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7 September 2009
Like binge-drinking and grumbling about the weather, Spain has taken up another fine English hobby in recent weeks - big-club paranoia over the dastardly plans of the froggiest Frenchman, Michel Platini.
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6 September 2009
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4 September 2009
INVASION ALERT! Ahead of the crucial Clasico qualifier between Argentina and Brazil, Joel Richards – writer of FourFourTwo.com blog Argie Bargy – gives his view from the other side. Including how Dunga's men can beat the Albiceleste...
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4 September 2009
INVASION ALERT! Ahead of the crucial Clasico qualifier between Argentina and Brazil, Celso de Campos Jr – writer of FourFourTwo.com blog The Noise From Brazil – gives his view from the other side. Including how Maradona's men can beat the Seleçao...
SHARES
4 September 2009
The stadiums may be crumbling faster than the Coliseum, the pitches may look more like the sandy beaches of Sardinia and to top it all, as if we didn’t already know it, it’s not a level playing field when it comes to salaries.
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4 September 2009
After hanging above our heads for a fortnight, the Sword of Damocles has finally fallen.
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3 September 2009
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2 September 2009
The transfer window closed with no great shakes around the Serie A clubs – the big moves had been done and dusted earlier in the summer.There was no surprise that Fabio Grosso joined his Italy international team-mates at Juventus, and Marcello Lippi will be glad to have three of his back-four, as well as goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, in one team.It was a bit of a shock to see Zdravko Kuzmanovic move to Stuttgart, but then Fiorentina need the money and €8 million is not bad business for a player the Tuscans picked up for a song a few year’s back.Apart from that, the usual journeymen were packing their bags once again, although Sampdoria have landed an excellent back-up to Giampaolo Pazzini in Nicola Pozzi, who may have already been fitting snugly into the former’s boots, so to speak, if it had not been for two serious knee injuries.While the players can rest easily for another few months, the same cannot be said for the coaches who must wish they had a transfer window of their very own.The season is hardly up and running and already we have the first managerial casualty, even though it was a car wreck waiting to happen.Of course, it’s in the city of fading glory where Luciano Spalletti has overseen another disastrous start to the campaign by AS Roma.We have been down this road to Rome before, and the Giallorossi are currently propping up the rest of the league following defeats to Genoa and Juventus.The opening fixtures may have been unkind to Spalletti, but it is Roma after all, and they are expected to beat any team on their day.However, the writing was on the wall for the Tuscan who admitted as much that he had lost the dressing room after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Juve, claiming that the team had “failed to follow orders” and “lacked fighting spirit.”Spalletti had long seemed to have given up the ghost as well, once again staring at the ground for most of Sunday’s threadbare performance.He was like a down-in-the-mouth tourist who has been pick-pocketed at the Trevi Fountain and can’t wait to get out of town.He could have gone to Chelsea last season, was heavily linked with Juventus and a move to Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer, but his bald plate was still shining in the Roman sun come the start of the campaign – and what an easy target it was for the club’s detractors.Of course, the coach has to take the rap, when all is said and done, for the on-field results but there are quite a few other candidates who should be wary of the fans’ ever-growing hostility.The Sensi family – with the demure but totally ineffectual Rosella in charge – have clung on to control, racking up a massive debt while refusing to step aside when a potential buyer presents itself.No longer a buying club, unless you count Nicolas Burdiss and Bogdan Lobont - the latter only there on a loan deal - they cashed in on Alberto Aquilani.

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