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  • Arsenal’s Ozil does Mecca pilgrimage ahead of Euro 2016

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    Before joining the Euro 2016 Germany team for their pre-tournament training, Arsenal’s German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil visited Mecca last week to perform the holy Umrah pilgrimage.

    The Arsenal midfielder is one of the most popular Muslim football stars in the world along with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United. 

    Photos of Özil, 27, performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia have gone viral on social media over the last few days.

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    Özil, who has Turkish roots, also recently paid a visit to Dubai where he gave tips to young promising footballers. 

    He later flew to Jordan where he played football with young refugees at the Zaatari camp and met up with Prince Ali, who recently ran for the FIFA Presidency. 

    The football star who was part of the German World Cup winning squad can often be seen reciting prayers every time before he steps onto the

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  • Liverpool’s Coutinho sweeps major awards at club ceremony

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    Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been crowned the Merseyside club’s “Player of the Season” for the second consecutive campaign.

    The Brazilian midfielder, 23, completed a clean sweep during the club’s award dinner last week.

    Jurgen Klopp and his first-team squad all attended the event alongside Daniel Sturridge, captain Jordan Henderson and Andre Wisdom, who has returned following a loan spell at Norwich.

    To sweeten the deal, Coutinho also won the “Performance of the Season” for his impressive display against Manchester City in November and even picked up the “Goal of the Season” award for his solo strike against Manchester United in the Europa League.

    But the biggest honour for Coutinho was possibly the final award - the “First Team Player’s Player of the Season” - which was picked by his teammates.

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    Interestingly, these were the same four prizes the 23-year-old won at the ceremony last year.

    He was quick to take to Instagram to express his gratitude for his teammates and fans for their

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    Manchester United players in the bus while it was attacked.Manchester United players in the bus while it was attacked.(AFP photo)

    Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard shared footage of Manchester United players cowering in their team bus as it was attacked by West Ham fans ahead of their Premier League clash on Tuesday. 
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    The bus was subjected to a barrage of bottles and other objects thrown by West Ham fans and the incident forced a late kickoff. 

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    United youngster Lingard, 23, posted the video clip through social media showing players inside the coach, including Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial and Adnan Januzaj. At one point during the video, Lingard even pulls a mock expression of fear and calls for his ‘mummy’.

    The players were also seen ducking for cover between the aisles clutching their camera phones amid expletive-filled reactions

    The Hammers’ bid farewell to their historic home Upton Park home with a 3-2 victory, but the occasion was marred by their fans’ actions. 

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    Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri and his players were forced to make a last minute dash to Sunday night’s PFA Player of the Year awards in London after defeating Swansea 4-0 to keep their Premiership title bid on track.

    Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who was named PFA Player of the Year, and his teammates made it to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, thanks to a fleet of helicopters that were specially chartered for them.

    Besides Mahrez, 25, Jamie Vardy and his fiancee Rebekah Nicholson, were also among those who flew to the capital shortly after the win against Francesco Guidolin’s side.

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    The Foxes sealed a comfortable win to regain their eight-point advantage at the top of the table, but the late kick-off left them with little time to travel for the awards.

    Vardy, who missed Sunday’s game due to suspension, touched down wearing the same clothes he was wore to

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  • Liverpool’s Firmino shows off new Ferrari

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    If you’re a Premiership footballer like Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, you surely can afford to drive around in a fancy car.

    The forward celebrated the club’s recent 4-0 Merseyside derby win by getting behind the wheel of his new ride.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian took to his Instagram account to show off his bright red Ferrari 458 Italia, with the colour of the car matching his outfit.

    The Italian supercar, a favourite with sportsmen, is capable of reaching 202mph (325kmh) with a 0-60mph time of just 3.4 seconds.

    The Liverpool forward played 75 minutes during Liverpool’s ruthless thrashing of rivals Everton at Anfield last week.

    Fans will surely feel Firmino more than deserves some down time before the season comes to an end.


    John Terry plays golf during recovery

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    Chelsea captain John Terry, who has not played since March 19, has been undergoing rehabilitation from injury by

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  • Arsenal’s Ozil in hilarious spoof

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    Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been impressing for his side this season, but it isn’t just his assists and brilliant techniques that are making fans sit up.

