LMAO: The Best Memes & Funnies From Around European Football This Gameweek

Another week, another round of fixtures around Europe, another crop of memes and funnies to dissect.  

That’s it. That’s the intro. Let’s get to the jokes already.


Daniel James’ Celebration



Yeah, I mean you’d already seen the picture in the header image, but you don’t need a second excuse to see it, do you? 

I mean, its world-class memery. This is Manchester United we’re talking about. Going up against Crystal Palace. Grabbing an 89th-minute equaliser. Crystal Palace. Equaliser.

Yes, he’s young. Yes, he’s been highly impressive. Yes, he should’ve known better. Yes, it’s hilarious. And the before and after pic? Well, that’s the cherry on top. 



Antoine Griezmann’s Glitter


Ahh, yes, another celebration, this one not so laden with schadenfreude as just pure, well, bemusement?

After scoring a great goal on his home debut, Antoine Griezmann went to the sidelines, and plucked from a pre-ordained cup a handful of red and blue glitter which, yeah, he threw in the air. Cos that’s what people do these days.

It was, of course, an homage to the great Lebron James. It was also, of course, an attempt to generate memes and gifs and viral things.

And I guess it worked. Just for the wrong reasons? Or are there no wrong reasons these days? Is it ALL 4 tha GRAM? Well, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez seemed to enjoy it, so that’s some high-quality engagement right off the bat IRL. 

There was even a forensic disection of where the glitter came from and how he got it onto the pitch on Spanish TV…


Neymar Transfer Trauma


Neymaris still a Paris Saint-Germain player. He still doesn’t want to be. He still wants to rejoin Barcelona. Barcelona still want him. They still won’t stump up an offer that PSG deem acceptable. They still dream variations of these deals up daily. 

It has been a long and arduous journey, and this play on THAT painfully playful ice cream bloke captures the trauma perfectly.


Arsenal. 


Arsenal. Need I say more? The Gunners, once again, went to a top-six rival with ‘renewed’ ‘spirit’ and, once again, got rolled over. Cue, well, a lot of this.


Because, you know, it did.


Little did we know, however, that the Gunners had actually lost this particular clash before they’d even started, thanks to the heinous efforts of one fan.


Now, last week, we were all for the Mateo Guendouzi-David Luiz memiverse. But this is about 10 steps too far. This is egregious. Hair Force One. Courtmarshall the ****.


DeliVARoo?

Here at Funnies HQ, we are committed to providing you with the latest developments in VAR’s ongoing deployment across Europe. It’s a noble, noble pursuit, and one we do not take lightly.

Which is why, after first telling you that in the Premier League’s VARian handbook there is a clause claiming players who enter the VAR room – which is permanently stationed in Stockley Park, 13 miles from the nearest PL ground – will receive a red card, we offer you this exceptional story. 

In Greece, they not only welcome players (presumably?), but food, and loads of it, all the time, during games, but especially when the cameras are on them. Don’t let the Saganaki get cold, lads. 


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Barcelona Unveil Statue Outside Camp Nou in Honour of Johan Cruyff

?Barcelona have unveiled a statue outside Camp Nou in tribute to the late Johan Cruyff.

The Dutchman was an icon in his playing days before his innovative coaching methods changed the game. Operating as an attacking midfielder or forward, he won three Ballons d’Or during his career and spent five seasons with La Blaugrana, whilst also enjoying a total of 11 years at Ajax spread across two stints.

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After hanging up his boots, Cruyff returned to manage both ?Barça and de Godenzonen, winning the 1992 European Cup with the former to add to the hat-trick of continental crowns he collected as Ajax’s chief playmaker.

Speaking about the statue, his son Jordi said (as quoted by Barcelona’s official ?Twitter account): “[It] brings pleasure and pride to the whole family. We would like to thank everyone who made it possible. 

“It is in a very special place for [my father], where he spent a lot of time as a player and manager.”

Cruyff has come to symbolise Total Football, a manner of playing the sport whereby all players are capable of filling in for each other and taking over their teammate’s roles in the side.


It was a method that brought great success to Ajax in the 1970s, yet represents just one of the many ways in which he influence the game and helped shape its future.

