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1 May 2008
Barcelona, eh? It’s worse than The Tower during the reign of Henry VIII and his insatiable ginger loins. Worse than Traitors’ Corner when it’s that time of month down Queen Elizabeth I’s way. Worse even than Two-for-One day at the Place de la Revolution.  Ronaldinho?  Off with his head! Deco?  Off with his head!  Henry?  Off with his head! Ezquerro?  Who?  You know, curly haired bloke. Never plays. Always wears a smirk. Christ, is he still here? Off with his head!  Eto’o? Henry? Oleguer?  Off! Off! Off!
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1 May 2008
Do you remember the refereeing tandem Paulo César de Oliveira and Maria Eliza Barbosa, who let Adriano’s 'Hand of the Emperor' goal stand? Well, Palmeiras’ intervention prevented them to be considered for work on the São Paulo State final, but they somehow managed to be selected to officiate the Minas Gerais match. This time, even bad refereeing like theirs couldn't prevent high-flying Cruzeiro from running over Atlético. But, once again, the duo took center-stage. Just take a look at the kits they donned for the final.
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1 May 2008
12am: Make my way into a sunny Manchester. Shout ‘Visca Catalunya’ (Forever Catalonia!) at a group of Barca fans stood outside where the Hacienda was. Manchester preserved the memory of this world famous club by turning the site into apartments. The Catalans look confused at first, but punch their arms in the air and cheer. 1pm: Get stood up for a pint by Mike Duff, the Bard of Blackley and Manchester’s finest poet. From 12,000 entries, he won the BBC ‘A Poem for Manchester’ competition with this:
SHARES
30 April 2008
Last year at the Minas Gerais State Championship final, Cruzeiro were pounded by their cross-town archrivals Atlético 4-0.
SHARES
30 April 2008
"Watch out! He's getting away," screamed Marca's man in Manchester as Rijkaard bolted for the Barcelona bus.
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30 April 2008
ACF Fiorentina are on the verge of finally putting six years of pain and hurt behind them.
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29 April 2008
Tuesday's Champions League clash between Manchester United and Barcelona looks like it has squeezed every last drop of effervescence and enthusiasm from the pom-pom waving, back-flipping Catalan sports press.Nine months of continual "Come on!" "We can do it!" and "Run you lazy f*cks!" exhortations have taken their terrible toll on the editorial teams of the region's titanic two and left them on their hands and knees, begging for some kind of relief and respite. Should Rijkaard's men be handed their marching orders at Old Trafford then the heads of the disheartened hacks could well melt like those of the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. "Impossible is Nothing!" yells Sport, 39% of whose readership - at around 10am - expect the Catalan club to go through on away goals. If not, "Frank Rijkaard will be packing his suitcases," interjects Josep Maria Casanovas risking the wrath of Joan Laporta's death ray. Mundo Deportivo is in a more positive mood and splashes "To Moscow!" across its front page.  Inside, the paper's managing director Santi Nolla shows why he is the one wearing the journalistic trousers in the MD universe by informing its readers that, "the big key for Barcelona is scoring."
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29 April 2008
Boca's season is not on fire. Scraping through to the final 16 in the Libertadores, Sunday's defeat by San Lorenzo and struggling (for Boca) in third place in the league – all after this blogger confidently predicted the team would win everything: Copa Libertadores, League, Lottery Polo Championship.
SHARES
28 April 2008
GOOD DAY
SHARES
28 April 2008
Football lovers around the world, the group phase of Copa Libertadores – South America’s Champions League – is over, and the knockout phases begin in earnest tomorrow (Tuesday) at Lanus. So let’s preview the clashes in the ‘round of 16’ with the sharpest predictions you’ll find anywhere. Well, maybe...

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