Predictions for the week?
Expect several more upper and mid table teams to plunder the depths of La Liga in similar fashion.
That should give you something to moan about.
you can't have beef with presser.
Just let me enjoy the summer. You'll have your time.
We'll get Owen Feckin Coyle or some other cunt.
He's been linked to a few vacancies. Is it because his brother talks moderately sensible football chat on the telly?
Croatia must be so embarrassed
Pleased about that, with Bentekkers taking all the credit last year I thought he might feel unloved and leave.
They seemed to be playing most of them because they couldn't afford anyone else and they weren't Richard Dunne.
But yes, generally, they are have been overhyped and are not actually that young in the scheme of things.
i like the look of Lowton, but he might be about 30 now.
what happened to Herd(?) ?
it's like people who have a phobia of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of their mouth or something, but all the smoke that gets blown up Paul Lambert's arse winds me right up for no obvious reason at all. Makes me all tense for some reason - I've got nothing against Villa whatsoever.
He had money to spend and CHOSE to use it on young and/or lower league players - there's nothing particularly admirable or even sensible about that given they spend 80% of the season getting tonked and at severe risk of relegation.
If they all turn out to bloom and in 2 years he has a brilliant team - which seems to be the prevailing conventional wisdom that this is DEFINITELY going to happen - then all power to him, but given most of them are 23 or 24 then there's surely more chance that they'll get *slightly* but not madly better.
To be fair to the Villa fans I know, they all seem far less likely to buy into the narrative than neutral *pundits*
no-one needs to read that post.
I thought he got a lot of stick.
I think you're wrong, anyway. Particularly with the money- he may have chosen to spend money on certain players, but he'll have been very limited in what wages he can offer. That's what Lerner has targeted because the wage bill as a proportion of income was monstrous under O'Neil and his immediate successors, reportedly as high as 90%. Wages are by far the biggest expense to consider when signing a player and they're often a factor in deciding the fee- might seem counter intuitive, but cheaper players often command higher wages than those of a similar stature.
I think Lambert's done very well with some very deep cost-cutting.
I think it is.
so this would technically be encompassed by that umbrella, yes.
I just don't think a £25m transfer budget and a remit to lower the wages a bit is THAT challenging a feat. He finished one place higher than McLeish, who had an AWFUL, avert-your-eyes-if-you-value-life season.
in 3 years, you ignoramus. There hasn't been a English better managerial achievement in the past few years.
Still unconvinced by Villa but Lambert is a bit special.
It's my hate-fetish and I'll deal with it, but I'm not going to be able to get any work done if people keep replying to it due an inability to let it lie.
andrew davies signed a new contract :))))))
comes with injury and red card baggage but he'll be one of the best defenders in league 1. apparently he turned down offers from boro and other championship clubs too what a nutjob
Gonna take weeks to clear up that much journalistic semen.
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) to Man Utd or Chelsea
Nampalys Mendy (Monaco) to Man Utd
Nani (Man Utd) to Monaco
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) to PSG, Chelsea or Monaco
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) to Napoli
Edinson Cavani (Napoli) to Chelsea or Man City
Luis Alberto (Sevilla) to Liverpool
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Partizan Belgrade) to Arsenal
Gonzalo Higuain (Rela Madrid) to Arsenal or Juventus
Toby Alderweireld (Ajax) to Liverpool or Spurs
Lazar Markovic (Partizan Belgrade) to Chelsea or Benfica
Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) to Chelsea or Man Utd
Eliaquim Mangala (Porto) to Chelsea
Ola Toivonen (PSV) to Fulham
Eduardo Silva (Benfica) to Everton
Jesus Navas (Sevilla) to Man City
Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) to Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool or Man Utd
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) to Arsenal or Man Utd
Pepe Reina (Liverpool) to Barcelona
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) to Arsenal
Julio Cesar (QPR) to Arsenal
Gareth Bale (Spurs) to Real Madrid
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) to Man Utd
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) to Napoli
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) to Arsenal or Liverpool
And will be loaning him to Benfica. Which is odd.
but according to Partizan chairman Dragan Djuric, Chelsea signed the player last year and is loaning him now to Benfica.
