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SHARES
6 May 2008
There were fireworks, enough ticker to cover parading liberators of all the wars put together and odd bombs that spurted blue and gold smoke. It was the closing season's superclasicó and it was the home team Boca Juniors who earned the glory.
SHARES
6 May 2008
In England, the first all-Premiership Champions League final has been a cause of national rejoicing, self-satisfied chortling and the frequent airing – in inns and taverns across Britain – of the opinion that the Premiership is the best in the world.
SHARES
5 May 2008
Good DayReal MadridMonday's El Pais sums up the praiseworthy performance of the whole celebrating side - all 10 of them - in the final frenetic five minutes of the match with the words "attitude, faith and courage."
SHARES
5 May 2008
AC Milan did what Inter should have done in the Milan derby: played like champions.That’s the general opinion of the Italian media after the Rossoneri spoilt their city rival’s title party on Sunday.A victory would have given the ever-increasingly moody and snappy, if that’s possible, Roberto Mancini and his merry men their 16th scudetto.Instead, not only was there no dancing in the street but the 2-1 scoreline in no way reflected how dominant Milan were throughout the 90 minutes.Turin-based Tuttosport couldn’t wait to twist the knife. “A day of fear,” warned their headline. “Inter blow the title wide open and the ghosts of 2002 are back.”This was, of course, a reference to how the Nerazzurri imploded in the final three games of the 2001-02 season and handed the title to Juventus in a 4-2 defeat at Lazio on the last day, which just happened to be May 5.However, this time around a home win against Siena, who have already secured their top-flight survival, next week will finally put the title beyond doubt no matter what AS Roma do as Inter’s head-to-head record between the sides is superior.
SHARES
2 May 2008
SaturdayAtlético Madrid (4th) v Recreativo (16th)With the rojiblancos mired in their second-worst closing half of the season since 2002, the president admitting off-mic that his players are pants and Pablo Ibañez confessing that his tottering team-mates are tired little bunnies after a 52 game season, Aguirre's avengers are going to need the stirring support of the home crowd like never before on Saturday night.The problem with that cunning plan is that the Calderón catcallers are pricklier than a pre-menstrual porcupine and will be on the backs of the players quicker than you can shout "tackle him, you dozy tw*ts!" to the Atleti midfield.An endearingly optimistic Raúl García says that things will be different against Recreativo pointing out that "people who boo us are throwing stones against their own roof."
SHARES
2 May 2008
"Who is best foreigner to have played in England other than myself? No, sorry, I can’t think of anyone better than me. Only joking. There are so many. I couldn’t pick one."
SHARES
2 May 2008
While Ronaldo has been off amusing himself with his cross-dressing friends  - something that has finally endeared him to most of the Italian male public - Serie A is gearing up for the Milan derby on Sunday.Let’s get one thing straight, AC Milan against Inter is the best derby in the world.Manchester United-City, River Plate-Boca Juniors, Celtic-Rangers all pale in comparison.Outside Hollywood you won’t see so many stars in such a condensed area when the players take the pitch, both clubs have won so many trophies that they had to give over half of the San Siro stadium just to house them.
SHARES
1 May 2008
Barcelona, eh? It’s worse than The Tower during the reign of Henry VIII and his insatiable ginger loins. Worse than Traitors’ Corner when it’s that time of month down Queen Elizabeth I’s way. Worse even than Two-for-One day at the Place de la Revolution.  Ronaldinho?  Off with his head! Deco?  Off with his head!  Henry?  Off with his head! Ezquerro?  Who?  You know, curly haired bloke. Never plays. Always wears a smirk. Christ, is he still here? Off with his head!  Eto’o? Henry? Oleguer?  Off! Off! Off!
SHARES
1 May 2008
Do you remember the refereeing tandem Paulo César de Oliveira and Maria Eliza Barbosa, who let Adriano’s 'Hand of the Emperor' goal stand? Well, Palmeiras’ intervention prevented them to be considered for work on the São Paulo State final, but they somehow managed to be selected to officiate the Minas Gerais match. This time, even bad refereeing like theirs couldn't prevent high-flying Cruzeiro from running over Atlético. But, once again, the duo took center-stage. Just take a look at the kits they donned for the final.

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