English defender John Terry is congratulated by Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko (L) after the Euro 2012 football championships match England vs Ukraine on June 19, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
It was just as Kenneth Branagh was finishing his Isambard Kingdom Brunel as Caliban piece and the chimneys were replacing the bucolic ideal in the Olympic opening ceremony that the news began to come through: Andriy Shevchenko was retiring from football to take up a career in politics. In a sense, of course, it's no great surprise.
He's 35 and has been struggling with injuries for some time – but still, there seemed something appropriate about word coming at just that point. Innocence, the days of grass and frolics, gone and replaced by something probably necessary, perhaps even exciting, but undeniably dirty.