According to modern footballing wisdom, BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs success is built on the four pillars of Leo MessiÃ¢ÂÂs goals, XaviÃ¢ÂÂs passing...and...er...Leo MessiÃ¢ÂÂs goals and XaviÃ¢ÂÂs passing.
Where were you in 2004? Shrek 2 busted the block, George W Bush was re-elected, Arsenal completed their Invincible season and Olympics-hosting Greece lifted the European Championships with their biggest victory since the Battle of Troy. And Ajax won the Eredivisie title for the last timeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ until now.
It was in a small trattoria in Rome, near the walls of the Vatican City, that the Portugeezer watched the second leg of Braga and BenficaÃ¢ÂÂs Europa League semifinal. With Porto already all but booking their flights to Dublin after an emphatic 5-1 first leg win over Villarreal in the other semi, all eyes were on EstÃÂ¡dio Axa to find out who would face the Dragons in a historic all-Portuguese final.
Not sure who to root against in this weekend's la LigaÃ¢ÂÂs relegation rumble? Uncertain of which club is least deserving to stay in the top flight for another year of their miserable, pointless lives? Then use this handy guide to help you onto to the dark side!
When AC Milan won their first post-war title in 1951, the players shook hands on the pitch and their Hungarian coach Lajos Czeizer Ã¢ÂÂ known as Ã¢ÂÂZioÃ¢ÂÂ [Uncle] even by his players Ã¢ÂÂ took the team for a well-earned bowl of pasta and a glass of wine.