Juventus was the first of the major football clubs in Torino (Turin), but the threat of moving the Old Lady away from the city, led to an acrimonious split in 1906, led by Alfredo Dick, which resulted in the foundation of rivals, Torino. It would lead to contentious debates about the greatest team the city had spawned, but there really should not be an argument. Only one Turin club earned the moniker il Grande (the great) and it wasn’t Juventus.
Spain’s coach Luis Aragonés has just announced his squad for the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland. Fifteen months ago Spain’s progress was anything but assured. Aragonés arrived at Old Trafford - a man under great pressure. It is to his credit that his team still came to play football. The then England manager Steve McClaren gave a début to Manchester United’s on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster. He impressed, but injury and lack of opportunity blighted his progress. In the absence of Wayne Rooney England’s line was led by Peter Crouch. England started well, almost getting a dream start but Michael Carrick's early effort failed to beat Spain's captain Iker Casillas. Shaun Wright-Phillips - one of the main victims of the racist abuse in the Santiago Bernabéu when the two sides last met - was ineffective, especially in terms of the delivery of his crosses. No England player excelled on that February night in Manchester.