Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls Faroe Islands players “a bunch of fisherman” (Video)

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Don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough Zlatan Ibrahimovic in my life.

There are plenty of fantastic characters in world football – Mario Balotelli, Rino Gattuso, Craig Bellamy, Dimitar Berbetov – but for me, there is no more entertaining than Zlatan.

Want a million dollar idea? Create a reality show that simply follows Zlatan around all day long. Boom. You’re welcome.

On Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands, Ibra was up to his old tricks once again. Sure, he scored both of Sweden’s goals but he made sure to have some fun while doing so.

Throughout the match the PSG striker trash-talked and embarrassed the Faroe Island players, calling them “a bunch of fisherman” and taunting them with how much money he earned.

The response of Faroe striker Simun Samuelsen?

“Yes, we fish. It’s part of our culture. So what?”

Samuelsen went on to explain his confusion over Zlatan’s belittlement. “Zlatan is such a good player, we don’t understand why he is in such a bad mood,” the HB Torshavn forward told Marca. “We play hard and honest, but we do not try to humiliate anybody like this.”

Well, apparently Zlatan was in such a bad mood because he thought the Faroe players were being a bunch of “cry babies.” In his post match interview with the Swedish media, Ibra explained that never in his life had he been matched against a group of players who “moaned so much”.

Meanwhile, Samuelsen was still trying to put the pieces together on what happened.

“We are a small country and it is strange that he wants to put us down even more,” Samuelsen said. “Ibra tells us we are fishermen and yes we are, it is a part of our culture. . . . I can’t understand why he behaves like that to us. We finish work at four and then go training in the evening.”

So what was Zlatan’s ultimate solution to all the moaning?

How about a no-look pass of the ball directly to the face of Faroes keeper Gunnar Nielsen (video below)?

Heck, why not even do it directly in front of the ref?

Because in the book of Zlatan, that’s never a yellow card. “Absolutely not,” Ibra said. “The goalie talked some sh*t, so of course I’m throwing the ball at him.”

Don’t ever change, big man.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn’t muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution, but it was rookie Jonathan Lewis that notched the winner. The visitors took the lead 20 minutes prior after Sean Johnson spilled a shot in front of his own goal, allowing Teal Bunbury to pounce on the rebound. NYCFC now moves to within four points of Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

Three four moments that mattered

16′ — Harrison breaks ankles, but Villa can’t finish — This might be the only time all see you’ll see David Villa miss a chance like this…

38′ — Johnson gets a finger tip to Rowe’s blast — Sean Johnson had no work to do in the first half, at least until Kelyn Rowe decided to rip a shot from distance just before halftime.

57′ — Johnson’s error grants Bunbury, Revs the lead — Look away, NYCFC fans.

77′ — Villa find the back of the net — When you need a goal, who you gonna call? That’s right. David Villa. The NYCFC captain is now up to 19 this season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Teal Bunbury (57′), David Villa (77′), Jonathan Lewis (90+4′)

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.

An emotional minute’s silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting “No tinc por” (I’m not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people’s reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Extra security was implemented in and around Camp Nou.

There was a minute’s silence before every Spanish league match this weekend.

Without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, Barcelona got off to a winning start in the league after consecutive losses to rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

It scored two goals three minutes apart near the end of the first half – an own-goal by Betis defender Alin Tosca and a close-range shot by Sergi Roberto. Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We lost depth with Neymar’s departure and we have to find a way to overcome that,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Lionel Messi looked lively but wasn’t able to score his 350th goal in La Liga. He came close, though, being denied by the woodwork three different times.

AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

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Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

MLS Follow Live — NYCFC hosts Revs, Minnesota meets Sounders

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Only two matches will feature on the MLS docket Sunday evening, but luckily two of the league’s most exciting teams will take to the pitch.

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First, New York City FC will attempt to continue its ascent up the Eastern Conference ladder when they host Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution.

In the night cap, the Seattle Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches when they welcome newcomers Minnesota United to CenturyLink Field.

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Here’s the schedule and kick-off times for Sunday’s two MLS fixtures.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution — 6 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 10 p.m. ET