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10 November 2008
Good DayBarcelona, Real MadridYes, Barcelona continue with their Ming-the-Merciless style maulings of opponents. And yes, Real Madrid continue to be somewhat lucky in their ability to grind out results when playing poorly. But so what?As one pertinent poster pointed out over the weekend, none of these results matter a Maniche’s meal, thanks to the bungling of La Liga’s fixture-fixers. In the first quarter of the season, Madrid should have been punished by tougher teams than the Malaga’s of La Liga whilst Barcelona deserve to be further ahead of their rivals having been victorious over the likes of Villarreal.Instead, the two clubs have been fed cannon fodder to chump on and that will continue until round 13 when both will then face Sevilla, each other, Valencia and Villarreal in a rapid run, followed by another five months or so of fish-food. What happens if Barça break down, as Xavi fears? Or if Real Madrid suddenly rediscover their mojo? Would the first 12 rounds have been a big waste of time?
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10 November 2008
Cicinho must have been taking some advice on defending from his AS Roma team-mate John Arne Riise if his last-gasp own goal on Saturday evening is anything to go by.
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10 November 2008
Firstly, an apology.
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8 November 2008
Only once in a blue moon does an incident like this come along... a player flashing a card at the referee. And it’s usually just a bit of fun.
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7 November 2008
FFT.com's Ben Welch reflects on some absentees from the Best Players In The World list... 
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7 November 2008
Desperate times, as they say, call for desperate measures. Unless, of course, you’re Arsene Wenger, in which case desperate times call for a whole bucket-load of whinging.
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7 November 2008
Notwithstanding his dodgy knee, Saturday should see Francesco Totti makes his 400th Serie A appearance as AS Roma look to keep the feel-good factor going at Bologna.Ah, Bologna.
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7 November 2008
SaturdayReal Madrid (3rd) vs Malaga (8th)As the Spanish top flight moves into round 10, it’s high time for a wee catch-up with the latest ‘club in crisis’ count.
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7 November 2008
From the Hartlepool Mail to the Exeter Express & Echo, Up the Football League we go scribe Mike Holden rounds up the big stories being reported in the local newspapers of lower league clubs...The biggest scandal in the basement over the past seven days is the news that Chester striker Paul Taylor has tested positive for drug use.The 21-year-old former Manchester City trainee was at the Deva Stadium on a six-month loan deal from Vauxhall Motors but now faces a lengthy ban from the game after providing a wrong ‘un to FA officials at the club’s training ground on October 6.Taylor’s future with the Blues was already in doubt after he failed to board the coach to Gillingham a few weeks back, which was his third ‘no show’ of the season.
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7 November 2008
This week we’re having a look at the progress being made by the Premier League’s great and good, using information provided to us by our friends at Catalyst, using their PowerTable.On Monday we looked at the ‘Tier 4’ sides and on Tuesday we assessed the merits of the sides deemed to be in ‘Tier 3’.This morning we’re, of course, looking at Tier 2, sides which the Catalyst describe as ‘clubs with the potential or ambition to compete at the highest level, but ones that need to achieve breakthrough performance. We’re also told that the gap between Tiers 1 and 2 is the widest, Daniel Levy take note...NEWCASTLE UNITED

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