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13 January 2009
The Argentinian Football Association don't believe in giving their players much of a break.
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12 January 2009
GOOD DAYBarcelonaWhen La Liga Loca suggested on Friday that Barça would drop points against a prickly Osasuna in Pamplona, there were some dubious doubters who scoffed and snickered at such a concept. In fact, the blog is now more than a little concerned that there may be a pitchfork-poking, Pep-protecting hit squad forming that will burn down the houses and enslave the daughters of any doubting dissenters.As it turns out, La Liga Loca was just five minutes away from being even smugger than normal. And it would have gotten away with its bold prediction had it not been for a pesky Leo Messi whacking home a lovely winning strike with the scores tied at 2-2. The victory ticked all the right boxes as a good night for Barcelona - hostile crowd (Osasuna never discriminate in the sense that the home fans pretty much hate everybody), freezing temperatures and a match where they were 2-1 behind.
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12 January 2009
Roll up! Roll up! it’s the pub quiz, triviatastic guide to the last 16 of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League. Which is the only team Lionel Messi has scored against in the knockout stages?Celtic, in the last 16 in 2007/08. Since 2004/05, Messi has featured in eight knockout games but has scored just twice – both goals coming against Celtic when Barca won 3-2 win Glasgow.When the UEFA Champions League nears the business end, even great strikers struggle to do the business.Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to get off the mark in the knockout stages, a duck he would love to break against Manchester United. In four Champions League seasons with Chelsea, Didier Drogba’s knockout haul stands at just five goals.
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9 January 2009
SaturdayDeportivo (6th) vs Sevilla (4th)For the opening instalment of the weekend predictions, La Liga Loca must come over all early 90’s Ben Elton with a little bit of politics. There has been a fair smattering of coverage in Spain over Freddie Kanouté celebrating his midweek Copa del Rey goal against Deportivo by revealing a T-shirt featuring the word ‘Palestine’ in several languages. And on the whole, the reporting of his action, which resulted in a yellow card but could end up being quite a lot more, has been fairly supportive. “Freddie is someone who is very involved in such matters,” said, under-fire coach, Manolo Jiménez on the incident. “He’s only calling for peace and I think the authorities should bear this in mind and not punish him,” commented team-mate Diego Capel. Kanouté himself claims that “it’s something I felt I had to do...I am 100 percent responsible for my actions.” LLL Prediction - DrawValencia (2nd) vs Villarreal (7th)Players losing it big time! - Part One. First up in this week’s one-off special is Valencia full-back, Miguel, who took the Copa del Rey about 10 times more seriously than the Atlético squad by reportedly telling the linesman that he had waved his last flag. The referee’s match report of the 1-1 clash away at Racing claims that the Portuguese power keg responded to his second yellow card by informing the bemused assistant that he was a “son of a bitch. I’m going to kill you, you son of a bitch.” Miguel himself is a little unsure of whether he made such a threat, but is very, very sorry indeed if it turns out that he did. “I apologise to the referee and to his assistant for saying these things,” humbled the Mestalla Hulk. “I was angry because I felt powerless,” said Miguel as way of explanation. Unfortunately for the potty-mouthed Miguel, it’s an excuse that - like Rufete - is unlikely to wash with the stick-wielding school masters of La Liga who are set to hand out a hefty suspension for his toy-throwing tantrum. LLL Prediction - Home winSundayMallorca (19th) vs Real Madrid (3rd)And it was such a fiendish plan, as well. On Thursday, Real Madrid had their appeal to allow them to play both Huntelaar and Diarra in the Champions League turned down flat by UEFA’s dodgy-sounding Control and Discipline committee. The legal eagles at Castle Greyskull had come up with the brilliant strategy of “Look! Our suits are expensive! And we are Real Madrid! And, and, and IT’S JUST NOT FAIR (foot stamp, foot stamp).” But it wasn’t enough to change the minds of those pen-pushers in Nyon.The big floating head of Michel Platini boomed “it’s forbidden! it’s against the rules of nature,” like Superman’s father when Clark turned back time to save Lois. But this won’t stop the club taking the issue further, say both Marca and AS. LLL Prediction - Away winNumancia (16th) vs Getafe (10th)When El Pato signed for Getafe in 2006 an Argentine colleague of La Liga Loca advised that yes, Snr Abbondanzieri was the country’s No.1 and a fine keeper. But also warned that the he was capable of the odd mad moment from time to time. Fast forward two years and those crazy catastrophes are becoming more and more frequent - the latest of which was a tremendous striker-flattening rush out of the box last weekend against Deportivo. It seems that Getafe are looking to send El Pato quacking back to Boca Juniors for some cash and a couple of friendlies against the Argentine side. It’s a move that will give much chuffness to a section of the quick-to-boo fans at the Coliseum judging by the reaction to the keeper from some home supporters last Sunday. LLL Prediction - DrawRacing (11th) vs Recreativo (17th)The good people of a snug-indoors Santander formed just part of a large chunk of indifference concerning this week’s Copa de Rey games from the average Spanish football fan.
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9 January 2009
There’s an old saying that the only way to make a small fortune in football is to start off with a big one and then buy a club.
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9 January 2009
David Beckham is in for a bit of a shock this weekend.While AC Milan and the Becks circus have been living it up in the balmy climes of Dubai, Italy has been gripped by the icy fingers of mid-winter.All the major airports in northern Italy have been either shut down or worked on reduced capacity, for once, not due to a strike but a good dose of the white stuff.
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8 January 2009
The Rich List has caused its usual flurry of excitement – we’ve barely had time for a cup of tea, and that’s very bad news.
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8 January 2009
Recession is coming to get football, says Professor Tom Cannon. And he’s right.
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8 January 2009
If QPR investor Lakshmi Mittal wants something, money is no object.
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7 January 2009
It's a time for reflection in Argentina. The season has ended and now is the time to uproot, leave the stinkingly hot city and head to the beaches of Uruguay.

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