It started with a whisper that became a shout. Like an errant snowball, the singing gained momentum and rolled down from the GerlandÃ¢ÂÂs virage nord, collecting bodies as it went before spilling out on the pitch in a cacophonous roar. The chant was now unmistakable. Ã¢ÂÂPuel out! Puel out!Ã¢ÂÂ
A-League fans can be forgiven for diverting their attention away from any action on the pitch, as AustraliaÃ¢ÂÂs embattled domestic competition suffers through yet another tumultuous week of horrendous headlines.
YesterdayÃ¢ÂÂs results in world cups permitted Argentines to indulge themselves in an emotional outpouring that satisfied two opposite extremes of the national character. Ã¢ÂÂWe are the bestÃ¢ÂÂ was swiftly followed by Ã¢ÂÂwe are the worst'.
Goalfests, England back on track, John Toshack leaving Wales, Scotland grabbing a dramatic last-gasp winner, France being humbled, Portugal being embarrassed not once but twice and Argentina thrashing the World Champions.