Soccer Team Gets Scored On While Busy Celebrating Their Goal

If you've ever wondered why soccer players celebrate goals in the opponent's half of the field, well it's mostly because all of them except the goalkeeper are already there. But it's also because the other team cannot kickoff while there are opposing players in their half. This is something the all the players on… » 3/25/15 10:20pm Wednesday 10:20pm

Karim Benzema's Gorgeous Pass To Ronaldo Helps Tie Up El Clasico 1-1

Karim Benzema's tiny little flick to Ronaldo is a thing of beauty because it's the kind of devilish move that makes soccer special. At first glance, it's just another back-heel. Then Ronaldo comes charging down the pitch with nothing but green and a goalkeeper in front of him and you realize, oh my God, that play was… » 3/22/15 5:06pm Sunday 5:06pm

Referee Sends Off Wrong West Brom Player

Disaster struck for West Bromwich Albion just over a minute into their match against Manchester City. Wilfried Bony seized upon Gareth McAuley's poor back pass, and was subsequently hacked down by Craig Dawson. Referee Neil Swarbrick didn't immediately blow his whistle—presumably playing advantage and seeing if Bony… » 3/21/15 11:07am 3/21/15 11:07am

FIFA Turned A Huge Profit On The World Cup, Of Course

FIFA is bad. "Bad," as in many of the people who work there are bad, and they often do bad things to the sport of soccer and to the world at large. But let no one ever say that FIFA isn't very, very good at making money: it pulled in more than $2 billion in revenues last year, nearly all of that from the World Cup. » 3/20/15 3:19pm 3/20/15 3:19pm

Serie A Side Parma, $106 Million In Debt, Declared Bankrupt

Serie A side Parma, who are dead last and a sure thing to be relegated, was declared bankrupt in Italian court today, according to The Guardian. While it looks like they will finish out the Serie A season—possibly with funding from the league or Italian soccer federation—there remains the possibility that the club… » 3/19/15 8:08pm 3/19/15 8:08pm

The USMNT Should Boycott The 2022 World Cup

Today FIFA announced that they are formally moving ahead with plans to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November and December of that year, with the final being played a week before Christmas. As you may already know, Qatar's World Cup infrastructure is being built using Moses-era slavery practices. One of the… » 3/19/15 3:40pm 3/19/15 3:40pm

Bhutan Wins Again! A Match Report From A Deadspin Reader In Bhutan

Bhutan pulled it off! The tiny landlocked Himalayan nation advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying—where they could be placed into a pool with Asian heavyweights like Iran, Japan, or South Korea—by knocking off Sri Lanka 2-1 yesterday, winning the two-legged tie 3-1 on aggregate. The next time FIFA… » 3/18/15 10:34pm 3/18/15 10:34pm

Wayne Rooney Mocks Boxing Controversy With Hilarious Goal Celebration

Manchester United are running roughshod over Tottenham, up three goals to none at halftime in a crucial match between Champions League aspirants. Wayne Rooney made a great run and finish to score United's third, and afterwards unveiled the boxing knockout celebration above. » 3/15/15 12:59pm 3/15/15 12:59pm

Angry Sunderland Fans Leave In The First Half, Throw Scarf At Manager

Playing at home against the team a spot below them on the table, Sunderland had the opportunity today to put some distance between them and relegation. Instead, they went down three goals to Aston Villa in the first 37 minutes. Streams of pissed off Sunderland fans stormed out of the Stadium of Light—thousands … » 3/14/15 12:51pm 3/14/15 12:51pm

Matt Phillips Scores 45-Yard Wonder Goal

QPR has only won one game in their last 12 across all competitions and it looks likely that they will be relegated, but they can take some measure of solace in scoring a strong goal of the year contender. Down 0-3 to a Crystal Palace side resurgent under Alan Pardew, Matt Phillips's belter spectacularly beat keeper… » 3/14/15 12:22pm 3/14/15 12:22pm

Man Whose Punch Killed Soccer Ref Sentenced To 8-15 Years In Prison

A Michigan man who punched and killed the rec league referee who was ejecting him was sentenced to 8-15 years in jail Thursday, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. A Lebanese national, Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad faces potential deportation after completing his sentence. The Dearborn auto mechanic punched… » 3/14/15 12:06pm 3/14/15 12:06pm

Scenes In Colombo As Bhutan Wins In First Ever World Cup Qualifier

The soccer team representing the tiny nation of Bhutan (estimated population: 733,643) traveled to Sri Lanka Thursday for their first ever World Cup qualifier. Now, Sri Lanka isn't a very good soccer nation, but compared to Bhutan they might as well be Brazil. Bhutan is the lowest ranked team in the world—just… » 3/13/15 1:32am 3/13/15 1:32am

Soccer Fans to Get Free Access to Museums So They Don't Destroy Cities

You look like you love sports. Would you ever fuck up a historical monument in order to prove to the world how much you really loved sport(s)? Would you rather go to a museum to prove that you love sports—and art—thereby killing two birds with one stone? I like where your head is at. » 3/12/15 3:29pm 3/12/15 3:29pm