Time for Italy to restore some pride at international level after the fiasco of Euro 2008 Ã¢ÂÂ and where better than at the Olympic Games.After all, itÃ¢ÂÂs basically a mini-version of the World Cup, minus a couple of big names. Italy would not have been there if England had of taken their place following their fourth-place finish at the European Under-21 championship. The fifth-placed young Italians had to overcome Portugal in a penalty shoot-out to secure at trip to China.
Having promised to pack his team with the finest young Spanish talent available, Real Madrid president RamÃÂ³n CalderÃÂ³n has continued his great Iberian initiative by recruiting Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg - the side's fifth Dutch player. And this must surely be the tipping point for the music in the dressing room as it swings from the infernal sounds of flamin' flamenco to the Happy House stylings of 2 Unlimited.
A recent survey has claimed that Italy is becoming an ageing population and the current generation are not doing their bit to produce upstanding citizens for the future.The upshot is that everyone is going to have to work longer before they can head off into Ã¢ÂÂhappyÃ¢ÂÂ retirement.Good news then for Alessandro Del Piero, who fits the demographic of the modern Italian perfectly: early 30s, married, one very young child.And the Juventus captain is willing to keep working until his legs finally give out.
"Hey you! Yeah, you! You with the girl's name! Wuss!" La Liga Loca has started the day with a couple of shandies and is feeling feisty. "Yellow belly! Cowardy Custard! Bottler!" The blog has spotted Joan Laporta - well, an imaginary version of him - and is giving the Barcelona president a piece of its tiny mind. The man with the emotional control of an overtired eight year old has shown himself to be the biggest of girl's blouses with his ongoing battle with The Man to bring Leo Messi back from the Olympic games.
Never let it be said that Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs pom-pom donning, axe-wielding cheerleaders-turned-hatchet-men Marca and AS donÃ¢ÂÂt put in the leg-work in their pursuit of a story (and for Ã¢ÂÂstoryÃ¢ÂÂ read Ã¢ÂÂparty lineÃ¢ÂÂ) This week theyÃ¢ÂÂve been in Manchester and London chasing this Cristiano Ronaldo thingymijig.