What's Trending: Maradona for FIFA President?
Welcome to the first installment of What's Trending, where we will take a look at the hottest stories that are currently circulating the football world.
Let's jump right in.
1. Diego Maradona > Sepp Blatter
So apparently there's a bit of turmoil in the world of football right now after people who most of thought were criminals turned out to actually be criminals. That has led to our fearless leader Sepp Blatter stepping down as FIFA president, and now we await to see who will succeed him.
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein would be an obvious canadidate since he forced a second round of voting in the recent election. But hey, him winning would be expected. Instead, let's look at the greatest choice in the history of choices:
After dealing with an overactive Blatter for so long, Maradona would bring a refreshing change of pace. Would FIFA completely collapse? Maybe. But at least it'll be more entertaining than Chuck Blazer reserving an apartment for his cats.
So, friends, let's lead the way and begin the official campaign for Maradona as FIFA president.
There's no way that this ends badly, right?
2. Hey, let's talk more about FIFA's ridiculousness!
This just in: FIFA has been a joke for a long time. Not even Blazer's cats could take this organization seriously under the reign of Blatter, so it should not shock you when I tell you that FIFA produced its own self-financed film that has reached new levels of awful.
The film is called United Passions, and it earned a whopping $607 at the US box office in its opening week. Here's the superb trailer:
How much did Blatter's masterpiece cost to make? The budget was around $26.1 million.
Now, we here at the Football.com offices don't pride ourselves on our mathematical skills. So let's get that out of the way first. However, at the present time, we conclude that this film is an absolute bust and we predict that it will not make a profit.
The good news is that we have an idea on what FIFA can do to get the most of out this film going forward. Instead of sending the corrupt officials to prison, just make them watch this film on repeat until they are begging to poke their own eyeballs out.
3. When old football managers join Twitter
After resigning as QPR manager in February 2015, it appears that Harry Redknapp has nothing better to do than join Twitter.
For football fans, this is a glorious event. Look no further than his second tweet upon joining the platform:
That West Ham fan was right, Frank Lampard was no good as a player after all.— Harry Redknapp (@Redknapp) June 8, 2015
Yes, this is Redknapp attempting to make a joke at a West Ham fan that criticized Frank Lampard all the way back in 1996.
Lampard turned out to be awesome, and 19 years later, Redknapp is making sure that he scores a successful follow-up to that piece of criticism.
So just remember, if you criticize Redknapp today, be sure to check back in around 2034 for his response.
4. Germany's women's team is decent at football
We all knew that Germany was legit heading into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and they immediately proved their point by obliterating Ivory Coast 10-0 in their first group stage game.
Clearly the Germans are not fans of welcoming gifts since this was Ivory Coast's first ever World Cup game. Instead of a nice gift basket, Germany decided to put 21 shots on target and connect on 10 of them.
If you didn't watch this match, here are two important takeaways:
- Germany is awesome
- Germany could have scored 20
Next up for the Germans is Norway on June 11. That one won't be as ugly, but Germany will still take care of business.