That said I think Walcott would look like the fastest man in the world as he continually mugged off geriatric Italian centre backs.
so it must be true
not sneijder again
£15m and he's yours
That's not going to happen is it?
as Ben Watson just signed a new two year deal. The manager, Phil Simkin, has recently signed a new one year deal. Charlie Clough and Kieffer Moore are still on the books too. Thought they'd get snapped up quicksticks. The local press said Moore impressed on trial at Charlton earlier in the summer but not heard anything since. Should imagine he'll be gone fairly soon though.
Lost a few players since the player budget cut was announced but Watson re-signing has cheered me. Got a decent shot of not being relegated if he can bang in twenty or so goals next season.
Leeds United agree a deal to sign Oldham Athletic striker Matt Smith, the Championship club confirms.
The 24-year-old is out of contract at Boundary Park and will officially join United on 1 July on a two year deal.
Presumably no-one bit when he made all that noise about Wayne Bridge(!). Imagine how different things would be if he took that Ukraine job last year...
a manager with no affiliation wanting to manage a middling club where he's deeply unpopular based partially on the colours of the kit
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo) to Liverpool
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona) to Man Utd or Man City
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) to Real Madrid
Tiago Ilori (Sporting Lisbon) to Liverpool
Tom Ince (Blackpool) to Crystal Palace, Spurs or Liverpool
Matt Philips (Blackpool) TO Crystal Palace
Roman Golobart (Wigan) to Crystal Palace
Carlos Tevez (Man City) to Liverpool, AC Milan or Juventus
El Shaarawy (AC Milan) to Man City
Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) to Napoli
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke) to Liverpool
Bernard (Atletico Mineiro) to Spurs or Borussia Dortmund
Shay Given (Aston Villa) to Celtic or Hull
Gary Hooper (Celtic) to Norwich
Luke Shaw (Southampton) to Man Utd
Leighton Baines (Everton) to Man Utd
Nani (Man Utd) to Galatasaray
Alessandro Rosina (Siena) to Sunderland
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) to Man utd or PSG
Joshua Guilavogui (Saint Etienne) to Sunderland
Toby Alderweireld (Ajax) to Arsenal
Clément Grenier (Lyon) to Arsenal
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon) to Hull
Ivelin Popov (Kuban Krasnodar) to Aston Villa
Marco Van Ginkel (Vitesse) to Chelsea
Ibrahim Affelay (Barcelona) to Spurs
Can't help but think that Liverpool's doldrum days are going to be going on for quite a while.
Incidentally, the Western Mail have been reporting stuff about Laudrup allegedly being unhappy with the board for some reason. Dunno how much truth there is in that, mind.
Christian Eriksen (Ajax) to AC Milan
Nicklas Helenius (Aab) to Celta Vigo
Aab have just posted on their official site that they're negotiating a deal at the moment.
don't know if he'll be able to get into the Aston Villa team ahead of Benteke/Weimann.
Would be delighted if we signed him, although central midfield isn't really a priority tbh.
Olsen seems to not like his attitude. He's made a couple of appearances for the senior national team and gone for the audacious both times instead of passing the ball to teammates in good positions.
middelfart never replied in Danish.
he's only had 14 posts.
all the bands he's rated on his profile are Nordic (bit odd?)
maybe got confused about which account he was signed in as here:
A desperate low for you surely, forza? Poor effort.
Meanwhile I've not seen him post under his real username in weeks.
having read two of its posts. I didn't think it was him though given he hadn't posted under his normal account in a while. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that it's been confirmed that it's forzaborza. Setting up a semi-plausible fake account solely to try and fool me. That's a bit obsessed isn't it?
You're entering man yelling at cloud territory here.
Should've headed down.
I will say this OBT. Have worked five or so Danish lower league games this past fortnight and have been somewhat impressed by the standard. The Hvidovre v Helsignor 2-2 top of the table(2nd Div.) clash on Sunday was fantastic fair. Some great finishing for the goals.
at this game than the players on the senior team currently are. Truly horrific stuff.
are the best in a long long time (if not ever). Lots of promising players.
up and comers Armenia.
