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24 February 2009
Oh frabjous day! Callou, callay, the UEFA Champions League is back. As you’ll read match previews aplenty, here is my Q&A guide to the action. And don’t worry – there are no more spurious Lewis Carroll references.Should Inter play for 0-0?
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24 February 2009
The countdown to the biggest ties of the season started in earnest on Saturday evening as Inter, Juventus and AS Roma retreated into the night to prepare for round one of the colossal challenge with il Inglese.And all three picked up morale-boosting wins, meaning they head into Champions League action in reasonably good health.
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23 February 2009
From Buenos Aires we flew south to Urshuaia, the world’s southern most city in Patagonia, where we boarded a ship to Antarctica. The Drake Passage, which you enter after rounding Cape Horn, is notoriously rough and I spent the first day being seasick.
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23 February 2009
GOOD DAYReal MadridDing dong merrily on high, there may actually be something resembling a contest in La Liga this season after Saturday night’s nuttiness.It was an outstanding evening that evoked memories of the titillating title chase from two years ago, which finished with Madrid knocking a pant-peeing Barcelona off their perch after an incredible chase. It was an evening that gives the Castle Greyskull crew a sliver of hope of repeating the feat once again. It also means that a lacklustre La Liga Loca won’t have to spend Sunday evenings watching that show with the beaky-nosed bird who sees dead people to pass the time.Despite AS and Marca frantically leaping up and down like Xavi trying to see over the bar at a lap dancing club, the seven-point margin between the two teams could easily return to 10 next weekend, with Espanyol hosting Madrid in the Montjuic and Barcelona travelling to Atlético in a match where, quite frankly, anything can and probably will happen.But until that happens, La Liga Loca is siding with the neutrals and enjoying the new state of affairs in Spain. However temporary it may turn out to be.
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22 February 2009
It's in the big games where heroes and legends are born, and Saturday was Lucas Pusineri's day.
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20 February 2009
Last weekend's Celtic-Rangers "clash" was a tepid affair. FFT.com's man in Glasgow, Chris Cope, wonders if that's the shape of things to come...
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20 February 2009
The Russian linesman is back...
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20 February 2009
It’s been a rough old week for Silvio Berlusconi.First his side lose the derby, then he falls out with Argentina after a “witty” remark about dictators and prisoners falling out of aeroplanes.The centre-left opposition may have imploded in humiliation after being routed in a regional election while Gordon Brown was in Rome to cheer him up.
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20 February 2009
Rob Burnett rounds up the week's best goals and gaffes from around the world...
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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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