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Juventus Offer Out-of-Favour Emre Can in Exchange for Equally Out of Favour Barcelona Midfielder

?Ivan Rakitic’s future at Barcelona is still in doubt after Juventus proposed a swap deal involving wantaway midfielder Emre Can.

The rumour mill has churned out countless stories suggesting the Croatian would join Paris Saint-Germain this summer as a makeweight for Neymar. The chances of that transfer occurring are now next to nil, though the possibility of Rakitic leaving Catalunya remains high as Juve look to lure him to Italy.

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With Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey bolstering the ?Old Lady’s options in the middle of the park, Can has been trying to engineer a route out of the club. According to ?Tuttosport, the German may get his wish before the close of the European transfer window on 31 August, with Maurizio Sarri set to offer him in exchange for Rakitic.

Negotiations between Juve and ?Barça have been ongoing for several days as the Italians look to wrap up a deal in time for the deadline.

Rakitic was an unused substitute during La Blaugrana’s thrilling 5-2 victory over Real Betis on Sunday, their first win of the new ?La Liga season after an opening day loss to Athletic Club.

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The same scenario befell Can as the Bianconeri began their 2019/20 ?Serie A campaign with a slender 1-0 triumph at Parma, the ex-?Liverpool man watching on as Giorgio Chiellini grabbed the only goal of the game.

It is not yet clear whether any additional fee will be included should the two clubs agree a transfer. Rakitic is considered a better player than his counterpart, though the World Cup finalist is also six years Can’s senior.

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Neymar’s Latest Instagram Activity Suggests He’s Still Dreaming of Barcelona Move

?Mercifully there is just one week left of the Spanish transfer window, and mere days before some semblance of sweet relief from the near-hourly updates on the transfer saga to end all sagas: Neymar.

For style purposes I’m obliged to recap this summer’s happenings with the Brazilian, but I’ll keep it brief as the likelihood you’ve somehow stumbled onto an article about Neymar without following the gigabytes upon gigabytes of tedious click fodder these past weeks is pretty remote.

Anyway, Neymar ditched Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for €222m in 2017 but, like many disappointed Asian tourists, didn’t really take to the French capital. After two years of penalty fiascos, injuries, a fair amount of goals and domestic titles but (crucially) no Champions Leagues – PSG have now admitted Ney wants out, with ?Barcelona desperate to re-sign the one lover that spurned them. Meanwhile, ?Real Madrid are also in the mix because, well, of course they are.

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There have been reports of clandestine meetings, offers and counteroffers but no-one can/will stump up anything close to the €200m-ish that PSG want for Neymar so things are a bit complicated. 

As recently as this weekend, ?one French ‘exclusive’ claimed that Barcelona have increased their bid for the superstar, whilst also offering out Ousmane Dembele to PSG on loan.

?Marca meanwhile have been tracking Neymar on social media in search of a scoop and got themselves one (sort of) by noticing how the Brazilian has liked posts by Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto after their La Liga victory over Real Betis. 


Make of that what you will…except it’s already pretty clear that Neymar wants to go back to Barcelona. Everyone keeps saying it.

Whether or not Neymar completes his journey to becoming the Prodigal Culé seemingly depends on what (or rather who) Barça can offer PSG in lieu of cash. The social media indications are unlikely to deter Real Madrid in any way, if indeed they do have serious designs on Neymar. 

The Brazilian has been a pet project of Florentino Perez for some time and getting one over on the Catalans seems almost as important, if not more, than securing the right player for the team.

Despite promises from the PSG hierarchy to let Neymar rot in the reserves if he caused trouble, injuries to Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe might force the Ligue 1 champions to resist a sale and meekly reintegrate the forward rather than rely on (checks notes) Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for goals in the short-term.

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Twitter Reacts as Antoine Griezmann Inspires Barcelona to Win in Lionel Messi’s Absence

?Barcelona bounced back from their shock opening day defeat in style to win their first game of the season, as they beat Real Betis 5-2 on Sunday night.

After being humiliated on the opening night in a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club, Ernesto Valverde’s side were desperate for their first win of the season. In their first game of the new campaign at the Camp Nou, and without star players Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the reigning champions didn’t disappoint.

?Barcelona had chance after chance in the opening 15 minutes, but found themselves behind in the blink of an eye. Real Betis went up the other end, and Nabil Fekir picked up the ball and placed it into the bottom corner to give the Verdiblancos a shock lead at the Camp Nou.


