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11 Surprisingly Difficult Rounds Of Spot The Ball

11 photos. 11 balls. Can you figure out where each one is hiding?

  1. 1. Let’s start with Chelsea debutant Juan Cuardado against Everton this past week.

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    Where is the ball here?

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    It was bottom right!

    A sweetly hit low shot there.

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  2. 2. Next is Manchester United’s Chris Smalling against Burnley.

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    Same again. Where is the ball?

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    Slap bang in the middle.
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  3. 3. Over to Spain, and it’s last season’s Copa Del Rey Final.

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    And it’s an El Clasico too. But where is the ball?

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    Hands in the air.

    Because Modric had it.

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  4. 4. Back to Stamford Bridge, and Lukaku’s playing his old club.

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    But where is the ball here?

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    It’s a short looping header.

    That drops it in the middle.

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  5. 5. Throwback to the 2006 Milan Derby.

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    And the Rossoneri are celebrating. Where is the ball though?

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    Tucked in the corner there

    (Cheer up Figo.)

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  6. 6. The 2013 North London Derby this time.

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    Gibbs and Townsend are on the chase. But where is the ball?

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    Front row centre this time

    (Any ideas what Andros is doing here?)

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  7. 7. Over to Ligue1 in France.

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    And PSG are on the attack. Where is the ball here?

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    It’s an absolute rocket of a shot.

    Traveling top left.

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  8. 8. Now to the Bundesliga.

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    Where Dortmund are facing Bayern Munich. Where is the ball?

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    Gotta watch those headlights.

    Because that ball just loves hanging in the top left.

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  9. 9. Danny Rose needs to work on his vertical leap here.

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    But where is the ball?

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‘Well, sh*t’: Quintessentially American reactions to Team USA loss

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http://twitter.com/#!/badbanana/status/484104197466365953
http://twitter.com/#!/GodzillaSays/status/484105722192338944
http://twitter.com/#!/DrewFromTV/status/484102677681274880
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/484106045766524928
http://twitter.com/#!/TheBrandonMorse/status/484116197533687808

We’re there.

http://twitter.com/#!/iowahawkblog/status/484120112229007360

Heh.

 

‘Absolutely incredible’: USA defeats Ghana at World Cup [pics, video]

http://twitter.com/#!/andylevy/status/478688288513871872

Heh.

http://twitter.com/#!/myfoxla/status/478674786546372608
http://twitter.com/#!/espn/status/478685682815467520

The winning goal:

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http://twitter.com/#!/TMZ/status/478687416858206209
http://twitter.com/#!/jonahkeri/status/478687506477498370
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FIFA Recommends November Start Date For Qatar 2022 World Cup

A task force for soccer’s global governing body made the announcement following a meeting in Doha amid fears that the heat in the country during a traditional summer World Cup would endanger fans and players.

A task force for FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, recommended after a meeting in Doha on Tuesday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar take place in November and December.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Marrakech, Morocco, in Dec. 2014. Christophe Ena / AP

The announcement follows many months of speculation that the tournament would be moved from its traditional summer slot to the northern hemisphere’s winter over fears that the searing Qatari summer temperatures would pose a risk to both players and fans.

The tiny Gulf state can soar above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in summer , while in November and December temperatures drop to around mid-20s Celsius (75 Fahrenheit), the BBC reported.

It is expected that the recommendation will be ratified at a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich on March 18–19, the BBC said.

FIFA faced a number of issues when deciding on what date to hold the contest. Not only would a move to winter mean a mid-season break for dozens of domestic league seasons around the world, but it had to avoid clashing with a number of other global sporting and religious events.

In a statement, FIFA outlined the reasons for its decision:

Given that the two bidding cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics – Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China PR) – pledged recently to host the winter games from 4 to 20 February 2022; that the month of Ramadan begins on 2 April in 2022; and that consistently hot conditions prevail from May to September in Qatar, the only remaining effective option is the November/December window. For legal reasons, the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup must be played within the calendar year 2022.

A worker cleans the road outside Khalifa sport complex in Doha, Qatar, January 2011. Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

Numerous outlets have reported suggestions that the 2022 World Cup final could be held on Dec. 23 — just two days before Christmas Day — with the tournament starting on Nov. 26.

The chief of the task force, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, recommended that the tournament be shorter than usual by a few days. However, it will still feature the usual 32 teams and 64 matches.

In a statement, Khalifa said: “We are very pleased that, after careful consideration of the various opinions and detailed discussions with all stakeholders, we have identified what we believe to be the best solution for the 2018–2024 international match calendar and football in general.”

Many oppose moving the tournament to winter.

It has been pointed out that Qatar was awarded the World Cup — ahead of rival bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Australia — on the basis that it would take place in the summer months, and had promised groundbreaking air-cooling technology to bring the temperature of the arenas down.

Former England player Trevor Sinclair expressed his anger at the decision. “All the countries that were involved in the initial bids should get the option to bid again as FIFA have moved the goalposts,” he told the BBC. “That’s unacceptable and it should end up in the courts. It stinks and it should never have been given to Qatar.”

