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2 May 2008
SaturdayAtlético Madrid (4th) v Recreativo (16th)With the rojiblancos mired in their second-worst closing half of the season since 2002, the president admitting off-mic that his players are pants and Pablo Ibañez confessing that his tottering team-mates are tired little bunnies after a 52 game season, Aguirre's avengers are going to need the stirring support of the home crowd like never before on Saturday night.The problem with that cunning plan is that the Calderón catcallers are pricklier than a pre-menstrual porcupine and will be on the backs of the players quicker than you can shout "tackle him, you dozy tw*ts!" to the Atleti midfield.An endearingly optimistic Raúl García says that things will be different against Recreativo pointing out that "people who boo us are throwing stones against their own roof."
SHARES
2 May 2008
"Who is best foreigner to have played in England other than myself? No, sorry, I can’t think of anyone better than me. Only joking. There are so many. I couldn’t pick one."
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2 May 2008
While Ronaldo has been off amusing himself with his cross-dressing friends  - something that has finally endeared him to most of the Italian male public - Serie A is gearing up for the Milan derby on Sunday.Let’s get one thing straight, AC Milan against Inter is the best derby in the world.Manchester United-City, River Plate-Boca Juniors, Celtic-Rangers all pale in comparison.Outside Hollywood you won’t see so many stars in such a condensed area when the players take the pitch, both clubs have won so many trophies that they had to give over half of the San Siro stadium just to house them.
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1 May 2008
Barcelona, eh? It’s worse than The Tower during the reign of Henry VIII and his insatiable ginger loins. Worse than Traitors’ Corner when it’s that time of month down Queen Elizabeth I’s way. Worse even than Two-for-One day at the Place de la Revolution.  Ronaldinho?  Off with his head! Deco?  Off with his head!  Henry?  Off with his head! Ezquerro?  Who?  You know, curly haired bloke. Never plays. Always wears a smirk. Christ, is he still here? Off with his head!  Eto’o? Henry? Oleguer?  Off! Off! Off!
SHARES
1 May 2008
Do you remember the refereeing tandem Paulo César de Oliveira and Maria Eliza Barbosa, who let Adriano’s 'Hand of the Emperor' goal stand? Well, Palmeiras’ intervention prevented them to be considered for work on the São Paulo State final, but they somehow managed to be selected to officiate the Minas Gerais match. This time, even bad refereeing like theirs couldn't prevent high-flying Cruzeiro from running over Atlético. But, once again, the duo took center-stage. Just take a look at the kits they donned for the final.
SHARES
1 May 2008
12am: Make my way into a sunny Manchester. Shout ‘Visca Catalunya’ (Forever Catalonia!) at a group of Barca fans stood outside where the Hacienda was. Manchester preserved the memory of this world famous club by turning the site into apartments. The Catalans look confused at first, but punch their arms in the air and cheer. 1pm: Get stood up for a pint by Mike Duff, the Bard of Blackley and Manchester’s finest poet. From 12,000 entries, he won the BBC ‘A Poem for Manchester’ competition with this:
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1 May 2008
"It wasn’t until I sat down with my family to watch EastEnders the other week that I realised Dirty Den was dead!"
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1 May 2008
"There are three important things in my life: my family, my friends, and having a good laugh..."
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30 April 2008
Last year at the Minas Gerais State Championship final, Cruzeiro were pounded by their cross-town archrivals Atlético 4-0.

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