World of Sport

  • Finally, your chance to play ‘Golfoot’

    The Swiss have long been masters of the art of innovation. They might not have invented chocolate, trains, posh watches or pursuing the concept of world peace, but when it comes to pinching the best bits of others' ideas and making them work they're the men.

    But that has left the Swiss with a problem. What do you do once you've conquered the worlds of confectionery, mass transport, elegant timepiece design and keeping your heads below the parapet?

    Why, you turn your hand to reinventing sport, of course. And so the Swiss have now brought us 'Golfoot', a marriage of two of the world's most

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  • Player sees red for ludicrous high kick reaction

    A Russian footballer has become an unwitting internet star after his moment of madness started doing the rounds on the internet.

    The incident took place during a Russian third division 'futsal' game - a variation on five-a-side football that has proper touchlines, which if you ask us is a genuine shame given the hilarious off-the-wall shenanigans that usually ensue in the average British five-a-side game.

    The trouble started when the defender - clad head-to-foot in black, like any self-respecting villain -  missed a sliding tackle on his opponent, who went on to slot home past the keeper.


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  • Barcelona sign 11-year-old ‘Japanese Messi’

    Footballing prodigy Takefusa Kubo, dubbed the 'Japanese Messi', has been snapped up by the club who boast the original Lionel Messi.

    According to reports in Spain, Barcelona moved after being impressed by his performances at a football school they ran in Yokohama.

    He had already shot to prominence when videos of him tricking his way past one defender after another appeared online, though for a long time his identity was unknown.

    Sport, the Spanish newspaper, report that Kubo's family have moved to Barcelona, and though he does not live at their La Masia academy he comes in daily to train, and

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  • Dalai Lama to bless Aldershot Town’s pitch

    Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai LamaExpect Aldershot Town FC to start flying up the divisions as the League Two side is set to receive a boost from a very important visitor: the Dalai Lama.

    The Tibetan spiritual leader is heading to Britain for an eight-day tour this summer, and has chosen the club's EBB Stadium as the venue for one of his main public speeches on the morning of June 21 - expected to be delivered to a capacity crowd of over 7,000.

    The 77-year-old holy man - a former Nobel Peace Prize winner - picked Aldershot for his address because of the town's large Buddhist population, which has been swelled over the years by

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  • Wannabe sailors buy yacht on Ebay, crash it immediately

    The Hashim's yacht aground in St Peter Port, Guernsey

    A pair of wannabe sailors have won unwitting fame after they bought a yacht on Ebay - only to crash it within minutes of starting out on its maiden voyage.

    Sid Hashim, a 62-year-old engineer from Carshalton in south London, bought the £3,000 vessel with his son Mark and had headed to St Peter Port in Guernsey to pick it up.

    The boat initially stayed in the marina to be patched up a little, but with the work done the duo were excited to get out onto the waves - despite the fact that the sun had gone down by the time it was ready. They decided to test the water by moving the yacht from the

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  • Astonishing goal scored in U-15 match

    In a U-15 match between Hauppauge 'Brazil' and Dix Hills 'Heat' on Long Island, New York, the Heat scored a remarkable goal through Nkosi Burgess which has quickly become an internet hit.

    A high and hopeful free kick was knocked forward towards Burgess, who backheeled it over his head, setting himself up for an overhead kick into the goal.

    The finish drew a gasp and a 'wow' from the crowd where the recording was taken, while teenager Burgess is bound to be the subject of attention after such a remarkable goal.

    Already tens of thousands have seen the goal online after it was put online on

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  • Player deliberately misses penalty

    A player-manager in Northern Ireland has won admirers for a remarkable act of sportsmanship that could cost his side their place in the Premiership.

    Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy deliberately missed a controversial penalty in a crucial match against Ballymena United that they went on to lose 4-2.

    When the game was still goalless, Ballymena defender Chris Rodgers went down injured inside the penalty area, but play continued.

    The referee eventually spotted the Rodgers lying motionless and shouted 'stop the play' while the ball was in the air.

    Because had not blown his whistle, the players

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  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appears to be the only person to think Manchester United's defeat to Wigan has made them more likely to win the Premier League:

    Tuesday am - City trail United by eight points
    Mancini: "It's not over. In football it's never finished. For this reason, I believe always."

    Wednesday pm - City trail United by five points
    Mancini: "It is finished. Five points is too much. United have got fantastic spirit. We don't have this spirit."

    "He's been really helpful in every transfer target we've gone for. Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here

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  • Team launches new strip with bizarre farm video

    Launching a new club strip is usually a turgid affiar involving a few players standing by the side of the pitch holding a ball.

    But this year Ipswich Town decided to liven things up a bit by swapping the Portman Road backdrop for a local farm:

    The Tractor Boys - so called because they are located in the middle of Suffolk farming country - decided to take their nickname literally by filming a video promoting their 2012/13 season strips alongside farmyard animals.

    Hens, goats and a shire horse all make an appearance in the video - as does the traditional buxom milk maid. We doubt that comely

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  • Why ‘Sepp Blatter’ broke into embarrassing dance

    A video has appeared on the internet of Sepp Blatter dancing acrobatically to a Brazilian song.

    Blatter is known to enjoy dancing, but on this occasion it is not the 76-year-old head of FIFA himself who is breaking out his best moves, but a spoof.

    The video, which has already been watched tens of thousands of times, has a serious message, however.

    It has been released by Swiss charitable organisation Solidar Suisse, who are campaigning against FIFA.

    They believe that FIFA are awarding the World Cup to host nations who cannot afford it, saddling them with huge debts as football's governing

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