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SHARES
7 August 2008
This job is seldom dull. Here’s some of the communications I’ve had in the last 24 hours. 1) A phone call from a British lad in a Greek prison serving 14 years for allegedly drug running. He’s a Manchester United fan and wants me to send him some posters for his cell. Like I have posters of United players. 2) A call to say that ‘Mad For It’ is now number one in Amazon’s football best-sellers chart. I celebrated by making a brew and turning my office fan up from ‘1’ to ‘2’ to stop me dying in the Spanish heat. I’ve been promoting the book all week, doing interviews with media outlets as diverse as The Jewish Telegraph and TalkSport.3) News from a friend about her first date with a boy recently. “We went to a bar and both went to the toilet at the same time,” she said. “But he came back ages after me which is unusual for a lad. After finally returning, he apologised and told me that he’d really needed a shit but that there wasn’t any toilet paper. So he used his vest instead.” They’ve not seen each other since. 4) A call to from the editor of a Surf/Style magazine commissioning a 4,000-word essay on the hero that is Eric Cantona. Turns out that the said editor was born in the same Brazilian city as my girlfriend. He wants the piece to have “an element of overwrought grandeur.”5) A phone call from the former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker. He’s in Barcelona in a few days and his son wants to visit the Camp Nou.
SHARES
7 August 2008
Two themes have dominated the news agenda in Spain over the past few weeks. One has been the weather. The other has been Cristiano Ronaldo. The first is nothing unusual. Every summer, with the thudding inevitability of an Atlético Madrid Champions League defeat, television companies dispatch reporters to the beach to confirm that it is, indeed, very hot. And everyday men in white coats pop up to share gems of summer wisdom with the watching masses such as the brilliant advice of drinking water when you are thirsty or avoiding standing in the sun like an eejit for hours on end when it is particularly hot.
SHARES
7 August 2008
That’s life (that’s life), that’s what all the people sayYou’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May.Fast-forward two months to July in the lyrics of the 1966 classic “That’s Life”, immortalized by Frank Sinatra, and you’ll have almost have Flamengo’s story so far in the Brazilian Championship... including the shot down bit.In June, Flamengo were riding high, topping the table with a seven-point lead. Coach Caio Jr, who turned down a millionaire offer from Qatar, was celebrated as a club hero, a genious of the race. It couldn’t get better. So...Come July and the Rio de Janeiro side hit a major slump. Flamengo dropped from first to sixth, losing four games, drawing two and winning none. And as if that misery wasn’t enough, they faced an unexpected threat on Wednesday during training at Gávea.
SHARES
7 August 2008
With Argentina making their final preparations for the opening game against the Ivory Coast in the Olympics, the wrangle of Messi shows no sign of abating.
SHARES
6 August 2008
Rafael Van der Vaart was presented as Real Madrid’s “first and only” signing of the summer yesterday and everyone, but everyone, was thinking about the same thing: His wife.  And now La Liga Loca’s doing exactly the same. In fact, today La Liga Loca’s going to write about Mrs Van Der Vaart – an actress, model and telly presenter by the name of Sylvie Mies.
SHARES
6 August 2008
Time for Italy to restore some pride at international level after the fiasco of Euro 2008 – and where better than at the Olympic Games.After all, it’s basically a mini-version of the World Cup, minus a couple of big names. Italy would not have been there if England had of taken their place following their fourth-place finish at the European Under-21 championship. The fifth-placed young Italians had to overcome Portugal in a penalty shoot-out to secure at trip to China.
SHARES
5 August 2008
“I always considered Rodney Marsh a sugar-coated turd.”
SHARES
5 August 2008
Having promised to pack his team with the finest young Spanish talent available, Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón has continued his great Iberian initiative by recruiting Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg - the side's fifth Dutch player. And this must surely be the tipping point for the music in the dressing room as it swings from the infernal sounds of flamin' flamenco to the Happy House stylings of 2 Unlimited.
SHARES
4 August 2008
A recent survey has claimed that Italy is becoming an ageing population and the current generation are not doing their bit to produce upstanding citizens for the future.The upshot is that everyone is going to have to work longer before they can head off into “happy” retirement.Good news then for Alessandro Del Piero, who fits the demographic of the modern Italian perfectly: early 30s, married, one very young child.And the Juventus captain is willing to keep working until his legs finally give out.
SHARES
4 August 2008
"Hey you! Yeah, you! You with the girl's name! Wuss!" La Liga Loca has started the day with a couple of shandies and is feeling feisty. "Yellow belly! Cowardy Custard! Bottler!" The blog has spotted Joan Laporta - well, an imaginary version of him - and is giving the Barcelona president a piece of its tiny mind. The man with the emotional control of an overtired eight year old has shown himself to be the biggest of girl's blouses with his ongoing battle with The Man to bring Leo Messi back from the Olympic games.

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