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Football fan climbs mountain in thong after losing World Cup bet

A football fan has climbed to the summit of Mount Snowdon wearing nothing more than a Welsh dragon thong after losing a bet on Brazil to win the World Cup.

Jon Jolley, from Wrexham, promised to walk up Mount Snowdon if the host nation failed to clinch victory at this year's World Cup.

So sure was he of their success, he even promised to scale the mountain wearing just a thong if they lost.

Snowdon, which is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands, stands at 3,560ft above sea level.

But when the Seleção crashed out of the competition after a 7-1 thrashing in the semi-final against Germany, his nightmare of donning skimpy underwear became a harsh reality.

Despite his disappointment, though, Jon kept his promise and scaled Snowdon in a pair of skimpy Welsh dragon underpants in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Here's what Jon had to say for himself on his Cancer Research Fundraising page:

Several weeks ago I stupidly made the statement "if Brazil don't win the World Cup I will climb snowdon in a thong".

As you probably know by now Brazil were knocked out in the semi finals and now have no chance to win said World Cup.

After sobbing uncontrollably for several hours, I realised that I could turn this situation around. By doing the climb for charity I can turn this negative into a positive and become the first man to climb the mountain in a thong (I think).

By donating to my just giving page you will be safe in the knowledge that you are helping a great charity and will know that you are encouraging me to climb a mountain nearly naked, my already unimpressive manhood forced to fend for itself in that inhospitable environment.

Regardless of the funds raised I will climb Snowdon wearing a thong, and definitely summit the mountain wearing only a thong. If I manage to raise my target of £150 pounds I will attempt to climb the entire mountain wearing only the thong (weather and laws permitting).

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Initially Jon set himself a target of £150, but has trounced that and has so far raised £1,040, with a total of 116 donations.

Anyone wishing to add to the donations can visit


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Carlos Tévez's father released after being kidnapped

The father of Juventus striker Carlos Tévez has been released after being abducted by a gang of kidnappers in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Segundo Tévez was kidnapped on Tuesday morning after the car he was travelling in was intercepted in Morón, on the western outskirts of Buenos Aires.

According to Argentine newspaper Clarín, the criminals twice contacted Tévez's family demanding a ransom for his release.

Apparently, the initial request for money was much lower than the second request, indicating that at first the kidnappers did not know exactly who they had kidnapped.

After an eight-hour ordeal, though, Tévez's father was freed after the ransom figure of $400,000 had been paid to the kidnappers.

Tévez had been on his way to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires when news came through his father had been released.

Kidnappings are becoming increasingly popular in Argentina as the country's living standards continue to drop.

The brother of former Argentina international Juan Román Riquelme was kidnapped in 2002 and he was released after two days, allegedly in return for a $100,000 ransom.

A few months later, another gang kidnapped Jorge Milito, the father of Argentina stars Gabriel and Diego Milito, and released him after his family paid a high sum of money to his captors.


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Watch Mr & Mrs Leroy Fer hitting the dancefloor at their wedding

Norwich City player Leroy Fer tied the knot with long-time partner Xenia Schipaanboord at the weekend, and treated their guests to an impressively choreographed, not-so-traditional first dance.


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Miralem Pjanić (Roma) scores from inside his own half vs Man United

Miralem Pjanić incredibly scored from his own half but AS Roma were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in Denver on Saturday.

United headed to the dressing room with a commanding 3-0 lead thanks to a brace from Wayne Rooney and another from Juan Mata.

Roma were left with a mountain to climb, but Pjanić came off the bench and pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time with an absolutely sensational goal.

Spotting Ben Amos off his line, the Bosnian fantastically executed a brilliant, audacious lob from all of 60 yards which flew over the frantically back-tracking goalkeeper and under the crossbar.

Francesco Totti then added a second Roma goal from the penalty spot, but United stood firm to secure the victory.

"Pjanić's goal was fantastic and will go all round the world. I can say the training session with the Broncos did him good!," Roma coach Rudi Garcia told reporters.

