Footballers Lives

Young: school dinners? I wanted to eat fast to go and play football

Ashley Young remembers his school dinners – as something to shovel down him as fast as possible so he could get outside and play football. "When it came to school dinner time, you were obviously st...

Ox: I gave Tyga a tour of the Emirates – thought he’d be bored but he loved it

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed Tyga round the Emirates stadium, thinking the American rapper would be bored – but he loved every minute. Arsenal mi...

Young: this is my favourite track on Nav’s album – do you agree?

Ashley Young has added some new songs by Nav to the Manchester United dressing room playlist and wants to know if you agree with him about which is th...

Bolasie: I met Rihanna and she speaks posh like the Queen!

Yannick Bolasie was amazed when he met Rihanna in LA – because she spoke posh just like the Queen. "We met Rihanna," Bolasie revealed in an exclusi...

Clichy: how I put a pre-match playlist together

As dressing room DJ at Manchester City, Gael Clichy’s job is tough – he has to please all of the people all of the time. So the French defender h...

Young: the best concert I have ever seen

A couple of years ago Ashley Young saw Mary J Blige in London and said it was the best concert he’d ever seen. Now he’s seen a better one – Mary...

Clichy: the right music can improve the team’s performance by 10 per cent

Gael Clichy takes his job as Man City dressing room DJ seriously – because he believes that playing the right music before a game makes the whole te...

Zaha: when I’m sad this song makes me want to dance

When he’s having a bad day – or has had a bad game – Palace star Wilfried Zaha knows the song to play that will stop him feeling sad and make hi...

Juan Mata: I was told English food was terrible – but I love it (except fish and chips)

Manchester United’s Spanish star feared one thing more than any other when he first came to England – the terrible English food. Everyone had w...

Bolasie: how I write rap songs

Yannick Bolasie – famous for his video rap battles with former team-mate Bradley Wright-Phillips – has revealed how he goes about writing rap lyri...

Ox: Listening to Settle Down 50 times eased my nerves before England debut

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was nervous before making his England debut so he calmed himself down by listening to Settle Down by Mavado FIFTY TIMES. It w...