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Ronaldinho: Lost Pitch Invader Rescued By His Idol During Costa Rican Legends Exhibition Match (Video)

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Without a club at the moment, Ronaldinho is currently on a mini-tour of Central America where he's picking up cheques for taking part in a string of exhibition games in Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican friendly took place at the Nacional stadium in San Jose, where Ron and his guest XI enjoyed a spirited kickabout against a team of local 'Leyendas'.

Brazil: Santa Cruz Striker André Luis Injures Himself While Celebrating Opening Goal Against Criciuma (Video)

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Three days in and we've already witnessed the finest goal celebration of the week, courtesy of Santa Cruz forward Andre Luis.

Luis was Johnny-on-the-spot to put Santa Cruz ahead against Criciuma in the Brazilian second tier on Tuesday night, only to immediately do himself an extreme physical discourtesy while attempting to celebrate it.

Joan Gamper Trophy: Standing Ovations All Round As Barcelona Beat Chapecoense In Incredibly Emotional Friendly (Photos & Video)

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Chapecoense defender Neto (centre) weeps before the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly against Barcelona

Monday evening saw Barcelona play host to Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, just nine months after the tragic plane crash that near-destroyed the Brazilian club.

As you might expect, emotions ran high throughout with the only three players to survive the disaster Jackson Follman, Neto and Alan Ruschel (all seen above) invited out onto the Camp Nou pitch before the match to perform a ceremonial kick-off.

Hark At These Glorious 360-Degree Images Of Argentinian Football Stadiums (Photos)

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Ever wished you could view a succession of Argentinian football stadiums, all 360 degrees at once?

Well, Brazilian photographerGabriel Uchida (@uchidagabriel) has spent months touring a variety of Argentina's football grounds, across several different divisions, so you can do exactly that from the comfort of your own living room.

Bullseye: Argentinian Fan Knocks Drone Out Of The Air With Laser-Guided Toilet Roll Missile (Video)

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When a pesky drone descended over Gimnasia de Mendoza's big Torneo Federal tie withCA Mitre on Sunday, one fan in the stands demonstrated the proper decorum in dealing with invasive technology.

Armed solely with a roll of toilet paper (or possibly till roll),

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Paulo Dybala Scores ‘Impossible’ Freekick Against 18 Defenders And Two Goalkeepers In Hometown Charity Match (Video)

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With proper football on the back-burner for a few more weeks, Paulo Dybala returned home to Argentina on Saturday to take partin a light-hearted charity match in his hometown of Laguna Larga.

Twas during said game that Dybala was challenged with scoring an 'impossible' freekick as the entire opposing team (along with several stowaways from the crowd) filled the goalmouth in an attempt to block the Juventus forward's shot.

Classic Moments: Claudio Bravo Scores Match-Winning Freekick For Real Sociedad, 2010 (Video)

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After becoming something of a punchline for his error-strewn handling at Man City last season, Claudio Bravo gave his flagging reputation a much-needed shot in the arm with a heroic display at the end ofChile's tenseknock-outvictory over Portugal in the Confederations Cup.

Mexico: Half-Time Brawl Between Club America And Pumas Fans Brings Abrupt End To Legends Charity Match (Video)

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A mass brawl between supporters put paid to a legends game out in California in an incident that seriously stretched the meaning of the word "friendly".

In a contest designed to raise awareness, support and a little cash for the United Soccer Talents Foundation, heavyweightMexican teams Club America and Pumas staged an exhibition match that soon descended into something Vince McMahon and his oily boys would be proud of.

Brazil: Flamengo’s Paolo Guerrero Harnesses The Force To Send Bahia Defender Lucas Fonseca Flying From Several Feet Away (Video)

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"Good, good. Let the hate flow through you"

Bahia defender Lucas Fonseca managed to get himself sent-off in the early stages of his side's 0-1 defeat against Flamengo on Sunday, and in utterly ridiculous circumstances.

Having already been booked just moments before, Fonseca went leaping in on Flamengo striker Paolo Guerrero, leaving a sneaky foot in at hip height.

Boca Juniors: Slightly Concerning Footage Proves La Bombonera Actually ‘Rocks’ On Matchdays (Video)

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It's well-versedin footballing lorethat Boca Juniors' erstwhile stadium, La Bombonera, is said to 'rock' on matchdays.

Indeed, the relentless pogo-ingof the ever-bombasticsupporters atop the terraces cause a certain amount of sway.

