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I've never seen him play (unless he was in the Brazil Olympic team?), but considering the amount of time Spurs have been dithering over this deal it seems odd that nobody else has nipped in and grabbed him.
He's a created person for when Daniel Levy needs to "launder" his money, if you know what I mean? ;)
Let me try that again. He's an invented person for when Daniel Levy needs to do his laundry...his fiscal laundry, if you know what I mean ;)
Can't find any evidence of the existence of Willian though ;)
there's LOADS of results
I see why Levy is so desperate to sign him now, he's done heaps of shit
Had a decent tournament
Not someone I'd expect a club to spend 8 years tracking, mind.
it has struck me how lustrous his hair is, and how this might be a condition for the Man City job.
His blue rinse brillo pad was never going to be good enough.
That said, Pellegrini is still a distant second to Jorge Jesus in the greying mane stakes
good name = good play
Jorge Jesus and David Luiz have EXACTLY the same face, just 30 years apart
wheres ady with todays rumours?
Too early to start now
Third major injury in a year. For a big unit he doesn't hold together well
triffic bit of business
With injuries, frequent changes of club and the £35m price-tag, the water is pretty muddy. He notched 7 goals and 4 assists in his final 12 games which is form worth £12m of anyone's money. But then he didn't score fuck all in the first half of the season despite playing ok-ish.
So someone is either going to be ripped off or possibly get a bargain - difficult to tell which at the moment.
Based upon that 15 million for Carroll's alright.
rising to £10.75m if various mysterious add-ons are met.
65 in total. not bad huh? some of the man utd ones are ludicrous.
really like the ones that go from right hand side of the goal to the left.
His one in the 2006 World Cup (Ecuador?) sticks in my mind as being absolutely ridiculous.
64 out of how ever many years is still a pretty good return.
Used to drive me mad how he always tried a shot for England, never tried a cross or to slip it behind the wall. Mix it up a little.
Also, I watched a video of all Arsenal's goals this season. They look unstoppable when you don't see all the misses or clueless passing on the edge of the box. CONTEXT INNIT
Can't really imagine how you'd approach it as a player. If it's a friendly in the lead-up to a new season, you're pushing yourself for fitness, perhaps trying to build up an understanding with new team mates, and if you're really bothered you might even want a result or good performance for momentum.
But about 4 days after the season is finished and you haven't had your holiday yet? Why would you even bother doing the simple things, like running towards the ball? Know I wouldn't be arsed.
Fancy an air rifleless summer? To have your pile of captain's arm bands kept in an old cupboard instead of their specialist temperature-controlled chamber? TRACK BACK THEN
If I were on either side I'd be well up for trolling the fuck out of the upper management by diving out of the way of the ball and passing it backwards and forwards between your opposite number for 90 minutes.
1. Attempt to do the same trick (probably trying to nick the ball via a pirouette) over and over, each time saying *Wait, I got this*
2. Insist on taking every free kick and corner, ballooning each one
3. Gob at someone
4. Pick one player to troll the shit out of and whipser stuff about their mum's saggy fanny in their ear all game (probably their keeper)
I wouldn't mind a change, to be honest.
there's a game on saturday i swear
kicking off a summer of openly tapping up Bale before the Spanish season's even finished. Textbook.
Don't actually think Bale will go anywhere this summer, it's just fun watching this shit from the outside for once.
The fact that most of the 'transfer rumours' are stories about Bale signing a new contract rather than of bigger clubs hovering around is kind of depressing.
That Mark "Sad" Lawrenson loves Harry Redknapp so much that his weekly predictions this season would have seen QPR finishing in 8th place.
WHY DO PEOPLE PAY FOR THIS MAN TO TALK ABOUT A SPORT HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE
Can't imagine he's short on potential leverage when contract renewal time rolls round.
Didn't account for Laudrup making them more incisive than Rogers' 1-0 up on FIFA and winding your mates up approach to football there
Think it will be interesting to see how things go for him next season. A lot of Swansea's success this season can be attributed to Laudrup's connections with certain clubs, players and agents allowing him to bring some real bargains in. Can he repeat that as and when necessary?
but Hughes was able to use his own connections to certain clubs, players and agents to bring in a lot of seemingly good finds. It's easy enough to say "oh well of *course* he did well" after the event.
It was never obvious to me that his connections would see him through. It's more that I watched Swansea this year, the more I felt their (if we're honest actually only slight) improvement was down to having better players than the previous year.
