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SHARES
14 July 2008
So, Sepp Blatter thinks that Cristiano Ronaldo is a slave and – more importantly – that Manchester United should stop flipping well whinging and let him go and join Real Madrid. Which poses a question:  Is this the same Sepp Blatter who is an honorary member of Real Madrid? Who was presented with the club’s gold and diamond award?  Who embraced Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón with a great big manly bear-hug? (And that was in public; God only knows what they got up to behind closed doors)  Who described Real Madrid as “more than a club.”
SHARES
11 July 2008
Inter fans are in no doubt that Frank Lampard will sign for the club but he isn’t going to have much time to win over such ever-demanding followers.In the die-hard Nerazzurri cafes in Milan they are not exactly raising their coffee cups to toast the arrival of the Chelsea man.The armchair coaches would have preferred to have seen Deco in the black and blue if Jose Mourinho was going to buy a thirty-something midfielder.
SHARES
10 July 2008
Can you remember how incensed you were when all-seater stadiums became law?
SHARES
9 July 2008
The Cantona interview was confirmed yesterday, so I’m to see him in Marseille “between 1400 Monday and 1400 Tuesday.”
SHARES
8 July 2008
It’s almost two years to the day that Juventus started out on their long road to redemption. It was back in July 2006 that Giovanni Cobolli Gigli took on the task of rebuilding the toppled giants from the rubble of Calciopoli and humiliation of relegation to Serie B.It may have been a humbling experience for a club that had never been relegated in its 110-year history but now after a third-place finish in the top flight last season the Old Lady has regained some of her old swagger.
SHARES
8 July 2008
Faas Wilkes (1923-2006) was Johan Cruyff’s favourite footballer. And yet outside the Netherlands – and Valencia – few people have ever heard of him.
SHARES
7 July 2008
It’s no wonder Italian bookies give up quoting odds on Serie A games during the end of season run-in.They know that it’s time for favours to be called in; a point dropped here or there when a team is safe, a draw suits two sides, okay, a draw it will be. As we know from the 2006 scandal, centring on “Lucky” Luciano Moggi and Juventus, football matches are not won on the pitch.Italy is a country run on favours and a nod to the good to ensure that no one needs to suffer a sleepless night.
SHARES
4 July 2008
Everybody loves a good conspiracy.
SHARES
4 July 2008
So now we are in the off-season and have six weeks to enjoy idle gossip about transfers until the first game of the new season on August 8.
SHARES
3 July 2008
I travel to South Africa in two weeks for Manchester United’s pre-season tour. I’m going to be covering the trip for the magazine of a newspaper I’ve never worked for before. They have given me a substantial word count to do a large feature and are meticulous about style and types of photography. I like their attention to detail. 

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