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Ghana soccer coach Goran Stevanovic says team used witchcraft on each other

Of all the African teams in the 2012 World Cup, Ghana was the most successful. That is what made their fourth place finish in the 2012 African Cup of Nations a disappointment, and left head coach Goran Stevanovic in search of an explanation. Since we’re talking about Ghana, the only logical factor at play could have been witchcraft and black magic.

“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using ‘black power’ to destroy themselves, and also make sure we instil discipline and respect for each other,” Stevanovic said according to the BBC.

“After losing to Zambia, there arose so many accusations amongst the players. I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players’ behaviour on and off the field.”

When will people learn? You really have to watch out for Ghana when it comes to using witchcraft. The thing that confuses me is why they would choose to use it against one another. Over the summer, Ghana scored a victory over Nigeria thanks in part to their captain using black magic before the match. It worked so well before, so it makes no sense for them to turn it on themselves. Maybe this is a way to keep the competition guessing? Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section if you’re familiar with this type of practice.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Brazilian soccer player Deivid de Souza misses wide open net (Video)

I guess it truly can happen to the best of them. I’ll admit I rarely watch soccer, but I’m still confident in saying this is one of the worst misses of all time. Could the net have been more open for Flamengo striker Deivid de Souza? You just don’t see players above the high school level miss shots like that.

What’s even worse is that Flamengo lost to Vasco da Gama by — you guessed it — one goal. As expected, Deivid has been ridiculed in European newspapers and all over the internet. The goal would have given Flamengo a 2-1 lead, but instead they lost 2-1. If you don’t feel badly for Deivid, you have no soul.

Young fan has Lionel Messi’s face shaved into his head and it is…interesting

Having your favorite player’s face shaved into your head is always risky. Art that is performed with a buzzer is probably a little more challenging than tattoo art, so you have to be a pretty diehard fan to go for something like this. As you can see, this young soccer fan opted to have his barber shave Lionel Messi’s face and name into the back of his head. We’re going to have to agree with the folks at Dirty Tackle on this one — it came out looking like a Picasso painting.

Maybe that was the goal. For all we know this kid could be a huge Pablo Picasso and Lionel Messi fan and is now the recipient of the greatest haircut ever. I will say, however, that if he wants people to know the face on the back of his head belongs to Messi, I’m glad he got the name trimmed in as well.

West Ham’s Carlton Cole has your dumbest Valentine’s Day Tweet

You know who found their way into the doghouse on Valentine’s Day? I’m guessing West Ham forward Carlton Cole did. Either that, or his significant other has one heck of a sense of humor. The photo above was tweeted by Cole on Tuesday with the following message: “Here I Got Your Present “Happy Valentines Babes” I Love You ahahahahahahahahahhaha.” As you can see, he had prepared an array of gifts for his lady that included everything from laundry detergent to a nice shiny iron. At least he threw in a bottle of champagne so she can drink on the job, right?

It’s pretty bad when Mark Sanchez is more romantic toward one of his wide receivers than an athlete is to their Valentine. If the recipient of this gift is anything like the women I’ve been around, it was an early Valentine’s Day night for Mr. Cole on Tuesday.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Soccer player Alessandro Del Piero credited with helping girl awaken from coma

Professional athletes — or at least the modest ones — often remind us that they are not heroes. Firefighters, policemen and policewomen, and doctors are the real heroes. At the moment, the Scalise family may disagree. Giada Scalise is a 12-year-old girl who suffered a brain hemorrhage and went into a coma on Jan. 22 while watching a Juventus match on television. Her family believes a video message from Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero helped her overcome her condition.

After two weeks without improvement, the Scalise family asked Del Piero if he would record a video message that they could play for their daughter. The night the message was played for Giada, her father says she began to overcome her coma.

“That night (after listening to the message) something special happened,” Giada’s father Francesco said according to Italy’s ANSA news agency. “First she moved her hand and then after a few hours she called out ‘mamma.’ Then after about 24 hours she talked and asked for an ice-cream.”

Del Piero’s message said the following: “Hello Giada, I’m Alessandro Del Piero. I hope you can wake up as soon as possible to watch lots of our and my games, to come and see us and, above all, get to know each other.”

Perhaps it was a coincidence, but Del Piero is a hero to the Scalise family. Whether it was a natural occurrence or the result of a message from her favorite player, the Scalises are fortunate enough to have their daughter back.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Alex Morgan to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (Pictures)

For the average person, Friday is a good day and signals the end of the work week. This Friday, however, should be a good day for all people. Friday morning’s edition of S.I. Hot Clicks revealed some tremendous news that should give us all something to look forward to. U.S. Women’s soccer star Alex Morgan is featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which comes out Feb. 14. You know the body paint section we’ve all grown to love over the years? Yeah, she’s doing that. Here is a preview:

Several months ago Morgan said all the attention she had been receiving was a “little weird.” One Twitter avatar featuring her six pack abs and a Swimsuit Issue later, and I’d say she’s doing just fine in the spotlight.

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Man at Everton Soccer Game Handcuffs Himself to Goalpost to Protest Airline

A man delayed the soccer game between Everton and Man City Tuesday evening by running onto the field and handcuffing himself to a goalpost. Police had to use bolt cutters to free him from the post after a delay in the game.

So what kind of person handcuffs himself to a goalpost during a soccer game? Someone with some serious motivation.

The man in question is believed to be John Foley, the same man who staged a protest of Ryanair Airline in 2010. He protested at the airport last August and at a horse racing festival last March. The man apparently was upset with his daughter’s firing by the airline so this was his way of getting back at them.

I will give him credit for creativity, and for getting his message across two continents. Now that’s impressive. Here’s a look at the video:

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