Footballer scores world’s sneakiest penalty in truly stylish fashion

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LONDON — Penalty trick shots are not for the faint hearted.

If you can pull it off, you’ll look like a total badass. If you miss, you’ll be the laughing stock of the football pitch.

During a charity match between Swansea City’s All Stars and Briton Ferry Llansawel’s over 35s, former professional footballer Lee Trundle did not miss.

Here he is taking what may be the world’s sneakiest penalty.

They don’t come much cheekier than that, do they?

The match took place on the weekend, and the clip has been shared on Twitter thousands of times. Read more…

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Cristiano Ronaldo strikes peak Ronaldo locker room pose

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Real Madrid and FC Barcelona played to a 1-1 draw in soccer‘s vaunted “El Clásico” match Saturday, but it’s Cristiano Ronaldo who won the postgame. 

The preening, preternaturally talented superstar stole the show in a teammate’s celebratory photo after a late goal salvaged the day for Madrid. 

Sergo Ramos headed in a last-minute equalizer for the 1-1 draw, which kept Madrid atop the La Liga standings with a six-point lead over rival Barcelona. Then he posted this celebratory team photo on Twitter

¡HASTA EL FINAL! Siempre hasta el final.
Until the final whistle. Always until the final whistle.
#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MWI5QNaq6N

— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) December 3, 2016 Read more…

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The 10 athletes who gained the most Instagram followers in 2016

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As 2016 winds down, the folks at Instagram found a way to rank the world’s top athletes on one, uniform statistic — social media popularity. 

This has been a year many people would like to forget. But if you’re tired of reading about metaphors for it (which you can find here and here and everywhere, really), this list might help you take your mind of things. 

Here’s a look at athletes who gained the most Instagram followers in 2016.

10. Stephen Curry (@stephencurry30)

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Fox Sports Brazil honors plane crash victims with powerful 90 minutes of silence

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Class has a way of shining through during the most tragic times. 

Fox Sports Brazil paid powerful tribute to club team Chapecoense by airing 90 minutes of silence when the team should have been on the pitch playing Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final Wednesday evening. 

Chapecoense, from Chapeco, Brazil, was enjoying a dream season. But a shocking tragedy canceled Wednesday’s match when the team plane crashed en route to Colombia on Monday, killing 19 Chapecoense players and rocking the soccer world.  Read more…

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Seagull knocked out by soccer ball comes back to life after some TLC

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching sports in the city of Melbourne in Australia, you’ll notice there are a helluva lot of seagulls. 

That means they can accidentally get struck — like this poor little bird who copped it sweet from a ball at a soccer match between Melbourne City and Sydney FC on Wednesday night. 

Sydney FC’s goalkeeper, Danny Vukovic, was kind enough to try and stop the game while the seagull lay motionless on the pitch. Once the game stopped, he carried the winged fella to the sideline, then gave it a little pat.

But there’s a happy end to this story: The seagull miraculously finds life again! Resting on a bench with some concussion, before eventually flying off to continue eating chips and squawking for another day. Read more…

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The feel-good story that made the soccer world’s horrific plane crash even more tragic

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When thousands of Brazilians packed a church and a soccer stadium in the city of Chapeco this Tuesday, they mourned what would have been a tragedy under any circumstances: A plane carrying the pride of Chapeco, the soccer club Chapecoense, crashed Monday, killing 19 players. 

But the horror and sadness that continue to reverberate through the soccer world are amplified by their context. The plane was carrying Chapecoense to the biggest match in its 43-year history. The crash instead becomes a nightmare ending to what had been the club’s dreamy rise through the ranks of soccer in Brazil, a Cinderella story in a country where the sport enjoys a religious followingRead more…

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This cartoon is the most touching tribute to the soccer players killed in plane crash

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The Chapecoense soccer club has paid a moving Facebook tribute to victims of a plane crash near Medellin, Colombia that killed most of its players.

Only six of the 77 people on board the charted aircraft survived, three of them soccer players. 

The Brazilian team was flying to Colombia for one of the biggest matches in its history, the final of the Copa Sudamericana. 

Coming from a small city of less than 200,000 inhabitants, Chapecoense had become an unlikely success story in Brazilian football, rising from the 4th division to Brazil’s Serie A in 2014. 

An illustration posted by the Chapecoense club on its official Facebook page shows the players lined up in heaven as God hands each of them a halo.  Read more…

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Soccer fans pay tribute on Facebook to Brazil’s top team involved in plane crash

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Fans of Brazil’s top football club Chapecoense are flooding the team’s Facebook page with tributes and prayers for the players who were involved in a plane crash in Cerro Gordo, Colombia. 

The plane, which was carrying 81 people including 22 players from the team, lost contact with ground controllers around midnight and reportedly attempted a forced landing. 

Airport authorities state 72 passengers from Chapecoense football team and 9 crew onboard #LMI2933https://t.co/ayIDZCJVZs pic.twitter.com/HwgVWg5e9w

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 29, 2016

Chapecoense was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. Read more…

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