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SHARES
16 July 2008
I’ve just got back from Marseille after interviewing Eric Cantona ahead of the Beach Soccer World Cup, which starts in Eric’s hometown this week.
SHARES
15 July 2008
Wherever you are in the world - even if it's Lincolnshire - you're probably having a chirpier summer than poor old ducking and covering Barcelona bigwig, Joan Laporta. The lobster-like La Liga Loca, for one, has been spending the sticky season hiding its milky soft skin from the scorching Madrid sun, chuckling at the three feet height difference between Lord of the Flies, David Bisbal and lovely Rihanna and waiting for the Madrid masses to bugger off to the beach and leave the city streets all Day of the Triffids.Joan Laporta is currently hanging onto his Barcelona desk like Maniche being hauled away from an all-you-can-eat-buffet.The Barça president survived the vote of confidence called by super socio, Oriol "I'm doing this for the good of the club and not for my own personal glorification, no siree Bob" Giralt. But by the skin of his flashy white teeth.
SHARES
15 July 2008
Italian football and theatrics have gone hand-in-hand well before even Filippo Inzaghi threw his first hissy fit and dived out of his pram. And each year ahead of the new season, the referee’s association comes out with the usual platitudes about ‘cleaning up’ the game.The ref’s head man, Cesare Gussoni has cited the recent European Championships as a shining example of all that is good and wonderful in the game.“I didn’t see many fouls, simulation (what Italians term good old-fashioned diving) or much arguing with the referee,” he claimed. “I hope to see a similar situation in Serie A this season.”Obviously, Ces failed to notice Cristiano Ronaldo’s crumbling to the ground from the moment he stepped onto the pitch, followed by most of the Spanish and Turkey team or Michael Ballack’s non-stop ranting at match officials throughout the tournament.
SHARES
14 July 2008
It’s been a week since Luiz Felipe Scolari gave his first press conference as Chelsea’s head coach. By now, the Brazilian gaffer should have already deciphered all of the Stamford Bridge club’s mysteries. In his own words, seven days was enough for him to “know everything” about Chelsea.But the Blues will surely take a little longer, if they ever will, to crack the coach formerly known as Big Phil. Make no mistake: the kind, patient, entertaining, smiley fella that showed up at the press conference won’t stay around for long.
SHARES
14 July 2008
So, Sepp Blatter thinks that Cristiano Ronaldo is a slave and – more importantly – that Manchester United should stop flipping well whinging and let him go and join Real Madrid. Which poses a question:  Is this the same Sepp Blatter who is an honorary member of Real Madrid? Who was presented with the club’s gold and diamond award?  Who embraced Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón with a great big manly bear-hug? (And that was in public; God only knows what they got up to behind closed doors)  Who described Real Madrid as “more than a club.”
SHARES
11 July 2008
Inter fans are in no doubt that Frank Lampard will sign for the club but he isn’t going to have much time to win over such ever-demanding followers.In the die-hard Nerazzurri cafes in Milan they are not exactly raising their coffee cups to toast the arrival of the Chelsea man.The armchair coaches would have preferred to have seen Deco in the black and blue if Jose Mourinho was going to buy a thirty-something midfielder.
SHARES
10 July 2008
Can you remember how incensed you were when all-seater stadiums became law?
SHARES
9 July 2008
The Cantona interview was confirmed yesterday, so I’m to see him in Marseille “between 1400 Monday and 1400 Tuesday.”
SHARES
8 July 2008
It’s almost two years to the day that Juventus started out on their long road to redemption. It was back in July 2006 that Giovanni Cobolli Gigli took on the task of rebuilding the toppled giants from the rubble of Calciopoli and humiliation of relegation to Serie B.It may have been a humbling experience for a club that had never been relegated in its 110-year history but now after a third-place finish in the top flight last season the Old Lady has regained some of her old swagger.

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