March 1st, 2012

Midweek Results: Unusual Sightings

A great goalkeeper who’s also useful in a crisis. Oh Joey, as if we didn’t love you enough already.

This post contains some scenes you may find disturbing.

A lot of them involve hair.

Denmark 0-2 Russia

Y’see Arsene? This is where you’ve been going wrong. If you want Andrey to score for you, just kiss him on the face a lot. He likes it. Image: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images.


Croatia 1-3 Sweden

Apparently we aren’t the only people who find Ibra’s hair hilarious in it’s ‘au natural’ state. Kickettes, it’s as bad as we feared it would be. Image: AP Photo/Darko Bandic.


Poland 0-0 Portugal

It’s not a method of checking out a guy’s shelf booty we would necessarily advocate, but we applaud Nani’s efforts nonetheless. Image: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images.


Germany 1-2 France

The placement of Jerome Boateng’s thumb at the exact moment this photo was taken is very unfortunate for Olivier Giroud. Funny, but unfortunate. Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images.


Italy 0-1 USA

The team ranked 31st in the FIFA World Football Rankings just beat the 8th placed side. That counts as an upset, right? Image: AP Photo/Tanopress.


Spain 5-0 Venezuela

Roberto Soldado steals the headlines (and the ball) in Spain’s thrashing of Venezuela. That’s the best we could do. Seriously, it’s not exactly unusual for Spain to tonk opposition, is it? Image: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images.


Switzerland 1-3 Argentina

We told you it wouldn’t be long before Xherdan was making headlines. Thank heavens we got in there early. Image: AP Photo/Keystone/Peter Klaunzer.


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24 Responses to “Midweek Results: Unusual Sightings”

  1. [...] IF YOU KISS HIM, HE WILL GRANT YOU THREE WISHES. A roundup of photos from the international midweek action. And yes, the above does refer to Andrey Arshavin. Who else? // Kickette [...]

  2. FloraJane says:

    Kickette, while I am enjoying the Joe Hart pic- how could you not adore him, right?- I am really surprised that there's absolutely nothing here about Scott Parker being England Captain. I'm not a Spurs fan, but I am a Scott Parker fan (and not just because he's a former Chelsea boy). I mean, it's almost a Cinderella story. A few seasons ago he couldn't get a game at Chelsea, couldn't get into the England squad, ended up relegated with West Ham, and could have been another one of those good players that just sort of faded into relative obscurity, but instead he's shining at Spurs, and freaking LEADING OUT the England team. That's still a pretty big deal here. In fact, I'm a bit weepy over it right now. And while I'm furious and sad for JT (whom I bet has already offered his congrats to Scott) Scott is such a worthy successor, that I'm celebrating for him. Scott Parker, England Captain. Where's the love, Kickette?

    • Jenni says:

      Scott Parker is having a weird couple of months. He got kicked twice in two games, got away with a blatant handball in the box against Arsenal before being sent off, got made England captain, then fell on top of a microphone during the game, which I've never seen before! I remember Pedro Mendes having a few months like this, many years ago – getting away with blatant handball, being fouled horribly, getting sent off, scoring goals that crossed the line unseen, clearing away balls that had crossed the line – also unseen.

  3. Mee says:

    Ozil was beautiful without the shirt. I really like this new confidence he has developed ;)

  4. TanYDdraig says:

    You forgot to mention the Gary Speed memorial match, very moving occasion.

    But…also….Olivier Goroud and his equally hot team mate?? Yes please!!

  5. Gladys says:

    Woohoo, Roberto!!!!! So happy for Soldado. What a striker! He misses a penalty then doesn't quit until he gets that hat trick. I'm so glad VDB finally picked him. It was the typical embarrassment of riches for Spain, though– everyone played amazingly, not just the usual suspects. Great performances from Jordi Alba, Santi, Iker M., Navas. Only bad point– not enough camera shots of the bench in all its Mata-Thiago-Negredo gorgeosity. (I guess they couldn't include everyone this match, fellas.:( )

    And congrats to the dangerous duo of Messi and Kun, as well as bada** Dempsey and the USMNT.

