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January 28 2014

Clueless Chelsea Fans Are Pumped About Players Who Don't Exist

Fans of Premier League soccer club Chelsea are excited about their favorite team potentially signing a player named Liam Ying, lauding his skill and the on-field attributes he'd bring to the squad in the above video. Same goes for Lugi Bell and a young Brazilian prospect called Deanio

The only problem? None of these players exist. They're actually part of an excellent prank pulled on Chelsea supporters — by fans of arch-rival club Manchester United

The video has understandably become a hit on YouTube, attracting more than 870,000 views since going online Friday Read more...

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January 13 2014

Indestructible Soccer Ball Brings Sport to Kids Who Need It Most

Tim Jahnigen isn't an engineer and he doesn't have a fancy business degree — but that hasn't stopped him from bringing an invention to market that's changing the lives of millions of children around the globe

The OneWorld Futbol, the soccer ball he invented, is playing a fundamental part of the solution to long-term social development in struggling regions — because it lasts.

More than just a means to recreate or a route to college, sport is an essential part of human development that teaches indispensable lessons about teamwork, conflict resolution and tolerance, and helps heal unthinkable traumas. Read more...

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January 02 2014

ESPN Delivers World Cup Drama in Epic Promo

Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally 2014 and that means one thing above all else: The World Cup is this year

ESPN just released its first ad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Embedded above, the nearly two-minute spot will give soccer fans goose bumps as they while away these final six months until the greatest event in sports kicks off June 12

Set to a sweeping soundtrack, the ad looks back on iconic players and teams from past World Cups. It juxtaposes that history with current Brazilian stars and street scenes from the soccer-obsessed South American country, which ESPN calls the event's "spiritual home." Read more...

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December 20 2013

Soccer Stars Unite to Save Earth in Apocalyptic Samsung Ad

Take the basic premise of Space Jam, swap basketball for soccer and add the production value of Armageddon. What do you get? This creative new Samsung ad

The spot cooks up a fictitious scenario in which Earth's only chance to survive a gathering menace from outer space is by assembling an epic soccer squad to play one match for the freedom of humanity. There are no half-measures in this project: the ad is nearly four minutes long, while the "Galaxy 11" campaign has a very slick and robust website of its own

If you're wondering just who Samsung picked to hypothetically save the human race in this hypothetically most important sporting event of all time, the roster is: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Landon Donovan, Wayne Rooney, Iker Casillas, Lee Chung-Yong, Radamel Falcao, Victor Moses, Stephan El Shaarawy, Wu Lei, Oscar (he's Brazilian, hence the single name) and Mario Götze Read more...

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December 18 2013

50 Stunning Sports Photos From 2013

Some are silly. Some are poignant. Some are action-packed, others reflective and still others defy any simple description. Some show iconic athletes and seminal sports moments. Others show athletes you've never heard of and never will again

But all of these photos are stunning in one way or another

Mashable combed through Getty Images' 2013 Year in Focus archives to pull 50 of our favorite shots from the past 12 months. The results are below. We hope you enjoy getting lost in this celebration of human art, emotion and athleticism as much as we enjoyed putting it together Read more...

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December 17 2013

Little Girl Trolls Soccer Star in Cutest Possible Way

In Europe, they sometimes refer to small children as "mascots." This happens before football (read: soccer) matches, when kids accompany their sports heroes onto the "pitch" (read: field) for handshakes and displays of sportsmanship

But before this weekend's Tottenham versus Liverpool tilt, one pint-sized Tottenham mascot trolled Liverpool star Luis Suarez in the cutest possible way. Watch what happens when they meet up in the pre-match handshake line:

For his part, Suarez doesn't miss a beat. But you can bet this little girl had quite the story to tell (and video to prove it) at recess on Monday. Fine work, little girl — er, mascot Read more...

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December 10 2013

Kobe and Messi: How Viral Marketing Sausage Is Made

When Turkish Airlines released an ad last December featuring soccer icon Lionel Messi and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, it became a massive YouTube hit. When the airline released a sequel to that spot last week, the second ad became an even bigger smash with more than 77 million views in six days, including 20 million in its first two days online

But the second spot, in which Bryant and Messi trade dueling selfies from exotic locations around the world, didn't just become a hit because of its predecessor or media attention; it also relied on a clever campaign to build viral steam, including rave reviews from some of YouTube's most influential members. It's a campaign that may surprise you, and one that sheds light on how viral marketing sausage is made Read more...

