Ladies and gentleman, this Sunday we're all set to have a new champion in Brazil. Well, not exactly a new one since SÃÂ£o Paulo FC, who are bound to clinch the title over the weekend, also won the tournament last year... and the year before that.The club from Morumbi will make history by becoming the first club with six crowns to their name in the 'modern era' of the Brazilian championship, which started in 1971. And in addition, theyÃ¢ÂÂll be the first side to record three consecutive triumphs.Such a supremacy might indicate that, this season, SÃÂ£o Paulo have been soaring above everyone else, cruising to their third consecutive Brazilian title. But in truth it's been far from the sort.
If the year 2008 is remembered for anything, it wonÃ¢ÂÂt be for that US Election caper, Gordon Brown knocking over the economy and then fixing it with gaffer tape or even Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand insulting that little Spanish waiter chap.
SaturdayGetafe (14th) vs Real Madrid (2nd)When Gabriel Heinze knacked his leg standing on a rake carelessly left lying around the clubÃ¢ÂÂs training pitches, the clumsy Argentine sustained MadridÃ¢ÂÂs 21st major injury in just four measly months. The defender now joins Van Nistelrooy (badly wired dressing room hairdryer), Robben (accidental dropping of piano) and a host of other poorly players on the sickly sidelines. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs true that there are too many muscular injuries being suffered,Ã¢ÂÂ confessed Yolanda Erburu, the spokesperson for Sanitas, MadridÃ¢ÂÂs healthcare providers, as Guti attempted to remove a jammed crumpet from a toaster with a carving knife.
Jose Mourinho cannot bring himself to say a bad word about Ricardo Quaresma... well not in public anyway.While he continually lambasts the likes of Adriano, Julio Cruz and the moody teen Mario Balotelli, he goes all misty-eyed when it comes to his fellow countryman.Another dismal 45 minutes from the winger, this time against Panathinaikos during WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Champions League kick-about, brought a defence from the coach that had 'teacherÃ¢ÂÂs pet' written all over it.Ã¢ÂÂHe did well enough but he knows he can better,Ã¢ÂÂ claimed Ã¢ÂÂMr SoftyÃ¢ÂÂ before making general sweeping statements that everyone had let themselves down in the 1-0 defeat to mediocre Greeks. One attack, one goal Ã¢ÂÂ thatÃ¢ÂÂs the allure of European Cup competition.