DOUBLE TROUBLE: How did English football define himself in the eyes of his peers? Former England captain David Beckham decided that the best way to win over the supporters in Manchester was to stop wearing the No. 14 shirt (his team’s away colours) and switched to the club’s home kit (his team’s home colours). Nice gesture. Meanwhile, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho embraced the art of the interview, spending hours poring over carefully chosen words and phrases at an elaborate Englishman’s meeting in his Manchester hotel lobby before being snapped with his head in his hands.
LOOKS GOOD ON TWITTER: A tweet by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in the forefront of a number of Twitter users’ timelines recently. The “Terminator” actor posted a picture of the Campbell brothers – Arnold, a former US governor and governor-elect of California, and brothers Tom and Frank who are building a new hotel in Sunnyvale, California, (which will replace the old General Motors Centre at the former Silicon Valley). (Quotes from “San Francisco 55”)
YOU’RE A DERBY CHARM: Liverpool may be establishing a reputation as ‘addicted to losing’ but it didn’t look too bad when new transfer Virgil van Dijk began his season with a pair of wins in his first three matches of the new campaign. Manager Jurgen Klopp was the winner of the International Coach of the Year award at the Football Writers’ Association.
COACHING MATES: While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a number of promise-filled predictions on his return to French football (thanks to a viral advert), the Gabon striker’s most popular exchange on social media may have been with Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari, who was rumoured to be keen on signing Aubameyang before the two sides agreed to a swap deal this summer.
OFTSTOP WINNING: England’s World Cup squad took a well-deserved day off after finishing their victorious campaign. And who better to congratulate them on their achievement than members of the famous Three Lions squad who helped keep them in the tournament. The World Cup’s record scorer Harry Kane, goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Dele Alli tweeted videos of themselves having a blast in the bubbly after defeating Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup.
CROCKED: And suddenly it’s back to football, for at least one club. Tottenham Hotspur announced the return of manager Mauricio Pochettino after he agreed to a new deal at the Premier League club. The Argentine didn’t mention who would be in charge for the first pre-season game of the summer, but we’re likely to find out very soon.
FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY DO GOOD: Bayern Munich have built a reputation on dominating teams in their own backyard. But will Bavarians be able to make a similar impact outside Germany after they became the first team in three decades to be knocked out of the group stage of the German Cup by fourth tier side Hesse Federalsport in April. You can understand why.
WAR AND PEACE: The Iowa Beef Council and the Iowa Football Coaches Association have discovered that fans on both sides of the football divide can support one another in the same stadium. Ambitious city officials in the western city of Clinton thought they would have visitors from all over the US by opening the Martin Luther King Memorial Stadium in 2015 to host football games and volleyball matches. But the stadium, which can hold 7,500, didn’t just host concerts, but also the Iowa Corn Bowl – a football match pitting Iowa against Nebraska.