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December 06 2013

World Cup Draw: What You Need to Know

Friday's World Cup draw made soccer fans around the globe go gaga over groupings, marquee match-ups and potential showdowns. The World Cup draw even turned the regular folk among us into sports fans — at least for a few hours. The field is now set, with eight groups of four teams apiece playing a round-robin schedule beginning June 12 to determine the 16-team elimination field that culminates in the July 13 final match.

Stateside, the day's biggest news was the U.S. national team landing in the World Cup's dreaded "Group of Death," as the toughest foursome in each World Cup is known. The Americans are grouped with soccer superpower Germany, Ronaldo-led Portugal and tough African side Ghana, which eliminated the U.S. from the past two World Cups. On top of that, the U.S. schedule includes nearly 9,000 miles of travel to reach stadiums scattered about Brazil, and the team plays one match in Manaus, a sweltering city in the heart of the Amazon Read more...

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World Cup 2014 Draw: Who Will Advance?

The World Cup draw is officially set.

Earlier today, the 32 teams who will travel to Brazil in July to compete in the 2014 World Cup were split into eight groups of four teams each. The teams will start the tournament by playing each team in their respective group once, and the top two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16, when single-elimination play begins.

There has been plenty of buzz in the world football community surrounding the group draw, as the initial grouping can often play a pivotal role in determining who advances in the tournament. Each country's fans dread being placed in a "group of death," a term used to describe a group with three of more of the world's strongest teams heading into the tournament Read more...

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December 05 2013

Gamers Around the World Are Insanely Addicted to 'FIFA 14'

With the World Cup draw coming this Friday, soccer is a hot topic these days for sports fans around the globe

But the world's most popular sport isn't just beloved IRL — folks love playing its digital counterpart as well. The following infographic from EA Sports breaks down just how much

According to EA Sports — which publishes the wildly popular FIFA 14 game — people play 460,000 FIFA matches and score 990,000 goals every 90 minutes (the length of an actual soccer match)

The most popular match-ups are Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich (the all-time record is an even split) and Spain's El Clásico rivalry between Madrid and FC Barcelona (Madrid has the edge here)Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, meanwhile, are FIFA 14's top goal scorers. Read more...

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December 04 2013

Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi Share Dueling Selfies in Hit Ad Sequel

How do you follow up one of the Internet's most popular ads from the past year? By incorporating 2013's most popular word

At least, that's Turkish Airlines' thinking in the 60-second spot atop this postNBA legend Kobe Bryant and soccer demigod Lionel Messi snap a succession of dueling selfies from exotic locations around the world in an ongoing competition to one-up one another

This ad comes as a sequel to last December's "Legends on Board" spot, in which Bryant and Messi performed a succession of tricks while competing for the attention of a young fan. The spot became an unexpected hit on YouTube, with more than 21 million views in its first four days online. The ad has now been viewed a total of 105 million times Read more...

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November 20 2013

Portuguese Announcer During Ronaldo Goals Is Pure World Cup Joy

The national soccer teams of Portugal and Sweden faced off in a do-or-die World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night. The match pitted two of the biggest stars in soccer — Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimović — against one another with stakes of the highest magnitude. The winning squad's prize: a ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which the losing side would have to watch from home

Ronaldo scored three goals to push Portugal through to a win and a berth in Brazil. The goals themselves were incredible, but Portuguese TV announcer Nuno Matos' calls of them may have been even better. The pure, unadulterated, frenzied, hysterical joy in Matos' calls shows why the World Cup is the most magical event in sports Read more...

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November 08 2013

Street Soccer Juggler Shocks and Awes

Is that Lionel Messi? Neymar? Cristiano Ronaldo? No, it's just a random guy on a random street. But his soccer skills entertain nearly as well as anything you're likely to see from the game's biggest stars

Hand stands, bicycle kicks, amazing feats of balance and control: watch below as our street soccer savant keeps the ball off the ground for three minutes straight while pulling off all manner of unfathomable tricks.

The clip has been viewed more than 100,000 times since being uploaded on Wednesday. Messi, Wayne Rooney and similar stars of the soccer world had better start watching their backs Read more...

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October 23 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Creepy Twitter Gaffe

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's greatest soccer players. Here's a message that came from his official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon:


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Wait, what? That's a little lot creepy, no?

