Gosh I'm hyped.
Stan Collymore goes nuts on talksport/twitter
apparently Kyle Walker got injured and that's about it
played an absolutely ridiculous $$$ friendly in St.Louis at about 3am this morning. If you love goals, goals, goals, defenders falling over a lot, commentator cliches, and American's making Ric Flair noises, and how could anyone not like all those things, here...
- Chelsea basically cheated in the first half by playing their first team
- I like American pundits. They might not sound that nuanced, but it's nice to hear analysis from a slightly different perspective that isn't couched in all the cliches that most English pundits rely on.
- Great dummy by David Luiz for City's fourth.
instead of nil.
it's two zip to Chelsea.
when a game is goalless?
'LOOK AT THAT BAWALL FROM OBI MIKEL!' when obi mikel plays it out of defence into central midfield.
it's a different perspective innit. ok the ball wasn't a lock-picker or a defence-splitter, but he is right that it basically set up the attack and made the goal possible.
A big £3 on Bayern to win from behind at 8/1 for me.
4/5 for Bayern still seems a very big price. i don't really want to gamble that much, though, as it might spoil the game for me a bit. very tempted to back Bayern minus a couple of goals. i've not checked, but i think it should probably be somewhere around 6/1.
Not a lot of value there at all though.
after betting on them in the group stages. I think i might back Bayern though.
1-0 to Wolfsburg thanks to a rather unfortunate handball by the Lyon defender. I love the old-time Corinthian values in the women's game - there's almost no fouling, but when there is, it's an absolute clear-the-player-into-the-stand thump rather than a snidey tug on the jersey.
Proper injuries too - there was a clash of heads that you could hear from the other side of the pitch and another incident when a girl was playing on with blood spraying out of a wound on her leg. Real vintage stuff.
great bunch o'lasses
real shame as i LOVE watching football when arjen robben is on the pitch. great value.
I hope to God that Meulensteen is going nowhere.
Eric Steele is surprising as well though, De Gea speaks very highly indeed of him and GK coach is incredibly important when you've got such a young lad as your first choice.
Chris Woods is one of Moyes' main coaches, isn't he? Always quite likely he'd make the move, along with Round.
PNev will probably come in as first-team coach as well, with Pulis as Assistant Manager/Tactics Chief.
He can be that midfield bastard we need.
My knowledge of Everton's coaching setup is limited at best, assumed he'd bring Round with him but that's where my thoughts begin and end.
My knowledge of GK coaching as a job is so non-existant that it's pointless to even discuss it but replacing a guy who has a great relationship with your No.1 and has turned him into the league's best keeper (!) seems very risky. Wasn't Chris Woods shite at dealing with crosses as well?
originaly from a fairly reliable source, that Ferguson wanted to sign Joe Hart in late January after hearing stories he'd had a barny with Mancini?
Bit surprised, to be honest. Thought de Gea was doing alright.
Don't believe for one minute that any sort of swap deal involving Wayne Rooney would've ever been mooted.
Didn't give it a moments thought
one would assume that Chris Woods' coaching might have had something to do with it.
I think there's also a lot in the differences in requirements of GKs at the respective sides though. This applies moreso to Foster/Kzuzjiazkjick than Howard but still applies to some extent, they all struggled with being called upon so rarely (comparatively) and the levels of concentration that that required. They all do a lot better now given that they have work to do more regularly, how much of that is down to coaching and how much is down to situation I'm not sure.
Pity they're both at Wembley thsi year, much better when they're on the same day like last season
Good for him.
Gonna record it and hope for the best.
you know how 99% of transfer rumours are made up, how hard do you think it would be to get one properly going, in the papers, on Sky, the radio, etc? We should do it, just for the craic. It'd have to be one that was vaguely possible, of interest to the footballing public, and not just completely ridiculous like Carlton Cole signing for Barca. Everyone casually mentions it on other forums (they exist), Facebook, Twitter, etc, see if people latch onto it.
Christ, i'm bored.
