The national teamÃ¢ÂÂs limp showing in South Africa coupled with Inter not having a home-grown regular in their Treble-winning side meant it was somewhat unsurprising to hear there were no Italians on the 23-man shortlist for this yearÃ¢ÂÂs Ballon dÃ¢ÂÂOr.
France's most successful team of the modern era may be one defeat from sacking their manager. James Horncastle reveals the extraordinary tale of derby defeat, decline and press wars around the team who won seven straight Ligue Un titles this decade...
...actually, that should probably read 'sticking it in the boot', as that's exactly what former home nations internationals John Barnes, Jason McAteer, John Collins, John Hartson and Jim Magilton are trying to do in this video.
It wonÃ¢ÂÂt be remembered as a cracker, round 25 of the Russian Premier League, but Zenit St Petersburg conceding three at Anzhi Makhachkala? None of the four sides in European action managing a win AND footballÃ¢ÂÂs best moustache making an appearance in Vladikavkaz? Oy, oy, oy!