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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 09, 2019. 9 comments

This Feels Like The End Of Tottenham's Golden Age

This Feels Like The End Of Tottenham's Golden Age

It was all so good just four months ago. Back then, Tottenham were in the midst of their best Champions League run ever, beating Manchester City and Ajax on consecutive last-second magic tricks and getting ready to face Liverpool in the final. What a difference four months can make.

At the start of the present season, Spurs have been in their worst form since manager Mauricio Pochettino...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 05, 2019. 6 comments

All Elite Wrestling Is Good, But It Will Have To Be More Unique To Be Great

All Elite Wrestling Is Good, But It Will Have To Be More Unique To Be Great

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All Elite Wrestling, WWE’s stiffest challenge since the Monday Night War years around the turn of the millennium, made its cable television debut on Wednesday night, kicking off a new era in professional wrestling that has already been dubbed the Wednesday Night War . The head-to-head competition between Dynamite, AEW’s flagship weekly show on TNT, and WWE’s newly-live,...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 01, 2019. 14 comments

OGC Nice Release Player Who Stole Teammate's €70,000 Watch

OGC Nice Release Player Who Stole Teammate's €70,000 Watch

Ligue 1 side OGC Nice released Lamine Diaby-Fadiga on Tuesday, after the 18-year-old admitted to stealing teammate Kasper Dolberg’s €70,000 watch last month. In a statement released on their website, Nice announced that they were severing their contract with the youngster over the theft:

OGC Nice and Lamine Diaby Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday. Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

Italian Youth Soccer Coach Fired For Calling Greta Thunberg A "Whore" On Facebook

Italian Youth Soccer Coach Fired For Calling Greta Thunberg A "Whore" On Facebook

Fourth-division Italian soccer club Grosseto fired youth coach Tommaso Casalini this week after he called 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg a “whore” who “can take a pounding” in a Facebook comment, according to Football Italia.

Here’s a screenshot of Casalini’s comment:

Translation: “This whore! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age!”

Grosseto immediately removed...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 30, 2019. 10 comments

The Lions And Chiefs Could Not Hold On To The Damn Football

The Lions And Chiefs Could Not Hold On To The Damn Football

Usually, when a much-anticipated game delivers, it’s because the quality of football was high enough to match the hype. Think Chiefs-Rams from last year . Kansas City was involved in another of those games on Sunday, as they headed to Detroit to take on the also-undefeated Lions. The drama was there from start to finish, even if the quality was...not quite as good.

Namely, the teams could not...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 30, 2019. 15 comments

Oh God, Yes, Rutgers Wants To Hire Greg Schiano Again

Oh God, Yes, Rutgers Wants To Hire Greg Schiano Again

Rutgers announced on Sunday that it had fired head coach Chris Ash, a day after the team got spanked 52-0 by Michigan to drop its record to 1-3. Also let go was offensive coordinator John McNulty, which is not a surprise given that the Scarlet Knights were shut out by both Michigan and Iowa, the latter in 30-0 rout.

Taking over for Rutgers will be Nunzio Campanile, who has such a New...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 30, 2019. 14 comments

Sean McDermott Had To Chase Bill Belichick's Son Off The Field During Bills Warm-Ups

Sean McDermott Had To Chase Bill Belichick's Son Off The Field During Bills Warm-Ups

The Patriots stay Patriotsing. Before Sunday’s game against Buffalo, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was seen chasing off two Patriots assistant coaches from the field, as the pair was watching the end of the Bills’ warm-ups. As captured by WROC-TV’s Thad Brown, McDermott is clearly gesticulating at the two coaches and ushering them off the field before he himself headed into the locker room:

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 29, 2019. 10 comments

Giovani dos Santos Carted Off After Gnarly Studs-Up Tackle Takes Out A Chunk Of His Leg

Giovani dos Santos Carted Off After Gnarly Studs-Up Tackle Takes Out A Chunk Of His Leg

Club América forward Giovani dos Santos was carted off of Saturday’s match against arch-rivals Guadalajara after a brutal studs-up tackle by Briseño chunked a part of his right leg straight off.

Fair warning, both the photo and the video of the injury are pretty fucking gross:

The tackle occurred in the 37th minute of Mexico’s biggest rivalry match, El Súper Clásico, with dos Santos going for...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 26, 2019. 13 comments

Shirtless, Suspended Striker Chris Wondolowski Went Apeshit In The San Jose Supporters Section

Shirtless, Suspended Striker Chris Wondolowski Went Apeshit In The San Jose Supporters Section
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No one represents the San Jose Earthquakes better than striker Chris Wondolowski, who decided to serve his red-card suspension on Wednesday night by embedding himself in the Earthquakes supporters section and generally acting like a lunatic. That was particularly true when San Jose scored early to take the lead in a...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 26, 2019. 13 comments

MLS Caves To Fan Pressure, Lifts Its Ban On The Iron Front Logo

MLS Caves To Fan Pressure, Lifts Its Ban On The Iron Front Logo

After months of feuding and ejections and protesting , MLS has come to an agreement with various supporters groups to suspend its ban on Iron Front imagery at matches for the rest of the season:

