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16 June 2008
By FourFourTwo's guest columnist, Tim Stannard of La Liga Loca
SHARES
16 June 2008
Oh Karel. A place in the last eight was just 15 minutes away for the Czech Republic and their respected coach Karel Bruckner before Turkey staged the mother of all comebacks.
SHARES
16 June 2008
Just when Jose Mourinho thought that he had the orchard all to himself to pick the best of European talent, along comes Gene Hackman’s doppelganger Felipe Scolari to knock over the apple cart.The feeling in Italy is that Chelsea turned to Big Phil partially to ensure that either one of Deco or Ricardo Quaresma don’t pitch up at Inter and encourage Frank Lampard and Ricardo Carvalho to have second thoughts about swapping the Kings Road for Via Montenapoleone.It seems that Deco will follow his national team boss to England while the Milanese grapevine confirms that Inter are that ‘major club’ Quaresma was alluring to when he announced last week he would be leaving Porto.And what of Frank? Well, the Inter transfer chief Marco Branca has been spotted jumping on and off the London shuttle from Milan’s Linate airport more times than the water-swigging models who strut the catwalks in the mornings before returning to their south London digs by late afternoon.Again the ever-reliable rumour-mill around Inter’s Palazzo Durini headquarters verifies that English lessons have been in full swing to welcome the England international.
SHARES
16 June 2008
NOW it’s a tournament.
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12 June 2008
By FourFourTwo guest columnist Riccardo Rossi of Serie Aaaaargh!
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11 June 2008
There’s no need to explain to you British people how boring Brazil friendlies usually are. You’ve seen enough of them lately with London becoming the official capital of the samba boys' (drowsy) exhibition matches. Last weekend, however, I managed to stay awake during both games of the Seleção’s United States tour, because I couldn’t take my eyes off of the TV during the clashes against the mighty Canada and Venezuela. Yes. I was just anticipating the moment Brazil, playing as lethargic as allowed by the legal limits, would come unstuck against one of the above powerhouses. History-making was just around the corner.Against Canada, it was close. The courageous maple-leafed team missed a host of opportunities when the game was tied at 2-2 before self-destructing and gift-wrapping Robinho Brazil's third goal.
SHARES
11 June 2008
By FourFourTwo's guest columnist, Tim Stannard of La Liga Loca
SHARES
11 June 2008
The Netherlands’ astonishing dismantling of Italy highlighted one fundamental, underappreciated truth about football: the full-back may just be the most important person on the pitch.
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10 June 2008
They started the evening blasting out the Brothers of Italy and ended it the country’s orphans. No mamma to dry their tears and no papa to bring order. While Marcello Lippi took on both roles at World Cup 2006, Donadoni seems very much the missing parent.“Disaster Donadoni,” screamed Corriere dello Sport. “You are more to blame than the referee.”Yes, the referee may have had his own interpretation of the offside laws regarding Christian Panucci tumbling off the pitch after colliding with Gigi Buffon in the build-up to the opening goal but what of poor old Roberto’s reading of the game?

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