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Lost the daily habit of checking the schedules and scores. :confused: Hope this won't continue beyond the whole summer too...
I really don't know what they're going to do. They seem determined to finish this season, but i'm not sure how they can without it having a debilitating effect on next season. Then immediately after that ends you've got the Euro's (which should be cancelled full stop imo), followed by another season straight on the back of that.. with a winter World Cup in the middle of the season! It would be madness.

I think this season needs to be written off, or else it's going to be effecting the game negatively for years to come. Not sure if that means we move forward with the positions we have now (Liverpool being Champions, top 4 as it stands get CL, bottom 3 relegated etc..), or the season is void and nobody wins the title, last years top 4 go to the Champions League and the bottom 3 get lucky and have another year in the Premier League.
 

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Class move by Bundesliga’s Champions League squads to collectively pledge €20MM to help support other struggling franchises in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in an effort to keep the league’s afloat after the crisis.

Have or will the other leagues follow suit???
 

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Class move by Bundesliga’s Champions League squads to collectively pledge €20MM to help support other struggling franchises in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in an effort to keep the league’s afloat after the crisis.

Have or will the other leagues follow suit???
I wasn't aware they were giving up wages to help other clubs? I thought the players were accepting lower wages (20%) so the money could be used to help employees at their respective clubs. The cleaners, the chefs, hospitality workers, match day stewards etc.. The people on "normal" salaries who need it more than the multi millionaire players do, essentially.

But yes, it sounds like English football will be doing the same. Some clubs have already done it and it looks like they all will on April 3rd when the meeting to thrash it out is taking place.

Not sure about the other leagues around Europe, I've heard Barcelona players aren't happy, but they were asked to accept a 70% wage cut, which is obviously a lot more than the 20% in Germany. I'm guessing Barcelona will come on board, but at a figure closer to the German one.

 

stringertom

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I wasn't aware they were giving up wages to help other clubs? I thought the players were accepting lower wages (20%) so the money could be used to help employees at their respective clubs. The cleaners, the chefs, hospitality workers, match day stewards etc.. The people on "normal" salaries who need it more than the multi millionaire players do, essentially.

But yes, it sounds like English football will be doing the same. Some clubs have already done it and it looks like they all will on April 3rd when the meeting to thrash it out is taking place.

Not sure about the other leagues around Europe, I've heard Barcelona players aren't happy, but they were asked to accept a 70% wage cut, which is obviously a lot more than the 20% in Germany. I'm guessing Barcelona will come on board, but at a figure closer to the German one.

The franchises themselves are directing their share of national broadcast revenues and kick in more of their own money to reach that €20MM pledge. Read it on the Beeb Sports website.

The report also states Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and his wife have pledged €1MM, two teammates of his have added another €1MM together and Man City’s winger Sane (a German) is a big donor. All these pledges are to fight the virus’ general impact, unlike the franchises’ pledges that will go to other clubs to help keep them afloat.

The individual footballers and directors at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are accepting pay cuts to address shortfalls in staff funding. No word about the other two franchises RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen
 

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I was always wondering about the world cup in 2022 and the adjustments for that. Time of the year it gets played at etc, being played during the season. Of course, I would have never thought I'd be queuing up outside to get a packet of ham and some oranges before that.

I know it will seem so harsh to Liverpool, they are the top example since premier league is my league, but I could not award them the season with the amount of games we have remaining. Then when you think about the other clubs, Villa have played game less than teams above them. A win in that game takes them out of the relegation zone. So, do you make it one rule for one team and another for another? I don't see how it could work.
 

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I was always wondering about the world cup in 2022 and the adjustments for that. Time of the year it gets played at etc, being played during the season. Of course, I would have never thought I'd be queuing up outside to get a packet of ham and some oranges before that.

I know it will seem so harsh to Liverpool, they are the top example since premier league is my league, but I could not award them the season with the amount of games we have remaining. Then when you think about the other clubs, Villa have played game less than teams above them. A win in that game takes them out of the relegation zone. So, do you make it one rule for one team and another for another? I don't see how it could work.
All good points, I’m guessing teams would take it to the courts if the season were to be voided, which would be a mess. Then again, if they complete the season you’ll have players playing out of contract, shirt sponsorships changing whilst the season is still going on, same for shirt manufacturers, would probably mean the cup competitions would be cancelled next season (to make up for no off/pre season). That’s how a lot of smaller sides make their money, glamorous FA Cup ties. Not to mention the knock on effect it will have for years to come.

