Dong Fangzhuo smiles at the memory. It was Christmas, he was far from home and legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson took pity on him by arranging a holiday get-together.
The Hammers found themselves fourth on Christmas Day of the 2014-15 season but they have not kicked on, acting closer to the yoy-yo side of years past. The team has been in the Premier League since and took over the London 2012 Olympic Stadium in 2016.
Italian champions Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo will fancy their chances of overcoming French side Lyon, who lost captain Memphis Depay to a season-ending injury Sunday.
There is said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement; senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.
Dong has the broad shoulders and stature that hint at his days as a professional footballer. He still enjoys a kickabout, but has had problems with his knees, feet, heels and back.
Teenager Bianca Andreescu of Canada soared even more dramatically, from 178th to fifth in the world, beating Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Harry and Meghan did not consult any other members of the royal family about their decision, CNN has learned.
The Lakers (24-4) fell level with Milwaukee for the NBA's best record just two days before they visit the Eastern Conference leaders in a potential NBA Finals showdown.
The 38-year-old American reached the final at both Wimbledon and the US Open but she won just four games against Simona Halep in London and lost in straight sets to Andreescu in New York.
Worryingly for Chelsea, Mourinho's record at home against sides he has managed is incredible. He has won 12 of 13 of such fixtures, drawing one, and all three against Chelsea, twice with United and once with Inter.
In a statement issued just hours after the couple's Instagram post, Buckingham Palace said the situation was "complicated."
Champions League debutants Atalanta continue their adventure against two-time former finalists Valencia, who knocked out Ajax
The clubs immediately below them, Leicester City and champions Manchester City, clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The couple welcomed their first child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, in May 2019.
India — which is home to more than 450 million smartphone users and maintains relatively lax laws to support an open market — has naturally emerged as an attractive battleground for developers worldwide.
PSV Eindhoven axed former Dutch international Mark van Bommel as manager Monday following a string of disappointing results which came to a head after a 3-1 loss against arch-rivals Feyenoord.
Both teams have found form in recent weeks, in part due to the excellent form of their strikers. Madrid's Karim Benzema has nine goals in his last eight games while Lionel Messi has scored 14 in 12.
Tottenham Hotspur, beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in last season's final in Spain, will lock horns with Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig, who are through to the knockout stage for the first time. Spurs can count on the experience of new coach Jose Mourinho - a two-time winner of the competition, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
Having been the youngest player to come through Wimbledon qualifying, 15-year-old Coco Gauff stunned five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round in straight sets, belying her ranking of 313.