Watch :: Neymar Nutmegged By Freestyler Sean Garnier

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Neymar Nut

~~ Diiiirty….. Sean Garnier doing the dirty on a consistent basis… And this time Neymar gets the treatment.

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Watch :: “Clint Dempsey: On the Move” – A short film

Filed under: Clint Dempsey, US National Team, us soccer, World Cup

dempsey on the move short film

Degree Men’s latest short film “Clint Dempsey: On the Move” directed by Mad Men star Jon Hamm chronicles Dempsey’s journey of improvement with the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team to the world’s stage this summer.

* This is good stuff. Directed by Jon Hamm by the way…. not bad.

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Watch :: Indiana Student WHEEL OF FORTUNE FAIL.

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, WTF

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I refuse to believe this is real. Like, it may be real and happened on television, but this has to be something that Wheel of Fortune cooked up and convinced this dude to do so the show can get a viral clip going, right?!!? *

Impossible that my guy Julian could have actually messed up three times, really really badly. This is student week, he’s got a nice pretty red sweater on, so he is a student I am assuming. If he is in college, he at least has to be able to read, right?

If you notice on the video, he always has the most bread when he takes a guess, but he just can’t get over that reading thing. Can he go back to school after this? Seriously, if you are the school, do you audit all of the papers and work that this cat has turned in to this point?

I wonder if he has had a twitter account and how long it took him to shut it down after this video got going on the internets. Can you imagine the slander that he was getting when the twitter people got a hold of him? Dammit man.

* Not accusing WOF of any Quiz Show / Charles Van Doren type of shenanigans, but I seriously don’t believe that this could actually happen. I have faith in you Julian.

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Sunil Gulati Tweets About Copa America Idea In US

Filed under: Soccer News

~~ The fact the the President of US Soccer is tweeting about it does says something….

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Chelsea Confirm Thibaut Courtois Can Play Against Them Despite Atletico Loan

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Courtois

~~  Good to see cooler heads prevail…. There won’t be an issue of loyalty for either sides when Thibaut Courtois takes the field against Chelsea.

via ChelseaFC

Chief Executive Ron Gourlay also spoke about goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid. UEFA today [Friday] released a statement in response to media reports on the situation.

‘The loan was arranged at the start of the season and it is quite simple, Courtois can play against Chelsea, that was never in doubt,’ said Gourlay.

‘Regarding the UEFA statement, we will evaluate that over the course of the next 24 or 48 hours and we will comply with the rules, and he can play against Chelsea in both games.’

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Footie Facts

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Peter Crouch was once asked the question “If you weren’t a footballer, what would you be?”. His response – “A virgin.”

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2014 Europa League Semi-Final Draw

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Europa Draw

~~  Another two teams from Spain representing in Europe…. But my money is still on Juve at home….

via UEFA

Semi-final draw (24 April & 1 May)
Sevilla FC (ESP) v Valencia CF (ESP)
SL Benfica (POR) v Juventus (ITA)

Final (14 May, 20.45CET; Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Sevilla/Valencia v Benfica/Juventus

Today’s UEFA Europa League draw guaranteed a Spanish presence in the final after Sevilla FC were pitted against Valencia CF in an all-Liga semi-final while SL Benfica stand between Juventus and a place in the Turin showpiece.

Sevilla, in 2006 and 2007, and Valencia, in 2004, each won this competition during the UEFA Cup era but only one of these domestic rivals can now proceed to the Juventus Stadium final. Both these teams started their UEFA Europa League campaigns in the group stage, with Sevilla having come through the third qualifying round and play-offs.

The Bianconeri, meanwhile, will aim to lift the trophy for a fourth time following success in 1977, 1990 and 1993 but must first get past last season’s runners-up Benfica. Ominously for the Portuguese club, Juventus beat Benfica en route to their triumph 21 years ago. This is a meeting of sides that came over from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The road to the 14 May final in the northern Italian city reached another key milestone with what was an open draw made by UEFA Europa League final ambassador Ciro Ferrara and UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino.

The UEFA General Secretary hailed the “sensational entertainment” witnessed in the quarter-finals before assessing the last-four lineup. “We have three former winners of the competition, Juventus, Sevilla, Valencia – who qualified winning 5-0 after extra time – and last year’s finalists Benfica. This certainly promises two fiercely contested semi-finals,” Mr Infantino said.

The semi-finals will be played on a home-and-away basis, with the first legs on Thursday 24 April and the returns the following Thursday. For administrative purposes, the last step of the draw defined the winner of semi-final 1 as the designated home team for the final, kicking off at 20.45CET on Wednesday 14 May.

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2014 Champions League Semi-Final Draw

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Champs Draw

~~  Can you imagine an all Madrid final?!?!?!

via UEFA

Real Madrid CF (ESP) v FC Bayern München (GER, holders): 23 & 29 April
Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) v Chelsea FC (ENG): 22 & 30 April

Madrid/Bayern v Atlético/Chelsea

FC Bayern München must overcome the significant hurdle of Real Madrid CF if they are to continue their European title defence in the Lisbon final – and potentially become the first club to win the UEFA Champions League two seasons in a row. Today’s semi-final draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon also produced an intriguing contest between Club Atlético de Madrid, in the last four for the first time in 40 years, and Chelsea FC.

Ominously for Real Madrid, chasing a tenth continental crown, five-time champions Bayern have beaten them in four of the five previous European Cup semi-finals contested by the pair – the latest in 2012 when they prevailed in a Santiago Bernabéu penalty shoot-out.

The German side still, of course, have the possibility of avenging their defeat by Chelsea in that season’s final, though Atlético – as with their neighbours in the Spanish capital – will doubtless have their say. The Rojiblancos are the only one of the quartet never to have lifted the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, having lost the 1974 final to Bayern after a replay. However, the most recent of Atlético’s three encounters with Chelsea was a 4-1 victory in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup.

Today’s open draw in Nyon was conducted by UEFA Champions League final ambassador Luís Figo and UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, who looked forward to “more of the same” after some “sensational” quarter-final action. “The last four clubs in the UEFA Champions League possess an amazing history in the competition, with three previous winners totalling no fewer than 15 European crowns between them, and one club – Atlético Madrid – who have not featured at this stage since 1974,” Mr Infantino said.

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