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17 June 2008
Italians all around the world are surely praying to God for a win against the French today. In this particular case, I wouldn’t trust such an important request to the Pope – the man is German and he’ll probably ask for a Romania win to see the two foes knocked out.  But there’s no need to worry. Truth is, if you want God to really listen to your pleas your wingman is Brazilian diminute striker Carlinhos Bala – Charlie Bullet in English. Last week, the Almighty talked to our 1.62m, 64kg Sport Recife ace at least twice.At least that’s the story the player gave before the second leg of the Copa do Brasil final against Corinthians on Wednesday. Underdog Sport needed a 2-0 home win to clinch the title against the São Paulo giants, who had won the first leg 3-1.Carlinhos Bala, however, knew what would happen in advance thanks to the divine messages he swore to have received from the Lord. “I went to Church to ask Him to give us the title. God said He would do it. I’m going to bed relaxed today. Why should I lose some sleep if God promised me the title?,” he asked on the eve of the final.
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17 June 2008
Two days before Sir Alex Ferguson went on his recent holiday, he drove to a suburb in Bury to see his long time friend, the former Manchester United kitman Norman Davies.
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17 June 2008
Not so very long ago, they were getting all excited down El Mundo Deportivo’s way, screaming from the rooftops - and their front cover. Massive letters heralded the "Nou Barça!" while inside they dedicated a double-page spread to the HUGE story that their intrepid team of investigative hacks had brilliantly uncovered and their cutting-edge graphics team had rendered so pleasing to the eye.
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16 June 2008
By FourFourTwo's guest columnist, Tim Stannard of La Liga Loca
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16 June 2008
Oh Karel. A place in the last eight was just 15 minutes away for the Czech Republic and their respected coach Karel Bruckner before Turkey staged the mother of all comebacks.
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16 June 2008
Just when Jose Mourinho thought that he had the orchard all to himself to pick the best of European talent, along comes Gene Hackman’s doppelganger Felipe Scolari to knock over the apple cart.The feeling in Italy is that Chelsea turned to Big Phil partially to ensure that either one of Deco or Ricardo Quaresma don’t pitch up at Inter and encourage Frank Lampard and Ricardo Carvalho to have second thoughts about swapping the Kings Road for Via Montenapoleone.It seems that Deco will follow his national team boss to England while the Milanese grapevine confirms that Inter are that ‘major club’ Quaresma was alluring to when he announced last week he would be leaving Porto.And what of Frank? Well, the Inter transfer chief Marco Branca has been spotted jumping on and off the London shuttle from Milan’s Linate airport more times than the water-swigging models who strut the catwalks in the mornings before returning to their south London digs by late afternoon.Again the ever-reliable rumour-mill around Inter’s Palazzo Durini headquarters verifies that English lessons have been in full swing to welcome the England international.
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16 June 2008
NOW it’s a tournament.
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12 June 2008
By FourFourTwo guest columnist Riccardo Rossi of Serie Aaaaargh!
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11 June 2008
There’s no need to explain to you British people how boring Brazil friendlies usually are. You’ve seen enough of them lately with London becoming the official capital of the samba boys' (drowsy) exhibition matches. Last weekend, however, I managed to stay awake during both games of the Seleção’s United States tour, because I couldn’t take my eyes off of the TV during the clashes against the mighty Canada and Venezuela. Yes. I was just anticipating the moment Brazil, playing as lethargic as allowed by the legal limits, would come unstuck against one of the above powerhouses. History-making was just around the corner.Against Canada, it was close. The courageous maple-leafed team missed a host of opportunities when the game was tied at 2-2 before self-destructing and gift-wrapping Robinho Brazil's third goal.

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