Four years ago, Jose Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea, Tony Blair was British Prime Minister, Esteban Cambiasso had hair, Leo Messi was an unused substitute and Carlos Tevez was playing his club football in Brazil.
Juventus have been back in pre-season training for nearly a week; Inter and AS Roma have been going through their paces for a few days, which just leaves AC Milan to lure the television cameras to their Milanello base.
Original caption: "Dressed for his part as Doctor Doolittle, British actor Rex Harrison and actress Samantha Eggar, with chimpanzee Chee-Chee, sit down to watch the Football World Cup Final between England and West Germany on a television set during filming at Castle Coombe, Dorset, on July 30, 1966."
Ã¢ÂÂOh! ThereÃ¢ÂÂll be an apocalypse!Ã¢ÂÂ was the cheerful prediction from the perkily pretty and madly-grinning Sandra, a waitress working in MadridÃ¢ÂÂs Plaza Dos de Mayo when asked what would happen if Iker Casillas were to lift the World Cup the following day.
There was a stark contrast between the unveiling of Rafael Benitez as Inter coach and that of his predecessor Jose Mourinho. While the PortugueseÃ¢ÂÂs arrival had been the event of the summer, Benitez had slipped into town and out again with hardly a passing nod from the locals.
Over a million people took to the streets of Barcelona at the weekend. A million. Television estimated the figure even higher at 1.4 million as it beamed globally images of the main streets of the Catalan capital, full of people waving their red and yellow flags, singing songs and smiling for the cameras.