The day before, Pjanić scored from the same distance with an American football at the Denver Broncos' training complex.


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Non-league club replace triallists' names with left-wing revolutionaries

Clubs don't like to release names of their triallists in case they get snapped up so, Conference North side Hyde decided to name them all after historical left-wing revolutionaries.

Hyde copied Blackpool of last week by naming a team full to the brim of unknown triallists, but unlike the Tangerines, they found a brilliant solution around not naming the players.

Rather than naming them "Triallist", they were given the names of famous left-wing political figures.

While that's worth a chuckle, it pales in comparison to the live tweeting that went on for the club's friendly with Altrincham.


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Classy Golazo! Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) vs Gladbach

Robert Lewandowski produced a cool, brilliant lob in Bayern Munich's Telekom Cup victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg on Saturday.

The former Borussia Dortmund ace displayed his considerable quality to open the scoring in the 29th minute.

Lewandowski collected the rebound after Gladbach goalkeeper Janis Blaswich could only parry Sebastian Rode's shot.

The 25-year-old jostled for the ball with two defenders before launching an audacious lob from a static position on the edge of the area over Blaswich and into the net.

The defending Bundesliga champions would later go on to win in a penalty shootout and advance to the final.


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Norwich forced to apologise for claiming 13-0 win over wrong opponents

Championship side Norwich City have issued an apology after claiming to have won a pre-season friendly 13-0 against an Italian team that they had not actually played.

The confusion started when Norwich's original opponents, Serie C side Novara, cancelled their scheduled clash with the Canaries.

Replacement opponents were drafted in and Norwich took to their website to report a 13-0 win over a team which they believed to be Serie D outfit Saint-Christophe Vallee d'Aoste.

However, it turned out that Norwich were not playing the Serie D club, and were in fact playing against a collection of local footballers who had been selected for the game at short notice, and fielded as "Aosta Regional Select XI".

After SC Vallee d'Aoste notified them of the error, Norwich updated the match report on their official website and released the following statement.

In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d'Aoste.

In fact the game was against an Aosta regional select side and we are happy to put the record straight and apologise to SC Vallee d'Aoste and their fans for the misunderstanding.


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471 babies in Peru named after Neymar during 2014 World Cup

471 of new-born babies in Peru were named in honour of Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar during the first two weeks of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

According to a report by Peru's National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC), 455 babies were registered with the name of "Neymar", while another 16 new-borns were named "Neimar".

For comparison, in the same period of time, 140 babies were named "Lionel", with another 239 registered as "Leonel" - presumably also after Argentina's Lionel Messi.

In addition, 123 babies were baptised with the name James, in relation to the Colombian Rodríguez, whose name is usually pronounced as it sounds in Spanish and not as it would with the English pronunciation in South America.

There were also new-borns named after Cristiano Ronaldo - 41 with Cristiano and 23 with Ronaldo - and Arjen Robben - 23 with Arjen and 23 with Robben.


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Study reveals Neymar plays football without even thinking

Japanese scientists have discovered that Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar uses 10 percent less cerebral function as he makes football decisions, indicating that his performance is driven by instinct.

Swiss journal "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience" published the results after the 22-year-old and several other athletes participated in a series of motor skills tests in Barcelona last February.

The Japanese neurologists didn't test intellect, but rather mapped several players' brain activity while they performed complicated moves on the field.

"From MRI images we discovered Neymar's brain activity to be less than 10 per cent of an amateur player," said Eiichi Naito, a researcher with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

"It is possible genetics is a factor, aided by the type of training he does.

"(The results) provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements.

"Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows (the player) to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies."

Asked whether Neymar's Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo might display similar test results, Naito said: "It is fair to assume they would show similar levels given their footwork and technique."


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Manchester United accidentally sold new home shirts for just £22

Manchester United were left red-faced on Thursday following the sale of their new home kit for less than half price on the club's official store.

