It is a grey November morning in 1945, and an aeroplane emblazoned with the communist red star touches down on the tarmac at Croydon Airport. On board are Dinamo Moscow, here by invitation of the Football Association to partake in a month-long tour celebrating the gameÃ¢ÂÂs return after World War Two.
The shots are in, the votes are cast and the winners have been announced for the finest photographs of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season. Press Association snapper Owen Humphreys has been named the Barclays Photographer of the Season after submitting a portfolio of five images, reproduced below for your ocular enjoyment (click for larger versions):
If La Liga Loca happened to be Spanish Ã¢ÂÂ or was handed a passport, Marcos Senna-style Ã¢ÂÂ and very, very good at football, then it would be tickled pink to be traveling to Panama on what is ostensibly a tiring, pointless friendly trip apparently designed solely to make the Spanish FA a bit richer.
Western Union Ã¢ÂÂ they who brought you the COMPLETELY FREE Europa League version of FFT & Opta's award-winning Stats Zone app (download it now!) Ã¢ÂÂ reveal a perhaps surprising truth about English passing...
La Liga Loca is just imagining the immensity of the frightful kerfuffle. A few minutes after the end of SundayÃ¢ÂÂs clash between Levante and Real Madrid - one that was both fiery and soggy - there was an almighty noise in the tunnel outside the dressing rooms at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium. There must have been an identical conversation in both of them. Ã¢ÂÂGoodness gracious, what is the manner of that hullabaloo?Ã¢ÂÂ
RESULTS Fri 9 Nov Real Betis 1-2 Granada Sat 10 Nov Rayo Vallecano 3-2 Celta Vigo, Espanyol 0-3 Osasuna, Real Zaragoza 5-3 Deportivo, Malaga 1-2 Real Sociedad Sun 11 Nov Real Valladolid 1-1 Valencia, Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Sevilla, Mallorca 2-4 Barcelona, Atletico Madrid 2-0 Getafe, Levante 1-2 Real Madrid.