10 Things We’ve Learned From the First Weekend Without Football

Well, here we are.

Football has gone and so has all the toilet paper.

Normally about this time, we might do a Things We Learned from the weekend’s action but there wasn’t really any. Yeah, odd isn’t it?

Still, let’s not the tedious issue of a lack of actual football matches stop us from analysing football. For the game itself is like, what, 2% of all the fluff surrounding it.

?And the fluff is the good stuff…right? RIGHT?? I mean it’s either that or we pack it all in and watch Mrs Brown’s Boys. 

Anywho, here are a bunch of little things we learned from the weekend’s inaction…

Gary Lineker Has a Very Predictable Word Muted on Twitter

Gary Lineker

Presenter, national treasure, crisp advocate; Gary Lineker has kept himself occupied in the doldrums sans Match of the Day by tweeting himself daft.

Most notably, it was revealed in an exchange with journalist Sid Lowe that the ex-Barça front man has a very predictable word ‘muted’ on Twitter…so don’t even bother trying yeah?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Is a Great Dancer

One man seemingly unperturbed by football’s hiatus is loveable Liverpool midfielder/puppy in human form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who danced his way up some stairs with girlfriend Perrie Edwards.

Plz just watch those ankles, Alex. That floor looks very slippy.

Antoine Griezmann Loves Football Manager (and So Does Joe Lolley)

Not everyone is getting their cardio in, however. 

World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann is taking part in a 32-man Football Manager network tournament. Meanwhile, ?Nottingham Forest’s Joe Lolley shared a screenie of his mightily impressive Gloucester save.

There’s no word on how Ousmane Dembele’s famous Winchester FC are doing these days, however. Still, if Shaun of the Dead taught us anything, Winchester is the safest place to be.

In Fact, Everyone Loves Football Manager

it’s not just for professionals though, normal common or garden humans are taking to Football Manager in record numbers.

The game’s creator Miles Jacobsen confirmed on ?Twitter that upwards of 89,000 people had loaded up a save on Sunday 15 March – a new high.

El Gran Derbi Went Ahead! (*on FIFA)

?Sevilla vs Real Betis, known as El Gran Derbi in Spain, was scheduled for Sunday.

Obviously that didn’t happen…except that it sorta did!

Sevilla full back Sergio Reguilon took on Borja ‘Panda’ Iglesias on FIFA to decide Spain’s fieriest derby.

Betis took the win, as shared in the above clip, with Borja making sure to score the only goal of the game with his own avatar. Expect much more of this kind of content in the coming gameweeks.

Bog Roll Keepy-Uppies Is…Easy? Hard??

You might not be able to find toilet paper on the shelves, and that’s because professional footballers have taken all of it for #content. Probably.

Barcelona and Real Madrid reignited their Clásico rivalry quarantine-style with a bog roll skills-off between Riqui Puig and Braham Diaz to raise awareness/lift spirits during Spain’s ‘state of alarm’. ?Read more about it here.

Various non-pros have also been trying the #10toqueschallenge (10 touches challenge) on social media, with incredibly mixed results.

?Jean-Michel Aulas Is Even More Transparent Than Karren Brady


If you thought Karren Brady’s hot take on cancelling the football season right now with West Ham above the drop was the most transparent thing you would hear from an owner this weekend, well you were dead wrong. 

Lyon’s prez Jean-Michel Aulas has out-Brady’d Brady with his solution on how to proceed with events. 

Writing on Twitter, the ever-controversial president has suggested simply averaging out the league positions in Ligue 1 from the last three to five seasons to determine who qualifies for the Champions League next season.

Why would he think that’s a goo— checks table —ahhh Lyon are in seventh.

Very Silly Transfer Rumours Are Going Nowhere

Sadio Mane

You’ve gotta hand it to yer Don Balons, yer El Desmarques, yer Tuttosports and the rest. There could be an actual nuclear apocalypse and they’d still have Mohamed Salah on the verge of a £150m part-exchange move to PSG with Kylian Mbappe going the other way the next morning.

In the last few days, we’ve heard about Real Madrid coming for Sadio Mane, Chelsea lining up an £85m move for Leon Bailey and Harry Kane to Juventus…

Strap in. 

Football Admin Twitter Is Dull

Ok, we get it. There’s nothing much to banter at, but watching university graduates play noughts and crosses and connect four in the name of official club #content is…bleak.

Please everyone, just staaaap.

Not you Forest Green. This is very good.

Players You Totally Forgot About Are Still Going Strong in Turkey

Those who absolutely refused to not watch live football at the weekend had the choice of Brazil’s state championships, the Hungarian top flight or Turkish Super Lig. 

And there is a correct choice from those three…

Mert Gunok,Gael Clichy,Edin Visca,Fredrik Gulbrandsen,Irfan Can Kahveci,Demba Ba,Mahmut Tekdemir,Carlos Ponck,Enzo Crivelli,Martin Skrtel,Junior Caicara

Where else can you see Martin Skrtel score an oggy, Cameron Jerome line up alongside Ricardo Quaresma and Steven Actual Caulker bag a match-winner? 

Here’s ?a full rundown of what happened in Turkey this weekend (obviously very much from a Premier League fan’s perspective).


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