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These players can cook up a storm on the pitch, but what are they like in the kitchen? We find out what their signature dishes are – or, in the case of a certain Canadian striker, what he orders at a restaurant. That doesn’t really count as a signature dish, Jonathan…

WORDS Dan Poole

Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

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Jonathan David

LOSC

The Canadian striker, who’s one of the hottest properties in French football, would be warmed by the sight of one of his favourite dishes from back home: “Poutine. I’ve rarely seen it here in Lille and in Belgium.” 

Poutine – in case you’re not familiar with it – is chips, cheese and gravy. Nutritious? No. Delicious? Yes. In its absence, David is keeping things simple. “When I go out to eat, I mainly eat meat – cuts of meat with something on the side. As for other things, I’ve not really had the chance to try them.” 

Yeremy Pino

Villarreal

“I can cook this snack wonderfully.” A bold claim from the Spanish youngster, who made his Champions League debut this season and recently scored four goals in the space of one Liga match, including a first-half hat-trick. 

But what snack is the 19-year-old talking about? “I cook scrambled eggs. I love them! A bit of serrano ham and it’s perfect.” And just in case he wasn’t clear before, there’s one thing he’d like to clarify: “I cook eggs perfectly.” Cracking stuff.

Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

Focus on food
Food

Focus on food

These players can cook up a storm on the pitch, but what are they like in the kitchen? We find out what their signature dishes are – or, in the case of a certain Canadian striker, what he orders at a restaurant. That doesn’t really count as a signature dish, Jonathan…

WORDS Dan Poole

Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

Penalty Pedigree

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Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

Read the full story
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Jonathan David

LOSC

The Canadian striker, who’s one of the hottest properties in French football, would be warmed by the sight of one of his favourite dishes from back home: “Poutine. I’ve rarely seen it here in Lille and in Belgium.” 

Poutine – in case you’re not familiar with it – is chips, cheese and gravy. Nutritious? No. Delicious? Yes. In its absence, David is keeping things simple. “When I go out to eat, I mainly eat meat – cuts of meat with something on the side. As for other things, I’ve not really had the chance to try them.” 

Yeremy Pino

Villarreal

“I can cook this snack wonderfully.” A bold claim from the Spanish youngster, who made his Champions League debut this season and recently scored four goals in the space of one Liga match, including a first-half hat-trick. 

But what snack is the 19-year-old talking about? “I cook scrambled eggs. I love them! A bit of serrano ham and it’s perfect.” And just in case he wasn’t clear before, there’s one thing he’d like to clarify: “I cook eggs perfectly.” Cracking stuff.

Noah Okafur

Salzburg

“We’ll meet after training and do a few things: maybe play video games or have dinner together.” So says the Swiss forward of his friendship with German striker Karim Adeyemi, one of our cover stars from the last issue. But would he ever cook for him?

“No, just for myself now and then. I have always watched other people doing it: my mother, my girlfriend, my friends. If you cook a little, you can soon pick up things from others.” Nigerian cuisine is his favourite, thanks to his father being from that part of the world. “A plate of rice with lots of meat, and you use a yam or a plantain. It’s the best rice dish you can make.”

Denzel Dumfries

Internazionale

The Dutch right-back wants to make one thing clear from the outset: “I don’t cook often – my girlfriend would get angry if I lied.” Noted. “But I can definitely cook – and I love to cook Surinamese dishes. Tajerblad [a spinach-like vegetable] with rice and chicken is very nice.”

However, one thing he’s learnt since he’s been in Milan is to be careful what he pairs his poultry with. “Recently the players were angry with me because I added chicken to my pasta. That was an insult to the pasta for them, so I’m not able to do that anymore. In the Netherlands it’s a dish – but here it is not done.”

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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