The billing was Part One of an epic end-of-season showdown between the league's top two sides, FC Twente and Ajax. The stage was the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) final. The subtext was a chance to inflict a psychological blow in the build-up to what has taken over as the real cup final: the same two teams' winner-takes-all title-deciding league game next weekend.
You have to go back to 1996, when Chornomorets Odesa were silver medallists, for the last time it wasn't Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk occupying the Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs top two positions in one order or the other - and despite a valiant effort from Metalist Kharkiv, this season wonÃ¢ÂÂt buck that trend.
SATURDAYGetafe (18th) v AlmerÃÂa (20th)Getafe president Angel Torres appears to have linked his clubÃ¢ÂÂs one win since February Ã¢ÂÂ the 1-0 win over Sevilla three weeks ago Ã¢ÂÂ to the fact that the stadium was over half full for once, after some 3,000 free tickets were handed out to kiddies in GetafeÃ¢ÂÂs youth academy. As LLL was present in the Coliseum to witness the freak event of a Getafe win, the blog can report that the hapless side couldnÃ¢ÂÂt help but beat a truly dreadful Sevilla no matter how many souls turned up for the game.
Last weekend, US special forces killed Osama Bin Laden. In the February 2008 issue of FourFourTwo, Paul Simpson explored the connections between Bin Laden, terrorism, Arsenal Ã¢ÂÂ and a bizarre plot targeting England's France 98 squadÃ¢ÂÂ¦