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9 January 2009
David Beckham is in for a bit of a shock this weekend.While AC Milan and the Becks circus have been living it up in the balmy climes of Dubai, Italy has been gripped by the icy fingers of mid-winter.All the major airports in northern Italy have been either shut down or worked on reduced capacity, for once, not due to a strike but a good dose of the white stuff.
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8 January 2009
The Rich List has caused its usual flurry of excitement – we’ve barely had time for a cup of tea, and that’s very bad news.
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8 January 2009
Recession is coming to get football, says Professor Tom Cannon. And he’s right.
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8 January 2009
If QPR investor Lakshmi Mittal wants something, money is no object.
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7 January 2009
It's a time for reflection in Argentina. The season has ended and now is the time to uproot, leave the stinkingly hot city and head to the beaches of Uruguay.
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7 January 2009
Town fan Nick Judd on the new County Ground guv'nor...
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7 January 2009
Help, we’re in the midst of an all-out transfer frenzy. With two England internationals already on the move and things bound to get busier, this looks like being a credit crunch (and common sense)-defying window packed with big-money moves and muchos, muchos speculation.Fortunately our sister site FootballTalentspotter.com is on hand to give you the skinny on all the players linked with your club – be they lower-league journeymen being brought in on the cheap or multi-million foreign types your manager is pinning your club’s hopes and financial well being on.Here as a taster are a few unknowns who could be on Match of the Day before the month’s out (find more in Talentspotter's Ones To Watch section):St Etienne’s Blaise Matuidi is the man Portsmouth are said to be looking to bring in to replace Bernabau-bound Lassana Diarra, and that looks a pretty good shout given that, like his compatriot, Matuidi is an industrious and fearless little chap who’d run his jaffers off and allow Richard Hughes the time and space to work his magic...or maybe not.The sticking point for Pompey is, unsurprisingly, the dollar. St Etienne won’t be letting Matuidi go on the cheap (Director of Football Damien Comolli is insistent he won’t be sold at all – but we know he’s all chat) and a price tag of upwards of £10 million is likely to mean Pompey will need to set their sights a little lower.Perhaps, then, they should make a move for Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah, who is a free agent having negotiated the termination of his contract with former club Fenerbahce in the summer. They’ll need to steal a march on former boss Harry Redknapp, however, as Appiah is this week training with Spurs and could be set to help bring a bit more balance to Arry’s squad.Speaking of Tottenham, having already paid way over the odds for Darren Bent and David Bentley in the last 18 months, Daniel Levy is looking to make it a hat-trick of terrible deals for young(ish) English players, with up to £14.5 million on the table for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. The pursuit of Downing is a flashback to the Martin Jol era – during Juande Ramos’s tenure, Sevillaw’s Diego Capel was the man linked with the left-wing vacancy.That ship has most likely sailed now, not least because Ramos, Capel’s old boss at Sevilla has bitten the bullet at Levy Towers, but also because Spurs are now pony, and Barca and Real Madrid (yes, Senor Ramos again) are said to be sniffing around the flaxen-haired flyer.One possible alternative for Redknapp could be Celtic’s Aiden McGeady, who is said to be unsettled at Parkhead having been fined and suspended by the club for ‘breaching club discipline’ last month.BLOGS: Ibrox hero Johnston hopes McGeady stays at Celtic
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7 January 2009
Opposition fans offering a standing ovation to honour the brilliance of visiting players is unusual in football, but not unheard of. Ronaldo at Old Trafford, Ronaldinho in the Bernabeu, Pablo Couñago against Bury St Edmonds are just a few examples.But a situation when the home support sings the name of the praiseworthy player is a completely different kettle of cookies. However, that’s a memorable moment that La Liga Loca witnessed at the Vicente Calderón on Tuesday night in the Copa del Rey clash between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona. As Leo Messi popped in his final goal of a historic hat-trick, some sections of the home crowd sang ‘Atleti!’ in a doomed attempt to lift the spirits of their trembling team. Others countered the chant with ‘Messi!’
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6 January 2009
Football finance expert Professor Tom Cannon gives FourFourTwo the lowdown on what to expect over the next 12 months…
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6 January 2009
“Trillion dollar man” screamed the headlines as Abu Dhabi moneybags Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took control of Manchester City, blasting the Blues' bank balance into the stratosphere, and the fans moods even higher.

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