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10 September 2010
Goalfests, England back on track, John Toshack leaving Wales, Scotland grabbing a dramatic last-gasp winner, France being humbled, Portugal being embarrassed not once but twice and Argentina thrashing the World Champions.
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10 September 2010
In one of the football world’s worst kept secrets, former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz is now also former Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz.
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10 September 2010
Saturday
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9 September 2010
La Gazzetta dello Sport has just printed a handy guide for anyone wishing to browse through the salaries of each and every current Serie A player gathered from Italy’s biggest-selling sports paper’s own sources.
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8 September 2010
See. Even when La Liga Loca is completely wrong, it’s right. While the blog was suggesting that the Argentina v Spain friendly was the flounciest of flimflams, something to tune into if there was nothing better to do of a Tuesday night, a channel-filler during the normal 35 minute blocks of adverts on TV and a chance to swoon at Santi Cazorla’s little hamster face, the Spanish press was happily hyping the game into something that resembled a meaningful game of football. “The final that never was!” yelled Marca on Tuesday, rubbing its metaphorical hands in glee at the prospect of a match between South African sensations and South African saps. But after a Monumental spanking for Spain so severe that it would have brought tears even to Wayne Rooney’s eyes, Marca has now downgraded the clash from ‘The Final That Never Was!’ to ‘The Match That Didn’t Mean That Much Anyway. No. Honestly. You Know. Friendlies and Stuff (Sniff).’“It was too much punishment,” complained Wednesday’s not caring, but caring really front page which dismissed Spain's 4-1 pummeling by claiming; “the game was a friendly for la Roja but it was a final for Argentina,” - a notion that even a blog as behind-the-times and more than a little...slow...as LLL stablemate Argie Bargy came to realise the day before.Vicente Del Bosque’s third defeat as Spanish manager was one that will have taught the team - the same team who ARE EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPIONS AND DON’T NEED ONE, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS - a lesson, tutted the paper’s editorial. “Everyone will be waiting for us in every game, whether it is a friendly or not,” wrote Marca climbing onto its high horse, giving it a smack on the arse with a photo of Cristiano Ronaldo and riding off into the sunset. Considering that Del Bosque’s job over the past few months was to win the World Cup and start the 2012 European Championship qualification process with a victory  over Liechtenstein - a task that he’s achieved - LLL feels that the paper is being more than a tad harsh. AS are leaning in that direction too with Alfredo Relaño wondering whether what was basically an exercise to win the Argentinean vote in the 2018 World Cup poll was worth the Tuesday afternoon tonking. “It wasn’t worth giving away our prestige,” sighed the paper’s editor. The match was very much a win-win situation for the Barcelona-barmy press with ten of the club’s players in action in the encounter meaning that their writers were able to adopt a very Dennis Law playing for both sides attitude to the game. Considering the Barcelona born and bred, hometown hero David Villa failed to find the scoresheet for the visitors, both main papers chose to pay tribute to Gonzalo Higuaín and his lovely goal. Not really. Heck, not even the pro-Real Madrid press went for that crazy option. Instead it was Leo Messi who was seen as the King of the Hill. “Monumental Messi!” said the pot-banging Sport, who also accused Spain of not taking the game as seriously as the Argentineans did. “The difference was huge, an abyss,” ranted Josep María Casanovas - a scolding that could swiftly be curtailed by a “show us yer medals” response from Del Bosque’s boys. Mundo Deportivo also went for the Messi-madness option with their declaration of “Mucho Messi!” before shuffling off and returning to its normal business of flogging official Barcelona adult nappies. What was a big, juicy clash against Argentina will be quickly be reduced to the merest of blips with the Spanish press moving their gaze back to la Liga and the normal old nonsense. Indeed, Marca are off the mark first with their cooing that Real Madrid’s record €450m budget for the new season sees the club as a glorious "money-making machine." It’s like Tuesday never really happened, really.
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8 September 2010
Ridvan Dilmen is not only one of the greatest footballers in Turkish history; he is also one of the only pundits who actually knows anything about football.
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8 September 2010
FFT.com contributor Carl Burkitt thinks the former Boro boss could be just the man for Southampton...
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7 September 2010
Argentina are now the proud scorers of the best goal in World Cup history – for two sports.
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7 September 2010
The Ukrainian Premier-Liha isn’t just about the Dynamo Kyiv/Shakhtar Donetsk cartel, even if it has been absolutely aaaaages since anyone has broken their duopoly on the top two spots (Chornomorets Odessa were runners-up in the 1995/96 season, to save you a trip to Wikipedialand).
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7 September 2010
La Liga Loca was going to waffle on about Spain’s clash with Argentina on Tuesday night. Then the blog suddenly remembered that it didn’t really give a hooping hoot about international football.

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