When Patrice Evra pointed out to Lilian Thuram that Ã¢ÂÂwalking around in glasses and a hat does not turn you into Malcolm XÃ¢ÂÂ, he could equally have been referring to Hatem Ben Arfa, albeit in a completely different context.
Graham Arnold once went AWOL. It wasn't after a big night out or even a brief stint in the army, but rather after the Australian under-23 side had been knocked out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the first round.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve missed you all,Ã¢ÂÂ said Riquelme as he sat down in front of the press, shortly after finally signing his four-year contract extension at Boca. If only you knew, RomÃÂ¡n, if only you knew. ItÃ¢ÂÂs us who missed you.
Enough of pre-season matches and never-ending debates on whether this or that team is stronger than last year. The start of the Ã¢ÂÂexciting-at-timesÃ¢ÂÂ Liga Zon Sagres is upon us, so itÃ¢ÂÂs finally time to get down to the real business - predictions!
ItÃ¢ÂÂs back. Oh, itÃ¢ÂÂs back. After an interminable summer punctuated by a terminable World Cup, the English Premier League is back to prove to its doubters that it really is the best league in the world.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the world and his dog have been tipping Manchester City to secure a top-four finish this season. City have spent heavily on players of a considerable pedigree this summer, with no suggestion the splurging is to cease before the transfer window shuts at the start of September.