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6 June 2008
After months of media speculation, rampant rumour mongering and downright dodgy deception, the transfer deal of this and perhaps all summers has finally been sealed.And the news was met by incredible scenes of joy and jubilation on the streets of a stunned Spain, causing some head-shaking historians to compare them with the people of Paris welcoming the Allied tanks during their liberation from Hitler's hordes. On Thursday, former Real Madrid youth team full back Filipe Luis made his two year loan deal with Deportivo permanent causing tearful scenes throughout Galicia.
SHARES
6 June 2008
This is more like the build up to a major championship you expect from Italy.
SHARES
6 June 2008
According to AS’s page 16 stunner Carmen Colino, Robinho is bang out of order.
SHARES
5 June 2008
After finishing fourth in the league in Barcelona, Manchester La Fianna play our final game of the season on Saturday.
SHARES
4 June 2008
Some things in life don’t change.
SHARES
4 June 2008
After another dismal performance previewing the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals – with three misses out of four – I humbly excused myself from trying to forecast the tournament's semi-finals.I’m sure you, faithful reader, noticed it and even though this silence spared you a good crack at my expense I’m confident you understood and supported my decision. Thank you.The good news is that during this break I saved enough energy for one last oracular blog before the final. So don’t forget to return here on June 25 on the eve of the first leg when I’ll announce the upcoming Libertadores champ. Just don’t let your bookie know.Anyway, back to business.LDU have sealed their ticket to the final. The Ecuatorians advanced on away goals after a goalless draw in the second-leg – after tieing the first game 1-1 – against America in Quito.
SHARES
4 June 2008
Jose Mourinho did not disappoint and compelling stuff it was too.As charm offensives go he was pretty irresistible, wooing the massed ranks of press and television crews with an excellent command of Italian and relaxed style of a man sitting at the top table of world football.They had come to hail the new saviour of Italian football and while the local hacks were all deferential in their long-winded questions, the man from the Guardian played the perfect fall-guy.A no-nonsense “are you going to raid Chelsea for players?” was met with a “do you think I am going to answer that?” Adding: “I am not an idiot.”However, to the gasps and hoots of the locals the pay-off line was delivered in local Milanese dialect. “Non sono una pirla.” “Pirla” meaning “idiot” or something a touch stronger.Certainly Mourinho and Inter are nobody’s fools and this was a well choreographed affair.
SHARES
4 June 2008
When Ramón Calderón pledged last week that his personal goal for next season was to open his presidential trap an awful lot less, La Liga Loca's face fell faster than Jesus Navas being handed a suitcase and a round-the-world airline ticket. That's because every time the Real Madrid president opens his gob something ludicrous, pointless or FIFA sanction-inviting inevitably tumbles out. And that's a comedy gold mine for this deeply unimaginative blog to tap. Calderón's latest crazy plan is to retire Raul's number seven shirt when the striker hangs up his boots. But only as a mark of respect, of course, and not as a cheap populist gesture proving once again that the Bernabeu bigwig simply doesn't get 'it'.
SHARES
3 June 2008
River Plate have extended their lead over Estudiantes after a comfortable home win against mid-table Colon, despite playing most of the game with 10 men.
SHARES
3 June 2008
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