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VIDEO: Mourinho, Beckham tour Tottenham’s new stadium

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Jose Mourinho and David Beckham had an absolutely splendid time as they took a tour of Tottenham’s stunning new stadium.

To be fair, who wouldn’t? The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is stunning.

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This particular tour was very special as a legendary manager and player relaxed, discussed how they approach life and shared tips on healthy living and mental wellness for players and coaches.

The tour took place before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world but the lessons shared by Mourinho and Beckham are extremely relatable and helpful in this tough time.

Mourinho and Beckham worked in partnership with Tottenham sponsor AIA, as the latter is an ambassador for the financial company.

“I am grateful to AIA for giving me the opportunity to learn about Spursโ€™ pioneering approach to player health and wellness and to get insight from a manager as experienced and successful as Jose was a real privilege,” Beckham said. “There is a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but itโ€™s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important. I am proud to partner with AIA and to see first-hand their commitment to supporting people to live healthier lives.”

Beckham grew up close to Tottenham and his grandfather supported the club and was a season ticket holder who took the England legend to games as a youngster. While he did play for Spurs’ academy as a youngster, Beckham then decided to join Man United instead. It is clear Spurs still remain close to his heart.

Take a look at the video below to see Mourinho and Beckham taking a stroll around the stunning 62,000 capacity stadium.

Mourinho, Beckham talk shop, science at Spurs campus (video)

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Tottenham Hotspur’s new digs are absolutely bonkers, something David Beckham learned first hand from Jose Mouurinho earlier this year.

Beckham toured Spurs’ campus and met with Mourinho as well as Spurs players Heung-min Son, Harry Winks, Japhet Tanganga, and former PSG teammate Lucas Moura.

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The series is part of an initiative between Spurs and corporate partner AIA, and details the lengths Tottenham has gone to keep its players comfortable.

Here’s the one that slayed us: The players have matching mattresses at the training campus to the ones they have in their personal homes. Talk about luxury!

Mourinho and Beckham clearly enjoyed spending time together, with Beckham noting that he learned a bunch. Perhaps he can take it back to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

“There is a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but itโ€™s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important,” Beckham said.

Maybe one day, he’ll bring Mourinho there, too.

Bend it like Beckham? How about Bend it WITH Beckham

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Why bend it like David Beckham when you can bend it WITH the MLS owner?

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David Beckham, part owner of the MLS club Inter Miami, is auctioning off a chance to take him on in a five-on-five match, part of a package that includes lunch with the English legend and a chance to watch a game from the owners’ box.

The auction is part of the league’s All In Challenge, which will raise money for organizations that are feeding the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic, including Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

Other auctions include an opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to attend an LAFC game with comedian Will Ferrell, a part owner of that club. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is auctioning off a chance for a fan to get their name on the official MLS game ball when games resume. MLS suspended the season on March 12.

Here is the full list of auction items:

  • Play 5-on-5 with MLS, Inter Miami CF co-owner David Beckham
  • Replace Commissioner Garberโ€™s Name On The Official MLS Match Ball + VIP All-Star Weekend Trip
  • Sit In The LAFC Owners Box With Will Ferrell
  • Fly + Stay w/ Colorado Rapids to away game + field access and more
  • Austin FC co-owner Matthew McConaughey has a Texas Longhorns offer

 

Inter Miami reportedly chasing Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez

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Could James Rodriguez be David Beckham’s David Beckham?

The wantaway Real Madrid star is being pursued by Inter Miami, according to Goal.com, as the MLS outfit looks to put its stamp on the league. The report says the club is having “informal talks” with Rodriguez’s people and there is “no firm offer on the table.”

While there’s certainly no comparison to the eyebrows raised around the world when the LA Galaxy scored Becks from Real Madrid in 2007, there are similarities to what the move would signal for Beckham’s club and MLS as a whole.

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Rodriguez only has one year left on his contract, but it would be stunning if Real sold him for less than the MLS incoming transfer record. That’s Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez’s approximately $16 million move for River Plate to Atlanta United.

Inter Miami already has the third-biggest transfer buy in MLS history according to Transfermarkt.com, scooping up Rodolfo Pizarro in February.

Beckham also remains the league’s most notable import, arriving on a free transfer from Real in 2007.

Rodriguez turns 29 in July and remains a star for Colombia, where he owns 76 caps and 22 goals with Los Cafeteros,ย but his career has been uneven since the 2014 World Cup propelled him from Monaco to Real Madrid.

He’s won two Champions League titles, two Bundesliga crowns, and a La Liga between Real and Bayern Munich.

And the numbers are actually quite decent. Rodriguez has 52 goals and 62 assists in 191 career appearances with his last two clubs. That’s seen him linked with Everton and Napoli over the past year, with Atletico Madrid and Arsenal also mentioned in reports.

