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Footballers do the weirdest things during pre-season

Catching birds, playing Hungry Hungry Hippos, playing awful football, it's all there

Ah pre-season, a time for footballers to remind everyone that when they are not playing football they can be very strange indeed.

You’ll see snaps of lavish holidays before they meet up with their club-mates to go on some far-fetched tour as a money making scheme for the owners.

The football is generally terrible, but watching groups of players go on pre-arranged leisure activities can produce moments of unadulterated bliss.

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Training hard

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Training hard

You might think watching major teams’ reserve players seeing out drab draws in supposedly glamorous ties sounds interesting, but you would be wrong.

The only saving grace is the fact the International Champions Cup goes to penalties and even Pepe Reina stepped up to take one against Man United.

Peak pre-season.

No smiling lads

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No smiling lads

Despite all of Jose Mourinho’s gloom and doom chat about how bad United’s pre-season is going, if the pictures are to be believed some of the players look like they might actually be having fun.

Which is strictly forbidden under Jose’s regime.

Axel Tuanzebe has taken his pre-season training to the next level in order to get ready for next season and he’s broken a Guinness World Record in the process.

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What have you done this summer?

It appears that Tuanzebe set a new world record for playing the game Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Like I said, they can be very strange.

The record was set by clearing a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos in the fastest time and can only be attempted by an individual.

Meanwhile Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been trying to become a new kind of superhero over on Arsenal’s tour of Singapore.

It’s nice to see footballer’s enjoying the local culture and really getting in touch with nature.

Maitland-Niles is particularly illuminating on his new-found hobby in the video.

“They call me the Bird Catcher,” he says. “I catch birds.”

Don’t say anthing just enjoy

Don’t say anthing just enjoy

Leeds went on the most controversial tour to Myanmar since Leicester’s ill-fated Thailand trip back in 2015.

Visiting a country that is currently in a state of racial cleansing with thousands of people being displaced is not a good idea to begin with.

But amid all the questions of whether it was moral to visit such a place we did get the unusual site of the Leeds players walking round in traditional dress from the waist down and club shirts on the top half.

Then we had the almost-too-ironic to be true of Alexis Sanchez not be granted a visa to the USA for being a fraud both on the pitch and in real life.

Sanchez was found guilty of tax avoidance in Spain meaning the meanies at the US Embassy wouldn’t serve him with a visa for United’s tour.

The visa was eventually granted and Sanchez got to show the States he was a fraud too.

And finally…

Leyton Orient have been calling for fans to come and walk their dogs around the pitch.

The club have been suffering at the snouts of foxes all summer digging up their turf and now they need dogs to come a do their business so ward off the orange intruders.

Never change, non-league football.

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