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16 December 2008
"Serie A is less pleasure, more business. It feels more like going to work, rather than going to enjoy yourself like at Arsenal..."
SHARES
16 December 2008
It’s 5am in Yokohama. I arrived in Japan’s second biggest city of four million yesterday morning and now I’m up early, jet-lagged and unable to sleep.
SHARES
15 December 2008
Things are now getting so desperate at AC Milan that the fallen giants of Serie A cannot wait until David Beckham parks up at the San Siro.Anything will do to lift the mood, which is currently as depressing as the weather which hangs over the Rossoneri camp following Sunday evening’s 4-2 mauling at Juventus.It wasn’t as if Juve looked like genuine title-contenders - although they thoroughly deserved their victory - it was how woefully inept Carlo Ancelotti’s side were in every area of the pitch.
SHARES
15 December 2008
Strikers on the doleBeing a striker has always been an insecure profession. They have long been afflicted by mysterious fluctuations in form, a variable quality of service from team-mates and ridiculous expectations from fans and directors.
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15 December 2008
GOOD DAYVíctor ValdésIt’s high time La Liga Loca paid its dues to the one player that even the most barmy of Barça fans would still see swiftly swapped for an Iker Casillas-shaped shot stopper, if the chance ever came up.Valdés’s clean sheet on Saturday means that Barcelona have yet to concede a goal in their mini league of mayhem against Sevilla, Valencia and Real Madrid. The much-mocked Barça goalie only really had to make proper saves on two occasions, against Drenthe and Palanca, but he did what he had to do when the time came. The Madrid press claim that Barcelona weren’t at their best on Saturday night, but this humble blog thought they played at a fairly decent level, but were blocked out by a team desperate not to be given a hefty hiding.
SHARES
13 December 2008
There’s one UEFA Champions League stat I haven’t been able to track down... how many passes Arsenal didn’t complete against Porto.
SHARES
12 December 2008
"And now, the end is near..." We've reached the end of FFT.com's best 50 football books ever, dear reader, and hope we've helped you sort the wheat from the chaff of the oodles of footy-based books out there at your disposal.
SHARES
12 December 2008
Carlo Ancelotti in Father Christmas guise would certainly be an arresting sight in the lead up to the Christmas break.With his ever-expanding girth and drooping jowls, the AC Milan boss would play the part of old Santa to perfection. Speaking to satellite broadcaster Sky Sports Italia, cuddly Carlo revealed that if he had a sack of goodies sitting in front of him it would contain: an appointment with the barber for Ronaldinho, a pen for Jose Mourinho and a Milan shirt with No.10 on the back for Alessandro Del Piero – still his favourite player, apparently.

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