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3 Odd Stories From the First Week of February 2016


With EPL leaders Leicester City blowing away both Liverpool and Manchester City this week, Pep Guardiola being announced as City's next manager, the ongoing Jose Mourinho to Manchester United saga and Barcelona doing Barcelona things like blowing away no-hopers Valencia 7-0 it was an interesting week in football.

But beyond the major headlines there were a few funny and downright ridiculous things that happened over the past seven days as well. Here are three of the more notable:

Eden Hazard Apologizes to Jose Mourinho for Being Crap


Self awareness is not a common trait among modern footballers, we're talking about guys who get their nicknames embroidered onto the leather headrests of their £250,000 Rolls Royces and are often seen going for a "cheeky Nandos" with an over-tanned peroxide blonde bimbo with two braincells to rub together.

So it came as a surprise this week when Eden Hazard admitted that his hapless form might just have contributed to Jose Mourinho's sacking at Chelsea when he said that he texted an apology to his former boss:

"I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and… well… just that I was sorry.

We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t. I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been Player of the Year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well.

I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to José and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future."

There hasn't been any word on whether or not the equally shit Diego Costa has apologized to Mourinho for also performing "less well" yet.

Leeds United Issue a Special Programme for Their Madcap Owner


Due to the notoriously erratic Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino's obsessive mistrust of the number 17, the club printed their programme this week with a slight modification to the issue number. Rather than going with 17, as they should have, they numbered it 16B. It's a small step to take for the club, considering Cellino once released goalkeeper Paddy Kenny when he found out his birthday was the 17th of May. Anything to appease a man who changes manager's more than most of us change our socks, I guess.

Everyone is Going to China!


Eyebrows at FootyFair HQ were firmly raised this week when it was announced that Atletico Madrid flop Jackson Martinez is headed for China after signing for Guangzhou Evergrande courtesy of an eye-watering €42million deal. After lighting up the Portuguese league with Porto, Martinez has managed only 2 goals in 15 appearances for the Atletico while looking very much like someone who was overhyped after a good record in a second rate league. The news of his capture follows Chelsea midfielder Ramires’ recent £25million move to Jiangsu Suning.

For a list of other players chasing Chinese cash, check out our piece on 10 Big Name Footballers That Now Play in China.
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