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Frank Rijkaard was unable to take his last pre-match press conference as Barca manager as he was overcome with emotion. He left the newsroom after being presented with the above t-shirt.

It reads 'never smoke alone', in reference to this banner, often seen at the Camp Nou this season, including at the Mallorca game:

(Sometimes, our home fans don't suck so hard.)

In other news of sadness, it is all but confirmed that Deco and Samuel Eto'o will both be leaving the club. I'm personally opposed to both of them leaving, but Deco's departure in particular looks set in stone.

El Mundo Deportivo carries an open letter from Deco to the fans regarding his decision.


May. 17th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
My favourite recent instance of press applause was Lilian Thuram at the World Cup after his brilliant rebuke of that racist idiot Le Pen. I just went and read the wiki page for Archibald Cox, and wow, that would have been amazing. Men and women like him give me hope for my future profession.

Deco's not that old, though. I think he's got at least 3 good seasons left in him - but only if he cleans up his act. Which might just happen if Mourinho gets the job.
May. 17th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
I think Cox and Thuram probably have a lot in common, at their cores -- very moral people who unhesitatingly do (or, in the case of Cox, did) what's right, no matter how difficult it is. [When the questions ended @ Cox's last press conference, a journalist actually stood up and said "You, sir, are a great American." Can you imagine? He was one of the first of the big Watergate players to die which is a pity -- he was a very modest man who didn't give interviews much, so there's almost no archival footage of him talking about his role, and his choices.)

You're right, if Mourinho ends up @ Inter, Deco would be a good thing -- it'd be great to have a driver in the midfield who knows how The Special One wants to play already. Anyone else, though, I dunno. (For the record, I'm praying for Mourinho. PRAYING. No matter the results, the drama will be spectacular.)
May. 18th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
[That is a tremendous pity - I would have loved to hear him talk about how he made his choices.]

Well, it looks like The Special One will end up in Italy - we'll just have to hope it's Inter.

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