Robin Soderling’s stunning upset of Rafael Nadal at the French Open left many critics puzzled (“Wait, wait, wait. Who’s Robin Soderling?”). Nobody had ever seen Nadal (previously undefeated at the French Open) pushed around on clay with such consistency before. Experts struggled to come up with valid reasons explaining how this ever could have occurred. What did Soderling do so differently from everybody else? Soderling, didn’t do anything different. Nadal on the other hand changed a lot… And he’s not the only one.
Read on to see what other athletes made the mistake of wearing pink and thinking they could get away with it.
Leave it up to the Italians to wear a pink kit. Typical. They thought they could get away with it, but were punished in 2006 when they were found guilty of match-fixing. The team were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 titles, banned from the Champions League for a year and relegated to Serie B. Did Juve really think they were going to go unpunished for this monstrosity?
2) Nike Mercurial Vapor IV
I’m not quite sure who came up with this idea, or why any self-respecting player would wear these. I wonder how much money they were paid. I think a few players wore the boot on its release day but after that, not so much. However, Nicklas Bendtner has been known to sport them from time to time. That should say enough. Although, I have to admit that the promotion video is quite good. Martin O’Neil’s reaction is priceless (“Are people going to wear that?”).
The Italians are at it again. It’s to be expected anyway. Well, the only thing Palermo has won is…nothing. I chose not to count Serie B (2004) or Serie C (1942) because let’s face it, that’s not much to be proud of. They did win the Whitaker Challenge Cup (the what??) in 1908 though. And I think we all remember that…
Well, that’s all I can think of at the moment. Feel free to add to the list.