He’s on the down side of his prime, but there’s almost zero chance he wouldn’t instantly become one of if not the top attacker in the league. Carlos Vela’s numbers at Real Sociedad are comparable to Rodriguez, and the Colombian has not put a ton of wear on his tires this season (under 700 total minutes at Real).

Bringing Rodriguez to MLS would bring both a gate draw and production to Inter Miami, with eyes already on the club due to Beckham’s megawatt celebrity.

The question isn’t whether Beckham would be willing to spend what it takes to get Rodriguez, or whether Real boss Florentino Perez would help out his former charge. It’s about Rodriguez’s hopes for his future. Coming to MLS won’t doom his national team chances, but would signal the next step in his career. Very few players come to MLS from top European leagues and head back, though Beckham is one.

The lure of being closer to home is nice, and Rodriguez has made plenty of money at Real. It wouldn’t be shocking if Beckham lured Rodriguez here, but it would be a major coup for the club and the league. Let’s hope it happens.

10 soccer movies you need to watch

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Now, we all need plenty of things to watch to keep us going through the current coronavirus pandemic and here are 10 soccer movies you should add to your list.

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With no live games going on across the vast majority of the world right now, it feels good to at least watch soccer of some kind.

Below are trailers and explainers on 10 movies which differ vastly. From serious documentaries to comedies, we have you covered. There’s something for everyone in the list below. Trust me.

In no particular order, let’s take a look at which soccer movies are essential viewing.


Maradona

Asif Kapadia, the director of Senna, has produced the best-ever documentary on Diego Armando Maradona. There have been plenty of films which have detailed one of the greatest players in the history of the game but this is just stunning. Kapadia had hundreds of hours of never before seen footage and this docudrama focuses on Maradona’s tumultuous spell at Napoli when he delivered to Serie A titles and was beloved by Neapolitans across the globe. But, like most things in his life, his genius on the pitch got him into trouble off it. Watch this. You will not regret it. One of the great soccer movies ever made.

Escape to Victory

Pele. Check. Bobby Moore. Check. Michael Caine. Check. Sylvester Stallone. Check. Need I say more? Perhaps the greatest soccer movie in history. Escape to Victory (which is known officially as Victory) is set in France during the Second World War and focuses on a team of star players playing against the German army amid the background of (you guessed it) an escape. Stallone’s antics as star goalkeeper, Pele’s bicycle kick and a rallying cry from Caine are just some of the great moments from this classic movie.

Damned United

Brian Clough is perhaps the greatest manager England has ever produced. He won two European Cups with Nottingham Forest and league titles with Forest and rivals Derby County and did it all while making everyone laugh. This movie, starring Michael Sheen, focuses on his infamous 44-day spell in charge of Leeds United. Sabotage, player revolts and tremendous team talks. Just like the outspoken genius that was Brian Clough, this is top-notch entertainment.

We Must Go

An incredible documentary on Bob Bradley taking charge of the Egyptian national team after being fired by the USMNT in 2011. Amid the uprising against the government in Egypt, the Port Said massacre and huge unrest, people were united by one thing: Egypt reaching the 2014 World Cup for the first time in 24 years. This story about Bradley and his young team coming so close to their goal is emotional, dramatic and full of poignant moments. A reminder that Bradley, the current LAFC head coach, is the bravest coach in American soccer history.

Bend it Like Beckham

Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra star as aspiring young female players in London as their team, against all the odds, prove they belong. A truly uplifting movie as curling free kicks like David Beckham’s famed right foot is still the main aim for every young English girl and boy growing up.

She’s the Man

Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum star in this comedy about high school soccer as Bynes pretends she is a boy to play on the varsity team but there is plenty of drama along the way. Another inspirational story about women proving antiquated attitudes are no longer welcome in the beautiful game.

Mike Bassett: England manager

Think of every single British soccer cliche you can. Okay? Put that in a movie with plenty of British comedy actors and it is hilarious. Not one of the most intellectual soccer movies out there but Ricky Tomlinson (who plays Mike Bassett) plays the part perfectly. Who would be the manager of England!?

Kicking and Screaming

Will Ferrell is a rising figure in the soccer world as part-owner at LAFC and this movie is a lovely crossover between his comedy genius and his love for the game. Coaching a team of underdogs which includes his young son, Ferrell transforms into a coach who is consumed by the game. Was this the inspiration for Ted Lasso?

United

The tragic story of the 1958 Munch Air Disaster is told in a compelling and gripping manner, as Manchester United’s famous Busby Babes are still revered to this day. One of the greatest teams English soccer has ever seen, the plane carrying United home from their European Cup clash at Partizan Belgrade crashed in Munich, Germany over a stop. Star players perished as the grief was felt by the entire soccer world.

One Night in Turin

Every single England fan out there will tell you they should have won the World Cup in 1990. Paul Gascogine’s tears. Gary Lineker’s goals. More penalty kick heartache. This was typical England. Set against the backdrop of hooliganism on the rise in England once again, Sir Bobby Robson led his unfancied Three Lions squad to the brink of their first World Cup final since 1966.