Scotland: Inverness Caledonian Thistle Reveal New Mascot ‘Lionel Nessi’ Before Challenge Cup Final (Photos)

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Dumbarton and Inverness Caledonian Thistle clashed in the Irn Bru-sponsored Scottish Challenge Cup final atMcDiarmid Park on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the kick-off, Caley Thistle introduced their new mascot, the rather sweetly-named 'Lionel Nessi'...

New mascot Lionel Nessi is making his debut with us today!

Stitched Up: Mischievous Brentford Fans Pay To Make Their 40-Year-Old Mate A Mascot At Griffin Park As Part Of His Stag Do (Photos & Video)

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A group of Brentford fans paid to allow their friend VIP access to the Bees' Championship tie against Bolton on Saturday as part of his stag do surprise.

Unfortunately for him, the mischievous ragamuffins cobbled together £130 to book their buddy a Junior Matchday Experience at Griffin Park, which would see him take to the pitch as an official player mascot, aged 40.

J League: Cerezo Osaka Match Begins With Monkey In Football Kit Politely Handing Ball Over To Referee (Video)

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You can always trust the J League to deliver when it comes to unfettered weirdness on a football pitch, and Sunday's crunch tie between Cerezo Osaka and Vissel Kobe was no exception.

The match itself was nothing out of the ordinary, with Osaka registering a straightforward 3-1 victory over Lukas Podolski's lot.

A-League: Central Coast Mariners’ Barbecue Sauce Mascot Given Official Warning After Middle Finger Salute To Opposing Fans (Video)

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Troublemaker: Beware the rogue MasterFoods barbecue sauce mascot (Photo: Mars Food Australia)

One of Central Coast Mariners' phalanx of mascots has been given an official warning by the A-League after becoming embroiled in a minor spat with Newcastle Jets fans during the meeting between the two sides on 7th October.

Mistaken Identity: Liverpool Stalwart Jamie Carragher Fooled By Old Photo Of Himself Posing Alongside ‘Trent Alexander-Arnold’ In 2009

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Trent Alexander-Arnold's star is on the rise at the moment, especially in the wake of the teenage full-back's superb freekick goal against Hoffenheim earlier in the week.

Ex-Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher heralded his young successor's efforts directly after the match, sharing on social media what he thought was a photo of the pair together back in 2009, when Alexander-Arnold was a mere 10-year-old slip of a lad.

Craptastic Mascot Of The Day: Roelio The Giant White Bollock, Pontevedra CF (Photos)

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The bulbous, clown-faced atrocity you see before you is Roelio, esrtwhile mascot for Spanish lower league side CF Pontevedra and the latest inducteeinto Pies' Craptastic Mascot hall of fame.

Described by La Informacion as "cojonmórfico" essentially an anthropomorphic bollock Roelio is beloved by Pontevedra fans,who seem to find his Mr Blobby-esque appearance charming.

Craptastic Non-League Mascot Of The Day: Runcorn’s Corny McCornface (Photo)

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It's been a while since Piespaid tribute toa brilliantly naff mascot from the non-leagues, so we thought we'd revive the series with an absolute boomer.

Introducing the erstwhile symbol of Runcorn Linnets FC, Ron Corn otherwise known colloquially as 'Corny McCornface'...

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Look at his little face.

Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo Scares Bejesus Out Of Mascot With Sudden And Unexpected Pre-Match Leap (Video)

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Real Madrid toiled to a 1-1 draw against cross-city chums Atletico on Saturdayevening to narrowly bolstertheir lead at the top of La Liga.

However, the real action came before kick-off when Cristiano Ronaldo scared the living daylights out of his player mascot with a sudden and unexpected power leap.

Heart-Breaking Scenes As ‘Gladbach Captain Lars Stindl Snubs Handshake With Young Mascot (Video)

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Thousands of hearts were shattered in the lead-up to last night's DFB Pokal game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg when a young mascot was left hanging for all to see.

Gladbach captain Lars Stindl was the guilty party, shaking hands with the match officials before cruelly snubbing the extendedarm of one of the young player escorts stood between them.

Man-Eating Fish Takes To Pitch As Half-Time Entertainment At Derby County Takes A Turn For The Weird (Video)

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With the score locked a 0-0 at the break, fans attending Derby's home game against Blackburn yesterday were snapped out of their torpor by a truly surreal bout of half-time 'entertainment'.

Indeed, it was at this point that a giant inflatable fish wearinga basketball vest came flailing out onto the pitch and proceeded to eat one of Derby's goalkeeping coaches, only to barf him back up in a state of undress.

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho Assures Mascot ‘Fred The Red’ That He Still Has An Important Role At The Club

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A strange, shiny-faced cartoon character accompanies Fred the Red around Old Trafford

It hasn't takenJose Mourinho long to start making his mark at Manchester United, with the new bossspendingover £60million in his first couple of months to bring in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Leicester City’s Filbert Fox Becomes First Premier League Mascot To Sign An Actual Boot Deal

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Leicester City have announced that their club mascot, Filbert Fox, has signed a boot deal. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly.

