Nine-year-old Thomas Fielding wrote a letter applying for the position of Bolton Wanderers manager. Then, the guy they hired instead showed up at one of Fielding's U-10 practices.
The Premier League is back, and this Saturday sees the resumption of what was once a fierce and bitter rivalry as Arsenal entertain Manchester United at the Emirates. While The Gunners versus The Red Devils ceased to be a clash between two genuine title challengers about a decade ago, there’s every indication that this could once again become a tense and highly entertaining game, albeit for different reasons.
So without further ado, allow The18 to ease you into the weekend’s choice fixture.
We don’t have any biases here at The18, but Arsenal could force us to reconsider. The London-based club constantly releases hilarious videos with the help from their sponsors and players, which always leave us in stitches.
We’re about a year and a half removed from Neymar’s dazzling performance at the 2013 Confederations Cup, which saw the then-21-year-old score four goals in four matches to secure the Selecao their 4th pre-World Cup tournament title. Since then, the new number 10 for Brazil moved to Barcelona on a $74 million transfer fee and led the 2014 host country to the semifinals of the World Cup before a back injury ended his (and his country’s) run.
It’s a game that is dear to every soccer player: the crossbar challenge. If you've ever played the world's game, then you probably participated in some form of the crossbar challenge. In fact, you can go on YouTube and watch hundreds of videos of players showing off their crossbar challenge skills.
The18 considered titling this article “The Master vs. The Apprentice,” but, knowing what an avid reader of ours he is, we feared Jose Mourinho would spectacularly lose his sh*t at even the mildest suggestion of deference towards Louis van Gaal. Neither man, however, could quibble at being labelled a Super Ego: how else are we to describe two managers who refer to themselves without the slightest hint of irony as “The Special One” and “The Best Coach in the World?”
Gearing up for the English Premier league season to kick off on August 16th? Go behind the scenes from the start of last season with this great video from GoPro, who equipped Man City with cameras to film their preparations for a match last August.
After a hugely disappointing season, where Manchester United did not qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years, Man U is looking to turn that around with new manager Louis van Gaal. Out of the gates, Van Gaal will have the pressure of having a MUCH better season than last year. Add to this the pressure of being THE Manchester United and living up to the history and glory of the Red Devils.