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27 January 2009
Just when we thought he would go gently into the night of his twilight years, Christian Panucci just couldn't resist one last rage and rant.
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27 January 2009
Football is one of the few sports that both the ‘anglosajón’ English and Spaniards both share a big love for.
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26 January 2009
I’m in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil’s south. The capital is Porto Alegre, home to two million and a veritable footballer factory.
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23 January 2009
The worst thing that could happen to the German-Swiss investors allegedly researching a bid for Chelsea is that they fall prey to one of the popular delusions that have destroyed countless wannabe football tycoons.The most powerful of these is the belief that, with the right calibre of management, a club’s performance can be transformed – and that cash, gazillions of it, can expedite this transformation.Investors who know little about the heritage of the game – or the club they buy – are prone to exaggerate the impact they can have on a club’s status, a tendency you might call “Bigger than Real Madrid” syndrome.
SHARES
23 January 2009
There is perhaps only one thing better than watching people who are paid to play football produce a sublime bit of skill or score a spectacular goal.
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23 January 2009
Maybe it’s seeing those stunning blue Italian skies once again after weeks of unrelenting rain.
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23 January 2009
SaturdayVillarreal (5th) vs Osasuna (20th)Osasuna president, Patxi Izco appears to be a genuinely likeable old duffer. After firing Cuco Ziganda earlier this season, he confessed that it was one of the hardest things he had ever had to do in his life. And it was entirely possible to believe him, unlike some of his presidential peers who would think nothing of sacking a weeping, wailing manager whilst flicking through a copy of ‘What Hair Gel?’However, as any metro-travelling punkster who dares to play reggaeton on their mobile with La Liga Loca in earshot will know by now, everyone has their limit. Oh yes. Patxi’s was broken in the Bernabeu last Sunday.When, Osasuna winger, Juanfran was given a second yellow card for a supposed dive, his pugnacious president was filmed standing up from his balcony seat in a huff, saying something to Vicente Boluda before storming off to discover what was left of the half-time buffet. “I was fed up and I couldn’t take any more,” explained the Pamplonan anger-ball after the game. In fact Patxi was so steaming, it is reported that he has even gone as far as cutting the club’s ties with the refereeing association. LLL Prediction - Home win Barcelona (1st) vs Numancia (17th)As we find out later in La Liga Loca, Pep Guardiola has a new rival to the crown of being toughest mother-thingy in Catalunya. And this must be the explanation for the Barça boss’s decision to flex his muscles and wrap Samuel Eto'o’s footballing knuckles to make a sorry example of him. During Tuesday’s training session, Pep had cause to pull his Cameroonian foot-cannon aside to castigate him for not showing a ‘good attitude’ in training.
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22 January 2009
Having occupied antipodean places in last year's Apertura league table, Boca and River appear miles apart. But, in fact, their plights are far more similar than it may appear.

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