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Season Ticket Of A Lifetime: Hertha Berlin Offer One Fan Chance To Win QR Code Tattoo That Allows Access To Every Home Match For Rest Of Time

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Hertha Berlin are offering one fan the chance to win the "season ticket of a lifetime" in the truest sense of the word.

The Bundesliga side are running a competition for one supporter to win a tattoo, but not just any tattoo a custom-designed tattoo that will also grant them passage into every single Hertha game for the rest of their lives.

Football Ink: Diego Maradona’s Infamous ‘Hand Of God’ Immortalised In Wonderfully Creative Tattoo Form (Photo)

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While it still rankles with many an England fan (and player), Diego Maradona's nefarious dalliance with divine intervention at the 1986 World Cup has itself become deified in football folklore.

Indeed, one of the most infamous swindles in the game's entire storied history is apparently now venerated enough to warrant a tattoo tribute.

Valon Behrami Charts His Entire Childhood In Kosovo With Enormous New Leg Tattoo (Photos)

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He may have represented Switzerland 73 times at international level, but Valon Behrami was born and raised in Kosovo.

Life as a child in Mitrovica in the late 1980s and early 1990s was tough, with the city torn asunder by the Kosovo War an armed conflict between Serbian and Albanian ethnic groups.

Commitment: Besotted Georgian Fan Gets Gigantic ‘All-Time Holland XI’ Tattooed On His Back (Photo)

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Step this way and behold perhaps the most audacious example of tactical football body art we've ever witnessed.

According to Four Four Two, the bloke in the photo below is actually Georgian but is so enamoured with all things Oranje that he felt inspired to have his all-time NetherlandsXI tattooed on his back, and at an immense scale.

DFB Pokal: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Guillermo Varela Ruled Out Of German Cup Final By Badly Inflamed Tattoo

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Eintracht Frankfurt full-backGuillermo Varela has been ruled out of the German Cup final after having a bad reaction to a tattoo he had done at the weekend.

Varela was due to start for Frankfurt against Dortmund in the DFB Pokal final this coming Saturday.

However, the 24-year-old disobeyed the orders of his coach, Niko Kovac, and wentunder the needle three days before the match a decision that has subsequently back-fired rather significantly.

Yabba Dabba Don’t: Dele Alli Reveals Flintstones Tattoo Hidden Beneath Those Long-Sleeved Undershirts (Photo)

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Who'd have thunk it, but squirrelled away beneath those long-sleeved undershirts, Dele Alli has a little tattoo of one of Hanna Barbera's finest.

Indeed, as revealed by this dispatch from Spurs' post-season jaunt to Hong Kong, Alli has had the image of The Flinstone's very own Bam Bam Rubble inked on his left forearm.

Shit Football Ink: Man City Winger Leroy Sané Has An Enormous Back Tattoo Of… Leroy Sané (Photo)

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Of course, professional footballers are attracted to questionable body art like swarms of greenfly were to Nottingham Forest's gruesome 1995-97 yellow away shirt (bitter personal experience).

Turns out that Leroy Sané is no exception, with the Man City winger removing his shirt after Sunday's 5-0 routing of Watford to reveal a seriously large, seriously iffy back tattoo.

Argentina Fan Gets Tattoo Tribute To Infamous Sliding Tackle That Split Javier Mascherano’s Anus In Twain (Photo)

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Javier Mascherano was forced to relive painful memories over the weekend when he came face to face with a tattoo tribute to his goal-denying sliding tackle at the 2014 World Cup.

With the score locked at 0-0 and mere seconds of normal time left to play in Argentina's drab semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano made up several metres on Arjen Robben to slam the door shut in dramatic fashion.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Philadelphia Union Looking To Hire ‘Chief Tattoo Officer’

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When it comes to professional footballers, you don't have to go far to find a tattoo be it massive full-limb sleeves or a pistol-toting chimpanzee.

As such, Philadelphia Union are taking steps to further meld the worlds of football and body art by hiring their very own, in-house 'tattoo officer'.

Europa League: Roma’s Diego Perotti Cancels Out Rabona Goal With Bloody Terrible Neck Tattoo (Photo & Video)

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Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick (his 8th, 9th and 10th goals in 12 appearances so far this season) as Roma romped to a 4-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen to secure safe passage to the knock-out stages of the EuropaLeague last night.

However, the general consesus seems to be that Roma's other effort, scored by Diego Perotti, was the goal of the night being as though it came about via a cross-cum-shot-cum-definitely-a-cross in the rabona style.

Shit Football Ink: Lionel Messi Covers Up Entire Leg Tattoo With Giant Black ‘Sock’ (Photos)

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Not that it was a peerless work of art to begin with, but Lionel Messi has gone and covered up his enormous leg tattoo with atruly hideous enormous leg tattoo.

Occupying some of the most expensive real estate in the game, Messi's original ink took up the entirety of his lower left leg and comprised of angel wings, flowers, swords, little penny floater footballs, his squad number and the handprints of his firstborn son, Thiago.