The contract was signed at the King Power over the weekend, with Filbert wearing gigantic foam versions of Puma'snewestEvoSpeed boots while he cavorted around the pitch during Leicester's 4-0 win over Swansea.

Meet The New, As-Yet-Unnamed France Euro 2016 Mascot – He Has A Cape! (Photo & Video)

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By Chris Wright

He doesn't have a name as yet, but this little fella is the new mascot for the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Yes, he has a cape. Deal with it.

According to the Guardian, the new mascot will remain nameless until 30th November (this is despite making him being scheduled to make his first public appearance at the France-Sweden game tonight).

Brace Yourselves: The Brazil 2014 World Cup Mascot Is… An Endangered Three-Banded Armadillo With No Name!

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By Chris Wright

The official mascot for the 2014 World Cup has been unveiled on a Brazilian television show by none other than Ronaldo himself, with the fuzzy wotsit given theunenviabletask of stepping into South Africa 2010 mascot Zakumi's shoes (what do you mean you don't remember Zakumi?

Liverpool Introduce New Mascot ‘Mighty Red’ – The Big Gormless Lobster? (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Here's Liverpool's new mascot people, a thing they're calling 'Mighty Red'...

"Hi guysth!"

"Sthuper awesthome!"

As with most mascots, it's completely bloody terrifying!

It's supposed to be a Liver Bird (note the sprig of broom in the corner of the beak), but what we're seeing is a kind of cross between a pterodactyl and a gormless lobster but with a contemporary nod to Luis Suarez's orthodontic situation.

Bayern Munich

Football fan offers $3,000 to be Ibrahimovic mascot

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Rostov-on-Don (Russia) (AFP) – A mystery fan offered Russian side Rostov a bribe of nearly $3,000 to allow his son to lead Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic onto the pitch as a mascot in next week’s Europa League clash.

“Yesterday a man called the club and offered 170,000 rubles for his son to lead out Ibrahimovic,” Rostov spokesman Ivan Bodylevsky wrote on Twitter.

Football fan offers $3,000 to be Ibrahimovic mascot

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Rostov-on-Don (Russia) (AFP) – A mystery fan offered Russian side Rostov a bribe of nearly $3,000 to allow his son to lead Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic onto the pitch as a mascot in next week’s Europa League clash.

“Yesterday a man called the club and offered 170,000 rubles for his son to lead out Ibrahimovic,” Rostov spokesman Ivan Bodylevsky wrote on Twitter.

Bayern Munich Mascot Berni the Bear Gets Ready for Super Bowl XLVIII

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Bayern Munich attempt to tap-in to the NFL market with this short clip of their mascot Berni the Bear attempting to play American football ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and the Broncos.

Video: Franck Ribery swaps his mascot for a shorter one

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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery traded his mascot at a charity match because he thought his was too tall. Ahead of Mark Van Bommel's testimonial match last week, the France international appeared to become concerned at the height of the child with whom he was holding hands. Spotting a much smaller model up ahead, the [.

Dani Alves tried to give his mascot a mohawk during the Champions League anthem

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Perhaps anticipating the nightmare Barcelona were about to endure against Bayern Munich, Dani Alves took out his nervous energy on the hair of a young mascot. As the two teams were lined up for the Champions League anthem, Alves became a hair stylist as he tried to make the kid's blond locks stand up in some sort of makeshift mohawk.

Bayern Munich To Wrap Up 23rd Bundesliga Title This Weekend- Plus Philipp Lahm & The Yogi Mascot

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It's a crucial weekend for Bayern Munich and their Yogi Mascot above (possibly bowing to Jupp Heynckes in complete zen mode!)- who could be crowned Bundesliga Champions tomorrow with six games to spare if they beat Frankfurt.

Manchester United

POTD : Man United Players Ignore Dancing FA Cup Mascot

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Mascots and Manchester United don't go together very well unless it involves Sir Alex Ferguson in some way. The FA Cup mascot the trophy itself made an unscheduled "appearance" on the pitch yesterday during the second half of the United-Reading FA cup clash. The Red Devils won the match 2-1 with goals from Robin van Persie and Chicharito who thankfully, weren't distracted by the Mascot!

Premiership Party: Frank Lampard’s Confidence, Sir Alex’s Fear Of Opponents “Biting In The Bum”

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After their 5-1 demolition of Spurs last night, Chelsea are undoubtedly on cloud nine and about to pop all the champagne available in Roman Abramovich's yacht. Wouldn't you be if you were Frank Lampard? He's confident and walks with a spring in his step these days, especially ahead of Wednesday's Champions League encounter against Barcelona.


Video: Real Betis’ Juan Carlos breaks corner flag as he fails to take corner

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Juan Carlos was envisaging a nice out-swinger for one of his team-mates to attack as he prepared to take a corner kick against Real Sociedad at the weekend. Instead he destroyed the corner flag and left the ball sitting exactly where he left it. There's not really an outcome to this situation that isn't embarrassing [.

