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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ross K, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Poisoned Slice

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    The managerial revolving door. I read something about that. Milan giving off the impression that they will keep the faith with Montella. They are not doing too badly this season, although they are already out of title contention. :p
     
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    Yeah I saw that too, you never know though, all these games that go on with saying one thing in public then doing something totally different behind closed doors. Having said that, I think they probably want Conte. Maybe waiting for the season to be over and see how things look then will be the option they take.
     
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    I sure hope the English will be back. As much as I like La Liga too, the days when there 2 or 3 Premier League teams regularly in the CL semifinals were quite stunning. It probably won't happen this season but I am going to be optimistic about the near future. Serie A having another contender besides Juventus would be nice too.
     
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    Wow... Turns out he broke a rib in a car accident. Could be out for two months. :( Speedy recovery Kun.
     
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    Damn! I only just heard that on the radio there. What a shame. Best I can say is I'm glad it wasn't even more serious. When I hear car accident, my mind starts to drift off.
     
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    I agree yeah. The English sides doing well again, PSG and Monaco, Italy having the Milan clubs back in the latter stages. It would be good for the competition.

    I think it's inevitable that the Spanish sides will slip at some point, these things do go in cycles. I think they will be able to bounce back quickly with the appeal and clout that the big clubs have. Bayern are more of a concern though, historically a portion of their stars come from other German clubs. A weaker Bundesliga means they won't have as many players to bring in. There was a time a few years back when Dortmund were losing their best player ever season to Bayern. That stops and things get difficult.
     
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    But will Benfica be great again? the 0-5 against Basel wouldn't register with the child in me that saw Benfica beat Arsenal. :p
     
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    Nice! That long range goal in the Europa League playoffs was even better though.

    Smash the Gunners, guys. ;)
     
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    There's only one Harry Kane.
     
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    Another 4-0. Nice.

    The tough part starts now.
     
  12. Poisoned Slice

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    Indeed. I hope the precious international break doesn't put any players out of contention.

    Hyped for Chelsea and Man City now. Not the best first half ever. Only one real clear chance and Courtois dealt with it. Man City in control of things, 64 possession away against Chelsea is quite a stat. Sterling looking dangerous. No target in the box for Chelsea after Morata was taken off. Going to need to see a spectacular strike.
     
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    The one time I decide to root for you Chelsea and you give me this. :D
     
  14. Feña14

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    I sincerely apologise to you, and everyone who had to witness that :p

    City are by far and away the better team, but it shouldn't of been that horrific.
     
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    What are you talking about man?

    Personally, I'll hardly ever complain about possession football.

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    Kind of a weird start for a few teams. Tottenham won all four away games so far but still haven't won at Wembley in three tries. Chelsea flawless in their three away games (all tricky trips) but dropped points in three out of their four games at Stamford Bridge. City's only dropped points were in a home game. Watford are 5th thanks to collecting 10/12 points away while they only got 2/9 at home.
     
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    That is strange, indeed. Man Utd have have a ridiculously easy schedule, it's hard to imagine it being easier if they hand picked it themselves. So on the one hand you can say they haven't been tested so still have a lot to prove, yet on the other their consistency is something not many teams have achieved to this point.

    Just a shame we have yet another International break. It's so stop start that it's hard to really know what kind of teams we have this year.
     
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    Barcelona-Las Palmas game reportedly postponed. Looks like those protests regarding Catalonia's independence referendum are big. Yikes.

    Edit: Or maybe not. I can see the starting lineups. The club's Facebook page has displayed it like before every match. Same thing on Flashscore, which also says no spectators. What's going on...
     
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    This attendance will be a record low for centuries to come. :D
     
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    I hope the guys will never be forced to play in front of an empty Camp Nou ever again. Visca el Barca i visca Catalunya!
     
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    Yeah, that was bloody weird.

    Ended up watching some Newcastle and Liverpool. Decent match.
     
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    You should have seen Real Sociedad-Real Betis earlier today. La Liga might not have as many big names but it's still entertaining. :) People outside of the country aren't even giving it a fair chance in my opinion.
     
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    4-4 real betis have got off to a good start in their refurbished higher capacity stadium..i suppose they are looking at a top4 finnish but likely v difficult.

    messi now has 11 la liga goals in 7 apps, suarez for comparison has 2 gls in 4 apps. Ronaldo 0 gls in 3 apps (but 4 gls in 2 champ lg matches).
     
