We Scots complain that our league doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get the headlines its English counterpart gets so regularly in the national media outlets Ã¢ÂÂ and when we do get headlines, itÃ¢ÂÂs usually something negative. And so it goes again. After seeing our referees go out on strike or a manager be sent parcel bombs in the post, now we watch that same manager have to deal with a thug running into the technical area and attacking him.
Few were prepared to give Caen a chance. The optimism that followed an opening day victory over champions Marseille and then another at home to Lyon a week later had long since vanished. A 12-game run without a win between September and December had put the Norman invasion in retreat.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs the penultimate weekend and sneaky plum time if youÃ¢ÂÂre in the bottom three, but the Premier League plays second fiddle to the FA Cup Final this weekend Ã¢ÂÂ or at least it should doÃ¢ÂÂ¦
As all ancient would-be conquerors would no doubt testify, you can't march on Rome without a large army. Thankfully for Palermo, they're expecting more than 30,000 fans backing them at the Italian Cup Final in the Stadio Olimpico a week on Sunday.
Independiente unwittingly made a milkman out of a young Javier Zanetti. Ã¢ÂÂThat was the year in which I did everything,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂThey let me go just when IÃ¢ÂÂd closed my books at school and there was no chance of going to another club. So I started to work with my cousin Carlo who delivered milk for a dairy company. I would get up at four in the morning to go pick it up and then take it to the supermarkets. I had to arrive early. When we got out, weÃ¢ÂÂd have lunch and then IÃ¢ÂÂd go train with Talleres.Ã¢ÂÂ
In WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs competition to see who can point out that BarÃÂ§a can win the title in a matter of hours in the most dramatic way possible, it somehow felt as if the heart of the Madrid press simply wasnÃ¢ÂÂt in it.
Chelsea fans will be searching for the alarm clocks hidden underneath the piles of half price Fernando Torres shirts in the Chelsea Megastore - after all, if their side is to have a chance of winning something, they're going to need to wake up their back four.