Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend with Di Canio and Crossbar Mayhem

Greg Johnson@gregianjohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportSeptember 23, 2013

Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend with Di Canio and Crossbar Mayhem

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    This week's dosage of gaffes from around the world of football features yet more goalkeeping blunders, Paolo Di Canio's soon-to-be famous last words and an unwanted Qatari crossbar challenge.

    If you missed last week's edition, be sure to have a read of Karl Matchett's round-up by clicking here.

    Alternatively, hit the button below to begin or click through the arrows to enjoy the latest bouts of international footballing calamity and hilarity.

Moldovan Goalkeeper Forgets How to Catch

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    Keeping goal isn't an easy job. One fumble, slip or misjudged leap can land your team in hot water and see you labelled as hopeless no matter how assured the rest of your performance may have been.

    However, it's difficult to find any excuses for Dinamo-Auto's hapless man between the sticks, Evgheni Hmaruc, who appeared to forget how to control his right hand in the clip above.

    Under minimal pressure, the goalkeeper somehow scoops the off-course cross behind him and over his line, as if the sphere had become some unstoppable ball of lead midflight, impossible to handle as its momentum spins him round on impact.

    Sadly for Hmaruc, he only has his limp attempt at a catch to blame for his awful shot stopping this weekend.

Qatar Club Hit the Crossbar Three Times in One Attack

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    The crossbar challenge remains the true measure of a footballer in the eyes of many. It's doubtful Qatari side Lekhwiya will be picking up any plaudits for their attack's ability to rattle the crossbar three times in as many seconds late last week.

    Considering their pummelling of the woodwork came in a prestigious Asian Champions League tie against China's Guangzhou Evergrande, last year's Qatari league runners-up may fail to see the funny side of their profligate finishing.

    In the end, the Chinese champions secured their place in the semi-finals of the competition with a dominant 4-1 win.

Ajax Goalkeeper Flounders as PSV Win 4-0

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    Moving on now to the trials and tribulations of another titleholder, this time in the Netherlands' Eredivisie.

    Frank de Boer's Ajax have been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times, with exciting youth prospects once again being pumped out of its famous academy and a healthy supply of trophies refilling the illustrious Amsterdam club's trophy cabinet.

    However, goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer helped to ensure such good work was rendered irrelevant in the weekend clash with title challengers PSV Eindhoven with this cringeworthy display for Tim Matavz. PSV would go on to win 4-0.

    The Dutchman looked more like he was struggling to clamber to his feet on ice rather than attempting to take control of his fumbled catch.

Di Canio's Mistakes Come Back to Haunt Him

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    Paolo Di Canio was sacked by Sunderland after just five games this season at the weekend with rumours suggesting the club's hierarchy decided to end his reign after yet another man management blunder on the training ground, via Luke Edwards of The Telegraph.

    The Italian's style was once described by his former Swindon chairman as "management by hand grenade," via BBC Sport. After being beaten 3-0 by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the former West Ham and Lazio player took the opportunity on Sunday to berate his player at the club's Academy of Light training ground, further alienating his squad.

    Even more damagingly, the previous day's defeat had come partly at the hands of Stephane Sessegnon, who di Canio had decided to push out of the club in the summer.

    As can be seen above, at full time the soon-to-be-sacked head coach wandered toward  Sunderland's remonstrating fans to apologise for this team's performance, a clutch of supporters who had cheered the mention of their departed Beninese forward's name on the opposition team sheet.

    There will likely be plenty more analysis articles and compilations of di Canio's bizarre antics in the North East following his dismissal, but at least his term stayed consistently filled with blunders right up until the end.

Goalkeeper Appears to Somehow Tackle Himself in His Own Area

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    It's difficult to know where to begin with Tapuwa Kapini's actions in the video above.

    The AmaZulu goalkeeper is reported to have been attempting to run down the clock when he somehow managed to tackle himself in the box on the 92nd minute, gifting the ball to Bidvest Wits' Getaneh Kebede who gratefully slotted home his chance to bring the teams level at 1-1.

    Prior to the equaliser, AmaZulu were all set to take control of the top spot in the South African Premier League.

    If there was an award for error of the weekend, this would win it.

Scottish Junior Player Does a De Jong

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    Now to bring the tone down somewhat with an entry worthy of being titled: "When bloopers attack!"

    In a Scottish juniors match between Bonnyrigg and Sauchie, Paul Currie of the home side went in extremely high on his opposite number Darren Cummings, with studs connecting somewhere between his chest and face.

    Needless to say, Currie was shown a straight red, and Sauchie soon made their one man advantage count by scoring three more goals to win 4-1.

    Watching the clip, it seemed as though the Bonnyrigg player had channelled the World Cup final ultra-violence of Nigel de Jong, with the game's non-league referee thankfully showing more awareness than professional official Howard Webb, who missed the Dutch midfielder's attack on Spain's Xabi Alonso back in 2010.

Midweek Bonus 1: Skydiver Interrupts Conference Match

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    On Tuesday evening, spectators at Salisbury City's match against Chester received an unexpected arrival late on in the second half.

    From the skies came a wayward parachutist who landed in the middle of the park, causing play to be paused for a few moments while he removed himself from the field.

    Chester defender and soon-to-be Gibraltar international Danny Higginbotham called the appearance of the airbourne visitor the "most bizarre" thing he'd seen happen during a football match, via BBC News.

    The BBC reported that the unlikely pitch invader had been taking part in a charity skydive and was forced to make an emergency landing on the field of play.

Midweek Bonus 2: FC Groningen Defender Shown Red Then Faints

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    Once again back to the Netherlands and the Eredivisie, where Marco van Basten's Heerenveen faced off against FC Groningen on Tuesday night in a bad-tempered match which ended 4-2 in favour of the former striker's new club.

    Things didn't get off to a good start for Groningen, however, with young defender Timo Letschert shown red in the 11th minutes for his full-blooded challenge on Luciano Slagveer, receiving a blow to the head for his troubles as he lunged into the tackle.

    After stumbling to his feet to be carded by the referee, Letschert then fainted and had to be carried off by medical staff.