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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Sytri » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:27 am UTC

Fing about Arsenal is, they always try an' walk it in.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby lynx » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:08 pm UTC

And with that, Messi has scored more goals in 2012 than Liverpool. :D

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Plutarch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:08 pm UTC

Arsenal will arise tonight, throw off their troubles, and inflict a hefty defeat on Reading. (The football team, that is. Not the activity.)

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby raike » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:55 pm UTC

Champions League Draws are out! I'm looking forward to Bayern Munich/Arsenal and Juventus/Celtic especially. I can't decide who I want to lose in Real Madrid/Man U though.
The Europa League Draws are out too, but I'm not familiar with most of the teams therein.
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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:20 pm UTC

I don't care about my position in the league, I currently have 1337 points. Ha.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby keozen » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:03 pm UTC

Well I don't get much chance to ever be proud of my own club in public and not be looked down on with a cry of "what team?!?" so I'm going to take the opportunity.

Sunday is the League Cup Final and Bradford City is the first 4th tier club to get there in over 50 years!

And we beat 3 premiership teams (Wigan, Arsenal & Aston Villa) in a row to get there!

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So if you don't have a soft spot for Swansea already I invite you to help me cheer on the little team who dared to dream :)

We've not had a good last decade as a club and just getting to the final has made our dreams come true!
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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby the penman » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:58 pm UTC

I have travelled here from 1985 to say:

Alan Hutton is nothing short of a liability. I don't know of a worse right back in professional football.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Garm » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:22 pm UTC

I went to the USA v. Costa Rica WCQ. It was a pretty incredible game. My phone died so I couldn't take pictures. :(
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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Wed May 08, 2013 9:31 am UTC

So, Alex Ferguson is retiring.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Wed May 08, 2013 9:33 am UTC

I can see Everton struggling without Moyes in the future.

Not in a footballing sense directly, but they almost certainly won't be as well run as they have been.
That will lead to sales of their existing players, the new players coming in will either cost more or not be as high a standard, then the football suffers.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Wed May 08, 2013 8:57 pm UTC

Yeah, it seems Moyes has got the job. Will be interesting to see how he gets on. I think he's good enough to do a decent job.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Thu May 09, 2013 8:59 am UTC

And he'll probably take Fellaini with him!

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Bean7 » Fri May 10, 2013 2:23 am UTC

roband wrote:And he'll probably take Fellaini with him!


YEAH i like that, Moyes + Fellani

Man United's new boss David Moyes plans £40m double raid on Everton
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/ ... es-1879166

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Fri May 10, 2013 9:29 am UTC

Aww, shit not Baines too. I like that guy, and he'd drop in my estimations as a United player :(

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Fri May 10, 2013 11:12 am UTC

Spoilered for off-topic

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roband, I noticed you posting in a subreddit I occasionally visit (at least I think it was you). It was kinda odd. Also, you have a lot of karma

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Fri May 10, 2013 11:35 am UTC

Haha, really?

What's the subreddit?

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Fri May 10, 2013 11:39 am UTC

r/formula1. It was about the charity bets things, which is why I assumed it was you.

Your username grossed me out a bit though.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Fri May 10, 2013 11:45 am UTC

Rodion Raskolnikov wrote:r/formula1. It was about the charity bets things, which is why I assumed it was you.

Your username grossed me out a bit though.

Haha. It doesn't mean what you think it means.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/retromingent

Still not the nicest base word, but it made me laugh when I created it.

edit: and yes, that's me

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Negated » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:12 am UTC

New football season is about to start (or started, in case you follow German Bundesliga). I think it's a good time to revive this thread.

This upcoming EPL season looks promising to be more exciting than the last, if only because the top table looks unpredictable. Man Utd looks shakier than any season that I can remember. Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was replaced by David Moyes. They haven't done much during the off-season and there was more drama with Rooney. On the other hand, main title rivals Chelsea and Man City both strengthened their squad and brought in very good coaches. Arsenal spent the summer watching Tottenham Hotspur sign several good players.

The spotlight seems to have left Spain after Mourinho's departure and Guardiola's arrival in Germany. Real Madrid sold Higuain and Callejon to Napoli and got another top-class midfielder Isco. They look incredibly stacked in midfield but rather thin upfront. Perhaps Ancelotti can somehow make it work. He invented the 4-3-2-1 Xmas tree formation after all. Barca got Neymar early in the transfer window, but is still trying to find a new center back. It remains to see how Thiago's departure affects their midfield. Xavi is another year older now.

Germany is all about Guardiola moving to Bayern. They had a few high profile transfers like Mario Gotze and Thiago. How the team will become under Guardiola is still an unknown. Most likely they won't be the ruthless steamrolling machine from last season, but they will win the league regardless.

Italy is still in a shithole, plagued by financial problems and racism. Most notable development is arrival of high-profile strikers. Juventus bought Tevez and Llorente. Fiorentina sold Jovetic but got Mario Gomez. Napoli, one of the few clubs in good financial health, got Benitez as coach following Mazzari's departure, and acquired several good players with the Cavani money. Milan is thisclose to signing Honda, but has not done too much otherwise. Inter still sucks. Most people expect Juventus to win the league again, with Napoli being the favorite to stand a chance to unseat them.

p.s. Is anyone playing the Premier League fantasy football this year?

