There was a small footballing exodus from Germany this midweek. With the exception of Hamburger SV, who hosted Anderlecht in the Europa League last 32, the Bundesliga's continental hopefuls had to negotiate tricky away ties against some of EuropeÃ¢ÂÂs more refined sides.
Dear readers, what a week. In a seven-day span, Brazilians were shown the beautiful game' version of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Ã¢ÂÂ with the ugly being really ugly, not spaghetti-western ugly but City of God ugly.
At the start of the season, journalists lucky enough to be working for Marca and AS had three stock questions they would ask Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs footballers whenever they saw them: Would you like to win the Champions League? Would you like to win La Liga? Would you like to win the Copa del Rey?