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21 November 2008
You can still catch The Odd Couple on cable TV in Italy, but Serie A’s very own Felix and Oscar will have a prime-time slot on Saturday.Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri will take their cantankerous, mismatched relationship in front of an enthralled San Siro audience for a performance sure to have us all rolling in the aisles.It’s Inter vs Juventus, Italy’s answer to Manchester United vs Liverpool and Real Madrid vs Barcelona, and is known by its grandiose title “The Derby of Italy.”
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20 November 2008
Can Italy go another 20 games or so unbeaten? That’s the number of internationals, give or take the Confederation’s Cup and a friendly here or there, that would see the Azzurri crowned world champions again come 2010.Maybe not, but any defeats that do come along are likely to be few and far between.The national side finished off 2008 in the most positive manner, top of their World Cup qualifying group and – following their 1-1 draw in Greece – writing Marcello Lippi into the record books.One more game undefeated and the silver-haired supremo will hold the record outright for an unbeaten run with a national side.
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20 November 2008
The human teleprinter here, with utterly off the cuff reactions to last night’s other results – i.e. not England’s or Scotland’s.
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19 November 2008
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19 November 2008
I’ve mentioned before in this blog about the self-depreciating joke regarding the divine justice in Brazil.
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19 November 2008
Are you tired of working for The Spanish Man? Have you been worn down by the daily grind of getting up at 10am, having breakfast, the second breakfast, the four-hour meeting, the long boozy lunch and the journey home at 5pm?Then prepare to give your troubles the footballing finger with La Liga Loca’s simple, Guti-proof, four-stage, qet-rich-quick scheme that simply cannot fail.1) Keep a beady eye in the ‘Opportunities’ section of Valencia’s website.2) Apply for any open positions with the words ‘sporting’, ‘technical’, or ‘director’ in the title. 3) Pass interview.4) Get sacked after three months. This has been the route taken by many newly-minted former Mestalla men - all of whom can testify that this is a ruse that will make you rich, rich, rich! “I did two weeks work and got 10 million euro! (according to El Pais)” gushed ex-president-type-thing, Juan Villalonga. “And all thanks to the blog’s Mestalla Money Machine!” “Me?! I got sacked when we were near the top of the table and pocketed three million! Thanks La Liga Loca,” beams former manager, Quique Sánchez Flores. This may sound too good to be true, but this information comes from a source as honest and trustworthy as a Primera president... Valencia’s accounts. Current Mestalla bigwig, Vicente Soriano has revealed that over the last accounting year, the club forked out 16 million euro in severance payments, including the aforementioned 3 million to Quique and 2.2 million to get rid of Santiago Cañizares. But what isn’t made clear is whether those payments included the cash owed to Ronald Koeman and his technical team after their dismissal last season. Or the posse that followed him. Or Villalonga, for his all-too-brief stay as the club’s President-Idol 2008 winner.
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18 November 2008
Kick-off in Diego Maradona's first ever game as coach of the Argentine Seleccion is growing ever nearer, but in the meantime here's a little treat for you... the best, sorry worst, goalkeeping error of the season by former Boca glove-man Pablo Migliore.
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18 November 2008
Fan Nick Judd hears a lot of whispers, a lot of stone-cold rumours...

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