Ben, Rachel and John Farnworth celebrate Christmas in true Kickabout style. They take a look back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months.
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Hello Kickabouters, good morning and season's greetings. Welcome to a
Christmas edition of Match of the Day Kickabout. Our stockings are
overflowing with treats. They are and I'm dressed in my Stoke City
Christmas jumper. You'll find out why later. You're looking the part
as well. Thank you. My official Leeds United jumper. Soyuz extra
large, because they'd sold out of everything else. Here's what's
coming up on today's show: England sensational shot stopper Jack
Buttland gives us his Christmas routine. Tis the season for magic. A
bauble to be precise And the dream five-a-side team from the man of the
moment. He doesn't half move well for a guy would gets through so many
mince pies. While you're stuffing your face with those mince pies, I
will do some work. Here are the headline hitters: Chelsea have
sacked Jose Mourinho, their most successful ever manager, just seven
months after leading theme Premier League glory, with the champions
hovering just above the relegation zone.
The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League has been made.
Arsenal' task couldn't be harder. They face holders Barcelona, with
Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Non-league clubs battled bravely in
the second round of the FA Cup. But only one of them, Eastleigh, will
compete in the third round of the oldest cup competition in the world.
Mother mince pie! Budge up then. Someone else is about to join our
line-up. This guy's been very busy entertaining us this year.
That is your card all right. Giving you the deck. Got to try and find
it. It's John Farnworth everyone! Merry comis. -- Christmas. Hang on,
that's not a football. What is it? It's a Christmas pudding. No-one
really likes them. But I'm going to do tricks with them You've been a
free styling mascot and now doing football magic tricks, where do you
come up with the ideas? I don't know. It started with doing tricks
in my back garden. It's amazing where it's led me to. I can't put my
finger on it. It's great. What's brilliant is how you've inspired the
viewers. They don't just want to be Ronaldo or Messi, they want tomorrow
late you. Take a look. -- want to emulate you. Look at
this, lovely round the world. Regains control, more tidy pick-ups
and catches it on the neck. Check out the Kickabout website over
Christmas. We have a fantastically festive quiz for you. See if you or
your friends can get five out of five. You can also upload videos of
your best goals and skills. 2015 has been a vintage year, so let's repeat
that brilliant in 2016. It's not just viewers getting into the
spirit. Plenty of Premier League players have been, well shall we say
coerced into spreading festive cheer.
Wait, wait. Because there's a big wait. I'm putting on a pair of socks
first. Game over. This is the opening shot
of the video. We have put a Christmas putting in the corner of
the goal. Knock it out. As many shots as it takes, but we need it.
# We wish you a merry Christmas # We wish you a merry Christmas
# And a happy new year # After all that silliness, there's
the serious matter of four games for every Premier League club offer the
next two weeks. Yes and this may look like a Christmas tree. But
don't be fooled. But it's the top of the Premier League take Kickabout
style. In the thick branches, that's sixth place for Crystal Palace. What
a storming season they're having. Below them, Liverpool, West Ham and
even Watford hoping to climb the tree. In fiveth, Spurs occupying the
Europa League spot. Then up to fourth, it's Man United. I'm afraid
it's more alarm bells than Jingle Bells around Old Trafford. Up to
third it's the other Manchester club, Man City. Look how happy that
fan is. Always inevitably in the mix. Standing for second place,
because we have a Santa Claus count down for Arsenal. The top of the
tree, the surprise package, it's Leicester City! Look at him,
grinning from here to ear like every Leicester City fan. They are atop
the tree. With so much football to play over Christmas, all of this
could change and I can't wait. Christmas time is really every
football fan's dream with loads of mouth watering clashes, including
Arsenal versus Man City, Liverpool/Leicester. The lunch time
kickoff is Stoke versus Man United. Because they play on Boxing Day as
well, they play on Christmas Day as well. I know do they go for the 11th
mince pie or stick with ten. What is it with you? Luckily for both of
you, I know exactly what footballers do on Christmas Day. I met up with
Jack Buttland. He went back to his roots to inspire the next generation
at the PlayStation' schools cup. COMMENTATOR: What a save. That is
why this fellow is rated so highly. Outstanding again. England's number
two, or number one it you're a Stoke fan. Usually it was just get up in
the morning before everyone else and cause loads of havoc and open a load
of presents. The day followed after that. It's different now. Once
football come about and we started training on Christmas Day. It does
change the whole time frame. You've got to start thinking when you're
having the dinner, doing presents. Will training be more relaxed? I'm
thinking about what I might turn up in. I'm going for a full father
Christmas suit kind ever thing or stick with just the hat. Will Mark
Hughes come as Santa? I doubt it. I think it's down to us to make sure
we deliver him three points. When you're having Christmas dinner on
Christmas eve, will you have one eye on the game on Boxing Day? Yeah. You
always will. Christmas eve, after training in the morning, really let
my hair down and enjoy Christmas as much as possible. Will all your
family and friends watch you play on Boxing Day? Yeah, we have a fair
group coming, hopefully we can put on a performance for them.
