Jack Greeney rounds up the more unusual football news of the week that may have passed most viewers by
50 Year Old Footballer Scores
Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura became the oldest ever goalscorer in professional football last week, at the age of 50 years and 14 days. The Yokohama FC forward scored the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of Thespa Kusatsu. J-League veteran Miura, who previously scored 55 goals for his national team, joined his hometown club in 2008. In scoring the goal, “Kazu” beat Sir Stanley Matthew’s record for oldest goalscorer in a competitive match, which had stood since 1965. Miura was “glad to contribute”.
Convicted Murderer Bruno Finds New Club
Brazilian goalkeeper and convicted murderer Bruno Fernandes has found a new club. The footballer was convicted of killing his partner Eliza Samudio and feeding her remains to dogs in 2010. Shortly after leaving prison, having served a partial sentence and still pending further appeal, the 32-year old signed a two year deal with second-tier team Boa Esporte. Outraged with the decision, many fans have protested outside the stadium, and three sponsors have ended partnerships with the club.
PSG Pen Futile Complaint Letter
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly written a letter of complaint to UEFA headquarters following their 6-1 Nou Camp capitulation versus Barcelona. The dossier listed ten decisions the French side felt that referee Deniz Aytekin had gotten wrong to an extent which affected the match result, including controversial penalties won by Neymar and Suárez. What PSG intends to come about as a result of such a letter is rather unclear: they undoubtedly remain knocked out of the competition.
Wonderkid Misses Champions League for Exams
17-year old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz missed last Wednesday’s away game to Atlético Madrid to sit ‘important exams at school’. There is no doubt that the teenager would rather have been available to play football over attending school, with the Leverkusen club’s Twitter account joking of his disappointment. German wonderkid Haverts has played 20 matches for the senior side from the North Rhine-Westphalia area this season, and made his Champions League debut in the first leg of the tie.
U.C. Palermo Unites with Formula 1 Team
The worlds of football and Formula 1 collided last week after Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski appeared in a bizarre YouTube video promising to dedicate his next goal to the Force India racing team. Why? Common ground on the colour pink. The F1 team has made radical design changes this year to present a new car in an entirely new colour: which just so happens to be the same pink as the famous rosanero colours of Palermo. “What a fantastic colour!” says Nestorovski. I, personally, am not so sure.
Three letters were enough for Bournemouth footballer Tyrone Mings. The young defender is currently banned for five matches after an appearing to stamp Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović’s head. During United’s following domestic match however, this time against Chelsea, Reds defender Marcos Rojo avoided FA disciplinary after a stamp on Eden Hazard. The irony was certainly not lost to Mings: ‘Lol’, he tweeted, and left it at that. Guilty or not, at least he has a sense of humour.