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Archive for October 2009

Off-track action dominates again in Abu Dhabi

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FORMULA 1’s global circus finally reaches its conclusion this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Jenson Button arrives in the Middle East with the world title already tucked in his pocket and thus it would make sense if that was the sole focus going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

But this being F1 it is not. Read the rest of this entry »

Babies the key to success in Premier League title race

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BACK in September Sir Alex Ferguson, like an embarassing dad, urged Jonny Evans to settle down and get married.

He argued that starting a family was the key to the stability that footballers need to perform at their best.

And this week two top Premier League stars took his advice and reaped the benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

Stankovic scores a lovely goal

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INTER MILAN notched up one of the results of the season with their 5-0 trouncing of Genoa this weekend.

This was more impressive as they did it without their two stars, Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito, and Genoa had a previously unbeaten home record.

But all that paled into insignificance, as did the goals from Esteban Cambiasso, Mario Balotelli, Patrick Vieira and Maicon, alongside this effort from Serbian Dejan Stankovic. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

October 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

Maradona shows Capello how to celebrate

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ARGENTINA scraped past South America’s worst team, Peru, on Saturday to give them a fighting chance of securing a World Cup place.

This was a very exciting game of football – Peru, trailing for much of the game, equalised on 90 minutes, before 35-year-old Martin Palermo scored a late winner for the Argies.

This is the same Palermo who once celebrated a goal by standing on a small wall, only for it to collapse under the weight of supporters, breaking his leg.

He is also famous for missing three penalties in the same international match against Colombia and scoring a 40m header earlier this month.

But this time Palermo was a nation’s saviour prompting the greatest goal celebration ever seen by a manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

October 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

England attempt a defeat while backs are turned

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ENGLAND lost their unbeaten record in competitive matches under Fabio Capello with a defeat in the Ukraine.

And hardly anyone saw it.

Or at least that is what we thought was going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Pompey owner merry-go round shows Saudi silliness

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OCTOBER is well under way now, which can only mean one thing – time for Portsmouth to get a new owner.

Sulamain Al-Fahim has sold his majority stake in the club to Saudi compatriot Ali al-Faraj after only 40 days of ownership.

People have spent that long on Mount Sinai with God. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

October 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

Alonso’s action affects Button’s 2010 ambition

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LAST Wednesday Ferrari revealed Formula 1’s worst kept secret – Fernando Alonso will drive their cars from next season.

This news was as not surprising as a perfectly healthy person waking up in the morning. Read the rest of this entry »