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.
We Scots complain that our league doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get the headlines its English counterpart gets so regularly in the national media outlets Ã¢ÂÂ and when we do get headlines, itÃ¢ÂÂs usually something negative. And so it goes again. After seeing our referees go out on strike or a manager be sent parcel bombs in the post, now we watch that same manager have to deal with a thug running into the technical area and attacking him.
Few were prepared to give Caen a chance. The optimism that followed an opening day victory over champions Marseille and then another at home to Lyon a week later had long since vanished. A 12-game run without a win between September and December had put the Norman invasion in retreat.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs the penultimate weekend and sneaky plum time if youÃ¢ÂÂre in the bottom three, but the Premier League plays second fiddle to the FA Cup Final this weekend Ã¢ÂÂ or at least it should doÃ¢ÂÂ¦
As all ancient would-be conquerors would no doubt testify, you can't march on Rome without a large army. Thankfully for Palermo, they're expecting more than 30,000 fans backing them at the Italian Cup Final in the Stadio Olimpico a week on Sunday.