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20 February 2009
SaturdayBarcelona (1st) vs Espanyol (20th)Joan ‘Joan’ Laporta’s ongoing Uzbek activity caused enough of a seedy stir in Barcelona for the King of Catalunya to come down off his throne and explain away his Tashkent tales. Earlier in the week, El Mundo had discovered that Laporta’s law firm had sealed a deal last summer where they would help an Uzbek company buy the majority shareholding in Mallorca. Around about the same time, and by pure coincidence, two Barcelona players and His Majesty himself made trips to the Uzbek capital to help promote the good name of the club. And certainly not Laporta’s business interests, as some more cynical types may have suggested. The other big issue in this fishy affair is whether it is a particularly smart idea for the president of one Primera club to be involved in the sale of another. But luckily for everyone, Laporta declared that his firm merely “found a client who made an offer” for the Balearic club. “This job had no incompatibility with my role at Barcelona,” declared the culé King.
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19 February 2009
The new season's underway in Argentina, with last weekend seeing the second round of fixtures completed and a few surprise names topping the table.
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19 February 2009
I ducked out of the shade and flagged a taxi down in the scorching Buenos Aires sun.
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19 February 2009
Manchester City and Tottenham are two clubs with a lot in common.
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18 February 2009
Town fan Nick Judd reflects on a pair of frustrating away trips... 
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18 February 2009
Long-suffering readers of the blog will be aware that the Spock-like daily has no time for sickly sentimentality or ugly emotions.
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17 February 2009
By now, several of you will have realised that your season isn't going to go quite to plan. Some will fear that it could turn out terribly; some will already know it has. But take heart: there's always someone who's done worse. Like this lot...
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17 February 2009
From Queen’s Park to Seville...
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17 February 2009
Quite a few things in the game in Spain make La Liga Loca scratch its head.

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