Funny old game
•As someone who couldn't kick snow off a rope, I still have a life-long passion for soccer. All the same my heart sank when I saw that Spanish football team Real Madrid have signed a seven-year-old Argentine boy.
Leonel Angel Coira, now living in Spain, was spotted during try-outs, Real Madrid said. He will start training with the children's team in September on a one-year renewable contract. He can join the first team from the age of 16.
Spokesman Juan Tapiador said the club took on players of any age as long as they offered "something different".