Toe Poke Daily: Families in Mexico race to name babies after Gignac
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Eyebrows were raised when Andre-Pierre Gignac swapped France for Mexico four years ago, but the former Lorient, Toulouse and Marseille striker has proved his doubters wrong to become a legend for Tigres.
Gignac, 33, has scored 105 goals in just 152 Liga MX games for Tigres in that time, helping the club to four Liga MX titles and three Campeon de Campeones titles.
Added to that, he also also finished as top scorer in the Mexican league twice and in 2015-16 won the Balon de Oro -- essentially he player of the season in Mexico.
SELECT COUNT(*)— Rafael Cárdenas (@rafaelcr) August 5, 2019
(`NOMBRE` LIKE "%GIGNAC%" OR
`NOMBRE` LIKE "%ANDRE%" OR
`NOMBRE` LIKE "%PIERRE%") pic.twitter.com/NDmBVWPrR4
And to top it off, on Sunday Gignac broke the Tigres club goal-scoring record.
What better way for his name to live on in Mexico long after he has retired than to have a whole host of children named after him.
Since joining Tigres, 34 babies in the state of Nuevo Leon have been given "Gignac" as their first or second name ... some examples include "Griezman Gignac" and "Derek Gignac."
Rio welcomes Rooney back to England
It was confirmed on Monday that Wayne Rooney's MLS adventure would come to an end at the end of the 2019 season, when he would return to England as a player-coach at Derby County.
Rio Ferdinand, who played alongside Rooney with both Manchester United and England, was quick to welcome his friend back to his homeland.
In fact Rio even popped up on Twitter to offer the soon-to-be-ex-D.C. United player a lift to Derby for his medical.
Wazza... you need picking up in the morning to go Derby?! 🚘 @WayneRooney— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 6, 2019
Juve release new camo kit
Juventus have released their new third kit for the 2019-20 season and the club have been furnished with a smart camouflage design.
That said, the strip is rendered in a fairly vivid "Unity blue" colour, so perhaps Juve players blending into the background might not be much of an issue all things considered.
The kit also boasts a reduced environmental impact as it is made from recycled polyester.
Released last month, the latest Bianconeri home shirt divided fans over the decision to abandon the club's famous stripes in favour of a new half-and-half design.
Who knows, maybe a little extra Unity is exactly what is required at the moment.
Bristol City send out a warning
There was drama in the Championship last season when Leeds scored a goal against Aston Villa when a Villa player was down injured. It led to ugly scenes, with a Villa player incorrectly sent off after the two teams squared up.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has taken steps to make sure that won't be happening to his club.
Johnson has told the managers of the other 23 teams in the Championship that his side will not put the ball out of play for an injury unless directed to by the referee.
Bristol City have emailed all Championship clubs to tell them that their players will not kick the ball out of play unless there's a genuine injury.— bet365 (@bet365) August 5, 2019
Lee Johnson: "Somebody goes down and sometimes it's tactical, because people try to gain an advantage and sometimes it's genuine." pic.twitter.com/gE1DLa5P32
This sounds a little odd as this is the actual law relating to an injury, but good of Johnson to spell it out.
"Somebody goes down and sometimes it's tactical, because people try and gain an advantage, and sometimes it's genuine," Johnson said. "We just decided as a club that we're going to make a rule for the 46 games that we're going to let the referee manage the game."