PSG Star Navas Welcome Ukrainian Refugees Into Home And More Offbeat News

PSG star Keylor Navas and wife Andrea welcome 30 Ukrainian refugees into Paris mansion.

 

 

From an outrageous claim being poo-pooed to Indonesia’s one-legged football stars… Your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world.

Litter-ally nuts

A conservative US politician who thought he had uncovered a case of wokeism gone mad has been roundly ridiculed after claiming schools were leaving out litter trays for children who identify as cats.

Nebraska Republican Bruce Bostelman went viral after he claimed that special toilet arrangements were being made for children called “furries” who choose to live and dress as cats and dogs.

“They meow and bark… with their teachers. And now schools are wanting to put litter boxes for these children to use.”

He even claimed one “furry” did his business on the floor when a school failed to provide cat litter.

“How is this sanitary?” he asked.

Bostelman seems to have confused the “furry” subculture of people who dress as animal characters with a heated debate over what toilets transgender people should be allowed to use.

He has since apologised after “furries” dug their claws into him on social media.

Footballers, eh?

Paris Saint-Germain has been called a team of petulant, over-paid prima donnas, but goalkeeper Keylor Navas is giving that the lie. The Costa Rican goalkeeper and wife Andrea is reportedly hosting around 30 Ukrainian refugees in his Paris mansion.

Proudly one-footed

Even more inspiring is the story of a team of one-legged footballers in Indonesia’s second city Surabaya, some of whom are pretty mean dribblers.

“Despite their limitations they have an incredible spirit” and manage to move almost effortless across the pitch, said coach Muhammad Komar. “I am so proud.”

Lunar Koons

American pop artist Jeff Koons, who once plastered Manhattan with billboards of himself in steamy clinches with his then wife, Italian porn star Cicciolina, has sent his sculptures to the Moon.

Several were blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With Koons so far refusing to reveal what they are, its hard to know what passing aliens might make of them.

Let hope they go down better than his “gift” to Paris, a huge bouquet of steel tulips. French art world figures campaigned to have them sent back.

Making an entrance

To Japan where flamboyant baseball manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo — who calls himself “Big Boss” — is finding that showmanship is not enough.

Shinjo stunned fans Tuesday by making a dramatic entrance to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ first home game on a hover-bike.

But Shinjo’s charisma, dyed hair and Hollywood teeth has not made up for his lack of coaching experience.

His team have lost all four of their games so far under the 50-year-old former star player.

And fans are getting restive. “Enough performances — get results,” one tweeted after their latest 4-0 defeat.

Boys’ toys

A Vietnamese carpenter says he made a life-sized tank as a gift for his three-year-old son, and we believe him.

Every weekend the pair trundle around their neighbourhood in Bac Ninh province in the wooden tank, built from a 16-seat minibus, with the boy riding in the turret.

At least it gets more use than Mexican leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s presidential jet. He is now renting out the $218 million Boeing 787 Dreamliner — complete with bath and bedroom — for parties and weddings after failing to find a buyer.

AMLO, as the populist is colloquially known, has made it his mission to offload the aircraft used by his predecessor, saying its luxury is an “insult” to the Mexican people.

Real Madrid Keeper Navas Suffers Groin Injury

Honduras’ Alberth Elis vies for the ball with Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas (L) and Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in San Jose on October 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Costa Rica, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.

The European champions confirmed that Navas had a “swollen adductor muscle in his right groin” in a statement on their website, but did not say how long the 30-year-old would be out of action.

He joins a long Real injury list featuring the likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo, and could miss both Saturday’s La Liga trip to Getafe and Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Back-up keeper Kiko Casilla is likely to start at the weekend, with coach Zinedine Zidane’s son Luca set to take his place on the bench.

Navas returned to Madrid on Monday before Costa Rica’s final World Cup qualifier against Panama, having played in the 1-1 draw with Honduras in which his country booked their place for next year’s finals in Russia.

AFP

Real Madrid Must Stay 100 Percent Focused – Keylor Navas

Real MadridGoalkeeper, Keylor Navas, has warned that Real Madrid should avoid any mistake and stay focused as they reach the halfway stage of the season atop the La Liga.

The reigning European champions have achieved a club-record, 19-game winning streak, after recovering from a shaky start to 2014-15.

Their good run could be extended again on Friday when they travel to Almeria in their final Primera Division game of 2014.

With the team two points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, they head to Morocco to take part in the Club World Cup.

However, Costa Rica international, Navas, who joined from Levante during the summer, has warned his team-mates not to let their concentration slip as the winter break approaches.

“This team cannot make mistakes, we must stay focused 100 per cent and work to be prepared at that time.

“Every victory is celebrated, we are delighted when we win. We know we’re at a winning club where you have to triumph; every game that brings us closer to our goals of being champions,” he told Goal.com.

The shot-stopper is also thrilled to have played a part in Real Madrid’s last two UEFA Champions League wins, despite having largely been second choice to Iker Casillas since his arrival.

“It’s amazing to be at Real Madrid,” he added. “It’s a dream for any player that, when it becomes a reality, is difficult to explain.

“I think about everything I’ve been through to get here. Playing in the Champions League … I enjoyed it from the moment we left the changing room. The only way I’d heard that anthem before was on television and being there was a dream come true.

“I always wanted to win titles and now I have the chance. I try to adapt, to commit and to contribute. The road is hard, there will be barriers, but I’m willing to work hard for many titles here.”

FIFA Shortlists 3 Goalkeepers For Golden Glove

glovesTwo finalists, Neuer and Romero, head FIFA’s Technical Study Group’s shortlist for the best goalkeeper at Brazil 2014.

Below are the World Cup’s safest hands according to information on the FIFA website.

Keylor Navas (CRC) 

The Levante stopper was arguably Costa Rica’s best player at Brazil 2014, including a match-winning display in the Round of 16 tie against Greece. Making 21 saves in Los Ticos’ five games, he was awarded the Budweiser Man of the Match Award on three occasions. At 26-years-old the best years of his career are firmly ahead of him.

Manuel Neuer (GER)

The Germany keeper has played in all of the Nationalelf’s six games so far, making 25 saves and completing 202 passes. He’s kept three clean sheets and been a commanding presence for Joachim Low’s side so far. After winning a host of domestic honours, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA World Cup and the Golden Glove is now in his sights.

Sergio Romero (ARG)

Penalty shoot-out saves from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneidjer sent La Albiceleste into the final, capping a fine tournament for the 27-year-old so far. The Monaco keeper has kept four clean sheets, making 15 saves in Brazil 2014 so far. Brought into international football by Diego Maradona, he has been Argentina’s first choice keeper for five years.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil have witnessed some remarkable displays of goalkeeping from Guillermo Ochoa’s spectacular stop from Neymar, to Tim Howard’s record-breaking 16 saves against Belgium.

There’s also been a string of fine displays from Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, penalty heroics from Sergio Romero and an almost Libero-esque display from Manuel Neuer in Germany’s clash with Algeria.