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Not the Stats: Unlikely hobby of The Week.

Byline: BY ANDREW McINNES

LIVERPOOL midfielder Xabi Alonso loves Gaelic football. The Spaniard visited the Irish town of Kells as a 15-year-old where he was exposed to the game.

He said: 'I played Gaelic football with some local boys. It was very different, very physical. The players should wear crash helmets." Staying with Liverpool, coach Rafael Benitez has revealed that he received a congratulations message from his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson after winning the UEFA Champions League last month. Or at least he thinks he did. Rafa said: 'Ferguson sent me a very strange [message] with a tactical evaluation - on personalised paper.

'He discussed our performance in the whole competition, particularly the final
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 22, 2005
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