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Arsenal guard of honour for Manchester United

As Arsenal prepare to give Man United a guard of honour, we ask… what's it all about

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

22:51 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:20 GMT, 26 April 2013

Manchester United are expected be given a guard of honour by Arsenal when they walk out at the Emirates on Sunday – but why

It is not compulsory for any club to provide a guard of honour if they face the newly crowned League champions but is a ceremony agreed between the two clubs.

It is understandable that Arsenal would put one on for United, who first celebrated the Gunners' 1991 league title win, giving them a guard of honour at Highbury.

Old tradition: United clap Chelsea out in 1955

Old tradition: United clap Chelsea out in 1955

The Manchester club have a history of
respecting opponents and they also honoured Chelsea lifting the Premier
League trophy in 2005. To reciprocate, Chelsea did the same for United
two years later. Everton also celebrated United's title success on the
last day of the season in 2003 at Goodison Park.

But it is not exclusive to the modern
era, and occurred as far back as 1955 when United provided one for
Chelsea. It is not just used for title winners either – a guard was
formed in 2011 by United and Sunderland to celebrate Sir Alex Ferguson's
25 years in charge. Newcastle players also applauded Arsenal on to St
James' Park in 1994 when they won the European Cup-Winners' Cup.

The exact origin of the Guard of
Honour is not known, but early examples date back centuries ago to
Ancient Greece. The Ancient Greek poet Homer wrote about warriors as
fallen heroes who were given a similar ceremony. There are further
examples throughout Classical and Medieval history.

Guard of Honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of Honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Its roots are firmly in the military.
As military historian John Sadler explains: 'Most established armies
have a guard of honour function and individual members are drawn from
the ranks of the elite, selected for their imposing appearance, bearing
and precision. The prime functions are to (a) provide a guard for
visiting dignitaries, (b) for national civic ceremonials and (c) to
honour the dead/fallen comrades.

'In the UK these functions are
generally provided by the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry, though all
regiments and branches of the service would field a guard of honour,
depending on circumstances. It is easy to see how this could transfer to
sport.'

It is an act that demonstrates a huge
level of respect, but one that jars with some players. When Roy Keane
and Gary Neville faced each other applauding Chelsea on to the Old
Trafford pitch in May 2005 for Jose Mourinho's first title, neither
player wanted to look their opponents in the eye. Neville said
afterwards nothing had stuck in his craw more during in his career and
Keane said it was a good experience because it taught him that it was
one he never wanted to go through again.

Fergie time: the United boss is clapped on to the pitch in November 2011

Fergie time: the United boss is clapped on to the pitch in November 2011

EURO 2012: Portugal in the mood for glory – Pepe

Portugal stars in the mood for Euro glory thanks to extended time off, reveals Pepe

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17:40 GMT, 31 May 2012

Portugal centre back Pepe says he is feeling rejuvenated for Euro 2012 thanks to the amount of time off that coach Paulo Bento has given his players during their training camp in preparation for next month's tournament.

Portugal's schedule included one full
day and three afternoons off since they started their training camp in
the medieval town of Obidos two weeks ago. Many squads give little or no
time at all outside the training camp.

'Bento knows that it is often preferable to give us a morning or an afternoon off to be with our family and disconnect,' Pepe told reporters on Thursday.

Relaxed: Real Madrid defender Pepe is feeling goof ahead of Euro 2012

Relaxed: Real Madrid defender Pepe is feeling goof ahead of Euro 2012

Euro 2012

The Brazilian-born Real Madrid player said a Wednesday afternoon with his family did wonders to energise him.

'We arrived at the hotel today with enhanced will and spirit to train. It is as if we were arriving to be with the national team for the first time,' he said.

'Paulo (Bento) knows perfectly that this spirit is good. He was once a player and we talked amongst ourselves and reached the common sense that this time off was spectacular to us.'

Training camp or holiday camp (left-right) Fabio Coentrao, Ricardo Qauresma, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hugo Almeida at Praia Del Rey in Portugal

Training camp or holiday camp (left-right) Fabio Coentrao, Ricardo Qauresma, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hugo Almeida at Praia Del Rey in Portugal

Portugal are drawn in Group B for Euro 2012 with former European champions Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Their first match is against Germany in Ukraine's Lviv on June 9.

They play Turkey in the Luz stadium on Saturday, their last test before flying out to their tournament base in Poland.