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?
AC Milan were obviously getting their excuses in early, knowing that Alessandro Nesta was travelling to Manchester with little or no chance of playing and Alexandre Pato was along as a mere smokescreen to kid the folks back home that the team was actually going to make a game of it.
There are still eight matches to go, but after a disappointing home draw against Olhanense it's fair to assume that Porto are out of the title race. It looks like for the first time since 2005, the Dragons won't be Portugal's league champions.
Racing Club de Avellaneda are the first club to win an Oscar. Well, their fans are. So says, ahem, Racing Club de AvellanedaÃ¢ÂÂs website after El Secreto de sus Ojos won the best foreign-language film Oscar on Sunday night.