World of Sport

  • Two brilliant passes – but which one is better?

    Occasionally at World of Sport we are presented with a video of a brilliant pass that makes us rub our eyes in disbelief.

    On Monday, though, we stumbled across two.

    We couldn't decide which was better so we thought we'd let you have your say. Here are the two contenders...

    1. The Rabona

    Atletico Tucuman beat Almirante Brown in a 4-3 thriller in Argentina’s second division with the winner coming from an audacious Alejandro Pena rabona pass.

    2. Ronaldinho

    The legendary Brazilian bagged a brace in Atletico Mineiro's win over Gremio and nearly set up another with a sensational chest pass.

    So,

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  • Keeper gets away with wild tackle

    Club Atletico Belgrano goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave was lucky to escape with only a yellow after a chest high tackle on San Martin San Juan's Claudio Riano.

    With the score 0-0 shortly before half-time in an Argentine Primera Division match on Saturday, Olave stopped Riano on the edge of the box by spearing him in the midsection with his boot.

    Olave was shown a yellow for his frowned upon technique, but San Martin eventually got their revenge by scoring twice in the final 16 minutes of the match to win 2-0.

    Via Dirty Tackle

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  • Lazio fans stage mock funeral for rivals

    This may seem a sombre funeral procession to the casual viewer, but Lazio fans are actually trolling rivals Roma in quite sophisticated fashion.

    Supporters of the Rome-based club held a mock funeral for their rivals' team, complete with a Roma flag draped across the coffin.

    Hoards of Lazio fans turned out to witness the procession and have a laugh at the expense of the Giallorossi.

    Lazio have had the upper hand on Roma this season, beating them in the Coppa Italia final on May 26.

    Furthermore, the victory meant it was the Biancoceleste who qualified for Europe and not their city rivals.

    What

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  • Quotes of the week: ‘I’m one of you’

    "I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2004, with this difference to help - which is I'm one of you." Jose Mourinho addresses Chelsea fans after confirming his return to the club.

    "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved. And at that moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more." Mourinho explains why his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo broke down near the

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  • Rubbish ball control gets U21 star sent off

    Ukraine U21 captain Olesandr Noyok was booked twice in a matter of seconds during a match against Austria, resulting in a sending off for a dumb combination of moves.

    Noyok was first booked for a very poor two-footed tackle from behind on an Austrian player.

    He didn't offer much protest as the referee showed him a yellow card, but as he walked away from the official someone kicked the ball his way, so he instinctively backheeled it - or maybe tried and failed to control it, depending on your point of view.

    Unfortunately, for Noyok, that move sent the ball into the face of an unsuspecting

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  • 14 things Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t know

    As he was on his way out of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho mentioned the one quibble he had with the supremely talented Cristiano Ronaldo during their time together.

    "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved," [Mourinho] added.

    "And at that moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more."

    So just to remind Cristiano that we are all flawed creatures, here are several things he

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  • Lumbering Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker showed that he has a trick or two up his sleeve as he span effortlessly past Didier Drogba.

    The German international, who stands 6 foot 6 inches tall, was featuring in a charity match to celebrate the career of Michael Ballack.

    The Ballack and Friends team, including Mertesacker, were up against a World XI boasting talent including the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, and Philipp Lahm, coached by Jose Mourinho.

    But for all those star players, it was Mertesacker's skills that caught the eye.

    And given quite how rare those

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  • Wind ‘scores goal’ in Italian match

    The wind is the worst.

    It powered the ships that made pirates and vikings do terrible things. It makes old houses sound like they're haunted. And it causes goalkeepers to inadvertently score own goals when they're attempting routine clearances.

    In Italy, a strong gust conspired against Delta Porto Tolle's keeper in their Serie D match with Ischia, gifting a 2-0 lead the away side after 31 minutes. The match finished 2-1 to the visitors, meaning the wind was technically responsible for the win.

    If it is possible to sign bulk movements of air to a football squad, Ischia should definitely look

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  • Could this be the clearest sign yet that Manchester United plan to hang on to Wayne Rooney? Or the sure-fire indication that he's on the way out?

    The club's home hit has been unveiled for 2013/14 and Rooney is front and centre of Nike's promotional campaign for the new strip.

    Rooney is pictured wearing the kit all by himself and also in a group shot with Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverly and Robin van Persie.

    The England striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer but someone certainly seems to be confident he will be wearing this new United kit come the start of

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  • Enter The Diplomat – UN’s Ban gets black belt

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose together at the United Nations headquarters in New York (Reuters)

    Representatives at the United Nations may think twice about crossing Ban Ki-moon in future after the secretary-general was awarded an honorary 10th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo.

    While is unclear whether the 68-year-old Ban can break bricks with his bare hands, World Taekwondo Federation president Choue Chung-won said the awarding of the black belt reflected the common goals and values shared by the UN and federation.

    "I am delighted to have presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with our prestigious black belt," Choue said.

    "The black belt is a

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