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Soccer: the more balls in play at the same time, the better we like it (video)

Oct 4, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT


It’s a Finnish top-flight match on Monday between HJK Helsinki and FC Haka, which is tied 1-1. Suddenly two balls are thrown onto the pitch from different points, and Helsinki midfielder Juho Makela boots one of them into the goal for a 2-1 lead. The problem is, though, that some players appear to have stopped when they saw the other ball, waiting for a re-throw. Protestations abound, but the ref is having none of it (replacement ref joke goes here).

Look on the bright side, though: we’ve discovered how to make soccer way more interesting.


The match ended in a 2-2 tie.

  1. albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    You might need 3 or 4 balls, some fireworks, and cheerleaders to make soccer interesting to most of America. But, that will just leave something for soccer fans to be smug about, if soccer (futbol) doesn’t gain huge popularity.

    • nygiantstones - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Not for long. 2nd most popular sport in 18-24 year old males. All kids can play, girls and boys. National team getting better. MLS gaining traction. Greater access to European soccer on TV. Give it another 20 years or so and you won’t be saying that, or if you are, you’ll be in the minority of other crotchety old men left behind watching American sports that take too long, are constantly interrupted by commercials, time-outs, replays, etc. Enjoy all that.

  2. gibbstastic - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Tie is like kissing your sister.