ItÃ¢ÂÂs no wonder Italian bookies give up quoting odds on Serie A games during the end of season run-in.They know that itÃ¢ÂÂs time for favours to be called in; a point dropped here or there when a team is safe, a draw suits two sides, okay, a draw it will be. As we know from the 2006 scandal, centring on Ã¢ÂÂLuckyÃ¢ÂÂ Luciano Moggi and Juventus, football matches are not won on the pitch.Italy is a country run on favours and a nod to the good to ensure that no one needs to suffer a sleepless night.
I travel to South Africa in two weeks for Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs pre-season tour. IÃ¢ÂÂm going to be covering the trip for the magazine of a newspaper IÃ¢ÂÂve never worked for before. They have given me a substantial word count to do a large feature and are meticulous about style and types of photography. I like their attention to detail.
If you listen to what the Fluminense folks have been saying for the past few days, a Brazilian win in Wednesday's Copa Libertadores final second leg at the MaracanÃÂ£ against LDU is as certain as death and taxes.It seems the 4-2 defeat in the Quito game never happened. Coach Renato GaÃÂºcho and his players are backing themselves in such a way that even the party-happy Brazilian press is talking about Ã¢ÂÂexcess of confidence.Ã¢ÂÂ