Not content to spend a career winning things, Ryan Giggs made himself available to captain team GB at the Olympics.
So that's why Wayne and Rio cry themselves to sleep
Ryan Giggs has been plying his trade as a professional in England for more than 20 years but it took until now for the Manchester United star to enjoy that most traditional of English football experiences - being dumped from a major international tournament on penalties.
Not even a liberal sprinkling of Welshmen could outweigh a curse that has plagued Englishmen for decades as Team GB crashed out of the Olympics to South Korea.
"We weren't good enough. That is the bottom line," said Giggs, uttering words that have rarely left his lips while wearing the red of Manchester United.
Giggs also conceded that his failure to represent Wales at a major championship would always eat away at him, leaving the Circus to wonder whether he shouldn't have followed Gareth Bale's lead and faked injury to avoid the inevitable pain of going out on penalties.
It remains to be seen whether the FA takes advice from FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter and lodges a complaint about Bale's no-show in London, but the Circus thinks it unlikely.
British football's failure to challenge for a medal in a Games where even Andy Murray won something at Wimbledon proves the FA can ill afford to completely alienate a player who could be a handy top-up player in Olympics to come.
But one positive has emerged from the haze of disappointment. Giggs will now be able to join in the reminiscing as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand drown their sorrows at Man U reunions in years to come.
Of the three clubs relegated at the end of last season, the Circus will miss Blackburn Rovers the most. With their ads for owners Venkys:
And their innovative ways of demanding coach Steve Kean be sacked - something the club still didn't manage to achieve despite being relegated - they were the club that kept on giving last season.
Even though Rovers is now in the Championship, the club is still managing to find new and inventive ways to garner attention for all the wrong reasons. Fans travelling to the Netherlands for Blackburn's friendly against Dutch club NEC Nijmegen decided a spot of rioting may be in order to break up the tedium before the match.
The match was cancelled, lest more trouble ensue, which gave Blackburn's operations director Paul Agnew a good reason to praise the fans' exemplary behaviour.
"It's something new to us. We've been in the UEFA Cup four times in the last 10 years and never had any problems before. We've got a very good record of fans travelling abroad," he said.
Hmmm. Who would have possibly have thought football fans might be well behaved when their club was going well, before turning pear-shaped when things start going poorly?
The numbers game
31 – Age of dumped Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves
42 – England caps Hargreaves earned across his career
£17 million – Amount Sir Alex Ferguson paid to lure Hargreaves from Bayern Munich in 2007
1 – Champions League medals in his trophy cabinet (2008 with Manchester United)
338 – Minutes of football Hargreaves has played since appearing in the 2008 Champions League final
13 – Minutes Hargreaves managed in the Premier League since he joined Manchester City last season.
The spoken word
"Van Persie? No, I don't think he will come here."
- Roberto Mancini concedes Manchester City may have to deal with a rare knockback from a star footballer during this year's transfer window.
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