After weeks of placid quietude, Edmundo has had another outburst. After missing a crucial penalty kick in the Copa do Brasil semi-final, our very own Animal shaved his head and announced his retirement on Thursday. I donÃ¢ÂÂt remember what I had for lunch yesterday. But I do remember EdmundoÃ¢ÂÂs performance at penalty kicks. Below par, to say it with the due respect the former Brazilian international deserves.So I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt believe it when I saw him walking up to the penalty spot once again Ã¢ÂÂ this time in the Vasco vs Sport shootout on Wednesday.He had just netted VascoÃ¢ÂÂs second goal - in the 91st minute - which tied the aggregate score and took the game to penalties. So, even if his team didnÃ¢ÂÂt go through, the 37-year-old was going to be praised for getting them that far.But things seldom end well with Edmundo. As he strolled up to the spot you could see what the fans were thinking. Ã¢ÂÂNo, not him! Please no.Ã¢ÂÂ In other words: you could see the train wreck around the corner, but couldnÃ¢ÂÂt warn the driver.The Animal then punted the ball on to the Copacabana and Sport got their ticket to face Corinthians in the final Ã¢ÂÂ more about this game next week Ã¢ÂÂ by winning the shootout 5-4. Oh, and last year Edmundo had also caused Palmeiras' elimination from the same Copa do Brasil by missing a penalty in the shootout against minnows Ipatinga.
On Thursday, a smugger looking version of SeinfeldÃ¢ÂÂs George Costanza banged on the drawbridge doors of the Kingdom of Catalunya carrying a very large box indeed. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt elevenses being delivered to the BarÃÂ§a board, but 9,473 signatures which will trigger a supporterÃ¢ÂÂs referendum on the future of Lord LaportaÃ¢ÂÂs reign.
With two games to go the domestic league is wide open, with six teams within six points of each other. But however important it is to Argentine football fans for their team to win the championship, each would gladly lose the title to their arch rivals on the last day of the season 20 times over in exchange for a Copa Libertadores in their dusty cabinets.