I was going to write about the magic of the FA Cup Ã¢ÂÂ specifically about how the magic of the FA Cup will, if it keeps producing semi-finals containing the likes of Barnsley, Cardiff, Portsmouth and West Brom, destroy the magic of the FA Cup Ã¢ÂÂ but this seemed a bit churlish.Then I was going to suggest that Gary Megson should be locked in a bedsit, forced to sit on the floor, with a single dingy lightbulb swinging above his head and told he will not be released until he has read the whole of Hunter DaviesÃ¢ÂÂ The Glory Game, can recite the Danny Blanchflower remark that football is about doing something with style and has admitted that, even as Bolton manager, he should aspire to higher things than 17th in the Premiership.
In the wake of two deaths related to football violence, a new fight amongt the highly orgaanised Boca Juniors barra brava 'El Doce' has broken out, resulting in the non-fatal stabbing of a 44 year old barra member.
Corriere dello Sport have scooped Tuttosport on Juventus and the never-ending saga of whether Frank Lampard will be joining the Turin club in the summer.According to the northern editions of the Rome-based daily, the Chelsea man has had enough of empty promises over a new contract and is ready to jump on the next Ryanair flight to fall into the arms of the Old Lady.A cool 700,000 euro a month would make the England international the clubÃ¢ÂÂs highest earner and begin the process of easing Alex Del Piero towards retirement within the next two seasons.Lampard would lead a revamped midfield along with Werder BremenÃ¢ÂÂs Brazilian playmaker Diego who has already sat down for some top-notch nosh with Juve powerbrokers to ensure Inter donÃ¢ÂÂt scupper the deal.AC Milan have also been in London claims La Gazzetta dello Sport although itÃ¢ÂÂs not down the Kings Road to land Didier Drogba but up to Seven Sisters to prise Dimitar Berbatov away from Tottenham.However, the notoriously tight-fisted Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi would have to stump up a reported 23 million euro for the Bulgarian plus heÃ¢ÂÂs only 27 and much too young to join a grown-up club like Milan.Apart from the wads of cash, Spurs would acquire Dario Simic who claims he has forgotten what itÃ¢ÂÂs like to be a footballer, having made all of two appearances this season.Meanwhile, any Manchester United players in need of some political debate when they are in Rome next month can always call on Alberto Aquilani.The AS Roma midfielder informed La Gazetta dello Sport that although his didnÃ¢ÂÂt know much about the finer points of politics he had very firm views on ItalyÃ¢ÂÂs emigration policy.Ã¢ÂÂThere are too many foreigners in the country and most of the violence and trouble you see is caused by them,Ã¢ÂÂ he claimed. The 23-year-old also harked back to the times when the trains ran on time and revealed: Ã¢ÂÂI have a few photographs and portraits of Mussolini at home. My uncle gave them to me as a present.Ã¢ÂÂ