Got a Reina to Arsenal/Stekelenburg to Liverpool rumour on SSN and paper accounts etc. Great stuff.
Some guy on a Wolves forum said his girlfriend's brother's fiance's uncle (seriously) was a director at Crewe and had told him at a barbecue that Steve Davis had had an interview for the Wolves job.
Two days later all the regional papers, and even large sites like the BBC, were reporting that Wolves were about to appoint him, while betting had been suspended long before. And that's for a League 1 team - there's so little information out there at the end of May/through June that any scrap gets picked up by everyone.
I read just this morning that Steve Davis is being interviewed for the job today. Either that all has come from this guy, or he's guessed correctly.
My point is that "he has been interviewed as one of maybe a dozen candidates" was turned into "he's agreeing personal terms after a second interview" *very rapidly*.
How easy would it be to manipulate a dickhead chairmen or manager into buying a player they'd previously never had any interest in by making up a rumour?
who was the kid at centre-half for Chelsea last night/this morning? Had an atrocious game, the poor lad.
Think he's from Norway.
Backing a new manager to be appointed on betfair, get the rumour mill rattling, cash out when the price falls off a cliff
i don't really want that to happen
He has done brilliantly well at my club. 2nd in the SPL is us effectively winning 'our' league and the style of football we've played has been a joy to watch. He just signed a 2 year contract 2 months ago, so fingers crossed he'll stay.
what an honourable guy.
+ that sheff united job must be a proper poisoned chalice by now
Can we have a San Marino, Gibraltar, Andorra and the Faroe Islands play-off just before the next European Championships?
If they ever qualify for the Champions League (Europa League) and have to play us it will be really weird and funny.
Also they have a team called FC Hound Dogs
For entities with population below, say, 100,000. And they should allow certain countries to enter as one, like the West Indies in cricket (so, say, the Channel Islands could enter as one nation).
Not only would it give players in those nations something to aim for, whoever wins each regional tournament then earns the right to be the minnow for World Cup/Euro/etc. qualification instead of San Marino and Andorra turning up each year to give out free points.
Admittedly I think this would leave the Oceania federation with only New Zealand as a member but it's about time that was folded into the Asian Federation anyway.
Jersey's only just under 100,000 alone, now I've checked. Both Jersey and the Isle of Man have larger populations than Andorra, and a combined Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man team (let's call it the Crown Dependencies FC) would be nearly as big as Iceland. You wouldn't put Iceland in this tournament.
So yeah, a tournament that included Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Faroe Islands. Maybe include other weird anomalies like Vatican City and the Åland Islands if they want in. Then the winner gets entered into the wider continental groups.
I imagine the Andorras of this world make a tidy packet when Germany or whoever comes to play a qualifier against them, you're not going to get much of a gate for Andorra vs St Kitts & Nevis.
involving countries not recognised by fifa
Åland beat the Isle of Wight in the last final.
Gibraltar got smashed 9-0 and 8-0 in the group stage by the Isle of Man and Greenland. Ouch.
I mean it should all kind of be collated into one big minor nation love-in.
Nice PR, but bollocks if you ask me
Pity it fits the exact template of about 100 other signings done in the past 18 months
- Higuain's signing for Juve.
- Arsenal apparently open to offers for Vermaelen. £5m!?!
- James Rodrigues and Moutinho to Monaco for £50m apparently not bullshit after all.
Porto don't tend to do things in a straightforward manner when it comes to transfers. On the face of it they have an excellent and hugely profitable turnover of players, but in reality most of that money never goes to the club.
Depending on the fee, that could be a decent addition to our 3 current centrebacks. Not so happy if he's meant to be replacing Vermaelen
But Juve seems a perfect fit for him. They just need someone who concentrates on goals, their approach play is usually fine.
But the more I think about it the more it seems an excellent signing. Apparently not a done deal though but he'll surely leave for either Juve or Arsenal, and if the price is too high for Wenger he's out. Imagining a Llorente/Higuain partnership, backed up by 2 of Marchisio/Vidal/Pogba and flanked by Asamoah/Lichsteiner...it's pretty good. Juve for CL semis next year I think...but they take their eye off Serie A and Milan/Napoli/Fiorentina (long shot) nip in.
