Argentine spectators left the Monumental stadium on Saturday again feeling exasperated by another mediocre performance by their national team, but more-so worried about playing Chile on Wednesday without a raft of their best players.
Uruguay is a relatively small patch of country that borders both behemoths Brazil and Argentina. Derided as a province by most Argentines, it is often said that Uruguayans have a bit of a chip on their shoulders.
Ã¢ÂÂDoomed! WeÃ¢ÂÂre all doomedÃ¢ÂÂ - shrieked La Liga Loca as it popped into its corner newspaper kiosk on Thursday morning. As this is a regular occurrence in the blogÃ¢ÂÂs daily routine, the other patrons were unimpressed by this outrageous outburst and continued their flickage through the likes of Ã¢ÂÂWhich HamÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂReally Big Sunglasses MonthlyÃ¢ÂÂ.La Liga Loca had turned to page three of Marca and caught a glimpse of a photograph of five middle aged men in suits sitting around a table in what appeared to be a palace ballroom. The first feral fear was that the editorial team of SpainÃ¢ÂÂs favourite daily footballing farce had been given the responsibility of clawing the country out of the economic hole it currently finds itself in, such was the pomposity and self-importance of the setting.Ã¢ÂÂSo how will lowering interest rates affect RaÃÂºlÃ¢ÂÂs bid to be Pichichi?Ã¢ÂÂ was how the blog imagined the main topic of conversation. But luckily for the global meltdown, the sombre surroundings were due to the fact that, King of Catalunya, Joan Laporta was in town - and every stuffed shirt at the paper was needed to probe the Barcelona bigwig on the season so far.
It is not only English clubs that could be feeling the pinch as the worldwide credit crunch starts to bite.AS Roma are reportedly heading for financial ruin unless they can start paying back some of the massive debt owned to the Unicredit Bank, which itself is short of a euro or two.The Sensi family, who own the capital club, have already failed to come up with 130million euro to cover their first repayment of a loan that is something in the region of 365m.Unicredit have now set an ultimatum of December to make the payment so Christmas presents will be in short supply around the Sensi household.Rosella Sensi heads up the family following the death of papa Franco last month and through their oil company, Italpetroli, will have to start off-loading some of their assets pronto.
Six rounds of La Liga lunacy was all it took for the first panicking Primera president to crack and kick out his coach. And the winner of this seasonÃ¢ÂÂs prestigious 'Juan Soler itchy trigger fingerÃ¢ÂÂ trophy is Francisco Mendoza. As well as sharing the name of the owner of an ass that Crockett and Tubbs spent many years trying to bust, Mendoza is the president of Recreativo. And he fits all the rigid requirements of an Iberian big cheese - outrageously big moustache, look of enormous self-satisfaction and in the construction business. On Tuesday, the Recre regent booted poor old Manuel Zambrano out the door after just 22 games in charge, if you count last yearÃ¢ÂÂs total.
So itÃ¢ÂÂs a dream come true for Portsmouth and probably Braga, Wolfsburg and Heerenveen as well.If AC Milan have their way it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for their UEFA Cup opponents because another season away from the Champions League and not only the financial ramifications but the untold damage to the clubÃ¢ÂÂs standing in Europe will be crippling.For a start, they will have to play in something called the Europa League - a name that conjures up solid Scandinavian sides and a raft of UEFAÃ¢ÂÂs newest members.By the time the Rossoneri turn up at Fratton Park in late November, Carlo Ancelotti will expect to have six points from the matches at Heerenveen and home to Braga.