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crank­ing up the heat­ing in sum­mer. The coup de grace was re­mov­ing bog pa­per from op­po­si­tion toi­let cu­bi­cles.

Sofa so gooooood...

Post-nou­veau riche Rus­sians Anzhi Makhachkala could still af­ford fur­ni­ture even af­ter their cash dried up. In 2013, the club in­stalled leather arm­chairs in the away dress­ing room at FC Saturn Ra­men­skoye – where Anzhi hosted Euro­pean ties be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns in their na­tive Dages­tan – in an at­tempt to in­duce “lethargy and calm” in Europa League op­po­nents Tot­ten­ham. Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt tried some­thing sim­i­lar in the mid-’70s, pip­ing sooth­ing hymns into vis­i­tors Werder Bre­men’s chang­ing area. Alas, the away teams won both matches com­fort­ably.

The key to vic­tory

How to over­come a 2-0 deficit? Peru’s half-time tac­tics while trail­ing Ar­gentina in the 1929 Copa Amer­ica were cer­tainly bold. An of­fi­cial ran into the Ar­gen­tine dress­ing room, locked the door and legged it. Such in­ge­nu­ity would have been all the more im­pres­sive had Ar­gen­tine play­ers not just climbed out of the win­dow and made it 3-0. “Peru are stupid boys,” said coach Fran­cisco Olazar.

Home truths

Pos­i­tive en­ergy duly in­stalled in Cardiff

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