Oh hai! It’s time for another liveblog, this time from Group C’s mouth-watering clash between the swarthy Italians and the plucky Croatians. I could be more imaginative and/or derogatory and call them the corrupt Italians and the impoverished Croatians, but I’m not going to.
Italy gave a reasonable account of themselves against reigning European and World champions Spain in their opening fixture, while Croatia demolished the Republic of Ireland in theirs. This could be a feisty affair, and no mistake!
Another match? You mean I can't just go to Cleveland for a few days? (credit: Agence France Presse, via the Telegraph)
Today’s action in the UEFA Champions League should be interesting, with likely La Liga Champions Real Madrid travelling to Russia to play CSKA Moscow on their plastic pitch, and Andre Villas-Boas hoping his side can recover from their home draw to Birmingham City by traveling to visit Napoli. The hosts will be without gaffer Walter Mazzarri, who is serving a ban in both legs for his unsporting conduct in the earlier rounds against Villareal.
Ooops. Somone’s golden cash cow seems to be hitting a dry spell.
News emerged today that UEFA’s top clubs accounted for losses of over 1.6 billion in Fiscal 2010; as the report in today’s Washington Post further asserts, accounts for 650 European Clubs revealed losses nearing 56 percent of revenue. Coincidentally, this was the last year before UEFA began monitoring via the Financial Fair Play regulations, so it’s also entirely possible that clubs were getting in one last year of spending to maybe make a run at the Chaaaaaampions League and increase their potential turnover.
"Please don't take my cash cow away!" (credit: The Guardian)