For one of the most dangerous No 9s in world football, Radamel Falcao has been curiously underexposed. The 28-year-old, who has joined Manchester United, comes with a track record of remarkable success. He has scored mountains of goals wherever he has played, averaging close to one goal a game in two seasons in Portugal and two seasons in Spain.
So a bit more of Palestine has slidden down the plughole. A thousand more acres of Palestinian land stolen by the Israeli government – for “appropriation” is theft, is it not? – and the world has made the usual excuses. The Americans found it “counter-productive” to peace, which is probably a bit less forceful than its reaction would be if Mexico were to bite off a 1,000-acre chunk of Texas and decided to build homes there for its illegal immigrants in the US. But this is “Palestine” (inverted commas more necessary than ever) and Israel has been getting away with theft, albeit not on quite this scale – it is the biggest land heist in 30 years – ever since it signed up to the Oslo agreement in 1993.
Signing for Real Madrid is often seen as the pinnacle of a player’s footballing career but those heights are more often than not tinged with a weight of expectation that can hold down even the greatest players in the world.
No tennis player has dominated the game over the last decade and a half like Roger Federer, with an impeccable record in all Grand Slams; the Swiss ‘Maestro’ is always one to watch. This years US Open marks Federer’s 15 US Open in a row, and his 14 appearance in the fourth round.
He may be known as the Iron Tulip, but Louis van Gaal could be summed up with a much more accurate nickname after triggering the biggest upheaval seen at Manchester United in recent memory; namely the axe wielder.
Congratulations! You're going to be a doctor. You will put your hands in places you never thought possible or legal. But first there’s a little learning to be done. A medical degree is an often brilliant and occasionally terrifying experience.