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Oh Gus :(
:( he used to be cool.
AVB told to stop "crying like a baby"?
He also said *any players found guilty of racism on the pitch should be thrown out of the game.*
*Zero tolerance* he said.
Should be interesting for Mr Terry & Suarez
recently said anything about racism that wasn't inanely stupid?
which, if he is the only one, is pretty chilling really.
Just wish he'd stop wearing that baseball cap and fuck off out of football management forever.
We're better than them, but our recent record in high-pressure games is pretty rubbish. Liverpool, although unable to beat Norwich or Swansea at home, seem quite handy in the big games. Not expecting much.
Gonna try and make it to Hendon tomorrow to see Frank Sinclair, trying to convince some mates they do really want to go.
Cech turned on our Xmas lights yesterday but some people were getting this punter's autograph and I was ashamed to not know he was. Scored a lovely Chelsea lanyard too.
I don't follow the youth team all that closely, because I'm not a paedo and none of them are ever gonna make it anyway. Probably one of them.
but bring your season ticket and you'll get in for a fiver. I won't be there, but he should be with kids in tow - I'm sure he'll say hi if you find him.
I think teams 9 - 20 in the premier league are much of a muchness and, on paper, any of them could finish anywhere.
I certainly don't think Blackburn will finish top ten this year though.
joining Wellbeck, Smalling and Young on the injured list. what is it with our young, and Young, players?
he doesn't seem to be on that list and I was under the impression it was just a minor tweak. Eagerly anticipating T. Bebe's return in February though.
who weren't available for england so i presume aren't fit yet?
bebe shouldn't be included though.
still can't believe he got away with it.
but his mate Jorge Mendes raked in about a third of the transfer fee iirc.
wacky free kicks, goals from half way line, referees falling over -that sort of thing.
and it's chelsea liverpool this weekend so imma mention how mental the torres transfer was for the millionth time.
getting towards a full calendar year now. reading his wikipedia, his first goal at the end of a game that was already won, one goal against man utd in a game they lost (alongside missing that sitter), and one goal against swansea only to be sent off.
only thing in the world that makes andy carroll look like a good bit of business
so I'm going to contest that Carroll was a far worse deal. Once we've come to a resolution on that, we can begin to discuss which of Lampard and Gerrard is the better player.
the worst transfers anyone's ever made. could change dramatically with both, but at present, surely.
there is nothing good about the andy carroll transfer. only looking at it of a mindset that he's £15 million cheaper than torres, with a better goalscoring record & being five years younger. and even then it's stretching 'good'
but I'd look at it this way:
- Torres had been proven at a very high level over a number of years. Carroll had looked all right in a mid-table team for four months.
- £50m is a lot of money, but isn't as much to Chelsea as £35m is to Carroll. You could see Chelsea splashing out big-time again, even under FFP. Harry Redknapp reckons they've already tried to. Does anyone envisage Liverpool spending anything like £35m again in the near future?
- Getting onto slightly dubious territory here, but if the money involved is why Torres is a worse buy than Carroll, then it'd only be fair to look at their commercial value. I'd happily wager Chelsea have made more money from Torres-based revenue than Liverpool have with Carroll.
- And if we finish off where we should, which is on footballing ability, Torres is still clearly the much better of the two, even if he has thus far been a disappointment.
I don't know that Carroll being more shit/a more shit transfer is really that important or any solace, but I'd say he is.
Though Liverpool will never, ever find anyone daft enough to pay £35m for him. You'd think that with Torres' age and injury record Chelsea are probably resigned to trying to get 5 good years out of him before he's knackered.
with more depth than the usual (i.e. the ones i gave up there) and it's good to see a transfer argument that includes more than simply value for money stuff, cos obviously there's more to it than that.
but i still think that, for all intents and purposes, value for money should be the primary gauge on which to judge a transfer - or at least it's definitely an also-valid argument to talk purely in those terms.
and based on the evidence so far it's hard to really argue that torres, on individual contribution to the team/success, has showed that more than torres. there's not a great deal in it, of course.
I'd disagree with your first point because it's concerned with what SHOULD have been/what looked like the better transfer, rather than how the player performs once they've joined a new club (at least in the long term, and it's been enough time)
and while torres proved himself at the top level for a long time, it'd be unfair to focus on that for the sake of argument, without mentioning that for a very significant period of time before the transfer, torres was no longer "proving himself" at the top level...
For my part, I think value for money has to consider how much money the buyer has to spend. Like I alluded to though, it's kinda pointless arguing about which of the two has so far proved a worse deal- both have been disappointing.
i just wanna make it clear i agree that carroll has been unbelievably shocking, and he's definitely not worth £35 million (even in terms of the market) and it's a god awful transfer, yadda yadda yadda
BUT he is quite clearly worth more than £15 million less than torres, if you judge them both on their 2011. this is the ONLY way of looking at carroll as a good bit of business, and as said below, it's not very sound logic.
He was trying to the Carroll transfer by saying they'd got all that money for Torres. It's properly weird logic.
I'd imagine it's all self-indulgent nonsense about his feelings, the move did coincide with him going a bit emo and having black hair after all, but it'd be good if him and Dogleash had a naked bust up a la Pulis/Beattie
I wouldnt be surprised if he was unhappy with being used as a pawn in the sale of the club etc that and he wanted to win things.
to agreeing a deal for him the preceding summer but that Torres had agreed to stay. I imagine the 'whole story' is nowt more than promises being made about signings and the like.
