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20 October 2009
SHARES
20 October 2009
One of the most memorable moments of José Antonio Reyes’ rather hopeless spell at Atlético Madrid came when the winger was coming off the pitch, rather than when he was on it.
SHARES
19 October 2009
SHARES
19 October 2009
A much-cherished tradition will soon pass into the annals of folklore.
SHARES
16 October 2009
SHARES
16 October 2009
Huw Davies predicts what will, and will not, happen in the Premier League this weekend...
SHARES
16 October 2009
If a plastic surgery and showbiz analogy can be stretched to its furthest possible boundaries without snapping back and hitting La Liga Loca on the forehead, then the self-proclaimed “best league in the world” is not dissimilar a slightly past-it, tart-with-a-heart, working-in-a-diner, boob-jobbed Michelle Pfeiffer: perfectly acceptable fare if you happen to a be a taxi driver. The enormous, pert, attention-grabbing knockers are, of course, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but the overall affect is ruined for most picky punters by an enormous, hair-sprouting mole above Michelle’s top lip. This week’s unfortunate and unwanted growth in la Liga is Deportivo, who are taking the fourth-place guest spot in the continuing AWOL-ness of Valencia, Villarreal and Atlético. But despite the evidence apparently showing that Deportivo (sigh) is one of Spain’s top sides at the moment, professional misery bags, Miguel Angel Lotina, will not let one moment of happiness sneak into Saturday’s opening encounter against 3rd-placed Sevilla. “There’s a certain euphoria amongst the fans and at the club,” droned the Depor boss, “but luckily this has not entered the dressing room. And nor will it.”
SHARES
16 October 2009
We all know what it feels like: you do all the hard work and then someone else comes along and steals all the credit.A number of those trotting around the pitch at Tardini stadium on Wednesday night at the end of Italy’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign must have been asking themselves: “Is this as good as it gets?”All that matters now is that the Azzurri either retain their world crown or reach the later stages next summer - and in a country where the aged are still tolerated if not revered, one of the heroes from 2006 could well be back for another tilt at the title.There have been whispers coming out of Rome for some time that Francesco Totti would not be against making a trip down to South Africa.The Roman had, of course, called it a day at international level when he reached the pinnacle of any player’s career on that never-to-be-forgotten night in Berlin.Roberto Donadoni made a tentative approach for his return ahead of Euro 2008 but was flatly rebuffed, while Alessandro Del Piero refused to say goodbye and hasn’t had a look-in since.They always say you should go out at the top.

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