With the festive period upon us, it's a time for giving… English Premier League managers the sack. No, not that sack, it's time for Santa's sack. He's made a list, he's checked it twice and this is what Santa Claus should give football's finest (and not so finest) tomorrow morning... AN ABORIGINAL BOOMERANG FOR DAVID LUIZ No matter how many times Chelsea managers throw the defender away, he keeps coming back. NICOTINE PATCHES FOR MAURIZIO SARRI The stress of managing Chelsea makes it impossible for him to quit smoking. So he can stick a nicotine patch over each eye and be spared the horror of watching his strikers miss another sitter. A SUNBED FOR VIRGIL VAN DIJK The Liverpool defender is so laidback in matches, he might as well stretch out with a cocktail and a soft toy he can amuse himself with. Romelu Lukaku would do. A BOX SET OF MR BEAN DVDS FOR PHIL JONES Not to watch, to rehearse. If TV executives do a reboot, Jones will be the next Mr Bean. A BOX SET OF PHIL JONES OWN … [Read more...] about Neil Humphreys: Who’s been naughty or nice in the EPL?
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The Tom Hanks Award for Niceness: Mo Salah In his spare time, Liverpool's superstar must be a Darth Vader wannabe. No human being can be that nice. The Egyptian scored a record 32 league goals in a 38-game campaign and then smiled politely. This isn't right. He's supposed to tear his shirt off, slap his washboard abs, glare at the crowd and kick a ball boy. That's the modern way. But Salah is humble, kind and selfless. Does he have no idea what's expected of him? When Salah received his Golden Boot award, he insisted on bringing out his beautiful daughter. Naturally, she was ridiculously well-behaved for a toddler. She didn't scream or spit once, which means she can never be a Sky Sports pundit. Any day now, there has to be a story that reveals Salah secretly sends hate mail to Everton fans, anything that confirms he's really like the rest of us. He makes me want to be a better man and that just won't do. Until then, I'll dream of him stealing kids' ice-creams instead. The Yaya Toure … [Read more...] about Neil Humphreys: And the EPL Wacky Awards go to…
caption Mohamed Salah. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off in three months’ time and will likely be one of the most-watched sports competition on the planet. France, Brazil, and Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament with players like Antoine Griezmann, Neymar, and Lionel Messi expected to excel. But those nations are far from reliant on just one player and it takes a team effort for a single country to lift the World Cup trophy when the competition finishes on July 15. For that reason, we’ve collected a list of one player you really need to know from every nation in the tournament. Argentina — Nicolás Otamendi. source Getty Images Position: Defender. International appearances: 51 (3 goals). We’re well aware one of the best players on the planet, Lionel Messi, plays for Argentina. As does Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina has an embarrassment of riches up … [Read more...] about The one player you need to know from every country competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup