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Raul Jimenez scored goal on amazing bicycle kick (Video)

Mexico’s Raul Jimenez scored a goal on an incredible bicycle kick in the 85th minute to give his country a 2-1 win over Panama on Friday in Mexico City. Mexico’s wins helped them grab sole possession of fourth place in qualifying.

Jimenez’s beautiful goal came four minutes after Panama scored the equalizer, and it helped keep alive Mexico’s hopes of reaching a sixth straight World Cup.

“I didn’t think about it, I had to strike it like that. Fortunately it was a goal. It is something I’ll never forget,” Jimenez said after the game.

Raul Jimenez bicycle kick

H/T Duran Sports

Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan went cliff diving (Video)

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Soccer players Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan are still on vacation in Hawaii, and they’re still teasing fans by sharing photos and videos from their trip. This time they were off having some fun doing some cliff diving. Leroux posted a Vine video of them cliff diving in their bikinis. You can see it below:

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Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux in bikinis at the beach

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Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux are on vacation in Hawaii enjoying some very well-deserved time off. Just to remind you how good of a time they’re having, Leroux shared a few photos of her and Morgan hanging out at the beach in their bikinis.

Guess 50 hours of training for soccer per week does a body good, huh?

Morgan and Hope Solo got most of the shine when the USWNT blew up in popularity two years ago — rightfully so — but Leroux is starting to close that gap. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at some of the photos below.

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David Beckham has new tattoo of wife Victoria’s name on his hand

David-Beckham-Victoria-BeckhamDavid Beckham is a man of many tattoos. It seems only right that he should have a few of them that are dedicated to his beautiful wife Victoria.

A seemingly new tattoo was recently spotted on Beckham’s right hand. We can clearly tell by this photo that it wasn’t there over the summer. And wouldn’t you know, it says his wife’s name in pretty cursive letters.

Unlike the other tattoo he has of Posh Spice, this one probably isn’t going to cause a stir among schools in the United Kingdom. Then again, the other tattoo is typically hidden unless he takes his shirt off to thrill the ladies. The one on his hand kind of has to be more tasteful.

Wayne Rooney shares pictures of his nasty forehead injury

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Wayne Rooney was unable to suit up for Manchester United’s loss to rival Liverpool on Sunday because of a head injury he suffered during practice. He and teammate Phil Jones both went up for a header, which left a gruesome looking gash on Rooney’s forehead.

Because of the injury, Rooney is going to have to miss England’s two upcoming World Cup qualifying matches. Many fans have been angered by this, assuming that Rooney is milking the injury and choosing not to play through it. In order to prove them wrong, the 27-year-old posted some nasty photos of the gash on his Facebook page. Here’s another:

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Mario Balotelli walks on water for SI cover

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Controversial soccer star Mario Balotelli is on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, marking just the third time a non-American soccer player has appeared on the cover of the prestigious magazine. International icons Pele and Maradonna are the only others who have experienced the honor.

The cover photo itself is phenomenal. Shot by Jeffery A. Salter for SI, it shows the Ghana-born Italian player walking on water. Really, the photo was taken at a Miami hotel with a pane of plexiglass over the pool.

In Grant Wahl’s cover story on Balotelli, the AC Milan striker addresses many of the wild rumors about him. Most of them, he says, are not true. From showboating and getting benched to being muzzled by his teammates, Balotelli has been featured at LBS for all sorts of reasons. One of the more controversial stories in which he was involved was when an Italian newspaper published a cartoon that depicted Balotelli as King Kong. Balotelli says he did not face racism growing up, but he has multiple times since.

“You can’t delete racism,” Balotelli told Wahl. “It’s like a cigarette. You can’t stop smoking if you don’t want to, and you can’t stop racism if people don’t want to. But I’ll do everything I can to help.”

The SI story is a good read on a controversial, colorful athlete, who seemed to recognize how big of a deal it was for him to be on the cover as a foreign athlete. You can check out the whole thing here.

H/T Dirty Tackle via Arsen D

Seattle Sounders fan gets Clint Dempsey’s face tattooed on his neck

Clint-Dempsey-SoundersClint Dempsey made his Seattle Sounders debut on Saturday, and his new biggest fan may have already been established. The US soccer star came over from Tottenham and was a major signing for the MLS. Was the move big enough to warrant a neck tattoo? That’s debatable.

There are athlete tribute tattoos and then there are tattoos of a player’s face on your neck. One Sounders fan decided to go with the latter and take the concept of rooting for your favorite player to an entirely new level.

Unfortunately, this is not the first horrible tribute tattoo we have seen. Whether it’s Davis Love III or Stephon Marbury, fans have some interesting ways of showing their dedication to a particular player. There’s just something about the neck tattoo that makes it that much more disturbing.

H/T The Big Lead