That’s made my year! Mourinho, who worked under Robson at Barcelona, has form for donating the cause, having previously given away one of the charity’s most celebrated items, his FIFA Ballon d’Or Coach of the Year trophy, which rasied £26,000. His own personal story is inspiring in itself, as Veltman has overcome a serious cruciate ligament injury over the past year and is now firmly back into the first-team picture. It was praise indeed that Manchester United great George Best described him as ‘the best full back I ever played against.’ With Armfield suffering an injury at an appalling time, Cohen was drafted in as the first choice right-back for the 1966 World Cup finals and performed admirably. An exit for the Welshman appeared imminent and he looked to be heading to Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League though an unfortunate knee injury to Marco Asensio threw a spanner into the works. Antonio lost 2-0 to the defender on Friday night in a West Ham vs Spurs game which took place on the same day as the postponed Premier League fixture between the two sides.
Eriksen was fully fit in Madrid (in the Champions League final. Harry Kane’s first-half strike proved enough as Tottenham claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in their pre-season Audi Cup meeting in Munich. I do not write this to deride Eriksen, an excellent footballer who has shone in a Tottenham jersey. Real pulled the plug on the Bale deal on Saturday, the day after their embarrassing 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico in New Jersey. Interesting to see Gary Lineker this weekend blasting Qatar in the wake of David Beckham’s deal with the emirate. They will also have to deal with the white trim that has appeared on the sleeves and the collar for the first time, but sponsors Aviva will not be complaining about under exposure. Madrid have not followed up on their comments about Bale, and it remains unclear if or when he will return to the first-team fold. But Bale himself had already said he would not be there as he was too distressed after Real Madrid pulled the plug on his £1.2million-a-week move to China.
Gareth Bale has been pictured playing golf while his Real Madrid team-mates lost to Tottenham despite Zinedine Zidane saying he was too ill to travel. Kane’s goal marked yet another defensive blunder by Zinedine Zidane’s men, still smarting from their 7-3 humiliation by city rivals Atletico in New Jersey at the weekend. Still casting a spell as it reaches this landmark. After experimenting with his lineup during the last two group games, France coach Didier Deschamps is returning to the same starting lineup used to start the tournament against Romania. They were the better side against Milan tonight, and while this tournament clearly isn’t a priority – they’ll be pleased to get to the final. He was not well and, speaking with doctors, it was better to stay in Madrid,’ said Zidane when asked about Bale by reporters. Tottenham started well with Navas forced to make early saves to prevent an own goal from Raphael Varane and deny an effort from Erik Lamela. A fading title challenge aside, Arsenal don’t have much to cheer these days (just take a look at the Emirates trophy cabinet) so to make up for it, the kit next season is set to celebrate their 125th anniversary.
Now light on options, Madrid look set to keep Bale as a very costly back-up, despite his relationship with Zidane worsening as a result of the whole saga. In fairness it’s close to being a neat and classy effort from Kappa but the huge and high logos spoil the overall look. Dele Alli maintained Spurs’ dominance after being introduced at half-time, testing Navas twice, and Heung-min Son was also denied by the goalkeeper. There was not much evidence of him being Spurs’ main man that night. On Tuesday night in Turin, Ajax once again confounded all expectation by demolishing another of European football’s biggest names. Bale was spotted teeing off on the 14th hole at around 8pm on Tuesday evening, with the game having kicked off at 6pm Spanish time. But the Spanish publication then revealed Bale had instead been spending his time playing golf at Banco Santander City, in Boadilla del Monte. Just wanted to thank you guys for spending your time to help.