The Rio Report

5 crazy things you missed: Balotelli’s very cheeky tweet to The Queen

The Rio Report

Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at huge sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.

So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last few days in Brazil with the World Cup turning up funny stories.

Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...

1) IS THIS A WISH, A REQUEST OR A DEMAND? - Balotelli sends cheeky tweet to The Queen

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Balotelli sends cheeky tweet to The Queen

Mario Balotelli never fails to surprise, and his latest stunt could well be his most outrageous of them all - after tweeting that he wants a kiss... from the Queen of England!

Balotelli, who spent three years in England with Manchester City, has taken it upon himself to have a little dig at England by cheekily suggesting that he should receive a kiss – on the cheek – from Her Majesty should he lead the Azzurri to victory over Costa Rica.

Given that England must now hope that Italy beat Costa Rica on Friday and then Uruguay on June 24, with Hodgson’s side needing to beat Costa Rica in their final group game to sneak through on goal difference, it's surely a deal worth striking with him.

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2) IT'S ALL HER FAULT, ALL OF IT... - Spain blames World Cup disaster on Eurovision-winning bearded lady

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Conchita Wurst: Spain's Public Enemy No. 1?

Spain's shock exit in the group stage of the World Cup has been blamed on the unlikeliest of culprits: Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst. That's right: forget the increasingly-shaky Iker Casillas, and instead pin the responsibility on the bearded lady novelty act from Austria, who swept to glory in the annual music competition last month.

That's the conspiracy theory currently flooding through Spain, thanks to a series of bizarre coincidences tied to the fact that the transvestite's win was the first by Austria since 1966.

Last time Austria won was in 1966, a year which has drawn a series of spooky parallels with 2014.

[THE FULL LIST OF CRAZY PARALLELS]

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3) SURELY THAT'S NOT HIM? WITH ME? NOW? - Can you spot what is the matter with this Scolari picture?

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Can you spot what is the matter with this Scolari picture?

Photo via @OMarcusBruno

You board a plane and who's on the flight with you? Luiz Felipe Scolari, the coach of Brazil's national football team. Or at least that's what Mario Sergio Conti, one of Brazil's best-known syndicated columnists, thought on Wednesday on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo.

Instead, it turned out to be Vladimir Palomo, a Scolari look-alike who proceeded to give Conti an interview as if he were Big Phil himself. Below is a photo of the man himself for comparison. Three of Brazil's most-read news websites - Folha de S.Paulo, O Globo and UOL - all published the interview on Wednesday evening.

Hours later, when it emerged that Scolari had spent the day in Fortaleza and hadn't been on the flight, all three promptly took down the interview and published apologies for the mix-up. Whoops!

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Can you spot what is the matter with this Scolari picture?

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4) GUESS WHO DAVID MOYES BACKED FOR GLORY? - Yes, it really does not get any better for the humbled former United boss

Poor old David Moyes. He really cannot catch a break, can he?

Even when asked in a seemingly innocuous newspaper piece who he was backing for the World Cup, he managed to come out of it looking utterly ridiculous.

Despite it being a view shared by many prior to the tournament, the timing was not great as Moyes's prediction was rapidly shared and resurfaced just as Spain crashed out in humiliating fashion similar to that of his United exit.

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5) WOW, IS THIS BITTER OF FUNNY... OR BOTH? - Tahiti Football Federation revel in Spain's terrible short tournament

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It seems the football federation of Tahiti is still bitter that Spain ousted Tahiti from the 2013 Confederations Cup. How else could one explain the federation's tweets?

They've made no attempt to hide their happiness at seeing Spain go home. The Spaniards were eliminated after failing to win or draw in either of their first two games. They lost to Chile and the Netherlands, outscored by a combined 7-1 in the matches.

The Federation even added mock projections for the 2026 World Cup. At least some people were made very happy by the whole Spanish debacle.

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