Huge, beautiful, brand-spanking new stadium? Check. Ageing club legend with a point to prove? Check, twice. Figure of one teamÃ¢ÂÂs hate sitting in the dugout? Check. Possibility of a historic defeat? Again, check.
Support Italy! ItÃ¢ÂÂs the 150th year of unification, although you would hardly know it, evident by the apathy sweeping the country even with the prospect of a national holiday and an extra day off work on March 17th.
Hay Liga and Hay Caramba! The Spanish title race is bursting with fruity excitement once again after an imperious Real Madrid thrashed sorry MÃÂ¡laga on Thursday night and Barcelona slipped up for the second time in three league matches to drop points against Valencia and leave the gap at the top of the table standing at a paltry three.
One minute: thatÃ¢ÂÂs all it can take to ruin a perfect night. Four Portuguese teams played in the last 32 of the Europa League, but only three managed to go through to the next round. You donÃ¢ÂÂt need to be a rocket scientist to work out that the sole 'losers' were Sporting.