Shit Football Ink: Juventus Fan Gets Terrifying Tattoo Of Gianluigi Buffon Silently Screaming Into Infinity (Video)

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Seeking to pay humble tribute to his favouritest goalkeeper in the whole wide world, one ardent Gianluigi Buffon fanatic decided to have the Juventus stopper's likeness tattooed about his person.

While the skill of the tattoo artist responsible, one Ronald Horta, cannot be denied, the actual image of Buffon silently screaming, eyes bulging, face contorted is another matter entirely.

Man City Fan Begs For Help After Realising Now Is A Really Bad Time To Have A Huge Tattoo Of Adam Johnson (Photo)

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We're fairly sure we don't have to go over the reasons that now is a really bad time to have a large tattoo of Adam Johnson indelibly inked about your person.

As such, one Man City fan has desperately appealed to E4 show 'Tattoo Fixers' to help him out of a tricky spot by covering up the oversizedtattoo of Johnson's signature he has stencilled onto his leg.

Neymar’s Humongous New Calf Tattoo Is Actually Rather Impressive, Not To Mention Poignant (Photos)

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With a bit of free time on his hands and bundles of disposable income to fritter away, Neymar has done the done thing and gone out and had several more squareinches of his skin filled up with a gigantic new tattoo.

Shockingly for a professional footballer, the Barcelona striker's new addition to his ever-swelling ink collection,while undeniably massive, is not altogether awful or hackneyed.

Man City Set To Offer Free Laser Tattoo Removal To Fans As And When They Change Their Club Crest

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Good luck getting that thing off, mate

The top brass at Manchester City are mulling over taking the unusual step of offering complimentary tattoo removal to their fans should the club press ahead with their plans to redesign their crest.

After consulting their fans, City recently announced that they intend to redrafttheir badge ditching the current eagle shield in favour of a return to a more traditional round emblem.

Football Ink: Sergio Ramos Now Has World Cup Tattooed On His Leg

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By Chris Wright

Sergio Ramos has just posted a picture of his new ink on Twitter and it's quite...well...let's be kind and say 'distinctive'...

I'm all for being proud of your acheivements, but having your CV needled across your body is a little much. What next?

Manchester United

Football: Man Utd’s Varela gets tattoo — and German career over

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Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Eintracht Frankfurt look set to send Guillermo Varela back to Manchester United after the on-loan defender defied the German club and got a tattoo.

The 24-year-old Uruguayan had the tattoo made on his arm just days before Saturday’s German Cup final and it became infected, ruling him out of Eintracht’s biggest game of the season.

Football: Man Utd’s Varela gets tattoo — and German career over

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Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Eintracht Frankfurt look set to send Guillermo Varela back to Manchester United after the on-loan defender defied the German club and got a tattoo.

The 24-year-old Uruguayan had the tattoo made on his arm just days before Saturday’s German Cup final and it became infected, ruling him out of Eintracht’s biggest game of the season.

Shit Football Ink: 59-Year-Old Fan Gets ‘Ms Jose Mourinho’ Tattoo On Her Chest (Photo)

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Despite seeing his footballing fortunes droop a bit over the past season or two, for many, Jose Mourinho remains the 'Special One'. And for 59-year-old Viv Bodycote, her devotion for the Manchester United boss has led her to invest in a blooming great 'Ms. Jose Mourinho' tattoo on her chest.

Bodycote is a Mourinho-superfan who sleeps with a picture of the Portuguese coach next to her bed.

PICTURE: Di Maria gets United inspired tattoo

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Angel di Maria has had a number '7′ tattoo, inspired his Manchester United shirt number.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger gets ‘YNWA’ knuckle tattoo, immediately linked with transfer

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Daniel Agger is set to be faced with the footballing equivalent of being stuck with his ex's name tattooed on him if today's gossip columns are to be believed. The Danish defender has returned to Liverpool training sporting a 'YNWA' tattoo across his knuckles in honour of the Reds' You'll Never Walk Alone anthem.

David Beckham

David Beckham gets Victoria’s name tattooed on hand

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Becks' new tattoo pays homage to his wife Victoria in cursive lettering just below his wrist.

David Beckham explained to CNN that his family was one of the reasons he got tattooed in the first place. "Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always," he explained.

Leo Messi’s lack of tattoos makes him ideal for odd Napoli owner

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Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is a strange man. We've already established this. He denounces his Italian citizenship and storms out of fixture draws before catching a ride on a stranger's scooter and he introduces new players to the press by putting them in lion masks. So it should come as no surprise that De Laurentiis has gone back on his previous opinion that Lionel Messi was a "cretin" and decided that he wants the brilliant Argentine to make like Maradona and move from Barcelona to Napoli.

Great football tattoos

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Here is a list of footballers who love the ink. Raul Meireles joins Daniel Agger, Djibril Cisse and co in tattoo hall.

Arsenal

Podolski wants to be an Arsenal legend

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Arsenal's German international striker Lukas Podolski has settled in to life as a Gunner in astonishing fashion. At 27-years old, Podolski has a good few years of football at the peak of his powers and, from what he says, Arsenal will get the benefit of all of those years.

