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A lorra laughs! Six funny moments from the 2016 soccer year

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Ireland fans enjoying the atmosphere at Euro 2016.
Ireland fans enjoying the atmosphere at Euro 2016.
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THE 2016 FOOTBALL year encompassed a range of emotions.

Robbie Brady’s header against Italy in the Euros sent tears pouring down our faces.

Watching Leicester win the Premier League empowered us to believe that anything is possible.

And Iceland’s win against England simply reaffirmed what we’ve always known about the England football team and their propensity to flop on the big stage.

But we also had some lighter moments to enjoy. Here’s a rundown of some of the funniest moments from 2016.

Will Grigg’s On Fire

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The poor chap actually didn’t get playing at all during the Euros and yet he had to endure endless renditions of this chant throughout the tournament. As is the case with every other viral invention, the ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ song was applied to countless other players until it became outdated.

Simone Zaza’s Bizarre Penalty At The Euros

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That penalty shootout between Italy and Germany was both terrible and enthralling in equal measure. But that spot-kick from Simone Zaza, where he almost jogged in place before taking it, will forever hold a place in the archives for all the wrong reasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Encounter With A Moth

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Portugal were the unlikely winners of Euro 2016 and against tournament favourites France, they had to dig deep for the win in the absence of their leader Cristiano Ronaldo who was substituted with an injury.

And just to compound his agony, moths who took up residency in the stadium over night because the lights had been left on, rested on his face until help arrived.

Arsenal Fan TV Providing Unintentional Hilarity

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You could pick almost any video they produce after a disappointing result to get all the vibrant colours of the Arsenal fan phrasebook. Anyone who can seamlessly address somebody as ‘blood’ or ‘fam’ is alright in our book.

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The rant after their 2-1 defeat to Man City this month, was particularly chaotic.

Jose Mourinho Takes It Out On The Water Bottle

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His debut season as the Manchester United boss is not going well and in keeping with his character, Mourinho is blaming everyone else for their poor form.

His lack of self-restraint has manifested on occasions in the past and during their 1-1 draw with West Ham last month, he took his anger out on a defenseless water bottle and was subsequently sent to the stands.

Jurgen Klopp Sums It Up In One Word – BOOM!!

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Jurgen Klopp has adapted well to life in the Premier League, and is generally respected by all football fans irrespective of whatever club they have allegiances to.

In March of this year, he won audiences everywhere when he described Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Man City, by simply saying ‘Boom.’

 Alan Pardew Becomes The Dancing Queen

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When Jason Puncheon crashed the ball into the net against Manchester United in the FA Cup final, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew felt the uncontrollable compulsion to bust some sick dancing moves on the sideline.

Now that he’s been sacked, we should appreciate this moment even more.

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