He earned his last cap in 2005, but Roy Keane's every word regarding Ireland is considered news. But has Keane's solipsistic view on the world of football pushed past the point of usefulness?
Sometimes it feels that the Olympics are less an international event than two hundred simultaneous national events.
As you celebrate your nation's Olympic glory, spare a thought for the French. At time of typing, their eight gold medals and 29 in total leaves them trailing Germany, and they're way behind their cross-channel rivals, who have 25 golds and 54 altogether. In such trying times, one's thoughts inevitably turn to past glories. Luckily for France, they have one of the greatest heroes there has ever been: Asterix.
Fredorrarci won't go into the ways the BBC's coverage of the games is better than NBC's. It wouldn't be fair. Were he to describe how wonderfully, wonderfully wonderful the BBC's service is, it would amount to taunting. And he's not that kind of person. Really he's not.
With the greatest sprinter on a bike failing to reach Olympic glory, one is made to wonder if the fastest man on foot might meet a similar fate. And that's a good thing.