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6 January 2009
Minted and bored? Don’t despair, you can always buy your own football club/playboy’s plaything. But before you hand over that suitcase of cash, consult takeover whiz Keith Harris.
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6 January 2009
Just when you thought you could get through January without hearing about finances, out comes FourFourTwo’s Football Rich List.The vagaries of economics have become a necessarily popular conversational subject, but the list has become an annual talking point since its debut in December 2003. It all seems so long ago.In some ways, things haven’t changed much: David Beckham was the richest player, the economy was attempting to recover from a burst bubble and a strange foreigner was underwriting a famous but underachieving club.
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6 January 2009
There is something worth pointing out with the credit crunch kicking in as the January sales get into full swing.With the euro now almost on parity with the pound, Italians have been flooding the streets of London in search of a bargain. This time last year they could hardly afford the flight over.Maybe now the same won’t be said of young Italian footballing talent as the lure of the pound sign diminishes, and  - just as importantly - Serie A will become the must play-in destination for the wandering modern-day footballer.Well, we can all dream I suppose.
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6 January 2009
If the clowns running the show at Real Madrid were going to make a complete and utter balls-up described by a finger-wagging AS as ‘unforgivable’ and Johan Cruyff as ‘an enormous mistake’ then their timing could not have been any better. Although the anger and ire from furious fans is still bubbling away over the club’s apparent ignorance over the UEFA ruling that only one of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra can play in the Champions League, it could have been a ton of pancakes worse had the scandal broken before the country’s fortnight of fiestas. In fact, the festivities are still continuing with Tuesday being a public holiday in Spain - a chance for Pedja Mijatovic to look for those two-for-one hair gel offers and Sergio Ramos to scrape the make-up off his face. The Madrid full-back attended a Three Kings festival on Monday dressed as Baltasar but instead resembled a drag artist that had been dumped in an oil slick.
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5 January 2009
GOOD DAYDeportivoIt’s been a troubling start to 2009 for La Liga Loca. The blog returned from foreign parts to find an odd smell of an unknown source in the kitchen and the deeply troubling concept that it might have to take Deportivo seriously now. Heck, it may even have to watch one of their games. An away win against Getafe on Sunday night sees Lotina’s lot move away from their seventh place comfort zone and into the badlands of the UEFA Cup places. And that’s a fairly remarkable performance for a club that boasts Riki and Bodipo as strikers. With 30 points on the board and “the return of SuperDepor” according to Marca, the blog has its fingers crossed for three more victories and then a slow and steady decline as the players focus on the more important task of buying sports cars. Thierry HenryFrom being a player that the Catalan press were prone to cocking the biggest of snooks at, the sulky striker is now back in the Barcelona good books with his ninth league goal of the season against Mallorca. “You don’t win the league against Villarreal, Sevilla, Valencia or Madrid, but also against Getafe, Racing, Numancia and Mallorca,” confirmed Henry, forgetting that Barcelona lost against Numancia and drew against Getafe and Racing.  Titi’s tally is now just three behind last year’s La Liga total and that stat has got the likes of Sport very sweaty indeed. But not as gurgly and gushing as their report over Maradona’s visit to Saturday’s game and the training centre.
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5 January 2009
“Jeff Stelling will be going mad,” my father-in-law Den said, after Michael Nelson majestically headed Hartlepool United into a 1-0 lead in the FA Cup Third Round against Stoke City.Stelling’s response was uppermost in the minds of jubilant Pools fans as they streamed out of the Victoria Ground on a bitter, bright January afternoon. “He’ll be doing his nut,” said one, while another rang his missus: “We won 2-0. Put the telly on and see what Jeff Stelling’s doing.”Stelling was, indeed, doing his nut in the studio, insisting Pools’ 2-0 dismissal of Stoke was the “shock of the day.”
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5 January 2009
So 2009 is upon us and it's out with the old and in with the new in Serie A.
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Gary Hooper
1 January 2009
"I've been a Spurs fan for years. Maybe if I keep banging in the goals I'll get to play for them again"
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31 December 2008
The festive season is a time for cheap nostalgia. And the nostalgia in this blog is free, give or take the cost of your broadband connection and electricity.

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