On the plus side I just saw Theiss from the Killing in an advert for paint.
but I'd like to hear what they have to say in the studio and what Olsen says at half time. This could be it for him. Even 13 years service can't defend this performance.
Yura Movsisyan has just destroyed this back four.
Show a little self-loathing patriotism guys.
From the BBC: "I honestly don't believe I should be here answering questions on behalf of the players," Pearce added after the Israel defeat. "They should be here answering questions on why their performances were so poor, to be honest with you. I don't think it's my responsibility at this stage to answer for a performance as bad as that".
I'm sure he'd be just as happy to step out of the limelight if they'd won the tournament.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk) to Liverpool
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) to Liverpool
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) to Liverpool
Michel Vorm (Swansea) to Liverpool
Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg BK) to Aston Villa
Ibrahima Traore (Stuttgart) to Aston Villa, Southampton, West Ham, Marseille or Montpellier
John Terry (Chelsea) to Galatasaray or Monaco
David Luiz (Chelsea) to Barcelona
Ola Toivonen (PSV) to Norwich
Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) to Everton
Arouna Kone (Wigan) to Everton
Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) to Swansea, Hull, Cardiff or Crystal Palace
Alejandro Pozuelo (Real Betis) to Swansea
Chris Baird (Fulham) to West Brom
Danny Simpson (Newcastle) to West Brom
Bakary Sako (Wolves) to Fulham
Darren Bent (Aston Villa) to Newcastle
Douglas (FC Twente) to Newcastle
Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan) to West Ham
Sergio Agüero (Man City) to Real Madrid
Edin Dzeko (Man City) to Chelsea
Julian Draxler (Schalke) to Chelsea
Carlton Cole (West Ham) to West Brom
Victor Wanyama (Celtic) to Arsenal
Vito Mannone (Arsenal) to Parma or Genoa
Lorenzo Melgarejo (Benfica) to Arsenal or Fenerbahce
Fredy Guarin (Inter) to Spurs
Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) to Spurs
Scott Parker (Spurs) to Fiorentina
His contract with West Ham will expire at the end of this month so he will be a free agent.
Chris Baird (Fulham) to West Brom
leaving Newcastle as the only remaining potential destination.
the better line is on the sky report where it says "he confirmed that he would like to join a club that plays football"
Would be funny if true. I don't think he's exactly a great manager but really not sure who Spurs would find to replace him at the moment.
Stranger things have happened.
chelsea it is then
Why is he so badly dressed? Doesn't he earn millions and millions of pounds?
Where's Ronaldo in that picture?
That the other team come running over to fight him
A. Balde T. Watt
and while I was there, my mum was in the process of throwing out a load of old football magazines from the 80's and 90's. I found this ad inside an old copy of Match
This one actually
Jores Okore will probably follow suit next week.
he could be off soon. Yet another club where he's failed to stay for more than a season.
Either way from Swansea's point of view they need to get it sorted out one way or another asap.
(not sure it warranted it's own thread, but there you go).
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) to Chelsea or Man Utd
Jermain Defoe (Spurs) to Aston Villa
Alvaro Pereira (Inter) to Spurs
Demba Ba (Chelsea) to West Ham
Wilfried Zaha (Man Utd) to West Ham
Hulk (Zenit St Peterburg) to Chelsea
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) to Barcelona
David Villa (Barcelona) to Spurs
Gilbert Imbula (Guingamp) to Arsenal, Chelsea or Lyon
Matthias Ginter (Freiburg) to Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) to Borussia Monchengladbach
Ashley Williams (Swansea) to Arsenal, Everton or Napoli
Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace) to Swansea or Cardiff
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) to Cardiff
Darren Bent (Aston Villa) to Fulham
Jores Okore (FC Nordsjaelland) to Aston Villa
Isco (Malaga) to Man City or Real Madrid
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) to Monaco
Gareth Bale (Spurs) to PSG
Gareth Barry (Man City) to Spurs
Lucas Piazon (Chelsea) to Liverpool or Crystal Palace
Gary Hooper (Celtic) to Hull
Nani (Man Utd) to Juventus
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) to Barcelona
Odil Ahmedov (Anzhi Makhachkala) to Arsenal
Scott Parker (Spurs) to Sunderland
Leandro Damiao (Internacional) to Spus
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) to Spurs
David Bentley (free agent, previously Spurs) to Stoke
I hope he's bobbins.
