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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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22 January 2009
FourFourTwo was on sale in the newspaper kiosk outside my hotel in Sao Paulo. It’s well respected, as I would soon find out. The headlines from the newspapers featured Ronaldo’s rapidly reducing waistline.
SHARES
22 January 2009
Despite the best efforts of Emerson to keep the Ricky Kaka transfer saga on the front pages of the Italian sporting press, it's back to business as usual – and that means dodgy refereeing decisions.While the Puma was backtracking over comments that his AC Milan team-mate would be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer, Inter were taking on AS Roma in the Italian Cup.A quarter-final tie between the finalists from each of the last four years of the competition had all the perfect ingredients for an evening of high drama at the San Siro – a one-off tie, Inter coming off a thumping at Atalanta, holders Roma on the up again.
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21 January 2009
When Samuel Eto’o slotted his easy-peasy penalty past, Deportivo midfielder, Juan Rodríguez for his side’s fifth on Saturday night, the glucose solution in the juddering jar at the offices of Sport started to boil and bubble. “Oh no,” panicked the editor of the Barcelona-barmy daily as he watched the grey, shrivelled brain suspended in the gloopy fluid start to spark and shake. This definitely meant toil and trouble for the nuttiest of newspapers. The Catalan club hitting the record-breaking 50 point barrier was too just much for the One True Consciousness to take. The single-shared brain shared by the newspaper’s somnambulant staff had to be taken off-line. “What are we to do for the rest of the week?” wondered Sport’s superiors as they waited for the One True Consciousness to cool down. That was until one jiggling journalist leapt onto his desk and started going all 2001 - Space Odyssey on a colleague by beating him around the head with a copy of La Vanguardia whilst shrieking ‘Obama, Obama!’And so was born the paper’s Inauguration Day special - an edition that attempted to link the destinies of the 44st American president with Pep blinking Guardiola.  Ã¢Â€ÂœYes we can!” yelled Tuesday’s headline as Sport morphed a photo of Barack into Pep in four fantastic phases and compared the tasks facing these two famous figures. The former has to prevent the world’s economy collapsing, plug a pensions gap, bring in universal health care, save the car industry, oversee an orderly withdraw from Iraq, respond to a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and try to solve a giant frackin’ mess in the Middle East. The other has to negotiate a testing tie against Numancia and try to look a little bit less like Freddie Mercury.
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20 January 2009
The law of unintended consequences may complicate Real Madrid’s interest in Cristiano Ronaldo. If Kaka, the fourth best player in the world (according to FIFA) is worth £103m, how much is CR7 worth?The rumoured Real offers – £50m, £60m, even £80m – for Ronaldo once seemed generous but now, post-Kaka, look a bit paltry. Indeed, what’s to prevent City outbidding Real? Whoever wins the election to replace interim Real president Vicente Boluda might want to reconsider this strategy anyway.
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20 January 2009
It was a wonderfully choreographed piece of theatre that would have done Barack Obama proud.On a wet and windy Monday night in Milan, Silvio Berlusconi strolled out of his two-up, two-down to announce to the thoroughly soaked and sodden members of the press that “Kaka is staying with us. Money isn’t everything.“The negotiations were closed by myself and Kaka so all I can say is, long live Kaka.” A little earlier in downtown Milan, the player had given the game away somewhat when he appeared in the window of his humble abode to wave his number 22 shirt at the fans gathered below, and give the general impression of a man who had dodged a long prison sentence.
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20 January 2009
To celebrate the end of the first half of the latest campaign of craziness in La Liga, the blog has decided to display a thumping lack of originality and imagination with an alternative XI of the season so far. A ‘best-of’ would be a fairly simple task - Barcelona with maybe David Villa squeezed in. And Raúl, of course.But the blog wants to take a time-out to salute the little guy of La Liga - no, not Xavi - by naming a sensational side of unsung heroes that would probably finish mid-table but have caught the blog’s beady eye over the past five months. There are bigger, better and more deserving cases, no doubt - and La Liga Loca would love to hear all about them. But for now...Goalkeeper - Renan (Valencia)By no means the best keeper in La Liga this season - or even in the top five - but deserving of a spot between the sticks simply because he has been, well, fairly anonymous. No great foul-ups, no wavy tentacles. Just solid goalkeeping over all 19 games. And that’s no mean feat considering the dramas over the past few years with Cañizares and Hildebrand.
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19 January 2009
Three times the size of Paris and still growing, Sao Paulo overwhelms with its sheer scale - the picture at the front of this month’s FourFourTwo only shows a fraction of the urban sprawl.
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19 January 2009
GOOD DAY

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