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Sunday 20 June 2010
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Monday 14 June 2010
Saturday 05 June 2010
Just who do we think we are – with our 44 years of hurt, our gimcrack "golden generations", our self-pity and entitlement? There is only one merit in entering the World Cup with such a mindset. And that is in choosing a sentimental alternative to England, so as to retain an interest after the quarter-finals. Some of us, admittedly, are fortunate enough to owe a genetic allegiance to the Germans. (Sorry. But there it is. Thanks, Mum.) All those whose neutrality is inflected only by considerations of equity and poetry, however, will surely be unanimous in getting behind the Dutch.
Wednesday 02 June 2010
Wednesday 26 May 2010
France defender William Gallas is set to start against Costa Rica in tonight's friendly in Paris. The 32-year-old looks to have overcome a calf injury, which has sidelined the Arsenal player since March. Coach Raymond Domenech, however, has stressed he is still not a certainty to make his final World Cup squad: "He proved he could cope in critical situations and that's reassuring but his calf is a question mark," he said.
Sunday 23 May 2010
It was hailed as the day that Jose Mourinho would be confirmed King of the Bernabeu but ultimately it was the man they call The Prince who made Internazionale champions of Europe. Diego Milito was not one of the five players released by Real Madrid on the pitch – more everybody's reject than a Madrid one.
Sunday 23 May 2010
Saturday 22 May 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
Thursday 06 May 2010
Franck Ribery yesterday lost his appeal to have his three-match ban reduced by Uefa. The Bayern Munich midfielder, 27, had hoped to face Internazionale in the Champions League final on 22 May, but will now have to serve the remaining two games of his suspension.
Sunday 02 May 2010
The atmosphere inside the Nou Camp was febrile. The 91,000 Barcelona fans could not have made more noise if Montserrat Caballe and Freddie Mercury had been in the stands. As the Champions' League semi-final second leg (ITV1, Wednesday) kicked off in more ways than one, with the Catalans needing to score twice against Jose Mourinho's parsimonious Internazionale, Clive Tyldesley informed us that "after their league game here they wore T-shirts promising they would quite literally play out of their skins". We've heard of shirts versus skins, but shirts versus flesh, tendons and nerve endings – shredded ones in this case? The next thing you know, they would be literally on fire.
Thursday 29 April 2010
Jose Mourinho loves a challenge, and last night he was presented with two: playing the Champions League holders with 11 men, then doing so with 10. With a full complement he replicated the tactics which had been so successful in Milan, a 4-2-3-1 with a pair of holding midfielders and the wide men tracking Barcelona's full-backs.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
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