Sunday, May 29, 2011

Republic of Silva

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Only one of the Brazilian brothers will start at Wembley but both believe Manchester United can hurt Barcelona

Luiz Henrique da Silva giggles at the question: how do you spot the difference between Rafael and Fábio? The big brother, who came to England to look after the Brazilian twins, seems genuinely puzzled by how, as in the lyrics of the chant that echoes around Old Trafford, when the boys run down the pitch, one can't say which is which. "When they were babies it was hard, and my mom managed to feed Rafa or Fábio a bottle twice," Luiz Henrique says. "But now they are totally different in the way they look and behave."

He observes how Fábio moves his arm oddly when he runs and the chickenpox spots and scars on Rafael's face. But uncertainty remains in the Manchester United dressing room, with even Sir Alex Ferguson confusing the duo. Fábio says: "There was a match where he came to me in the dressing room and started to tell me off, but calling me Rafael. He still gets us confused, but it doesn't matter. Sir Alex knows everything about football and he loves the Brazilian style. He is crazy about Cafu, our idol."

Red Nev

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By Steve Anglesey

Everyone involved in football has a favourite Gary Neville moment, a player who polarised opinion like no other in the game over the past two decades.

For Manchester United fans there are too many to choose from, although his provocative badge-kissing in front of Liverpool fans after a last-gasp winner at Old Trafford five years ago must be near the top.

For Liverpool fans, their favourite moment was always the chance to relentlessly goad Neville, a self-confessed Scouse-hater, whenever he set foot on enemy territory at Anfield.

For Manchester City fans, the sight of Neville being robbed of the ball in humiliating fashion by Shaun Goater, who then scored in a 3-1 win at Maine Road in November 2002, is one they will cherish.

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