There might still be sixteen games left of this Brasileirão season, but last night’s celebrations of almost 50,000 Cruzeiro fans after a 3-0 win over closest rivals Botafogo had a definite ‘put the champagne on ice’ feel.
The danger of betting on the Europa League is not knowing how seriously managers are going to take the competition, but Spurs have such a deep squad of quality players now that they could put out a second team and still be extremely competitive.
Changing destination was the best option for me to reach land under my own power and (relatively) swiftly and safely, but it was still a big decision to head into the more serious waters of the North. Exciting though.
In a meeting between two teams who have lost some of their star quality over the summer, it may pay to side with the home team here.
I think it’s been a shock, again, to see just how much you British love cycling! As a sport long dominated by continental Europe, the march of ‘Les Anglais’ has been an unstoppable force for a few years now.
An England line-up with no Manchester United players. When did that last happen?
The tale of the masseur and the goal-line clearance in Brazil – ‘I did it because of my love for the club’
While the back four of the Seleção has looked settled in recent months, competition for the incumbents may have emerged in the shape of a surprising late challenger.
England are looking strong in Group H and their games normally feature goals. They had a good night on Friday in brushing aside Moldova, and with Poland holding Montenegro to a draw, a result that puts them top of the group with a seemingly insurmountable goal difference advantage and a game in hand over second placed Montenegro.
As a retired professional squash player myself, I have had countless conversations with friends and acquaintances who argue with me that Squash is already an Olympic sport, surely, I mean, why wouldn’t it be? They almost don’t believe me when I say that it is not yet an Olympic sport. It’s frustrating on many levels for all of us, passionate and convinced of its validity.
Despite being out of the qualification picture, Scotland have reacted in fine style to the appointment of Gordon Strachan as manager, picking up a fantastic win in Croatia and losing somewhat unluckily by the odd goal in a friendly against England.
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