I’m glad I’m not making the decision! It’s an impossible situation.
 

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Paul Gascoigne's tears back in 1990 made him a hero to the English. This is one of my earliest football memories. Not sure about the photograph used on the countdown. :unsure: One of those great talents in life that had his demons that put him on front and back pages.
89. Paul ''Gazza'' Gascoigne.
 
Paul Gascoigne's tears back in 1990 made him a hero to the English. This is one of my earliest football memories. Not sure about the photograph used on the countdown. :unsure: One of those great talents in life that had his demons that put him on front and back pages.
89. Paul ''Gazza'' Gascoigne.
Keep it coming.

My experiences are different from yours, but I'm subscribed to the blog. (y)
 

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87, Rui Costa (aka The maestro.)
Having Rui Costa as the attacking playmaker playing behind Batistuta. Sounds pretty mouth-watering to me. I didn't follow Serie A as much but I can remember them together.
 

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85. Ruud Gullit
The hair, the tache and some of that famous Dutch arrogance. A ballon d'or winner in 1987. Was before and during my time. Part of the dominate Milan team of the late 80s into the 90s. Earliest memory of Gullit was before I seen him. Think back to when you were a kid. Did you imagine yourself as a footballer scoring an important goal or saving a penalty?etc. I can remember in the school playground , I can't remember the exact details. 80s yo. But I can remember somebody scoring and then referring to themselves as Gullit. I did see for myself soon afterwards because I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
 

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Taffarel would be the first name on this countdown to make me think, is he really top 100? I wouldn't have thought so. Yeah yeah, not my list.

90. Luigi Riva
Before my time.
Taffarel ahead of Batistuta does seem a bit weird.

I did like the short sleeve's he wore though (like Barthez). Growing up watching English football in the 90's, keepers wore jogging bottoms in the winter :p
 

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Can't believe who we come to next. Not because he is there but because of his relationship with Gullit. ''I just knew from our first meeting that we weren't going to get along.'' This quote is from Alan Shearer talking about Ruud Gullit becoming his manager at Newcastle. And what about Shearer? He is the top scorer in the history of the premier league. Yes, that damn good. He's been talked about as another one that got away from United but he seems at ease with it and I can believe that. He says Alex Ferguson didn't call him back anyway. lol

Playing for his boyhood club, no doubt he had some of those dreams I talked about in the playground, dreams of scoring for your team. And he did get his hands on a premier league medal for Blackburn before he joined Newcastle. But, please don't take my Solskjaer away. :p

84. Alan Shearer
 

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If someone had said to us this time last year that all sport would be cancelled, everyone was under house arrest (apart from a government mandated jog around the block, Soviet style), people were being arrested for having a BBQ and Boris Johnson was in intensive care after shaking someones hand.. all because a Chinese fella ate a bat? You'd think they'd lost the plot. On that theme..

Remembering England’s 2022 World Cup victory

The year is 2022. England, captained by Phil Foden, have just won the World Cup, ending 56 years of hurt


You wake up on 19 December 2022 with a thumping headache, surrounded by discarded pots of vindaloo.
It’s snowing outside. In fact it hasn’t stopped snowing since Donald Trump ordered two billion tonnes of fake snow to be dropped from space.
Then it hits you. You wonder if you were just dreaming. You turn on the tele-hologram in your front room to check it actually happened. Yep, England really did win the World Cup yesterday.

https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#
Of course this might all come as a bit of a shock.
So let’s jog your memory.
This is how England won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and ended 56 years of hurt.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#
Squad announcement
As expected, there were plenty of talking points when England’s co-managers Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard announced their squad for the World Cup.
Wayne Rooney’s continued revival at Salford City meant that he captained a youthful squad containing Premier League Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster and Man City skipper Phil Foden.
Timmy Abraham beat his brother Tammy to the last striker spot, while Ryan and Steven Sessegnon were attempting to become the first brothers since Phil and Gary Neville to play for England at a World Cup.
But the stars of the show were undoubtedly Real Madrid’s Marcus Rashford and recent Ballon d’Or winner Harry Winks.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

Of course, with every World Cup squad, injuries strike when you’re least expecting it.
Spurs false six Eric Dier’s hamstring injury in the FA Cup final against Forest Green meant Ronaldo Vieira was called up to the senior squad, having impressed during Leeds’ Champions League campaign.
Aside from that, England arrived in Qatar unscathed.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