His transfer to Arsenal is the second time in his career that he has moved from the club where he began his career, Cologne, to further his career.

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi Sleeve Picture – Euro 2012

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We mentioned yestesrday about De Rossi sleeves , I found the attached on Wikipedia which clearly shows his tattoos n right arm , hence , one short sleeve and one long. For the good of the game We admire him! Daniele De Rossi is one of those players who is a big man [...]

Snapshot: Daniele De Rossi’s Calf Tattoo Is Quite Something

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Sorry Daniele, but that's just shit mate...

"Thass ma tacklin' leg!"

(Via @romanisti)

FC Barcelona

Leo Messi’s older brother has a tattoo of Leo Messi

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Lionel Messi's older brother Matias, who recently had his house in Argentina targeted by a drive-by shooting, describes himself as the Barcelona star's "number one fan." Matias not only proves that by sharing similar DNA, but with the tattoo he has on his arm of Lionel in an Albiceleste shirt.

Fabregas And Kanoute Bury The Hatchet On Twitter

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Barcelona's barren draw at home against Sevilla on Saturday seems to be drawing more controversy as the days gone on. Latest news now emerging is that midfielder Cesc Fabregas racially abused Sevilla's Malian striker Freddy Kanoute.

Apparently this happened after the Catalans were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.

The Rest

Newcastle Fan Claims He Had To Jump Onto Pitch During Huddersfield Match Because ‘His Tattoo Was Hurting’

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The Newcastle fan who got himself pinched for attempting to invadethe pitch duringthe recent 3-1 win overHuddersfield Town has claimed he simply had no choice but to encroach.

Reece Smailes was charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to entering the playing area when he spilled over the safety barrierfollowing Dwight Gayle's 91st-minute goal at The John Smith's Stadium on 4th March.

Snapshot: Carlos Tevez Unveils Enormous New Back Tattoo Of Daniel Agger-Esque Proportions…

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By Chris Wright

Juventus striker Carlos Tevex took to Twitter yesterday to show off after having his enormous work-in-progress back tattoo filled in and finished off by tattooist-to-the-stars Piotrek Taton...

Gracias amigo por tu magnífico arte!

Photo: Fulham’s John Arne Riise gets a Liverpool tattoo

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Fulham left-back John Arne Riise is going under the needle to get a tattoo celebrating Liverpool's Champions League victory. Posting a picture of a tattooist at work on his arm, the Norwegian defender announced that he would be getting a tattoo of the Champions League trophy with the date of Liverpool's triumphant night in Istanbul [.

Danish postman gets tattoo of Jupp Heynckes’ face as a ‘thank you’

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After winning an unprecedented German treble with Bayern Munich last season, Jupp Heynckes is utterly revered among fans of the Bavarian side. In fact, a Danish postman holds the recently-retired coach in such high regard that he decided to have his 68-year-old face tattooed on his calf.

Twenty-six year old Niklas Dini spent €200 getting an astonished version of the manager's face inked onto him, along with the message "Danke Jupp" ("Thank you Jupp"), the club motto "Mia san mia" (which roughly translates to the title of the Ke$ha classic "we are who we are") and a large star proclaiming his status as a record breaker.

Marcos Sanchez interview and Nick DeLeon's tattoo

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I know that it has been awhile, but its time for this season's first installment of the link roundup. Newly signed D.C. United midfielder Marcos Sanchez gave an interview with fifa.com, in which he talked about his current and future goals. He sees MLS as a stepping stone to Europe, a path which players such as Roger Espinoza and Andy Najar have followed.

Johnson Reveals He Is Studying For Maths Degree

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For two hours a day Glen Johnson opens his textbooks and continues his studies.
"I'm doing a mathematics degree," he says. "I was good at maths at school but I didn't really think of anything else but football."
As he talks he rubs his left wrist. Above it is a tattoo. "Tell me I can't and I will show you I can," it reads.

Mario Balotelli Celebrates Goal Against Wigan With Shiny New Genghis Khan-Inspired Tattoo (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

(I kept in his nipple 'cos I know how you like things like that).

When I say Mad Mario celebrated his goal against Wigan with a tattoo, I didn't mean that he had the tatt done on the side of the pitch at the DW Stadium. In case you were wondering.

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Just a few points....
What on earth was a wide-open Hassli doing in front of the net in injury time? He could have ordered a beer and had a tattoo in the time it took the ball to get to him. Sure it was a well taken volley, power and precision all the way. Yet someone should have been in his way.

Who Preceded Donovan As Everton's Number Nine?

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In British soccer, the number nine takes on extra significance for an elite attacking player. Historically a center forward, at certain clubs the number has a legacy all its own. Previous Everton #9 Duncan Ferguson had a tattoo of the number and it's normally associated with the player most representative of the club.

Conversations with The Ramos

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The Ramos recently sat down for a chit chat with the good people over at La Liga for a segment they coyly called, "Sergio Ramos' More Personal Side". The question of just how personal his interview would be had our minds racing for at least two hours.