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A Middling Soccer Brawl

The lowlights from Inter Milan-Valencia.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  March 7, 2007; 3:48 PM ET
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Hey! Who dat!? You think you can just waltz in here and post in Goff's blog unannounced? While you're here, Goff needs more inches on the print side, dude.

You related to Luciano Emilio?

Posted by: Arrrlington | March 7, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

No Where to Run, No where to Hide. Not even in the locker room. Dude from Valencia who did the punch and run must have thought he was safe in the locker room....until Inter's goalkeeper came through the door. Off the hook. Everyone gets a red card: players, coaches, ushers, police, UEFA officials, parking attendants, rats in the stadium tunnels. Everyone.

Posted by: No Where to Run, No where to Hide | March 7, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Señor Garcia-Ruiz,

Please send Steve and one more reporter to China for the Women's World Cup. You did a terrific job in Germany and we who subscribe to the dead tree version would like to see more of the same reporting and blogging on soccer and it's environment.

Posted by: I-270 Exit 1 | March 7, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

maybe its goffs new nom de plume? hoi hoi

Posted by: losc lille metrople | March 7, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, Steve's weak coverage of Sabadell's dramatic rise through the Spanish third division could pretty much force us to make big changes in Soccer Insider in the near future.

Posted by: Emilio Garcia-Ruiz | March 7, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Can you explain to us why you kiss your ring after every goal you score? I mean, we love it, but I'd just like to know why.

Posted by: Arrrlington | March 7, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Send the same set of reporters to the Women's World Cup reporters. Tell them that the Chinese make better sausages than the Germans.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 7, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Argentineans prove they are the worst losers...

Posted by: Nick | March 7, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Argentineans prove they are the worst losers...
Posted by: Nick | March 7, 2007 06:45 PM

Hah! You saw the Mexican national team a few weeks ago refuse to shake hands with the US after a friendly? You saw Marquez take out Cobi at the World Cup in Korea/Japan? Wait until you see what Chivas do when DCU knock them out of the CCC.

Posted by: Argie Bargie | March 7, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Marquez trying to kill Cobi was a highlight of the Cup.

Posted by: Goose | March 8, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

For those of us who didn't see the Inter-Valencia game, can someone explain what sparked the melee, who was directly invovled, etc? Until I know more, all I'll say is that I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to see that such an egregious case of poor sportsmanship involved an Italian team.

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 8, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

It might have been Inter, an Italian team, involved in the brawl, but whomever watches Italian football knows that the last thing Inter has on their squad are Italian players.

Valencia and Inter had the exact number of Italian players on the pitch during their game on Tuesday: 1 each.

Posted by: Vic | March 8, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Btw, there was some bad blood between Inter and Valencia from their recent matchups in the UEFA and Champions Cup, Inter always having had the upper hand. So it was kinda normal that the bad blood would boil over eventually.

Posted by: Vic | March 8, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

You know why the Inter players were so angry.

The long-standing unspoken agreement among European footballers that, when pushing and shoving and insulting each's others heritage, don't touch the hair and definitely not the face (Zizou excluded, of course).

I'm not sure what our young friend from Valencia should be most embarrassed about: that he, a friggin unused sub, sucker punched a guy and broke his nose; or that he was caught on tape running away so fast and hiding like a complete sally.

Posted by: ABitOffsides | March 8, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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