It would be fair to say that WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Copa del Rey semi-final second legs throw up a wonderful win-win situation for anti-Madridistas in the Catalan capital, where LLL has learned through in depth investigations many are said to reside.
The hair, once jet black like a movie starÃ¢ÂÂs, is silvery grey now. The famous ponytail is long gone - cut off in 1997. The most telling legacy of Roberto BaggioÃ¢ÂÂs illustrious playing career is the pain in his knees. He likes to run to keep fit but Ã¢ÂÂonly in straight lines, every change of direction is a minor trauma.Ã¢ÂÂ
It seems no-one does footballing heartbreak quite like the Socceroos. Following a long tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Australia missed out on their first major football trophy last weekend after losing the Asian Cup Final 1-0 to Japan in Doha.
With Torres and Carroll dominating the headlines, several other transfers involving English clubs were largely ignored and exiled to the inner pages. There is, however, a fascinating aspect to one deal that finally went through on Monday.
Phew. The transfer window has finally closed (or Ã¢ÂÂslammed shutÃ¢ÂÂ if you worship at the Church of Jim White), and talk of Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres has died down. Well, one out of two ainÃ¢ÂÂt badÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Pinch, punch, first of the month, and you feel that pseudo-rhyme may be on the lips of many a Premier League manager as he kicks his director of football and/or chairman square in the groin for failing to bring in the players he needs.
If the Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs final day of the winter window was a giant paella of SKY TV excitement, la LigaÃ¢ÂÂs was a manky grain of rice sitting at the side of the pan with just six piddling transfers being made in the final few hours in Spain.