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All Things Footie | Wednesday, July 11 | Jordan

All Bow to the Real Thing

Forgive the awful title, the sentiment is the important thing. Real Madrid have completed the world record signing of Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for an astonishing �48m. The first thing that I thought was that the money outlayed can surely not justify the potential winnings - Real cannot make �48m from winning the CL and La Liga. Even if it would net them that money they surely wouldn't need to add Zidane, last years team was nearly enough.

Then I realised I was thinking like a businessman, and as football becomes more and more geared towards profit and not trophies we forget what it's really about. The truth is Real have just bought the best player of his generation, a gifted genius who is a joy to watch and (i'd imagine) to play with. The have built a midfield consisting of two of the top 3 players in the world (Di Stefano and Eusebio anyone?) along with a few others who aren't far off. Scary doesn't do it justice.

In more mundane transfer news, Gareth Southgate has moved to Middlesborough to join his old teamate Ugo Ehigou. Villa's keeper David James also looks set to leave the midlands club for West Ham after agreeing a four year deal with the Hammers.

Steven Gerrard is injured (again) and will be out for about six weeks after turning his ankle in training. It looks as though he'll miss the first game of the Champions League, should Liverpool negotiate the qualifying round in August. Sol Campbell of Arsenal is also still injured and likely to miss most of the Gunner's pre-season games.

And finally..... congratulations and a big pat on the back for Goran Ivanisevic I've never seen a man so happy in my life at winning a sporting trophy and it's gone to the most deserving competitior. It's good to see a proper character in the game....

"When my alarm goes at 9:30 it's OK, get up Goran, watch the Teletubbies. You have to watch that programme."

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