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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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10 August 2009
There’s a popular seaside foreshore in Townsville known as The Strand.
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10 August 2009
The first in a series of blogs from Iffy Onuora, lower-league journeyman turned coach...
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7 August 2009
La Liga Loca is not sure how long it has to complete today’s entry.
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6 August 2009
Today’s update from la Liga Loca begins with a short competition. One of these scenarios has never been used by Getafe as part of an advertising campaign to boost season ticket sales ahead of a new campaign. Three of them have.a) A teenage boy changes into his transvestite alter ego while his dad watches in the background. “My father’s proud of me. I’m a Getafe fan,” he says. b) A pot-bellied Madrid taxi-driver type sits in the stands at Getafe’s Coliseum stadium while two blonde lap-dancers bump-and-grind over him as a match takes place below. “Life doesn’t get any better than this,” he grins. c) A series of religious figures including Joan of Arc, Moses and Jesus give up their spiritual paths and turn their back on God to become Getafe fans. d) A despondent looking man in his dressing grown gives birth to an egg. Out of the egg jumps a dwarf dressed in a muscle suit. The tiny person then proceeds to leap around in a feverish, excitable manner. The odd one out is answer b) - although the idea is probably being lined up for next summer. Answers a) and c) were concepts used in previous years, causing an understandable number of complaints from a whole range of organisations from gay groups to the Catholic church. “It is true that some of our campaigns have not gone down too well with some people in the past,” admitted Getafe president Angel Torres this week. But Getafe have decided to plant their wicket on safer grounds this year with the very surreal d) - an advertising spot that also features a car park attendant growing a poorly CGI’d face on the back of his head. The general aim of these adverts is to help fans move on from the disastrous campaign of last season when Getafe avoided relegation by the slimmest of margins.
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6 August 2009
Few of us would ever feel unfulfilled at the thought of sailing around the Mediterranean, safe in the knowledge that we would be picking up a guaranteed 500,000 euro a month for the next three years.A dream come true you would say, but for Roberto Mancini that pot of gold has become an albatross around his neck - a not-so-ancient mariner floating on the high seas for too long.As Inter prepare for the Italian Super Cup in China, so their former coach is moored off the coast of Sardinia left to wonder if he will ever find a Serie A port again.It is incredible to think that a coach who has three league titles to his name, along with four Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups, is left to wile away the days far from the game.At present, heading into the new season there is just one of the 20 coaches in the top-flight who has a Serie A title under his belt. Yes, Jose Mourinho.The man from Jesi can rightly feel hard done by as he contemplates a second year in exile, but how does he find himself in this gilded prison?No doubt the six-million-a-year contract he is still under with Inter is a major stumbling block in enabling Mancio to move on. Apparently, he has spoken to Massimo Moratti twice in an attempt to extract himself from the deal through a pay-off, but negotiations have hit a dead-end.He can point to the fact that he deserves his continued remuneration. After all, before he took over the only trophy Inter had won was the UEFA Cup in 1998.There is no doubt that he has made a rod for his own back with his outspoken comments, but wasn’t he the one who stood up to Juventus and became the symbol of the anti-Luciano Moggi lobby?Surely the hand of Lucky Luciano cannot still be at work, ensuring his old nemesis is black-balled at every turn?Has Serie A seen the last of Mancini? Well, his Inter past would certainly exclude him from ever taking over at Juventus.

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