However,Planet Boca have posted a snippet of slightly worrying footage recorded during a recent match that shows an entire stand coming away from the wall as it undulates back and forth.

Video: Philippe Coutinho shows off his skills against Australia for Brazil

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Video: Alexis Sanchez tries boxing

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Video: Chelsea defender previews Colombia clash

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Falcao, Cuadrado... tough game tomorrow against Colombia!

Copa Argentina: Sacachispas Pull Off Cup Shock After Dressing Up As Superheroes Before Kick-Off (Photo & Video)

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Realising they had a mountain to climb, fourth-tier Sacachispas decided to assemble their very ownJustice League in a bid to knock Primera Division side Arsenal de Sarandi out of the Copa Argentina.

Having raided the local partyshop beforehand, Sacachispas' players lined up for their customary pre-match photo while wearing a variety of different superhero masks, from Iron Man to the Incredible Hulk.

Baby Shower: Rosario Central Fans Interrupt Match By Throwing Barrage Of Dolls Onto Pitch (Video)

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Monday night's Argentinian Primera Division clash between Rosario Centraland Newell's Old Boyshad to be momentarily halted in the early stagesafter play was interrupted by a faintly unsettling baby shower.

With 24 minutes on the clock, Rosario fans hurled around 20-30 dolls, all dressed in Newell's club colours, out onto the pitch.

Video: Arsenal keeper does chin-ups at home

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Video: Former Arsenal man rips off his shirt after being sent to the stands

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Copa Libertadores: Santa Fe Accidentally Hold Minute’s Silence For Player Who Was Stood (Very Much Alive) On The Pitch

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Before Thursday evening'sCopa Libertadores match between Independiente Santa Fe and Santos was allowed to get underway, a message came over the stadium PA system to announce that a minute's silence was to be observed.

And so, as the two teamslined up and nodded their heads in sombre remembrance, theannouncement blared: "Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up and offer this minute of silence in honour of former Santos player Ricardo Oliveira.


Chapecoense To Wear Special Shirt With 71 Stars, One For Each Victim Of Tragic Air Crash, In Upcoming Friendly Against Barcelona

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As part of their collective rehabilitation, Chapecoense are due to play Barcelona in a friendly next Monday evening.

Of course, Chape saw their club decimated in November of last year when a plane carrying almost every member of their squad and staff crashed on the approach to Medellin airport in Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

Horror Hair Hall Of Fame: Misty-Eyed Retrospective Of Neymar’s Most Ludicrous Looks, 2010-2013

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With Neymar about to make the second show-stopping enormo-move of his career, Pies thought we'd offer a timely glimpse back into his humble-ish beginnings at Santos.

Specifically, we simply fancied making fun of his old 2008-2013 hairstyles, almost all of which were astounding exercises in follicular folly.

Football Tat: Ronaldinho Launches His Own Line Of ‘Limited Edition’ Fidget Spinners (Photo)

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Already boasting his very own line of own-brand luxury condoms, it's perhaps only natural that Ronaldinho has now moved into the fidget spinner racket.

For the uninitiated, fidget spinners are basically faddy little gyroscopic-type gizmos that you spin, watch spinning, stop, then spin some more.

Who is the world’s most marketable footballer – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar?

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Official: Real Madrid Complete Signing Of 16-Year-Old Vinicius Junior After Triggering €45m Release Clause

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Real Madrid have just droppedapproximately £38million to sign a Brazilian striker whowasn't born when Family Guy first aired in the United States.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions have issued a statement to confirm that they have completed a deal for Vinicius Junior, who has two count 'em, two senior appearances under his belt for Flamengo.

Brazilian Supreme Court Settle 30-Year Dispute By Finally Awarding 1987 Championship Title To Sport Recife

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It's taken almost 30 years, but today a court ruling has resolvedthe bitter dispute over just who won the 1987 Brazilian footballchampionship.

Both Sport do Recife and Flamengo claim to be the true champions of 1987, but the Supreme Court has now ruled in favour of the former.


Colo-Colo Players Escorted Out Of Tunnel By Dogs From Local Animal Adoption Centre (Photo & Video)

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As part of a new partnership with a local animal shelter, Chilean side Colo-Colo were accompanied out of the tunnel by a selection of dogs for Sunday evening's Primera Division opener against with Antofagasta.

