BLOGSWAP! Ahead of the Real Madrid vs Lyon game, FFT.com's impressive new signing James Horncastle pops over from The French Connection to explain why both sides will go ionto the game extremely nervously...
Oh to be Landon Donovan. The most wanted American in England since David Bieber (and for much, much nicer reasons, though I'll admit to not having heard of him until he popped up in a Wiki search), our little Landycakes has finally made his bones in Europe, and is now the subject of a transcontinental tug of war over his services.
Ã¢ÂÂThere are players whoÃ¢ÂÂve made their whole career on one match. There are players who do everything to make a splash on television and then itÃ¢ÂÂs over. Afterwards they play but they live on their attainment.Ã¢ÂÂMichel PlatiniÃ¢ÂÂs frank remark, made in an interview with the French novelist Marguerite Duras in 1987, is a reminder of how things have changed for footballers.
La Liga Loca learned two things during its cheeky visit to the UK over the weekend, and one on its return to Spain.Brighton appears to have morphed from a pleasing, chill-out crusty-friendly paradise into a neo-fascist dictatorship with haranguing instructions to its citizen-brothers plastered on every surface imaginable. One pub was cheerfully informing its clientele, for example, that they were being watched on CCTV and ordered them to refrain from talking on their Ã¢ÂÂintrusiveÃ¢ÂÂ mobiles and informed them that smoking within 100 metres of the front door was illegal and that they should leave the establishment in total silence under pain of death once their fun quota has been reached. And not to drink too much, either. Or eat anything that had not been locally sourced. The city authorities have also imposed a directive forcing any male under the age of 26 to dress like a member of Vampire Weekend.
The week's main news off the field came from Manchester about the group looking to buy out the Glazers: the Red Knights. Green and yellow scarves have been multiplying in the Stretford End for weeks; now we know why, and itÃ¢ÂÂs nothing to do with Newton Heath.