Nine days without any fresh, meaty action in La Liga to feast on sees SpainÃ¢ÂÂs sports dailies moaning and groaning like skeletal zombies who have not been able to nosh down on tasty human flesh for a good six months.
Picture the scene - AC Milan have blown a 3-0 lead to Liverpool in the Champions League final, and now trail 2-0 in the penalty shoot-out, with two spot-kicks taken apiece. Denmark forward Jon Dahl Tomasson strolls over to spot and prepares for the most important kick of his entire career.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs why we love it. Football has that funny way of producing what is meant to be. So when Mesut Ozil lined up against Turkey for the first time in his career, after a week of questions about nationality, preferences and possible celebrations, there was only going to be one outcome.
It was the kind of game Harry Redknapp would have loved had he been a national team manager and widely successful at the job to boot. Ã¢ÂÂI woz daaahn to the bare bones,Ã¢ÂÂ he would have tooted. Ã¢ÂÂEight of the lads wot were in the squad wot won the World Cup wasnÃ¢ÂÂt abaaaht. But we dug deep, stuck the big lad up front with that kid that looks like an 'amster aaaht wide and they done the business.Ã¢ÂÂ
The Turk had his feet up at home, sat on the sofa with his son, watching Wrestlemania and eating croissants. The trip to Miami was booked for this week, and after two years in charge of ColÃÂ³n it was time for some R&R, time with the family, time away from footballÃ¢ÂÂ¦ some down time. Time to take stock, reappraise, recharge, and prepare for the next job.