^True #opinion posting
Still no silverware for Arsenal. :-(
1) Grays Athletic - 14 goals conceded (42 games)
2) Arsenal - 14 (38)
3) Merthyr Town - 16 (42)
=) Skelmersdale United - 16 (42)
5) Concord Rangers - 17 (42)
6) Gillingham - 18 (46)
=) Kidderminster - 18 (46)
8) Halifax - 18 (42)
=) Maidstone - 18 (42)
10) Grimsby - 19 (46)
=) Gainsborough - 19 (46)
A guy finishes a 12 hour shift down the pits, the first thing he wants to know as he emerges from the lift shaft is the Hollywood stuff like who scored most goals at home in the premier league if you scratch out the champions league places. *West Ham!* a passing child in a flat cap cries out. *oh yeah thought so. That Big Sam does play some good stuff at times despite the reputation. How did they do away from home?* he asks the boy, but the child is too far in the distance and cannot answer him. The man doesn't care. That statistic isn't important. And only THEN does he ask for his dinner.
Townsend suspended over possible dodgy betting
the FA are bang on with their cookies warning.
Even the most hardened Arsenal fan has got to be able to take something from that
but somehow Morgan manages it with ease.
Don't have to be an Arsenal fan to get that.
"Piers, have you never left a job for better prospects and more money? Of course you have. You are a cunt, after all."
so, so true
However, this is EXACTLY the sort of thing that dicks like Morgan lap up
It'll just make him think he's some kind of legitimate voice in football even more now. He's sub-Lovejoy in that regard already.
I know we are talking about two almost indescribable bags of shit here, but I somehow think Lovejoy is worse, just because of the fact that he stopped supporting Watford to support Chelsea.
Forza here has me bang to rights so far as abandoning your boyhood club goes.
We'd beaten Man U about 4 months beforehand and eventually took Chelsea to a replay at Roots Hall. He later admitted that his research had involved making everything he wrote up.
A cloying, sycophantic sniff you revels in how little he knows. But he's never been an influential, complicit figure in a systematic abuse of power and trust that obfuscated the investigation of a murdered child.
That's literally the only grounds I can defend him on, but he stills stacks up well compared to Morgan.
WHO CARES ABOUT FACTS, EH?!!
But nobody actually reached the end of it.
*link to WSC review*
and to be fair to the guy, while he might not really know much about football, he really knows his shit on antiques.
'I've never heard of Southend. They're probably just really glad to get a day out and earn a few bob here. It'll be the game that settles Scholari's nerves and we'll push on after this walkover.
Scholari got fired about 9 days later I think.
I think the most annoying thing is calling him Van Pursestrings. Anyone over the age of 10 who does things like that should probably go for a lie down in the traffic.
it's atrocious. I've seen actual grown adults spell Spurs as 'sp*rs' as well. Adults.
Some of them are worse than others.
Get rid of - Manure, Chavski, Citeh, Shitty, Sours, Joke.
Keep - ManYoo, The Chavs, Spuds, anything that mocks Liverpool, ever, but espeially Bin Dippers, Wham.
Let's not get all superior and go for indie points here by dismissing them all, some have their merits.
Wham is good.
that these sort of terms are pretty tiresome, van Pursestrings is actually pretty funny, imho.
Suck it, Collingwood!
This weekend's fine, i can work a massive couch/drinking sesh around the Champions League Final and Froch v Kessler, then there's a bit of La Liga and the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday, but beyond that, man...a couple of England friendlies and the Confederations Cup's about as good as it gets. Might have to actually start leaving the house again.
murray's injured though so who cares
You've become the bitterest person on here, mate.
I prefer the old OBT.
given that the blunts are up shit creek financially I doubt they would have been able to afford his compensation anyway
3 - Jamie Carragher scored as many goals for Tottenham (own goals) as he did for Liverpool. Retired.
not really an indication of things to come.