It's to Laudrup's credit that he built the sort of relationships he could later turn to his advantage, and that he was able to identify good, effectual players. You can't knock someone for that. But will he be able to do that again this summer, or has he exhausted the pool of good players he has an in with and Swansea could afford?
I don't have the impression that it's his tactics or coaching/training that saw Swansea do well this season, but I'll probably be wrong again.
I felt Swansea did play better this season- certainly it no longer seems like somebody's threatened to break the arms of their children if they see a ball in the air. They were as fist-biting to watch sometimes last season as, well, Liverpool are this.
It's only a modest improvement but Swansea don't seem like the kind of club who change all that much regardless of who the manager is. West Brom are quite similar.
The difference was startling, they had so much more pace and used possesion so much more agreesively. In the April game they were 3-0 down after 70 minutes and their CBs were still knocking it back and forth.
They were also safe pretty early on and had already qualified for Europe so they had a big old round of putting the cue on the rack
obviously they were against a bunch of 4th division cloggers but i was still blown away by how well disciplined and coherent they were, definitely seemed like more than just a collection of skillful individuals
I just thought they were fairly well-oiled even before Laudrup. Probably reads like I'm slating Swansea and Laudrup, not intending to.
I'd agree with Parsefone that they look better under Laudrup, but comparing the league tables over the last 2 years they only scored 3 more goals this season, conceded the same amount and ended up 1 point worse off, despite finishing 3 places higher. So maybe he hasn't really made that much difference, the other midtable sides have just been shitter.
otherwhise they would have ended up with a better points total i think
At the start of the season I think that a lot of people would have thought that QPR would do better than last year, and that Swansea would struggle.
But I doubt those same people would still have been predicting that every week throughout the season.
So his 'two places' out for Arsenal looks more respectable than the 18 bonus points he gave them.
dean arnett. he's mental. mental.
What a cock. Last I heard he owned a business which installs vending machines in shitty pubs around the north east. Reports by friends of mine that he personally installed the johnny machine at the workingmens club back home later proved to be bullshit, sadly.
Decision to be announced next week. :')
Galatasaray's chairmen quoted as saying we've asked after Yilmaz and that they've had to pull out of a bid for Turan because they can't match a Chelsea offer. It seems like we've made a rule against signing just one foreign national at a time.
dunno why i keep clicking on this and smiling
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Password - The_Spaff_King
Whilst you're here Abs what do you think will happen with Lukaku? Back out on loan again or given a chance at Chelsea? Obviously a lot depends on the manager but humour me why don't you.
No idea what the club will do but I'd like him to come back. He started about 25 games for West Brom last season, no reason he couldn't do the same for us.
he is shite
That's `The Lampard Zone` ain't it?
Might petition the dubious goals panel to fuck up his record.
was technically responsible for 30 of Lampard's Chelsea goals by virtue of this.
Speaking of YouTube montages vs. context as discussed upthread, there should also be a montage of Frank blazing over the bar from the edge of the D. Not sure how many times Tambling did that but Lamps will have lofty claims for that record too.
was that it meant he officially broke some record for 'Consecutive shots without scoring'.
when did we all stop calling him Frank Lampard Jr.? Was it when he went to Chelsea? I remember still referring to him as that when Avram Grant was at the helm I think, but then again I am always behind the curve...
Was sort of expecting more, guess years of exposure to bitters had warped my memory.
60-odd penalties, a dozen or so absolute screamers, plenty of lovely little runs and finishes. Triffic player.
Genuinely didn't expect a bite. Thanks.
It's not 2008 any more mate
Could conceivably be 5 representatives from one nation in the Champions League
Because if it took the place of 4th in the league here it would be pretty unfair.
Hopefully this turns it into a bit less of a joke now (here at least)
2015/16 is probably just about the right season for that kind of thinking as well
on the other it's a load of scrote that cup winners won't be able to defend the title. Actually they can probably just fail in the Champions League again and then go back into the Europa league repeating the cycle over and over until something else happens at some point in the future somewhere.
Wishful thinking though
Lovely to go to a nice European city and see my side win a trophy, especially one that hilariously puts us in a tiny European elite that most English clubs literally can never join, but neither side competing in that final should have been there.
just change the name to the euro league or something if you're that bothered about the title. champions league is much better than the premiership any day.
just change the name of the Champions League to 'The Gaylords' Mega Botty Bang'.
wont be a single team putting out a 2nd string anymore.
There'll be plenty of teams who'll prioritise domestic qualification- less likely to get fucked by a single off day
Like when Villa were in it a few years ago and just immediately binned it off, what were they prioritising then?
would go full-out to win the Europa League because it offered CL qualification? Absolutely not.
