You know football’s gone mad when…

October 1, 2008

 cheeky Mourinho

Italians haven’t quite cottoned on yet to Jose Mourinho’s sense of humour.

Inter Milan have put out a statement pointing out that their new coach was joking when he told a journalist he earned 14 million euros a year.

The excesses of soccer have reached the point where any amount of money sounds plausible to some.

Mourinho was arguing with a reporter ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to Werder Bremen. The journalist was criticising Mourinho’s tactics so the Portuguese asked him to pick his team.

“I’ll do it if you give me some of your 9 million-a-year salary,” the reporter quipped.

Mourinho barked back: “It is not 9, it’s 11 and with sponsors’ money it goes up to 14.”

Inter’s statement gave no figures but said Mourinho earns a lot less than 14 million.

It got me thinking, what other soccer jokes could be misconstrued as truth in the modern game?

Chelsea’s Italian keeper Carlo Cudicini eyed up to play from England? Oh wait, that one was true.

Maybe we could start with, “You know football’s gone mad when…” and take it from there… Give it your best shot in the comments.

PHOTO: Jose Mourinho peers over the fence of his home in Setubal, Portugal in 2007, REUTERS/stringer


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“Premier League matches are to be played in Singapore…”
And that might be true as well.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

arsenal lose to hull at home

Posted by Benjamin King | Report as abusive

when…..Arsenal actually manage to keep their nerves intact for an entire season, fending off the Red Devils for the premiere league title! :)

Posted by Aadi | Report as abusive

man city get more headlines than man u

Posted by matt | Report as abusive

another true one – when… Sepp Blatter says footballers asked to respect their contracts are modern-day slaves.

Posted by Paul Virgo | Report as abusive

Manchester United are sponsored by the U.S. government.

Posted by lauder | Report as abusive

…the only two teams without a win in England are Tottenham and Grimsby

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

You know football has gone mad when the press don’t question the thought of Aston Villa’s Marlon Harewood being worth £4million!

When someone thinks its crazy for spurs to be winless. Good one about the Uncle Sam Lauder!

Posted by njau | Report as abusive

You know football’s gome mad when teams start to spend ridiculous amounts of money on one player.

Posted by Hans Moman | Report as abusive

…anyone expects to win anything while Fergie’s red army marches on relentlessly.