Sitting in a humble little establishment along the waterfront in Marseille on Saturday after a wedding, The French Connection was looking for inspiration Ã¢ÂÂ and, after one too many glasses of vin rouge, some dignity.
Who called it a Mickey Mouse Cup? The Co-operative Insurance Cup has dropped down the list of priorities for most clubs in recent times but Rangers and St Mirren conjured up an absorbing final packed full of passion and entertainment that brought a great degree of prestige back to this undervalued competition.
Was it a shot? Was it a cross? Whatever it was, Fulham fans wonÃ¢ÂÂt care; Clint DempseyÃ¢ÂÂs exquisite chipped goal against Juventus has put them into the last eight of the Europa League Ã¢ÂÂ where they will play German champions VfL Wolfsburg Click to see Dempsey's dink
ItÃ¢ÂÂs been a quiet week, with just the usual stories cropping up: one team deducted points for the first time in Premier League history; another creating European history; a manager being sacked; the manager being replaced; and two hit-and-runs by former or current England captains, one with a car and one with an elbow.