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25 February 2009
Tuesday wasn’t the greatest of days in the glorious, award-strewn life of La Liga Loca. It suffered the maddest of moments by tipping Atlético Madrid for the last four of Europe’s top competition. After an admittedly entertaining evening spent in the Vicente Calderón it now realises that the club has as much chance of experiencing a semi as Ever Banega in a power cut. For the above aberration, the blog is taking it on the chin, not offering up any excuses and looking ahead to the next game. But a feverish head-cold it is currently suffering must be thrown into the error-making equation. As Iñaki Díaz-Guerra pointed out in Wednesday’s AS in describing the previous night’s draw with Porto, “2-2 isn’t a great result for Atlético, it’s magnificent.”
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24 February 2009
Now regular readers may think that La Liga Loca has been at the Tuesday turps again. Or has, rojiblanco club president, Enrique Cerezo threatening to strap the blog down in front of a movie he has produced. Nevertheless, it has a genuine, sneaky feeling that Atlético Madrid are going to do very, very well in this season’s Champions League. We’re talking semi-final well.*
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24 February 2009
Oh frabjous day! Callou, callay, the UEFA Champions League is back. As you’ll read match previews aplenty, here is my Q&A guide to the action. And don’t worry – there are no more spurious Lewis Carroll references.Should Inter play for 0-0?
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24 February 2009
The countdown to the biggest ties of the season started in earnest on Saturday evening as Inter, Juventus and AS Roma retreated into the night to prepare for round one of the colossal challenge with il Inglese.And all three picked up morale-boosting wins, meaning they head into Champions League action in reasonably good health.
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23 February 2009
From Buenos Aires we flew south to Urshuaia, the world’s southern most city in Patagonia, where we boarded a ship to Antarctica. The Drake Passage, which you enter after rounding Cape Horn, is notoriously rough and I spent the first day being seasick.
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23 February 2009
GOOD DAYReal MadridDing dong merrily on high, there may actually be something resembling a contest in La Liga this season after Saturday night’s nuttiness.It was an outstanding evening that evoked memories of the titillating title chase from two years ago, which finished with Madrid knocking a pant-peeing Barcelona off their perch after an incredible chase. It was an evening that gives the Castle Greyskull crew a sliver of hope of repeating the feat once again. It also means that a lacklustre La Liga Loca won’t have to spend Sunday evenings watching that show with the beaky-nosed bird who sees dead people to pass the time.Despite AS and Marca frantically leaping up and down like Xavi trying to see over the bar at a lap dancing club, the seven-point margin between the two teams could easily return to 10 next weekend, with Espanyol hosting Madrid in the Montjuic and Barcelona travelling to Atlético in a match where, quite frankly, anything can and probably will happen.But until that happens, La Liga Loca is siding with the neutrals and enjoying the new state of affairs in Spain. However temporary it may turn out to be.
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22 February 2009
It's in the big games where heroes and legends are born, and Saturday was Lucas Pusineri's day.
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20 February 2009
Last weekend's Celtic-Rangers "clash" was a tepid affair. FFT.com's man in Glasgow, Chris Cope, wonders if that's the shape of things to come...
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20 February 2009
The Russian linesman is back...
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20 February 2009
It’s been a rough old week for Silvio Berlusconi.First his side lose the derby, then he falls out with Argentina after a “witty” remark about dictators and prisoners falling out of aeroplanes.The centre-left opposition may have imploded in humiliation after being routed in a regional election while Gordon Brown was in Rome to cheer him up.

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