    It’s his sense of humour - and hilarious acting chops- as seen in a new amazing spoof clip above.

    And it seems that the German international is so accustomed to assisting his teammates on the pitch that he has decided to use his special talent elsewhere.

    In the video, the 27-year-old can be seen assisting with other day-to-day tasks, including providing an umbrella, shoe horn and even a tea bag in humorous fashion.

    Ozil has made 18 assists this season, six more than his nearest rival, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

    Jamie Vardy’s fiancee enjoys hen night with 18 masks of him

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    Jamie Vardy’s fiancee was surrounded by 18 other “Vardys” this weekend as her friends wore masks of the Leicester striker for her hen party.

    The forward’s

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    Man United striker Anthony Martial, 20, has reportedly split with the mother of his daughter and childhood sweetheart, Samantha, 19.

    The French media reported that the duo stopped following one another on social media, allegedly due to infidelity. 

    She also deleted all of the pictures of herself with Anthony on her personal Instagram account, but photos of the couple's baby daughter Peyton remain.

    On Monday, Samantha took what appeared to be a swipe at the £58million ($112 million) striker by posting a pic of her and their eight-month-old daughter Peyton, with the caption : "I just want to be with you for life Peyton, I just want to be a mum."

    Last November, a worried Samantha warned females on social media to “stay away from her husband”.

    She explained that with approximately 43.6 million Instagram accounts out there - half of which belonged to men -  she wanted

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  • Ronaldo’s sister hits out at Barca’s Gerard Pique

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    Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been buzzing especially after scoring an amazing goal in Real Madrid’s recent 2-1 win over Barcelona in El Clasico. 

    But it’s not the case for Barca defender Gerard Pique, who quickly became the butt of jokes from Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro. 

    She couldn’t resist taking a cheeky jibe at him for using the live streaming app ‘Periscope’ a little bit too much. 

    Pique previously used the live mobile app to predict a 2-0 win for Barcelona in El Clasico with his teammate Fabregas.

    In a message directed at him, Katia wrote on Twitter in Spanish, “I wonder if Gerard Pique will (use) Periscope today? With you.. it all started, no? #WhoKnows.”

    To add insult to injury, it was Pique who opened the scoring for the hosts, before Karim Benzema levelled things up and of course, Katia’s brother Ronaldo scoring the winner. 

    Ronaldo, 30, paid no heed

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  • John Terry linked to China move after Shanghai trip

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    Despite the end of his Premier League career, Chelsea star John Terry found himself getting mobbed by fans in Shanghai this week. And it wasn’t because he had announced plans to join the Chinese Premier League, although speculation remains on whether he will stay in Europe or ply the twilight years of his career elsewhere.

    The 35-year-old was in China’s largest city to do his part for the children as he held a football clinic at a high school to encourage youngsters to play football.

    Excited fans turned up everywhere he went for ‘selfie’ opportunities, much to the English player’s delight.

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    Photos showed him dribbling around some cones, and even getting side-tackled by the students.

    It is the second time Terry has visited China in the last year, after he toured the country in mid-2015.

    His current deal with the Blues expires at the end of the season, which means he could

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    What is it like to be in the same cafe as Real Madrid and world famous football star, Cristiano Ronaldo?

    Well, in this video clip of a social experiment, the Real Madrid star tries to go out to a cafe in Madrid like a normal human being to enjoy his chamomile tea.

    Instead of disguising himself, the self-professed workaholic simply wanted to enjoy his time out with his best friend.

    But he found himself getting mobbed for photos by the cafe patrons, almost every three seconds.

     

    Roma legend Totti and wife celebrate birth of daughter

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    Roma forward Francesco Totti and his wife Ilary have welcomed their third child, baby daughter Isabel, into the world.

    The power couple of Italian football, who married in 2005, were pictured in high spirits after leaving the hospital ‘Matre Dei’ on Monday afternoon.

    Totti’s wife Ilary, 34, is an Italian showgirl, model, television

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