Group stages
Our group of France, Vanuatu and no.1 ranked Iceland drew mass outcries of panic when announced, but Gylfi Sigurdssonson and Eidur Gudjohnsenson’s injuries heading into the tournament weakened the favourites.
England, kitted out in a strip paying homage to the heroics of 1966, thumped Vanuatu 3-0 in the opening game.
Rashford scored the first before Harry Maguire enhanced his reputation as the world’s best free-kick specialist with two dead ball beauties.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

As expected, the absence of Sigurdssonson and Gudjohnsenson, arguably the best Icelandic players since their fathers, made England’s task much easier, with Rashford and Brewster both scoring in a 2-0 win.
Finally it was time for France. The game looked like it was heading for a 0-0 draw before a trademark Foden run freed substitute Rooney to score a 90th minute winner.
He celebrated with his trademark move- whipping out a comb from his socks and running it through his long, luscious locks.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

Knockout rounds
England survived an early goal from Adalberto Penaranda to see off Venezuela in the round of 16 thanks to a double from Rashford and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was still being booed by some fans after swapping Arsenal for Spurs on a free transfer.
Inevitably England then drew Wales, whose potent attack of Gareth Bale and Ben Woodburn had made light work of the tournament.
Step forward Jordan Pickford, who saved three penalties during the resulting shootout before smashing the final pen into the top corner wearing no boots.
England rumbled on into the semi-finals, where Lampard and Gerrard’s side faced Argentina.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

Benjamin Aguero, who shocked the world by making the Argentina squad at 13, partnered Paulo Dybala with his dad Sergio watching on from the bench.
Step forward Harry Billy Winks. The 25-year-old was at the heart of everything positive about England, with a majestic through ball releasing Bayern Munich’s Jadon Sancho to make it 1-0.
Sergio came off the bench but, despite severe pressure from Argetnina’s father and son combination, England held firm.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

Final time. England v Portugal. Ronaldo Vieira v Ronaldo.
Mikel Deaninho whistled to start the game, with England instantly on the back foot.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of the fact he was 36 by putting Portugal ahead.
Rashford struck back but, with the game in the 90th minute, extra-time beckoned.
Rooney switched the ball out to Sancho, who faked a rabona before being fouled on the edge of Portugal’s box.
Maguire stepped up, smashed the ball over the wall and off the crossbar, bouncing down onto the line.
Sir Mark Clattenburg, watching from his VAR station on Mars, awarded the goal, and England were crowned World Cup winners.
The rest, as they say, is history.
https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

An oldie, but a goodie. It's best to read it from the link, I think. The pictures add something extra.
 

Poisoned Slice

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If someone had said to us this time last year that all sport would be cancelled, everyone was under house arrest (apart from a government mandated jog around the block, Soviet style), people were being arrested for having a BBQ and Boris Johnson was in intensive care after shaking someones hand.. all because a Chinese fella ate a bat? You'd think they'd lost the plot. On that theme..


https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/371725/england-2022-world-cup-win/#

An oldie, but a goodie. It's best to read it from the link, I think. The pictures add something extra.
Yeah,I would have called you nuts. Guess nobody knows what the future holds is true enough.

That picture of Foden. :D
 

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83. ''The gentle giant'' John Charles
He is before my time. One of those very very very very rare ''good boys.'' Not a single yellow or red card to his name. Sounded a little Brazilian with the lack of violence philosophy. I heard about a Brazil manager that would take you off if you made a dangerous looking tackle. This is why we call it the beautiful game, no?
 

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I will use the countdown description when I don't know anything about a player.

82. Oleg Blohkin

Blohkin could be defined as the most successful product of the Soviet footballing system. An unstoppable force at Dinamo Kiev where he won the Ballon D’Or as well as eight Russian Championships, Speedy, a nickname given to dribbling and a potent but precise left foot, Blohkin is Russia’s all-time leading goal scorer with 42 goals, besides having appeared 112 times (also the record). Blokhin helmed the Dynamo side that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and 1986, scoring a goal in each final.
 

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The final player of the night.

81. Jose Altafini
An attacker of potent physicality, Altafini possessed an astute eye for goal coupled with an impressive heading ability. Besides being one of very few to represent two different nations at the World Cup Finals (Brazil and Italy) Altafini was part of the '63 Milan side that won the rossoneri's first European title. He won two Scudetti with MIlan and two with Juventus, playing 459 games in Serie A and scoring 216 goals.
 
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