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Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

PUBLISHED:

20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

Yohan Cabaye has operation on groin

Newcastle star Cabaye goes under the knife again in bid to cure troublesome groin

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UPDATED:

17:47 GMT, 26 November 2012

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye faces his second groin operation in two days on Tuesday.

The France international released a statement from his hospital bed today to say the first part of his surgery has been successful and he expects to go under the knife again.

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

Cabaye, who is ruled out until the
New Year, said: 'A recurring pain (forced) me to get operated on my
abdominal wall. There will be two steps in the surgery. The first on
November 26, the second will happen the day after. I will let you know
about my recovery as often as possible. I'll do my best to get back on
my feet as soon as possible.'

Former Lille midfielder Cabaye was one of several Newcastle players who missed the defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

Manager Alan Pardew will still be
without Hatem Ben Arfa for Wednesday night's visit to Stoke City but
captain Fabricio Coloccini will return from his three-match ban.

Jack Wilshere says son helped him after Arsenal comeback

Jack enjoys his first steps back… and says son Archie helped him

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 28 October 2012

Jack Wilshere is finally back in the game – and he has his one-year-old son Archie to thank for it.

The Arsenal midfielder ended his 17-month spell on the sidelines, playing 66 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Fighting fit: Wilshere in the thick of it against Queens Park Rangers

Fighting fit: Wilshere in the thick of it against Queens Park Rangers

And the 20-year-old opened up about the dark days stuck in the Gunners' treatment room.

'It's been a long journey, I've been told it's been 542 days since my last game,' said Wilshere.

'That's a long time, especially not to have any competition. When you go to the training ground day after day there's times when you don't want to do it, especially when you see all the boys go out to training.

'But you have to. For the last couple of months, I've been going in at 8am and going home at 4pm and the hard work is paying off now.

'For any player to have four months out is tough, but to have a year out and another couple of months is frustrating. When you're nearly back a couple of times and then have another setback it's really hard to take.

Welcome back, Jack: The Arsenal midfielder played for over an hour on Saturday

Welcome back, Jack: The Arsenal midfielder played for over an hour on Saturday

'But I've got my son now and I don't know what I'd do if it wasn't for him. He helped me through it massively, my family have helped me so much and it'll strengthen me.'

Wilshere, sidelined since before the
start of last season after battling ankle and knee injuries, was shocked
at being told he was starting the match against QPR on Saturday morning
after Arsene Wenger originally planned to introduce him as a
second-half substitute.

Job done: Wilshere was replaced by Walcott

Job done: Wilshere was replaced by Walcott

And the midfielder has declared himself fit for Tuesday's League Cup tie against Reading. But with a Premier League showdown with Manchester United on the horizon, Wenger could decide to rest his comeback kid.

'After 60 minutes, I could feel my legs going even then,' added Wilshere.

'I'm still a long way from full fitness and everyone has to understand that. They do here at Arsenal. It's a long journey and it's going to take time.

'When you come back, there's an expectation but I can deal with it. That's part and parcel of football and there's older players here who can keep my feet on the ground and help me.

'Just for now, I'm happy to be back. The feeling – I was just running round smiling – that feeling was amazing.

'I think the boss saw that I was struggling a bit and took me off. 'We've got a game on Tuesday and if I'm selected then I'm ready to play.'

Celtic escape SFA rap over "zombie" banner aimed at Rangers

Celtic escape SFA rap over 'zombie' banner allegedly taunting Rangers' plight

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UPDATED:

16:40 GMT, 11 October 2012

Celtic have been found not guilty by the Scottish Football Association on all four charges relating to an alleged offensive banner displayed by fans during a pre-season friendly against Norwich at Parkhead.

The SFA issued a notice of complaint alleging four rule breaches over the banner relating to Rangers, which appeared in the Celtic support in the July 24 contest in Glasgow.

The SFA charges alleged Celtic had fallen foul of the rules by failing to prevent supporters from bringing the banner into the ground and displaying it.

Rivals: The banner was alleged to have been offensive towards Rangers

Rivals: The banner was alleged to have been offensive towards Rangers

The club were also accused of failing to deal effectively with an instance of unacceptable conduct 'by allowing spectators to retain possession of the banner after it had been initially displayed, which allowed them to display the banner on a second occasion during the above match'.

The banner in question is understood to have featured a gunman shooting a zombie-like figure next to a gravestone with a Rangers crest on it, as supporters mocked the impending liquidation of the Ibrox club.

However, the SFA have cleared the Parkhead club of all four charges relating to rules 26, 28, 31 and 32.

