Every Monday, theScore will highlight the most outlandish moments from the wacky, sometimes daft, and perennially entertaining world of football. Here’s what made us smile – or cringe – on the pitch this season as the Weird Week in Football celebrates a kooky year.
Strength in numbers
was doomed from the jump, kicking off the campaign with caretaker manager Mike Phelan and a scant 14 senior players. At least found humour in it.
Swedish seniors make good mascots
Instead of taking the pitch with the usual child mascots, Swedish side AIK kicked off a June tilt with Gefle chaperoned by the club’s eldest supporters. AIK went on to win the match 1-0.
Get this man a towel
Non-league Guildford City’s 4-4 draw with North Greenford was a goal-friendly affair marked by a timely shot by press photographer Paul Burgman.
It would appear that Guildford’s celebrations extended beyond the field, with captain Darryl Shaw caught fist pumping in his birthday suit after exiting the match before the interval with a hamstring worry. Cheeky stuff that.
Irons praise post
's penalty handed a second home victory on the bounce, this time over a reeling Hull, though Irons supporters were quick to give credit where it was due by naming the post the Man of the Match after the thrilling one-goal conquest at the London Stadium in December.
Stewed Stewart spices up Scottish draw
Maggie, I think I’ve got something to say to you: I’m hammered.
A typically drab Scottish fifth-round cup draw Sunday got a much-needed kick in the rear from the ageless British purveyor of feathery hair and scream-inducing songs, Rod Stewart.
Sir Roderick was present for the live televised event, and it would appear that the 72-year-oldsupporter’s idea of a balanced weekend diet is a drink in each hand. Get in, Roddy.
Bottoms up: Dzeko pants Papastathopoulos
In November,striker took umbrage with international ‘ mean streak, yanking the defender’s shorts ’round his ankles in protestation.
Both were sent off 10 minutes from time in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying stalemate that was levelled courtesy of‘ 95th-minute equaliser. Cheeky stuff that.
Dries your eyes, mate
What is it about Greek internationals that encourages contact?
During a 1-1 donnybrook between theand , goal-machine had a bone to pick with full-back on the hour mark.
Valencia’s Ecuadorean escape
‘s potent performance during a 3-0 World Cup qualifier victory over should have garnered the praise, instead it was getaway eight minutes from the final whistle that hogged the headlines.
After craftily eluding police in Quito, Valencia responded to the scene the following day, with the on-loanwinger . What a mess.
Even with the winter break on the continent, the game was no less interesting off the pitch, with the highlight of the holiday period coming courtesy of‘s .
The on-loanafterthought learned a valuable on the heels of a visit to a Los Angeles clinic that has since .
Seems both Samir and his missus had the password to his Twitter account, with the pair playing social media’s version of the dueling banjos with a series of rather descriptive tweets. At least this story has a happy ending.
Good golly poly folly
Free State Stars’ Mohammed Anas was so pleased after bagging a brace in a 2-2 draw with Ajax Cape Town to earn Man of the Match honours that the Ghanaian striker nearly booked himself a night on the couch.
“Thank you for this, I appreciate my fans. My wife and my girlfriend … I mean my wife, sorry! I love you so much from my heart,” Anas said post-match, doing the equivalent ofto save certain scorn with a last-ditch recovery.
A dusting of Dutch dong
Courtesy of Heracles’ grounds staff, an Eredivisie tilt against Groningen was played despite some snow. That’s not to say the Heracles staff did an amazing job of clearing the winter offering, with a suspicious looking patch of snow left on the pitch.
In the end, it was the hosts who got the shaft, with Groningen going ninth thanks to a 4-1 victory.
The setting: an Under-16 AFCC tilt between North Korea and Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan won to top Group D, advancing to face Iraq in the knockout stage, while the side on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline finished second, booking a date with an inferior opponent in Oman.
With that in mind, watch Jang Paek Ho’s Benny Hill routine in conceding to his counterpart, Jasurbek Umrzakov, and the potential implications it had on the next round. Something’s fishy here.
Heinous Helsingborg supporters shame 2 generations of Larssons
legend Henrik Larsson’s was on the wrong side of a 2-1 Swedish relegation loss to Halmstads, and while the result was a dire one, the conduct of a handful of supporters was inexcusable.
Supporters took to the pitch in protest, and while many of the players wisely retreated, Larsson’s son and Helsingborgs striker, Jordan, was mobbed by angry fans. After tearing the jersey off the 19-year-old’s back, Jordan can be seen standing up to the unruly bunch. As tough as his dad it seems.
Some people don’t deserve football.
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