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April Fools! The top gags that actually fooled soccer fans on this day

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In case you hadn’t noticed that today is April Fools’ Day, congratulations first of all for following only mature, job-holding adults with better things to do all Wednesday morning/afternoon/night than make increasingly weak attempts at “GOT YA!!!” jokes as the day wears on.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, we’ve spent the entire day wondering, “Wait, is this real?” before deciding whether or not to re-tweet literally every tweet in our timeline.

That said, a handful were actually pretty funny this year and worth a quick chuckle. The best of the best from the soccer world’s April Fools’ Day gags:

The entire world is built for right-handed folks, and speaking as one of them, I’m thankful for that. But that doesn’t mean the lefties among us shouldn’t be catered to every now and then. Good on Puma for allowing left-footed footballers the same chances at righties.

“Social media tool Periscope will broadcast the clips to fans around world.” OK, this one is actually pretty brilliant. The powers that be have found plenty of ways to monetize a number of the game’s finest aspects, so doing a deal with a smartphone live-streaming service sound about right.

Again, not at all unbelievable, because…FIFA.

The beauty of the Revolution’s April Fools’ Day joke is that nothing about it is inconceivable. You can actually see MLS doing this. Besides, we all know that ball should be orange anyway.

That’s actually Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, whose Twitter account has been cleverly disguised to look just like Jozy Altidore’s, explaining away this silly incident.

Rather try to fool the rest of the world, the New York Cosmos elected to punk one of their own, Alecko Eskandarian, who fancies himself something of a ping pong champion. Sorry, Alecko, but the 13-year-old girl just smoked you.

Shame on Orlando City, the didn’t even come up with their own April Fools’ Day joke. Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman has been routinely making this joke for years now.

If you remember Nielsen’s rickety performance in the final game of his professional career, you’ll understand why this one is actually pretty funny.

Now that is the funniest one of them all. PST lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright wins April Fools’ Day for that headline. Well done, JPW.