Chicken farmers, an octopus and the rise of the Belgians: 2010 remembered

If Sid Lowe can do it, why canâÂÂt I? The esteemed interpreter of Spanish football gives out the Sids at the end of every season, so IâÂÂm going to dish out the Simmos as I review a year in which football spectacularly lost the plot.

Some of the decision making â and I donâÂÂt just mean by referees â displayed a kind of crazed incompetence seldom seen since Caligula promoted his favourite horse Incitatus to the Roman senate. It was a year in which England contrived to lose two World Cups, Rafa Benitez lost two jobs and a Spanish newspaper declared that the sermon on the mount was âÂÂin fact a prophecy of Leo MessiâÂÂ.

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