Rule 26: A club shall take all such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure the safety, good conduct and behaviour of its supporters on any ground. A club playing at its own ground or allowing its ground to be used for a match in which it is not participating shall also take all such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure the safety, good conduct and behaviour of all spectators at that ground.

Rule 28: Any misbehaviour by spectators before, during or at the close of a match resulting from the failure of a club or recognised football body to take all reasonably practicable steps to avoid the misbehaviour shall render that club or recognised football body liable to any combination of sanctions provided in this Protocol.

Down but not out: Rangers' financial ruin saw them relegated to the Scottish second division this summer

Down but not out: Rangers' financial ruin saw them relegated to the Scottish second division this summer

Rule 31: A club playing at its own ground or allowing its ground to be used for a match in which it is not participating must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, (i) good order and security; (ii) that policies and procedures have been adopted and are implemented to prevent instances of Unacceptable Conduct; and (iii) that any instance of Unacceptable Conduct is effectively dealt with, all at its own ground, on the occasion of a match.

Rule 32: Each club must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that its players, officials, supporters and any person exercising a function for or in connection with the club do not engage in Unacceptable Conduct at any club's ground on the occasion of a match.

Any failure by a club to discharge a requirement to which it is subject by virtue of Article 28.6 and this Article 28.7 shall constitute a breach of these Articles.

A Celtic spokesperson told the club's official website: 'Celtic Football Club opposes all forms of offensive behaviour and unacceptable conduct and our supporters are well aware of what is expected in this regard.

'We are surprised and disappointed that after providing a significant volume of evidence and information about our safety procedures, that today's hearing was actually necessary.

'In addition to dropping several charges in advance of the hearing, the SFA's Judicial Panel also accepted that Celtic had not breached any SFA rules.

'We believe that Celtic Park's safety and security procedures are of the highest standard, something which was successfully demonstrated to the Judicial Panel by the club and by several witnesses, including independent industry experts.'

Jez Green on Andy Murray

The making of Murray: Speed of a sprinter and the strength of a rugby player

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 11 September 2012

Jez Green, Andy Murray's fitness coach, talks Sportsmail through the body of the US Open champion.

One of the things that stand out is his total dedication. He came to me six years ago when he realised this was an area he needed to work on and from the first day he was prepared to do anything I asked.

Basically he has got the stamina of a middle distance runner, 800-1500metres, and the speed of a sprinter.

Champion: Andy Murray's training regime is tough, but the results are clear to see

Champion: Andy Murray's training regime is tough, but the results are clear to see

His 100m time would be around 11sec, which does not stand out that much but it is his speed over 20m that is exceptional. He is able to take incredibly quick steps.

His 400m would be around 55sec; we used to do a lot of repetitions of those but have stopped now.

He is also prodigiously strong, with the capability close to that of a rugby player in the gym even though he is a tennis player and cannot be that bulky.

He is a ridiculously natural athlete and, when you combine that with the work ethic he has, you come up with something very special.

Jez Green (right), Murray's fitness coach, tells Sportsmail about the US Open champion's build and schedule

Jez Green (right), Murray's fitness coach, tells Sportsmail about the US Open champion's build and schedule

I've been doing this for 18 years and I have never come across anyone like him.

I've always found him great fun away from the tennis court or the gym, but then absolutely committed to the business of winning and competing.

I think what people miss about him is the day-to-day discipline and sacrifice, always eating the right thing, sleeping for the right amount of time.

I suppose as an athlete you could call him the complete package.

So what is Murray made of

Chest and Shoulders

Murray's strength-to-weight ratio means that, despite having almost no bulk on his frame – so he can survive five-hour marathon matches – he can still bench press like a rugby player.

He has put on 9lb of muscle since working with Jez Green. One of his favourite (or hated) routines is weighted chin-ups, where he completes sets of chin-ups with a 20kg weight strapped around his waist.

It not only builds his chest and shoulders but works his abdominals, too.

Lungs

Lung-burning work is the key to Murray's stamina.

One of the most significant drills introduced by Green is a routine that includes 20 sprints over 100metres – with one run every minute.

When he started working with Murray he used to make him run 10 consecutive 400m with only 85 seconds rest.

'This improves lactic acid removal, so you can run faster for longer,' says Green. It is exhausting work. (He runs a mile just to warm down!)

