Ex-NBA Player Blamed For Bloody “Street Brawl”

Jorge Sierra at HOOPS HYPE tips me off to a crazy brawl this week in the Croatian Pro Basketball league.

Rawle Marshall in bloody fight in Croation Pro Basketball league

Former NBA player Rawle Marshall (Mavs, Pacers) attacked a player named Sinisa Stemberger during a game last night, opening up a huge wound on his forehead. Based on the report, Marshall may be facing a months-long suspension, or permanent explusion from the league.

Rawle Marshall in bloody fight in Croation Pro Basketball league

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Sexy Soccer Gals Can Make Euro Fans Cross-Eyed

Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers? AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE comes across this cool close-up of a cross-eyed Swiss soccer fan.

Swiss soccer fan cross eyed contact lenses

And today, many more Switzerland supporters are just as red-eyed, as their team has been knocked out of Euro 2008.

Or course, what soccer photo album would be complete without some sexy shots of the fine female fans from foreign lands?

Like this princess from Portugal:

Euro 2008 Portugal girl

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Croatian Kidney Patient Hoping To Hit Euro Pitch

When Croatia returns to Euro 2008 action on Thursday, one member of the Croatian squad wants to prove he has the heart to play - even if it’s with a borrowed kidney.

Ivan Klasnic Croatia soccer player kidney transplant

The ASSOCIATED PRESS kicks up the story of Ivan Klasnic, who hopes to become the first-ever kidney transplant recipient to hit the pitch in the European tournament. Read more…

England Out of 2008 Euro Cup With Loss to Croatia

BLIMEY! CROATIA KICKS ENGLAND OUT OF 2008 EURO CUP: Despite the best efforts of Israel and airport security, England has done the remarkable and failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Cup.

England Croatia soccer

The hopes of the English nation that had risen with the Israelis’ dramatic upset of Russia last Saturday, came crashing down on Thursday with a 3-2 home loss to Croatia.The English only had to manage at least a tie with Croatia in order to qualify for next year’s European Championship.

England soccer coach Steve McClaren

Instead, the team will miss out on their first major soccer tournament since the 1994 World Cup. And England coach Steve McClaren will likely be sent permanently off the pitch.

Croatian Football Chief Arrested In England, Suffers From Bitter Beer Face

NO WONDER THE CROATIAN GUY HAS BITTER BEER FACE: Beyond our borders the entire world is watching England attempt to qualify for the European Championship soccer tournament today, which will be held next year in Austria and Switzerland.

England Soccer Fans

The Brits need a tie at home against Croatia to qualify. Thanks to pitiful previous play, England would have no chance to make Euro 2008 if it wasn’t for Israel upsetting Russia earlier this week. Manager Steve McClaren has made a myriad of moves for the match, including benching David Beckham (so they really do want to win, huh).

Croatia Soccer Chief Arrested In England

The English are taking this one pretty damn seriously, as the pregame intimidation starting as soon as the Croatians got off the plane.

Israel Upsets Russia, Saves England From Euro 2008 Embarrassment

AT A CORNER BRITISH BOOZER: “JESUS, THAT WAS CLOSE!” Biggest upsets in Jewish history:

1) Abraham lives to 175.
2) Moses parts Red Sea.
3) David slays Goliath.

Russia Israel

4) Israel 2, Russia 1.The win by Israel was the biggest sports story in the world last weekend (sorry, Charlie), because it (probably) saves England from the colossal embarrassment of missing the European soccer championships next summer.

Israel Soccer Upsets Russia 2-1

Now the Lions need only a tie against Croatia to go through to the Euro tourney (the Croatians are playing very inspired soccer at the moment, having lost to Macedonia 2-0 in their most recent match).