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25 June 2008
Now that the sultry stickiness of the Spanish summer has finally landed like a sweat-filled piano, it's high time for the good people of Andalusia to take up their favourite pastimes - intensive thumb twiddling and illegally reclassifying public land to sell off to construction industry buddies for cash bonanza kick backs.However, Sevilla for one, have gone against this stereotyping grain and have moved quicker than Ronaldinho at last orders to ensure that the Keita and Alves sized holes in their squad have been filled with suitable replacements. The Andalusian club have got their mitts on Genoa right-back, Adboulay Konko for a cheeky 9 million euros and the Marseille born defender says that he couldn't be more ready for a stunning season of Primera action.
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25 June 2008
Italy doesn’t like to experiment and when it does it invariably goes wrong so it is no surprise that Marcello Lippi will be back leading the Azzurri in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.The Italian football federation never really believed in Roberto Donadoni and in truth the mere youngster, at just 44, did himself no favours at Euro 2008 by showing his lack of leadership at crucial moments
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24 June 2008
July 7 is shaping up to be a thrilling day in the worlds of both Real Madrid and Barcelona. According to the current rumblings in the Spanish press - coming from that teeny, tiny, work experience run section not obsessed with Euro 2008 - it's set to be the date when both clubs could either be doing the footballing equivalent of blowing both their feet off, or setting off on a daisy-laden path to sporting glory. Roberto Gomez, in Marca, has decided to deviate from his normal daily ramblings which consists of name dropping and plugging the businesses of his showbiz buddies.
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24 June 2008
There’ll be a national inquest, but no tomatoes will be thrown. The Azzurri’s Euro 2008 campaign ended in disappointment but not disgrace. That distinction may not, though, be enough to save Roberto Donadoni.
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23 June 2008
It’s a strange one watching Spain’s Euro 2008 games in Catalonia, because Catalans are divided on the fortunes of the national side.
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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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