Thrill-seeking CalhanogluAs is the wont of a free-kick specialist, Turkey playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu has spent time after each training exercise practicing his set pieces. Between sessions, however, the 20-year-old also found time to go exploring the local area in search of wildlife, and it was there that he, Giulio Donati, Roberto Hilbert and Karim Bellarabi came across an alligator. "We took some bits of melon with us and threw them in a pond," said the former Hamburger SV star excitedly. "We weren't sure if there were any alligators in there but one came out of nowhere and grabbed the food!" The four adventurers apparently then returned to base at the Omni Orlando resort via their golf biggie post haste.
As Tin Jedvaj (see bottom of this page) was taking his leave after injury ruled him out of the tour, a familiar face was checking into the same hotel with his current club SC Corinthians Paulista. Renato Augusto (r.) made 101 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer between 2008 and 2012, the Brazilian midfielder providing 21 assists and scoring nine goals. The 26-year-old will be locking horns with his former club when Leverkusen take on Corinthians in the Florida Cup on 17 January.