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10 March 2008
Football hostilities – on and off the pitch - in the Colombian city of Cali reached a new low on Saturday night as a mass riot during the heated derby match between America de Cali and Deportivo Cali forced the game’s abandonment.
SHARES
7 March 2008
Think raffles, bring-and-buy sales, and prize draws are pretty rubbish ways for football clubs to make cash? Well, here’s a fund-raiser that really is shit.Over 3,000 people turned up at the home of Galician side Amoeiro Club de Fútbol, braving the rain to watch, breath bated, hearts racing, as a cow strolled round the pitch. Each and every one of them waiting in eager anticipation for Rubia - for that is the cow’s name - to, well, take a dump.In the end, it didn’t take long. Just eight minutes, in fact. And when Rubia did drop one, a roar went up - and an excited shriek of delight. Not surprising, really: for the owner of the shriek had just become the proud owner of a Seat Leon Sportline 1.9 TDI.  You see, the president of Amoeiro Ángel Cid came up with the ingenious idea of raising money by dividing his club’s A Penafita pitch into 6,000 virtual squares, all marked out by a GPS system to define their exact location. Punters would be invited to “buy” a piece of the pitch at 10 Euros a go. And then, at 12.30, a cow would be let loose on the pitch.Whoever owned the plot where the cow took a dump would win the car. “La caca de una vaca vale on coche", ran the poetic slogan: a cow’s crap is worth a car. For the luckily owner of plot number 4279, that is exactly what it was worth.For the lucky members of Amoeiro, it was also worth the future of a football club. Somehow Amoeiro sold every single plot on the pitch - which is lucky or they’d have had to encourage poor Rubia to keep on chewing the cud and keep on crapping until they found a winner - and created quite a stir.There are fewer people in the village than the 3,000 who turned up, while bids came in from all over Spain and beyond. Even the 20,000 Euro cost of the car and the fee to the local council for a spot of bovine bovver didn’t prevent them from making over 30,000 Euros, saving the club. And making Rubia something of a media star: a fat cow producing nothing but shit earning fame and fortune.Now where have we seen that one before?
SHARES
7 March 2008
FC United, the breakaway club set up by disenfranchised Manchester United supporters in the wake of the 2005 Glazer takeover, play a cup game at Goole tomorrow.
SHARES
7 March 2008
Nausea, malaise, swelling of hands and feet (sometimes the brain), shortness of breath, occasionally fatal. Not symptoms you would necessarily want to be characteristic of your football team.
SHARES
7 March 2008
So Jose Mourinho has got his sights set on a stint in Italy. We can rest assured that the Special One isn’t interested in turning Catania into a Serie A powerhouse, so that leaves Juventus and the two Milanese clubs. He’s been smooching away to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his love of all things Italian, but will the charm offensive pay off?
SHARES
6 March 2008
To say it has been a pretty bad couple of weeks for Racing Club is like saying the year 1939 was a bit of a bummer for international peace.
SHARES
6 March 2008
It’s no secret in Brazil that Santos coach Emerson Leao has a serious beef against foreigners – especially Argentinians. He’s the one who, in 2006, scared away Carlitos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians – for which both might be thanking him right now.Tevez, especially, suffered in Leao’s paws. In his first game in charge the coach took the captain's armband off the Argentinian, who had to cope with his manager joking about the player’s difficulty in speaking and understanding Portuguese (or Spanish, for that matter). “It was my decision. Do you understand a word of what he says?”, he asked a reporter. “Me neither. So that’s it. I even tried to explain my decision to him, but he also didn’t understand,” laughed Leao.
SHARES
6 March 2008
That’s more like it.
SHARES
5 March 2008
Every metro station in Barcelona carries several illuminated posters advertising Manchester. It’s part of an airline promotion and a fine-looking shot of the city makes it look more Lisbon than Lowry in an attempt to persuade Catalans to visit.
SHARES
5 March 2008
Over the last decade, Arsenal fans have grown fond of saying that Arsene Knows.

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