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Ross K 08-10-2008 12:58 PM

The TT Football Club
The Talk Tennis Football Club

Calling all football lovers!...

Okay. I know we are tennis fanatics one and all, but having sometimes contributed to posts in the past on football related threads, I thought it might be good to have an actual members club where we could discuss our teams, countries, particular leagues and divisions, Champions League, EUFA cup, fave players (past and present); basically, anything on football (or 'soccer' as it's known to you Americans and Australians) and your team... your hopes, thoughts, frustrations, triumphs, etc, etc.

Anyway, if you want to talk football and join up, just tell me your name and your team/league, and you're in... like so:

1. Ross K... Tottenham Hotspur (English Premier League)...

Right... as a topic to kick us off, how about your thoughts on how your team is shaping up for the new season (especially as regards new signings and other developments.)

For myself, as a Spurs supporter, not for the 1st time in my life, I'm a little mystified and puzzled by our behaviour :):-? . Primarily I'm talking about letting Robbie Keane go and not replacing him with a forward of comparable renown... Okay, I'm very happy with the acquisition of Luca Modric... Giovani Dos Santos sounds promising.... David Bentley also undoubtedly has quality. But when you're allowing the likes of Robbie Keane to be sold to Liverpool, not to mention the always impressive Steed Malbranque being ditched after 1 season (why??!!)... replacing Paul Robinson with the Bruce Grobbelar-esque Gomez... and are still so obviously depleted not only up front (specially if Berbatov also goes), but also in terms of a more defensive central midfielder and definitely in central defence, well, it's a bit hard to comprehend. Also, Tottenham seems to have a black hole whereby we buy all these players who are swallowed up into the reserves or are quickly injured for vast lengthy periods (Kevin Prince-Boeteng? Ricardo Rocha? Gareth Bale? Abel Tarrabat 'the new Zidane', we were told?) On the other hand, last season I was very impressed with our Spanish coach Juande Ramos, who certainly gives the impression of inspirational, innovative and strong-minded leadership, so I suppose you have to have a bit of faith in what's going on (although I think my 'faith' might be strengthened with the signings of Arshavin, David Villa and a handful of Spanish internationals, Samuel Et'to, at least 2 worldclass central defenders to cover for King and Woodgate when they get horrendously injured which will doubtless be in about week 2 of the new season! :roll::smile: )

Annnnyway... how have other people's teams been shaping up pre-season?... are you feeling confident?


malakas 08-10-2008 01:04 PM

you call yourself a football fanatic and call uefa EUFA???:p hehe :mrgreen:

Malakas-Panathinaikos (Greek League)

but though I follow CL and UEFA,I have given up watching the regional championship because I am sick and tired of the hooligans,the bad quality and the teams winning championships in courts!I barely watch anymore the team transfers etc,and only watch the big derbies.So,sorry but can't contribute any more.

Oh btw,I also support Barca,and Juventus.:)

Jonnyf 08-10-2008 01:12 PM

Big Jock Knew!- Rangers- Scottish Premier League

How's the team shaping up? Dismally. Enough said.

Ross K 08-10-2008 01:28 PM



btw, I also support Barca,and Juventus.
I love that!



How's the team shaping up? Dismally. Enough said.
Short and to the point... like it!... BTW, Do you want to join up Jonny?

Breaker 08-10-2008 02:04 PM

Breaker - Manchester City (English Premier League)

We didn't get Ronaldinho, his loss.

Our mission: kill Man U - more to come when I have more time :)

Jonnyf 08-10-2008 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by Ross K (Post 2600720)

I love that!


Short and to the point... like it!... BTW, Do you want to join up Jonny?

Ofcourse! I'll post more thoughts later, once the pain of europe has subsided!

Feņa14 08-10-2008 02:40 PM

Feņa14 .... Chelsea (Premier League)

I'm very happy! We've not had a settled right back for years but Bosingwa has every chance. Deco is just what we need to add a bit of finesse, we've still got the power, pace and efficiency that makes us brilliant.. but now we have a bit of flair to break teams down too.

Anelka is also on fire, scoring 4 in a 5-0 win against Milan says alot. Di Santo also looks like he can be a world class striker in the next few years, the midfield is the strongest anywhere in Europe (I think even Man Utd fans have to admit to that) and we still have a fantastic defence with Ivanovic (the new Vidic apparently) able to play anywhere so i'm happy.

As for your Tottenham, I know what you mean. You seem to be after the same kind of players! Modric, Dos Santos, Arshavin etc.. They're all attacking midfielders/second strikers. I also don't think you've solved the problems you had with the defence, last year you had no problem scoring goals.. but you kept letting them in! Losing Keane (and possibly Berbatov) will drastically reduce the goals and the defence is still very weak when King isn't there (which is pretty much all the time these days)

Who are people backing to get the 5th spot/possibly break into the top 4?

I'm thinking Aston Villa.. they've really sured up the defence and with Agbonlahor, Young, Carew etc.. grabbing the goals, Reo-Coker and Sidwell in midfield.. they probably have the best first XI of the rest but i'm still not confident they have a deep enough squad to cope for a whole season.

jmverdugo 08-10-2008 07:16 PM

First i would like to propose not to use the word soccer in this thread, i do not why but find it very annoying.

