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Prem on Saturday, FA Cup on (can't remember) Champions League Tuesday and Wednesday, Kiddy Champions League Thursday, and most of the football league playing two games, so a lot of relegation/promotion stuff should look a lot clearer this time on Tuesday.
Love the Bank Holiady weekend.
Heard something about more financial shenanigans going on amongst the owners of Birmingham City on the radio this morning. That's all I've got.
Any football tomorrow?
sort of stupid time is that?
we will definitely finish top, all our hard games are now at home. Definitely.
Can enjoy the World Cup without all the England-related nonsense on the side.
I enjoyed the lack of Engerland nonsense at Euro 2008, but them not being at a World Cup, dunno, would suck a bit.
its in Brazil, maaaaaan.
I'd rather have a few England games then having to watch Montenegro v Greece or something.
Only gets interesting at the knockout stages. So I suppose its only a case of having to suffer the one England game (if that). It's just all the circus that goes with it that riles me, all the media bleating on about how we're definitely going to win it/calling for the public execution of another failed manager, dickheads with flags on their cars, etc.
last two World Cups right? Think most of the planet wouldn't be too disappointed not having to suffer that all over again.
The group stage in 2006 was brilliant, as was most of the last 16, but it got deadly dull after that. Same with 2002, although it was less good overall. It varies, but the group stage is often where you get the most open, exciting games. Too often the plucky underdogs get through the groups then shit their pants and shut up shop, which doesn't make for great viewing.
Group stages were brilliant, went a bit flat in the knockouts (except for Germany vs Italy)
I mainly blame Spain for that.
The last thing I want is to have to listen to people banking their indie points for an entire tournament saying things like "It's better when England aren't in it, can just enjoy the football". Or "Might just go down the pub and watch Saudi Arabia vs New Zealand."
Love the buzz for an England game at a World Cup, even if it does invariably end in disappointment.
I hereby declare you King Indie
very bad at football and the coverage is incredibly tedious. ''So Argentina will kick off in 10 minutes but first let's have a quick look at what the England players had for lunch today." The fans are terrible as well.
Were it not for how sycophantic the BBC and ITV get throughout all their broadcasts about the England team while they're covering other games I'd probably be perfectly happy for them to be at international tournaments.
Pearce reckons he should be able to call up Oxlade, Wilshere et al into his squad for the U21 championships whilst Roy is saying no to it.
Without caring too much I'm with Roy, but for different reasons to his. The U21s have got like an 8 match winning streak going, it seems a bit unfair on players who have played these games to be dropped for a big international tournament for those who haven't contributed to the qualification.
let the other youngsters have their go. agreed.
i'd say probably Zaha, Shelvey and Sterling should go as they haven't imposed themself in the senior squad yet despite getting caps, but The Ox and Wilshere obviously have.
From an Arsenal-centric point of view I wouldn't actually mind Ox going, he hasn't played much this season and might be quite good for his confidence, but yeah it's daft shifting players around once they're established in the senior squad.
is the logical conclusion of the win-at-all-costs-but-don't-actually-train-anyone-up English school of football, isn't it? His 'passion for the shirt' approach is a little at odds with what the FA claim to be doing with the new academy etc. Sack him!
is a complete cretin and the perfect example of why England aren't very good. Too much 3 lions, Spirit of St George 'just run about and put in a decent shift' bullshit and no actual technical nous. There is obviously a place for passion, but when that's all a manager espouses, then you're on a hiding to nothing. I imagine he has a framed picture of Scott Parker up in the dressing room and just points and grunts at it for a team talk.
If England hadn't of sacked Hoddle all of those years ago they would be light years ahead of where they are now.
he does show flashes of flair sometimes, and was pretty exciting at Villa.
The last time Scott Parker did anything that was technically impressive was that McDonalds advert as a kid (showing my age).
I just think Milner is the perfect example of an exciting young English player foresaking skillz(11) for hard-work and discipline. I've genuinely started worrying it'll happen to Wilshere.
as I doubt he'd have the discipline to be honest, as well as he'll have teams being built around him, so he will always be a creative focal point (hopefully).
You can imagine Milner is very much a 'I'll play anywhere boss' type of player, whereas Wilshere is the best kid in the playground type - just give him the ball and let him play where he wants.
rather than the Berbatov-esque 'I have nothing to prove' laziness/class that gets drilled out of English players. Ideally you want a balance but there have been a worrying number of skillful, dynamic youngsters who feel a (possibly imaginary) pressure to buckle down and show that they're not a tippy-tappy Euro nancy boy - Rooney, Gerrard, J Cole etc.
I hope Wilshere is different, and being at Arsenal should help but you know...the fear is always there.
but he's just one of those players who loves being on the ball, which can look like the whole putting a shift thing because he inevitably ends up everywhere looking for it. Gazza was pretty similar I suppose and I don't think anyone ever thought he put a shift in.
In regards to the other players I only think Cole is comparable, and he had his creativity/ill discipline drilled out of him at Cheslea (I've never been a fan tbh0. Steven GERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAARDDDDDDDDDDDD has always been that all action box to box 60 yard ball into the stand type of player, whereas Rooney has always been a striker.
This didn't need to be this long. Is Easter here yet?
A friend of mine [distancing myself from this before the United fans wade in] was always very much of the opinion that if Rooney had gone to Arsenal he'd have turned into some kind of short, fat Bobby Pires rather than a short, fat, overpaid lump.
To counter this, Arsenal were about £500,000 or so off signing Cristiano Ronaldo. Reckon he'd be the same player if he had joined Arsenal? Or a speedier Alex Hleb? (Loved Hleb for the record)
For some reason when I read your post I instantly thought of Reyes.
