The new season brought us a few shocks but reigning champions Chelsea picked up just where they had left off with a 6-0 drubbing of newly-promoted West Brom. Blues striker Didier Drogba scored the first hat-trick of the season, his third goal taking the kind of deflection that teammate Frank Lampard would have been proud of.
When Patrice Evra pointed out to Lilian Thuram that Ã¢ÂÂwalking around in glasses and a hat does not turn you into Malcolm XÃ¢ÂÂ, he could equally have been referring to Hatem Ben Arfa, albeit in a completely different context.
Graham Arnold once went AWOL. It wasn't after a big night out or even a brief stint in the army, but rather after the Australian under-23 side had been knocked out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the first round.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve missed you all,Ã¢ÂÂ said Riquelme as he sat down in front of the press, shortly after finally signing his four-year contract extension at Boca. If only you knew, RomÃÂ¡n, if only you knew. ItÃ¢ÂÂs us who missed you.
Enough of pre-season matches and never-ending debates on whether this or that team is stronger than last year. The start of the Ã¢ÂÂexciting-at-timesÃ¢ÂÂ Liga Zon Sagres is upon us, so itÃ¢ÂÂs finally time to get down to the real business - predictions!
ItÃ¢ÂÂs back. Oh, itÃ¢ÂÂs back. After an interminable summer punctuated by a terminable World Cup, the English Premier League is back to prove to its doubters that it really is the best league in the world.