There's only one place you'll find Frank Sinatra offering Thai takeout and the return of the Elephant Man. Manchester United may be the champion of England, but make the most noise for your hosts, Team Limey ...
Athens 2007, the final of the European Champions League, is a rematch of Istanbul 2005, with five-time winners Liverpool pitted against six-time champs AC Milan. Some may see it as a kick in the teeth for English football that there is not an all-English final, despite producing three out of the four semifinalists. Team Limey thinks it's a kick in the backside for the top two EPL sides, who lately have been sending out the message that they're untouchable.
With the Champions League down to its final four, SI.com recently checked in with ESPN's Tommy Smyth, who broadcasts UEFA Champions League games for the network. The colorful Irish broadcaster calls more than 200 international soccer matches a year, and is never short of opinions.
The Premiership is one of the biggest leagues in the world on many counts, but not in terms of the number of Brazilian players plying their trade. According to the Brazilian FA's transfer documentation, even Canadian and Bahraini clubs have more Brazilians on their books than there are in England. There are currently only five in the Premiership, for instance.
At least there's one man in England brimming with optimism. After disappointing showings in Euro 2008 qualification games against Croatia and tiny Macedonia, the English national team is facing crucial games with Israel and Andorra.
And the English Football Association rejoices. Three of the four Premier League teams in this week's Champions League action reached the final eight, and thanks to UEFA's random fumbling of their balls, none of them will face each other in the quarterfinals.