Barcelona, Man City, Tottenham and Valencia celebrate ‘Star Wars Day’
As you may have realised, today is May 4 — that special time of year where everybody around the world cracks the exact same Star Wars pun (“May the Fourth be with you”).Barcelona
Several football clubs marked the occasion by sharing various bits and pieces on social media, with Valencia committing the most time and effort into their Star Wars Day output.
They celebrated by having the Millennium Falcon presumably transport their entire squad from the Mestalla to the Estadio de la Ceramica ahead of this weekend’s game against Villarreal.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Barcelona offered up a more straightforward effort, though it did feature Lionel Messi dressed as a Jedi knight — which is always nice.
Manchester City invited some young fans along for a Star Wars-themed penalty shootout with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.
Tottenham managed to put a quaint spin on the joke by roping fortuitously-named Argentine defender Juan Foyth into the equation.
All solid efforts, but none were a patch of the Columbus Crew’s Star Wars Day offering from last year, in which the MLS side used their Death Star to completely obliterate the New England Revolution.
To help prepare for the World Cup, the Brazilian national team have set up a training camp high up in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro.
However, with the Granja Comary training centre being some 800 metres above the city with just a narrow winding road connecting the two, the Brazilian football federation have laid on some rather lavish transport for their players.
Neymar, Douglas Costa, Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho have all been spotted being helicoptered directly into the town of Teresopolis, mere metres from the door of the team’s temporary headquarters.
“I suggested this idea taking to Barcelona consideration that it’s important for the players to be here as soon as possible,” explained Edu, former Arsenal midfielder and now general coordinator of the Brazilian national team.
“Many players come from smaller cities and need to go to a bigger city too. [For some] it takes more than 17 hours to get here.”