For the amount of times they've been able to get out of doing proper work by just regurgitating the same story and changing the dates.
Safe as houses this transfer.
so I finally expect him to sign next week
according to the Daily Mail.
as a replacement for Scott Parker, according to the Daily Express
He can do more than just 360 degree turns and give the ball away.
i can perhaps see the reasoning if #Ferdy5 retires, but Man Utd will still have 4 CBs and someone who looks like he'll be capable playing 5-6 PL games + CC in Will Keane. unless Phil Jones really is converted to a CM :(
Bet Barca wouldn't say no to him on the cheap.
i'm not sure if he'll need the same management next season, insofar as him not being able to play twice in a week. that might put people off him.
Surely just go with SJE and one of Rio or Vidic with Smalling/Jonesy coming in as back up.
then Smalling/Jones & Michael 'Will' Keane for a few home games. Presuming there isn't a rash of injuries again and we end up with Carrick-Jones CB.
Rio has signed a new contract, not sure why you keep saying he might retire?
But yea, Garay would be a really weird signing, I'm hoping it's another one of the Gaitan ones where everyone seemed to think it was nailed on but it amounted to nothing.
it is rumoured that Man Utd have a "gentleman's agreement" to sign Garay, and could finalise a £17m deal in the coming weeks.
if we could put a clause in his contract forcing him to change his first name to Neville.
and I can't see Ferdinand and Vidic holding it together much longer... or Jones and Smalling being world class talent, despite what was spent on them.
Seems like a good signing to me. A new CB, couple of CMs and potentially Baines would do nicely, assuming Rooney stays. Lewandowski is the one I don't really get.
Starts tomorrow! Tahiti are playing!
why do all its players play for the same club?
Did New Zealand just not bother trying at the OFC Nations Cup?
Disband the OFC
dangerous teams these micro-nations.
Monday, 8pm, BBC3
that's the big one
broadly agree though
I vaguely remember the 2001 one. Shinji Ono, Robert Pires, an entire Brazilian team no one had heard of. A team won. What a year.
Featured Pirlo completely skinning some hapless defender (probably Jay DeMerit). No longer on youtube, sadly.
dont remember any of this happening.
prolly watch mexico game
Somebody make it stop :(
Expect Wigan will announce new boss tomorrow, Dave Whelan's Leg is off to Barbados on Saturday.
interestingly, i've seen suggestions it's going to put his chances of being in the Germany squad next year under threat, falling of Low's radar etc. and let's be honest, purely in terms of the league, he's taking a step down moving from Bundesliga to Premier League, even if Chelsea are a "bigger" club than Leverkusen
i'm not exactly sure where he plays.
but can play wide on left or right as well. so any of the 3 in a 4-2-3-1
maybe he'll displace Oscar. is he better than Moses?
The incumbents just aren't going to need to start 60+ games a season against opposition starting a third less any more.
But considering how badly he's played and kept his place before I assume he's got some pictures of Joachim Low or something.
insofar as Germany has a relative dearth at centre-back (pretty good full backs). it's basically Hummels +1. would've probably been Badstuber but he's been injured all season. Jerome Boateng isn't particularly good. the one who i don't understand doesn't get in ahead of Mertesacker is Howedes of Schalke
Even before Hummels, Badstuber etc. came along he was winning caps ahead of people like Jens Nowotny and Christoph Metzelder. He seems to be carving out a career by fooling people into thinking he's a good defender because he's big, like an upmarket Zat Knight.
and football managers know more about good defenders than we do.
Literally the best.
and for reasons that will be plainly clear to Arsenal and Chelsea fans alike, I try to not think about it.
they were standing by 2 outrageous sports cars and causing a massive traffic jam. i was pissed off until i realised it was kanu. it was years after he left arsenal as well.
like sean connery saying cheryl or with a hard c?
thought it was all about the MLS now after the BBC and even TalkSport got in on it.
the Kenyan Premier League's by division of choice.
I think I like him more now.
