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12 August 2009
Well that was a kick in the... teeth!
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12 August 2009
Every morning, the small business owners of Spain are peering into the pages of Marca and AS to discover if Alvaro Negredo has decided that Hull City’s for him or if Aston Villa are willing to stump up the cash for pocket-rocket, Wesley Sneijder. After all, these two transfers are the last, best hope for the country’s struggling entrepreneurs of making it through the summer in these terribly tough financial times. La Liga Loca suspects that Spain’s banks had to hand over every spare cent to fund Real Madrid’s quarter-of-a-billion-euro splurge on their fancy-pants footballers. And that’s even taking into account the €90 million that ex-prez Ramón Calderón claims he left in the club’s kitty before stepping down to spent a lot of time in court. Of course, that figure may have been a little higher had the club not had to pay off members of staff who were forced to quit having been accused of vote-rigging at the club’s AGM back in December. However, El País is just one of the papers who report that the plan hatched in Castle Greyskull was to sell a good €100 million worth of unwanted wasters - mainly of the Dutch variety - to start paying back the insane sums that had been borrowed. Funds that may in turn be lent to the good, good, people of Spain who actually need it, as opposed to an ego-bursting club president who simply wants to be adored. However, not everything has gone to plan in the Spanish capital with a rather limp and droopy €32 million or so having been raised so far, instead. Javier Saviola moved to Benfica for €5 million (much of which went to pay off his contract). The same club also stumped up €7 million for Javi García.
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12 August 2009
August is no month for holidays when you write about football for a living.
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11 August 2009
Monday turned out to be a very happy start of the week indeed for Atlético Madrid.
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11 August 2009
Jose Mourinho had plenty of time during the long-haul trip back from China to mull over his current predicament going into the new season: where to find that spark of inspiration.
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10 August 2009
When I wrote the blog about Espanyol last week, I didn’t think I’d be writing my next one about the white and blues as well.
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10 August 2009
In 2007, Sevilla took on Espanyol in an all-Spanish UEFA Cup final in Glasgow. Two of those players who took part in that dramatic game have since been lost to the world of football. Just under two years ago, Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta died in hospital days after collapsing on the pitch in the Andalusian side’s season opener against Getafe. On Saturday evening, Espanyol captain Dani Jarque suddenly fell unconscious after suffering suspected heart problems.

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