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22 August 2008
On Wednesday it was 'Sheva back to Milan!' and by Friday it’s 'Sheva back playing golf!'
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21 August 2008
Before Tuesday’s game against Argentina, I insisted that the Olympic semi-final was a win-win situation for us Brazilians.If we beat our arch-rivals from the south, fantastic. The unbeaten run against them would go on – and it’s been a while since Brazil has dominated the clash, especially in decisive games.On the flip side, if Argentina won, no one should cry for us. They would be doing Brazil a favour, by ending the misery of watching one of the Seleção’s worst ever squads and putting hapless coach Dunga out of his misery.And, fortunately or unfortunately – only time will tell – option two came through after an implacable 3-0 Argentina win in Beijing.
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21 August 2008
How bad is the Dutch league?
SHARES
21 August 2008
In many ways, Real Madrid’s decision to permanently block journalists’ access to their players after training should be seen as a blessing in disguise for the Spanish footballing press.After all, as Marca’s Roberto Gómez puts it, the club is merely “optimising relations with the media, members and supporters.” Yes, it may mean that his colleagues have to work that little bit harder to make up stories, but it does free them from the humiliation of being herded into a pen just to watch ipod-clutching multi-billionaire footballers breeze past as they head for their Batmobiles.
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20 August 2008
A thought struck the other night, while watching Ashley Young. What happens when he turns 30, and can’t be described – in football terms – as Young any more?
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20 August 2008
‘Scribble, scratch, scribble’. Today, La Liga Loca is writing a letter. ‘Scratch, scribble, scratch.” Something it hasn’t done in years. La Liga Loca is writing a letter to the Spanish FA, as they have probably never heard of e-mail. Or the internet. Or the Suffragette movement. The blog is proposing the bold move that instead of the traditional three teams being relegated from the top flight this season, up to 10 should be booted into the badlands of the second tier of the Spanish game. La Liga Loca’s spider-sense suggests that there could be a lot of old tosh floating about in the footballing cistern of La Primera this year. Most of which will deserve to be flushed away.
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20 August 2008
It’s an end of an era in Rome following the passing of AS Roma president Franco Sensi.The 82-year-old had been seriously ill for some time so it was a matter of not if but when.The fact that his death occurred during the height of the holiday season in the capital saw thousands of Giallorossi streaming back from the nearby beaches and country retreats to pay their final respects.The quintessential Roman, with the jowly face and gravely voice will be remembered as “Mr Roma.r”
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20 August 2008
In Argentina there is only one thing that is sweeter than beating England... thrashing Brazil.
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19 August 2008
La Liga Loca smelt something in the air this morning. At first it thought it might be the whiff of wee coming from the local plaza, which also doubles as a toilet for Sangria-soaked winos. But it seems that the blog can sniff a transfer scoop floating in the breeze. Barcelona look as if they will be continuing their super-summer-squad-building-strategy which consists of promoting youngsters like Pedro from their youth system. And nicking Sevilla's best players.Having poached Dani Alves and Seydou Keita - making José Maria del Nido considerably richer in the process - the paper talk this week is of Pep Guardiola ram-raiding the Sánchez Pizjuán and bringing Diego Capel to Catalunya.
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18 August 2008
As second comings go it should be a pretty low-key affair.Marcello Lippi is back in charge of Italy and everyone’s favourite 60-year-old Paul Newman lookalike has named his squad for Wednesday’s friendly With the country still officially closed for business for another couple of weeks, the match has been moved across the border to the elegant surroundings of Nice where the Italian football federation hope that at least someone will turn up to watch.The last time Lippi pinned up a team-sheet it was back in those heady summer days of 2006 and the Azzurri were top of the world.

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