That would be my number one buying criterion if I was a Director of Undermining Managers, which is one of the many reasons I'm not one.
Unless someone finally signs Rod Fanni I think that'll be hard to top.
which I'm also very keen on.
Preferably with accompanying puns.
Although the more I think about it, the more 'variations' on the ROO BEAUTY!! so-called pun I remember. I'm now having second thoughts about the whole thing. Can't believe you ruined Don't Call Me Schurrle Day for me.
Considering the wasteland that greeted Andre Wisdom scoring against Young Boys.
it's the main reason i want Man City to sign Isco.
Amanda Bynes ?@jaspymonster 11m
@Cristiano when are u gonna murder my vagina tho
It'll be some bidding war though. Would have thought it'd be upwards of £85m if Monaco and PSG get involved.
tick all the boxes in terms of being a club who Madrid would deal with, being able to afford the transfer fee, playing in a strong enough league, appealing to the player in terms of potential salary, and being competitive enough in major competitions, especially Europe, to offer him at least a good chance of banking trophies.
Of those two (Chelsea and Man United) i'd see Chelsea as *possibly* more likely, but the player would be naive not to sit around twiddling his thumbs for at least another twelve months. If he does that, he could probably just verbally agree to join the club of his choosing at a further date for a huge signing on fee (in excess of £20m?), that's if Madrid don't panic and offer him about £750k a week within that time.
In all likelihood, he's probably just saying here that the reports of his wage demands aren't true, rather than dismssing the possibility of actually signing a new contract, but in itself that might quite conceivably bump up what Madrid are willing to offer.
Simply because Madrid wouldn't accept a lower offer from Utd for him and you'd have to think that PSG would break their unlimited bank for him both in Wages and Fees.
This is only if he goes this season though, if he sticks it out and walks you'd think he was nailed on for Utd.
I don't know why everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that the reason he would have ever come back would've been his relationship with Fergie. No Fergie = No chance of him coming back even ignoring all the obvious financial reasons.
Seems sort of typical,
Fergie's gone everyone
Mourinho and Ronaldo are back though.
we've really got to do someting about this panel of lizard people who get together and come up with ever-elaborate ways of stopping Man City winning trophies.
or the stories about him NOT renewing are false?
P.S. come home, Ronnie.
Really nice pictures.
He'll be desperate to finally get his hands on him.
"Lionel Messi has impressed David Moyes".
Doesn't miss a trick does Moyesy.
*I would be buying him on the back of what we have seen him do for the past few years for Manchester United and Real Madrid, which is scoring and creating a large amount of goals*
Like one of those Simpsons aliens trying to pass as a human football manager
3 weeks with 6 teams each week on a bye. Thank fuck Freo's bye is over, and there's a game on Saturday.
Previews and predictions:
Hawthorn v. Carlton in Melbourne on Friday night. Would be very happy to see an upset, but the Hawks are playing very strongly this season. Hawthorn by 23 points.
Richmond v. Adelaide at the MCG on Sat. This one is a tough call. After Sydney's thumping of Adelaide last weekend, all the money is on the Tigers, but I can't help but feel it's rash to write the Crows off just yet. Probably the most evenly matched game of the round, and with Adelaide fighting to to be in with a chance for the final 8, you'd expect them to be coming out as hard as they ever have this weekend. I'm gonna go the Crows way, 11 points.
Fremantle v. Brisbane at Subi on Sat. I'll be at the ground to watch the Dockers destroy the Lions, and hopefully start building their percentage for the inevitable tussle with Sydney for 2nd spot on the ladder by season's end. Obviously, I'd love a 100 point winning margin (not completely out of the realms of possibility), but as ever I'll settle for the 4 premiership points and no more injuries.
Essendon v. Gold Coast in Melbourne on Sat. The 3 year old team has surprised many by pulling off a couple of convincing wins over St Kilda, GWS, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and, most recently, North Melbourne, not to mention a very close loss to the Lions in Round 3. More significantly, the Suns managed to give the two teams on top of the ladder the fright of their lives by leading play for large portions of those matches. So while Essendon of course start as almost unbackable favourites, there's every chance of a tight result, and even an upset. (And, fuck me, wouldn't that be superb?!). Essendon by 9.