Would have been booed, shunned by Henry and then sent back in a part exchange deal for a sub par attacking midfielder.
Prospect of him playing with Henry, Pires and Cesc is pretty tasty, but reckon he'd have ended up much more like Nani
He is an intermittent flashes of flair kind of player.
None of their opponents are going to care enough about his presence to complain
He may still be there now, England having won the last 2 World Cups otherwise...
They may have just drawn EVERY FUCKING GAME in the most boring style imaginable, like when he was Wolves manager for a bit.
I'm not getting into the whole can of worms of whether he should have been sacked or not, I just think he was an incredibly progressive manager at that level, and things would have been different if he hadn't of said the things he did.
I don't know what happened to him after he lost the England job, his record hasn't been exactly shining.
I tend to agree with you about Hoddle, but I do wonder if he was always one of those managers who talked a great game, but was a bit shit at implementing it.
Hoddle was the first person I ever swore specifically at, outside Highbury to boot.
Initially I fel quite bad about it, after 3 years of ESPN though I wish I'd beaten him senseless. The death pelanty.
seemed to be that he was such a good player, he couldn't *quite* work with players who he deemed to be below that standard (see his problem with Beckham), and that he was a Wenger disciple whereas the team he had inherited were the dying breed of the 12 pints after a game era.
It's all ifs and buts, but his ideas were ahead of their time and they were only just beat (with 10 men) by a very good Argentina side at WC 98.
its a credit to Laudrup that he has managed to do so well with players who are inferior to him (practically everyone who played football ever).
Often the best managers weren't great players etc. Cruyff, Beckenbauer and Guardiola probably head up the list of great players and managers, whilst Mourinho and Wenger never played to any great level.
2 european cups on the spin/ex shoe salesman
even Ferguson, though having a decent record, never exactly set the footballing world on fire.
Anyway, Hoddle - Best manager England ever had. The end.
(nobody mention that his England team were a bit gash)
I only recently remembered that he was an adviser to Steve Staunton when he was Ireland boss.
if Nzogbia had turned out to be any good it could've been worse i guess.
expecting any time now during an interview for the side of his neck to start sparking, leading to an explosion that reveals via the metal framework of wires and chips underneath that he was a fiscally irresponsible robot sent from hell all along
They could at least have programmed in a few more phrases, save us hearing the same bollocks on a loop for 363 days a year, broken up only by the 'Deadline Day' patchs
Twitter is blocked in work
He's a top, top player.
but what's the time diff in Brazil?
LOVE the group stages - 3 games in a day...yes please
From our point of view it's going to be early to late evening kick offs, with one stupidly late-night group game.
I generally book the whole world cup off anyway.
with one being about 3pm and one 2am i think i recall nestor saying
might have to switch to working 8-4 but i can live with that.
not done this in a while, still ok in the championship? specifically at palace tomorrow.
Or you'll go to the away ticket office or something like that.
Palace or Birmingham might even have their own website where it will tell you...
I would assume they will be available at the turnstile/ticket office though, it's not going to be a sell out is it?
Huge game. Hoping to see the Delapinator and the Etuhu...inator in action.
Got Boreham Wood vs Hornchurch tomorrow, which I'm sure you'll all agree is pretty big.
Refused to pay Fulham £50 to watch us lose there and then have to go to work the next day
Rose tinted won't even come close. I remember when they claimed to bring over 150 fans to a game at Claremont Road. Only 102 people paid that day and I recognised at least two thirds of those.
Even though it's Community Day with pre match easter egg hunt for the kids.
Given it's Easter, you'll probably see 40-50 from them in reality. Those that travel aren't a bad bunch, although any semblance between anything said on their forum or website and what really happened will be pure coincidence.
went to the away game this season and they were good for a laugh, and of course they were part of the infamous FA Cup run of 2007. Still hope we put 12 past them. Could do with it with the run in we've got and Weston Super Mare suddenly playing like Barca.
assuming it's on. haven't got my big coat so i'm not really looking forward to it
Might find a non-league game to watch on Monday.
Don't fancy going to St Andrew's to watch us lose and then have to run the gauntlet along Digbeth afterwards
Might also go to the derby game away at Tooting & Mitcham on Saturday, depending on other plans.
Not forgetting the tie of the weekend on Sunday: DiS v Mama FC
I'm looking forward to the wind being the main influence on where the ball goes.
Working the rest of the weekend.
With bonus protest march about the police restrictions on the away fans. Bubble matches are bad.
against Czech Republic and Bulgaria apparently. He'll have got good reports. Could easily be a premiership player next season.
is out for 8-9 months after tearing his cruciate ligaments in training. Poor guy is just shit out of luck.
Such a shame to see someone with that much talent ruined by bad luck and that cunt of a tackle from some no mark Sunderland player
as it's just gone on too long. Very sad story. He's obviously never going to have to borrow a tenner ever but Christ he could have been great.
Top three results were Diaby kicking John Terry in the head. Say what you like about YouTube but it gives the people what they want.
Walcott's first ever goal, coming in a Wembley Final
Senderos' career effectively ending
John Terry getting kicked in the face
79578336 players sent off
at the height of his tosserness.
nearly 7 years since that fucking tackle and now through very little fault of his own his career at arsenal's all but done, if not the whole thing. mixture of very sad and very angry right now :(
Has agreed a three year deal at Palace. Sorry about that Ferborza.
olofinjana and stuart holden who are both very good, and steve howard who is dreadful
So, it could be worse.
to buy some things for the wife earlier.
getting my dates all mixed up
I looked at him for ages thinking that it blatantly wasn't him, but my colleague asked and got his signature.
Expect there's a closer shop.