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21 May 2008
Now, we’ve been here before but just to recap: Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón has done lots of bloody stupid things.
SHARES
21 May 2008
After flunking big-time in the previews for the round of 16 – calling an impressive five matches out of eight wrong – here I am again to fearlessly entertain you with my so-called predictions of the Copa Libertadores, which closes its quarter-final phase this week.
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21 May 2008
Argentina is an undeniably macho society.
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21 May 2008
Michael Ballack has been talking a lot about pain recently.
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19 May 2008
Nobody knows anything. That was screenwriter William Goldman’s maxim.
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19 May 2008
Good Day 
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19 May 2008
So in the end there was no massive bottling and historical choker from Inter.In fact, it turned out to be something of a damp squib as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unwrapped from cotton wool to provide the coup de grace.It was a soggy old afternoon for any sporting event and tempers in and around Parma’s compact Tardini stadium were frayed almost to breaking point.
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18 May 2008
Mexican football usually catches the fans’ eyes with a beautiful, exciting, offensive game. But historically it has led them to nothing but disappointment. With no major international crowns – except in the Concacaf competitions, where they play alone – their clubs, performing well but failing to deliver at crunch time, tend to live up to the national team motto: jugó como nunca, perdió como siempre (played like never before, lost as usual).  This year, however, America is not honoring this tradition. Perhaps the most successful side in Mexico’s football history, the Eagles entered this Libertadores campaign with one of their worst squads ever. No-one thought they would go further than a burrito left alone in the sun. But, playing mostly miserable football, they are somehow still alive and kicking. On Thursday night they beat Santos at home 2-0, taking a huge advantage to Vila Belmiro for the second leg.How do I begin to explain that the team that reached rock bottom at home are a step away from the Libertadores semifinals? Sorry, I just can’t do that.The only thing for sure is that the turning point of their campaign was the clash against Flamengo in the Libertadores’ round of 16 earlier this month. They went into the first leg as the worst team in the Mexican Clausura: two wins, two draws and 11 (yes, 11) losses. No wonder the Azteca Stadium was empty for the game against the high-flying Brazilians, who killed the poor birds 4-2. After the fourth goal America’s Argentine gaffer, Ruben Romano, made with his hands the unequivocal “it’s over” sign. And in the changing rooms, to avoid further shame, he resigned from his job.But in the second leg, at the Maracanã Stadium, headless America needed a 3-0 win to qualify. In other words, a miracle. Which it was just what they got.

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