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SHARES
13 May 2008
Like the very odd man currently seated at the table next to La Liga Loca in its favourite café, Real Madrid may well be playing with themselves on Sunday. In the most predictable move since both Marca and AS decided to run Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid stories on Tuesday - honestly, we'll never grow tired of them - Levante have announced an indefinite strike, an action that will well and truly poop Real Madrid's Primera party but will have very little footballing fallout. Seated in the offices of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), club captain, José Manuel Rubiales announced that he had contacted the Real Madrid players to tell them that there will be a Levante shaped hole at Castle Greyskull come the weekend, unless his team-mates get "a 100% guarantee that the salaries are going to be paid."
SHARES
12 May 2008
It’s all Luis Figo’s fault: not content with undermining confidence within the squad by spreading rumours that Jose Mourinho will dump the lot of them, he then goes and runs over a black cat on the eve of Inter’s title decider.
SHARES
12 May 2008
Good DayAtlético Madrid"We Are De Champions" was the erroneous attempt at an English headline on the front page of Monday's Marca. "We are in fourth place but will probably balls it up in the qualifying rounds" was the less catchy but more accurate banner that should have been published.One man who refused to join in the jamboree after Atleti's 1-0 win over Deportivo and call their achievement a terrific triumph was the strangely subdued Javier Aguirre.After the game, the Mexican manager merely muttered that he had "fulfilled his obligation" for the season. "They hired me to get into the Champions and we did it." For this reason there was no celebrations at the Neptune statue, one block south of Cibeles, with Marca reporting on Saturday that it was only reserved for "celebrations not obligations." It was a nervy affair at the Calderón with Atlético nearly blowing it in the final moments when Deportivo hit a post when the now traditional chaos broke out in the rojiblanco back line. But that's the way it had to be writes Iñaki Díaz-Guerra in AS - "suffering to the end, the fans on the brink of a nervous breakdown, unable to watch the game and fearing a disaster." And it looks like being repeated on a much grander scale next season. And amen to that. Jerzy DudekUnless you are an AC Milan fan or the Zaragoza forward line, you gotta have a lot of love for dizzy old Jerzy Dudek. Having Bernabeu bench warmed all season, waiting for his moment of league glory, the Polish stopper did not disappoint with a fine display to shut out Sergio Garcia and co. But 'come in Jerzy, your time is up!' as, third choice keeper, Jordi Codina is set to play next weekend's Levante game - if Levante turn up - firstly as a "deserved reward" according to Bernd Schuster and also to ensure that Iker Casillas' Zamora prize is not blown in a freakish goalfest.
SHARES
9 May 2008
It was billed as the battle of the season and, judging by the scuffles on and off the pitch, it lived up to its name.
SHARES
9 May 2008
I write this on the new 300km/hour AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona, returning from witnessing champions Real Madrid destroy Barca 4-1 and record their first league double over the Catalans in 24 years.
SHARES
9 May 2008
Sunday Zaragoza (16th) v Real Madrid (1st)To prevent any sneaky shenanigans or any on the field funny business, all matches this weekend will kick off on Sunday. At 9pm.
SHARES
9 May 2008
Marco Materazzi just cannot seem to stay out of trouble. Bother follows him around like a bad smell.
SHARES
8 May 2008
Let's face it, everyone - including La Liga Loca - is talking about Barcelona's not-at-all hidden shame today.
SHARES
8 May 2008
It's turning out to be a pretty good week for Boca Juniors. On Sunday they beat title favourites and local rivals River in the superclasicó.

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