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28 March 2008
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28 March 2008
Roberto Donadoni has claimed he isn’t concerned about the rumours that Marcello Lippi will be back in charge of Italy after Euro 2008.
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27 March 2008
In Brazil, when something is done just to keep up appearances, we use the expression para inglês ver – “so the Englishman can see it”.
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27 March 2008
It was a downbeat reaction from the dailies to Italy’s defeat in Spain on Wednesday.La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed it was a step backwards in Roberto Donadoni’s preparations for Euro 2008 and felt that the coach had failed to get the best out of his side which they claimed: “lacked invention.”Press invention is something Donadoni is getting used to and he is becoming somewhat weary of a growing campaign to have him ousted and Marcello Lippi returned to his rightful place as the custodian of the country’s hopes for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.Even Azzurri team manager Gigi Riva was jumping on the pro-Lippi bandwagon when he let it slip on purpose that he wouldn’t be surprised if the old cigar chomper was reinstated when things fell apart in Austria and Switzerland.There have been reports that Donadoni turned down a new contract last week after the federation demanded a get-out clause if the team did not reach the semi-finals of the competition at least.
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27 March 2008
So, Spain beat Italy - dirty, boring, cynical, successful Italy - in Elche. 1-0 thanks to a fantastic volley from David Villa. And it could not have gone better. Which is a roundabout way of saying it could not have gone much worse.  Let La Liga Loca explain: some time soon after the hour, some of the fans - the ones that were still awake - starting chanted for “Raúl”, the beatified yet still absent striker and national icon who has become a stick with which to beat coach Luis Aragonés and the national team.
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27 March 2008
“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour” - Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881.
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27 March 2008
“In sport,” said Belgium’s greatest footballer Paul van Himst, “you have to be able to handle losing.”
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26 March 2008
With an hour or two to kill at an airport, recently, a bored-to-tears La Liga Loca took a moment to flick through a couple of self-help business books aimed at desperate and despairing corporate types looking to tick off the 'strategic thinking' box in their end of year appraisals.  Alongside 'People Management the Pol Pot Way!' and 'Why Failure is the New Success!", the blog picked up a tome proposing the theory that the best option, when everything is going to hell in a handcart, is to do nothing. La Liga Loca may send Ramon Caldéron a copy as the Real Madrid president is currently trying to counter claims that the club is in full-on "crisis" mode by organising late night meetings and releasing "we're screwed comments" to the press.Instead, the incompetent incumbent in charge at Castle Greyskull should be saying and doing absolutely nothing - although he may be physically incapable of this. After all, the club is still four points clear of Barcelona and there is a decent chance it could be seven in a few days time.
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25 March 2008
Part of a 'captaincy rotation' policy or not, Fabio Capello's decision to give Rio Ferdinand the armband against France in Paris is a key moment in the career of the player allegedly dubbed 'Merkington Bear' by his Manchester United team-mates.
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25 March 2008
“Pathetically easy. Next case.”

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