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3 October 2008
SaturdayVillarreal (2nd) vs Betis (18th)In the same way that seven dog years supposedly equates to 12 months of a human lifespan, 24 hours in Spain works out as roughly 700 years in the rest of the world.Despite having an entire summer to sort out the sale of Betis, there is still no news of whether the mysterious mob behind the BSport consortium will be buying out Darth de Lopera’s majority share in the club.The deadline for the deal is Saturday October 4. If no-one puts their paw print to the contract then the Lord of the Flies will walk away approximately 10 million euros richer, say Marca.Melli, for one, thinks that the big Betis boss ain’t going anyway. “He’ll always be there,” sighed the defender discussing de Lopera's departure, “and until I see something happening I’m not going to believe it.” LLL Prediction - Home winBarcelona (5th) vs Atlético Madrid (7th)La Liga Loca’s Atleti-insider predicted that things would be all right on Wednesday night for the rojiblancos, on the pitch, but would potentially go a little Pete Tong, off it. Hosting a Champions League match can be a bit of an ordeal for any team - but especially for one like Atlético which has the organisational abilities of, well, Atlético. Strange men in suits, clutching clipboards, descend on your stadium and start telling you how to go about your business. For this reason, every piece of non-UEFA sanctioned advertising had been covered up in the Vicente Calderón, billions of leaflets were handed to fans asking them not to throw things, start fights or racially abuse players and the scoreboard stopped publishing adverts for lap-dancing clubs.
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3 October 2008
Whisper it but whisper it anyway, Andriy Shevchenko can score.He did it on Thursday when the Ukrainian finally found the net again for the only goal of the game in AC Milan’s UEFA Cup win at FC Zurich.Maybe now we can start to lay off with the jokes that the only thing he could hit was a golf ball and that he liked nothing better than giving footballs away by kicking them into the stands.He’s from Ukraine where apparently they aren’t big on laughing out loud, but even he cracked a smile when someone hollered ‘fore’ as he was about to shoot during a recent training session.
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3 October 2008
Mumsy Scottish troubadour Lena Martell’s philosophy was “one day at a time, sweet Jesus.”
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3 October 2008
There’s two legends surrounding the origins of futsal, whose FIFA World Cup started this week in Brazil. The first dictates the sport was created in the 1930’s in Uruguay by Montevideo YCMA’s professor Juan Carlos Ceriani. The second tells that it first appeared in São Paulo, also inside the YCMA, by some lads who started kicking a football about in a basketball court, late in the 1940’s. Fact is it was in Brazil, in 1952, that the futebol de salão’s first organisation was assembled – the São Paulo’s YCMA Salon Football League, founded by Habib Maphuz. (In Uruguay, there was no organised futsal until 1965.)
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2 October 2008
They say that if you get 1000 monkeys to bash away at 1000 typewriters, they’d eventually come up with the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Now, obviously “they” say a lot of things – and most of it’s complete balls. But La Liga Loca’s prepared to believe them on this one. After all, if you got a single monkey bashing away at a single typewriter - a single, short-sighted, dyslexic monkey with writer’s cramp, a caffeine dependency and a 60-a-day habit bashing away at a broken typewriter where the “e” doesn’t work and the “s” keeps on bloody ssssticking – you’d certainly get the La Liga fixtures.
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2 October 2008
This is where I suck up to Michel Platini, the UEFA president who, indirectly, keeps me in a job.
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2 October 2008
Mike Holden explains why he's a happy man now Martin Allen is back on the managerial map...
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2 October 2008
Did you see the Eric Cantona quotes in the media earlier this week?
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2 October 2008
Italian football has always had a strong relationship with Argentines.Some have delighted, some disappointed and then, of course, there was Diego Maradona. But most have got on with their jobs in a professional manner give or take the odd dodgy passport.This weekend should see Lazio maintain top spot in the league, with three citizens from that fine South American country playing their part.In fact, of the current top 10 in the table, only AC Milan, AS Roma and Palermo do not have an Argentine in their first-team squad.So let’s name the best doing their nation proud, starting from the top:Mauro ZarateTotally unknown to the Italian public when he arrived from Birmingham City in the summer via Al Sadd in Qatar, but now after six goals in the first five games, the Lazio striker leads the goalscoring charts to become the star of the early part of the season.
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1 October 2008
It was another clasico, another local derby. This time it was the 'millionaires' of River playing the league's paupers Racing (who recently held a prize draw among the players to win a PlayStation 2).

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