Written by Kevin Vu

By winning the Copa del Rey last Friday, Atlético Madrid showed the world they can compete with any group of 11 players. Their next challenge? Imagine being on the field in Jelan Besar Stadium and having to square off against 130 kids. That is not a typo, they really hit the field to compete with 130 lads.

Early Tuesday, the players of Atletico Madrid played a game in Singapore against 130 kids as a charity exhibition match. We’re not really sure who won this match but what we do know is that the referees had a difficult time calling this game.

 

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Written by Meagan Speck

Teams practice set pieces on a regularly basis, but none of them work quite as spectacularly as this wonder goal by Massimo Gobbi. Take a look, you wont be disappointed!

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Juergen-KloppThis Saturday marks the Champions League final, with German powers Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich squaring off in London to settle continental supremacy.

Ahead of the big game, Jurgen Klopp is on a media-swooning tour. The charismatic German and head coach of Dortmund, known for his celebrations and general interactions in the media, spun some gems in a lengthy interview with the Guardian.

He implores fans to join the cause of the underdog side, as well as touching on a few other subjects in rather hilarious fashion.

Here are a few of the quotes of choice:

On Mario Goetze signing with rivals Bayern:

“What can I say? If that’s what Bayern wants … It’s like James Bond – except they are the other guy [the villain].”

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Written by The 91st

It takes a lot of work to be great. But enough about me.

Lionel Messi is indisputably the best player in the world but the Barcelona star had a long road to the top. Here him discuss some of his early moments and what it meant to finally inherit the prized No. 10 jersey.

 

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Written by The 91st

Talk about giving your team a mouthful (BADUM-CHING!).
An angry fan of Argentinos Juniors apparently had enough, of both his team’s performance and his own teeth, because he launched his dentures onto the field in the direction of manager Ricardo Caruso Lombardi.

Cameras only show the evidence and not the perpetrator but stadium security is currently investigating all teeth-less attendees.

 

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Written by The 91st

NYC

Major League Soccer is adding a second New York team and the Yankees are helping to make it possible. The league announced today that it will add an expansion team New York City Football club beginning in 2015.

Manchester City FC and Major League Baseball’s legendary New York Yankees have teamed up to acquire MLS’s 20th expansion club. Manchester City will be the majority owner, according to the league’s announcement, while the Yankees will play an active role.

Here is the obligatory ‘we’re excited’ quote from commissioner Don Garber:

“This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country. The New York area is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to an intense crosstown rivalry between New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls that will captivate this great city.”

There is talk of building a new stadium, though it certainly won’t be ready by the start of 2015. Will the league be ready? We’ll see. Red Bulls, you have company.

[MLS Soccer]

 

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Mestalla turns 90

Written by Rudy Madrigal

On May 20, Mestalla Stadium, home of Valencia C.F., turned 90 years-old. While the stadium may not be one of the most well known or glamorous, it is nonetheless an important one. First opened in 1923, the original capacity was 17,000, but quickly expanded to 25,000. Today, the stadium holds 55,000, is the fifth-largest in Spain and is considered to have one of the most feared stadium atmospheres in all of Europe. With the steep and towering seats, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Being 90 years-old, the stadium has a long and storied history, having been through the Spanish Civil War and the flood of 1957, among other things. It hosted all of Spain’s games during the 1982 World Cup (used to be the national team’s home stadium) and the Copa del Rey final in 2011.

Read about the atmosphere and see more pics after the jump

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Written by The 91st

The Chicago Cubs recently honored Northwestern, and the men’s soccer program in particular, during a night that saw head coach Tim Lenahan fire the first pitch.

Lenahan has been involved in too many high-pressure situations while helping build a successful Wildcats program, but this was something completely different. He was out of his element, surrounded by random onlookers and dressed in a Cubs uniform. The potential for disaster always looms during these ceremonial tosses.

But we’re happy to report that Lenahan nailed the pitch. Right down the middle. One small strike for baseball, one giant throw for the Big Ten.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

For the first time since 1999, Atletico Madrid beat their hometown rivals Real Madrid. The victory couldn’t have come at a better time as Atletico won their fifth title in three years. (Copa del Rey ’13, UEFA Europa League Cup ’09/’10 & ’11/’12, UEFA Super Cup ’10 & ’12) Along with the video above, here are some facts about the Madrid derby.

-There have been a total of 260 official matches played between Atletico and Real with Real winning 141 times and Atletico winning 63 times.

-The first match was played February 28, 1905 to a 1-1 draw.

-14 times the final score has been 2-1.

-The last time Atletico won a derby (before this past Friday) was October 30, 1999.

-Atletico and Real have met in the Copa del Rey final five times. Atletico have won four of them (1960, 1961, 1992, 2013) with Real only winning one (1975).

-15 players have played for both Atletico and Real (Juanfran Torres, Reyes, Mista, García Clavo, Jurado, Pablo García, Solari, Jaro, Esnáider, Raúl Gonzáles, Caminero, Schuster, Hugo Sánchez, Juanito, Paco Llorente)

 

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Written by The 91st

Chelsea had to wait until their season was over to see their greatest highlight yet. Following their final match, the son of goalkeeper Ross Turnbull took the field and wowed the crowd with this priceless goal.

It’s kind of difficult to dribble a ball that outweighs you, but young Josh made it happen, taking the ball into the box – pausing for dramatics – and then scoring, much to the delight of the crowd. Notice how the kid lifts his arms in triumph as the stadium roars. Clearly, he hasn’t mastered the whole walking thing yet, but he already knows how to work a crowd.

 

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