ItÃ¢ÂÂs been a big couple of days for the Spanish FA (RFEF) in its ongoing centenary celebrations. At the beginning of the week, there was a golden oldie gathering of ex-internationals who, while being well beyond their sell-by dates, are still hanging on to long-gone glories of the past as a means of making it through another day. But, thatÃ¢ÂÂs enough about RaÃÂºl. Unfortunately, it seems that Marca may be about to poop the 100-year party by pointing out that a match to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organisationÃ¢ÂÂs foundation was celebrated in 1988 - some 21 years ago.
Do the math, as the Americans might say. Indeed, ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs edition also features a photograph of the FA president, Angel Villar, giving a national shirt to Spanish Prime Minister JosÃÂ© Luis RodrÃÂguez Zapatero with a crest showing 1913 as the organisationÃ¢ÂÂs start date. The paper notes that it has yet to get clarification from the RFEF on why the celebrations are apparently being held four years early. But that is not surprising considering the gentleman in charge of the yearÃ¢ÂÂs events is none other than RamÃÂ³n CalderÃÂ³n, the former Real Madrid president who appeared on WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs front cover of Marca alongside a reminder of how many years he could face doing stir if the various corruption allegations against him come good. The big finale to the hundred year bash is set to be an exhibition game against Argentina, to be held at AtlÃÂ©ticoÃ¢ÂÂs Vicente CalderÃÂ³n stadium in November. The original host for the match was the Santiago Bernabeu as it has a bigger capacity and is not a mould-invested death trap.
But the location of the game had to be moved after Florentino PÃÂ©rez had his first high chair tantrum of his latest tenure back in the summer, and threw a plate of semolina into Emilio ButregueÃÂ±oÃ¢ÂÂs face and squealed that his predecessor must never be allowed entry into Castle Greyskull.
And this leads us nicely - or clunkily - to the blogÃ¢ÂÂs next story which concerns RamÃÂ³n CalderÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂs biggest fan, Roberto GÃÂ³mez at Marca. As La Liga Loca may not be around to see the inevitable day when Florentino IIÃ¢ÂÂs reign goes Pete Tong and the Bernabeu stadium is sold, demolished and replaced with a PÃÂ©rez-shaped skyscraper, the blog has had to get its kicks from witnessing GÃÂ³mezÃ¢ÂÂ presence in the paper reduced to a bare minimum due to his allegiances with the former president, who he once hailed as being the most honourable man on the planet. However, this ongoing spell on the naughty step didnÃ¢ÂÂt prevent GÃÂ³mez from pulling a fine piece of journalism out of the bag this week, by calling for none other than Jesus Navas to be signed up as Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs next Galactico.Considering the midfielder can barely be away from Seville for more than a couple of days at a time - an issue for any Madrid-based player - the club would have to drug the footballer and place him in a Truman Show-style reproduction of his Ã¢ÂÂpuebloÃ¢ÂÂ to prevent instant wig-out, for GÃÂ³mezÃ¢ÂÂs cunning plan to come true. AS were also in competition for the weekÃ¢ÂÂs best example of general idiocy, with an interview with Gordon Banks and how his 1970 save against PelÃÂ© compared to Iker CasillasÃ¢ÂÂ extraordinary effort against Sevilla. But what might have been a bit of scoop turned into a woeful washout when the former England keeper admitted he had yet to see the Madrid manÃ¢ÂÂs stunning stop. For those desperate for news on PepÃ¢ÂÂs Dream Boys this week, then Sport have come up with a truly mind-blowing revelation for ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs edition.
According to the paper, BarÃÂ§a are great. But whatÃ¢ÂÂs more - Pep Guardiola is great, too.The coach who still refuses to sign a new contract to take him past June 2010 has built a team that Ã¢ÂÂis admired by allÃ¢ÂÂ sighs the Catalan paper, who note that Pep has also received plaudits from Getafe boss and former Madridista, Michel.La Liga Loca would like to note that this is faint praise indeed, considering what Michel is to football management, the Spanish FA is to arithmetic.
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