In our latest edition of Things We Love, Club Journalist Caroline Oatway rounds up the best of the internet's offerings from the past seven days…
Sweden legend Henrik Larsson hit the headlines this week – and he didn’t even do anything.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the TV show, Pointless, in which contestants aim to score the fewest amount of points, with the most unique answers they can think of.
The more obscure the answer, the better…
Anyway, moving on… in a bizarre twist of fate, a pairing who do not share our love of the beautiful game were given the option to choose “Euro 2000 goalscorers” as a category.
Having been advised by her partner beforehand to “just answer Henrik Larsson to any football question”, the duo decided to throw caution to the wind.
Oh, how it paid off! Watch and enjoy…
Manchester la la la
If you’re Mancunian born and bred, are a regular visitor or are planning to visit this wonderful city at some point, this may be of interest to you..
Great news to share today: @ManCityCouncil grant planning permission for #Factory, extraordinary new arts and culture centre for MCR pic.twitter.com/yhWFpGzDlo— MIFestival (@MIFestival) January 12, 2017
An unbreakable bond
The footballing world were deeply saddened to learn of Graham Taylor’s passing.
Musician and Watford fanatic Elton John shared a heart-warming tribute to the former Hornets manager – his close friend.
A fitting tribute.
I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham's passing. He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever. He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to unchartered territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius. This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. My thoughts go out to Rita, Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family. @watfordfcofficial #GrahamTaylor #RIP
This takes some guts…
Britain’s Got Talent contestant Paul Manners only belted out a rendition of Blue Moon in the Sir Alex Ferguson Suite at Old Trafford at the Football Blogging Awards!
Although he could have done with some help with the lyrics, (thankfully) he wasn’t booed off stage. In fact, he even had a dancer in Natalie Pike.
Portrait of an icon
Considered the greatest manager of all time, Rinus Michels will go down in footballing history.
In memory of the Dutchman, who passed away in 2005, Daniel Storey of Football 365 has penned a piece which focuses on his achievements and the lasting impact he had on the game.
Here’s a sneak peek…
“To talk of trinkets is to focus on a fragment of Michels’ legacy. Not only was he “the father of Dutch football”, as Marco van Basten famously said, but also the most influential coach in the game’s history. He sculpted a style of play that came to define a country’s footballing ethos, and implemented strategies that would become commonplace across the world. Variations of Michels’ ideas are still considered visionary today.”
Dive in deeper (highly recommended) here.
In celebration of Olympic Channel dug out this absolute gem…
Golden Pep Guardiola's goal ⚽⚽⚽ for Spain against Colombia at Barcelona 1992. 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸 Feliz Cumpleaños, football legend! 🎂 @FIFAcom pic.twitter.com/Sf6ntWftfB— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 18, 2017
A little hero
It was special to meet @Bradleysfight at Goodison. We admire you. Looking forward to see you at the Etihad Stadium soon.— PepTeam (@PepTeam) January 16, 2017
Anything we’ve missed? Tweet us @ManCity and share your favourite finds from the week!