Seeking refuge | Mourinho finds trouble in land of ‘Apache’

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Jose MourinhoSão Paulo | Life for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been anything but halcyon since the Blues clinched their second straight Premiership title. Mourinho traveled last week to see Chelsea transfer target Carlos Tevez, who plays for Corinthians of Brazil, face River Plate in the Copa Libertadores round of 16. The match was halted early, however, as Corinthians supporters, enraged by Chelsea’s designs on their Argentinean star, assaulted the team’s VIP box and kept the Chelsea manager and Corinthians directors barricaded in a dressing room for two hours. “I don’t know what Jose Mourinho can be thinking right now,” said River Plate president Jose Maria Aguilar. “The guy had to run away before the end of the match, with his life in danger.”

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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