Lung-busting: Murray's regime has assisted his development under Green's supervision

Lung-busting: Murray's regime has assisted his development under Green's supervision

Legs

According to Green, Murray's 100m time is approximately 11sec and his 400m around 55sec, but it is his speed over short distances around the court that is exceptional – which is why his ability to reach shots and recover in rallies is such a weapon.

His footwork is so good because he is able to take incredibly quick steps. Green is also responsible for the transformation in Laura Robson's fitness and footwork that has seen her excel this summer.

Nutrition

Murray always eats within 30 minutes of coming off court to help his body recover.

He will eat six meals a day, usually starting with a protein shake, yoghurt and bagel with peanut butter.

He eats a lot of sushi – famously consuming 42 pieces in a single sitting – as it's rich in protein and low in fat.

Alcohol is banned, as are processed foods and sugar, but Murray is teetotal anyway.

He does, however, consume about six litres of water a day.

Nutritious: Murray eats six times a day to keep his body in top condition and to assist with its recovery time

Nutritious: Murray eats six times a day to keep his body in top condition and to assist with its recovery time

The Schedule

Out of season, Murray spends a month at a boot camp, training for six hours a day, often running the long beaches of Miami as well as sprinting and upper-body work.

During the long season his training schedule will be split into two – during tournaments and in-between competitions.

Blowing hot and cold…

After every session he will endure 10 minutes in an ice bath with water set to 10C.

Some days he will also do bikram yoga, with exercises carried out in a sauna-like room set at 43C.

Murray says: 'It's insane how hot it is in there and you've got to hold your position. You sweat so much and you feel you're going to faint.'

Haile Gebreselassie should not be like us – Laura Williamson

Why this giant of athletics shouldn't be like the rest of us

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 15 July 2012

'You're sweaty,’ says Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest distance runners of all time, with that infectious grin taking over his face; his eyes bright.

Of course I am. We have been running — well, I have been running. Gebrselassie, meanwhile, has barely broken out of a walk — through central London on a surprisingly warm summer morning.

It is a surreal experience. Commuters turn and stare as we jog through Green Park, wondering if this 5ft 5in man with the incomprehensibly slender hips, small steps and distinctive running style is the four-time world 10,000 metres champion and former marathon world record-holder.

Running duo: Haile Gebreselassie with Laura Williamson

Running duo: Haile Gebreselassie with Laura Williamson

He runs that way, his arms crooked, because he used to carry his books in his left hand on the long walk to and from school.

‘Always you hold your book on the left side,’ he says.

‘You have to hold not just this book, otherwise it drops. To take care of your book, my left hand is not active. It is more relaxed.

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‘Plus, I was barefoot. It’s easy to develop that strength. I had my first shoes when I was 14, I think.’

Gebrselassie is 39 now. Think of the pounding that fragile body must have taken over the years; the miles upon miles he has covered during gruelling, three-hour training runs near his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

That he nearly made it to a fifth Olympic Games is a remarkable feat in itself, but his disappointment at missing out on London is tinged with realism.

‘Training the way I want to train, it’s not any more there,’ he says. ‘Of course the motivation is still there, but the discipline…

‘Mentally you don’t accept it. But physically Yes. I wanted to run fast.But physically No, this is your maximum.

‘You’re very disappointed. When people run fast and sprint, when your body’s not replying… ’ He trails off.

‘That’s how the rest of us feel,’ I say.

He smiles gently, but his eyes give him away: Gebrselassie isn’t used to feeling ‘like the rest of us’.

Legend: The Ethiopian runner will be remembered for years to come

Legend: The Ethiopian runner will be remembered for years to come

That’s when it hits me. I’m not sure I want to see him run in London, anyway. I think I’d prefer to remember him destroying opponents on the track before he moved up to the marathon and excelled at that as well.

I felt the same when I watched Venus Williams’s meek first-round exit in the women’s singles at Wimbledon this year. I feel the same about Paula Radcliffe’s attempts to end her Olympic hoodoo in London.

Should we applaud these athletes’ brave, determined struggles against injury, illness and their refusal to accept the passage of time

Key question: Is it better to go out at the top of your game or keep trying until you fail

Key question: Is it better to go out at the top of your game or keep trying until you fail

Or is it acceptable for us to feel a certain tinge of sadness; wishing that they had gone out in a blaze of glory befitting their careers

I am convinced it’s the latter.

I’m glad I will be able to look back on my four-mile run with Gebrselassie with fondness. I was sweaty and he was not: I don’t want him to be ‘like the rest of us’.