GWS v. Port Adelaide in Sydney on Sunday. After a run of wins against uncompetitive sides at the start of the season, Port have been exposed for the Premiership pretenders that they are, but it's extremely unlikely they'll go down to the fledgling Giants. Not to say that GWS don't have a win in them, but probably not until they meet Melbourne or the Saints or Brisbane towards the end of the season. Port by 25.
Collingwood v. Western Bulldogs in Melbourne on Sun. As ever, I'm praying for the Pies to be humiliated, but I don't hold much hope. Collingwood by 7 goals.
The Hawaii Five-O music never sounded funnier.
Richmond took Adelaide in the end, with a reasonably convincing 28 point margin: Tigers 16.14 (110) to Crows 10.12 (72).
Freo had a strong win over Brisbane in a not-overly-exciting game: Dockers 12.14 (86) to Lions (6.10). The 40 point winning margin puts us back within 6.5% of Sydney, whilst our average points conceded has dropped to 70 per game. Looking forward to a more entertaining game next week against North Melbourne (you there, Charles?), a side you've really got to feel for, what with their having lost 4 games this season by less than a goal.
Essendon were this week's fantasy killers, refusing to go down to the Suns as I would've had it. Worse, they took their win with a healthy margin of 43 points: Bombers 17.15 (115) to Suns 11.6 (72).
Not much of interest to come tomorrow, unless by some miracle the Doggies manage upset the Pies (let us pray).
I meant "75", honest!
And the Pies done the Dogs by just shy of 6 goals.
Can't call the ladder because of all these stupid byes. Another shit half round next week before we're finally back to normal.
Might have to chuck mine on there
I'm 150 pages in and I'm really struggling to wanna carry on.
It's overrated but worth finishing.
Just getting a bit sick of every other line being 'dirty, dirty Leeds', much as it's a sentiment I entirely stand by
Okore, Helenius, Bacuna ... got to be Leonard Kweuke next, surely.
Just so you can hear his opinions on West Ham.
there's nothing I'd rather fall asleep to in the evening than the gruff Yorkshire tones of Neil Warnock. If he's titled it I, Warnock I'm buying two.
and the cover is him on a horse shooting a load of Nazis
Victor Moses (Chelsea) to Everton
Gareth Bale (Spurs) to Man Utd
Robert Lewandwski (Borussia Dortmund) to Chelsea
Kevin Strootman (PSV) to Man Utd
Royston Drenthe (FC Alania Vladikavkaz) to Reading
Gervinho (Arsenal) to Marseille
Jordi Amat (Espanyol) to Swansea
Abel Hernandez (Palermo) to Sunderland
Erik Pieters (PSV) to Stoke
Ever Banega (Valencia) to Southampton
Wilfried Bony (Vitesse) to West Ham
Zolten Gera (West Brom) to Fulham
Paul Pogba (Juventus) to Arsenal
Paulinho (Corinthians) to Spurs, Inter or Roma
Scott Parker (Spurs) to QPR
Scotty Brave's star has really fallen this week.
his stock has fallen considerably.
`He was caught on CCTV breaking into the training ground with two birds whom he proceeded to nail in the gym`
I just Googled FC Alania Vladikavkaz. Leaving any club where half the results come up in cyrillic even in a Google UK search can only be a sideways move at worst, even if it is to Reading
Chelsea signed Frank Lampard. Good deal, that.
ON THIS DAY, TODAY:
Royter-Hatfood makes a snarky response to this post.
*2001 you stupid muggy shitcunt
But HAHAHA DanielKelly got his dates wrong! HAHAHA.
but I'll be bored again in a few hours, and then I'll be back.
West Ham could afford to give him away since they had Scott Canham on the books, who went on to score 300 top level goals
think of it as dodging a McClaren
Will be quality I think.
City's wingers aren't wingery enoug currently.
Can any la liga experts tell me about Aspas? I watch revista but I can't recall anything about him. Fear he'll be another Borini.
I'd like to be more confident, but everything about him screams Borini the second/Kuyt the 3rd.
Confusing my angry strikers.
not sure what that means.
