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Ledley King has retired - how can we not have a football thread? :((((((
He's been there all his life.
Oh Ledley Ledley
He's only got one knee
He's better than John Terry
Oh Ledley Ledley!
Definitely fancy getting our new away shirt with KING 26 on the back.
I've always thought that saying a player would've been great if he could stay fit's a bit silly. Surely a pre-requisite of being a professional sportsman is being able to maintain a certain level of fitness, and being able to recover in time to, y'know...be available?
when fit Ledley's invariably proved himself to be a really good player, it's hardly any fault of his that he has crap knees
despite not being able to train between matches is a good enough argument to reason that he good have been even better.
If you're more keen on players just because they keep turning up then you've always got Gary Neville.
and what happened to hulk coming?
Oscar, Moses and Azpilicueta (no idea) in and Malouda out, I'll be pretty chuffed.
Thinking more about the areas that we currently need strengthening in. French media seem very sure he's going somewhere this summer because Marseille are in a spot of financial bother.
Looked very good though, had a real engine on him and was pretty quick as well.
Most talented English centre half of the last decade imo, could have had an amazing career if he wasn't so injury prone and had stayed off the sauce
3) Needlessly fouling Mario Balotelli in the final minute of a game Spurs could've easily won to more or less knock City out of the title race, crying.
2) Racially abusing a nightclub bouncer, getting arrested, pissing his pants in a police cell, getting his mum to come and get him bailed, aged about 29.
1) Sitting on the WHL turf head-in-hands, crying, after Jon Macken seals a quite brilliant 3-4 win for 10-man City in the Cup after Spuds had led three-nil.
Turgid, turgid game of football. I have no idea why I watch pre-season friendlies every fucking year. Macheda proving once again though that he is a world-class forward in waiting.
Main reason I watched was for a glimpse of Kagawa who Fergie said would start, he didnt. Was stripped down and ready to come on in the 78th minute, didn't actually get on till the 85th as the ball just would not go out of play. Did a good through-ball straight away, I'm more convinced than ever that he'll fire us to an unprecedented quadruple next year.
If you made a compilation of all his pre-season tour performances over the years though and told people they were competitive matches he'd look like a world-beater.
One of the 3 worst strikers to have played for QPR in my lifetime.
Highlight of his time here: Us sending him back after he took to twitter to unleash a homophobic tirade
doesn't mind admitting he's never seen him play, like.
I've only ever seen him a handful of times on telly obviously but I think he'll be a good fit and we've been crying out for a bit of nous in the final third which doesn't involve wingers for a few years now so it's nice to see it being addressed.
Glad that's sorted.
I've said he'll go to United for months, but despite that, i do wonder if United (or even City) see spending £20m+ on someone of his age is really worthwhile.
The main reason i can see United biting is because they have to win the title this year. Have to. Fergie might think he has to make some sort of statement this summer, and a signing like that might just do the trick.
At City he'd just be, like, one of five pretty good strikers, wouldn't he?
Obviously him and Rooney is potentially pretty lethal, but it's not an area they urgently need to strengthen and doubt they can afford that sort of fee and wages on a 'luxury'. Like you say, maybe they're after a one-off marquee signing, but it just doesn't really add up.
they're hardly overrun with experienced strikers are they, Owen and Berba will both be off too so that would pretty much leave them with just Welbeck and Rooney of any real (proven) note wouldn't it?
Not sure I'm a fan. Might be going for the home shirt after all, despite it looking a bit Hull City.
Last night, 4-2 win over Seattle. Went ahead after a couple of minutes through Lukaku before Hazard doubled the lead on 11. The pretty awesome Freddy Montero got a brace to equalise (he'll head to the Prem soon, surely), before Marin and Lukaku restored a two-goal cushion right before half-time.
I'm fairly confident that we're going to be better but I've a few concerns. As things stand we've clearly got much greater quality in one key area but we're still short in terms of quantity in other positions. And it seems more than likely that Torres will lead the line.
what a refreshing change it is to hear Chelsea FC news without any tiresome, overly-defensive bluster.
Don't you ride one of them little fold-up bicycles?
It would have been a good (and fully justified) dig if I did though, so you can have a point for effort.
I hope it's against Barcelona and Maradona plays.
they should just probably let Arsenal give them another thumping.
Sleep well, Sir Ledley.
ageing player on the cheap + cash dollars sitting in the bank = transfer to ac milan.
And, much as I think I might like him in an online transfer muppet, flexing our FM muscles way, if it hampered Welbeck it would be awful. Scoring goals is clearly not United's problem anyway.
please ignore all the weird guff about gerrard, the drugs must've kicked in by that point.
Liverpool's players are expected to win the ball back within seven seconds of losing possession and are given thorough details of the passing options they must offer every team-mate, wherever they are on the pitch, under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
It's got 'AVB at Chelsea' written all over it. Changing too much, too quickly. Will be a disaster.
for forcing systems upon unsuitable players.
(largely) cheering on Liverpool for the first time since their CL finals
I actually think they will have a really successful season. I do feel sorry for Carroll though.
I foresee a lot of late goals at Anfield this season.
with a huge belly, unshaven, just looking like a Scottish blob.
Then about ten minutes later they said: "To all the people asking, yes, we have noticed Charlie Adam's shape and are hoping pre-season training will sort that out." or somet.