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:31 pm UTC

I'll set a league up in a few hours.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby ElWanderer » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:10 pm UTC

I have a team that I set up on Wednesday, and I'm already tempted to tinker with it... always hard to know who will actually play (and who's about to get sold) until it is too late!
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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:59 am UTC

Ah shite, I never did that league. I'll do it today, promise

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:01 am UTC

fantasy.premierleague.com

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Jesse » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:37 pm UTC

Aaaand I am in with the VocTer Dons. I think you should all fear my line up.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:39 am UTC

Exciting match between Man Utd. and Liverpool. Glad the reds took the win.

Only managed to watch the first half of the Spurs - Arsenal game. I was rooting for the Spurs but Arsenal saw a chance and took it. Reading recaps of the game and Tottenham got pretty close to scoring at the end.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:43 am UTC

So happy it was my Reds that won yesterday. There's nothing like beating the Mancs, now we just need to repeat it at their ground in the cup!

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:55 pm UTC

Ozil is now an Arsenal player. As a Madridista, I don't support this move at all, he's a fine player and worth keeping. Arsenal's getting a good player, I'm sure Wenger will know how to use him.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

Cathode Ray Sunshine wrote:Ozil is now an Arsenal player. As a Madridista, I don't support this move at all, he's a fine player and worth keeping. Arsenal's getting a good player, I'm sure Wenger will know how to use him.

It's been announced officially? I mean, I know it's all but done - but you never know ;)

Fact is, Arsenal need defensive cover and another striker - as good as Oezil is, he's neither of those.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

Liverpool tied with Swansea and the standing has a lot of close contenders now, with just 1 point separating them from Arsenal and Tottenham and 3 points from Chelsea and both Manchester teams (and what the hell, let's throw both Stoke and Newcastle there as well).

Didn't see the Man Utd. game but maybe they've regained their form? Anyway one can never dismiss them.

Also, how tough does Sunderland have it right now? Dead last and in their next seven games they have to face Liverpool, United, Newcastle and Man City. Yikes.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:07 am UTC

Still top of the league, still unbeaten.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Negated » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:43 pm UTC

Really enjoying the EPL and Serie A so far. Both leagues are far more competitive at the top end of table than last season. Also good to see Dortmund still playing excellent football after Goetze's departure. It would be sweet if they beat Bayern to the title.

La Liga though, somehow I just can't get myself to watch any more.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:27 pm UTC

My favorite team plays in La Liga, but admittedly it's a two team show. The EPL is exciting as hell though, even if your team doesn't win the league you can always enjoy them beating the big guys. However, like most leagues, it's almost always a race between a few big teams (Liverpool, MUFC, Arsenal and Chelsea) with "new" guys in town Man City. Last year, there was a 10 point difference between 1st and 2nd place when it was over (15 points between 1st and 2nd in La Liga). For the 2011-2011 season, there was a 9 point difference between 1st place and 2nd place in the EPL but only a 4 point difference between 1st and 2nd place in La Liga (however, between 2nd and 3rd place in La Liga there was a whopping 21 point difference, while in the EPL you got a 22 point difference between 1st place and 6th place).

I left out results from the 2011-2012 league because that was a thing of beauty decided at the last minute. La Liga continued with its inequality, having a minor 3 point difference between winner and runner up but a 30 points difference between 2nd and 3rd place.

The EPL is more egalitarian in the sense that more teams can compete for first place, it's not all that different from other leagues where having the top money means having good results, but even so, the EPL is just far more engaging, you're more likely to see the lowest placed team beating the top dog and the style of play is fast paced and more offense-driven. Out of all the leagues I think the EPL is the best run and the best prepared.

Don't really watch the Italian league enough to have an much informed opinion, but I don't like it all that much.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:59 am UTC

Some teams are no longer top of the league and no longer unbeaten. :P


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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:03 am UTC

Blargh. I was at Anfield as well, we were a shower of shit. The only redeeming factor was how well Migno played.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:44 am UTC

Well, it could have been worse. You could have lost the derby, 4 goals to 1.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:23 pm UTC

Haaaaa.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:06 pm UTC

So who's betting how long til Moyes gets the sack? One season? Two? Not even one? It would be hard on the Man U fans and management to see themselves finish outside the top 4 and not play Champions League. Anyway the league is still miles away from finishing so anything can happen. Glad to see Spurs on top there fighting.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby roband » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

I'd be shocked if he got less than a season.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:15 pm UTC

Yeah I don't really think they'll sack him before season's end but if they keep losing matches maybe the management will think of hitting the panic button. Still I don't get why they're not playing at the same level; I understand it's a new coach and all, but Ferguson left a good running machine and he approved of Moyes' signing, so he must have known that his style would fit the club.

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Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Postby Negated » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:06 pm UTC

Moyes never managed a club of such size or experienced the pressure that comes with his new job. At Everton he did not have to win every game against lesser teams home and away. He was not a manager who liked to move around every 3 years. He had to manage players who have won many more trophies than him. His players also need to adapt to his training methods and work with new coaching staffs. These things take time.


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