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19 September 2008
The cappuccini are tasting a lot sweeter this morning after all four Italian clubs produced fine wins in the UEFA Cup on Thursday evening.
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18 September 2008
It's not every day you get an e-mail from the widow of arguably England's greatest ever footballer saying she's looking forward to doing some digging with you. The lady in question was Stephanie Moore, as in Mrs Bobby, and she got in touch after hearing that FourFourTwo would be joining her in a remote South African village in November to help build a classroom and football pitch for some underprivileged kids.
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18 September 2008
Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising!Alopecic midfielder and old-timer Elvis fan Paulo Baier set the Brazilian championship alight last Saturday by leading Goiás to a 2-1 away victory at leaders Grêmio.Baier’s superb performance, which included a goal from a corner – or Olympic Goal, as we call it in Brazil – prevented the Porto Alegre squad from building a nine-point advantage over Palmeiras.And it got worse for Grêmio. The next day, they saw their lead cut to just three points when Palmeiras beat Cruzeiro in a crucial clash between the second and third placed teams at the Mineirão Stadium. Diego Souza netted a class winner to shift the momentum in favour of Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s Boys in Green.As the manicured gaffer predicted, the championship has turned on its head since the closure of the transfer window. Flamengo, who topped the table for most of the first half of the tournament, lost a handful of key players and are on the slide in 7th. Now, they would be more than happy bagging a Copa Libertadores spot (the top four qualify).
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17 September 2008
In 2008, a hapless Kent football club was sent to League Two for football crimes they actually did commit.
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17 September 2008
The rehabilitation of Jose Mourinho, the world’s most charismatic coach, took a giant step forward in Athens on Tuesday night.
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17 September 2008
On Tuesday, the panic levels of the Catalan press were that of a fainting and flustered Victorian spinster faced with a very naked and very drunk David Hasslehoff. The following day, the feelings of fear had subsided enough to resemble the mild discomfort felt by a busy-body Barcelona bureaucrat coming across a city employee that is not completely clued up on the history of Catalunya since Roman times. Barça’s 3-1 victory over Sporting in the Champions league displayed all the hallmarks of their current campaign. Andrés Iniesta attempting to beat the goalie from 35 yards, Leo Messi trying to beat everyone on the pitch - including his team-mates - and Thierry Henry beating the crap out of the advertising hoardings.
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17 September 2008
Clued in to the clueless. That seems a neat summing up of Inter and AS Roma’s first foray into the Champions League or “the Champions” as the Italians call it.Well, certainly the two sides were a league apart in terms of their approach to their European jaunts.While Inter were organised, neat on the ball and tireless in closing down Panathinaikos, Roma were, well, the complete opposite in their shocking home defeat to Cluj.The Romanian champions arrived at the Olympic stadium in what was their debut in the competition, under the management of an Italian, Maurizio Trombetta, took one look at the rag-tag opposition and proceeded to play them off the park.
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16 September 2008
A downbeat Gregg Davies recalls an eventful weekend watching his beloved Bulls... 
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16 September 2008
The Manchester Evening News did a feature on Mad For It last Thursday.I had a straightforward chat with a good journalist about the book and rivalries. A local angle was put in the piece, the emphasis on the future of the Manchester derby given City’s new owners.
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16 September 2008
When Michael Laudrup first arrived at Getafe last year, the macho men of the Spanish media were very much with the man-crush, bewitched by his winning smile, perfect teeth and luxuriant, soft hair. Except the lie-detecting La Liga Loca, of course, who saw through his skulduggery, sorcery and easy-going, relaxed manner straight away. Oh yes. It turns out that Laudrup was an evildoer of the worst kind with a broken, shard-ridden lump of granite where his heart should have been. The dastardly Dane has just performed a triple whammy of sleights against the good people of Getafe.

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