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9 February 2009
GOOD DAYMad Sammy Eto’o“We’re all quite fed up,” complained the crestfallen presenter on Telemadrid’s football round-up show on Sunday evening. “Barcelona keep on winning.” If their remarkable streak achieves nothing more than annoy the heck out one of the most objectionable TV stations on the planet, then La Liga Loca is more than happy to see Pep’s Dream Boys continue on their winning ways until the end of time. Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sporting was very much by-the-book and owed a great deal to a brace from Samuel Eto’o who has now racked up 21 goals in 21 games. But so consistently good is the Cameroonian striker that this remarkable goalscoring rate has gone fairly unnoticed.
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7 February 2009
Dearest Brazilian football fans, we’re back!
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6 February 2009
A common myth that needs to be laid to rest is that the trains always ran on time when Benito was in charge. They never did and, generally, they still don’t. But when they do it’s like having your birthday and Christmas all come at once. It’s especially true when gliding through the Italian countryside on a Friday morning at something in the region of 300km per hour in the lavish comfort of Trenitalia’s appropriately-named Red Arrow train.It is certainly the age of the train – connecting Milan with Rome in a mere three and a half hours, cutting a good hour off the old time.
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6 February 2009
Saturday
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4 February 2009
Fourteen things I’ve done in the last few days...
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4 February 2009
“I can’t liiiveeeeeee, if living is without youuuuu.....!!!!!!”
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4 February 2009
The snowman scarf count in Shepperton this week is Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1.
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4 February 2009
Ricardo Quaresma slipped in to Milan under the radar at the tail-end of the August transfer window and slipped out again in January with barely anyone noticing.While the only footage covering his move to England was either the Inter dud strolling on as substitute and being substituted in between blasting a volley over the bar.The Portuguese has been the Robbie Keane of Serie A - it would have been so fitting had he joined Spurs, but his failure to impress in Italy has been another strain on Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Massimo Moratti.
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3 February 2009
If football in the North East was a Marlon Brando character it would be Terry (“I could have been a contender”) Malloy in On The Waterfront. In the last 30 years, only Kevin Keegan - the Geordie Bonnie Prince Charlie - has looked capable of delivering some long overdue glory. It wasn’t always like this, as the 1908/09 league table shows. That season Newcastle were convincing champions, Sunderland finished third and Middlesbrough ninth. Maybe the rot started with Alf Common.
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3 February 2009
The Spanish second division used to be a bit rubbish, although a sniffy L’Equipe claims that it still is by branding the BBVA sponsored barndance the fourth worst second tier of Europe’s big five, based on quality of players, attendances and crispiness of the croissants.La Segunda was once the home of teams who could have been contenders or the second string sides of the likes of Real Madrid.This season the only feeder side in the division is Sevilla’s, although that may not be for much longer considering they are currently bottom of the pile with just 10 points from 22 games.Instead, the league is starting to resemble England’s Championship with some big names from the past littering the streets of La Segunda.

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