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    Mario Gotze may be serious about making his Bayern Munich comeback, but the German playmaker is also apparently happy to be a bit of a Joker.

    Gotze has not played for Bayern since October, when he picked up a groin injury, but has recently returned to training with the Bundesliga champions.

    He is believed to be nearing his first-team return, after a frustrating season that has seen him play just 11 matches for his club.

    And the 23-year-old seems to be enjoying himself again after his time off the pitch, dressing up as the Batman super-villain the Joker this week.

    Gotze posted a picture to Instagram showing his face made up like the character, as popularised by Heath Ledger in The Dark Night film of 2008.

    The World Cup winner captioned his post with the words ’#joker #partofmario’.

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  • Liverpool’s Jose Enrique celebrates 30th birthday

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    He may not be getting much time on the pitch, but Jose Enrique is still clearly a popular man in the Liverpool dressing room, as his team-mates turned out in force to celebrate his 30th birthday last week.

    Christian Benteke, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Divock Origi, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho, Alberto Moreno, Tiago Ilori, Joao Teixeira and Martin Skrtel were all in attendance as Enrique celebrated his milestone. 

    Meanwhile, his girlfriend Amy Jaine captured the event on Instagram.

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    Enrique, whose birthday was last Saturday, stood with a barbershop quartet that had been arranged for the festivities and posed with Jaine in front of two balloons depicting his age.

    He was brought on as a late sub during the 0-0 draw at West Ham in the 4th round of the FA Cup over the weekend.

    However, Enrique has made only nine appearances in the whole of the last campaign with Moreno preferred at left back, and hasn’t appeared in the Premier League in more than a year.

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  • Tottenham stars make hilarious wager ahead of FA Cup clash

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    Ahead of Tottenham’s FA Cup clash against Colchester on Saturday, Tottenham’s stars were spotted enjoying themselves in Barcelona.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s side are flying high in the Premier League, sitting just two points off the top, and look to be genuine title contenders this season.

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    The London club have been in Spain for a training camp and the players have been making the most of their spare time shopping and enjoying themselves.

    Erik Lamela, Tom Carroll, and the other Tottenham players went out to the streets and took part in a hilarious bet, which saw the loser buy crocs and wear a Barca shirt before walking back to the hotel in the ensemble.


    Man United’s Memphis Depay dating Steve Harvey’s daughter Lori

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    Man United starlet Memphis Depay may not be having the best of times on the field, but his love life off the field is a different story. 

    The 21-year-old winger showed off his new love interest Lori Harvey, 19. Harvey is the step-daughter of American comedian and TV personality Steve

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  • Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane enjoy preseason drink in LA

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    Former Premiership stars Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane met up for a chat in Beverly Hills as the LA Galaxy stars geared up for the MLS pre-season.

    Gerrard had been training with Liverpool over Christmas, but flew back to sunny Los Angeles as Galaxy began their pre-season preparations.

    The pair, both donning black sunglasses in the California sunshine, met up in a park in Beverly Hills for a drink and conversation. They appeared relaxed as fans approached them for photos and autographs.

    Gerrard recently shared his thoughts about going into coaching after his career as a professional footballer ends.

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    The 35-year-old said, “I’m certainly low down on the ladder, as far as coaching and management roles are concerned. I’ve got dreams and aspirations of one day moving into those roles, but I think first and foremost you have to be good enough. You can’t just expect a big job and a big role because you’ve played in the Premier League for so many years, you’ve got so many international caps.”

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  • Former Premiership stars Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane met up for a chat in Beverly Hills as the LA Galaxy stars geared up for the MLS pre-season.

    Gerrard has been training with Liverpool over Christmas, but flew back to sunny Los Angeles as the club began to step up their pre-season preparations.

    The pair, both donning black sunglasses in the California sunshine, met up in a park in Beverly Hills for a drink and conversation. They appeared relaxed as fans approached them for photos and autographs.

    Gerrard recently shared his thoughts about going into coaching, after his career as a professional footballer ends.

