22:15 22nd July 2014
'TEAM Arnautovic' reigned supreme in assistant manager Mark Bowen’s challenging sports quiz on Tuesday evening but it was 'Team Stoke City' who were the day’s real winners after completing the stunning transfer of FC Barcelona star Bojan Krkic.
The Spanish international put pen to paper on a four-year deal earlier in the day after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, before he flew out to meet his new teammates in Reit im Winkl.
News of the transfer earned universal seal of approval from the players already based out here in southern Germany, with the likes of Charlie Adam, Jack Butland and Marc Muniesa all voicing their delight on social networking sites.
Bojan wasn’t the only newcomer in town during the course of the day however, with World Cup stars Asmir Begovic and Wilson Palacios both returning to training after being granted extended leave following their recent exploits in Brazil.
The pair, who featured heavily for their respective countries in South America, arrived shortly after lunchtime, and were both soon being put through their paces with Palacios joining in the gym session, whilst Begovic and goalkeeping coach Andy Quy spent time down at the training ground.
The day had in fact kicked off with a trip down to the training ground for all of the players, with the exception of Peter Crouch who was nursing a bout of illness. Thankfully though, by the time the afternoon gym session had come around he was fit and able to participate.
Prior to the arrival of the Potters’ latest acquisition later in the day, the travelling party was split into six groups with 30 questions put forward to them by Bowen for the annual pre-season quiz - which included questions on football, olympic games as well as 'name the trophy' picture rounds.
In what was an incredibly tightly contested affair, it was eventually ‘Team Arnautovic’ that claimed the winners crown courtesy of a dramatic tie-break question - in which they correctly answered how many points Manchester City won the title with last season.
A joyous Arnautovic led his victorious team out of the dining area, and back up to their rooms - whilst the management team eagerly awaited the landing of their latest catch from La Liga giants FC Barcelona.