Luca Toni is back – he’s now with his 16th club at Hellas Verona – and scored a brace as they beat AC Milan 2-1 at the weekend. Amazingly, the big man has never played for either Milan club, which is surprising considering all the goals he scored for Palermo, Fiorentina and Bresia – if you score more than 10 a season for anyone in Italy, you get signed by AC, Inter or Juventus (he scored just 3 for Genoa in 2010-11 and Juventus had to have him!).
Marek Hamsik got a couple for Napoli, who had the luxury of bringing on Gonzalo Higuain late for his debut, while fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez notched for Juventus as they beat Sampdoria 1-0.
All the major European leagues are up and running, MLS is getting close to the playoff stage (which is all that seems to count), South America is ticking along nicely, and I’m advertising for a new Asian reporter (insert your own Simpsons joke here as I have enough lawsuits to deal with already).
Now we just need the Carling Cup second round on Tuesday and Wednesday to really get football fans excited. Surely there’s no one out there who isn’t revved up for Leyton Orient against Hull or Tranmere v Bolton. I’m not sure my heart will be able to handle Stoke against Walsall on Wednesday, it may just be too much for me.