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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Many nights like this one

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It’s been said that Real Madrid’s lack of playing style is such a big handicap that nothing can level the balance in order to satisfy their fans, not even their effectiveness (specially when Ronaldo is in the pitch).

The continuous search for a certain style which suits the team’s history and its supporters’ polish taste usually ends up with the press making comparisons with Barcelona and their performances which let them win the treble in the last season.

Last night’s defeat against AC Milan in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium showed us many different aspects of this new galácticos version: the squad’s inaccuracy towards the opposite goal when Cristiano is absent, as we mentioned above, or the easy match their rivals can have if they’re kind of a serious team – Milan wasn’t that reliable team, but Alexandre Pato’s intervention was enough to win the game.

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La Liga’s Saturday matches: Deportivo-Sevilla, R.Madrid-Valladolid and Valencia-Barça – Goals & Highlights

Uruguay-Argentina and the thin line that separates success from failure

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The day has come. Tonight, Uruguay and Argentina will fight for a place in South Africa 2010 in a hard-fought match which will be played in the Centenario Stadium, in Montevideo, in the presence of 60,000 fans: 57,000 cheering for the home side and 3,000 who will drive their way from Buenos Aires to their neighbouring country’s capital through San Martín bridge.

Neither the history nor the statistics could tell us what could happen tonight, since a match like this one, where they will play for a ticket for the World Cup, has never been celebrated before.

Though, we all are football fans – it’s impossible for us not to take a look at the past when a game of vital importance is played. That’s what we do when we remember what happened when they faced each other in the last game of the qualifying round for Korea & Japan’s World Cup, back in 2001. The match was a one-all draw which let the celeste play the knock-out round against Australia. Everyone knows the Argentinian guys did their neighbours a big favour despite Germán ‘El Mono’ Burgos words (“we don’t know how to play to tie a game”)  – the Uruguayan supporters are still grateful for what their rivals did and they keep on thanking them at present.

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