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27 May 2008
It’s an addiction.
SHARES
26 May 2008
So the curtain has come down on another fun-filled Italian football season.AS Roma exacted some revenge over Inter in the Italian Cup final where once again Roberto Mancini got his tactics all in a tangle.But enough of the Mancio-baiting for a moment. What about some awards from the 2007/08 campaign?Let us begin with:Goal of the seasonNot easy at all. Trawling back through the season there were enough stunners to fill a Milanese bar during fashion week. Udinese star man Antonio Di Natale’s wonderful flick on the heel and angled drive against Reggina springs to mind. Then there’s Marco Borriello’s flying volley for Genoa against Inter and Pablo Daniele Osvaldo’s equally impressive bicycle-kick to secure Fiorentina fourth spot on the last day of the season at Torino. Francesco Totti’s blast against Parma, Alessandro Del Piero doing the same to Roma and Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearly bursting the net against Sampdoria and then repeating the feat from distance at Siena. However, stand up Palermo and soon-to-be Juventus striker Amauri who certainly impressed his would-be employers with a magnificent curling effort from the edge of the area which left even Gianluigi Buffon shaking his head in disbelief.
SHARES
26 May 2008
Last Thursday, Real Madrid's Sporting Director, Pedja Mijatovic was settling into seat 1D of his Iberia flight from Moscow to Madrid.As the Prince of Darkness reapplied his hair gel and nibbled on a spider he had found scuttling across the floor of the executive lounge, Pedja was looking forward to a quiet flight home, plotting how he could make Sir Alex Ferguson's face even redder with more Ronaldo related naughtiness.That was until Marca's Roberto Gomez collapsed into seat 1C, next to him, and proceeded to spend the seven or so hours of the flight kissing his Montenegrin behind."It was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with someone that I admired as a player and respect as a sporting director," gushed Gomez like a giggling schoolgirl in his column on Friday.Good for him thought La Liga Loca until it remembered the ramblings of Roberto from May 17 when he whined about the job being done at the Bernabeu by the technical team, complaining that there were "too many foreigners at Real Madrid."
SHARES
23 May 2008
Roberto Mancini popped into Massimo Moratti’s office for a little celebration drink on Thursday or what was more likely a little farewell tipple.The final act of the Inter drama is upon us and although they may well bring the curtain down by adding the Italian Cup to their league title, the season hasn’t exactly garlanded any five-star reviews.Time then for a new leading man to take centre stage so Saturday’s Cup final against those perennial supporting actors AS Roma - who Inter have met in the final for the last three seasons - will be the last bow for Mancio’s one-man show.
SHARES
23 May 2008
It’s 3.25am on Thursday morning and I’m stood alone in the massive square outside Moscow’s garish, scruffy Belorusskaya train station.
SHARES
23 May 2008
Two weeks before the final, the word was that the fix was in. Chelsea were going to win 1-0. Ferguson would not be too upset to lose. The process by which this king of games was to be fixed wasn’t clear – “nothing as crude as a bribe,” one journalist hinted to a colleague over a gin in a Kensington hotel.
SHARES
22 May 2008
Even in Argentina the Champions League final threatened to push Boca's quarter-final win over Mexico's Atlas off the city's café screens... but not quite.
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22 May 2008
Everything has a good and a bad side. Except David Bisbal.
SHARES
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.

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