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Saluting Greatness: Joachim Löw

Saluting Greatness: Joachim Löw, the Longest International Serving Coach
The 61 year old coached Germany National Team from 12 July 2006 to 31 July 2021 (15 years…

Added by Leonard Masango on September 7, 2021 at 18:14 — No Comments

The Marvellous Cristiano Ronaldo makes History

What looked like a bad night for Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese national team towards the dying minutes of their home game against Republic of Ireland in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier was turned around by the very same man who was having a rough game after missing a penalty in the 15th minute of the game.

The Irish found the opener through…


Added by Leonard Masango on September 1, 2021 at 23:24 — No Comments

Today's Legend: Paulo Di Canio

Today's Legend

Paolo di Canio

Born 9 July 1968 in Rome, Italy

Began his professional career at Lazio, a team he idolized as a child where he won Serie B promotion in 1987-88 season. Later moved to Juventus where he won the UEFA Cup 1992-93, then moved to AC Milan where he won among others Serie A 1995-96 and UEFA Super Cup…


Added by Leonard Masango on May 6, 2021 at 13:30 — No Comments

2018 Soccer Gags Awards Winners

The 2018 Soccer Gags Awards were held on Saturday 08-December-2018 in Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel & Resort, Botswana, the same venue that hosted the Year End Function from the 7th to the 9th.

Following a great day where members played in a soccer tournament and also enjoyed a pool party plus a big screen view of Telkom knockout Cup Final match between Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC, members ascended to a marquee hall dedicated to host the 2018 Soccer Gags Awards in the…


Added by Leonard Masango on December 12, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments



Best Female Contributor of the Year 2017:…


Added by Leonard Masango on December 5, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

SoccerGags wishes members all the best for Comrades Marathon

Added by Leonard Masango on May 25, 2017 at 10:44 — No Comments



1) Best Female Contributor of the Year 2016: Lerato Munchie
2) Best Male Contributor of the Year 2016: Jeffrey Pitso Makena

Added by Leonard Masango on December 5, 2016 at 11:44 — No Comments

2016 Year End Function Fully Booked


Kindly be advised we are fully booked for the 2016 Year End Function Mpumalanga. We regret we are unable to accommodate more people. Please do not deposit money into the bank account. All has been paid for and our hosting lodge is also fully booked. On behalf of the team I would like to thank everyone that will be participating on this event. Those who missed the deadline, our thoughts…


Added by Leonard Masango on November 17, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Seeing Pirates' quest beyond just a club's quest

Let me address this big elephant in the room. I am noticing a growing trend of confusion about SA soccer supporters comparing themselves to European soccer supporters regarding the support of a team other than theirs playing in continental competition.

Some even ask, have you ever seen Real Madrid fans supporting Barcelona playing in the Champions League against a team outside Spain or vice-versa? My fellow countrymen, whilst it might seem good to compare yourselves to European…


Added by Leonard Masango on October 6, 2015 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Today marks the anniversary for Charles Dempsey's decision

The day was Thursday, 6 July, 2000, when the world was eagerly waiting for the announcement of the 2006 FIFA World Cup host. It was a neck-to-neck contest between Germany and African continent as a whole which was represented by South Africa. Africa had been waiting to host the world's biggest sporting event for the first time since its inauguration in 1930. Little did Africa know that its destiny was heavily dependent on one man name Charles Dempsey.

One can only try to imagine what…


Added by Leonard Masango on July 6, 2015 at 5:30 — No Comments

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and for once, it is not a fast moving train. South Africa's Under 17 team wrote a story in the history books by qualifying for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be hosted in October 2015 by Chile. Their 3-1 victory over Cameroon which also booked them a place in the semi-final of 2015 AFCON Under 17 also ensured they will be occupying…


Added by Leonard Masango on February 24, 2015 at 10:05 — No Comments

Soccer Gags community sends condolences to Mulaudzi and Meyiwa families

Soccer Gags Community would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the families of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Senzo Meyiwa. Their contributions to sports fraternity will forever be cherished. May their souls rest in peace.

Added by Leonard Masango on October 27, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Soccer Gags Sponsored a 16 Team Tournament in Temba

Soccer Gags is proud to be the key sponsor at a 16 Team Tournament in Temba which was successfully hosted by FC Temba's very own Kabelo 'KayBee'. Kabelo had this dream of taking football back to where it all started, Lekgwara (The Ground). It is on the hard and yet dusty soil where football began and for the people of Temba it is where most of their stars came from. The tournament was not only about the beautiful game but also providing hope to the youngsters, getting them off the street far…


Added by Leonard Masango on August 11, 2014 at 18:18 — No Comments

Jabu's return to top-flight football

We have seen him come, and we have seen him go but we never imagined seeing him coming back again. My heart endures great pain as I write of this exceptionally talented individual from Daveyton, South Africa. Every time when I watch the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Bale play, my mind can't stop telling me "it could have been our Jabu Pule Mahlangu playing there".…


Added by Leonard Masango on March 19, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

If head and not heart can be used, Cristiano Ronaldo is 2013 Ballon d'Or winner

Ballon d'Or otherwise known as Golden Ball, is a FIFA football award given annually to the player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year. It is allegedly awarded based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.

Fans have always questioned if voters apply their mind or heart…


Added by Leonard Masango on November 20, 2013 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Ayanda Lubelo, has SA been blessed with another Scara?

Dribbling Wizards, we have seen them come, we have seen them go. But if there's one wizard who left a mark in the current decade (2002-2012) it has to be one man nicknamed 'Black Jesus' Emmanuel Scara Ngobese. I am tempted to say we are yet to see his peer since his tragic departure.

Recently there is a boy who's been doing his duties for the under 20s in 2011. I…


Added by Leonard Masango on December 13, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

The day the champ signed out, the day Thabang Lesebe passed on

The day is 22 February 2012. I am lying in my hospital bed. Looking at my lovely visitors (Family, friends and hospital staff members) all I see in their eyes is the words “be strong, beat it, snap out of it, fight it” It is so sad they have to go through this. But I guess that is human nature, we turn to hang on to the things we love most. We find it hard to accept that the things we have, can never last forever. Talking about the things we love most, what is it that these people love about…


Added by Leonard Masango on February 23, 2012 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

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