It was in a small trattoria in Rome, near the walls of the Vatican City, that the Portugeezer watched the second leg of Braga and BenficaÃ¢ÂÂs Europa League semifinal. With Porto already all but booking their flights to Dublin after an emphatic 5-1 first leg win over Villarreal in the other semi, all eyes were on EstÃÂ¡dio Axa to find out who would face the Dragons in a historic all-Portuguese final.
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When AC Milan won their first post-war title in 1951, the players shook hands on the pitch and their Hungarian coach Lajos Czeizer Ã¢ÂÂ known as Ã¢ÂÂZioÃ¢ÂÂ [Uncle] even by his players Ã¢ÂÂ took the team for a well-earned bowl of pasta and a glass of wine.
We Scots complain that our league doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get the headlines its English counterpart gets so regularly in the national media outlets Ã¢ÂÂ and when we do get headlines, itÃ¢ÂÂs usually something negative. And so it goes again. After seeing our referees go out on strike or a manager be sent parcel bombs in the post, now we watch that same manager have to deal with a thug running into the technical area and attacking him.
Few were prepared to give Caen a chance. The optimism that followed an opening day victory over champions Marseille and then another at home to Lyon a week later had long since vanished. A 12-game run without a win between September and December had put the Norman invasion in retreat.