The move to winter will also have a knock-on effect to major European leagues such as the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A.

In a recent statement released prior to the announcement, the English Premier League said: “The prospect of a winter World Cup is neither workable nor desirable for European domestic football.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore told ITV News Tuesday that he was disappointed with the task force’s decision, and felt “let down.”

PL’s Scudamore “it looks like nobody else is giving much up….even UEFA who have let us down a little..CL can start and carry on as always”

— stevescott_itv (@Steve Scott)

Scudamore was himself on FIFA’s taskforce committee, Sky News reported.

The details of the move are still likely to face some opposition within FIFA. The organization’s vice president, Jim Boyce — from Northern Ireland — said the move to winter was “common sense,” but that he would oppose a Dec. 23 final, ITV News reported:

I think that is too close to Christmas — that’s the only reservation I would have and I would like it a week earlier, but I want to wait until the FIFA executive committee meeting to hear all the details about the dates.

It will cause a lot of disruption but it is eight years away and people should have enough time to make it work.

The 10 Biggest Moments In Sports This Year, In Retweets

Here’s the BuzzFeed Sports ranking of some of the most retweeted moments in 2014 from athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and a few others, according to Twitter data.

10. Henrik Lundqvist takes the ice in his first-ever Stanley Cup Final, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

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9. Detroit Tigers players send a message of support to Venezuela during the massive anti-government protests.

8. The post-victory selfie with Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger after Germany won the World Cup.

7. Kobe Bryant throwing serious shade at Charlotte for trading him during the 1996 NBA Draft.

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6. Mario Balotelli’s request for a kiss on the cheek from the Queen of England if Italy defeated Costa Rica in the World Cup.

If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.😂😂😂.

— FinallyMario (@Mario Balotelli)

They lost.

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Claudio Villa Getty Images Sport

 

5. The horrific leg injury suffered by Paul George during a Team USA basketball scrimmage.

Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece

— Yg_Trece (@Paul George)

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And the outreach of support that followed.

God bless u my brother @Paul_George24. Im hurt, praying for you. Praying for peace. Praying that God heals you in a supernatural way.

— KDTrey5 (@Kevin Durant)

4. David Ortiz’s amazing selfie with President Obama after the Red Sox won the World Series, which was secretly plotted all along by Samsung.

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama

— davidortiz (@Dvd rtz)

Ortiz later offered Kevin Love some advice, so he could, maybe, one day have his own championship moment with the president.

Yo @kevinlove if you need advice on moving from Minnesota to Boston just let me know #CityOfChamps

— davidortiz (@Dvd rtz)

3. The Luis Suarez bite that shocked a worldwide audience during the World Cup.

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And the apology that followed.

My apologies to Chiellini:

— LuisSuarez9 (@Luis Suarez)

2. The on-field turned online feud between Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman and San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree in the run-up to the Super Bowl.

Film don’t lie… @nflnetwork @espn pull up the tape of that game and show me where this guy is the best? #fake #fake #fake

— KingCrab15 (@Michael Crabtree)

Richard Sherman breaks up a pass, intended for Michael Crabtree.

A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.

— RSherman_25 (@Richard Sherman)

Including Sherman’s infamous post-game rant with Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship game versus the 49ers.

Even baseball player Justin Verlander jumped in on the action.

So Russell is a class act! Sherman on the other hand…. If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.

— JustinVerlander (@Justin Verlander)

1. The entire “Lebron: Decison 2.0,” which took over the internet for a few days in July and ended when The King returned to Cleveland.

Just posted a photo http://t.co/lmByEY8T7Q

— KingJames (@LeBron James)

http://t.co/6yJ8vNuHAB

— KingJames (@LeBron James)

Police Officer Shot With Bow And Arrow As Indigenous Protesters Clash With Police In Brazil

There are just over two weeks until the start of the World Cup in Brazil.

1. Police have fired tear gas at indigenous protesters during an anti-World Cup demonstration in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.

Police have fired tear gas at indigenous protesters during an anti-World Cup demonstration in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.

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2. Over 1,000 people attempted to march on the Mane Garrincha National Stadium on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 people attempted to march on the Mane Garrincha National Stadium on Tuesday.

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3. Demonstrators were rallying against Brazil hosting the World Cup and the vast amount of money spent on the tournament instead of improving the country’s public services.

Demonstrators were rallying against Brazil hosting the World Cup and the vast amount of money spent on the tournament instead of improving the country’s public services.

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4. A group of indigenous people, protesting against legislation before the Brazilian Congress threatening to change reservation boundaries, also joined the protest.

A group of indigenous people, protesting against legislation before the Brazilian Congress threatening to change reservation boundaries, also joined the protest.

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5. Some were armed with bows and arrows and fired at the police.

Some were armed with bows and arrows and fired at the police.

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6. One officer was shot in the leg and required surgery to remove the arrow.

One officer was shot in the leg and required surgery to remove the arrow.