I don't buy the argument of our players being unable to adapt to his style. Apart from with Adam, when I go for it 100% certainly.
is a particularly good idea in the Premier League at all, not just at Liverpool. It requires almost superhuman fitness and extraordinary ability on the ball. I've my doubts over how well it can work in a division where so many teams are competitive/overtly physical (delete as applicable to your prejudices), there is no winter break and where culturally the football tends to be much more direct. Liverpool could adapt perfectly to Rodger's alleged pressing directive. I'd just worry that every side Liverpool face will adapt, in their own way, to it just as easily.
If it was as easy as he makes out with his seven-seconds theories and whatnot, I'm sure that a manager of a higher calibre would have made it work by now.
But I'd rather this method be tried out than a more direct style, because I want to be entertained.
I liked our style last season to be honest. It was pretty messy but if it ever got dull, you could always just look over at Kenny and think "Ah how wonderful." until something exciting happened.
it managed to be both really good and slightly sunday league-ish at the same time.
but i find the thought of van persie signing for united a lot more worrying than city. something about it just chills me to the bone. can definitely see myself stop watching football altogether if that happens.
Strengthening one of your direct rivals for 3rd place.
Plus, obviously, you were briefly rivals about 15 years ago, etc.
It's going to be fucking appalling when it doesn't happen.
Can't believe we fucked up so badly at the end.
all my defending of his character in the football threads. it's disappointing. surprised you haven't milked it more, tbh. although maybe you're waiting for him to sign before letting me have it.
NOTHING IS HAPPENING.
Bolton drew 1-1 with Ayr United in a pre-season friendly last night. That's worth 100 replies on its own.
Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus) to Fulham
Edin Dzeko (Man City) to AC Milan or Bayern Munich
Nigel Reo-Coker (Bolton) to Fulham
Yannick Sagbo (Evian Thonon-Gaillard) to Fulham
Matt Phillips (Blackpool) to Sunderland, Everton or Wigan
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) to Arsenal or Liverpool
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) to Man Utd
Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield) to Fulham
Aly Cissokho (Lyon) to Newcastle, Inter or Napoli
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) to Man City
Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) to Arsenal or Chelsea
I reckon I'd even embrace relegation if it meant Nigel Reo-Coker leaving my club.
our player of the year last season for me (not that that's saying much...) just a shame he's got an ego
No deal, Noel
of course he is
Zlatan is on a wage of €15m p.a. at PSG
which works out to £225,000 a week / 32 grand a day
Heavy criticism of this from French politicians today and an insistence that he will have to pay 75% tax on that when the Govt. bring in their millionaire tax next year
maybe there is still a chance that Zlatan will play in the Premiership before he retires
pretty obscene, even some right wing French politicians agree
has really got this RAWK thing down pat
He offers a fresher perspective without being as thick as Alan Shearer, but I don't think he ever comes across as particularly insightful or informed. Prefer Martin Keown.
do you love it
Is he good?
hes always seemed pretty good the games ive seen
its probably just idle speculation cuz theres a lot of talk about modric and cazorla happens to have said he wants to leave malaga on the same day but i mean thats football rite
he played for villarreal when they were real good
Or even when Modric used to play on the left for Spurs. He'll come inside and look to be the playmaker
and also I read Real were considering making a bid if they didn't get Modric, but like you say, Wikipedia says he's a winger, so who knows. I want Nuri Sahin.
Mata style. More Modric than Lennon, basically. He's little but stocky- built like Xavi, but is a bit quicker. Would be a great signing.
He's also really good at free-kicks. Like, really good.
If they get Oscar they'll have too many attacking midfielders...
David Luiz - SW
Marko Marin - ML
Yossi Benayoun - MR
Eden Hazard - MC
Oscar - MC
Ramires - MC
Meireles - MC
Lampard - MC
Mikel - MC
Essien - MC
Sturridge, Marin and Oscar on bench, Ramires will either play right midfield or centre instead of Lampard. Mata and Hazard can both play either out-wide or in centre. There's a fair amount of fluidity in the starting line-up, on paper anyhow.
supposedly on his way to wednesday. played for fulham last year and porto before that, but can't say I know anything about him at all!
Oh yeah and we've signed Clyne. Quite pleased with our signings so far. Just need a CB and for the love of god SOMEONE buy Puncheon off us so we can get a decent right midfielder.
We're in pretty desperate need of a starting striker, especially for the next couple of years, and he's a (relatively) cheap marquee signing right when we need one to lure in those investors.
Watching Macheda last night, it reminded me that maybe we need another striker even more than a CM right now. We've got kind of players that can the central role to some degree of success, but are only a couple of injuries away from relying on some right numptees upfront.
At the same time, I don't think it will be too much of a boost to City if he goes there, so it's win win really.
He's been a bit prone to injury and his form up until recently hasn't been entirely consistent. I'm not saying I'd complain if we signed him, mind, I'm just not sure he'd be *that* great a signing.
That said, another striker wouldn't harm, but I think we need the sort of player who can come off the bench for the last 15 minutes, or fill in for when Rooney and/or Wellbeck are injured, rather than someone like RVP who's going to expect to start every game.
Buzsaky is allegedly going to sign us (Bristol City). Brilliant if true but going to be a fucker if it doesn't come off...
but I see Raymond Verheijen's been sticking the boot into the FAW again by predicting that the WC qualifying campaign will be a disaster, that the Olympics gives the Welsh players their best chance of competing at a major tournament, etc, etc.
Obviously this is not particularly helpful, and is to a certain extent sour grapes, but I can't help feel there may be a bit of truth in it. The team under him and Speed looked far better than it had for years, and I do worry whether and to what extent the current mangement team can carry that on.
From a Crawley perspective, hilarious if true; from a Forest perspective, interesting if true.
Claudio Reyna's son's died from cancer, aged 13.