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    Yeah, it sounds like a great match. It was strange because I didn't have a clue about the Barcelona match, then I'm flicking through the channel and you're playing in an empty stadium.

    My loyalty is to the premier league :p. Very rare that I will watch other domestic football.
     
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    Premier League won't be mad if you pay attention to some other domestic leagues. :p
     
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    This. :D

    Everything alright back there? I hope you weren't caught in any of the mess yesterday.
     
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    I'm fine, thanks for asking. Didn't go outside at all. I knew the police would do what they did, I knew the majority of Catalunya would vote for independence no matter how big the turnout is and I knew that this referendum wouldn't be the end of our problems. I have to focus on other important things in life so wasting time and risking any injury for one irrelevant vote (sadly it looks like none of them will be relevant) wasn't worth it.
     
  28. TheAssassin

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    Exactly. I need to see Man United play some big teams to have the full picture but I can confidently say they improved a bit since last season a lot of points were dropped against easier teams, especially at home. The only way is up, the question is how big of a jump will they make.

    Luckily we won't be having many of those breaks this season. Should be maximum two remaining: the current one and the one for playoffs between group runner-ups.
     
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    Barcelona heading to the premier league then. lolz

    Played 38, won 37, 1 draw no defeats

    Stoke 2 Barcelona 2

    Bring them in, bring Celtic in as well sure. Yeah, why not?
     
  30. Feña14

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    Sky won't show the games anyway, why would they when there's Huddersfield and Burnley ready made for Sunday at 4pm? :p
     
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    The 352 is going to take down Germany here. Gawa.

    Lolz 1-0 Germany after 2 minutes. Super goal from Rudy. What a hit son, what a hit.

    Make that 2-0. Levels. :p

    Ended 3-1. Hope they all stayed to see the consolation.
     
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  32. TheAssassin

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    Meanwhile Argentina are in trouble. Another draw, no goals at home against Peru. 6th now in South American qualifiers. Luckily for them two of the teams just above them will play each other, so Argentina still only depend on themselves. Come on Argentina wake up, we don't want a Messi-less World Cup.
     
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    It's truly a mystery. With the team and especially the attack Argentina have, they should be sleepwalking to qualifying spots. Something is just not clicking.

    I respect Messi's decision to stick with his home country but part of me really wished he accepted Spain's offer when he was young, only because of him, Spain won the World Cup anyway. In my opinion he is certainly not the one to blame for Argentina not winning a major trophy in recent times.
     
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    Absolutely.

    Messi wouldn't need to move to Spain, Higuain choosing France instead of Argentina would have been better. :D Huge chances in all 3 recent finals wasted. Though I liked his contribution in Madrid and Serie A, the guy can be such a huge bad luck it's hilarious.
     
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    Just switched on the usa usa usa qualifier and realized I missed the anthem. Not sure I will go to heaven now.
     
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    Ignore the last message I got the time wrong
     
  37. Chicharito

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    International football can be boring at times.

    But the next few days are going to be incredible. Qualifying for a world cup is realy one of the pinnacles of the game. So many storylines.

    South America is nuts, can Peru do it?? Iceland might just become the smallest ever country to qualify. Ireland v Wales in Cardiff!
     
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    Getting ready for Scotland to somehow gallantly fail tomorrow, I suppose it beats the pain of losing in a play off.
     
  39. Poisoned Slice

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    I saw my mate last night. I just knew he would tell me that he left the stadium before Northern Ireland scored.
     
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    Meanwhile I just came back home after attending my first ever football match. :)

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    And what a goalfest it was, full of turnarounds. Bosnia-Belgium 3-4

    I obviously wanted the hosts to win and keep their hope for the World Cup alive but it just wasn't good enough. Allowed some really cheap goals and in the bad moments as well. Dzeko and Begovic had a bad game for their standards.

    Still, it was great to truly feel the atmosphere (especially since southern Europeans are quite loud and passionate) and witness some of the worldwide known players: Dzeko, Kolasinac, Lulic, Begic, Hazard, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Carrasco, Courtois, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and of course our Lord Fellaini. :D Hopefully the injury that forced him to leave in the 1st half is nothing serious.

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    No incidents. The fanatic group lighted up a torch after the first goal but it was quickly extinguished. Two massive firecrackers or whatever those were were thrown by one of the guys close to me, one of them right after Bosnia equalized for 3-3. Still, can't complain. It was great to truly feel the atmosphere (especially since southern Europeans are quite loud and passionate) and witness some of the worldwide known players: Dzeko, Kolasinac, Lulic, Begovic, Hazard, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Carrasco, Courtois, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and of course our Lord Fellaini. :D Hopefully the injury that forced him to leave in the 1st half is nothing serious.

