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SHARES
15 May 2008
Could football have prevented the Russian revolution? The Scottish spy, journalist, diplomat, assassin and footballer R.H. Bruce Lockhart certainly thought so. In chapter two of his memoirs, Lockhart recalls how two Lancastrian mill owners, Clement and Harry Charnock, introduced the sport to the Russian capital “as an antidote to vodka drinking and political unrest” among their staff.
SHARES
14 May 2008
'He wore the Argentina flag, he wore the Argentina flag,' was a phrase that I think, with only a little bit of exaggeration, was what every one of my Argentine friends said to me on Monday morning.
SHARES
14 May 2008
For the Spanish of a more traditional generation, choosing where to go on holiday is a fairly simple business. It's either the village or the beach.
SHARES
14 May 2008
You get the feeling as the days tick down to the Sunday showdown that the league title will not be won on the pitch but by delving deepest into the world of the dark arts.  We have already had Luis Figo and the incident with the black cat and now down in Rome males of all ages are touching their nether regions whenever a nun appears.In the past, and not a too distant past, catching a glimpse of a female member of the Catholic church was considered a recipe for disaster, nixed only by a quick grab of the privates.
SHARES
13 May 2008
I’ve spent a lot of time sorting out my trip to Moscow for the European Cup final on May 21.
SHARES
13 May 2008
Like the very odd man currently seated at the table next to La Liga Loca in its favourite café, Real Madrid may well be playing with themselves on Sunday. In the most predictable move since both Marca and AS decided to run Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid stories on Tuesday - honestly, we'll never grow tired of them - Levante have announced an indefinite strike, an action that will well and truly poop Real Madrid's Primera party but will have very little footballing fallout. Seated in the offices of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), club captain, José Manuel Rubiales announced that he had contacted the Real Madrid players to tell them that there will be a Levante shaped hole at Castle Greyskull come the weekend, unless his team-mates get "a 100% guarantee that the salaries are going to be paid."
SHARES
12 May 2008
It’s all Luis Figo’s fault: not content with undermining confidence within the squad by spreading rumours that Jose Mourinho will dump the lot of them, he then goes and runs over a black cat on the eve of Inter’s title decider.
SHARES
12 May 2008
Good DayAtlético Madrid"We Are De Champions" was the erroneous attempt at an English headline on the front page of Monday's Marca. "We are in fourth place but will probably balls it up in the qualifying rounds" was the less catchy but more accurate banner that should have been published.One man who refused to join in the jamboree after Atleti's 1-0 win over Deportivo and call their achievement a terrific triumph was the strangely subdued Javier Aguirre.After the game, the Mexican manager merely muttered that he had "fulfilled his obligation" for the season. "They hired me to get into the Champions and we did it." For this reason there was no celebrations at the Neptune statue, one block south of Cibeles, with Marca reporting on Saturday that it was only reserved for "celebrations not obligations." It was a nervy affair at the Calderón with Atlético nearly blowing it in the final moments when Deportivo hit a post when the now traditional chaos broke out in the rojiblanco back line. But that's the way it had to be writes Iñaki Díaz-Guerra in AS - "suffering to the end, the fans on the brink of a nervous breakdown, unable to watch the game and fearing a disaster." And it looks like being repeated on a much grander scale next season. And amen to that. Jerzy DudekUnless you are an AC Milan fan or the Zaragoza forward line, you gotta have a lot of love for dizzy old Jerzy Dudek. Having Bernabeu bench warmed all season, waiting for his moment of league glory, the Polish stopper did not disappoint with a fine display to shut out Sergio Garcia and co. But 'come in Jerzy, your time is up!' as, third choice keeper, Jordi Codina is set to play next weekend's Levante game - if Levante turn up - firstly as a "deserved reward" according to Bernd Schuster and also to ensure that Iker Casillas' Zamora prize is not blown in a freakish goalfest.
SHARES
9 May 2008
It was billed as the battle of the season and, judging by the scuffles on and off the pitch, it lived up to its name.

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