''I wanna thanks all the Wigan fans,the club,the coaching staff and all the players for 3 great years I had in Wigan.
It were with ups and downs, but the most important whiny is that I learned a lot and improve my self ..
I'm truly thanks full for the opportunity of Wigan gave me and I'm very proud that I have been part of this club .. Thanks a lot every one."
Quotheth his twitter.
the kid's a senior international for the country with the best set of attackers in world football.
talented lad, just not at a club who play to his strengths.
argentina must have been having an injury of mammoth proportions if he has managed to get any playing time for them
Figueroa and di Santo released. Boyce and Stam yet to be offered new deals. Piscu, Jones, Crusat, Alcaraz, Pollitt seemingly leaving but meh. none of the loans being made permanent. the rumour mongerers are saying Maloney's talking to West Brom, and that the two Macs are on the radars of Liverpool & Spurs.
was reading before that Figueroa's talking to West Brom, Jones to Cardiff, think Stam and di Santo will get deals elsewhere. hopefully Boyce will, too. can't really comment on the others.
Martinez to Fulham is gathering pace as well. sounds like Jol's abroad discussing potential returns to Holland, maybe Germany.
* lots of this might be bollocks.
If you count Mcmanaman
pity to go when he's got the dialect down so well.
and still be so shit at the language.
It's hard not to enjoy watching the current Bayern side, or to respect them as a club, or the job Heyckes has done, so i'd be happy enough for them to win it, especially after their recent chokes in finals, but it'd honestly restore my faith in football and give me a massive chubby if Klopp and Dortmund managed to win it. Sadly(ish), i think they're destined to be valiant nearly men, and i can see Bayern winning comfortably. Just hope it's competitive and we get a few goals.
2-0 to Brian Munchkin
I won't be too unhappy whichever side wins, but would prefer Dortmund to (even if the thought of it giving you a 'massive chubby' is not one I prefer to dwell on). Just hope for an entertaining game.
but I have a soft spot for the Bayern fans after last year, great bunch of Bavarian lads. Never nice to keep falling at the last few hurdles, especially under circumstances (ie in your own ground, with your captain falling over ...) that absolutely everyone else in your country considers one of the high points of their existence.
Though I don't have so much love for Bayern as I the classy elements (ridiculously cheap tickets) are just there to cover up the ruthless side of the club (we'll just take Goetze and Lewandowski thankyouverymuch).
the set-up of the league is obviously incredible in how competitive it is, but Bayern are still the only team who have the power to take everyone else's best players just so they can't play them anymore
Is that they play for Dortmund, so it would weaken their nearest rivals. I'm not saying that they're not good signings, but who they both play for is no coincidence. As stated, is jut makes next season very predictable.
There is a good argument in here though, because other clubs have also said in the past they were helping their own league by paying big fees for the best domestic players. Look at Lyon, they did the same, and Jean-Michel Aulas always said it was for good of the league (but really he's probably just saying that for an excuse). By contrast, he was quite annoyed by PSG effectively bankrolling Serie A rather than French players. There's a decent argument to say that by ignoring Ligue 1, PSG have contributed to how undervalued French players are atm (leading to the mass exodus to Tyneside).
Well I don't know about Lewandowski but Goetze had a clause in his contract that meant when Bayern bid Dortmund had to accept it. So it was just up to Goetze himself, and he wanted to go.
It's not like a point was going to come when Bayern wouldn't be a league rival.
Why would any club have those clauses if they had the choice? They are purely there for the player's own benefit, and refusing to put one in if it is requested may make a player much less likely to sign the contract.
Hard to look past Liverpool v Milan in 2005, really, isn't it? Obviously there are memorable moments in others, like United fluking '99, Zidane's goal at Hampden, and Barca utterly ruining United twice was great, but i'm gonna go for the indie points. Genuinely enjoyed Juve v Milan in '03 immensely. Tens of thousands of crazy Italians on your doorstep, had a huge sense of occasion about it i've rarely seen for a domestic game, and despite being 0-0 it was a thoroughly watchable game. That's my favourite, but obviousy not the best.
