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Italian Football Once Again Plagued By Racism And Bigotry

The Derby della Capitale was drenched in narrative. In a sporting context, the word narrative might well be overused to the point of meaninglessness, but there’s not many other ways in which to focus on the 90-minute battle between Lazio and Roma that took place on Sunday.

In purely sporting terms, it was a fascinating game. Roma, second in the league and easily fulfilling their role as perpetual also-rans, came up against arch-rivals Lazio, who were themselves only a point behind. 

The Rise Of Martin Ødegaard

On May 23, 2015 Martin Ødegaard became the youngest player ever to play for Real Madrid. Just 5 months and six days after his 16th birthday, the young Norwegian talent came on for Madrid’s current superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the 57th minute, and the hype surrounding him began to build to a fever pitch.

Apparently Mario Balotelli Had A Million-Pound Behavior Clause In His Liverpool Contract

Mario Balotelli's bad reputation reportedly netted him one of the sweeter contract bonuses we've heard of.

Reportedly, a series of documents released by Football Leaks shows Balotelli had a clause in his contract that entitled him to a £1 million bonus each season if he was not sent off three or more times.

Balotelli was not sent off during his first season at Liverpool and spent the second season on loan at AC Milan.

Watch Lee Trundle's Outrageous Penalty Routine Bamboozle The Keeper

Swansea legend Lee Trundle appeared in a charity match for a team of Swansea all-stars on Sunday night, and the 40-year-old, who serves as a club ambassador for the team, scored with an outrageous penalty routine that Bob Bradley’s senior side would be unable of replicating.

Trundle pretended to be tying his boot lace, but somehow managed to get an extraordinary amount of power behind his cheeky toe poke. 

Shakira Was Probably The Best Part Of El Clasico

Saturday’s El Clasico was by no means a classic. However, as is always the case in a match which puts the world at a standstill for 90 minutes, there was no shortage of drama, intrigue and passion. No one spectator better embodied the competitive tension that reverberated around the Camp Nou than Gerard Pique’s partner Shakira.

With Lionel Messi and Neymar both guilty of wasting good chances for Barca, it was Luis Suarez who opened the scoring in the 53rd minute. 

Chicharito Is Enduring The Longest Goal Drought Of His Professional Career

It was always going to be difficult to match the success of his debut season with Bayer Leverkusen, but Saturday marked a new low in the professional career of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. The Mexican striker hadn’t scored a goal since October 1st, and he was looking for his first goal in seven Bundesliga matches.

With the scores level in the 88th minute of Leverkusen’s match with Freiburg, Chicharito stepped up to take the penalty that would end his goal scoring drought and reverse the fortunes of a Leverkusen club that had lost two consecutive Bundesliga matches.

Zlatan Says He Didn't Kick Seamus Coleman In The Head On Purpose, But If He Did He Would Have Knocked Him Out

Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton Sunday was noteworthy for two things Zlatan Ibrahimovic did.

The one that everyone is focusing on: his kicking Seamus Coleman in the head early in the second half.

Zlatan wasn't punished on the field for the incident, but his comments after the game could cause the FA to take a closer look.

Preston Teammates Sent Off After Fighting Each Other In One-Goal Loss

It simply doesn’t get any more embarrassing or unprofessional than this. Trailing Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in the English Championship on Saturday, Preston had both their strikers sent off in the final minutes after nearly coming to blows and being separated by teammates.

Eoin Doyle had halved the Preston deficit in the 82nd minute, but he and strike partner Jermaine Beckford were subsequently shown straight reds for violent conduct in the 90th minute. 

Zlatan Does Zlatan Things, Fellaini Does Fellaini Things In Manchester United Draw

The clash between Manchester United and Everton played out much like a GEICO commercial this Saturday at Goodison Park.

The script goes something like this:

"If you're Zlatan, you score ridiculous goals and get away with almost anything, including stomping on Séamus Coleman's head. It's what you do."

"If you're Marouane Fellaini, you come off the bench at 85' and get called for a stupid penalty at the 87'. It's what you do."

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