José BATISTA clocks up the fastest ever sending off

On June 13 in World Cup history: Uruguay's Jose Batista gets fastest red card in the Mexico City suburb of Nezahualcoyotl in 1986. Jose Batista was shown a red card inside the first minute in a group match against Alex Ferguson's Scotland after he scythed down midfielder Gordon Strachan. His dismissal by French referee Joel Quiniou remains the fastest in World Cup history. Despite the one-man advantage for nearly the whole match, the game ended 0-0 and Scotland was eliminated. Batista was never considered a violent player, so much so that a coach in Argentina once asked him if he was the only Uruguayan who did not kick people. Ironically though, he is remembered around the world for a single tackle, one that earned him the fastest-ever red card in the history of the World Cup. Just before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, José Batista told to the media his famous red card with his own words : “There was a long ball three quarters of the way up the pitch and I’m at left-back, so I come across, much faster than him, to cut the ball off. I don’t remember the Scottish guy’s name.” Informed by the journalist that the opposing player was Gordon Strachan, Batista continued: “That’s it ! So Strachan wasn’t going to get there. I got there before him. He pulled his foot back, but I brought him down with my left foot and hip. I thought he was going to bring me down, that he was about to go in hard. But I didn’t go in and chop him down with both legs. I went in and we just came together.”
There were only 38 seconds on the clock and the man who is now Scotland’s head coach was left writhing on the floor. “I made sure that when I got hit I didn’t have my foot planted on the ground, so it wasn’t as bad as it might have been,” Strachan later told The Telegraph. “As soon as the game started Batista walked up to me and I thought: ‘Aw naw, here we go!’ But I didn’t expect it quite so early.”. José Batista kept his point of view : “Uruguayan players have always been in your face, but today you see players treading on each other, and elbows and headbutts. We were aggressive and strong but we didn’t go out there with bad intentions. At the most, I should have got a yellow,” he continued. “You watch it 20 times and while it was a strong tackle, it’s only a yellow card. I’d have expected a yellow for far worse and then I’d have been in danger of getting a red for the rest of the game. But I didn’t expect to get sent off just like that. I watch it again today and it’s still not clear to me. I’d like to be able to get a better view of it, to be in a position to change my opinion and say: ‘Yes, the referee was right’.”  

PELE's son go back in jail

A Brazilian court has requested the arrest of Pele's son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, for association to drug trafficking and money laundering. Edinho, as the son of the former footballer is known, has yet to be arrested after Friday's ruling. The Sao Paulo state court decided that Edinho's previous sentence of 33 years in jail should be reduced to 12 years. Edinho played for years as a goalkeeper at Santos, his father's former club. He retired in 1999. The former goalkeeper was sentenced for the first time in 2014, but was appealing the decision. Despite the risk of imminent arrest, Edinho coached two small teams in Sao Paulo state. Pele has not made any comments about his son's arrest.

The fastest hat-trick in La Liga

Yesterday (18th February 2017) Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro has set one of the fastest La Liga hat-tricks of all time. The Frenchman scored his three goals at a vital time for Atletico against relegation threatened Sporting Gijon to keep Diego Simeone's men on course to finish in the Top Four. The scores were locked at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go when Gameiro began to make his mark with his first goal. Within four minutes and 43 seconds he had netted his second and third to complete his hat-trick in the 4-1 victory.This performance is the fastest La Liga hat-trick since Brazil's 1994 World Cup winner Bebeto scored a quickfire hat-trick of his own for Deportivo de la Coruna in 1995 against Albacete. The 1st October 1995 Deportivo de la Coruna destroyed Albacete at home 5-0 and Bebeto scored the five goals of this game ! What a performance for the 1994 World Cup Winner. Despite this huge performance the brazilian scored his hat-trick between the 82nd and 86th minute of this game. However he scored also anohter goal at the 89th his fifth of the game. The summary on this huge game in video :

The Worst Sticker Fail ever !

Vitaly DARASELIA was a legend of Soviet Union national team in the top 80's. Born to a Georgian father and Abkhaz mother, Daraselia played for the great FC Dinamo Tbilisi which won the 1981 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In this final versus the FC Carl Zeiss Jena (Ex-DDR) Vitaly DARASELIA scored the winning goal, rushing into the penalty area past two defenders, just 3 minutes before the full time whistle. DARASELIA he's one of the best player in USSR at this time and may be one of the greatest in Georgian football history. Of course he's a starter in the Soviet Union national team before and during the 1982 World Cup in Spain. He played four games as a starter during this world cup. So it's logical if he's got his sticker in the Official Panini Album as you can see on the left. But the worst fail ever in a World Cup sticker album it's just below. In this scottish album for the 1986 World Cup Album we can see this sticker of Vitaly DARASELIA and it's an outsanding story.
For me this 1986 DARASELIA's sticker is the worst fail ever in a sticker album for the only reason than Vitaly DARASELIA died in a car crash in 1982 !! After the 1982 world cup, and at the peak of his footballing prowess, Vitaly DARASELIA was killed in a car crash. He is survived by his son Vitaly Daraselia Jr,  also a professional footballer. 4 years later it's a shame to produced this huge mistake. The greatest goal in video of Daraselia's career in the 1981 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final :

2016-17 Premier League Managers

Here it comes the 20 managers of 2016-17 Premier League season before their coaching careers. In the order : (1) AFC Bournemouth - Eddie Howe (2) Arsenal - Arsène Wenger (3) Burnley - Sean Dyche (4) Chelsea - Antonio Conte (5) Crystal Palace - Alan Pardew
(6) Everton - Ronald Koeman (7) Hull City - Mike Phelan (8) Leicester City - Claudio Ranieri (9) Liverpool - Jürgen Klopp (10) Manchester City - Pep Guardiola
(11) Manchester United - José Mourinho (12) Middlesbrough - Aitor Karank (13) Southampton - Claude Puel (14) Stoke City - Mark Hughes (15) Sunderland - David Moyes
(16) Swansea City - Francesco Guidolin (17) - Tottenham Hotspur - Mauricio Pochettino (18) Watford - Walter Mazzarri (19) West Bromwich Albion - Tony Pulis (20) West Ham United - Slaven Bilić
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