As you'll know if you follow Italian football, last week was a good one for Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina - and we're not talking about what happened on the pitch.
Because last week the Italian Olympic Committee decided to reduce the penalties meted out to each club in the wake of this summer's match-fixing scandal. Juventus remain in Serie B, but see their points penalty reduced from 17 to 9, while Fiorentina got four points back and Lazio got eight.
There was one group of people for whom the news came too late though - the developers of football management titles, with Sports Interactive, Beautiful Game Studios and Codemasters having already delivered their 2007 efforts to market in the preceding months.
As promised, Codemasters has released a free stats update for LMA Manager 2007, allowing you to take advantage of data accurate to the end of the August transfer window.
The PC patch is available from Codemasters' website, while the Xbox 360 file can be had on Live Marketplace and the PS2 version on PlayStation 2 Net, with all of them likely to appear on official-magazine coverdiscs.
LMA Manager 2007 is available now on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2, and we should have a review up soon.
Sales of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy may have dropped by 49 per cent, but the cute sci-fi makeover continues to hold the number one spot in the Chart Track All Formats Chart for the second week.
Codemasters has released PC and Xbox 360 demos of LMA Manager 2007.
A new, exclusive trailer for Codemasters' latest football management title, LMA Manager 2007, is now showing on Eurogamer TV.
Due out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS2 on September 22nd, this year's LMA makes a number of big changes, and the trailer ought to give you a clear view of one of the major ones: its enhanced match engine.
The full game aims to distil the art of football management into a comfortable interface, stocked with all the options you'd expect but easy to navigate around, with options like a fantasy team mode and the ability to download data updates at intervals. Despite the release date's proximity to the close of the August transfer window, you'll be able to download all the changes from day one.
It's been a hell of a month for Italian football. As I type, an Italian court is delivering its verdicts on the appeals made by four clubs caught up in Calciopoli - the Italian football corruption scandal - which has seen three of the country's biggest football sides relegated, two then reinstated, all four docked points, and only the Milanese allowed within half a mile of European competition. Italy won the World Cup on Sunday, 9th July. Within a week half the players involved were looking for new jobs. Fans went ballistic - taking to the streets, and, in Fiorentina's case, blocking off a railway line after Franco Zeffirelli appealed to fans to "cut Italy in half".
Codemasters' LMA Manager is set to return with full data for the 2006/2007 season when it launches on PC, Xbox 360 and PS2 in late September.
LMA Manager 2006 is to appear in "massively expanded" form on both PC and Xbox 360, Codemasters has announced. The publisher has also released some new screenshots of the PC version.