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Is Adebayor enough to placate Mourinho?

January 26, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPA/Jose Mourinho got the birthday present he had been pestering Real Madrid for on Tuesday when the La Liga club landed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan until the end of the season.

Happy Birthday Pep. Now, about that contract…

January 18, 2011

SPAINBirthday congratulations have been pouring in all week for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who turned 40 on Tuesday, and it is worth taking a moment to reflect on his phenomenal record since he took over from Frank Rijkaard at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Real’s search for a striker — who fits the bill?

January 14, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPAJose Mourinho’s constant pressuring of Real Madrid for another striker has finally paid off, with director general Jorge Valdano saying they were in the market for a number nine.

Inter v Bayern means repeat of 2010 Champions League final

December 17, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Holders Inter Milan will face Bayern Munich, the team they beat to clinch the trophy last season, in the Champions League last 16 with a repeat of the 2006 final also due after Barcelona were drawn to meet Arsenal. 

Can Mourinho triumph again in Champions League or have Real peaked too early?

December 9, 2010

Jose Mourinho’s gamble of swapping Champions League holders Inter Milan for recent underachievers Real Madrid looks to have paid off following a group stage where his new side excelled.

Five things we learned, or had confirmed, in Monday’s “Clasico”

November 30, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/CLASICO1. Lionel Messi is a more effective “big game player” than Cristiano Ronaldo.

An Englishman abroad? Rooney might not have fitted the bill

November 26, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So Wayne Rooney says he would only have left Manchester United to go abroad. Could the fact that foreign suitors seemed shy to express any interest have anything to do with his sudden U-turn to stay at the Premier League club?

Should Real be punished if red cards are deemed deliberate?

November 24, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/It’s one of the most farcical scenes I’ve ever seen in soccer. Real Madrid duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos taking ages to take kicks in the 4-0 win at Ajax and getting second yellow cards for timewasting and hence being sent off.

Real’s Carvalho showing Chelsea what they are missing

November 8, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Any eyebrows raised when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho signed 32-year-old Portuguese compatriot Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea have been firmly put back into place as the centre back is proving an extremely astute purchase.

What has happened to Maicon and Nesta?

November 4, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONSMaicon was hailed as the best right back in the world not so long ago but Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has terrorised him twice in two weeks and Inter Milan fans are beginning to wonder if they should have cashed in and sold him to Real Madrid after all in the close season.