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20 August 2008
A thought struck the other night, while watching Ashley Young. What happens when he turns 30, and can’t be described – in football terms – as Young any more?
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20 August 2008
‘Scribble, scratch, scribble’. Today, La Liga Loca is writing a letter. ‘Scratch, scribble, scratch.” Something it hasn’t done in years. La Liga Loca is writing a letter to the Spanish FA, as they have probably never heard of e-mail. Or the internet. Or the Suffragette movement. The blog is proposing the bold move that instead of the traditional three teams being relegated from the top flight this season, up to 10 should be booted into the badlands of the second tier of the Spanish game. La Liga Loca’s spider-sense suggests that there could be a lot of old tosh floating about in the footballing cistern of La Primera this year. Most of which will deserve to be flushed away.
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20 August 2008
It’s an end of an era in Rome following the passing of AS Roma president Franco Sensi.The 82-year-old had been seriously ill for some time so it was a matter of not if but when.The fact that his death occurred during the height of the holiday season in the capital saw thousands of Giallorossi streaming back from the nearby beaches and country retreats to pay their final respects.The quintessential Roman, with the jowly face and gravely voice will be remembered as “Mr Roma.r”
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20 August 2008
In Argentina there is only one thing that is sweeter than beating England... thrashing Brazil.
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19 August 2008
La Liga Loca smelt something in the air this morning. At first it thought it might be the whiff of wee coming from the local plaza, which also doubles as a toilet for Sangria-soaked winos. But it seems that the blog can sniff a transfer scoop floating in the breeze. Barcelona look as if they will be continuing their super-summer-squad-building-strategy which consists of promoting youngsters like Pedro from their youth system. And nicking Sevilla's best players.Having poached Dani Alves and Seydou Keita - making José Maria del Nido considerably richer in the process - the paper talk this week is of Pep Guardiola ram-raiding the Sánchez Pizjuán and bringing Diego Capel to Catalunya.
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18 August 2008
As second comings go it should be a pretty low-key affair.Marcello Lippi is back in charge of Italy and everyone’s favourite 60-year-old Paul Newman lookalike has named his squad for Wednesday’s friendly With the country still officially closed for business for another couple of weeks, the match has been moved across the border to the elegant surroundings of Nice where the Italian football federation hope that at least someone will turn up to watch.The last time Lippi pinned up a team-sheet it was back in those heady summer days of 2006 and the Azzurri were top of the world.
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18 August 2008
La Liga Loca had a bit of an epiphany on Saturday. During the five minutes it caught of a dire-looking pre-season friendly between Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, it realised something quite extraordinary. The blog doesn't like the Yellow Submarine. In fact, it half-wishes relegation on them this year, just for the fun of it.  In a perfect world, La Liga Loca should be composing sonnets and holding bake sales in Villarreal's honour. After all, the club possesses all the qualities the blog often praises in a side when it is feeling particularly sanctimonious - pretty play, modesty and professionalism pouring from where the sun doesn't shine.
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17 August 2008
The 2008/09 season is well and truly underway. But which players are the form horses and who are the carthorses? Some players are off to fliers with their new clubs: Deco scored a belter for Chelsea, Samir Nasri bagged Arsenal's winner and Johan Elmander got off the mark for Bolton.
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15 August 2008
If Marca have got their facts right, for once - and let's face it, it's up there with Guti joining a book club in likely events - then it could be a highly entertaining weekend in Real Madrid's wacky world. According to the pretend paper, Robinho may be laying down his tools - and not in the 40 condoms, Brazilian night-club sense - but in the refusing to play sense. Many mischievous types may snigger that he did just this, for much of last season. And shame on you for doing so. This time Robinho may be doing it for real by painting a placard, donning a donkey jacket and yelling 'Scabs!' at his team-mates as they board their Super Cup coach for Valencia. Robinho is fed up.
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15 August 2008
The blazers have done something right.

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