Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend with Joe Hart and Jurgen Klopp

Greg Johnson@gregianjohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportOctober 28, 2013

Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend with Joe Hart and Jurgen Klopp

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    Each and every weekend, football matches break out around the world resulting in often hilarious or simply absurd blunders.

    This week's roundup of the best and most bizarre happenings from the global game features Joe Hart in no man's land, a Bundesliga keeper cracking under pressure, goal-shy strikers, catastrophes in Columbia and much, much more.

    Jurgen Klopp's dugout antics even get a mention!

    If you missed last week's collection of errors and attempts to play ball gone awry, including Luis Suarez and Diego Costa, click here.

    Otherwise, click the button below or head for the arrows so we can get on with the show.

Hart Stopper Does Little to Prevent Torres Scoring

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    Hart-broken, Hart-attack, Hart-stopping, Hart-less...the puns keep on coming while the Premier League struggles to comprehend just what has happened to Manchester City's former goalkeeping prodigy.

    Rampaging off his line to claim the ball, the Englishman left it too late to call Nastasic off from his own attempt to clear the danger, leading to both players being taken out of the game for Torres to score for Chelsea.

    The goal made it 2-1 in favour of Jose Mourinho's visiting title-challengers, with Hart's costly mistake denting City's own immediate table-topping ambitions.

    Manuel Pellegrini couldn't bring himself to back his goalkeeper after the game, who has also made other damaging errors in goal for the club of late, most notably in their surprise loss to Cardiff City.

    Unless Hart can return to his previous form as the league's top shot stopper he may feel his place under threat with Iker Casillas eyeing up potential January escape routes from his continuing misery in Real Madrid.

Austria's Landesliga West Witnesses Henry-Pires-Esque Penalty Fail

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    Remember Thierry Henry and Robert Pires' attempts to outsmart Man City from the spot back in 2005?

    Undeterred by the set-piece failure of the two former Arsenal aces, the strikers of Austrian lower leaguers ATSV Stadl-Paura thought they could go one better and pull off the audacious two-man trick penalty against SK Altheim on Sunday, October 27.

    Predictably, and as you can see from the clip above, their attempt didn't quite go to plan.

    Stadl-Paura may still have won the game 5-1, but let's just say it wasn't the team's four-goal margin of victory that went viral once the final whistle was blown.

Freiburg's Oliver Baumann Makes a Hat-Trick of Errors

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    With German national team coach Joachim Low watching on, 23-year-old Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann appeared to fall apart under the spotlight against Hamburg.

    Playing at home, the match should have been the ideal platform for the promising youngster to show off his competency between the sticks to push for a call-up to Germany's Brazil-bound World Cup squad for the summer.

    Sadly for Baumann, rather than producing a one-man show of excellence to impress Low, the goalkeeper looked to have taken it upon himself to try and bury the bad press surrounding Hart's latest Premier League disaster by tripling the Englishman's error into a unfortunately awful hat-trick.

    Hamburg were wise to the keeper's uncertainty, profiting from his failures on three occasions as he rushed out of his area. The game ended as a 3-0 victory for the visitors with all of their goals coming from Baumann's clumsiness.

Jurgen Klopp Volleys a Ball into the Face of an Official

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    Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund travelled to Schalke, to take on their most bitter rivals in the first Revierderby of the season.

    While Jurgen Klopp's men ran out 3-1 winners at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, the popular coach's behaviour on the touchline also caught the eye of spectators and the cameras, with a cheeky volley catching the fourth official in the face.



Lights Go out at the Global Energy Stadium

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    Now to the Scottish highlands for another weekend derby at Ross County's unfortunately named Global Energy Stadium.

    Unfortunately named because on Friday, October 25, as the club's highland rivals, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, arrived on the field prior to kick-off, the power failed and the lights went out in Dingwell.

    With the stadium plunged into darkness a couple more times, with the floodlights unable to be fully restored, the match was abandoned.

    Not a great advertisement for the company whose name adorns Ross County's ground.

Referee Strikes Back in Kuwait

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    Referee Saad Al Fadhi went on the offensive himself as Al Nasr hosted Al Arabi in the Kuwaiti Premier League, punching, kicking and sending off two Al Nasr players before dismissing a third for kicking the ball at him from the restart.

    Al Nasr's goalkeeper Mohammad Al Salal tried to hold his teammates back and quell hostilities, but it wasn't enough, as images of the violence went viral.

    The reaction largely fell on the side of Al Fadhi, however, commending the ref for defending himself as the world caught a glimpse of what officials sometimes have to go through when in charge of top-flight games in Kuwait.

    With three of their players red carded, hosts Al Nasr went on to lose 4-1 to Al Arabi.


Benjamin Mendy Misses the Ball Mid-Run

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    Marseille's Benjamin Mendy became an unlikely icon for pub footballers the world over as his attempt at a cross quickly unravelled into an unsightly air kick.

    Having missed the ball, the player's momentum threw him off balance mid-run, sending him to the floor and allowing his marker to recover possession and surge away from goal.

    Hard luck, Mendy. It happens to the best of us!

Defender Scores a Brace of Own Goals in Columbia

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    Wilson Galeano was on excellent form in front of goal for Santa Fe at the weekend as he put two goals past Deportivo Pasto's goalkeeper.

    Regrettably for the Columbian goal-scoring defender, he wasn't on the winning team.

    Both of Galeano's strikes were own goals, with the first coming from a blundered corner clearance while the second from a misjudged back pass that on first glance looked like a smart-placed finish rolled into the far corner.

    Santa Fe didn't have to stretch any further to secure their victory, taking Galeano's gifts to finish the game with a 2-0 win.

Mid-Week Bonus: Santa Fe Also Involved in Columbian Kit Blunder

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    Santa Fe were also involved in another curious world football blunder in mid-week, with the club's kit man, having forgotten to pack the team's shirts, forced to improvise for their match against Boyaca Chico.

    As you can spot in the video above, one of the teams are wearing jerseys with numbers drawn on the back in lurid pink marker pen.

    The lack of official uniforms didn't deter the Columbian top-flight side who ran out 2-0 winners.

Mid-Week Bonus: Manchester United's Questionable Email Campaign

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    Manchester United were embroiled in an embarrassing bit of poor PR in the week due to a badly misguided bit of creativity in a recent email campaign.

    While the idea behind the images may have been based on a number of geometric and multi-coloured logos used by the Manchester band New Order, the red-and-black scheme instead conjured up associations with Nazi Germany rather than the creators of Blue Monday.

    The club's head of media, David Sternberg, took to Twitter to apologise for the error and announce that an internal investigation would be taking place to find out how such a poorly thought out email could have been signed off.