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18 August 2010
If the front cover of Marca is to be believed - which it never should be, really - Real Madrid have landed themselves an absolute charmer of a footballer in Mesut Özil. According to Wednesday’s edition, the German told his former club, Werder Bremen, that “either you sell me or I won’t play” ahead of their Champions League clash with Sampdoria on Wednesday night.
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18 August 2010
After the disappointment of losing the league title, coupled with failure to qualify for the Champions League, Fenerbahce’s 4-0 win over Antalyaspor on the opening weekend could not have been better timed. The only problem was, there was nobody there to see it. The game, played in near silence, was the first of two home games that Fener will play without the support of their fans after the riots on the final day of last season.
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17 August 2010
Much like Independiente’s stadium, the grandly named Libertadores of America, the Argentine league is far from ready. Although everyone was desperate to get back to club football after the World Cup and get on with fútbol para todos, very few of the teams are actually ready for battle. Together with Argentinos Juniors, the champions, the Rojo finished off round two of the Apertura on Monday night.
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17 August 2010
The 2010/11 season may have just started but its opening weekend already offered a few surprises. There were four away successes, but the highlights of the round were defeats for both Benfica and Sporting.
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16 August 2010
Sir Alex Ferguson opined in his programme notes for the Newcastle game that the “one situation which clouds the new season is the continued opposition to the Glazer family.”
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16 August 2010
On Saturday night, LLL was considering breaking a firm blog tradition by sacrificing its precious time to watch a pre-season friendly. In this case, the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Sevilla and Barcelona.
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16 August 2010
Let’s face it – these lazy days of late summer are just downright boring if you're stuck in one of the big Italian cities.
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16 August 2010
The new season brought us a few shocks but reigning champions Chelsea picked up just where they had left off with a 6-0 drubbing of newly-promoted West Brom. Blues striker Didier Drogba scored the first hat-trick of the season, his third goal taking the kind of deflection that teammate Frank Lampard would have been proud of.
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16 August 2010
When Patrice Evra pointed out to Lilian Thuram that “walking around in glasses and a hat does not turn you into Malcolm X”, he could equally have been referring to Hatem Ben Arfa, albeit in a completely different context.
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16 August 2010
We take a look at the best and the worst of the action from the opening round of Premier League matches (bar the one that hasn't been played yet, obviously...)

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