The best of April Fool’s Day 2016 from the world of soccer
Each April 1, the soccer world tries to fool fans with pranks and tricks, and this year was no different, with several clubs competing for the best laugh.
Did you fall for any of these corkers? Here’s the best:
Southampton’s emoji club crest
It’s good, but surely no-one bought it?!
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 1, 2016
Fabian Delph tricks Manchester City reporter by storming out of an interview
Plymouth Argyle use animal droppings to improve playing surface
The Plymouth Herald put in a mighty lot of effort to make supporters think English fourth-tier side Plymouth Argyle had loaned two ‘buffalo-like anoas’ to remove algae from their Home Park pitch. Not only did they include video analysis of the Lowland Anoa, they even include bullet points to point out various key facts the fans might find useful.
Arsenal buddy up with Citreon to create ‘retractable sunroof’ for the Emirates Stadium
Even the players have put in a bit of effort for this one.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2016
Rio Ferdinand takes his first steps into management
We’re struggling to believe you, Rio.
New Chapter.. Contract signed.. Looking forward to going into management in June. Big summer ahead! pic.twitter.com/IxBiDNLMIO
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) April 1, 2016
French side Lyon paint their pitch blue
Parc Olympique Lyonnais tweeted that Lyon’s pitch would be painted blue for the rest of the Ligue 1 season this morning. Luckily for the fans, the photo isn’t too convincing.
— Parc OL (@Parc_OL) April 1, 2016
Jon Flanagan teamed up with Liverpool to prank his teammates
Flanagan had them fooled.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 1, 2016
Real Madrid and Barcelona to compete in ‘Cricket Clásicos’
You’ve got to love a pre-Clásicos laugh.
…noticeable by it's absence is the breaking international news, 'Cricket Clásicos', a sport not big in Spain…yethttps://t.co/Coviwfpyz2
— AS English (@English_AS) April 1, 2016
And that’s that…until next year!