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    Here is hoping Serbia get the job done against Georgia at home. Wales and Ireland can kill each other in Cardiff for the playoff spot. Come on Eagles, don't screw it up! :mad:
     
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    Stunning cap you got there Doc. :cool::D

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Just don't get your hopes up about your next games having so many goals.
     
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    Popped your cheery. Yay. Great that you got so many goals.
     
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    Nice one doc.

    On the topic, what was everyone else's first game???

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/irish/3493557.stm

    Mine was Feb 2004 (The world was very different back then, Aaron Hughes was playing, we had an idiot in the White House, Roger Federer was the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, NI couldn't produce a govt, While Tom Brady was Super Bowl MVP) Northern Ireland 1 Norway 4. The night we ended our infamous 1298 minute goal drought. Mad to think how far we have come since, there has been some lows along the way, but next month we play off for the world cup. Crazy!
     
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    Been to quite a few Glens and Blues games when I was a kid. No idea about the dates.

    In terms of real football :p Manchester United 3 vs 0 Sheffield Wednesday. April 1999 treble season.

    Had a look over the starting teams again. No Schmeichel, Yorke, Cole, Giggs or Beckham. Pretty sure this was the weekend after the Arsenal game so probably resting some of them.
     
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    My first game was back in autumn 1995. I was in city called Stavanger at the time where me, my sister and my parents visited some of their coworkers, ended up attending the Tippeligaen (Norwegian league) match between Viking FK from Stavanger and Molde FK from Molde. It was a 2-2 draw, all goals scored in the 1st half.

    One of the scorers for Molde would later go on to score many goals in the Premier League, preferably after coming off the bench, and leave a huge mark in a certain Champions League final. No prize for guessing who that was. :p
     
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    You are my Solksjaer scored that day as well. Can't exactly say I remember it or anything, not yesterday. I forgot that Des Walker was still going at this time. That is actually a good memory to have. You'll never beat Des Walker. Only thing that really is in my memory is the one minute silence before the game. Sheringham and Scholes scored the other goals. Ole and Teddy both starting. Yep, that famous fab 4 up front. Then they did it again in the most important fixture shortly afterwards. From the bench this time. Scenes.
     
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    International football is boring, full stop imo. It used to be good, before the rise of the big leagues and the Champions League. 30 years ago the World Cup was when you’d see all the players you’d heard of but never seen, the quality was high etc.. now it’s just a collection of players from the same country playing an inferior version of the game, unfortunately.

    My first game was in 1993, Wolves v Port Vale. I don’t remember much of it, I was 3 or 4 at the time but there are some photos knocking about (Dad and Grandad were both rocking epic ‘tache’s to go with the gaudy 90’s gear, I do recall!). First game I remember was the year after, Wolves 4-3 Barnsley in an Easter classic. First Chelsea game was at the old Baseball Ground against Derby County around 96.
     
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    1976-77 season, El Clasico at home. 3-1 win, legendary Cruyff scoring one of the goals. Missed out on La Liga, Atletico Madrid won it that season with a one point lead over Barcelona. Real Madrid finished mid-table. Good times. :p
     
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    I have to admit I would find it hilarious if Argentina fail to qualify for the World Cup. Any team that fails to beat Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru at home doesn't deserve to qualify anyway.

    Their final game is away to Ecuador. As Ecuador have already been eliminated technically they have nothing to play for, but it's still tough for visiting teams to win in the altitude of Quito. Plus Ecuador like every one else in South America hates Argentina and would take great pleasure in ruining their World Cup qualification hopes.

    I hope Peru qualify for the first time since 1982. They have arguably been the biggest underachievers in South American football history, with so few World Cup appearances in their history. Colombia have also been huge underachievers in South America with just 1 Copa America title in their history (on home soil in 2001 when Argentina withdrew due to security issues) and only 5 appearances at the World Cup (3 fewer than Paraguay).

    I love the 'everyone plays everyone home and away' South American qualification format. It is just perfect and ensures that all of the regional rivalries develop and are satisfied nicely. And it ensures that every CONMEBOL team gets a sufficient number of competitive games in a 4 year cycle (as of course there is no Copa America qualification). I have never had any sympathy for European club managers have moaned about it. On average South American teams play no more (and probably less) competitive games in every 4 year cycle than European teams.
     
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