial games due to trash-talking defenders. If you talk trash (yes, I?m looking at you, Gary Payton), you have to understand there is a chance that you?re going to get a fresh fist across the noggin — or in the case of soccer players, a headbutt in your chest.
The difference between the sports? If a guy gets cheeky with you in basketball, hockey or American football, you fight back when that first punch is thrown — and the referees get involved to defuse the situation. In soccer, however, the slightest gust of air from an opposing team member?s flailing limb sends these poor gentlemen flying to the ground like sacks of grass-loving potatoes. Not to say Zidane?s headbutt wasn?t vicious, but that poor Italian defender (Materazzi) looked as if he?d just been run over by the Juggernaut.
It?s also important to establish this isn?t speculation. It?s clear upon reviewing the incident that there was indeed a heated conversation between the two players, and if you look closely enough, it appears as if Materazzi actually gives Zidane a ?purple nurple? before the headbutt counter-offensive.
It has also been reported by FOXSports.com, that Materazzi may have used a racial slur which provoked the headbutt. Even with this news surfacing, the headlines across the globe are filled with words like ?regrettable? and ?stupid? smeared across bolded headlines. If Materazzi did indeed racially offend and nipple-twist Zidane — I?d say the headbutt was almost justifiable. He?d be lucky that?s all that happened! Just try twisting Charles Oakley?s nipple and see what happens!
I also have to vent about how annoying it was to watch Italy pack it in on defense. From halftime on, the ball was on Italy?s side the majority of the time. France was really working hard on offense, and it?s no wonder? Italy had almost every fielded player playing defense! Every time France would make a move, that one white shirt would be flanked by three or four blue shirts. The strategy became clear: Italy wanted no part of this being an exciting game with goals and the like. It was unlikely there would be a single goal coming out of half time. All of Italy?s players were defending, so France couldn?t score. And as such, Italy wouldn?t be able to score as they had but one player on offense! Doesn?t that bother anyone other than me? Sure it?s perfectly legal, but Italy might as well have jumped on each other?s backs and constructed a human wall in front of the goal.
It?s like that annoying kid you used to play Mortal Kombat with. He?d habitually choose Sub-Zero, and his move repertoire would consist of two things: freeze then uppercut, freeze then uppercut, freeze then uppercut. Sure it?s perfectly legal, but it?s cheap as hell and pretty damn annoying. I commend those of you, like France, who took the Johnny Cage approach and wielded a more balanced attack.
The fact is France outplayed Italy in the second half of that game. And just think of all the energy the French team expended on offense trying to crack Italy?s Sub-Zero defense. It?s no wonder studs like Thierry Henri weren?t available for the final shootout.
Italy has two things to thank for their World Cup final victory: Firstly, their cheap tactics on defense (to which I don?t accept the excuse ?that?s the way they play, they play tough defense.? France also played superior defense and picked at the ball all game. The difference, however, is they also put effort into their offense. And the second and most prevalent factor in Italy?s ?victory?? Luck. And when the Vatican is in your country, it should come as no surprise that luck would be on your side.