If you thought the wonderful world of Barcelona was feeling tingly and tangly last week after the frenzied French kissing of Leo Messi by Sepp Blatter at the FIFA awards - figuratively speaking, of course - thatÃ¢ÂÂs just one wrinkle on Manuel PellegriniÃ¢ÂÂs face compared the little fluffy cloud the Camp Nou collective are living on now.
The SPL have taken it upon themselves to invoke some badly needed change - but instead of giving us something new, something fresh and something to get excited about, theyÃ¢ÂÂve only gone and proposed to go back to an old format.
You could argue that an opening ceremony consisting of a man some people donÃ¢ÂÂt care for kicking a ball about in half-*rsed fashion in a half-empty stadium managed to capture the essence of just what the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Cup means to folk nowadays rather well.
For once Antonio Cassano has been speaking sense - although in his usual straight to the point manner he painted a stark picture as to where his future may lie, claiming that if he failed to take his chance at AC Milan then he deserved to be institutionalised.
After weeks of speculation, Eddie Howe looks set to finally leave Bournemouth for Burnley over the weekend, just days after vowing to stay on at the League One side. The news will be a bitter blow for CherriesÃ¢ÂÂ fans but once the disappointment of seeing Howe leave subsides, they will only have fond memories of HoweÃ¢ÂÂs tenure.