Funniest footballing moments of 2023

It’s really, really great that a sport so loved as football is so unserious.

You can watch goal compilations for hours and appreciate the art and wizardry of the game, but we all love it when the game falls into comedic disrepute.

With the new year on the horizon, come and join us on a trip through 2023 via football’s funniest moments.

Danny Welbeck’s goal for Brighton & Hove Albion against Liverpool was commentated on by Gary Taphouse, who came up with a superb line to be taken out of context.

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An iconic image / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Why did Manchester United, seven days removed from winning the Carabao Cup, decide to lose 7-0 away to their most bitter of rivals? Why did they do that? For what reason?

If I’m Julia Roberts, I’m considering a restraining order.

Graham Potter wanted to “win the f***ing Champions League” with Chelsea. He was sacked before their next European game, with Frank Lampard brought back to lose to Real Madrid.

Perhaps the funniest thing about Antonio Conte’s final meltdown is that reports the day after it happened claimed he wasn’t trying to dig out the club or the ownership.

Good one, Antonio.

What a graphic, honestly. No notes.

If I were a Spain international, I would simply not allow my great and historic nation to lose 2-0 to Scotland.

The lesson in all this is you should just have the bottle to watch your own team take a penalty.

“Hello, I’m Emi Martinez, and I am the world’s greatest s***house.”

“Mr Martinez, this is a Girl Scout meeting.”

“Is it? Or is it that you girls can’t admit you have a problem?”

Extremely Gary Neville voice: Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Liverpool would go on to win this game 4-3 in the last minute. Jurgen Klopp took out his pent-up frustration on the fourth official and paid the price for it.

Thanks Real Madrid, Guti’s crying, nice one.

A two-second clip does not get any more ‘no but seriously’ than this.

If you can walk the walk, then you’re allowed to talk the talk. Fair play, Bournemouth.

Classic Big Sam. Can’t take him anywhere!

“One reservation at your finest British establishment, please.”

Liverpool thought they had Moises Caicedo. They didn’t. They thought they had Romeo Lavia. They didn’t.

Still, at least Jurgen Klopp sees the bright side of this saga now.


You’re always due at least one good soundbite from any given Ange Postecoglou press conference. And not in a self-deprecating Jose Mourinho way.

Couldn’t leave this one out, really.

It is the single greatest VAR blunder in English football history. But it’s very, very funny.

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Stay in your lane, Kylian / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Football truly is the sport of opportunity.

That one fan. That one fan in that one trench coat. He’s everywhere. He won’t leave me alone.

Alright, Pep. Get up. There wasn’t even any contact.

God bless you, three-time holder of the Premier league’s oldest manager record Roy Hodgson.


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