The big, bold notices splattered across the morning Marca in the run up to a meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona usually either bring La Liga Loca to blubbering, shuddering tears of desperation or have it clapping like a sea-lion given the chance to puke fish guts over Justin Bieber.
Colorado Rapids supporters had t-shirts made up after winning the 2010 MLS Cup which read Ã¢ÂÂMessin' With TexasÃ¢ÂÂ. The text was a play on the slogan Ã¢ÂÂDon't mess with Texas,Ã¢ÂÂ used by the Texas Department of Transportation to reduce littering, but has since become part of America's cultural capital.
When youÃ¢ÂÂve literally come back from the dead, it puts football in perspective. So FC Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken will not have been unduly perturbed by the jostling with Pep Guardiola after the Danish and Spanish champions drew 1-1 in Copenhagen.
Serendipity is considered one of the top 10 hardest English words to translate, but itÃ¢ÂÂs one thatÃ¢ÂÂs all too familiar to football scouts around the world. The annals of football history are littered with examples of one player being watched, often for the final time before a bid is about to be launched, only for another to dramatically steal the show and eclipse him.
RESULTS Sat 20 Nov Roma 2-0 Udinese, AC Milan 1-0 Fiorentina Sun 21 Nov Genoa 0-2 Juventus, Brescia 1-2 Cagliari, Catania 1-0 Bari, Cesena 1-2 Palermo, Chievo 2-1 Internazionale, Lecce 2-3 Sampdoria, Parma 1-1 Lazio, Napoli 4-1 Bologna