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SHARES
18 November 2008
“Is everything ok?” asked the email from an editor in Abu Dhabi on Monday morning. And aside from the pound collapsing against the Euro, it was.
SHARES
17 November 2008
Just when we were about to start contemplating the closest title race in years, the pretenders to the throne collectively implode. Napoli, Lazio, Udinese and Fiorentina all lost over the weekend, leaving the top of the table with a more familiar look to it.
SHARES
17 November 2008
Good DaySportingLa Liga Loca spent Saturday night injecting bleach into its eyeballs in a desperate attempt to banish the images of the Valladolid vs Real Madrid match from its brain, so missed out on this corker at the Mestalla. Sporting’s swashbuckling football stylings have now seen the side win five of the six games played since being put through the football wringer at the start of the season. Whilst Preciado’s players may find it hard to keep up their momentum, they look good for another season in the top flight. And as the club possesses one of the few sets of support that actually travels to games, that would be a very good thing. On a similar note, there were only 100 odd Sevilla fans in Getafe on Sunday. A city with five million or so people can surely offer up more exiled supporters than that rather paltry, but noisy, number?
SHARES
14 November 2008
If life is like a box of chocolates, then football is like an aircraft hanger full of chocolate-coated random number generators - frankly, nobody has a sodding clue what’s going to happen next.
SHARES
14 November 2008
It's derby weekend in the capital and anyone hoping for all manner of dastardly goings-on is set to be left disappointed.While the players will be expected to get stuck into each other, on the terraces at the Stadio Olimpico peace and harmony is set to break out.Outdoing the opposition in the stands is as much part of derby day in Rome as it is on the pitch and the opposing sets of fans will go to extraordinary lengths to keep their pre-game choreography under wraps.However, what we won’t witness are... ultras on the pitch calling a halt to proceedings, a player making a fascist salute or racist banners being unfurled behind one of the goals – unsavoury features overshadowing previous encounters.Passions will instead be directed towards remembering Gabriele Sandri, a year on from when the Lazio fan was killed en-route to a game in Milan against Inter.
SHARES
13 November 2008
Greetings from the press box at Camp Nou.

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