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9 June 2008
It seems that the repeated fining of Atlético Madrid and Real Betis for constant failures to control their crowds is no longer sufficient to replenish the cake-purchasing coffers of the bigwigs running the game in Spain. With the price of oil rapidly approaching $150 a barrel, the transport costs of all pastry-related products across the Iberian peninsula have crept up to a near intolerable level, forcing the Spanish league to tap new funding sources.And the organisation has struck gold with a gathering of suits in the Spanish capital having announced a sponsorship deal with financial behemoth BBVA worth 60 million euros to the league over three years. "With this injection of cash, we can expect to introduce elevenses to our organisation. Maybe even vol-au-vents," predicted league spokesman Pepe Fernandez.
SHARES
9 June 2008
Brazil’s version of the FA Cup - the Copa do Brasil - will come to an end this Wednesday when Corinthians and Sport do battle in Recife in the second leg of the final.
SHARES
8 June 2008
Sometimes, it would be nice if footballers could emulate the brevity of rock stars.
SHARES
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.

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