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18 July 2008
“I wish this month ends soon.”To the unaware listener, Flamengo coach Caio Junior sounds like his squad is having a black July. But it’s nothing like that at all, actually the team from Rio de Janeiro is top of the league, something they haven’t accomplished in around a decade.The gaffer's concerns instead centre on what is also the Brazilian fan's worst nightmare, something which happens every June and July... the transfer window.Since the Campeonato Brasileiro is the only top league in action during these two months, when the worldwide market is open, attention focuses almost solely on Brazilian teams' squads.
SHARES
18 July 2008
There are very few of us blessed with the natural talent to fulfil our boyhood dreams and grace the pro ranks.
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18 July 2008
I’d just left home for the 12-day trip to South Africa. Literally walked down the street, past Barcelona’s Botafumeiro seafood restaurant, where a day earlier Adriano Galliani, Silvio Berlusconi’s right-hand man at Milan, had concluded the deal to take Ronaldinho to Italy with Barça’s under fire President Joan Laporta and the buck-toothed Brazilian himself.
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18 July 2008
The Poles like to think of themselves as the Brazilians of European football. At times, they have been known to chant impatiently during games: “We are Polish and we want a goal.”
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17 July 2008
When this blogger lived in Argentina in 2001, the rush for European passports was immense.
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17 July 2008
There’s nothing like a knockdown sales bargain to put a smile on a shopper’s face.So it’s no wonder AC Milan were whooping with delight as they ran up the street with a toothy Brazilian dressed in Snoop Dogg’s castoffs, tucked under one arm.It’s hard to believe but only last year the Rossoneri were informed by Barcelona that 60million euros was a pitiful amount for Ronaldinho.A year later and there’s the same item hanging in the corner with a 21million price-tag stuck on his alice-band. Surely he’s not that shop-soiled?
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16 July 2008
Well this blog might not have too much to do with football, but what is happening in Argentina today is quite unlike anything I have ever seen.
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16 July 2008
I’ve just got back from Marseille after interviewing Eric Cantona ahead of the Beach Soccer World Cup, which starts in Eric’s hometown this week.
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15 July 2008
Wherever you are in the world - even if it's Lincolnshire - you're probably having a chirpier summer than poor old ducking and covering Barcelona bigwig, Joan Laporta. The lobster-like La Liga Loca, for one, has been spending the sticky season hiding its milky soft skin from the scorching Madrid sun, chuckling at the three feet height difference between Lord of the Flies, David Bisbal and lovely Rihanna and waiting for the Madrid masses to bugger off to the beach and leave the city streets all Day of the Triffids.Joan Laporta is currently hanging onto his Barcelona desk like Maniche being hauled away from an all-you-can-eat-buffet.The Barça president survived the vote of confidence called by super socio, Oriol "I'm doing this for the good of the club and not for my own personal glorification, no siree Bob" Giralt. But by the skin of his flashy white teeth.

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