You can qualify for the CL, if you're a realisitic contender, over 30-38 games (which allow you to recover from off days, suffering a red card, maybe having some decisions against you etc). Or you can play those 30-38 games, many of them after exhausting Thursday night trips that mean you regularly play after your direct domestic rivals, as well as another 15-odd games during which even 5 minutes of misfortune or poor play dumps you out.
No way. It'll make virtually no difference to who takes it seriously. No-one will care about it unless their second strings are fortunate enough to get them through to the last few rounds.
They wouldn't just deliberately get eliminated at the earliest possible stage would they?
I take your point about some of the other failings of the tournament, it is bloated and Thursday nights are a stupid time to play but this is a step in the right direction I think.
The lesser sides (no disrespect, but it'll be Swansea and Wigan next season) who make it through to the Europa League are unlikely to have squads large enough to cope with an extra dozen games. Their first teams are unlikely to be able to cope with successive two-legged games against the bigger sides they'd likely have to face in the later rounds if they made the effort to get there. They'd win more money finishing a few places higher up the league than they would struggling through Thursday night games.
This is another move to protect the big boys, perhaps the one or two across the continent who over-stretch each year but who the CL benefits from having involved. I sincerely doubt that anyone other than a fairly regular CL qualifier will ever make it through to there via the Europa League.
but weren't we in almost unanimous agreement that it's been an excellent tournament this year? Until the Germans ran riot in the semis, i thought it had been as exciting as the Champions League this season. Benfica and Basel played some of th best football i've seen this year, and the English teams played very strong sides.
It's turning into a cracking competition, they just need to cut down the games a little. Not going to harp on about the 'straight knockout' indie points standard, but if they made it, say, a 32-team final compeition instead of 48 teams, and got rid of the Champions League clubs falling into it, that'd be great.
first few months is the domestic league. top however many go into champions league and the also rans in the europa for the rest of the season. the shit teams can fight it out for the local leagues the FA cup.
not only that but teams will strive to get into the competition. For any team outside the top 5 the Europa league will provide the most realistic chance of Champions League football, and CL football for one season for a team could be huge in terms of money and players they could attract allowing them to get a leg up on their neighbours. You can say look at that Villa team, but they were probably not that dissimilar to the Fulham team who did the complete opposite so its not like there hasnt been examples of average prem teams already taking it seriously.
Thats the whole point. This incentives the competition for all the people who arent realistic contenders. Its much easier to fluke a cup run than it is to get 4th spot. I think the carrot will be big enough to make the Europa league a attractive proposition to a lot more teams.
Presuming you're a top 5/6 team. If you're talking about the cup winners who qualify for the Europa League...that would effectively require two flukey cup runs on the trot, which is beyond all measures of non-Chelsea flukiness.
to all the quarter finalists or something.
If you start at the group stage, it's 16 games. It could be as many as 24 depending on how you qualify. 16 to 24 games is basically 50% more football crammed into the same amount of time.
Just once has the Europa League been won by a team who did not enter via the CL, and then it was Porto- a seasoned CL qualifier who suffered a rare bad domestic season the year beforehand.
The latter stages of the competition are largely taken up either by 'big' regular CL qualifiers or the big sides in domestic leagues who lack the prestige to have many, if any, automatic CL qualifying slots.
The notion that anyone unlikely to achieve domestic CL qualification will have the man power and ability to do so via a longer, more arduous qualification route (especially when, come the quarter finals or even earlier they will have to beat the sort of sides they have no hope of finishing above in their own leagues) is laughable. This is big boy CL insurance, NOT a romantic path to David vs Goliath European football.
the team that won the Europa League (Athletico) wouldn't have qualified for the Champions League automatically anyway.
The only teams able to mount a serious challenge for the Europa League will be those that finish in the CL places anyway.
What happens then though? does the place go to the Europa League runner up? One of the semi-finalists?
March and Aprils are fun enough Spurs-wise anyway, but this should pretty much guarantee they overstretch their resources whilst naively trying to compete on two fronts.
where has this myth come from that hes that good? or even good.
fair enough he wants Martinez to stay but why out right lie? Martinez has little to no tactical awareness, he has no idea of how to organise a team defensively which was the main reason why Wigan got deservedly relegated. Martinez in truth should be grateful to hold on to his job at Wigan after 8 years there he should have worked out how to get them play well across the season and not just in April / May time.
he's only 39 where did i get 8 years from?
what else am i wrong about?
