Crystal Palace’s planned training camp trip to Dubai was cancelled following concerns of possible averse reactions from fans, but this hasn’t stopped Mamadou Sakho from pursuing a vacation with his wife to the middle eastern city.
The Frenchman is currently at Palace on a loan deal from Liverpool, and while he is yet to make his debut at his new home, Sakho’s Dubai trip helped him take advantage of his side’s extended break due to the FA Cup weekend.
After facing a UEFA suspension for using fat-burning pills and eventually falling out with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a pre-season tour, the defender was persuaded to temporarily try his luck under Sam Allardyce.
In the picture (via Twitter) below that befits the player’s credentials, Sakho with his wife can be seen holding a baby lion alongside Arabic teen internet sensation Money Kicks and popular entrepreneur Omar Al Busaidy.
Manchester United’s win against Blackburn Rovers last evening wasn’t really a proverbial walk in the park.
Mourinho’s men struggled initially and conceded first to a Danny Graham goal in the 17th minute, but United managed to equalize the score with Marcus Rashford’s strike ten minutes later, and super substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the win for his side in the 75th minute.
While the early goal was an impressive achievement for the struggling home side, first-half performance was a big point of concern for the visitors.
And although Michael Carrick was handed the captain’s arm band, it was midfielder Ander Herrera who stepped up to the role of leadership, showing strong indications of a potential future as Manchester United’s captain.
Giving a pep talk to team-mates in the tunnels during the break just before the second half, Herrera can be heard saying, “Come on! It’s going to be difficult… 45 minutes. Come on!”
The moment comes around 4 min 18 second mark in the video below!
For young Celtic fan Ollie Leonard, his team’s 2-0 win over Motherwell last Saturday would have meant a great weekend in itself, but the boy instead ended up getting something that he will cherish forever.
When Ollie’s dad Robert Leonard bumped into Celtic’s Moussa Dembele in a popular restaurant last week, he told the Frenchman about how much his son admired him and that he was his favourite player.
During the conversation, the striker asked Robert to give him his phone number, and his agent later messaged the father enquiring if Ollie could meet him at the stadium’s reception after the full-time whistle.
Sticking true to his word, Dembele not only met his young fan, but even gifted him a signed ball, a match programme and a photograph to capture the moment forever.
Courtesy of Robert’s mate and Twitter user @BigDoc87, check out the picture of Dembele’s class gesture below –
When Tottenham last faced off against Fulham at Craven Cottage during an FA Cup game in 2011, Mousa Dembele not only played for Fulham, but even scored with a stunning solo effort in his side’s 4-0 victory.
Six years down the line, the 29 year-old made a nostalgic return to his former club during the FA Cup’s fifth round encounter yesterday, albeit in a Tottenham shirt this time.
Mauricio Pochettino’s boys placed themselves on a firm footing following their 3-0 victory over the Cottagers, thanks to a brilliant Harry Kane hat-trick.
Although Dembele before the game stressed on the importance of this win, the Belgian also did not fail to respect his obligations towards his former club where he played two happy seasons before.
And during the game, in a lovely gesture, the Belgian stopped his warm up to take a selfie with a Fulham fan. The moment captured by @JackToulson12 on Twitter, check out the picture below –
After a disappointing mid-week Europa League game against Gent resulted in a 1-0 defeat, Tottenham found themselves back to winning ways following the FA Cup’s fifth round 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The main man for Mauricio Pochettino’s side was striker Harry Kane, whose sheer brilliance helped him score a hattrick and net his 19th goal of the season.
Sticking true to his role as the chief architect of Tottenham’s goals, Christian Eriksen assisted two goals of Kane’s hat-trick. This fluidity of this link-up between the duo shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since four of Eriksen’s last six assists have been for Harry Kane goals.
And apart from the assists, the 25 year-old Danish midfielder, in a moment during the game, also humiliated Fulham’s left-back Scott Malone while making a thundering run towards the goal.
Watch Eriksen absolutely destroying his opponent’s career below!
When sanctions are harshly imposed on fans by mighty football associations, support from fans of other clubs can often transcend boundaries, and a similar moment was spotted at Celtic Park yesterday.
Dortmund fans’ famous “yellow wall” that can intimidate even the biggest of football teams visiting Signal Iduna Park was banned by the DFB for their game against Wolfsburg following an incident of altercations with RB Leipzig fans earlier this month.
While the club issued a statement condemning the violence and expressed regret over the shameful incident, many Dortmund fans found the punishment unjust provided that a large number of fans had to suffer due to a few miscreants in the stands.
In a fantastic show of support for their German counterparts, Celtic fans put up massive banners in their stands that expressed solidarity with Dortmund fans during their win over Motherwell yesterday.
The banner read: “From Glasgow to Dortmund. Against Collective Bans. Scheiß DFB”
Check out the picture of Celtic fans’ banners below –
Despite the current results, there seems to be a general sense of excitement at Tottenham Hotspur this season. Apart from being one of the most serious contenders who stand a chance to put up a challenge for the title against Chelsea, the fans are also eagerly waiting to move into their new home next year.
The club is all set to throw open a brand new stadium in 2018 that will cost them a massive £750 million. With a capacity of 61,000, the stadium will be the biggest of its kind in London.
Apart from stunning architecture, the stadium will boast of modern technology being incorporated into various aspects of its functioning, including USB points-enabled heated seats, glass-walled players’ tunnel and a massive beer delivery system.
As if teasing Spurs fans with a peak of what their new home will look like, concrete manufacturers Macrete Ireland Ltd. released some pictures of the stadium on Facebook, which can be seen below –