Tag Archives: soccer

TURKEY: Government Orders Probe After Giant Rocky Balboa Banner Rises Over Soccer Stadium [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul. The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words …

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US Soccer Player Quits Rather Than Wear Pride Jersey

The Christian Post reports: Two weeks after U.S. Soccer announced that both their men’s and women’s national teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of gay pride in June, Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn herself from the U.S. roster for two international friendlies this month, citing “personal reasons.” A release from U.S. Soccer said Hinkle, 24, who …

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US Soccer Teams To Don Rainbow Jerseys For Pride

USA Today reports: The U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams plan to sport rainbow-themed numbers on their uniforms during June contests to support LGBT Pride Month as part of a collaborative initiative between U.S. Soccer and You Can Play— an organization dedicated to eradicating homophobia and transphobia through the sports world. The men’s team members will wear the rainbow …

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ORLANDO: Major League Soccer Pays Tribute To Pulse Victims In Emotional Ceremony [VIDEO]

From Orlando’s NBC affiliate: Saturday’s Orlando City’s soccer match served as much more than a sporting event. Team officials dedicated it to the 49 people killed and 53 others injured in last week’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. During the 49th-minute of the match, play stopped for a moment of silence. It was a first for Major League Soccer. …

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ARGENTINA: Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rant Used To Hype US-Hosted Soccer Tournament [VIDEO]

This is pretty great. Via Politico: An Argentine television station is using Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric in a promotional video for Argentina’s national soccer team ahead of the U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario tournament next month. The minute-plus ad begins by introducing the Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump as a businessman. “Our country is in serious trouble. We’re having people coming …

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Mattel Issues Barbie Modeled After Out Soccer Star

Mattel yesterday announced the release of a short-haired Barbie modeled after out lesbian soccer star Abby Wambach. Via Gay Star News: If you thought Barbie dolls were all one shape and image, the new Abby Wambach doll goes some way to confronting stereotypes and showing young girls (and boys), that female role models don’t all come in one mold. Wambach, …

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FIFA Fines Five Countries For Anti-Gay Chants

The Associated Press reports: FIFA fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay on Wednesday for anti-gay chants by their national team’s fans. The “insulting and discriminatory chants” came during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA said. Chile’s fine is the biggest at 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,000) over cases at four different matches. The governing body imposed fines of …

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IRAN: Eight Members Of National Female Soccer Team Accused Of Being “Not Fully Women”

Via the Times Of Israel: Iranian soccer fans were left reeling earlier this week after eight members of the women’s national team were found to be men, the Al-Arabiya website reported on Monday. Mojtabi Sharifi, described as an official connected to the Iranian soccer league, said that the footballers “have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change …

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Throws Ticker Tape Parade For World Cup Champions

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USA Wins Women’s World Cup, Champion Abby Wambach Rushes To Kiss Her Wife

Via SB Nation: “For the first time in her career, Abby Wambach is a World Cup winner. And after the final whistle blew in the United States’ 5-2 win over Japan, she sprinted over to the stands to find her wife, Sarah Huffman, who was sitting in the front row with the rest of the American supporters.”

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FIFA Official: Yes We Took Bribes

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LA Galaxy Sign Out Soccer Star Robbie Rogers To Multi-Year Contract Extension

Via press release: The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has signed defender Robbie Rogers to a multi-year contract extension. Rogers, an MLS veteran and former U.S. Men’s National Team member, joined in Galaxy in May 2013 and has made 30 appearances and 22 starts as a member of the Galaxy. “We are excited that Robbie will remain a …

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Germany Celebrates World Cup

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And That’s The End Of That

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Ann Coulter: Immigrant Soccer Fans Are Leading America Into Moral Decay

“Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay. Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls — all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they’re standing alone at the plate. But there’s also individual glory …

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World Cup Open Thread

Judging by Twitter, many of the nation’s offices have suspended work to watch the USA vs Germany match. If you’re among those folks, here’s an open thread to weigh in, at least on the hotness of the players. UPDATE: The USA has lost.

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FIFA Bans World Cup Biter

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Pro Soccer 2013 MVP Player Mike Magee Responds To Hateful Tweet, Gets Apology

Magee plays for the Chicago Fire and was the 2013 MVP for Major League Soccer. SB Nation has the story. (Tipped by JMG reader Brian)

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Tweet Of The Day – Anton Hysen

Hysen came out in 2011 and is one of only two openly gay professional soccer players in the world. (The other is American player Robbie Rogers.) Hysen has spent the last couple of hours dealing with angry fans. Last year he became the first openly gay winner of Sweden’s version of Dancing With The Stars. (Via Gay Star News)

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Soccer Association Demands Clarification From Russia Regarding 2018 World Cup

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has asked the Russian government for “clarification and more details” regarding the “homosexual propaganda” ban.  FIFA’s World Cup is set to be hosted by Russia in 2018. “Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety” during the monthlong tournament,” FIFA said, adding that “FIFA trusts …

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