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18 April 2008
SaturdayBarcelona (2nd) v Espanyol (8th)It's the "derby of depression" according to AS with the faces of both sets of fans longer than Ruud Van Nistelrooy in a hall of mirrors. The pessimistic pericos decided to take action against their failing footballers this week by unveiling a thesaurus-inspired banner at the Espanyol training ground calling for "pride, honour, courage, effort, fight, valor, force... what don't you understand?"Meanwhile, over in the Kingdom of Catalunya Deco has raged against the media-machine which have accused him of being a workshy party-boy, quarantined by the club lest his virility-virus spread to the rest of the squad. "I strongly deny everything," hiccuped the MIA midfielder from a beach bar in Sitges.
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18 April 2008
Cough, cough, splutter, splutter... as Buenos Aires is enveloped in a soup of acrid smoke from farmers burning land (I can see less than 100 metres across the roofs of the city; see it here
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18 April 2008
Christian Vieri used to be the grumpiest man in football but even though he can still outstare anyone during his ever-more rare appearances on a football pitch, overall Bobo seems to have mellowed into a big cuddly bear.The evidence is there in the latest Italian edition of Vanity Fair where the big man adorns the cover with his svelte-like girlfriend, 22-year-old Melissa Satta draped across his lap.She is in fact a desk dancer on the Striscia la notizia (‘Strip the News’) show -  a satirical look at daily news events with a scantily-clad Melissa and chum providing the backdrop gyrating on a desk!  Beauty and Beast indeed but at least the beast is sated by the sounds of it.
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18 April 2008
It was the Cup final that had it all.
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17 April 2008
A popular self-depreciating joke about Brazilians has God talking to a bewildered angel at the time of creation. Amazed by the natural wonders of Brazil, he approaches his boss to ask about a supposed unfairness of the man upstairs with the other countries-to-be.Angel: “Fantastic weather, beautiful beaches, giant forests, mineral wealth, no earthquakes or tsunamis... Oh God, why have you made Brazil so wonderful next to the nations with so many problems and natural calamities?”God: “Wait to see the kind of people I’m putting there!”I guess the same dialogue was heard in heaven when one complained to the almighty about Brazil’s infinite capacity of producing divine players and squads. Well, the kind of people he put in place to rule our football makes up for it.This week the latest displays of idiocy from the men in charge, following Adriano’s handball goal in the São Paulo v Palmeiras 2-1 State championship semifinal first leg, have made God proud of the balance he created for the beautiful game.The goal in itself, allowed by referee Paulo César de Oliveira and lineswoman Maria Elisa Barbosa amidst the choleric protest of Palmeiras players, isn’t the problem. It wasn’t the first time this kind of mistake was recorded – Maradona’s infamous Hand of God in Mexico is still on our minds.But only in Brazil you would see the ensuing acts. It all started on the touchline. Game over, reporters flock both to the referee and to Adriano. With his shiny wooden face, referee Paulo César de Oliveira insists nothing wrong happened – at the exact same moment that the former Internazionale ace is admitting the foul on the other side of the pitch.Paulo César de Oliveira: “It was a regular play. We would only call it if there was intention of touching the ball, and it wasn’t in that case.”Adriano, hardly concealing the grin: “If Maradona did it, why can’t I? It was a goal with the hand of the Emperor.”Fantastic. But, surprisingly, the worst was yet to come.
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17 April 2008
Managers come and go, but one always remains a fan of the team. It's the law. And no matter how much you hate the gaffer, you wish the team well.
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16 April 2008
Despite being stranded in Spain for a good few years now as it struggles to save the pennies for that golden Easyjet ticket home, La Liga Loca has yet to completely adapt to its Iberian environment. The blog will literally die if it has to wait until 11 o'clock at night for its evening meal and it walks a good four times faster than most five abreast in the frickin' way Madridileños, an irritating issue that is leading towards imminent pavement rage and a probable heart attack within the next few years.The blog definitely needs its beauty sleep and likes to be tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour. Besides, Elsa Pataky can produce such a pout if La Liga Loca doesn't have her cocoa ready by 10. And this is why, in typically British fashion, it must have a good old moan today as La Liga Loca is set to go to tonight's Copa Del Rey final at the Vicente Calderón. But it is not 100% happy about it, as it may not leave the stadium until past one in the morning. This is because of the ingenious plan of whoever controls these kinds of things to play the match at 10 o'frickin' clock at night. On a Wednesday.
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16 April 2008
He has been quiet for a number of weeks but Roberto Mancini is not a man to be silenced for long.In truth it doesn’t take much to get him started and so when he was asked to comment on Francesco Totti getting away with nothing more than a 1000 euro fine for telling the referee not once but three times “where to go” he couldn’t wait to get torn into the foul-mouthed pup.“He should have been sent-off,” stated a stony-faced Mancio. “If Antonio Cassano had been in his place and acted the same way, he would have received at least a five-match ban -  end of story.”
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16 April 2008
For Independiente, the unthinkable has happened.
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15 April 2008
Aside from Guti's outrageous attempt at a dive on Sunday night there's nothing quite so foolish in football as counting the rapidly rising price of your chickens before they are hatched.

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