MESSI V NESTA

Will it be Nesta’s night again in his personal duel with Messi?

Legendary defender’s performance will determine who progresses

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Much of what is written about tonight’s Carles Puyol-tagged game of the season between Barcelona and AC Milan will be about Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the piece’s true protagonist is Alessandro Nesta.

Yes, the 36-year-old defender who ITV started their first-leg coverage practically mocking, armed with the assumption that old age guaranteed a [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

Liven up your Thursday by taking on the mighty Barcelona

Feeling brave? Excellent, there’s 17/2 to be had on Barca losing...

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Constantly winning silverware can get a bit tiresome after a while it would appear, so Barcelona took a break from that slog earlier this week to pick up some personal honours instead.

Lionel Messi was forced to come up with some fresh material – not easy, believe us – for yet another Ballon d’Or acceptance [...]

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PRE-SEASON REVIEW

The Spoiler’s Summer Awards – Part Two

Aurelio De Laurentiis and Gokhan Inler

The star turn of the summer, joined by his new glamour signing…

There’s adulation for a Serie A club’s president, criticism of Arsenal’s impatient fans and Lyon’s lack of transfer activity in the second part of our pre-season review…

Most Entertaining Off-field Personality – Aurelio De Laurentiis Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov made a late bid [...]

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STAR NAME SACRIFICED

Argentina boss vindicated in decision to drop Carlos Tevez

Albiceleste claim fourth straight win without Tevez in the team

Carlos Tevez at the Copa America

The Spoiler loves a man prepared to take a risk and Argentina coach Sergio Batista did just that on Monday night by ditching the 4-3-3 formation that he had [...]

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No surprises...

The Spoiler Awards – Hero of the Year

Not even in the shortlist…

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What is heroism? The Oxford English dictionary describes it thusly…

1. The qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine: He showed great heroism in battle. 2. Heroic conduct; courageous action: Pat’s returning into the burning building was true heroism.

Now, with The Spoiler’s [...]

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Past times

The Spoiler Awards – Goal of the Season

Maybe…

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We were tempted to leave this one right until the end, but we’re so bloody excited about it we’ve dived straight in.

Before we delve as deeply as we can with our 300ish word allowance, we thought we’d share with you the complex equation we’ve used to get [...]

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Harry Redknapp knows his onions when it comes to spotting talent

Here’s everyone’s favourite likely lad Harry Redknapp giving his opinion on the best player in the world, Lionel Messi:

“He’s a skinny runt who looks nothing like a modern-day footballer really.

“He has funny little legs that move awkwardly when he runs and if he turned up at your club as a 16-year-old, you’d send [...]

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