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PHOTO: MAKE THE AWKWARD MAN STOP.
This is Gareth Southgate with something called the “Pub Cup.” I guess that’s his intimidating face. (GETTY IMAGES)
HALA BARCA. FORCA MADRID.
I’m wearing the Barca hat. I’m wearing the Madrid cap. I’m wearing the combination Barca hat and Madrid cap. // Beat the First Man
YOU GOT MMA IN MY SOCCER. YOU GOT SOCCER IN MY MMA.
The coming together of soccer passion and Brazilian MMA stars means fans are backing fighters in part because of which club they support. // ESPN.com
PRETEND YOU HAVE THESE QUESTIONS. NOW PRETEND YOU CARE ABOUT THE ANSWERS.
Draft madness hits MLS today with the thirteenth annual SuperDraft, live from Kansas City, MO. Confused? Good. That means it’s worthwhile to post this link. // US Soccer Players
A BRAVE NEW WORLD THAT’S VERY COMPLICATED AND STUFF.
Did you hear the rumors about Apple and Google bidding for rights to broadcast the Prem? What does it mean? // Pitch Invasion
MOSTLY, I’M JUST GROSSED OUT BY THE FAT GUY WITH NO SHIRT.
UEFA is annoyed that Sporting of Portugal is celebrating some of their poorly behaving fans with the wallpaper in the tunnel. Priorities! // Dirty Tackle
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T PATENT SOMETHING.
Barca doesn’t have a monopoly on tika-taka. The Yellow Submarine can pass a little too. // A Football Report
‘MOCK’ IS JUST A FUN WORD TO SAY. MOCK MOCK MOCKITY MOCK MOCK.
More MLS draft madness, because what else do you have going on at lunchtime? Nothing, that’s what. Eating is overrated. Here’s an opinion on the usefulness of mock drafts, and then links to several of them. // The Footy Blog
Two links in one! First, the 20 most obnoxiously overconfident footballers, with photos (of course). // Bleacher Report
And second, the humility of Messi. // The Other 87
TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES. I’LL GIVE YOU A TOPIC. THE SUPERDRAFT IS NEITHER SUPER NOR A DRAFT. DISCUSS.
I don’t believe the statement above is entirely accurate. The draft is indeed Super. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook*, and give it up for all of those players who will be forced to start their professional soccer careers in towns I would never deign to visit. Huzzah!
*We’re approaching a round number we would like to hit today. Don’t make us beg.