  6. Kristina says:

    I din't see the England – Holland game yesterday, but I'm looking at it now. What a terrible clash between Smalling and Huntelaar! I love how concerned the teammates was for them though. I hope they will be ok.

  7. IrishBlue says:

    Ireland drew with the Czech Republic, not a particularly thrilling game (though Ireland's home games rarely are). Trapatonni is so darn stubborn!

  8. Kristina says:

    I'm very proud of my sweet Swedes! Sweden hasn't had a team this strong for many years, with Zlatan, Seb Larsson, Pontus Wernbloom (sorry Madridistas, but I hope he puts at least two past Iker in the next CL leg. Cause, well, he's a Swede and I'm a Barcelonista Swede), Ola Toivonen… They looked so confident and Zlatan was fantastic! But his hair..not so much.

    And yay for Messi! You can do it! Also glad for the USNMT. And Spain, even if the result was kind of expected.

  9. Liz says:

    Ladies, I highly recommend pictures of Aaron Ramsey from Gary Speed's memorial match. Despite the solemn occasion, I was drooling.

    A couple of pictures in this gallery:

  10. Jayy says:

    Kickette, cant believe theres no Olivier on here, especially after his goal! I did enjoy perving/admirnig/watching Joe Hart doing his thang in goal.

  11. ras says:

    Of all people it's Kickettes who should've noticed lovely old mister Baroš appearing and netting for Czech Rep.

  12. Alik says:

    You failed to mention Olivier Giroud sucking face with Mathew Debuchy after his goal…this is headline newz!…

  13. Sarah, Madrid says:

    First of all Animo for the injured players, get well soon!!

    ESPANA, SOLDADO de Espana!!!!!! Muniain debuted we have too many good players,again I don't envy you mister! Ozil didn't shy away from taking his shirt off once again

    • DebS says:

      Well done to Soldado! Fernando Torres had to have been feeling sick when he saw that. Poor guy :(

      Sure wish the rest of Ozil's teammates would catch on about the shirt removal!

  14. JA7 says:

    Holy shiiiiz, England vs. Holland was one entertaining game! I admire Arjen Robben so much. He is too good man, TOO GOOD! He's like on a whole other level. Sad that Germany lost to France :( ..but at least it was only a friendly..I just hope Huntelaar and Smalling are okay, that was one scary collision!

    • gigi says:

      Robben is the man! That last goal was pure magic. Huntelaar's goal was pretty great too, except of course for the resulting concussion and mouthful of grass, and Smalling's split head. I hope both the boys recover quickly, that was one of the hairiest on-pitch collisions I've seen this year.

      • JA7 says:

        Robben is world class *swoons* Yes Huntelaar's goal was really good & yeah that was a really scary collision..just hope they're okay! :)

    • Leya_S says:

      Omg, I was really scared for Smalling and Huntelaar. They both played hard and to see them collide in air like that was terrifying. Pretty sure Huntelaar knocked one of his front teeth out.

      On another note, Wesley Sneidjer is sooooo gorgeous, just sayin'.

      On aNOTHER note, USMNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      And lastly, I must shamelessly promote La Furia Roja. I love the Dutch, BUT I am hoping that SNT will become the first country ever to hold the World Cup AND retain the Eurocopa.

      • rossanera says:

        Spain wouldn't be the first. France did that in 1998 and 2000.

        • Leya_S says:

          True, France had the '98 WC and the '00 Eurocopa, but I don't think any team has ever *retained* the Eurocopa. And I'm positive no team has retained the Eurocopa while being WC Champions.

    • bri_saldana says:

      Shiiizz is right! I switched over from the USMNT game when it ended (I dvr'd England v Holland of course) and I saw ALL 3 of the final goals. Of course I was yelling at the top of my lungs/jumping up and down "Robben!!" Damn he's class!

      I LOVE Int'l football!!!

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  16. Kait says:

    I'm so proud of the USMNT! First time beating Italy. It was a historic moment. Plus there were occasional flashes of Bocamuffin abs. So all around, fantastic game!