Manchester United accidentally sold new home shirts for just £22
Photo: United Direct - Manchester United

Online shoppers looking to buy a United shirt on Thursday morning were given a pleasant surprise after seeing the jersey on sale for just £22 rather than the retail price of £55.

The club's official shop, operated by, accidentally included the brand new 2014/15 Premier League home shirt as part of a half price sale, leaving a number of fans snapping it up at rock bottom price.

The Nike garment, which includes a Chevrolet logo emblazoned across the middle, was on sale for a number of hours before the error was spotted and taken off the website.

In a show of good will to their fans, United later confirmed in a statement that they will honour discounts on all merchandise sold.

United Direct, the club's Official Online Megastore, which is run by our e-commerce partner Kitbag, sent out communications which contained details of an erroneous discount code to our fans around the globe - this offer has now ended.

United Direct will honour all consumer orders placed using this discount code, an approach which is fully endorsed by the club.


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Liverpool stars make sandwiches at Subway in Boston

Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson were behind the counter at Subway in Boston on Friday putting together their favourite sandwiches as part of a promotional stunt.


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Fan invades pitch to get selfie with Stephan El Shaarawy

A fan interrupted a pre-season friendly between AC Milan and Olympiacos Piraeus in Toronto on Thursday night and managed to get a picture with Stephan El Shaarawy.

As injury-time ticked over at the end of the game, one man casually jumped the advertising boards and sprinted out onto the pitch.

The fan was so eager to meet up with Milan forward El Shaarawy and almost took the Italian out with a clumsy sliding tackle.

El Shaarawy neatly managed to maintain his balance and posed for a selfie with his fan until security intervened and dragged the man away.


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José Mourinho: Why I pulled out of race for Luke Shaw

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has admitted that while he thinks Luke Shaw is a "fantastic player", his excessive pay would cause friction in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.

Shaw became the most expensive teenager in football after joining Manchester United for £27 million from Southampton and signing a four-year contract reportedly worth £130,000 a week.

Mourinho was interested in the 19-year-old, whose family support are Chelsea fans, but backed away from a deal once he felt the figures started to spiral out of control.

"If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead," Mourinho told reporters.

"We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing room.

"Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid - a good player, a fantastic player - but when you pay that amount of money, the next day the players knock on the club's door.

"They would have been saying 'How is it possible I play for this club 200 games and won this and that; how come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?' It would kill immediately our balance and we don't allow that."

The Portuguese tactician eventually signed Brazilian left-back Filipe Luís for £15.8 million from La Liga champions Atlético Madrid.

Mourinho added: "You can say Luis is much less expensive. He played for Brazil, won titles in Spain, won a European competition, played in the Champions League final, this guy is much cheaper than an English young lad.

"And is he good for our average wages, yes he is.

"Sometimes you have to make decisions. I don't criticise the other clubs for paying it. They can pay what they want. I don't have any comment about it. But for my club, we can say it would be very negative for us."


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Mesut Özil pays for 23 sick Brazilian children to have surgery

Germany midfielder Mesut Özil has announced that he will sponsor the surgeries of 23 sick children in Brazil to thank the Brazilian people for their hospitality during the World Cup.

Prior to the tournament, Özil pledged to pay for the surgery of 11 Brazilian children as part of the BigShoe charity campaign, a German initiative which raises money to operate on children in need around the globe.

A generous gesture by itself, now his pledge has more than doubled in size since winning the coveted World Cup.

Instead of sponsoring 11 surgeries, the Arsenal star will pay for operations for 23 kids in reference to the number of players that formed winners Germany's squad.

The 25-year-old explained the contribution on his Facebook page.

Each player on the German team is expected to receive a bonus of €300,000 for winning the country's fourth World Cup title.

Earlier reports suggested that Özil had donated money to the children of Gaza in the wake of the recent conflict in the Middle East, but his representative has since denied the story.

Özil's agent Roland Eitel told the International Business Times: "The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true. Maybe in the future, who knows? He donated money to causes in Brazil and he is now on holiday."


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