We have only had one game of the new season but it would seem as if itÃ¢ÂÂs business as usual in Serie A: ultras on the rampage and coaches set for the chop.LetÃ¢ÂÂs start with the incidents that marred NapoliÃ¢ÂÂs opener at AS Roma. It seems now that there was a more sinister element orchestrating the public disorder that followed the Napoli fans all the way to the capital and back again.The Naples anti-mafia department believe that the Comorra Ã¢ÂÂ the local crime family eÃ¢ÂÂ were flexing their muscles over the city council and Silvio Berlusconi governmentÃ¢ÂÂs unwillingness to allow them to control the rubbish collection within the city and surrounding area.
La Liga Loca read with some astonishment this week that moo-cows tend to stand in a north to south direction. It seems that the ability to sense the EarthÃ¢ÂÂs magnetic poles is embedded into their tiny, Guti-like brains.
Everton and Spurs have long been touted as the two teams most likely to eventually break up the quartopoly (if this isnÃ¢ÂÂt a real word it should be) of Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, but have Man City overtaken them as the team most likely to usurp one of the big four this season and force one of them to suffer the ignominy of UEFA Cup football next term?
As the transfer window slammed shut promptly at 7pm on Monday evening, a grand total of Ã¢ÂÂ¬500million had made its way out of the coffers of the 20 Serie A sides.Needless to say, leading the way were money-bags Inter who took their spending spree for the summer to nearly Ã¢ÂÂ¬67m, topping it off with a bit of late shopping for Ricardo Quaresma.President Massimo Moratti had initially vetoed the move for the Porto winger after throwing a bit of a moody when Jose Mourinho could only muster up a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria, but that lasted all of a couple of hours as he was soon happily signing a cheque for around Ã¢ÂÂ¬24.6m.Mourinho had got his way once again and the arrival of the 24-year-old must now herald the end for Luis FigoÃ¢ÂÂs days of trying to beat a man.
What better way to spend a Monday than eagerly watching the likes of lovable Scottish Ã¢ÂÂcheeky chappieÃ¢ÂÂ Jim White and his fellow sports news presenters aimlessly stumble their way through a whole raft of tedious transfer rumours and tittle-tattle in?