Barcelona kept pushing as they searched for a way back into the game, but they couldn’t hit the target. The Blaugrana eventually levelled just before half-time, as Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal for his new club to equalise and bring Barca back into the game.



Griezmann secured his brace four minutes into the second half, this time with an even more delightful finish. The Barca striker got the ball on the edge of the box, and curled it into the far corner to turn it around for the reigning champions within a matter of minutes.




After Griezmann scored his first goal for Barcelona, youngster Carles Perez followed suit soon after with a nice driven finish. Having missed a few chances earlier, Perez swept his effort into the bottom corner to put Barca in cruise control.


Minutes later and the three points were sealed for the Catalan side, with full-back Jordi Alba getting in on the action. Sergio Busquets played a killer pass into the box, and Alba passed it into the net to all but wrap up the win for Barcelona.



Arturo Vidal then made it five for Barca after coming off the bench, smashing his effort home. However Loren Moron then responded with an absolute screamer, smashing the ball into the top corner giving Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal no chance whatsoever.



Barcelona travel across to Osasuna next Saturday, while Real Betis welcome Leganes to the Benito Villamarin on the same day.

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Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Vintage Barca Secure Vital Win

Barcelona sealed their first win of the season in style on Sunday night, as they beat Real Betis 5-2 at the Camp Nou.

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Barcelona had a flurry of chances in the opening 15 minutes, coming withing inches of taking the lead. Yet it was Real Betis who struck first, as out of nothing Loren Moron put Nabil Fekir through on goal, who coolly slotted home to give them the lead with their first chance of the game.

Barca kept pushing for a goal, but couldn’t capitalise on their shots on goal. Barcelona finally drew level four minutes before the break, as Antoine Griezmann scored his first Blaugrana goal. Sergi Roberto floated the ball into the box, and Griezmann poked it home to introduce himself to the Camp Nou crowd and level it up going into the break.


Barca turned it around straight after the restart, as Griezmann got his second of the night. The Frenchman picked up the ball on the edge of the box, controlled it and delightfully curled it into the far corner to put the hosts in front.

With the Blaugrana well and truly in the mood, Carles Perez made it three with a wonderful finish to score his first goal. Jordi Alba added another one minutes later, as Sergio Busquets’ pass cut open Betis’ defence, leaving Alba to sweep it home to well and truly put the game beyond Betis.

Substitute Arturo Vidal got on the scoresheet as well, smashing his effort into the roof of the net. Betis then pulled one back in style, as Moron scored a stunner as he smashed the ball into the top corner. However Barca saw out the win, sealing the three points in style at the Camp Nou.


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Key Talking Point

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After a devastating ?1-0 defeat to Athletic Club on the opening night, ?Barcelona had to respond in style in their first home game. It was a frustrating first half for the reigning champions, who went behind to Betis’ first effort and missed a flurry of chances before drawing level before the break.

Barca knew that they had to up their game in the second half, and to say they did would be an incredible understatement. The Blaugrana scored a stunning three goals in ten minutes, tearing the visitors apart and playing beautiful football to seal the win with a wonderful performance.

There were question marks about how Barca would deal without both ?Lionel Messi and ?Luis Suarez, and while at first they struggled they truly hit their stride in the second half. It was beautiful, vintage Barca football, as the champions got their season well underway in Catalonia.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ter Stegen (6); Alba (8), Lenglet (6), Pique (7), Semedo (6); de Jong (8), Busquets (7), Roberto (7); Perez (8), Griezmann (8*), Rafinha (6).

Substitutes: Vidal (7), Fati (6), Firpo (N/A).



STAR MAN – In a stunning performance, Antoine Griezmann stole all the headlines with his brace on Sunday. The Frenchman scored two wonderful goals and led the Barca attack brilliantly, creating numerous chances and linking up excellently with his teammates.

The Frenchman produced a breathtaking performance at the Camp Nou, as he introduced himself to his new supporters in style.


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Nabil Fekir

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Fernandez (5); Alfonso (6), Sidnei (5), Bartra (5), Emerson (6); Guardado (6), Carvalho (6); Tello (6), Canales (7), Fekir (7*); Moron (7).