We have a game for you. We want to see secret Santa. We have pictures
of team-mates here. If I show you them, can you say what you'd buy
them and why. Oh, probably some hair gel. He doesn't wear it a lot and he
has a floppy hair cut. COMMENTATOR: He's come up with the
goal for them. Charlie Adam. Oh, wow. A muzzle or something like
that. He's loud, very chirpy. Just to keep him quiet for a couple of
minutes. Peter Crouch. He likes tea. Maybe nice tea bags. Posh tea.
COMMENTATOR: Old long legs has done it again. Ryan, I think his
present's been bought for him, some Dee ode rant in the last couple of
weeks - deoderant. I'd get him some trainers. I love Christmas, cookies,
milk, carrots. We always put something out. Do you like brufl
sprouts? I don't mind them. Mum cooks them with bacon. Eat your
brusel sprouts. Are you a sprout fan? John? Where's he gone? He
mentioned something about branching out and doing magic with a bauble.
MUSIC Rocking around the Christmas tree
Amazing. I just don't know how you do it. To show our appreciation, me
and Rachel got you a gift. Merry Christmas. Thank you so much. Wow.
Look at this. Believe in the magic. I believe in the magic. Thank you so
much. Speaking of presents, to celebrate everything we've done, I
got you a present too. Thank you. That's yours. What is it? I was so
short there! I think 6'7" something like that. I am really short. I
don't even come up to your shoulder. Almost. It was a great day. I love
it. Thank you. How many people have a mug like that. What's this? It's
exciting, I love this. It is me crossed with Jurgen Klopp on a mouse
mat, when I was doing my manager dance.
Keep it moving, what are you doing? Watch your man.
Look at these presents, they remind me of the great times we've had this
year. There's many more too. If you're after the biggest names in
football, you're in the right place. Hi, I'm Jamie Vardy. I'm Petr Cech.
You're watching Match of the Day Kickabout. Hello everybody.
Tinkerman. Tinkerman. No, I'm the tinkerman.
COMMENTATOR: Went for the spectacular. What a goal! That is
stunning. I have a few goals that I will remember, for example the two
goals I scored at Anfield. What can you remember from when you were this
age? I remember a lot. Even more if I come here and I see them playing,
like when I was a kid, with my friends and in the school. Rumour
has it that Yaya listens to Celine Dion, is this true? I knew you going
to ask me this question. No. # You were my voice when I couldn't
speak Some kids in the playground will be bragging that you went
there. Why did you move to Arsenal? Because I want to play. I believe
that I have a chance there. We should see whether he's still got
what it takes to be a number one. That's exactly where I pointed.
Which position do you play? Mostly centre mid. Like me. You score a lot
of goals. If you do good, maybe you can be a professional player like me
one day. Yeah. Just have fun and enjoy with your friends. There were
loads of household names in that lot. But they don't come bigger than
our star player-manager of our Christmas dream five-a-side team. I
tell what you John... He's disappeared again. Hello Kickabout
fans, you might recognise me, I'm father Christmas. This is my dream
five-a-side team. I'm going in goal of course. I'm
pretty good at catching your Christmas lists. I'm a whiz at
distributing your presents. At the back, in defence, it's got to be
Sleighton Baines. He's always flying into perfectly timed tackles. In the
midfield, I rely on Eric Rein-Dire. He never lets you down. Alongside
him it's got to be Wayne Sproutledge. Some people are not so
keen you know. That's nonsense. I think he's a tasty selection. Up
front, there's only one Santa Cazorla. Yes, he reminds me a bit of
myself to be honest. He's brilliant at delivering the goods and making
people happy. That was incredible. Sorry I was
last minute shopping. I hear he's pretty good. Any way, you also
missed some decent festive puns. Fear not, because I'm all right in
that department. I've written you a little Andy Carroll.
# We wish you a messy Christmas. We wish you a Messi Christmas. We wish
you a Messi Christmas and a happy Roo year.
# Good tidings we bring Kapoo and Josh king
# We wish you a Messi Christmas # And a happy Roo year.
We're nearly out of time for today, though. No! Surely there's time for
one more mince pie. Oh, dear. Nice one. We're going to leave you with
the best goals from the last 12 months and they weren't all from the
top division. Merry Christmas! Bye. COMMENTATOR: Maybe she will, she
does, oh, yes! An absolute belter. What about that! He wants to go all
the way here. Liverpool in front for the first time in this final. Here's
Defoe, oh, my goodness me what a goal! What a stunning goal. He's
beaten all three of them. Allan again. Oh, what a goal! That's a
great effort. He scores a sensational goal. What an effort
Ben, Rachel and John Farnworth celebrate Christmas in true Kickabout style. They take a look back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months, and they find out what it's like to be a Premier League footballer over the festive period.