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Abandon Ship

After all the excitement of Barcelona’s magnificent performance against Club America last night, it’s almost crashing back to earth that we’re back in the Olympic Stadium for Auckland City against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors this evening. I don’t mean this as a slight against either of these fine sporting establishments. The Olympic Stadium is easily the…

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December 15, 2006
Ian

A Time To Reflect

I don’t know. Maybe Barca fans are just used to this sort of thing, week in week out. On this sort of showing, though, there surely can be no stopping them in the final of the World Club Cup on Sunday and, as I said below, Inter must be absolutely cacking themselves at the thought…

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December 14, 2006
Ian

Club America vs FC Barcelona

Well, eyes down for a full house. I’m in the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama and, at the time of writing, there are ten minutes to kick-off. Team news: Barca have put out a surprisingly strong team. Ronaldinho, Deco, Gudjohnsen, Van Brockhorst and Zambrotta all start. Just looking down their team list brings a tear to…

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December 14, 2006
Ian

What I’ve Learnt This Week

We’re in Yokohama this evening for Barcelona vs Club Mexico. The Japanese fans are really out in force this evening, and they’re all supporting Barca. It’s going to be a home match for them this evening. The arrival of the Catalans in Japan has caused more excitement than I thought it might. The hacks are…

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December 14, 2006
Ian

Ahly SC vs Internacional

So, Inter vs Ahly SC tonight. Inter should win this comfortably tonight, but they’d be foolish to treat it as a training match.In spite of their somewhat insipid performance against Auckland City, they’re a decent team. 7.10: A really disappointing turnout from the locals this evening. Ten minutes to kick-off, and there are vast swathes…

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December 13, 2006
Ian

The Brazilians Are Here!

A very long walk through the bowels of The Olympic Stadium took me up to the concourse where the Internacional supporters had congregated and, never having seen Brazilian supporters in the flesh before, nothing could have prepared for the noise and enthusiasm that they have brought to this competition. Never mind that it’s raining in…

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December 13, 2006
Ian

Oi, FIFA!

The competition proper starts today. I’ll kick off by apologising for the lack of activity on here yesterday, but the jet lag hit me like a tidal wave, and I was unable to function for most of the day. Today, however, I’m fully recovered and able to post. Again, I’m at The Olympic Stadium in…

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December 13, 2006
Ian
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