Toe Poke Daily: Wenger, Zidane, Deschamps do battle in football-rugby friendly
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Countrymen. Managers. Football players. Rugby rivals? It may sound a bit off, but Arsene Wenger and Zinedine Zidane are just that. The former Arsenal boss took part in a charity football and rugby match in Bordeaux on Monday night.
The event, held in support of the charity "A Smile, a Hope for Life" saw members of France's 1998 World Cup winning football team -- including Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps -- take on their opposite numbers from the 1999 World Cup rugby team with each side getting to play the sport in which they specialize...and one they don't.
Wenger looks pretty sharp dodging Zidane with a football at his feet, but we can't help but wonder how those two and Deschamps would line up for the rugby portion. Deschamps feels like a clear scrum half, while Zidane's speed and size might make him a good full-back. And Wenger? Given his length, we'll have to second row. He might not be able to bring it in the scrums at his age, but his reach would be stellar for the lineouts.
€500 the going rate in Madrid for bunk bed at UCL final
If you are a Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur fan and have managed to bag a late ticket for Saturday's Champions League final in Madrid, then we hope you have a friend in the Spanish capital with a couch for you to crash on.
The first all-English final in more than a decade has seen a stampede of fan demand, to the point where one hostel was offering a bunk bed for €500 ($560, £440) a night.
Travel website Booking.com listed a single bunk bed in a four-bed female dormitory room at the Open Hostel Madrid, near the central Plaza del Rey, at €1,000 for the final weekend. But don't worry -- that price does include breakfast and the use of a communal shower.
When a Reuters television crew turned up to check it out, staff said the price was only €60 ($67, £53) and declined to comment on the inflated online price. Either way, they are now fully booked.
At the other end of the spectrum, the five-star hotel VP Plaza Espana is offering a presidential suite with butler service and use of a fleet of luxury cars for €30,000 ($33,500, £26,500), more than 10 times the price for the room alone. It includes VIP access to the stadium.
"There are certain periods in the year in Madrid that prices rise significantly because there is a lot of demand, and this is one of those moments," said the hotel's marketing manager Laura Granados.
Goal-scoring ref explains viral strike
Nog nooit meegemaakt dit pic.twitter.com/sGyixN0gFb— Harkemase Boys (@HarkemaseBoys) May 25, 2019
The referee who went viral at the weekend for inadvertently scoring a goal in a Dutch fourth-tier match has broken his silence on the embarrassing episode.
Footage of Maurice Paarhuis accidentally scoring for Hoek against Harkemase Boys has attracted almost five million views on Twitter.
The referee told Dutch newspapers on Monday he had no option but to award the goal in the lower-league game.
"The ball hit my foot. I tried to get my leg out of the way but I couldn't do it on time," said Paarhuis, who had a tough time explaining why the goal should stand to the home side. "The players of Harkemase Boys were asking: 'What's happening here?' But in these cases the referee is a so-called 'dead element' and that means I had no option but to award a goal."
In the end the goal mattered little as Harkemase Boys ran out 4-2 winners, and while the game's laws dictated that the goal had to stand a change is being brought in next season.
Paarhuis says he sees the funny side of the incident and has been inundated with messages: "My mobile is full of quips from people across the football world. You can believe some of them have approached me to become a striker for their team."
Paarhuis has been a referee since the age of 16 but also played at amateur level.
"It's not my first goal, I got a couple as a player," he added. "But I hope that it is both my first and last as a referee."
The rest of the football world hopes differently.
Chelsea win Kevin De Bruyne Cup. No, really
🏆 Congratulations @ChelseaFC ⚽— Kevin De Bruyne Cup (@KDBCup) May 26, 2019
Winner #KDBCup 2019 👏
Tot volgend jaar! See you next year! 😊
🥇 @ChelseaFC @chelseayouth
🥈 @KRCGenkofficial @KRCGenkJeugd
🥉 @Feyenoord @feyacademy #KDBCup #KDBCup2019 #sportersbelevenmeer@RocNationSports @DeBruyneKev pic.twitter.com/jPqlb6y86r
Belgian maestro Kevin De Bruyne might not have won a trophy at Chelsea before being shown the door, but at least his name is in the Stamford Bridge trophy room now.
Perhaps a good omen for the upcoming Europa League final, Chelsea have beaten the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Bayern Munich to win an international trophy this week.
Indeed, the Blues have successfully lifted the Kevin De Bruyne Cup -- yes, you read that correctly.
The KDB Cup is an under-15 competition held every May which features youth sides from lots of Europe's biggest clubs.
After seeing off PSV Eindhoven in the semifinals, Chelsea ultimately beat Racing Genk on penalties in the final to take the top honours.
Hazard celebrates big transfer at Disneyland
Thorgan Hazard made his €25.5m move to Borussia Dortmund official last week, thus bringing to an end his four-year stint with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Of course, what better way to celebrate the biggest transfer of your career to date than with a trip to Disneyland?
With family in tow, Hazard spent the weekend taking in the magical sights and sounds at Disneyland Paris.
The 26-year-old Belgian midfielder shared a photo of himself and his daughter in front of the Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant.
And before you say anything -- yes, we had to Google the name of the castle.
Information from Reuters was used in this report