Mircea Lucescu is a lucky chap. The Romanian not only guided Shakhtar Donetsk to their fifth Premier-Liga title in Ukraine last week with a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv at the Donbass Arena, but heÃ¢ÂÂs also pen pals with current darling of the British media and LMA Manager of the Year, Roy Hodgson.
The English Premier League is now done and dusted with its oh-so-riveting final day of drama and no-one really cares about boring old Serie A, anyway - apart from the excellent Serie Aaaargh of course - so there might be a few newbies looking to la Liga this weekend for their footballing fix.
Goals galore on the final day of the season; Chelsea were crowned champions turning on the style with a 8-0 victory over Wigan, Manchester United trashed Stoke 4-0, Arsenal battered Fulham reserves 4-0, and Spurs rehearsed for their Champions league qualifying round exit by going 2-0 up away to Burnley then ended up on the wrong side of a 4-2 scoreline.
"Thirty plus one is 31," was one of the first things Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek revealed to the gathered media as Australia named their preliminary World Cup squad, and to the misfortune of those present, that was about as insightful as the Dutchman got.