I don't even think it was a good game, but it was the first time I properly watched European football.
It's mad how quickly you forget what happened in these games and can only remember the result. ITV4's been doing a run of CL shows and it reminded just how much Bayern had battered United in that final- I'd revised history to imagine that Bayern finally succombed to pressure and nothing could be further from the truth. So many details of our penalty defeat that I'd forgotten about ... The United win has always felt like the inevitable consequence of that game but in truth we controlled pretty much the whole game. Plenty of people I know have already mythologised last year as some sort of team defensive masterclass rather than a two or three Chelsea individuals being outstanding and Bayern wasteful.
03' or 05'? You don't get indie points for 05', that's for sure.
For the record Liverpool winning is the standout principally because it has little competition. CL finals are rarely bad games but it's even more rare that they're as mad as that. The only thing missing from that occasion was the feeling that you were watching a genuinely great team win, like you got when watching Barca in 09' and 11'.
Got high hopes for today, think it has the makings of the best final this century. Cue 0-0...
05' has no competition in the period I've been watching finals. Obviously there are some great 90s finals.
Juve v Milan at Old Trafford is my pick, and favourite.
obviously Milan 3 Liverpool 3 was THE BEST final, but as a spectacle, i enjoyed '03 more.
first one i watched and i guess i was a baby man utd fan.
pretty sure i enjoyed juve-milan too, unless i've been brainwashed by james richardson
me and the little brother got sent upstairs to watch it on a portable black and white TV so my mum could watch Eastenders or something. don't think anything will top that for pure innocent, unbridled joy. Probably the reason I am a bigger fan than my dad now.
Particularly as they'd nearly thrown it away in the semi as well.
Entirely objectively, however, the 2005 final was the best I can remember watching. I remember some Liverpool fans in the pub actually left in disgust at half time. Imagine how they must've felt when they turned the news on later!
he seems like one of the good guys
But fuck that, DORTMUND DORTMUND DER BVB!
and hopefully a penalty shoot-out, i love a good penalty shoot-out when it's 2 teams i couldn't care a less about.
so we don't need to run him into the ground again next season.
The press rarely pick up on who City are going for, though. Them being linked with Cavani and Isco makes me think they're not really after those two at all.
I actually think City would be fine to go as they are now, with Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko and Guidetti, because the new manager will be playing a system that should play to their strengths more. Much more important they add another playmaker, i think.
What i think will actually happen is Tevez will leave, the other three will stay, and one big name striker will come in, most likely Luis Suarez. Cavani will go to Real, neither Manchester club will touch Falcao with a bargepole because he's third-party owned, Zlatan's too old, Rooney's too fat, there aren't many other standout candidates.
whilst it was a bit rich the United fans immediately forgetting the rape allegations against Van Persie the second they signed him, they were only allegations. Trying to support someone who is a proven racist, biting, diving twat will be a little bit more difficult.
football's gone morally and is just about having the best players. if you don't then you risk, y'know, becoming Arsenal.
He misses on average 6 games per season through suspension. He is obviously a destabilising influence in the dressing room, and on the field demands everything flows through him; notice how much more of a team side Liverpool look without him. He's obviously an incredibly talented player, and to a club of Liverpool's stature that makes him worth it, but it's worthless us talking about organic this and holistic that and then bringing yet another Hughes-era-esque big ego who is liable to not being available for the important occasions.
and I was in charge of this city team swapping Dzecko for Cavani, offloading Tevez and bringing in someone like Benteke would make me happy.
Then I'd desperately try to add a couple of players with pace and acceleration higher than 10 in midfield.
properly iconic player.
Everything about the club, its ethics, the manager, the stadium, their supporters is just fucking sexy and brilliant and just better than anything we have here.
still reeling from Tyldesly comparing BVB to the fucking Crazy Gang.
Reus is so good.
about 20 of the 22 players on show would walk into the English champions strongest XI without question.
