Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve missed you all,Ã¢ÂÂ said Riquelme as he sat down in front of the press, shortly after finally signing his four-year contract extension at Boca. If only you knew, RomÃÂ¡n, if only you knew. ItÃ¢ÂÂs us who missed you.
Enough of pre-season matches and never-ending debates on whether this or that team is stronger than last year. The start of the Ã¢ÂÂexciting-at-timesÃ¢ÂÂ Liga Zon Sagres is upon us, so itÃ¢ÂÂs finally time to get down to the real business - predictions!
ItÃ¢ÂÂs back. Oh, itÃ¢ÂÂs back. After an interminable summer punctuated by a terminable World Cup, the English Premier League is back to prove to its doubters that it really is the best league in the world.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the world and his dog have been tipping Manchester City to secure a top-four finish this season. City have spent heavily on players of a considerable pedigree this summer, with no suggestion the splurging is to cease before the transfer window shuts at the start of September.
With the Turkish Super Lig season back in action this weekend, Turkish Delight has taken time out from its very busy schedule (ahem) to bring you a round-up of the summer months and a preview of the season ahead.
It still feels far too early to be playing international friendlies. Apart from the Spanish, we should all be in mourning after the World Cup. We should be allowing the 24-hour sports channels to be drum us up into a frenzy of excitement about club football. We should allow those who lost their jobs after South Africa time to forgive and forget. Those shattered dreams should be given time to fade away.
Plopped outside on the blogÃ¢ÂÂs feeble excuse for a terrace - so small just one creaky chair and a daring volunteer can fit on it, if they are not overly afraid of heights - is an object that is football-related but will never play a meaningful role in the game, ever again.