There's actually a logical explanation for this — and, in all likelihood, a new opening on Ronaldo's social-media team after the since-deleted tweet

Ronaldo is launching a CR7 line of underwear next month. There will be underwear for men and boys. As a promotion for the boys' line, Ronaldo's CR7 brand held a contest on Facebook. According to the promotion's Facebook page, here are its rules: Read more...

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September 18 2013

Heineken Invites Soccer Fans to 'Share the Sofa' via Twitter

Since soccer fans are likely to have a mobile device in one hand and a beer in the other this season, Heineken is doing its best to infiltrate both.

Hence the brewer's latest second-screen campaign, #sharethesofa, a months-long campaign that coincides with the European soccer season. The program, starting Wednesday, lets fans interact with soccer stars via that hashtag. The initiative kicks off with Ruud Gullit, a Dutch player who will be participating in a live interview. Fans can also play a video game with Gullit. Heineken has more than a dozen other players queued up for the effort, though it hasn't revealed their identities. Read more...

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September 14 2013

Photographer Lands a Soccer Fan's Dream Job With Around-the-World Trip

If you're a fan of soccer or traveling, prepare to get jealous. If you're a fan of both, prepare to get really jealous

Joel Robison has a job from now through the end of April. His assignment? To go on an around-the-world tour with the World Cup Trophy, beginning and ending in Rio de Janeiro, while documenting each stop on Twitter to connect with fans, and help build anticipation for arguably the most anticipated event in global sports. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins next June.

Robison will visit 89 countries, as well as an undecided number of cities and towns during the journey, while posting original photos and other updates from the @TrophyTour Twitter account, he told Mashable in an interview. The goal? Read more...

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September 13 2013

Mesmerizing Messi Flip Book Pays Homage to Soccer Legend

You may have seen soccer god Lionel Messi juke defenders, make visionary passes and score incredible goals. But you've never seen him like this

The video above shows a mesmerizing Messi flip book created in painstaking detail by a soccer super fan. Featuring original illustrations and providing a minute of uninterrupted animation, the book recreates some of Messi's best highlights with FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team

YouTube user etoilec1 made the crafty little tribute and, while impressed, we have to agree with commenter 19StarNinja91, who astutely asks: "how many years took you to make this LOL" Read more...

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September 09 2013

Soccer Star Gets Twitter Death Threats After Tackling One Direction Member

Note to humanity: One Direction fandom ain't nothin' to mess with

A British soccer star learned this hard way over the weekend when the pop band's fanboys and fangirls brought a ruckus to his Twitter feed, tweeting him a fusillade of death threats following an incidental run-in Sunday during a charity soccer match.

Gabriel Agbonlahor is the all-time leading goal-scorer for English Premier League side Aston Villa. He participated in a charity match honoring a former player now battling leukemia. Also playing: Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of the British-Irish boy band One Direction Read more...

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August 23 2013

Mario Balotelli's 10 Greatest Twitter Selfies

Soccer player Mario Balotelli is a sports star made for the Internet age. His expertise on the pitch is matched only by his charming eccentricity off of it

This week's Sports Illustrated cover boy is one of the world's greatest soccer strikers, an Italian of Ghanaian descent who's aptly described by writer Grant Wahl as "the most interesting man in the world (soccer edition)."

He's the kind of guy who used to drive a camouflage Bentley. He's the kind of guy who owns a pet piglet, yet still gets a private audience with the Pope. He's the kind of guy whose house features a life-sized statue of himself. In short, he's the kind of guy who posts a shit-load of selfies to Twitter Read more...

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June 19 2013

Homeless Soccer Players Find Community on Facebook

Jimmy Flebotte was in San Francisco the night he hit rock bottom, hammered on the booze that had come to run his life. Alcohol addiction had already left him homeless. It had already drowned his career as a cook

Now, as Flebotte staggered through the the city's darkened streets, a friend named Ed kept his zig-zagging path pointed toward the shelter where a temporary bed awaited. Ed helped Flebotte avoid the walls that come out of nowhere when you're blackout drunk, made sure he didn't fall into cars or pass out in some gutter

Ed eventually got Jimmy Flebotte back to the shelter, his guide and guardian angel for a night. But when Flebotte woke up, he came to a startling realization Read more...

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