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28 January 2009
If you have a high tolerance for flamenco-based sonic torture and incomprehensible accents, then a spell in the city of Seville is the most fun you can have aside from a date with Deportivo.Unless you happen to be managing the city’s two main football clubs, that is. Or José Antonio Reyes. But more on that woeful winger later. Ever since Spain’s second choice Sergios, Paco Chaparro of Betis and Manolo Jiménez, were appointed to their prestigious posts last season, both have been as safe and secure as a lamp chop in Maniche’s larder.Both trainers were in charge of the respective club’s B teams - although La Liga Loca suspects the cheap-as-chips Chaparro was actually found wandering around his local Poundland and given the job - and both replaced bigger name coaches that were either sacked or buggered off to Spurs.
SHARES
28 January 2009
When Radomir Antic accepted, at the umpteenth time of asking, the job of Serbian national coach, many pundits assumed it was an act of sheer desperation. His predecessor Miroslav Dukic had been ousted without managing a full competitive game after arguing with Serbian FA boss Tomislav Karadzic. But Antic decided, as he suggested in one remarkably frank interview, “football mirrors the social situation in a country.”
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27 January 2009
Just when we thought he would go gently into the night of his twilight years, Christian Panucci just couldn't resist one last rage and rant.
SHARES
27 January 2009
Football is one of the few sports that both the ‘anglosajón’ English and Spaniards both share a big love for.
SHARES
26 January 2009
I’m in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil’s south. The capital is Porto Alegre, home to two million and a veritable footballer factory.
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26 January 2009
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23 January 2009
The worst thing that could happen to the German-Swiss investors allegedly researching a bid for Chelsea is that they fall prey to one of the popular delusions that have destroyed countless wannabe football tycoons.The most powerful of these is the belief that, with the right calibre of management, a club’s performance can be transformed – and that cash, gazillions of it, can expedite this transformation.Investors who know little about the heritage of the game – or the club they buy – are prone to exaggerate the impact they can have on a club’s status, a tendency you might call “Bigger than Real Madrid” syndrome.
SHARES
23 January 2009
There is perhaps only one thing better than watching people who are paid to play football produce a sublime bit of skill or score a spectacular goal.

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