Friday Links- Land Donovan Prank Calls Seattle Players, Galatasaray’s 3D Tifo, ESPN’s Guide To El Clasico + More

Galatasaray’s 3D UCL Tifo

Foreign or Domestic: The Spending Habits of MLS Clubs in 2014

http://www.businessofsoccer.com/2014/10/23/foreign-or-domestic-the-spending-habits-of-mls-clubs-in-2014/#sthash.dCLAwBzU.dpuf

Sydney’s Marc Janko Scores 50 Yard Chest-Volley Golazo V Brisbane Roar

The ESPN FC Guide To El Clasico

 

http://www.espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11706295/espn-fc-guide-el-clasico

LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan Spent Thursday Prank Calling Seattle Sounders Players

 

 

Golazo- Erik Lamela Scores Breathtaking Rabona Goal

 

Is there anything better than a Rabona? It is one of my favorite soccer moves of all time. It looks so effortless (It’s not) and cool. The thing that makes it even more impressive is how stupid and wasteful it looks if you screw it up. The Rabona catches defenders/goalies off-guard but it is never necessary which is why it is so impressive when a soccer player pulls it out of his bag of tricks. I don’t know what went through Erik Lamela’s mind when he took this shot. The only explanation I can think of is it was instinctual because there’s no way you decide to do that in that short amount of time.

NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks Trying to Start Soccer Inspired Supporters Group

From MLSsoccer.com:

The proposed iteration of a Bucks supporters group is a rehash of Squad 6, a group organized and paid for by former Bucks player, and Australian, Andrew Bogut in 2009. That year, Bogut purchsed 100 lower-level tickets for every home game and gave them out to fans who he felt would raise the noise level and atmosphere inside the arena. But Squad 6 seems to have dissolved around the time Bogut was traded by the Bucks in 2012.

One characteristic that has always made MLS supporters groups special is the organic nature by which they formed and are still run to this day. It was the fans who wanted join together and support their team.

Can it work in the NBA if the teams take on the responsibility themselves for creating the supporters group? If it does, it could prove a game-changer for a smaller market team like the Bucks.

It is no secret that other sports teams in the US are jealous of the supporters sections of soccer teams both in MLS and around the world. The Milwaukee Bucks recent initiative just confirms what we have already assumed. If you have ever been to a soccer game and a basketball/football/hockey/baseball game it is clear there is something missing in the latter. Why the fans don’t sing songs or have chants is most likely a cultural phenomenon because from what I’ve heard the fans in Euroleague basketball are just as intense as their soccer counterparts. Since MLS takes its cue from already established international soccer traditions they were not prey to the preconceived notion that American sports fan have of how they conduct themselves during sporting events. However, in every other sport outside MLS American sports fans do not have the mentality to start their own supporters group because it is a foreign concept to them. The Bucks are trying to change that but the main problem with that is they are doing it rather than their fans. The change towards having supporters groups in the NBA has to start somewhere but it seems unnatural for a team to initiate the change. Although supporters groups interact with their club and the league, they are not directly controlled by either. It will be an interesting dynamic that will need to be handled carefully if it wants to enjoy long term success.

Mario Balotelli Swaps Shirt With Pepe At Halftime Of Liverpool/Real Madrid UCL Game

Mario Balotelli could be one of the most infuriating soccer players who has ever existed. He has so much talent but can go months or even years without showing his full potential. It is infuriating as a fan because he is leagues behind where he should be as a player if he was only able to keep his head on straight. The above incident is a perfect example of why he cost so much less than he should have this past transfer window and why Liverpool were criticized for signing him. Who exchanges their jersey with a member from the opposing team at halftime? Liverpool were getting embarrassed 3-0 at the time and this basically says “This game is over.” Granted he was was substituted at halftime but did he know that before he exchanged the jersey? Even if he did know it would still be bad but if he didn’t it would be even worse. For a player under as much scrutiny as he is because of the way he has played since his arrival at Liverpool it was stupid to do this. The media was already eating him alive so he must have known doing something like this would only make it worse. Mario Balotelli had a chance to reinvent himself at Liverpool and he is failing to break out of his old habits. Luis Suarez had bad habits too but at least he scored goals and played his heart out.