All of them. What a game!
need to get one whilst they're on top like this. Bayern look a bit tentative.
nasty and fairly deliberate-looking arm in the face from Ribery there...
era City style defending from corners by Dortmund so far.
but he's no Lindegaard.
in the two seasons before Klopp got the Dortmund job his Mainz side were relegated and then finished fourth in the second tier.
would've kinda been like Arsenal appointing Ian Holloway last summer.
doing a Tic-Tac incident homage there. How hard can it be to switch the ads of?
Got £20 on him to score and Dortmund to win.
He's lucky to still be on the pitch. Loving this game so far.
did Robben pussy out of that?
gutted that volley didn't count...
I hope that Dortmunds defence improves soon
we have enough fans.
Who can I support then. Nobody would want my support.
Ah fuck off
You'd fit right in.
best guys ever
Went a bit stodgy in the second half when Bayern's players started throwing themselves at the ground at every available opportunity. Always forget how horrible Ribery is, and what a moany, whingy face City Reject has. They deserved to win, mind. Bar Hummels Dortmund's backline was dodge as fuck, don't think they successfully defended a corner all game, and they never got Lewandowski into it.
That goal line clearance from Subotic!
Really don't know why. Poor Dortmund :(
For Dortmund they're really going to struggle to keep the team together so who knows when they'll get another chance. If Bayern had lost the psychological impact of losing two consecutive finals could've been huge.
But even I could see that that was some quality football. Very entertaining stuff.
Dortmund were pretty toothless on the attack and wide open at the back. As much as I'd have liked them to win, Bayern were just better.
Fucking hate Ribery though.
ahead of Madrid, and Barca, in that order. just decided.
could be a blessing really
Above Dortmund, work that one out.
Pot 2 should contain PSG, Juve, Atletico Madrid, possibly Milan.
Pot 3 should contain Dortmund, Ajax, Leverkusen.
Much of a muchness, isn't it. Don't know if there's a huge advantage being in Pot 2 or Pot 3. It depends on how lucky you get with your draw from Pot 4, which should contain Napoli, Celtic, Anderlecht.
PSG and Napoli for City next season then?
Barca PSG and Napoli
Sounds about right.
to be studying the form card to hand pick United's group again?
may have been different had Gotze played and had Dante been deservedly sent off but those things didn't happen so let's all move on and look forward to the Confederations Cup
he was wearing his number 34 shirt. He looked really happy, which you can't blame him for. It's his night!
han var ikke på bænken men kom åbenbart alligevel med for at se kampen osv.
his precious team finally got their coveted prize after so many close cals
The absolute state of that.
but couldn't do much at all tonight, from all reports.
I think he might be THE player that lives up to the "doesn't do it on the big stage" tag that gets thrown at most talented players that don't play in the premier league or la liga.
But he did set up the winning goal with a pretty good touch so he wasn't completely absent......
or played Sunday league, he'd huff and puff like a twat and do precisely fuck all, but everyone would still come away with the impression that he was quality. It's like he could do his 'thing' at any level.
what is it about Danes and not being able to defend?
What sandwich are you eating?
You were saying recently that you were nearly 17 stones!
You'll probably also remember that I'm 6'5", chubster.
him and messi in the same side will make for entertaining viewing over the next few years
Barca have apparently paid €20m (£17m) for his 'economical rights' (the 45% of the player owned by third parties), and €25m (£21.3m) to Santos, so €45m (£38.3m) in total. Less than Monaco paid for James Rodrigues.
Anyway, my memory might be a bit dodgy but I recall after Zidane's world record move to Real there were loads of rumours about even bigger transfers over the next few years, but none materialised (probably because the pressure of being a world record signing is so huge). So there was quite a gap before Ronaldo's move, and I reckon the same will happen again. Plus the economy is really there atm
Heaven help me
(or EU, at least). I think that the money is still there, but it's now not spent in a one-off payment to a players' previous club, but rather it's also paid out more to the players, agents and rights owners, depending on how much of their contract they have left to run. If you tot all of that up, it has continued to go up as a trend.
last night my mate (who i have) kept pronouncing gotze like GOATS
In whic case it'd be gerrtze
he was excellent first half.
and was texted the result after 30 seconds ... Still, good game and well worth watching even after I knew the ending.
