QWK KCKS: Twas the Night Before El Clasico

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

QWK KCKS is our way of helping you get your day started with a refreshing blast of football culture right in your face.

 

PHOTO: I’M MAKING THIS MY PHOTO OF THE WEEK.
So it’s a few days old, from when Roo went to appeal his Euro ban…it’s still amusing. Wayne Rooney looks at the Champions League trophy through glass, about as close as he’s going to get to it this time around. (GETTY IMAGES)

 

LIKE A SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE FOREHEAD.
Talk of match-fixing in the Lyon-Dinamo Zagreb Champions League clash on Wednesday has been categorically refuted, and all it took was a MS Paint. // Surreal Football

 

AN ENGLISHMAN PATRONIZING AMERICAN SOCCER? WHY, I’M SHOCKED!
Ian Darke’s heart might be in the right place, but his thoughts on MLS are a bit misguided. So says this one guy. // Sounder at Heart

 

DECENT WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT.
Jurgen Klinsmann is making a small fortune annually to coach the USMNT, and four times more than his predecessor. His salary might help put US Soccer in the red. // Soccer Insider

 

VIDEO: HOLY GOLAZO BATMAN.
Let’s work on returning the word “golazo” to it’s proper usage. The last goal in this vid is a golazo. (via Beat the First Man)

 

KEEP LOOKING. IT’S IN THERE SOMEWHERE.
By his death, Socrates provided the impetus for his beloved Corinthians–and perhaps the whole of Brazil–to examine their souls. // Bloomberg

 

SPEAKING OF SOULS.
There’s a good argument to be made that the football fanzine saved the soul of the English games during the turbulent and troubled 1980s. // The Footy Blog

 

FROM NOW ON, HE’S ‘WAYNE THE BRAIN.’ WHICH WOULD ALSO BE HIS WRESTLER NAME.
Jack Wilshere says Wayne Rooney’s brain “is miles ahead of any England player.” What he didn’t say is if Wayne’s brain was taking the right road… // Soccernet

 

PHOTO: POSTED WITHOUT COMMENT.
Nothing I could say would add to your enjoyment of this photo. Santos training in Japan ahead of the Club World Cup. (AP PHOTO)

 

ALTERNATE THEORY: IVAN IS A BIT OF A CROSSDRESSER.
I bet he tried that excuse, too. Ivan Klasnic is getting divorced because he’s a big dummy. // Off the Post

 

THIS AGAIN? OH. IT’S NOT SO CUT AND DRY. WELL.
Greg Seltzer takes a different approach to the suggestions of fixing in the Champions League. // No Short Corners

 

‘SUPER MARIO BROTHERS’ ONLY WORKS IF THEY BOTH SHOOT FIREBALLS. UHH…
Mario Balotelli has a little brother who is on trial at Stoke, and he’s like totally cute and stuff. // Dirty Tackle

 

PHOTO: OPEN WIDE?
A couple of young Santos Laguna fans at the first leg of the Mexican Apertura final. Tigres won 1-0. (AP PHOTO)

 

HAPPY CLASICO EVE. HAVE YOU PUT UP YOUR CLASICO TREE YET? HAVE SOME OF THE CLASICO NOG.
The word “nog” is strange, and used in no other context. Anyway, follow KCKRS on Twitter for doses of the good stuff throughout the day, like KCKRS on Facebook for the same plus the other stuff Facebook brings, and have yourself a merry little Clasico. Adios.

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