Monday, August 27, 2007

The Grab: 08.26

Da, I want beautiful football . . . Despite the speculation surrounding Samuel Eto'o after Barcelona picked up Thierry Henry in the offseason, there are some that felt our favorite purveyor of Joga Bonito may be the one who will leave Camp Nou. If you believe any of the hype that follows the transfer window (and the increase of heresay that accompanies the beginning and end), will Roman Abramovich make Ronaldinho the highest paid player in Europe? Apparently, the Brazilian midfielder isn't happy with the $14M he'll have to pay in Spanish taxes (out of his $34M salary). With a buyout clause somewhere around $170M in place, what other machinations are going on behind the scenes?

Roman's dream scheme: Get me Ronaldinho, the best player in the world... by Friday!
[Daily Mail]

France gaffer and famous idiot and sore loser Raymond Domenech rues his comments after UEFA handed him a touchline ban for Les Bleus' Euro qualifier with Italy after he alleged an official had been bribed during a France-Italy youth game a few years ago. He was also fined the equivalent of a used Renault LeCar in excellent condition (about eight grand US). Really, Ray-Ray . . . a youth game? We all know about the Italian prediliction to buying refs, but does anyone besides your psychic really care?

France coach Domenech suspended for Italy match over comments about Italian soccer

Sevilla and Spain international midfielder Antonio Puerta remains in serious condition after suffering multiple heart failures during Sevilla's opener with Getafe. The right-sided player collapsed during the game, and teammates frantically converged to ensure Puerta was not swallowing his tongue. After walking off the pitch conscious, he suffered another attack in the dressing room and currently is in a sedative-induced coma in the intensive care unit in a Seville hospital. Apparently, he has been heard muttering to himself about "this stupid sickness" once before after a previous collapse, according to Sid Lowe on today's Guardian Podcast.

Sevilla's Puerta 'very serious' [CNN]


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