The club have linked up with Union de Amigos de los Animales (UAA) to help promote their cause, and as such had their players parade a selection of canines around the pitch all of which are available to adopt at the local UAA hospice.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Pulls Unconvincing ‘Instagram Sickie’ Less Than 24 Hours After Being Told To Report For Pre-Season Training (Photo)

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is apparently claiming that he's far, far too ill to report for pre-season training as requested.

The Chilean was supposed to return to London Colney this Sunday after being granted an extended summer furlough to compensate for his participation in the Confederations Cup in June.

Transfer News and Gossip

Juan Foyth set to join Tottenham this week

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Spurs linked with £10m deal for Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth

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Barcelona have £22m bid for former Spurs man rejected

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Barcelona: Lionel Messi Donates Leftover Wedding Buffet To Local Food Bank In Rosario

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Lionel Messi donated all the leftover food and drink from his recent wedding to a local charity in his hometown of Rosario.

Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Carles Puyol were all among the guests as Messi tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, during a lavish ceremony atthe City Centre Rosario Hotel last weekend.

Luis Suarez Statue Vandalised In Hometown, Culprit Leaves Note Saying ‘At Messi’s Wedding, Be Back Soon’ (Photo)

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Having previously joined the elite tier of footballers with ill-proportioned statues erected in their honour, Luis Suarez has now gained entry into the even elite-er club of players to have had theirs vandalised.

Just last year, this 5ft 9in papier-mâché colossus appeared on the streets of Suarez's hometown of Salto in Uruguay.


Diego Maradona Does Series Of Very ‘Diego Maradona’ Things Before Being Made Honorary Citizen Of Naples (Videos)

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Diego Maradona is not what you would call a wallflower.

The Argentinian hero – nay, God – has very rarely taken his foot off the pedal in a life and career that has seen it's fair share of chaos, brilliance, magic and just plain weirdness.

After finishing up his business with the Russian national ice hockey team, the diminutive wizard boarded a flight to Italy, Naples specifically, during which he wasfilmed enjoying a.

The Magic of Marcelo Bielsa: Sometimes brilliant, sometimes bad, never boring

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‘I Knew We Needed To Play Dirty’ – Argentinian Defender Admits To Repeatedly Jabbing Estudiantes Striker With Needle During Cup Upset

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A defender for Argentinian lower league side Sport Pacifico, has courted controversyin his homeland by freely admitting to "playing dirty" during Sunday's cup match against top-tier Estudiantes.

Speaking to a local radio station after the match, Federico Allende was unapologetic as he described repeatedly jabbing Estudiantes striker Juan Otero with a needle during the match in an attempt to unsettle the 22-year-old Colombian.

Estudiantes Coach Nelson Vivas Tears Off His Shirt In Fit Of Rage After Being Sent To Stands (Video)

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"Grease me up, I'm ready to go"

As you can probably tell from the image above, Estudiantes coachNelson Vivas suffered a miniature meltdown duringlast night's goalless draw with Boca Juniors.

Utterly enraged that the referee didn't give a foul against Boca 'keeper Agustin Rossi, Vivas became embroiled in a 'lively discussion' with the match officials.

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Arsenal star offers commiserations to beaten team-mate

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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi offered his commiseration to team-mate Alexis Sanchez after beating his Chile side in last night's...

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112 Years And Counting: Boca Juniors Install Giant Clock At La Bombonera Displaying The Last Time They Were Relegated (As In Never!)

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Boca Juniors formally wrapped uptheir 32nd Argentinian championship on Sunday eveningwith a 2-1 win over Sante Fe in their final game of the campaign.

As you might imagine, La Bombonera erupted at the final whistleas fans celebrated the title amid a cacophony of flares, streamers and flashing lights.

‘I Thought It Would Be Harder’ – Man City Striker Gabriel Jesus Discusses Making Big Jump To Premier League

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Instant successes don't come much more immediate than Gabriel Jesus, who has hit the ground running at Man Citysince joining from Palmeiras in January.

The 20-year-old striker has managed 7 goals in 11 appearances for City, either side ofa seven-week lay-off caused by the knackered metatarsal he suffered in mid-February.

Man Utd keeper and West Ham star named in Argentina squad

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El Dto. de Selecciones Nacionales y el CE de AFA dieron a conocer los jugadores citados del fútbol local para los próximos amistosos....

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Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea and Man City stars named in Brazil squad

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