So Jose Mourinho has got his sights set on a stint in Italy. We can rest assured that the Special One isnÃ¢ÂÂt interested in turning Catania into a Serie A powerhouse, so that leaves Juventus and the two Milanese clubs. HeÃ¢ÂÂs been smooching away to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his love of all things Italian, but will the charm offensive pay off?
ItÃ¢ÂÂs no secret in Brazil that Santos coach Emerson Leao has a serious beef against foreigners Ã¢ÂÂ especially Argentinians. HeÃ¢ÂÂs the one who, in 2006, scared away Carlitos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians Ã¢ÂÂ for which both might be thanking him right now.Tevez, especially, suffered in LeaoÃ¢ÂÂs paws. In his first game in charge the coach took the captain's armband off the Argentinian, who had to cope with his manager joking about the playerÃ¢ÂÂs difficulty in speaking and understanding Portuguese (or Spanish, for that matter). Ã¢ÂÂIt was my decision. Do you understand a word of what he says?Ã¢ÂÂ, he asked a reporter. Ã¢ÂÂMe neither. So thatÃ¢ÂÂs it. I even tried to explain my decision to him, but he also didnÃ¢ÂÂt understand,Ã¢ÂÂ laughed Leao.
Every metro station in Barcelona carries several illuminated posters advertising Manchester. ItÃ¢ÂÂs part of an airline promotion and a fine-looking shot of the city makes it look more Lisbon than Lowry in an attempt to persuade Catalans to visit.