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PHOTO: FOOTBALL IS THEIR PASSION. THAT LITTLE WAR IS THEIR OBSESSION.
Boca Juniors fans display a really big flag reminding their Argentine compatriots never to forget that whole Malvinas/Falklands situation. (GETTY IMAGES)
I KNOW SOME PEOPLE IN JERSEY WHO WOULD BE AWFULLY CONFUSED BY THIS PHOTO.
Hey, look, it’s Britain’s second best dressed man emerging from a fine eating establishment wearing a tacky t-shirt and hideous sweatpants! // Kickette
HERE IS A PHOTO OF BRUCE ARENA SHOWING ENTIRELY TOO MUCH LEG.
Some of American soccer’s greats, like Bruce Arena and Shep Messing, remember the late Bill Stevenson, former coach of Nassau Community College. Includes a photo of an impossibly young Bruce Arena. // Big Apple Soccer
WE WILL PAY THESE HIGH PRICES, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO LIKE IT.
Clever Schalke fans make it known that the €90 price tag for tickets away to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League is outrageous. Phone sex line outrageous. // Dirty Tackle
PHOTO: ‘THESE SHORTS ARE RATHER CONSTRICTING! I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MAKE THAT KNOWN!’
Jermaine Jones is one angry dude. (GETTY IMAGES)
HERE’S YOUR DASH OF AMERICAN PEDANTRY FOR THE DAY.
Apparently, the fact that the Champions League isn’t solely for actual champions is something some people just can’t accept. // Wall Street Journal
‘WE WERE DISRESPECTED!’
‘NO YOU WEREN’T.’
‘OH. WELL, CAN WE PRETEND WE WERE? IT WILL HELP WITH MOTIVATION.’
After the El Salvador U-23s were given boarding passes with American player names on them and got all bitter about it, US Soccer stepped in to explain that it wasn’t hubris at all. // Goal.com
THIS IS GREAT UNTIL STREET GAMES BREAK OUT AT EVERY STOP. NO, THAT WILL STILL BE GREAT.
Clever marketing is clever. In Donestk, they’ve turned all the bus stops into goals ahead of Euro 2012. // World Cup Blog
PHOTO: LET’S THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU, KIDS. SHOW UP IN A SOCCER JERSEY, TAKE PHOTOS WITH MODELS.
One lucky young Argentina fan snaps a photos with model Zaira Nara, girlfriend of Argentine tennis player Juan Monaco, at the Sony Ericsson Tennis Open in Miami. (GETTY IMAGES)
HI KAREN LOEW. IT’S US, SOCCER. PERHAPS YOU’VE HEARD OF US.
The Atlantic writer Karen Loew made the odd claim that adults don’t sing communally in America anymore. Richard Whittall refutes that thesis with a slew of MLS examples. // The Footy Blog
IT’S FRIDAY. HERE’S A GOSSIPY TREAT BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT.
Gossip roundup, boys and girls. What is Sergio Aguero’s “stupid injury”? Is Nando going Russian? How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Roll pop? One…two…three… // Bleacher Report
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, NOT ALL OF THESE KCKS ARE QWK. MAYBE IT’S TIME TO RENAME THE ROUNDUP.