His tongue might have been firmly in his cheek, but when Sir Alex Ferguson recently told English journalists "the master race is back", there was more to it than a Scot simply teasing his nation's old rivals.
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong chairs a get-together on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year on January 22 with veteran revolutionaries, current and former leaders of the Party, State, Vietnam Fatherland Front, and overseas Vietnamese.
Defending champions Egypt made sure of a record extending number of CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals appearances, but it was Mali who stole the plaudits as the final three places at Ghana 2008 were claimed on Friday and Saturday.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in a competitive international in over three years as England warmed up for their crunch UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier in Russia by beating Estonia 3-0 at Wembley. It was Steve McClaren squad's fifth successive 3-0 win in group E, but that run will count for little if they are defeated by Russia in Moscow on Wednesday.
THE DAY REPLAYED - The best players produce on the biggest stages. It is a maxim as old as the game itself. And so the FIFA Women's World Cup went to Germany for the second time in the new century because when the pressure was at its most intense, Birgit Prinz kept her nerve and Marta did not.
Iceland coach Eyjolfur Sverrisson is full of praise for his young team after their recent run of success. "All our players are ready to take on any opponents," said Sverrisson proudly after their 2-1 win over Northern Ireland in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers. Sverrisson, who used to ply his trade on the pitch for Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin, has every reason to look to the future with confidence.