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Fan wins training session with Didier Drogba, offers it to Fernando Torres

On Saturday night, Chelsea forward Didier Drogba raised more than 250,000 Euros for his charity, The Didier Drogba Foundation. One man paid 15,000 Euros for a personal training session with Drogba, and after winning the auction he promptly took the opportunity to use his prize as a hilarious punchline. Via the Daily Mail:

Didier Drogba managed to keep a straight face at his charity ball as the winner of a training session with the Ivorian striker offered to donate the prize to his misfiring colleague Fernando Torres.

Auction winner 1, Torres 0. For those of you who do not follow the Premier League, Torres has been struggling mightily this season. In 22 games, he has only two goals on 45 shots. Since signing with Chelsea from Liverpool in January, Torres has scored only three goals in 36 appearances and has hardly lived up to his 50 million-Euro price tag. Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea’s caretaker manager, believes the problem is between the ears for the 27-year-old.

“He has a psychological problem and only Fernando can unlock it,” Di Matteo said according to ESPN.com. “If he needs me, I am always here but it is obvious the change must come from him. He must not think about how much he cost the club. He must concentrate only on playing and not about scoring, or providing an assist or making a great play every time he touches the ball.”

Or maybe he could just accept the auction winner’s offer.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Portland Timbers Army sings National Anthem at team’s home opener (Video)

Say what you will about soccer in America, but the 20,000 fans you see in the video above singing the National Anthem in unison aren’t going to listen. The Portland Timbers are only in their second season as a part of Major League Soccer, but they have one of the most committed fan bases in sports. No, I’m not saying the Timbers have nearly as many fans as teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, but the ones they do have — who are known as the Timbers Army — are as die hard as they come.

Before the kickoff of their home opener against Philadelphia on, the Timbers Army took care of the National Anthem duties. For a crew of about 20,000 without vocal coaching singing together, they sounded pretty damn good.

Lionel Messi’s older brother Matias has a tattoo of Lionel Messi (Picture)

Lionel Messi has a lot of fans. When you are one of the world’s best players in the world’s best sport, that goes with the territory. If we have learned anything from the story about his mother chasing his ex with a frying pan, it’s that Messi’s family is protective of him. Little did we know, however, that his brother is his biggest fan.

The gentleman you see in the photo above is Messi’s older brother, Matias Messi. The tattoo he has on his left shoulder is one of Lionel. According to Sport.es, Matias describes Lionel as “from another planet.” Just when we thought the kid who had Lionel’s face shaved into the back of his head was the world’s biggest Messi fan…

H/T Dirty Tackle

Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic tears knee ligament while playing with dog

Here’s our promise to you from LBS: If the ridiculous injuries keep coming to close out the week, we’ll just keep posting them. Within the past 36 hours, we have had no choice but to flood our page with the bizarre misfortunes of athletes from various sports. To recap, we’ve had David Price injuring himself while toweling off, David Robertson spraining his foot by falling down the stairs, and a Colorado quarterback breaking his foot by walking. Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic may top them all. According to Yahoo! Sports, Arnautovic tore a ligament in his knee on Thursday while playing with his dog.

“Marko has informed us of this incident,” Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said. “This is frustrating as we are now with one option less (in attack) for the coming weeks.”

Team doctors estimate Arnautovic will miss at least six weeks. According to the story, he was outside playing with his dog when his foot got caught up in the grass and his knee twisted. I’d be lying if I said my dog had never knocked me on my can before while playing in the yard, but I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid serious injury. In other words, I feel Arnautovic’s pain. Except I don’t, if that makes sense.

Talk about one of those weeks.

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for sharing the story with us

Soccer player Ezequiel Schelotto breaks up with ‘too sexy’ girlfriend at parents’ urging

Soccer player Ezequiel Schelotto broke up with his girlfriend, reportedly because his parents thought the model gave their son a bad image. Schelotto is a 22-year-old Argentine winger who plays for Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A. He began seeing model Mariana Diarco in December, but recently broke off their relationship, she confirmed.

Various foreign reports say Schelotto ended the relationship because his family did not approve of Diarco. Some Italian reports even say the family thought Diarco was “too sexy.”

Maybe I’m speaking out of turn, but I would think having a sexy girlfriend is exactly what parents would want for their son. Or maybe that’s just what the son would want, whereas the parents would want a nice girl.

In any case, Diarco has modeled in Maxim and even posed nude in Playboy. I guess it’s understandable why parents would be uncomfortable with their son dating someone whose nude pics are posted across the internet, but hey, the kid’s 22, let him have some fun.

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Ecuadorian soccer fan Christian Calvache reportedly killed for refusing to share beer

A Liga de Quito soccer fan from Ecuador died earlier this week from brain trauma during a match. The fan, 26-year-old Christian Calvache, reportedly suffered a “severe head injury” after another fan punched him in the head and he fell, hitting his head on the grandstand seats. According to a translation of the story from Terra.com, the victim’s brother says Calvache was punched by the opposing fan because he refused to let him have a sip of his beer.

The man who threw the punch has reportedly been identified, but his name has not been revealed.

Unfortunately, Calvache’s death is part of a recent pattern of violence having to do with soccer matches in South America. Not only have fans been attacked by fans of opposing teams, but also ones from the same team. Instances like this one can truly never be understood.

H/T NESN

Gust of wind results in insane own goal (Video)

This is why playing soccer in hurricane-like conditions can be tricky. And if you must, keep the ball on the ground. During a friendly match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Maccabi Haifa goalie Assaf Mendes attempted to boot the ball downfield to his teammates. As you can see from the video that 101 Great Goals shared with us, the end result was quite the opposite and he ended up scoring an own goal.

If someone has ever told you to not piss into the wind, this is exactly what they were talking about.

H/T Dirty Tackle