MLS will also work with supporters groups in order to review their much-criticized Fan Code of Conduct ahead of next season, which might prove the more important action if the league takes the fans’...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 25, 2019. 6 comments

College Soccer Player Rips Game-Winning Indirect Free Kick Over The Heads Of All 11 Opponents

College Soccer Player Rips Game-Winning Indirect Free Kick Over The Heads Of All 11 Opponents

Deadspin is on the record about our belief that indirect free kicks rule , and the rocket blast that gave Creighton an overtime victory over Tulsa on Tuesday was a perfect example of why we so love these kinds of goals:

Let’s break this down. With just under five minutes left in the second sudden-death extra period (college soccer’s overtime is very strange), a Tulsa defender passed the...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 25, 2019. 13 comments

FIFA's The Best Awards Are The Worst

FIFA's The Best Awards Are The Worst

In what universe is Marcelo still one of the best defenders in the world? Not in this one, or any other where performances on the field or even the amorphous “club success” criteria apply. The only place where Marcelo could be considered a starter in a world’s best XI is one where nothing matters today as much as yesterday’s fame. Which is why Marcelo was both an utterly undeserving and a...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 19, 2019. 9 comments

FIFA Releases Meaningless Statement Condemning Iran's Ban On Women In Soccer Stadiums

FIFA Releases Meaningless Statement Condemning Iran's Ban On Women In Soccer Stadiums

An Iranian woman recently died from from self-inflicted burns after she was arrested for trying to attend a soccer match in the country, and her death has brought renewed scrutiny to Iran’s law that bans women from entering soccer stadiums. FIFA, an organization always eager to do the bare minimum in pushing back against human rights abuses, has responded to the heightened scrutiny not with...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 19, 2019. 10 comments

MLS Coach Sues Former Club For Firing Him Over Homophobic Tirade

MLS Coach Sues Former Club For Firing Him Over Homophobic Tirade

Following his firing by Real Salt Lake over a homophobic tirade during a match in Utah last month, former coach Mike Petke is now suing the club for $687,500 of lost salary (a season and a half’s worth). The lawsuit, filed in the Third Judicial District Court of Salt Lake County, alleges that the club tried to force Petke to resign from his position after he was first suspended for two...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 18, 2019. 22 comments

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Are Already Teetering On The Brink

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Are Already Teetering On The Brink

Zinedine Zidane must have known this time would be harder. The once-former, now-current Real Madrid manager stepped away from the club after winning the 2018 Champions League final—his and the club’s third in a row, and the team’s fourth in five years—just as Cristiano Ronaldo, the key to all that success, left for Juventus. So, when Zidane returned after a tumultuous half-season for the...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 17, 2019. 12 comments

The Battle For Germany's Starting Goalkeeper Spot Is Now Being Waged In Public

The Battle For Germany's Starting Goalkeeper Spot Is Now Being Waged In Public

Germany have a problem—one many national teams would kill for, but a problem nonetheless. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is one of the very best goalies in the world, and yet he can’t get any gametime for his national team. Manuel Neuer, who not that long ago was handily the game’s single best keeper, starts in goal and captains the German national team, even though he’s no longer...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 16, 2019. 13 comments

Seattle Sounders Fans Walk Out Of Match Due To MLS Ban Of Protest Signs

Seattle Sounders Fans Walk Out Of Match Due To MLS Ban Of Protest Signs

Following months of ideological clashing and semantic disagreements on the meaning of the word “political,” the largest Seattle Sounders supporter group took a more disruptive approach to its fight against MLS’s ban on protest signs, represented most clearly by those bearing the Iron Front logo. After the stadium officials ejected one fan from Sunday’s match between Seattle and the New York...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 16, 2019. 13 comments

Zlatan Punted Sporting Kansas City Into Orbit With Yet Another Hat Trick

Zlatan Punted Sporting Kansas City Into Orbit With Yet Another Hat Trick

At some point, Zlatan Ibrahimović will wear out his welcome in MLS, but that moment has thankfully not come just yet. Beyond all the shit-talking and dunking on MLS of the likes which we here at Deadspin can only aspire to, Zlatan’s still got it on the field, which must make his shtick easier to take. On Sunday, he was kind enough to issue a reminder of his still-prodigious talent, notching a...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 13, 2019. 14 comments

Ronald Acuña's 40/40 Season Now Feels Inevitable

Ronald Acuña's 40/40 Season Now Feels Inevitable

With his 39th home run and 35th and 36th stolen bases on Thursday night against the Phillies, Ronald Acuña put a historic bow on his season by becoming the youngest player to accomplish a 35-35 season in baseball history. While Acuña bashing dingers and swiping bases has come to feel routine this year, the 21-year-old Venezuelan’s eye-popping stats are anything but normal.

Acuña got started...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 13, 2019. 3 comments

Napoli's Manager Blasts The State Of The Team's Half-Built Locker Rooms

Napoli's Manager Blasts The State Of The Team's Half-Built Locker Rooms

Following a summer of renovations at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo—a project that forced the team to play its first two games of the season away from home—the stadium’s locker rooms are still not ready for use. Which has manager Carlo Ancelotti absolutely furious.

Here’s the current state of the locker room, as shown in a video posted by the club’s official Twitter account:

In a statement posted...

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