    The 35-year-old said : “'I’m certainly low down on the ladder, as far as coaching and management roles are concerned. I’ve got dreams and aspirations of one day moving into those roles, but I think first and foremost you have to be good enough. You can’t just expect a big job and a big role because you’ve played in the Premier League for so many years, you’ve got so many

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    Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze was in attendance at the “Audi Night” on Friday, a special gala held by the car manufacturers during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

    The 23-year-old, who has not played for Bayern since suffering a thigh injury while on international duty with Germany in October, was joined at the glitzy event in Kitzbuehel, Austria, by a host of other celebrities.

    Gotze was joined by his lingerie model girlfriend, Ann-Kathrin Brommel, actor Jason Statham and supermodel Irina Shayk, the ex-girlfriend of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Earlier this month, Gotze was linked with a transfer to Liverpool where he would be reunited with Jurgen Klopp, his manager at previous club Borussia Dortmund.

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    Ahead of the gala event, Gotze posed alongside actor Jason Statham (seen above), who starred in the popular series of ‘Transporter’ films.

    Audi have had a sponsorship agreement with Bayern since 2002, and regularly feature the club and players in their collaborations.

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  • Bayern Munich set for Bundesliga restart after Doha trip

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    Bayern Munich are set to kick off their Bundesliga season after the Christmas and New Year’s break in a clash against Hamburg on Saturday (23 January).

    The squad spent three weeks in Doha, Qatar for a training camp away from the harsh winters of Europe. 

    They also found the time to chat with local fans and attend promo events in the city.

    Captain Philipp Lahm, forwards Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller, midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer were all involved in an intensive training programme at Aspire Academy.

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    Lewandowski, who has reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid, also made the trip and was seen posing with players in the plane to the Middle East. 

    “Robert Lewandowski has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Real Madrid,” German legend Franz Beckenbauer told the media.

    And since arriving at Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014, the Polish international has enhanced his reputation as of Europe’s most deadly strikers.

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  • Jose Mourinho spotted shopping in Shanghai

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    Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was spotted shopping out in Shanghai alone this week, in a stark contrast to his current contemporaries.

    With the January transfer window past the halfway mark, many Premiership managers are still in the market for players.

    However, Mourinho’s idea of shopping was of a different sort as he took a break away from football and visited a variety of stores, including a women’s boutique.

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    He also signed autographs and posed for pictures with excited fans who recognised him as he walked back to his hotel.

    The 52-year-old was dismissed by Chelsea in December after their poor start to the season, which included a series of controversies.

    The club had faced one crisis after another since Mourinho’s spat with doctor Eva Carneiro and the Portuguese coach left Stamford Bridge after a ‘palpable discord’ with the players, according to technical director Michael Emenalo.

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    Wayne Rooney, who scored Manchester United’s winner against Liverpool on Sunday, is set to welcome his third child. 

    The 30-year-old, who already has two adorable sons, Kai, six, and two-year-old Klay, with his wife Coleen, was also labelled a “hands-on dad” by his wife.

    “When we had Kai (first son) it was all new to Wayne, whereas I had more experience through my family,” said Coleen in a magazine interview.

    “By the time Klay (second son) came along, he knew how everything worked and was really confident. It’s natural to him now.”

    And the pregnant WAG hopes she and her husband will still have time for their ‘weekly date nights’ when baby number three arrives.

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    Rooney, who has scored six goals and made 18 appearances for United this season, has been struggling to return to his best form.

    “What I would say has changed the most (about our lives) is the spontaneity,” she said. 

    “Wayne often doesn’t know when he is going to have a day off, so before kids we would just go out for a meal or do

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    A well known statue of Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in his native island of Madeira has been vandalised with the name and number of longtime Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.

    The statue was erected in Madeira’s capital city, Funchal, in 2014 in honour of the Real Madrid forward’s footballing achievements.

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    The vandalism was discovered after the 30-year-old Real Madrid superstar lost out to the Argentinean in the 2015 Ballon D'or o Monday.

    At the ceremony, Ronaldo was cordial to his counterpart (seen above shaking hands with Antonella, Messi’s partner) and even predicted the Argentinean would win his fifth award before the ceremony kicked off.

    However, the Portuguese’s sister, Katia Aveiro, was outraged after the graffiti on her brother’s statue was found on Tuesday.

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    “You all know I’m this man’s sister, and above all how much proud I am to be so, and to know the wonderful and fighting person he is,” she wrote.

    “I find the act in itself a disgrace but what I find more shameful is the envy

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