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18 July 2008
The Poles like to think of themselves as the Brazilians of European football. At times, they have been known to chant impatiently during games: “We are Polish and we want a goal.”
SHARES
17 July 2008
When this blogger lived in Argentina in 2001, the rush for European passports was immense.
SHARES
17 July 2008
There’s nothing like a knockdown sales bargain to put a smile on a shopper’s face.So it’s no wonder AC Milan were whooping with delight as they ran up the street with a toothy Brazilian dressed in Snoop Dogg’s castoffs, tucked under one arm.It’s hard to believe but only last year the Rossoneri were informed by Barcelona that 60million euros was a pitiful amount for Ronaldinho.A year later and there’s the same item hanging in the corner with a 21million price-tag stuck on his alice-band. Surely he’s not that shop-soiled?
SHARES
16 July 2008
Well this blog might not have too much to do with football, but what is happening in Argentina today is quite unlike anything I have ever seen.
SHARES
16 July 2008
I’ve just got back from Marseille after interviewing Eric Cantona ahead of the Beach Soccer World Cup, which starts in Eric’s hometown this week.
SHARES
15 July 2008
Wherever you are in the world - even if it's Lincolnshire - you're probably having a chirpier summer than poor old ducking and covering Barcelona bigwig, Joan Laporta. The lobster-like La Liga Loca, for one, has been spending the sticky season hiding its milky soft skin from the scorching Madrid sun, chuckling at the three feet height difference between Lord of the Flies, David Bisbal and lovely Rihanna and waiting for the Madrid masses to bugger off to the beach and leave the city streets all Day of the Triffids.Joan Laporta is currently hanging onto his Barcelona desk like Maniche being hauled away from an all-you-can-eat-buffet.The Barça president survived the vote of confidence called by super socio, Oriol "I'm doing this for the good of the club and not for my own personal glorification, no siree Bob" Giralt. But by the skin of his flashy white teeth.
SHARES
15 July 2008
Italian football and theatrics have gone hand-in-hand well before even Filippo Inzaghi threw his first hissy fit and dived out of his pram. And each year ahead of the new season, the referee’s association comes out with the usual platitudes about ‘cleaning up’ the game.The ref’s head man, Cesare Gussoni has cited the recent European Championships as a shining example of all that is good and wonderful in the game.“I didn’t see many fouls, simulation (what Italians term good old-fashioned diving) or much arguing with the referee,” he claimed. “I hope to see a similar situation in Serie A this season.”Obviously, Ces failed to notice Cristiano Ronaldo’s crumbling to the ground from the moment he stepped onto the pitch, followed by most of the Spanish and Turkey team or Michael Ballack’s non-stop ranting at match officials throughout the tournament.
SHARES
14 July 2008
It’s been a week since Luiz Felipe Scolari gave his first press conference as Chelsea’s head coach. By now, the Brazilian gaffer should have already deciphered all of the Stamford Bridge club’s mysteries. In his own words, seven days was enough for him to “know everything” about Chelsea.But the Blues will surely take a little longer, if they ever will, to crack the coach formerly known as Big Phil. Make no mistake: the kind, patient, entertaining, smiley fella that showed up at the press conference won’t stay around for long.
SHARES
14 July 2008
So, Sepp Blatter thinks that Cristiano Ronaldo is a slave and – more importantly – that Manchester United should stop flipping well whinging and let him go and join Real Madrid. Which poses a question:  Is this the same Sepp Blatter who is an honorary member of Real Madrid? Who was presented with the club’s gold and diamond award?  Who embraced Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón with a great big manly bear-hug? (And that was in public; God only knows what they got up to behind closed doors)  Who described Real Madrid as “more than a club.”

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