Some pretty funny defending in the second City-Chelsea game.
John Terry isn't in any of those
Scottish Cup Final.
Sorry, Women's FA Cup final- I've had a better offer
With ith being a derby, and between too teams only separated by a point in the league, I wouldn't be too surprised if it was a bit cagey. But neither side have really done boring this year, though obviously Roma have toned down the madness now Zeman has gone. Although Roma have been involved in deplorable supporter behaviour recently, Lazio really are a difficult club to like so I'm praying for a Giallorosso win, with a Totti goal to seal it.
...and parts of the media believe them!
First up, everyone (Splitterwill, esp.) will be pleased to learn that Collingwood went done to Sydney (55-102) on Friday night. Mirroring Collingwood's own surprise defeat of Sydney last round, following their loss to Freo the week before, Sydney put in a suprisingly convincing win over the Pies in an away game after drawing against Freo last week. (There's something about Freo this season that seems to be bringing the best out of their opposition, albeit a week after the contest.)
Of course, it wasn't Sydney's victory as such that was the surprise, only the margin of the win. Similarly, while there were a few surprises this round, there was nothing outside the reasonable range of expectation. Most surprising was the Bulldogs' win over the Saints (110-101), and Adelaide's thrilling/cruel 1-point victory over this season's perpetual bridesmaids North Melbourne, despite the latter leading the entire game (at times by 30 or more points) until literally the last 15 seconds of the game when Petrenko in any empty goal square soccered it through to bring the Crows 1 point in front.
As for forum favourites Fremantle, we had a solid 90-point win over perennial losers Melbourne Demons (130-40) at Subi this evening. While the game itself was far from inspiring — never has an A-grade AFL game felt so lacking in tension; by half time I was actually cheering the Demon's every winning tackle and charge into their forward 50 — this week's win sees Fremantle claim 4th on the ladder by virtue of percentage advantage over the Swans (despite their healthy winning margin over the Pies). With the now 5th-placed Sydney facing 3rd-placed Essendon next week, Freo's hold on 4th place is assured, so long as we can win next round's game against the Crows in Adelaide (by no means a given).
The interesting but perhaps not surprising bit is where he basically admits that the former G14 clubs essentially run football and tell him what to do.
He's an absolute crook.
when the figurehead behind it hardly even bothers to hide the truth any more.
when their own best interests would have seen them laugh it out of the room, is quite bemusing.
Pretty much the only logical move, especially since Aletico don't want to sell to Real. I say logical, but it's kind of sad. Monaco aren't the first super rich new boys on the block, but I reckon they're the first with virtually no redeeming factors. Fuck 'em, and fuck Peter Kenyon too.
It's not hard to understand the attraction to living in Monaco, either.
However attractive Moaco is, it is the capitalist's dream, and so muh smaller than most clubs. They don't have the attendances to back up being a large club, but can afford to do so because of their swindle-worthy tax rate. At least with PSG, for example, their players are paying large percentages to the French government and giving their large, economically normal supporter base some long awaited success.
Yeah alright, it's a good place to earn and live, so fair enough to Falcao, Rodriguez and Moutinho. But I wish no more success on them or their club.
do you really think any south american footballers would leave the continent if economics weren't a consideration? for them going to monaco isn't any different from the english players who went to colombia in the 50s or the US in the 70s. they don't have any emotional involvement at all.
i think enzo francescoli is one of my favourite ever players partly because he based his european career around where was nice to live, so he spent his prime in sardinia sat on a beach.
I just dislike that club pretty intensely so can't really see myself celebrating a Falcao goal any time soon. But that fact is hardly going to keep him awake at night.
Not the best few weeks for their fans.
Jorge Jesus doesn't come across as the most sympathetic of characters but you have to feel a bit for the supporters. Not a fun end to the season at all.
and Rafa went to Paris instead. I need to stop thinking about football before I sleep