…for victory, that is. Today is not only a slow news day, but it’s also Kristian Jack’s World Vision football tourney, in which my shins may or may not survive intact. So, rather than fire up the normal lead/links routine, a brief, stream of consciousness break-down should suffice.

Moncton (yay!) to host Canada v. China womens friendly. Whitecaps are all about defence. They’re also impressed by BC Place. A Montreal Impact season preview.

Bielsa schools Manchester United. Harry Redknapp denies any contract rumours with Spurs. Podolski turned down a lucrative offer from Anzhi MacDaddy to play for Arsenal. Balotelli tells fans not to boo Tevez. Arsenal are willing to keep RvP for another season and then lose him on a free. Andre Villas-Boas had no plan for failure. Louise Taylor on the Premier League bottom-feeders.

Ancelotti says no Del Piero at PSG, maybe Pato. Udinese come unstuck in the Europa League. Max Allegri may not have all the answers. Moratti offers “concrete” support to Ranieri at Inter, perhaps to put his feet in before dumping him in the Mediterranean.

Grant Wahl predicts the MLS future. Happy Birthday Juan Sebastian Veron.