When Juande Ramos popped up in eastern Ukraine last October to replace Volodymyr Bessonov as manager of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, there was a renewed hope of establishing a third way. A way of breaking that long-standing duopoly in the Premier League and finally usurping the Ã¢ÂÂbig twoÃ¢ÂÂ.
While the Catalan press is stuck in an endless Alexis SÃÂ¡nchez-Cesc Fabregas loop of infinite doom, over in Madrid itÃ¢ÂÂs party time. The forces of Mordor are over in Los Angeles for a 13 day pre-season jaunt, and this return to action has given Marca an opportunity to do what they do best - fawn over The Special One like a nine-year-old girl with a Justin Bieber doll.
Back in July 2008, FourFourTwo introduced a Balkan schemer by the name of Luka Modric. In the light of current transfer rumours, what he had to say then is very interesting Ã¢ÂÂ not least the words, "big, fat contract"...
Massimo MorattiÃ¢ÂÂs morning reading will be a spot shorter from now on after the Inter owner decided to boycott La Gazzetta dello Sport for joining in the chorus of calls for the Nerazzurri to be stripped of their 2006 Serie A title.