Andrea Pirlo first gave notice that he was set to become one of the all-time greats for Italy back in 2000. When the Azzurrini overcame the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Under-21 European Championships final, it was Pirlo who scored both goals and was named the UEFA Golden Player of the Tournament.
While a wonderfully sprightly Spain are showing themselves to be more than up-for-it in the Confederations Cup, getting off to a flier with a 2-1 victory over Uruguay on Sunday evening, there's still an awful lot of business being done back in La Liga. HereÃ¢ÂÂs a quick recap of all the hirings, firings and other stuff which doesn't rhyme so well...
ItÃ¢ÂÂs the Football LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs lean, mean, debt-reducing, killing machine Ã¢ÂÂ and coming to a club near you. FourFourTwo's Joe Brewin runs the rule over the financial regulations that will impact the 72 next season.
The Premier League may be filthy rich, bathing itself in a bathtub of money rolls even before next seasonÃ¢ÂÂs jaw-dropping new television deal, but those in the know will still tell you that times are hard and clubs still need a bargain or two in the transfer window.