Also in this issue p22-23 Northern Ireland produced a shock 3-2 victory over Spain in Belfast, after which Sid Lowe told how Spanish daily AS ran a front page that stated: “The red shirt shames us.” Lowe said that Spain “were simply awful, their defendin
p6 John Holmesdale reported on how West Ham United signed Argentinian World Cup stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from a Brazilian club side on transfer deadline day, but explained: “West Ham stumped up around £2million, most of it agents’ fees, to sign the players, with no money going to Corinthians.”
p88-89 Relegated to Serie B, Juventus began life in the Italian second tier with a 1-1 draw away to Rimini. As Keir Radnedge pointed out, Juve “are now under no illusions – it took just 90 minutes to shatter the dream of quickly wiping out their 17-point penalty, the lesser part of their punishment for match fixing, and cruising back to Serie A”.
p94 Finland ended coach Roy Hodgson’s seven-game winless run with a shock 3-1 victory in Poland that had the Englishman claiming: “Our tactics worked perfectly. We did not hoist aimless long balls, but based our game on neat passing.”