Usually when an employee breaks the terms of contract with their employers and simply doesnÃ¢ÂÂt show up for work, they are sacked. This is the case particularly when the number of non-appearances for duties moves into double figures, and all the more so when said skiver is nearing retirement.
To mark the opening of FourFourTwo.com's spanking new Travel Guide section, we look at surely one of the world's best footballing destinations: the mesmerising world of Spanish football, as described by Simon Talbot...
They say you should never go back in football. But Darren Ferguson certainly doesnÃ¢ÂÂt agree. In a bizarre turn of events, Fergie Jr. has returned to London Road just 14 months after leaving by mutual consent.
The main preoccupation with the Spanish football press this week was getting their panties in a bunch over what they felt was the criminal decision of a group of footballers, managers and journalists independently deciding not to vote a Spaniard as the FIFA World Player of the Year, Ballon dÃ¢ÂÂOr thingy.
After a more than adequate break, the Turkish Super Lig gets back underway this weekend and what better a way to celebrate its return than to take a look back at the best...and worst of the first half of the season? May the Super Lig Awards 2010 begin!
Anyone who follows the wonderful world of Portuguese football knows Porto ended 2010 undefeated. For the mainstream media though, that aura of invincibility cracked when the Dragons were stunned by a 2-1 home defeat to Nacional in the League Cup.
Well folks, belated Happy New Year to all from sunny 25 degrees, Addis Ababa, where weÃ¢ÂÂve just celebrated the Ethiopian Christmas, a full two weeks after Xmas in England and a week after New Year.