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7. A police spokesman said officers had tried to contain the march using tear gas.

A police spokesman said officers had tried to contain the march using tear gas.

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8. Mounted police also attempted to control the large protest, which shutdown one of the main roads in Brasilia.

Mounted police also attempted to control the large protest, which shutdown one of the main roads in Brasilia.

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9. The protest was broadcast live on TV and showed some of the protesters picking up the gas canisters and hurling them back at the police.

The protest was broadcast live on TV and showed some of the protesters picking up the gas canisters and hurling them back at the police.

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10. Later, activists claimed at least two indigenous people had been injured in the clashes, but there was no information on their condition.

Later, activists claimed at least two indigenous people had been injured in the clashes, but there was no information on their condition.

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11. The protest eventually resulted in a ceremony to open an exhibition of the World Cup trophy being cancelled.

The protest eventually resulted in a ceremony to open an exhibition of the World Cup trophy being cancelled.

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12. Earlier, another group of indigenous people climbed onto the roof of Congress to demand a change in the way boundaries around indigenous land are drawn up.

Earlier, another group of indigenous people climbed onto the roof of Congress to demand a change in the way boundaries around indigenous land are drawn up.

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13. “Scaling the Congress building was an act of bravery, it shows we’re warriors who defend our rights,” indigenous leader Tamalui Kuikuru told AFP.

"Scaling the Congress building was an act of bravery, it shows we're warriors who defend our rights," indigenous leader Tamalui Kuikuru told AFP.

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14. The Mane Garrincha National Stadium is set to host a number of games in the 2014 World Cup.

The Mane Garrincha National Stadium is set to host a number of games in the 2014 World Cup.

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15. Tuesday’s clashes in Brasilia followed a peaceful march on Sao Paulo last week.

Tuesday’s clashes in Brasilia followed a peaceful march on Sao Paulo last week.

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16. Brazil has witnessed regular demonstrations in the lead up to 2014 World Cup, which begins on June 12.

Brazil has witnessed regular demonstrations in the lead up to 2014 World Cup , which begins on June 12.

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How Much Of John Barnes’ “World In Motion” Rap Do You Remember?

There’s only one way to beat them… How Much Of John Barnes' "World In Motion" Rap Do You Remember?

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  1. Tick off all the words you remember…
    1. ✓ You’ve
    2. ✓ got
    3. ✓ to
    4. ✓ hold
    5. ✓ or
    6. ✓ give
    7. ✓ But
    8. ✓ do
    9. ✓ it
    10. ✓ at
    11. ✓ the
    12. ✓ right
    13. ✓ time
    14. ✓ You
    15. ✓ can
    16. ✓ be
    17. ✓ slow
    18. ✓ or
    19. ✓ fast
    20. ✓ But
    21. ✓ you
    22. ✓ must
    23. ✓ get
    24. ✓ to
    25. ✓ the
    26. ✓ line
    27. ✓ They’ll
    28. ✓ always
    29. ✓ hit
    30. ✓ you
    31. ✓ and
    32. ✓ hurt
    33. ✓ you
    34. ✓ Defend
    35. ✓ and
    36. ✓ attack
    37. ✓ There’s
    38. ✓ only
    39. ✓ one
    40. ✓ way
    41. ✓ to
    42. ✓ beat
    43. ✓ them
    44. ✓ Get
    45. ✓ round
    46. ✓ the
    47. ✓ back
    48. ✓ Catch
    49. ✓ me
    50. ✓ if
    51. ✓ you
    52. ✓ can
    53. ✓ ‘Cause
    54. ✓ I’m
    55. ✓ the
    56. ✓ England
    57. ✓ man
    58. ✓ And
    59. ✓ what
    60. ✓ you’re
    61. ✓ looking
    62. ✓ at
    63. ✓ is
    64. ✓ the
    65. ✓ master
    66. ✓ plan
    67. ✓ We
    68. ✓ ain’t
    69. ✓ no
    70. ✓ hooligans
    71. ✓ This
    72. ✓ ain’t
    73. ✓ a
    74. ✓ football
    75. ✓ song
    76. ✓ Three
    77. ✓ lions
    78. ✓ on
    79. ✓ my
    80. ✓ chest
    81. ✓ I
    82. ✓ know
    83. ✓ we
    84. ✓ can’t
    85. ✓ go
    86. ✓ wrong!

Show me my results!

How Much Of John Barnes’ “World In Motion” Rap Do You Remember?

  1. So close but yet so far. You got most of the words, but bottled it towards the end. This is more of less what Chris Waddle felt like in the summer of 1990. Chin up, at least you don’t have a mullet.

  2. ENG-GER-LAND! You only went and got all the words right. This is quite possibly one of the greatest achievements in the history of English football. Though to be honest, there isn’t much competition.

  3. Sorry, but that’s just not good enough. You’ve let yourself down, you’ve let your country down, but most importantly you’ve let John Barnes down. You’re essentially David Beckham after France ‘98. But to be fair, things worked out pretty well for him…

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