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23 June 2008
By FourFourTwo's guest columnist, Tim Stannard of La Liga Loca
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23 June 2008
By FourFourTwo guest columnist Riccardo Rossi of Serie Aaaaargh!
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20 June 2008
Here’s a new take on an old spin.“The only way I would leave Milan would be if Milan want to sell me.”The words of one Ricardo Kaka just 72 hours ago over speculation that Chelsea will make an offer that neither he or Milan can refuse.Rewind two years almost to the day and it’s more or less the very same line.“The only way a player will leave Milan is if he wants to be sold.”The words of Adriano Galliani over reports that a certain London club were ready to make Milan an offer for Andriy Shevchenko they couldn’t refuse.Back then the Rossoneri chief was covering himself for the inevitable and thus transferring all the culpability to the Ukrainian striker who probably still rues the day his missus forced him to go and live in England so the kids could learn the language.
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19 June 2008
La Liga Loca has not been to the water-starved city of Barcelona for a while but it can only imagine that its pickpocket-invested streets are full of cranky culés with faces longer than Ruud van Nistelrooy on a caravanning holiday with Marco van Basten.If polls in Sport are to be believed - which they probably shouldn't be - then the local Barça support are still a fairly depressed bunch despite some promising movements and rumblings in the summer transfer market. The biggest cause of certain still appears to be the appointment of Pep Guardiola who was unveiled as the Barcelona manager on Tuesday. Before the presentation took place, only 17% of those answering an online poll claimed to be doing the cancan in celebration of Pep's brave new world. Instead, 27% were confessing their distinct lack of faith in the future. However, that figure had picked up considerably once Pep had revealed his plans for Barcelona's new footballing future with lots of touchy-feeling talk of 'feeling' and 'passion'.
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18 June 2008
There may have been no wars and no sneaky handballs. But for Argentines, the 'clasicó' against Brazil is more important than any game against England.
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18 June 2008
By FourFourTwo guest columnist Riccardo Rossi of Serie Aaaaargh!
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18 June 2008
Argie Bargy recently braved a freezing Buenos Aires evening - is it always four degrees colder on a football terrace? - to watch the national side take on Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier; the sold out River Plate stadium shaking with the excitement of 50,000 gregarious Argentines awaiting the return of the nation's favourite sons.
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17 June 2008
Stung by criticism that last season's Copa del Rey final was seen as a bit of an afterthought by the Spanish FA - and, indeed, by most of the clubs taking part in it - the buffet-loving bigwigs have moved swiftly to award it pride of place in La Liga's calendar for 2009. Having stuck the most recent affair between Valencia and Getafe at three-in-the-morning on a rainy Wednesday night in the leaky, peaky Vicente Calderón, next season's showpiece event will be held on June 20, almost a year from now. This being Spain, there is one teeny, tiny flaw in this most cunning of plans. The Primera is due to finish on May 31 - some three weeks before this massive match between Mallorca and Getafe - meaning that the reward for those players battling to appear in the final is three weeks less holiday. That isn't going to work for half the current Barcelona squad, for starters. The starting date of the shiny new season is set to be the weekend of August 31 and La Liga Loca is already placing Javier Aguirre as favourite for the first Primera coach to be given the chop, firstly due to blog tradition and secondly as Atlético Madrid will have finished their Champions League campaign by then. Three brand new spanking relegation candidates will be joining Recreativo in desperately trying to survive the year in the Spanish top flight. Numancia won promotion some time ago - with their boss taking the confidence boosting move of jumping ship to Almería and on Sunday Malaga and Sporting joined them - the latter having been away from La Liga's limelight for a good 10 years and the former's boss having also taken the confidence boosting move of jumping ship to Racing Santander.
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17 June 2008
Italians all around the world are surely praying to God for a win against the French today. In this particular case, I wouldn’t trust such an important request to the Pope – the man is German and he’ll probably ask for a Romania win to see the two foes knocked out.  But there’s no need to worry. Truth is, if you want God to really listen to your pleas your wingman is Brazilian diminute striker Carlinhos Bala – Charlie Bullet in English. Last week, the Almighty talked to our 1.62m, 64kg Sport Recife ace at least twice.At least that’s the story the player gave before the second leg of the Copa do Brasil final against Corinthians on Wednesday. Underdog Sport needed a 2-0 home win to clinch the title against the São Paulo giants, who had won the first leg 3-1.Carlinhos Bala, however, knew what would happen in advance thanks to the divine messages he swore to have received from the Lord. “I went to Church to ask Him to give us the title. God said He would do it. I’m going to bed relaxed today. Why should I lose some sleep if God promised me the title?,” he asked on the eve of the final.

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