2007

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The Steamroller Is In Town

They might not be the most famous club in the world – that dubious honour probably lies with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United – but they are one of the most successful club sides in the history of the game. They are a football juggernaut, with a hint of controversy about them and a…

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December 12, 2007
Ian

Six Great Football Competitions

So, I was sitting at home last night watching the Champions League match between OM and Liverpool, and the thought finally came to me. Who cares about this? Seriously. Who gives a damn about it? The Champions League is now so debased, so much of a mis-match that Liverpool, the fourth placed team in England…

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December 12, 2007
Ian

Livin’ The Vida Boca

Later today (if you’re in Japan) or tomorrow morning (if you’re in Europe), the first of the giants finally take their bow in the FIFA Club World Cup, and they don’t come much bigger than Boca Juniors. The Argentinian giants from Buenos Aires are one of the biggest club sides in the world and, as…

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December 11, 2007
Ian

Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Last weekend, to a sigh of relief from this little corner of Brighton that might just have been audible in China, Arsenal and Liverpool lost. This wasn’t merely schadenfreude. I was starting to worry that one (or indeed both) of these teams might go the whole of the season unbeaten, and there was something pleasing…

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December 10, 2007
Ian

Diamonds Are Forever?

Later on this morning, the roof will most likely be lifted off the FIFA Club World Cup when Urawa Red Diamonds make their entrance into the tournament against Iran’s Sepahan at the Toyota Stadium. In a rare sensible move from FIFA, the decision has been made to allow a team from the host country to…

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December 10, 2007
Ian

As Good As It Gets?

Other commitments meant that I was unable to bring you the low-down on Pachuca and Etoile Sportive De Sahel ahead of their World Club Cup match. Somehow, it still registers as a surprise that the African champions should be able to see off the champions of Central and North America, but it happened when the…

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December 9, 2007
Ian

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Nottingham Forest

It was, I have to say, an impulse buy. Left to my own devices in Brighton and with work this morning forcing me to curtail my Friday night revelry, I opted for the Withdean Stadium for my first visit to see my home town team play since I moved here eighteen months ago. The sense…

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December 8, 2007
Ian
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