With all the football that goes on around the world every weekend, it can be hard to catch every interesting thing that happens. The really big (or weird) items tend to bubble to the surface on Twitter, but there are still interesting or important stories that soccer fans can miss. In a new weekly feature, we try to recap some of the stories you may have missed this weekend.
1. Southampton announced, “We’re top four contenders. Deal with it.”
That rebounded goal from Dusan Tadic gave Southampton their first league win at Old Trafford since 1988. This was no smash and grab either- the Saints pressed United hard and never gave them a moment’s peace. Southampton are now in third place in the Barclay’s Premier League with 17 matchweeks to go. As the contemporary warrior-poet Taylor Swift observed, “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
2. Inter’s fed up with Dani Osvaldo.
Osvaldo got into an altercation with teammate Mauro Icardi during their game against Juventus last week. Afterwards he was told to train by himself, and he was not named in the squad that notched a 3-1 win over Genoa this weekend. Word on the street is that the club has had enough and are prepared to send him back to Southampton halfway through his loan deal. This comes roughly a year after a training ground incident with Saints teammate José Fonte. The guy badly needs a hug. (Or a sedative.)
3. Speaking of footballers with anger management issues: what’s the deal with Olivier Giroud lately?
Even viewed in isolation, Giroud's swipe at Stoke's Ryan Shawcross isn't a good look. In context- this being the Frenchman's first game back after a 3 game suspension for headbutting QPR's Nedum Onuoha on Boxing Day- it's somewhat worse. Maybe he's feeling the pressure from increased competition for his position in the team. Maybe he has a lot going on in his personal life. Whatever the case, dude needs to chill the franc out.
4. Guatemala U20's Andy Ruiz did THIS to steal a draw against the United States.
The graduate of FC Dallas' academy system pulled off that wonderstrike in the 90th minute during Guatemala's group stage match against the US in the CONCACAF U20 Championships in Jamaica. More shocking than the goal is the fact that it's been nearly 72 hours and no one seems to have signed him to a senior contract yet. Somebody go fix that.
5. Rochdale's Ian Henderson missed a penalty, then ducked so his teammate could score on the rebound.
The 29-year-old forward/midfielder (forfielder? midward?) hit the underside of the crossbar from the spot. But because he's such a team player, he managed to get out of the way so a teammate could rush in and knock the ball in on the rebound. You don't usually see acrobatics like this in League One- where the football often resembles the weather this time of year- so the fleeting moment of high-flying play was much appreciated.
6. Club América vs. León was pretty bonkers.
The above goal, a product of defending one could generously describe as shambolic, came in the 4th minute of this match-up in the opening weekend of Liga MX’s Clausura season. It was all downhill (or uphill, depending on your point of view) from there, with similarly shoddy defending and an own goal helping León mount a comeback from 2-0 down. América went on to win 3-2, the first step in a title defense that will hopefully- but probably won’t- be less ridiculous.
7. Beloved Manchester United fanzine published its last issue.
Red Issue published their final edition for United’s home match against Southampton. The fanzine, first published in 1989, was an indelible component of the matchday experience for Red Devils fans for a quarter century. Their content was sometimes controversial, but for many United fans an afternoon at Old Trafford simply won’t be the same without it.
8. Lazar Markovic had the best almost-goal of the weekend.
This came not long after he did manage to find the back of the net, poking the ball between Costel Pantilimon’s legs from close range to bag his first Premier League goal. For sheer aesthetics, though, this non-goal is much better. In a game that was otherwise only notable for a sending off and a pitch containing strewn-about trash (no, not the players) this attempt gave some much-needed excitement.
9. Totti takes a Rome Derby selfie.
After scoring his second goal to equalize against Lazio in the Rome Derby, Francesco Totti snapped this selfie as his celebration. Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer did the same thing last summer (and earned a yellow card and some Twitter concern-trolling for his troubles). And just last week, Arsenal and Tottenham announced they would ban selfie sticks from their respective grounds. Clearly this selfie craze signals the demise of global football. Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. You get the idea.
10. Iran’s Ehsan Hajsafi did THIS against Bahrain in the Asian Cup.