Written by Travis Clark

It’s been something of an up and down season for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez. The German national team striker has spent most of this season on the bench, with Mario Mandžukić supplanting him in Bayern’s starting lineup.

That hasn’t seemed to faze Gomez too badly, however, as he’s still managed to score goals in bunches for the Bavarian club in limited appearances.

In Tuesday’s German Cup Semifinal against Wolfsburg, Gomez entered the game as a 77th minute sub with his side up 3-1. Nine minutes later, he had a hat trick, scoring goals in the 80th, 83rd and 86th minute to make it a 6-1 final score.

Watch the swift damage in the highlight video above, starting at around the 3:45 mark. Or just take in Bayern’s demolition of Wolfsburg in its entirety.

 

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In most cases a penalty is a definite goal, and missing one is seen as a tremendous blunder. We all remember David Beckham’s miss in 2004, and Roberto Baggio’s in 94. But, uhh … this guy took penalty kicks to a new low.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

For those who don’t know, Irina Shayk is the girlfriend of this one guy that plays for Real Madrid and Portugal. He wears the #7 jersey and apparently goes by the name Ronaldo. All you need to know for now is that Irina is pretty. She’s very pretty. What I’m trying to say is that she’s hot and I can’t stop thinking about her. Alright that was weird.

Ms. Shayk was at an MTV party when some obnoxious Greek reporter decided to try his hand at comedy. Long story short, he failed. He handed her a pair of scissors to cut up a Messi jersey and instead she used the scissors to cut his hair. I guess class runs in the family. Well done, Irina.

 

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AEK AThens is a club with a great history, and has always been one of the top clubs in Greece. During the leagues 54 year old history, the club has always been a top contender. However, the last years have not been kind to AEK Athens, and they will most likely get relegated.
In their last home game against Panthrakikos, the expectations were clear lose and they would be out and a win and the hope would still be alive. The game would not go AEK Athens way, and in the 87 minute AEK Athens defender scored an unfortunate own goal. That was to much for many of the AEK Athen’s fans, they stormed the field and chased all players and officials off the field.
Horrendous scenes, but it sends a message off just how passionate some people are regarding their favorite club. However, this time that passion turned into something unacceptable.

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Written by Travis Clark

NBC-Premier-FeatureStarting this fall, even more soccer is going to be available on TV in the United States.

NBC, which won the broadcast rights for the English Premier League last October, officially announced its plans for the 2013-14 upcoming season — and they’ve got some big ideas.

Arlo White, current MLS announcer for NBC will take over as lead commentator for the EPL, moving back to his native England, while former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will serve as lead analysts on live broadcasts when NBC takes over broadcasting the league this August.

All EPL games will be available in some format as well, whether on NBC, NBC Sports Network, or via NBC Sports Live Extra, a free mobile app available with the right cable package.

Check out more details after the jump.

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Written by Nicole Denenberg

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Four years of college goes speeding by, especially if you play on the soccer team. Almost every minute is accounted for when you consider daily practice, training, games, classes and studying.

High School is equally hectic, and adding to the pressure is the preparation for ACT & SAT tests followed by college selection and applications. It’s a fun time, but also very stressful for most of us.

Besides playing soccer for my high school, there were long drives to weekly practices for my club team and tournaments to juggle. By my sophomore year, I knew I’d better take charge of finding a good school where I could also play soccer. The University of Illinois was always my ambition, but I didn’t know if the coach would recruit me. Until I devised and organized my personal method for tracking and networking university contacts, I was clueless about how to find the right college. Thinking back I can laugh at my naiveté and distorted perceptions. My advice now would be to keep an open mind, be flexible, and don’t be stuck on preconceived notions that are unfounded, or just ridiculous.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Thoughts, love and prayers to those in Boston. Below are just some of the reactions from professional soccer players and teams from around the world.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Utrecht centerback Mike van dor Hoorn was trying to clear the ball, but didn’t succeed. Instead, he tripped over his own feet and fell on his face, all while scoring one of the worst own goals this year. I love how even the AZ Alkmaar players were trying to comfort him.


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Written by Travis Clark

The U.S. U17 men’s national team came up short when it mattered most, losing 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament on Sunday night. With the defeat, the U.S. fails to secure a spot at the 2013 U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Boca Juniors midfielder Joel Sonora scored the only goal of the game for the United States, a nice tally from distance that tied the game at 1-1 right before the half.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his PSG are out of the Champions League, but just days before their last match Zlatan gave this interview. He is known for being extremely honest and this time his honesty will make you laugh. Zlatan gives you his opinion about Messi and Ronaldo along with his most glorious moment in soccer.

 

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