...feel good about themselves? Opening games of tournaments have become increasingly cagey affairs, teams scared of getting off to a bad start, leading to some dire football and said teams ending up on the wrong end of a bad start.
...a tear. It was with a loud cheer I greeted the news that David Beckham suffered a torn Achilles tendon playing for AC Milan, which should keep him out of England's World Cup squad for the summer.
...they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? Philippe Senderos. Which kind of, bar a couple of games, describes Euro 2008 so far.
Italy will face France in the Final of the 2006 World Cup, after one of the greatest semi-finals against Germany and France's win over the disgraceful Portugal.
England beat Ecuador 1-0 thanks to a Beckham feee kick to progress to the quarter finals of the World Cup where they will meet old nemesis Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Portugal side.