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Editorial Thecreditcrunchbites News watch Sheffield Utdtoget £30mfromWest Ham?; England’swininCroatiastuns the press Shot! TheFACupfirst qualifying roundobserved Sidelines MayheminMacedoniaforScotland fans; Blackburnattempt to recruitsupportfrom the town’slocal Asiancommunity Billionaire owners Adisillusioned ManchesterCityfanon whatdrivesclubtakeovers; Evertonhope forarichinvestor; moneybagsQPRwant spectators topaymore;whyfans todaycan’t even dreamof running their club Match of the month West Hamwelcomeanew manager; Newcastle wouldloveto haveone Shot archive Bigchanges in the early1990s Ownership T.T , , . dreamspl8 Worldview — Uproaroveran abandonedmatch inUruguay;the bigspenders ofUzbekistan;

DavidBeckhamupagainst the MLS’s impoverished players 30 Clubmanagement

HowSpursmanagershavelost power; clubhierarchiesarechanging inGermany 32 6.06

MarkingDannyBaker’swelcomereturn 34 Euro view

Luxembourgcelebrateashock win; the Lyon-Marseillepresidential rivalry 36 Asgood as it got

AmericadeCaliwin Colombiantitles, butkeeplosing the final they dreamabout 38 Youth football

WhyMillwallhaveclosedtheir oncehighly successful academy;WalesUnder-21sshow the senior sidehowtowinmatches 40 Jimmy Sirrel

Atributetothe Notts Countylegend 42 Reviews

MickeyThomasintrouble;life inthe lower divisions; forthright FrankMcGarvey; watching matchesintheMiddleEast 44 Letters

DearWSC, Callyourselveshalf-decent? 46 Season in brief

In1995,foreignsignings makeabig impact inthe new Japaneseleague

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