Before the World Cup began La Liga Loca would have put everything it owns on Spain winning the trophy. Admittedly, that isnÃ¢ÂÂt a great deal, with the blogÃ¢ÂÂs entire worldly possessions consisting of a bunch of Buffy box sets and an orange. Which it has just eaten.
This Sunday afternoon will be livelier than your average Sunday, when youÃ¢ÂÂre more likely to be laid out on a sofa nursing the effects of the night before. But not this weekend because come 3 oÃ¢ÂÂclock the nation will be full of pride and hype as England take on the old enemy Germany in the World Cup knockout stages.
The above may sound like the tag-line from a overproduced and formulaic Hollywood sports movie - they do them fairly often - but it may end up describing, in an admittedly trite way, the longer effects of Landon Donovan's added time winner against Algeria on Wednesday.
Everywhere in South Africa is trying to get a little rub of the World Cup action. Arrive at East London Airport on the eastern cape and itÃ¢ÂÂs immediately obvious that this is a city trying desperately hard to join in with the countryÃ¢ÂÂs 2010 football party.
Having assured qualification for the next second round with two wins, Maradona surprised nobody by trying out a couple of second-string players against Greece. Having used 108 players in his preparations for the World Cup, nobody expected any less.