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Plenty of comment scrawlers ask what the Spoiler team get up to when not sporadically showcasing a questionable outlook on the occasionally beautiful game on these pages. Well now there’s a chance to see for yourselves.

The Spoiler’s publishers also produce Close Up magazine, a sports quarterly which is distributed to Ladbrokes’ top 20,000 customers, [...]

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ANTICIPATION BUILDS

The return of the Champions League is less than a week away!

Forget the flowers, spend February 14 with Graeme Souness and co

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February 14. An expensive seat at a posh venue, painstakingly but thoughtfully prepared montages and a bit of spine-chilling orchestra music to accompany the dulcet tweet of Howard Webb’s whistle. It can only mean one thing: the return of the Champions League.

That’s right, the scrap for that cup with the Gary Lineker-esque ears resumes [...]

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BACK IN BUSINESS

Fresh from ruining Italy, Berlusconi is ready to derail AC Milan

Massimiliano Allegri can look forward to plenty of tactical insights

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Italian football club presidents are notorious for being as hard to please as mother-in-laws, Daily Mail readers and Aston Villa fans (hey, we can’t pick on Liverpool all the time you know!) combined.

Nine coaches have been sacked already in 2011-12 – two before the season even started – and the most reactionary president of [...]

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WELCOME TO MILAN?

Carlos Tevez welcomed warmly by possible AC Milan team-mate

Reverse psychology, or a healthy dose of undistilled animosity?

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The AC Milan cocktail in which you take one Zlatan Ibrahimovic, add a little Robinho, a pinch of Alexandre Pato and a dash of Antonio Cassano somehow isn’t a recipe for disaster.

Hurling a shot of Carlos Tevez into the already high-volume mix could prove deadly though, yet blinded by big-name lust, nobody at Milanello [...]

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HAIRCUT NEWS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Samurai look enjoys winning debut

What new season? Here’s what caught our eye this weekend…

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Of the many matches that The Spoiler watched this weekend, the most enjoyable was the Supercoppa Italia clash between Milan and Inter, which was won 2-1 by the champions.

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MONEY WELL SPENT

The Spoiler Awards – Signing of the Season

Hernandez was heartbroken by our harsh decision to snub him

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Some pundits will tell you that Javier Hernandez is not only the signing of the season but of the entire century, however we’re going to try to make a case for somebody else, more so to avoid [...]

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