How to celebrate like a footballer

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Leicester 3-1 Everton: Foxes lift the Premier League trophy

Deep, deep down, footballers are just like us, really.

Yes, they might have flashier cars and a few more tattoos, but they also enjoy a party. And who doesn’t?

Footballers celebrating is nothing new. But it seems this season, more than ever, we’ve been able to get an insight into what happens after the trophies have been lifted.

Here’s how to celebrate like a footballer…

Champagne moments

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Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri soaked in champagne by players

Leicester City got their hands on the Premier League trophy on Saturday amid scenes that that were barely conceivable 10 months ago.

Out of all the chaos has emerged a man called Christian Fuchs.

The Foxes left-back, the gift that keeps on giving, could well have been lifted from an Inbetweeners script, in which they would probably call him the Archbishop of Banterbury, or something equally terrible.

Filming the celebrations from Jamie Vardy’s living room like he’s at a teenage house party, recording the actual moment his team lifted the Premier League title and then pouring a bottle of champagne over his manager Claudio Ranieri – the Austrian brings the fun times.


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Footage uploaded to Twitter shows the moment Leicester players watching the match at home celebrated winning the title

Fuchs is not the only man who had the composure to film a trophy presentation.

Wigan’s Kevin McNaughton kept his head – when all others were losing theirs amid ticker tape and pyrotechnics – to capture the first-person view of being handed the League One title.

The 33-year-old says what we’re all thinking: “Scenes.”


And when it comes to frothing the champagne, Middlesbrough and Burton showed they can fizz it up with the best of them.

Boro, who came second in the Championship to secure a return to the Premier League after a seven-year absence, posted shenanigans in the dressing room on YouTube.

The Brewers got in on the action too, with boss Nigel Clough getting a right soaking as a reward for taking the club to the second tier for the first time.


Nigel Clough’s legendary status at Burton Albion continues to grow

Promotion play lists

Just like supporters, players love a sing song.

Just like supporters, they are generally terrible at singing.

Just like supporters, they can’t remember the words.

Here is the promotion play list as selected by the players of teams who secured a big finish to the season.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s tribute to Northampton Town, inspired by Queen

Cheeky chairmen

Even the guys wearing the suits and ties know how to let loose it seems.

David Sharpe is Britain’s youngest chairman, and this weekend he was being literally carried on the shoulders of Wigan supporters after the club secured an immediate return to the Championship by winning League One.

He even gets a wedgie for his troubles.


David Sharpe is paraded around the pubs of Wigan

And while Sunderland cannot pop the champagne just yet, their keeper Vito Mannone was serenaded to the tune of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army by his chairman Ellis Short, after helping his side to a much needed 3-2 win over Chelsea in the battle to beat the drop from the Premier League.


Vito Mannone was serenaded by his chairman – although unfortunately it was not captured by a camera

Have a cry

There there. Let it out. It’s OK for fully-grown adults to cry about people kicking a ball around, honestly.

And it can often be two very different emotions that bring on the water works.

Spare a moment to consider the journey of Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke.


In 2014, Darrell Clarke (left), sobbed after relegation with Bristol Rovers from the Football League.. In 2016, Darrell Clarke (right) sobbed after a second successive promotion took the Gas to League One

Go to a holiday island

Cheltenham Town’s National League-winning players might have nipped over to the historic sights of Bellver Castle and La Seu Cathedral in Palma on the island of Majorca this weekend.

But only if they think they’re going to a nightclub, you would expect.


And if it all gets too much…


Burnley’s David Jones all tuckered out

Partying hard is, well, hard.

It’s all a bit too much for some. Namely, Burnley’s David Jones, who was recorded falling asleep on the team bus by sympathetic team-mate Joey Barton on the morning after their celebrations.

But the last laugh was on Barton, who was left without a medal during Burnley’s trophy celebrations.

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Burnley’s Joey Barton has to go without Championship medal

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