Ever since I started writing for FourFourTwo back in 2003, I'd always been keen to track down and report on the whereabouts of Mirandinha, the first Brazilian ever to play in England; the forefather of Juninho, Silvinho, Anderson, Robinho et all.
FFT.comÃ¢ÂÂs Rob Burnett summarises the best and worst of the weekÃ¢ÂÂs action.. It's amazing how footballers manage to oscillate between brilliance and ineptitude, sometimes in the same match. It's time to applaud, or laugh at, what the little scamps have been up to this week.OGGY OGGY OGGY!Own goals are always a hoot, and it's first to Spain where Valencia defender Raul Albiol turns home a Valladolid cross to hand them a 2-1 win.
Ã¢ÂÂFootball hooligans? Well thereÃ¢ÂÂs 92 club chairman for a startÃ¢ÂÂ - Brian CloughBrian Clough was the Muhammad Ali of British football. The tragedy for him Ã¢ÂÂ and Peter Taylor Ã¢ÂÂ was that he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee himself. He had to cajole, charm and bully 11 players into doing that for him on the pitch.He managed with the conviction of a messiah even if many (especially in the football business) regarded him not as a messiah but as a very naughty boy.For much of his career Ã¢ÂÂ at Hartlepools (as he called it), Derby and Nottingham Forest Ã¢ÂÂ CloughÃ¢ÂÂs teams were almost as eloquent as he was.