1- Liga Venezolana de Futbol: Mineros de Guayana Futbol Club (Local Team!)
2- Spanish: Valencia
3- Premier League: Manchester United

tbini87 08-10-2008 07:51 PM

oh... you mean futbol... i thought you meant FOOTBALL! go chargers...

Ross K 08-10-2008 11:11 PM

The Talk Tennis Football Club

Our squad so far:

1. Ross K... Tottenham... (Eng. Prem. lge)
2. malakas... Panathanaikos (+ Barca & Juve!)... (Greek lge)
3. jonnyf... Rangera... (Scot. Prem. lge)
4. Breaker... Manchester City... (Eng. Prem. lge)
5. Fena14... Chelsea... (Eng. Prem. lge)
6. jmverdugo... Mineros de Guayana (Valencia y Man U!)... (Lga Venezolana)

Okay. The squad is now starting to build!...

Ross K 08-10-2008 11:20 PM

And here's a word from top FIFA supremo Septic Bladder:

"Come on then!... Calling all you AC and Inter fans!... Barca and Real supporters!... Bayern supporters!... Ajax fans!... Marseilles lovers!... Wherever you are in the world... whoever you are... THE TALK TENNIS FOOTBALL CLUB NEEDS YOU!!!... come and join!"

rommil 08-10-2008 11:29 PM

I like Chelsea and Bolton.....and I dislike C. Ronaldo with a passion(not saying he's a bad player). Seeing him on tv is like watching Roddick volley.

SempreSami 08-11-2008 11:16 AM

SempreSami - United

Not fussed with the lack of signings, although an out and out striker like Huntelaar. Other then that, the squad is fine although I'd rather have someone who pwns like Hamit Altintop than Fletcher or O'Shea as a midfield option.

Ross K 08-11-2008 12:36 PM

The Talk Tennis Football Club

Our squad so far:

1. Ross K... Tottenham... (Eng. Prem. lge)
2. malakas... Panathanaikos (+ Barca & Juve!)... (Greek lge)
3. jonnyf... Rangera... (Scot. Prem. lge)
4. Breaker... Manchester City... (Eng. Prem. lge)
5. Fena14... Chelsea... (Eng. Prem. lge)
6. jmverdugo... Mineros de Guayana (Valencia y Man U!)... (Lga Venezolana)
7. rommil... Cheleas & Bolton... (Eng. Prem. lge)
8. SempreSami... Manchester Utd... (Eng. Prem lge)

Evening chaps (and this one might appeal to Fena and rommil),

Funniest football related moment of the day for me was hearing ex-Chelsea and new Inter manager Jose Mourinho, confidently expounding on how he fully expected Liverpool to win the Premier League title this season! (BTW, Fo those not in the know, Mourinho loathes and detests Liverpool, and made this statement because he is aware of the pressure and burdeon of expectation that Liverpool/Benitez are under this year to win the league and just wanted to add to it!)

"Wherever you are in the world... whoever you are... THE TALK TENNIS FOOTBALL CLUB NEEDS YOU!!!... come and join!"

Lionheart 08-11-2008 01:25 PM

Lionheart... SL Benfica (Portuguese Superliga)

Feņa14 08-11-2008 01:50 PM

Those comments from Mourinho were pretty funny yeah. Liverpool have a great team, there's no doubt about that. Not as good as Chelsea and Man Utd but they are catching up. The thing that is stopping them though is the manager, he doesn't have what it takes to be Champions of England, stick him in Europe and he's magnificent but not for the league. Also the players don't know what it takes to be Champions, when they are up for it they are brilliant but they have, and still have, the tendency to lose the games that you need to win to be Champions.

Can you imagine them up against a team with 11 players behind the ball like Man Utd and Chelsea have to break down every week? They couldn't do it, especially towards the sharp end of the season if they are still there or there abouts.

Ross K 08-12-2008 11:10 AM

Any Italian or Spanish fans out there? Would love to hear how your teams are looking right now before the season starts... Barca... Real... Inter AC... Juve... etc... Plus anyone really... Dutch, German, French, American - which reminds me...

I see Ruud Gullit has resigned having been coaching an LA Galaxy side that hasn't won a game in 2 months. WTF is going on out there with all that money spent/blown on Beckham?... I thought the Galaxy were meant to be like the iconic, pin-up American team?... what a mess!

Finally, I have to say exactly the same thing re Manchester City and the increasingly dire looking situation with their owner, Taksin Sinawatra (Sorry if I've spelt that wrong.) And reports here are making out Mark Hughes has threatened to quit if players don't stop being offered/sold behind his back. It really brings home all the concerns re the unregulated procedures that permit such figures to own and run football clubs.

diegaa 08-13-2008 04:43 AM

diegaa. River Plate (arg).
i like Atletico de Madrid in La Liga.

PimpMyGame 08-13-2008 04:46 AM

PMG - (the mighty) Norwich City. lol.

Out of the Carling Cup to MK Dons, lost our first league match too. I can see it's going to be a long season!

Motherwasp 08-13-2008 05:08 AM

Motherwasp - Man Utd (Berbatov on the way???) :-o

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