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16 February 2009
I arrived at Paddy Crerand’s house one morning when I was ghosting his autobiography to be met by a sight I’d rather forget.
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16 February 2009
Inter have one hand on the title, so to speak.Adriano may not have known much about Maicon’s bullet-like cross, which nearly took his head off, but the ball was not travelling anywhere near the goal until his errant hand deflected it into the net.The fact that the referee and his assistant missed the incident is bad enough, but how can the Milan defenders and goalkeepers call themselves Italian footballers if they can’t even muster the energy for a bit of referee bating?
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13 February 2009
FFT.com's Rob Burnett rounds up the week's best – and worst – videos
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13 February 2009
“I don’t want to go to Chelsea,” the great man once sang. However, Carlo Ancelotti may have little choice come the summer.Cuddly Carlo is feeling a little hot under the collar ahead of the derby, as defeat would be curtains for AC Milan's title hopes and - to add insult to injury - just about hand the league to city rivals Inter.The last time he was under so much pressure to deliver was on the eve of the second Champions League semi-final meeting with the Nerazzurri in 2003.Back then it was the relatively benign Hector Cuper in charge of the opposition. This time around its Jose Mourinho, not noted for his benevolent nature.Then, waiting in the wings is the elegant Leonardo, who currently holds the rather grand title of ‘technical director’ at the club. He's young, handsome and speaks four languages -  what chance does Carlo have?
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13 February 2009
SaturdayDeportivo (8th) vs Osasuna (17th)Now, La Liga Loca doesn’t mean to start the latest edition of its regular Friday ramble on a big old downer. But, Merciful Zeus, is this weekend’s serving of silage the worst set of fixtures ever? Or at least since the round of matches appeared for the first time last September?Almería vs Valladolid anyone? No? How about Numancia vs Mallorca?The round kicks off with Depor, a side that - to quote an acclaimed La Liga pundit this week: “if they finish in the Champions League places then we may as well pack up and leave” - against Osasuna, a team who are merrily set-piecing their way out of relegation trouble. LLL Prediction - Home winBetis (14th) vs Barcelona (1st)A sadly cynical La Liga Loca has a feeling that there were some sections of the visiting English media who were a tad disappointed that the international session in Seville was a happy-clappy affair with no reported racist nastiness. After all, the blog heard a story that some correspondents had contacted their colleagues in Spain to ask advice on which game they could go to last weekend to “hear racist abuse.”On a similar vein, there is one club in Spain doing its best to chip away against another widespread prejudice in the global game... homophobia. Barcelona have launched Spain’s first gay ‘peña’ or fan club. The PBGL - or Gay and Lesbian Barcelona Peña - was opened last week and awarded a plaque on the outside wall of the Camp Nou. In an interview with Marca, peña president, Josep Ribes sympathised with one particular Real Madrid player who is perhaps the biggest target of all from supporters in the stands all over Spain. “When they sing “Guti, Guti, Guti, (expletive), I feel bad. Both for me and him. It’s just offensive.”LLL Prediction - Away winValencia (4th) vs Málaga (7th)‘Dum, dum, de, dum’... it’s your wedding day... ‘Dum, dum, de, dum’... you are looking resplendent in your beautiful white dress.
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12 February 2009
Tony Adams isn’t the only man to get the boot in strange and/or unfortunate circumstances, as Rob Burnett discovers…
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12 February 2009
“Sexo, droga y Penarol” – Montevideo graffiti.
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12 February 2009
Spain’s superb 29-match unbeaten run began some two years ago with a 1-0 win over England, and continued last night with what was a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory at a sprightly Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville.

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