Buffon Storms Off Pitch After Semi-Final Victory, Admits He Feared Germany Would Win 9-2 In Injury Time (Video)

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By Chris Wright

You may have noticed that Italy 'keeper Gigi Buffon stormed down the tunnel in a furious funk after Italy's Euro 2012 semi-final win over Germany last night, shrugging off the congratulatory advances of his deputy, Morgan de Sanctis, and having to seriously restrain himself from belting the Euro 2012 mascot across it's foam-rubbery face on the way.

World Cup

This Can’t End Well

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From Soccer America comes news of the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to-be-named Brazilian endangered armadillo.

Brazilians will choose the mascot's name from three choices — Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco.

The three-banded armadillo, commonly found in northeastern Brazil, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened.

U.S. U-14s Post Two Scrimmage Victories

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The U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team had a busy two-day slate of scrimmages last week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

After playing Chivas USA's Academy team to a 3-3 draw and Fram Sportsklubben to a 5-2 loss last Thursday, May 17, the U-14s rebounded with two wins on Saturday, May 19 – a 3-0 victory against CZ Elite FC and a 5-0 win against the San Diego Sockers.

LA Galaxy

Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy - MLS #18 - Six Questions

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It's time for another 3 questions installment, which has actually turned into 6 questions this time around. I again did not get any questions submitted for me to answer, but I went ahead and asked 6 total questions to fill out the content of a normal exchange. I worked with Ryan Rosenblatt over at LAG Confidential for this article.

Around The league week 14 now available on CSRN

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It is a free for all show with the return of the correspondents. We also ask the important question of just who would win a fight between the Earthquakes mascot and David Beckham. Finally, we have a major announcement that will change how you listen to our podcast forever. You do not want to miss it!

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Everton Use Remote Controlled Robot To Allow Seriously Ill 14-Year-Old Fan To Be Mascot For The Night (Photos)

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While the game itself was a stodger of the lowest accord, there were touching scenes before Everton's Monday night fixture against Newcastle at Goodison.

The special mascot for the game was a little white robotic camera, which was being controlled remotely by 14-year-old fan Jack McLinden.

Philadelphia Union asking young fans to help them create a mascot

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The Union announced a mascot search on Wednesday

Philadelphia is famous for mascots — well, one named Phillie Phanatic at least — so it kind of makes sense that the Philadelphia Union would want one of their own. Right?

The Union aren't going to just create one in a boardroom though.

Should Sounders consider bringing back a mascot?

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The idea was put forth, seeminly only have jokingly, at the Annual Business Meeting.

SEATTLE — It was a throwaway line from the Sounders Annual Business Meeting. Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley was answering a question about how the Sounders go about investing in gameday operations. Wiley started to list off a number of traditions they have helped along from things like the March to the Match and "Scarves Up" to flamethrowers and streamers.

Funny Moment When Hoffenheim’s Mascot Hoffi Takes a Tumble and Loses his Head!

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Hoffenheim's poor mascot "Hoffi" took a tumble during his sides 6-2 win against Wolfsburg yesterday.

Poor Hoffi went to celebrate his sides fourth goal just before half-time only to fall over the advertising hoardings and losing his head.

However the vet wasn't needed and Hoffi went home with little more than a bruised ego.

Brazil 2014 gets mascot

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Brazil will be holding a contest to name their 2014 World Cup mascot, but the creature in question has already been announced. The endangered three-branded armadillo, the winner from 47 proposals. "I'm delighted to welcome such an important member to the 2014 team," Brazil organizing committee member Ronaldo said in a press statement.

New USL PRO Team in Phoenix will be called Wolves FC

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The Phoenix Business Journal is reporting that the USL PRO franchise in Phoenix now has a name and logo. The new team will be called Phoenix Wolves FC and it's mascot which is affixed to it's logo, is the Mexican wolf. The Wolves will be the 12th team in USL PRO and will join the [...]

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Liverpool introduce toothy new mascot to ‘engage’ young kids

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Liverpool launched a new mascot, dubbed Mighty Red, in an attempt to combat the likes of Gunnersaurus and Stamford the Lion for the fleeting attention and momentary devotion of small children who are told that they are football fans. The giant liverbird, which appears to have a pair of large teeth-like strips in its mouth, made its debut at a children's party in Liverpool.

MLS Recap Week 17

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Week 17 brought plenty of goals and spectacular finishes. We had late game drama in New England, a convincing win by DC, and a California Classico that shocked and entertained us late Saturday night. It was a match-up so heated and contested that even the San Jose Mascot got dragged into the drama.

Celtic fans had a four horsemen display at the Old Firm derby

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Celtic won the final Old Firm derby of the season 3-0 and before the match even began, things looked ominous for Rangers. With a large display featuring headstones, the phrase "Your day is coming" in a spooky font and a modified version of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse, Celtic fans made it clear that they had no sympathy for their rival's crippling financial troubles, but they did have a bit of fun with them.

Jose Mourinho went to Bayern’s dressing room to offer his congratulations after defeat

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After dropping to his knees when Bastian Schweinsteiger won the penalty shootout to send Bayern Munich to the Champions League final, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho made a quick exit down the tunnel. Though Mourinho shook hands and shared a chuckle with Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes just before the dreaded shootout began, to some viewers it appeared Mourinho was throwing one of his tantrums in defeat.