They really would have been buggered, though Woy might have stood more of a chance with £70m to spend and no Torres moping around. Imagine all the 6/10 Scandinavians he could buy with that dosh...
that he's surprised by the collective will for him to fail, and the virtually unanimous glee when he does. Seems like he's been very naive in that respect.
the same glee with berbatov only a year/year n half before he joined should have shown him that.
“I wanted the kids to have what I had: a Norwegian childhood,” he says of the move to Molde. “Skiing in the winter, and I mean proper skiing, not that English downhill rubbish. Trouble is they’re a right bunch of Mancs my kids. When I have a weekend off they say, ‘Can we go home?’ And they mean Bramhall.”
obviously its easy to see why evra took offence, and didnt know the difference, but i don't think theres a way suarez can be punished with such a grey area.
I wouldn't be surprised if Suarez was using it in an offensive way as he's an odious little cunt of a man but I also wouldn't be surprised if he was using it in a conversational way and Evra overreacted/misconstrued it/made more of it than was necessary because he's got that in him (despite the fact that he has never played the race card personally despite assumptions that he has)
Personally, I think that although Evra was offended by the term, I don’t think that Suarez realised why he was, and assumed that it was all part of the ‘sledging’ that goes on between players all the time.
it’s not seen as offensive.
Could just be a continent-wide Uncle Tom/Stockholm Syndrome type thing. I dunno, can't be bothered to articulate it better.
quotes kick it out people who say if Suarez had apologised or even explained what he said and the context most of this could be avoided.
Seems a bit strange that Liverpool have advised him to be unswervingly indignant about the whole thing - surely their people could've spoken to the FA/leagues people and evra's people and sorted it out.
he was quite good
Bet he doesn't stand out at all in South China.
Blatter's face in all of them is great.
Yep, their last line-up change really was a step too far.
It used to be the case that season ticket holders got 10% discount on purchases. Under the 'exciting new scheme' this season, we now get 10% 'merchandise cash'. Which has to be spent within 28 days. In the store (not valid online unless it covers the entire purchase). I usually buy something from the club shop about once every 6 months. Fantastic.
Would still end up with 'merchandise cash' going to waste, but not as much I suppose.
Might take it all back tomorrow and do it that way round :D
I have never, ever known a football club to allow fans wearing the away side's shirts into the home ends.
i presume to help crack down on selling tickets to away fans, but surely no-one doing this would be stupid enough to wear a united shirt?!
Dave Whelan there though, probably encouraged it if anything
I can sort of understand it at non-league games, fans of 'bigger clubs' probably make up a reasonable portion of the attendance, but even then its a bit daft wearing another team's colours.
Otherwise its ridiculous, especially if its teams in the same league.
Either wear colours of the team your supporting, or - Fulham's 'neutral end' excepted - don't wear colours if your a neutral. Simple policy.
all part of the 'friendly derby' schtick.
makes it sounds like Rooney has been planning his weekend outfit.
A glance at some stats shows it is his 3rd Premier League game after being promoted for this season.
5 bookings and 1 red in his two previous games.
we can arrange for all future news controversies to involve Tokyo Sexwale?
Just spent half an hour umming and ahhing about which of three things to do.
The choice was ... take out Tiote who is cheap but injured, gets booked every game and has a crap run of games coming up regardless, and put in Victor Moses who hasn't scored for about a year but is really due a goal or two, and is playing a Blackburn defence with a couple of important injuries.
...OR take out Stephen Warnock who has a difficult run of games ahead and put in Phil Jagielka who has a promising run of games coming up BUT has a broken toe and might not play tomorrow and might be injured for a while OR Benoit Assou-Ekotto who is first choice left back at Spurs who have a decent run of games coming up though rarely scores or gets assists and picks up the odd yellow but could potentially keep a few clean sheets in the next few weeks.
Plumped for the safest option of Assou-Ekotto. Hope it is the right choice. Also took the bold step of leaving all three Swansea players on the bench - Vorm/Sinclair/Dyer. Surely they can't get a result against Man Utd?!
Playing 5-2-3 for the first time in my fantasy football history. Jones/Evans/Kompany/Assou-Ekotto/Jose Enrique at the back. Reckon Liverpool can pull off a surprise result at Chelsea. If not, Enrique should still be in plus points at the end, can't see Chelsea running up a cricket score in any case. Might have a fun day out against Chelsea's dodgy right back and pop up with an assist too.
Begovic in goal. Stoke will surely not capitulate against QPR like they did against Bolton?! Pulis won't allow it. Walters will get a goal, and Silva will be in the points again for Man City. Rooney, Adebayor and Van Persie up front who have tasty looking games this week, and for the next few too. Things are looking rosy.
That's your lesson for the week done, keep up yeah?
Guess they may play Ferdinand as Swansea are perceived to be weak opposition and they might be able to get away with it. In this case Scott Sinclair comes into the team and makes Ferdinand look like a lemon by skinning him every time he gets the ball. Either way I win!
The new team I constructed was dynamite, too. Now I've got a backline of Kompany, Brown and Cole, with Hoolahan and Sinclair in midfield. Great.
Not needed to use one yet.
and yet I'm still 6th (of about 24) in my work's league. I'm struggling to respect any of the people below me in my day-to-day work.
considering how unpredictable the lower leagues generally are.
also i quite like Lee Clark cheers
(fa cup i know blah blah)