The revolution starts now Ã¢ÂÂ and not before time.The Italian press may not have been that impressed with the goalless draw in Bulgaria but Marcello Lippi certainly can be, as he stretched his unbeaten run as Italy coach to 29 games.Having finally decided to get rid of the deadwood such as Alessandro Del Piero and Andrea Barzagli, a few new faces were introduced who, if they keep on the right track, should be part of the squad to defend the World Cup in South Africa.
La Liga Loca is now completely convinced that when the international break comes along, the holiday-happy editorial teams of the Spanish footballing press head for the hills and are replaced by a herd of goats with basic literacy skills. An improvement, many might suggest.
Argentine spectators left the Monumental stadium on Saturday again feeling exasperated by another mediocre performance by their national team, but more-so worried about playing Chile on Wednesday without a raft of their best players.
Uruguay is a relatively small patch of country that borders both behemoths Brazil and Argentina. Derided as a province by most Argentines, it is often said that Uruguayans have a bit of a chip on their shoulders.
Ã¢ÂÂDoomed! WeÃ¢ÂÂre all doomedÃ¢ÂÂ - shrieked La Liga Loca as it popped into its corner newspaper kiosk on Thursday morning. As this is a regular occurrence in the blogÃ¢ÂÂs daily routine, the other patrons were unimpressed by this outrageous outburst and continued their flickage through the likes of Ã¢ÂÂWhich HamÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂReally Big Sunglasses MonthlyÃ¢ÂÂ.La Liga Loca had turned to page three of Marca and caught a glimpse of a photograph of five middle aged men in suits sitting around a table in what appeared to be a palace ballroom. The first feral fear was that the editorial team of SpainÃ¢ÂÂs favourite daily footballing farce had been given the responsibility of clawing the country out of the economic hole it currently finds itself in, such was the pomposity and self-importance of the setting.Ã¢ÂÂSo how will lowering interest rates affect RaÃÂºlÃ¢ÂÂs bid to be Pichichi?Ã¢ÂÂ was how the blog imagined the main topic of conversation. But luckily for the global meltdown, the sombre surroundings were due to the fact that, King of Catalunya, Joan Laporta was in town - and every stuffed shirt at the paper was needed to probe the Barcelona bigwig on the season so far.
It is not only English clubs that could be feeling the pinch as the worldwide credit crunch starts to bite.AS Roma are reportedly heading for financial ruin unless they can start paying back some of the massive debt owned to the Unicredit Bank, which itself is short of a euro or two.The Sensi family, who own the capital club, have already failed to come up with 130million euro to cover their first repayment of a loan that is something in the region of 365m.Unicredit have now set an ultimatum of December to make the payment so Christmas presents will be in short supply around the Sensi household.Rosella Sensi heads up the family following the death of papa Franco last month and through their oil company, Italpetroli, will have to start off-loading some of their assets pronto.