Aspas looked really good in the 3-4 games i saw him, but also got sent off for headbutting someone.
Was concerned when I thought he cost £23m but at £15m he seems to me to be a plan b option. If Isco signs the forward line will be:
Silva Tevez Isco
Which for me would rinse most teams anyway as long as Aguero stays fit. Than Navas comes on when we need to stretch the game.
I think it's Aguero people need to be worried about next year, injury free and put consistently as a striker rather than an AMC and he'll be lethal.
but he created the most goal-scoring opportunities from open last season in La Liga, so that's pretty good.
I think he'll be useful but as a fulcrum for Silva and Tevez rather than as a main threat.
Out of contract in 12 months, isn't he. Probably worth about twice that otherwise, but think City just want his £200k a week off the books.
they kept that quiet.
he's been the manager for about a month already
his deal only ended on 9th June, and out of respect for Malaga he didn't want to enter into formal negotiations until then, but yeah, the news broke a month ago today.
some reports have suggested that Malaga haven't been paying him, and that were that to happen again City could've appoointed him without compensation being paid. dunno how true this is, though.
he's said he turned down PSG, Porto and one Spanish club; thought to have, weirdly, been Madrid, who have already sacked him once. can only assume they wanted someone in for a year before getting their first target next summer.
one of which is thought to be, weirdly, polyethylene.
[Weirdest episode of Catchphrase ever]
and then realised literally the only thing I know about Lovren is that he's been linked to Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea a lot for the last few years. I don't think I've, knowingly at least, seen him play a single minute of football.
I've become everything I hate.
can only assume he'll be a replacement for Di Maria.
''its good but its not right''?
To be fair to the lad, he looked every inch the £4m striker there.
Pretty good turnout (i'd say 30,00 ish). China were hilariously incompetant at defending and the Thai players actually knocked the ball around fairly nicely. The standard was generally poor (think league 2 with small light weight players). Highlights included:
1) Half the stadium cheering when Thailand scored the first goal because they were playing in red.
2) The barracking of the Chinese manager with the chant "Camaccio Xia Ke!", which literally means "Camaccio class is over"
3) Chinese fans completley turning on their team. When the fourth goal went in everyone started chanting 5-1! 5-1! in Chinese/ the fans were cheering for Chinese players to get sent off.
A decade ago Chinese football was looking strong. We had Fan Zhihi and Sun Jihai and there were others playing in Europe, but it really seems to have gone backwards.
Bit of football (almost) daily to keep me going for a couple of weeks. Capital One Cup Round One fixtures in the morning, then proper fixtures on Wednesday. Soon coming around!
I would imagine that he has been employed to undermine Pardew and make his job untenable so he quits and Newcastle don't have to pay off his 7 year contract.
Next up, Ethan Ekoku to make a comeback.
Widely accepted Pardew was badly found out last season, and either needs someone to help him get the most out of a decent squad or to be steadily marginalised whilst the management source their own Pochettino. Kinnear isn't the best man for the job but he didn't do a terrible job when he was at Newcastle last and he's probably cheap.
He won 5 of 26 games last time out, and last time out was about 3 years ago. His last notable achievement before that was relegating Luton.
He's Ashley's mate. On every other basis it's a batshit appointment.
But...it looks like goalkeeper gives up on it before he should...plus it's Pirlo's 100th cap...I'm calling a bung
Didn't realise there was another one after *cracks open a beer*
South Africa, Morocco and most probably Mali are out. The Saffers lost to Ethiopia, who are through to the play-offs.
Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt are also through. I think the play-offs are seeded so there's not much chance of Ethiopia getting through to the WC.
AFCON fans will be pleased to know that Zambia and Burkina Faso are still in the running, but it's pretty unlikely that either will get through to the play-offs.
i'd go fer;
i was gonna go for a straight line-up but i wanted to get that silva and mata in there as well as a striker. if not then replace Silva with Albiol.
Also keep Ramos at centre half and put that Caravajal in there.
*shot of people in fancy dress in crowd* just after Balotelli's goal
"There's two Super Marios! Oh one of them's Luigi"
I either wanted him to bag a hat-trick and push his price up a few mil or break both legs.