Festive jumpers and snowy training: Footballers at Christmas

Christmas time is a proverbial feast of football with games coming thick and fast. For many players, coaches, managers and supporters, there's little respite from the action.

But away from the snow-covered training pitches and long coach journeys to away games, many found time to relax with a laugh and a joke among friends and family.

Here's a snapshot from across the Premier League.


Players and staff at QPR got into the festive spirit early, with this YouTube rendition of Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody.external-link

QPR Christmas video
Rio Ferdinand gives Noddy Holder a run for his money

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner played on his Boring Twitter parody accountexternal-link by having his own "Boring Christmas". The club posted a video of some of the outtakes.external-link

James Milner boring Christmas video
A box of tea bags and a pencil featured among James Milner's "Boring Christmas Presents"

And Alexis Sanchez is a bit of a dab hand on the piano, as team-mate Lukas Podolski revealed in this Facebook video.external-link

Arsenal Christmas tweet
Arsenal tweeted a Christmas message ahead of their Boxing Day match against QPR, with attacker Alexis Sanchez sporting a festive jumper

No time off the training pitch for many sides, but at least at Tottenham there was still time for a laugh or two.

Tottenham's Danny Rose in Father Christmas outfit
The club tweeted: Danny Rose gets into the festive spirit during training today!

On the big day itself, Wayne Rooney and family posed for a Christmas picture, which the Manchester United and England captain shared on his Instagram page.external-link

Wayne Rooney Instagram Christmas family pictureLine

Once Father Christmas had been, there was little time to digest the Christmas turkey for many players, with a full programme of matches on Boxing Day.

Ronald Koeman tweet
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman spent the latter part of Christmas Day preparing for his side's Boxing Day match at Crystal Palace

But it's a different tale on the continent, with many of Europe's top stars enjoying a winter break over Christmas.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Dubai
Some mid-season sunshine for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who tweeted: Having a great time in Dubai!

Is that actually a swimming pool on board a boat?

Robert Huth
Not much festive spirit from Stoke City defender Robert Huth. Perhaps he didn't fancy a trip to Everton on Boxing Day?

Chelsea captain John Terry spread his festive goodwill to West Ham supporters on his Instagram page,external-link even after Chelsea beat the Hammers 2-0 on Boxing Day.

Southampton supporters in Father Christmas hats at Selhurst Park
Southampton fans made sure they co-ordinated Christmas outfits for their trip to Selhurst Park

There was even a dusting of snow to give the Boxing Day fixtures that extra special feeling.

Jose Enrique snow tweet
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique tweeted this picture as he returned home from a 1-0 win against Burnley on Boxing Day

And when you've got the family round for Christmas, it's tradition to break out a board game, which is just what Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard decided to do.

Eden Hazard plays Monopoly with family
On Instagram: Monopoly time with the family hazardinho

After one round of Premier League fixtures, there was little respite for the players with more games scheduled for Sunday, 28 December.

Marc Muniesa training tweet
Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa tweeted: Very cold training today at Clayton Wood! Ready for tomorrow!

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And tell us about a time when your own team's Christmas matches have been hit by the weather - nightmare journeys, terrible pitches, no hot water - using #getinspiredexternal-link and we'll use a selection in our live text on Sunday.