Found myself agreeing with this yesterday: http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/fanseyeview/archive/2013/05/23/how-roberto-martinez-took-wigan-backwards.aspx
Still be sad when he goes :(
I'd like to see...
- an 18-team top division, everyone plays eachother either side of a break in January, not far of as it is in the Bundesliga. All league games are played on the actual fucking weekend, leaving midweek for cup games.
- Re: European qualification, i think a fair compromise between what we have now and the "it should do what it says on the tin" merchants, the Champions qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The runners-up get a place in the qualifiers. Similarly, 3rd place automatically qualifies for the Europa League, 4th place gets a place in the qualifiers.
- Re: Relegation, pretty much as is, but expanded to four going straight down. The top three come up automatically, then play-offs for 4th-7th.
- All other levels are also 18-team divisions - the Championship, followed by, if it could be proved that it could work, regionalised North, Midlands and South third tier divisions. I suspect there would be some pretty mental boundary issues, but it makes sense £££wise to me, though as a traditionalist, i don't mind it the way it is, but the leagues need to be smaller.
- FA Cup's generally fine, but obviously no semi-finals at Wembley, instead just at a reasonably equidistant ground between the teams. Keep replays up until but not including the semis. The final will be the last game of the season, the only fixture on that day and will kick off at 3pm. Each country's cup winner goes into the Cup Winners' Cup. The draws will be done on Monday lunchtimes following each round, radio only.
- Scrap the League Cup altogether. As good as it's been for clubs like Bradford and Swansea this year, balls to it, as entertaining as it can occasionally be.
- Scrap the Community Shield. Load of shite. We don't need a meaningless game to tell us who's better out of the title winners and the cup winners, it's always the former. If we need some sort of season opener to raise money for charity, have some sort of All Stars game; a Premier League XI v an invited Best XI from other major leagues, or a pretige European club side or something, but i'd just do away with it completely.
- The Champions League, as we've got wanky about many times, two legged knockouts all the way through, but not including the final, which will be played midweek at night. The winners automatically get to try to retain their trophy.
- Europa League's more or less a copycat competition, but with the different sides, as discussed above, no Champions League sides dropping in, and like above, neutral one-legged semis. The winners automatically get to try to retain their trophy. No 6pm kickoffs.
- One final thing, a bit more far-fetched. We should have Academy leagues that mirror the proper leagues. Same teams, same fixtures. The academy games are played before the senior games, in the same grounds, and inclusive of ticket price for the senior games. People can go if they want, don't have to, the young players get to play infront of more people, more young players might get chances on the back of performances, better value for money for fans, idk, i've not really thought this through.
Anyway, this is becoming an essay. Shoot, or just say 'none', or ignore it altogether, or meths can say something funny...
That was even longer than i thought.
saying that, i dont think i've ever, and i do mean ever, watched it.
and have 1 big euro league. or maybe as i've put above:
Besides, playing local rivals is much more important to most genuine football supporters than playing teams from Europe, and rightly so.
but there's so many more armchair supporters nowadays and it's so much easier to ingest all the content (probably a phrase UEFA employees use) out there from the comfort of your own, or other peoples homes. i dont go to football stadiums anymore cos i can't bare the people in them. football is too big now to just think domestically. as i always say, you want the best teams playing against the best teams. we're not all ultras.
I'd make the league cup officially what it has kind of turned into anyway though. Bring in some kind of Olympics esque U23 + 3 seniors rule for it.
We won't be fiddling with your tinpot bacon league.
but in answer to that one: I like Monday night football. As a neutral watching on TV that is - don't really like it when your own team is involved.
someone get this guy a girlfriend, stat
i've done a 9-hour shift this morning whilst you fat office monkeys have been scratching your arses on here and talking about shreddies, t-shirts and nearly talking to women all day.
and make the top 5 divisions 20/20/20/20/20 with 3 up 3 down between them.
haven't read your post
losing team gets shot dead
where football was invented.
doesn't really matter what time it is in bongo bongo land.
massive shorts obligatory.
games only to be filmed in black and white.
white police horses to appear at EVERY game. no exceptions.
you can't have 2 matches played near back-to-back on the same pitch. This will cause varying degrees of damage on the pitches, which will increase injuries and poor quality football in the main matches and damage the pitches over the course of a season.
Your idea is great though - play the academy match at a training ground or spare Saturday when the first team are playing away or it's an international break with the entry being free but dependent on having purchased a ticket to a specified previous first team match.
Eto'o was insanely too good to see out his career in some Siberian wasteland. Would have been amazing to see him in the Premier League.