Haile Gebrselassie is the mentor to the G4S 4teen programme, helping 14 young athletes achieve their dream to compete at London 2012: www.g4ssport.com

What they said

Team USA basketball star and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Seimone Augustus laughed, more than a little embarrassed, when I asked her what she knows about the Team GB girls she will face in Manchester this week: ‘Erm… I’m going to learn a lot. Read me their names. Three of them play in the States I know their schools.’

Who Azania Stewart (on the ball) is one of the Team GB players

Who Azania Stewart (on the ball) is one of the Team GB players

Safe to say the likes of Russia and Australia may provide a bigger threat to the USA’s crown than the first British Olympic women’s basketball team at London 2012.

… And this is what I've been doing this week

Wincing at Shun Fujimoto’s exploits in the 1976 Olympic Games during the BBC’s excellent Faster, Higher, Stronger documentary about gymnastics. He competed on the pommel horse and rings despite having broken his right knee – helping Japan to win the team gold medal.

Enjoying fricasseed salmon and organic chicken at Tottenham’s impressive new training complex before Andre Villas-Boas met the written press. I wonder how long that will last (the food I mean, obviously – not the manager)…

In attendance: Laura went to Andre Villas-Boas's conference for the written press

In attendance: Laura went to Andre Villas-Boas's conference for the written press

Watching Perri Shakes-Drayton’s 53.78sec PB as she won the 400 metres hurdles at Crystal Palace on Friday night. She said: ‘Today I thought to myself, “Come on girl. Pull your socks up”.’ She did – running the second fastest time by a Briton.

Performance of the week

Bradley Wiggins’ ‘perfect’ ride in the Tour de France time trial on Monday. ‘Winning’ doesn’t do it justice — he decimated the field.

Those gangly legs earned him the nickname ‘Sticks’ but they seemed to motor with barely any effort and his back was so level you felt he could have carried a pint of lager around the course without spilling a drop.

Star man: Bradley Wiggins has been in fine fettle

Star man: Bradley Wiggins has been in fine fettle

Jan Vertonghen next for Arsene Wenger after Arsenal confirm Lukas Podolski deal

Wenger eyes Vertonghen move after hailing arrival of 11m striker Podolski

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22:04 GMT, 30 April 2012

Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Jan Vertonghen after finally confirming their 11million deal for Lukas Podolski.

Sportsmail revealed Arsenal's interest in Podolski in December and the Gunners announced one of the worst kept secrets in football on Monday, revealing the Germany star will join from Cologne ahead of next season.

And Arsenal are preparing for their next transfer splurge by taking steps to land central defender Vertonghen after opening talks with Ajax.

Eye on the ball: Lukas Podolski (left) will join Arsenal in the summer

Eye on the ball: Lukas Podolski (left) will join Arsenal in the summer

Vertonghen is entering the final year
of his contract and Arsenal feel they can land the 25-year-old for as
little as 7m, despite interest from Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Manager
Arsene Wenger hopes Vertonghen will form part of a new-look defensive
pool next season, with Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou available
for transfers away from the Emirates this summer.

Jan the man: Vertonghen is next on Wenger's list of new signings

Jan the man: Vertonghen is next on Wenger's list of new signings

Podolski's
signing and the move to tie up an early deal for Vertonghen is a far
cry from last summer when Wenger was forced into a flurry of late deals
during the closing stages of the transfer window.

'I'm
so happy to be joining Arsenal and to play in the Premier League,'
Podolski said. 'Arsenal are one of the top clubs in Europe with a huge
history. There are many top quality players and the style of football is
fantastic.'

Wenger added: 'Podolski is an important part of our future.

'He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level.'

Scott Parker takes coaching badges

Tottenham midfielder Parker sets sights on becoming manager

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UPDATED:

21:27 GMT, 5 April 2012

Management training: Scott Parker

Management training: Scott Parker

England captain Scott Parker has taken his first steps to football management by starting his coaching badges.

The Tottenham midfielder, 31, would
require four badges before he is fully licensed to coach at the top
level: the FA levels one and two and the UEFA B and A qualifications.

Parker has already worked with some of
the world's most high profile managers, including Jose Mourinho and
Harry Redknapp at club level and Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello
at international level.

Stiliyan Petrov takes inspiration from Fabrice Muamba as he visits Villa Park after leukaemia diagnosis

Petrov takes inspiration from Muamba as he battles leukaemia

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21:14 GMT, 31 March 2012

With dignity and courage, Stiliyan Petrov took his first steps into a challenging future. Just a day after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the Aston Villa captain arrived at Villa Park with his wife and two children to support his colleagues in the match with Chelsea.

