Ricardo Quaresma slipped in to Milan under the radar at the tail-end of the August transfer window and slipped out again in January with barely anyone noticing.While the only footage covering his move to England was either the Inter dud strolling on as substitute and being substituted in between blasting a volley over the bar.The Portuguese has been the Robbie Keane of Serie A - it would have been so fitting had he joined Spurs, but his failure to impress in Italy has been another strain on Jose MourinhoÃ¢ÂÂs relationship with Massimo Moratti.
If football in the North East was a Marlon Brando character it would be Terry (Ã¢ÂÂI could have been a contenderÃ¢ÂÂ) Malloy in On The Waterfront. In the last 30 years, only Kevin Keegan - the Geordie Bonnie Prince Charlie - has looked capable of delivering some long overdue glory. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt always like this, as the 1908/09 league table shows. That season Newcastle were convincing champions, Sunderland finished third and Middlesbrough ninth. Maybe the rot started with Alf Common.
The Spanish second division used to be a bit rubbish, although a sniffy LÃ¢ÂÂEquipe claims that it still is by branding the BBVA sponsored barndance the fourth worst second tier of EuropeÃ¢ÂÂs big five, based on quality of players, attendances and crispiness of the croissants.La Segunda was once the home of teams who could have been contenders or the second string sides of the likes of Real Madrid.This season the only feeder side in the division is SevillaÃ¢ÂÂs, although that may not be for much longer considering they are currently bottom of the pile with just 10 points from 22 games.Instead, the league is starting to resemble EnglandÃ¢ÂÂs Championship with some big names from the past littering the streets of La Segunda.