Substitutes: Kaptoum (6), Joaquin (6), Lainez (6).


Looking Ahead

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Barcelona take the trip to Pamplona next, as they meet Osasuna next Saturday. The Blaugrana return to the Camp Nou after the international break for an exciting tie, as they host Valencia in a repeat of the Copa del Rey final on 14 September.

Real Betis have back to back home games up next, starting with the visit of Leganes to the Benito Villamarin next Saturday. The Verdiblancos are back at home two weeks later on 14 September, when they host Getafe in Andalusia.

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Lionel Messi Misses Barcelona Training Ahead of Real Betis Clash on Sunday

Lionel Messi was absent from Barcelona training on Saturday, with his spot in the squad now in doubt ahead of its ?announcement.

The Argentina international has been recovering from a calf problem picked up after returning from his summer exploits at the Copa America.

He was absent from Barca’s La Liga opener at Athletic Club, which they lost after Luis Suarez went off injured, Aritz Aduriz scoring a sensation overhead kick late on.

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As reported by ?Goal, Messi was absent from training on Saturday, having participated in some sessions during the week, with head coach Ernesto Valverde reiterating that he won’t take any risks with his talisman if he isn’t fit.

He said: “We won’t take any risk with Messi. We must wait to see him in the training session to check if he is ready.”

Messi likely wouldn’t have started even if he was fit, but the pressure is again on Antoine Griezmann ahead of Sunday’s clash with Betis.

The Frenchman looked out of sorts against Athletic, struggling to assert himself in the game following Suarez’s exit, who may also be absent from Sunday’s clash. Ousmane Dembele is another high profile absentee, having suffered a hamstring problem.

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Speaking on Griezmann’s start to life at Camp Nou, Valverde added via ?Marca: “With each passing day, [Griezmann] is integrating better. If he enters the play and participates, he can be decisive.

“At San Mames, he didn’t do it as much as we would’ve liked. We need players who arrive well [in the box]. With the absences we have up front, it is an option that we must take advantage of.”

?Barcelona are already playing catch up in their defence of the La Liga title, with both ?Real Madrid and ?Atletico Madrid winning their opening games. Betis themselves suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Real Valladolid on the opening weekend.

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7 Wonder Goals That Were Somehow Left Out of FIFA’s Puskás Shortlist

?The Puskás Award. 

Rarely has something so insignificant to the world of football caused so much divide for fans, often seeing bang average (at best) strikes from the world’s biggest stars getting the nod ahead of generational goals from lesser-known leagues on the planet.

Was Matheus Cunha’s apparent ‘solo’ effort – he dribbled past one defender, and the defender was only Leverkusen’s Wendell – really among the top 10 goals scored last season?

Was the fact that someone, who has a black belt in Taekwondo, scores a goal using a Taekwondo move, all that impressive?

Sorry, Zlatan.

We felt like there were more than a few glaring omissions from this year’s shortlist, and the chances are that you did too. So with YouTube inevitably open on the next tab, let’s run through seven goals which really should have been in contention for the Puskás Award.


7. Lionel Messi vs Liverpool

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FIFA, if you’re that desperate to put Lionel Messi in the shortlist, can you at least put his best goal of the 2018/19 season in?

You know, the one which was UEFA’s Goal of the Season.

Now look, that chip against Real Betis was good. I’d even go as far to say that it was really good.

But can something really be nominated for the Puskás Award if we’ve seen Shinji Kagawa score that exact same chip…twice? 


6. Vincent Kompany vs Leicester City

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If the Ballon d’Or is going to completely overlook how good a player actually is and instead award it to someone for finishing as the runner up at a World Cup, then why can’t we do the same with the Puskás Award?

That’s not taking anything away from Vincent Kompany’s long-range effort against Leicester City either, as that could have easily been voted as the Goal of the Season in the Premier League.

But when your captain who is a 33-year-old centre-back scores from what felt like 1,000 yards out with a goal that wins you the Premier League title, that surely has to mean something, doesn’t it?


5. Fernando Forestieri vs Norwich City

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If you though Kompany’s was worth a place on the shortlist, then you’ll probably agree that Fernando Forestieri’s goal against Norwich City last season should too.