Before the game, he went into the home dressing room to meet players who had been traumatised by news of his affliction. As Villa’s manager, Alex McLeish, admitted, it was a difficult encounter. ‘Stan shook everyone’s hand and everyone embraced him. They weren’t sure whether to applaud or cry. But he has inspired a lot of people. He’s some man,’ said McLeish.

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

In the event, even Petrov could not
inspire a Villa victory. Two down and apparently beyond hope, they
scored twice late in the game. But as they pressed on for improbable
victory, Chelsea countered and Villa were left to contemplate a 2-4
defeat.

And yet, as with Bolton’s Fabrice
Muamba, football was rendered trivial when compared with the scale of
outside problems. Petrov cited Muamba as an inspiration in his own
struggle. In a statement released minutes before the match, he said:
‘With the help and love of my family, my team-mates, all of my friends
in football, I am sure I will beat this illness and I am determined to
do this.

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

‘I saw the picture released by Fabrice
Muamba, my fellow player, and it has inspired me, as has all of the
support in the past 24 hours. For me, football will have to take a back
seat for a while, but I’m here to support my team-mates and I will
continue to support them as I know they will support me.’

His statement was read to the crowd
five minutes before kick-off, as he and his family took their seats in
the stand. The entire ground applauded and a chant of ‘One Stiliyan
Petrov’ rang through the ranks.

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov.

The match programme carried the
captain’s notes, written before the diagnosis. Much of it was the usual,
workaday stuff of such articles. But, poignantly, he mentioned Villa’s
postponed match against Bolton, saying it was ‘perfectly understandable
in the wake of the cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice’ and adding: ‘It
was a worrying time for everyone. So we are delighted to hear that
Fabrice is on the mend.’

Football continues to reel from sickening blows from unlikely sources. And yet the dignity has never wavered.

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

Chelsea’s acting manager,
Roberto Di Matteo, obeyed the tone of the times. ‘It was an emotional
day,’ he said. ‘But we had to do our job. Once the game starts, you have
to focus on the task. But I felt that the football family came together
again. We just wish him well.’

Petrov, 32, will begin his treatment
in a London hospital tomorrow. The severity of his illness will require
protracted attention and nobody at Villa Park was pretending otherwise.

Inspiration: Fabrice Muamba's partner posted this picture on Twitter on Friday

Inspiration: Fabrice Muamba's partner posted this picture on Twitter on Friday

Yet already he has been made aware of
the depth of football’s regard and concern. ‘The response has been
overwhelming, and I appreciate it very much,’ he said. As McCleish had
put it: ‘He’s some man’.

Liverpool wedding for Singapore couple

You'll never walk alone… Singapore couple marry to a Liverpool-themed wedding

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UPDATED:

14:30 GMT, 20 March 2012

They fell in love at a Liverpool game. Now their wedding day looks like a football match made in heaven.

For diehard Reds fans Mr and Mrs Han, a simple nod to their favourite team wasn’t enough. Living almost 7,000 miles from the city of Liverpool, the couple met through the club’s fanclub in Singapore. And to show their support for the team, they decided to have a Liverpool FC-inspired wedding bash.

They posted this video of their ceremony on YouTube so that ‘John W Henry and others in Liverpool FC feel the love of the club from the fans in Singapore and Asia as a whole.’

Here’s the message Mrs Han posted beneath the YouTube video…

“We are Liverpool fans living in Singapore some 6823.5 Miles from the city of Liverpool. In late 2001, through our support for our beloved team, we met each other @ Official Liverpool FC Fanclub Singapore Branch. What follow was a courtship unlike other couples. Our dates were watching Liverpool FC together every weekend. Everywhere we go, we were dressed up in identical LFC tops.

“When we finally decide to take the path to marriage, our wedding had to be LIVERPOOL FC-inspired theme. Our friends would come in their soccer jerseys.

“This clip shows our first march in
which was very unique as we walk in with the theme song – “You’ll Never
Walk Alone”. A song that symbolises our baby steps in courtship to being
husband and wife.
We hope by sharing this video here,

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard holds the Champions League trophy in front of his team mates

1) Shows that it possible to meet your other half @ a soccer game screening.

2) It makes your dates more fun as you talk about Liverpool and buy Liverpool!!

3) We hope that by sharing this video, John W. Henry and others in Liverpool FC would feel the love of the club from the fans in SINGAPORE and ASIA as a whole.

Hope whoever see this video, please share with your fellow Liverpool fans.
YNWA,

Mrs HAN 🙂

Looks like they had a ball!