ThereÃ¢ÂÂs two legends surrounding the origins of futsal, whose FIFA World Cup started this week in Brazil. The first dictates the sport was created in the 1930Ã¢ÂÂs in Uruguay by Montevideo YCMAÃ¢ÂÂs professor Juan Carlos Ceriani. The second tells that it first appeared in SÃÂ£o Paulo, also inside the YCMA, by some lads who started kicking a football about in a basketball court, late in the 1940Ã¢ÂÂs. Fact is it was in Brazil, in 1952, that the futebol de salÃÂ£oÃ¢ÂÂs first organisation was assembled Ã¢ÂÂ the SÃÂ£o PauloÃ¢ÂÂs YCMA Salon Football League, founded by Habib Maphuz. (In Uruguay, there was no organised futsal until 1965.)
They say that if you get 1000 monkeys to bash away at 1000 typewriters, theyÃ¢ÂÂd eventually come up with the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Now, obviously Ã¢ÂÂtheyÃ¢ÂÂ say a lot of things Ã¢ÂÂ and most of itÃ¢ÂÂs complete balls. But La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs prepared to believe them on this one. After all, if you got a single monkey bashing away at a single typewriter - a single, short-sighted, dyslexic monkey with writerÃ¢ÂÂs cramp, a caffeine dependency and a 60-a-day habit bashing away at a broken typewriter where the Ã¢ÂÂeÃ¢ÂÂ doesnÃ¢ÂÂt work and the Ã¢ÂÂsÃ¢ÂÂ keeps on bloody ssssticking Ã¢ÂÂ youÃ¢ÂÂd certainly get the La Liga fixtures.
Italian football has always had a strong relationship with Argentines.Some have delighted, some disappointed and then, of course, there was Diego Maradona. But most have got on with their jobs in a professional manner give or take the odd dodgy passport.This weekend should see Lazio maintain top spot in the league, with three citizens from that fine South American country playing their part.In fact, of the current top 10 in the table, only AC Milan, AS Roma and Palermo do not have an Argentine in their first-team squad.So letÃ¢ÂÂs name the best doing their nation proud, starting from the top:Mauro ZarateTotally unknown to the Italian public when he arrived from Birmingham City in the summer via Al Sadd in Qatar, but now after six goals in the first five games, the Lazio striker leads the goalscoring charts to become the star of the early part of the season.