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SHARES
22 June 2009
Anyone expecting Marcello Lippi to drop the old guard in the near future is in for a big disappointment.It just isn’t the Italian way to give youth and inexperience a chance – look at the government and lack of fresh-faced politicians, the number of young entrepreneurs breaking through in the world of business and so on.A recent poll of graduate students had over 60 percent of them claiming they would look for a future in another European country or North America rather than waste away in a society of OAPs.And as we have witnessed, it is no different when it comes to football.
SHARES
19 June 2009
The telling thing to take from Italy’s defeat to Egypt is that Marcello Lippi’s current squad lack the required personality to be considered genuine candidates to retain their World Cup crown this time next summer.After going a goal down thanks to some school-boy defending at a corner-kick – there were nine Italians in the area against four of the opposition – and no one to command the situation and ensure there was cover on the back-post.Italy had spent the first-half more concerned with containing Egypt’s midfield than constructing anything positive themselves – and only when the situation became more desperate did they throw caution to the wind.
SHARES
17 June 2009
The Old Lady has always stood by her man.
SHARES
17 June 2009
With the Premier League fixtures for 2009/10 announced on Wednesday morning, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from the Premier League opening days of yore...10)  Chelsea v Sunderland (August 7, 1999)With relatively big money being spent bringing the likes of Mario Melchiot, Didier Deschamps and ...err... Chris Sutton to Stamford Bridge in the summer of ’99, there was realistic talk in the press and on the terraces that the Blues could mount a serious title charge.They certainly started in suitable fashion, comfortably and stylishly doing away with newly-promoted Sunderland 4-0.
SHARES
16 June 2009
When Alf Common broke the world transfer record with a £1,000 move to Middlesbrough in 1905, one sportswriter snootily complained: “We are tempted to wonder whether association football players will eventually rival thoroughbred yearling racehorses in the market.”

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