Bend it Like Benfica

A recent FIFA law change regarding goal kicks resulted in a rather interesting piece of rule bending today, by Portuguese team Benfica on 28th. The rules state that goal kicks no longer need to leave the area, and as such here we see Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos flick the ball to a centreback who then heads it back to him. This allows the keeper to then throw the ball in something of a surprise to the opposing side!

Whether this cheely method of avoiding the back pass rule will be stamped out is anyone’s guess, though perhaps it can be considered unsporting behavior!

Ugly Scenes at the World Aquatics Championships

There were ugly scenes at the World Aquatics Championships today, when bronze medal winner Britain’s Duncan Scott refused to share a podium with winner of the event,  Sun Yang. The Chinese athlete has failed a drugs test for banned stimulant trimetazidine in 2014. Yang angrily lashed out at the Brit during the medal ceremony and called him a loser.

It’s not the first time this championships that an athlete has refused to share a podium with Sun Yang. In the 400m freestyle on the 22nd, Silver medal winner aussie Mack Horton refused to share a podium with Sun and had previously labelled him a “drug cheat”.  The two have history prior to these championships, held in South Korean. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Horton stated of Sun, ” I don’t have time or respect for drug cheats.”

Check out this report on Mack Horton’s protest:

Balls

If only he had bigger balls!

I didn’t upload this. I can’t claim to even know what game this is from, but I don’t what’s important. I know that, as the uploader stated, if this guy had bigger balls this wouldn’t ever have happened!

Eddie The Eagle

Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, otherwise known as ‘Eddie The Eagle’, was the subject of 2016 sports comedy-drama film of the same name, starring Taron Egerton in the title role. Although largely fictitious, the film was loosely based on Edwards’ life story.

Born into a working-class family in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Edwards was initially a downhill skier but, having narrowly missed selection for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in that capacity, he later turned to ski jumping as a less expensive and less competitive – at least, as far as Britain was concerned – option.

In the summer of 1986, at the age of twenty-two, Edwards took time off from his career as a plasterer to visit the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in New York, where he concluded that ski jumping looked ‘alright’. He jumped in his first European Cup event at St. Moritz, Switzerland on Boxing Day, 1986 and, the following year, jumped in the Four Hills Tournament at Oberstdorf, West Germany.

Following his return from torn knee ligaments, sustained in the latter event, the British Ski Federation decreed that if he could jump 70 metres in a World Cup event he would be allowed to represent Great Britain in the Winter Olympics in Calgary the following year. In December, 1987, Edwards jumped 69.5 metres and was famously in the mental hospital in Finland – for purely economic reasons – when he was informed that he had been picked for the British Olympic team.

Indeed, Edwards, who was entirely self-funded, became the first British Olympic ski jumper for six decades. He finished stone cold last, by some margin, in both the 70-metre and 90-metre events, but his fearless acts of derring-do earned him the nickname ‘Eddie The Eagle’ and endeared him to a global audience. Indeed, in his closing address, Frank King, CEO of the Olympic Organising Committee, said to competitors, ‘Some of you have even soared like an eagle.’