From further out, with more power and into the opposite corner of the goal, Forestieri made it look so easy as he picked out the postage stamp at Carrow Road, offering just a small glimpse of what he’s really capable of.

Let’s just cut to the chase, Forestieri’s strike was quite comfortably better than six of the efforts that FIFA selected for their Puskás Award shortlist.


4. Mason Bennett vs Wigan Athletic

Let’s not dwell on it. 

Picture Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick, throw in a little bit of a swivel and actually meaning to do what you end up doing.

That was Mason Bennett against Wigan Athletic.


3. Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Leicester City

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Straight to the point again.

Almost exactly the same goal as Forestieri’s against Norwich City, except for two reasons.

1) It’s the Premier League, not the Championship.

2) Gylfi Sigurdsson did a Cruyff Turn. And everything is better with a Cruyff Turn.


2. John McGinn vs Sheffield Wednesday

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It’s a well-known fact that goals which fly in off the woodwork are automatically better, so go back, re-watch FIFA’s shortlist, and you try to explain why Andros Townsend features in the top 10 but Aston Villa’s John McGinn doesn’t.

McGinn had to shuffle backwards before, from a standing position, volleying the ball from 25 yards onto the underside of the crossbar and over the line. 

It was also his first goal for the club.


1. Eric Bicfalvi vs Dynamo Moscow

Ural Yekaterinburg’s Eric Bicfalvi shouldn’t have been nominated for the Puskás Award.

He should have won it.

In a game against Dynamo Moscow at the start of last season, Bicfalvi found himself facing away from goal, backing into a defender, waiting to get on the end of a looping cross towards the back post.

With the high ball eventually dropping out of orbit, Bicfalvi produced one of the greatest first touches ever to not only control the ball but flick it past his marker, leaving Dinamiki’s unfortunate right-back Aleksei Kozlov in a daze before firing the ball inside the post.

Bicfalvi’s strike shouldn’t have even been in a contest for the 2019 Puskás Award, but instead analysed alongside Dennis Bergkamp’s against Argentina, Roberto Carlos’ free-kick against France and Diego Maradona’s solo effort against England as one of the best goals of all time.

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Neymar Latest: Real Madrid Plan Unveiling & Barça ‘Confident’ But Facing Player Backlash

Real Madrid have already started to plan their unveiling of Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, while Barcelona are growing ‘confident’ that they will be able to re-sign the Brazil international ahead of their La Liga rivals.

Neymar’s transfer saga has lasted for the entirety of the summer transfer window and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon either, with the latest batch of stories coming out of Spain failing to shed any real light on the 27-year-old’s future beyond 2nd September.

Starting with developments for Barcelona, it’s Madrid-based Marca (via SportsMole) who report that players at Camp Nou are putting pressure on club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to increase his offer to re-sign Neymar this summer.

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The Brazil international’s camp have told players at Barcelona that the club’s highest offer to date stands at just €140m, significantly less than Paris Saint-Germain’s asking price.

Sport (via football.london), however, claim that Barça are still ‘confident’ that they will be able to complete a deal before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September.

The same outlet has also provided an update for Real Madrid’s pursuit of Neymar.

In an unintentional yet unquestionably comedic way, Sport also claims that Los Blancos are currently planning to unveil Neymar at the Santiago Bernabéu next week, even though they’ve reported about Barcelona’s apparent confidence too.

They added that Real Madrid’s recruitment guru for South America, Juni Calafat, was in the French capital on Friday to hold talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the deal.

It’s widely understood that Real Madrid are in the best position to offer a player(s) plus cash deal for Neymar this summer, something which would also suit the decision-makers at the Parc des Princes.

James RodriguezGareth Bale and Keylor Navas have all been mentioned as possible makeweights, while 90min understands that Karim Benzema has also been discussed by Real Madrid this summer.

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But it’s now claimed that the latest name on the list is that of Luka Jovi?, who only joined the club from Eintracht Frankfurt in a £54m deal earlier in the window.

The Express quotes Spanish football expert Guillem Balague saying that Real Madrid’s next offer could include any combination of Jovi?, Navas and Rodriguez.

There’s still very little concrete evidence to suggest where Neymar will end up next month, and the only thing that these constant ‘updates’ from the Spanish media are creating is significantly more confusion surround the entire deal.

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