Valencia v ValenciaDavid Albeda has had quite a bit of time on his hairy hands since being ordered never to darken the Mestalla doorstep ever again. So he has gone and bought himself powerded wig and a box set of Ally McBeal DVDs.
My phone didnÃ¢ÂÂt stop on Monday with the media wanting quotes about the Manchester United Ã¢ÂÂfansÃ¢ÂÂ putting their Munich memorial scarves on eBay. They called because for the last 18 years IÃ¢ÂÂve edited the United We Stand fanzine.
Over the past decade, the consistent inconstancy of Rio de JaneiroÃ¢ÂÂs big four Ã¢ÂÂ Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense and Botafogo Ã¢ÂÂ has allowed some of the minnows to enter the spotlight in the race for the charming TaÃÂ§a Guanabara, the first phase of the Rio de Janeiro state championship. (The second is the Copa Rio, to be held in March; winners then play for the big trophy.)
The moment I heard the bold plan to take a 39th step abroad... I was excited. Me of all people, with my Ã¢ÂÂfansÃ¢ÂÂ background. However, whilst I am used to putting on shows about British football mostly for the British people - I also have the foreign market in mind Ã¢ÂÂ I want to show off what is peculiarly ours to those that would lap it up on first sight and those who are harder work, perhaps with their own agenda or League.