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Roy aint racist
Ince is banned
Thems the headlines.
*[Gareth Bale] doesn't play for Spurs anymore, he now plays for one of our rivals.*
Embarrasingly/brilliantly petty :D
Who have the town got? Who have Rovers got? I'm interested to know.
Doncaster that is
Swindon vs Notts County, form team at home against lowly opposition. Away win then, knowing how it works in "FL72" :(
Roma vs Napoli tonight on BT Sport I think. Top 2, 13 wins, 1 draw, no losses, 38 scored and only five goals conceded between them.
4-0 against Crewe and then played very well against Wolves in the cup that no one really cares about.
I'll be very happy with an away win.
(Although I’m gonna reluctantly say blaming the FA for not anticipating this seems pretty harsh.)
Seems the best way to get seeded for a World Cup is just not to bother with friendlies in the preceding year.
even tho actually it was an advantage. if thats true anyway.
it's all a bit of a minefield though isn't it? i think the main point to take from all this, is that you just need to win all your games in the world cup. you're not going to get to the final without playing someone good. you should WANT to be the best team, not spawn your way to the title.
I do think there’s a case for putting more weight on actual matches that matter though. For the Dutch and Italians to have been the last World Cup and Euros runners-up but not seeded seems a little absurd.
Still think being the last World Cup finalists is a more relevant guide to future performance than, say, coming fifth in South American qualification.
oh, and play ecuador away...
Scrap the seedings - anyone who's been to Quito and not got altitude sickness is my favourite for the World Cup.
play even higher. Bolivia is something like 3,500m. Fucking ridiculous really. I played a match in Peru around 15 years ago, god knows what on earth I was thinking.
no biggie. they're professional atheletes as well. and it Ecuador.
I tip my hat to you and no I'm not taking the piss. I really struggled with the altitude sickness when I was over there.
but the rankings only know that they were a team that lost every match. If you give too much weight to stuff that happened 4 years ago then the seedings will still be shit, just differently shit.
I suppose as long as they roughly keep the best teams apart til later in the tournament then they're doing alright, which they've just about done this time.
until I know Hoogy's seen it.
An (almost) perfect tournament is traditionally followed by a disastrous next one. See Italia '90 etcm
but then again, to think that italy or holland can't even manage to come second in the group they get put into means they dont deserve to go through anyway.
does anyone know much about the ELO rankings?
Or does that kind of go against the rights and protection of a whistleblower?
Not that I'm calling the player a whistleblower, as that hugely undermines the term for people who have genuinely risked a lot to reveal something in the public interest.
But this guy hasn't risked anything. He's tried to destroy a respectable person's reputation in an act of malicious character assassination, motivated (allegedly) in part due to his bitterness at not being played. He's been able to sit back and watch it all go off over the last day or so, while Hodgson has been in the spotlight despite having just achieved something big, to explain himself. Luckily everyone seems to be of the same opinion, but even so, seems a bit unfair that someone could toss an accusation of this magnitude out there and not have to answer for themselves.
couldn't a player just have told his friend about it in passing and it got told to the press by someone a few links down the chain?
And they claim to know who did it as well.
Obviously the most important thing is to have an environment where people can report this kind of thing without fear of punishment, as in any institution. You don't want to create a culture of naming and shaming. But at the same time I wonder if whoever did it should stick his head above the parapet and either apologise, or at the least explain himself and why he did it (ie. going to the gutter press instead of going straight to the FA).
but I wouldn't trust the Telegraph journalist at all. This is a perfect story for the tabloids- they get to slate Hodgson and then do that weird journalistic disconnect where they turn on their alleged source and exonerate themselves of any blame because they were merely reporting the news. It's their duty, after all.
So much he says, she says bullshit that it's likely the Telegraph's source is third or fourth hand.
If the FA can find out who is responsible and how malicious the intent was, then punish away. Otherwise, nah.
there's an implication that Hodgson raised the issue of the joke being misinterpreted with Townsend during the team talk, in which case it seems more likely that the incident was mentioned to a journalist in passing and was rustled up into something more malicious by The Sun (although a few other papers included a story, only The Sun chose to lead with it).
The only place I've heard the player-with-a-grudge angle is on here.
NB I don't understand why I can't stop talking about this stupid story. It's like its own utter stupidness makes it impossible to ignore in the way you can usually ignore stupid stories.
who had been hiding in the ventilation system above the dressing room for days waiting on something like this being said. When Roy actually said it, Harry had to stifle a manic cackle to prevent himself being caught.
The newspapaers won't reveal their sources, so...
name the ex stadiums
i got something/10, can't remember now.
Big fan of the appalling blurring of the letting in question 10.
Only once in Premier League history, have three teams ending in "City" been relegated in the same season. Name them
city is one of those words that looks weird once you've written it down a few times.
Whatever year that was.
someone else (man?)
aka darren huckerby annus horribilis
who was the other team though?
Name the three Chris's/Christopher's that have won Premier League winners' medals
and another one.
Name the five Welshmen who have been transferred for over £7m.
yay to bale, hartson, and bellamy, a big nay to the others
if it's the latter, then Gary Speed will be in there. Other than that, I have no idea.
so we have Bale, Bellz, Hartson, Speed ANNND somebody else.
pretty recent, too.
Hang on, Thingy that Rodgers brought across from Swansea, Allen.
Four players have played for both Arsenal and Spurs in the Premier League. Name them.
that twat bently
moody french geezer
sol the goal
Campbell, Adebayor, Gallas WHO ELSE
on a day to day basis at the moment.
'liverpool v newcastle. goals virtually guaranteed.'
really hilarious that they have to put the word virtually in there, as if we really think they can predict the future. also more funny is that there's been a 4-3 between these two teams, what, about 3 times in the last 15 years? dicks.
everyone remembers the 1909 one, right?
Six members of Ajax's starting XI from the 1995 Champions League final ended up playing in the English Premier League. Name them.
Van Der Sar
that finnish geezer
van der sar
what's his name though?
the nope was for paddy k
seedorf is wrong as well lol
van der saar
Van Der Saar
Bogarde (stretching the word 'playing' here)
Were Kluivert and Kanu subs that day? I seem to remember that they were.
'Were Kluivert and Kanu subs that day? I seem to remember that they were.'
do you remember that from the actual game? just a question, no menace intended.
There was a big fuss about them, especially as Kluivert came off the bench to score the only goal.
an 18 yr old or something to score. Boring game from what i remember.
one more to get
he's shown as being completely fit in FF.
Not that I have that useless gunner twat in my team, mind. Asking for a friend
Doesn't mean he'll start though as Carr-Zola is back and Ozil might be rested for the Dortmund game but maybe he won't who knows what will happen in the dizzying world of elite football!!!1
but they've propped him up, weekend at bernie's style. fabianski is in charge of the corpse this week.
and in bants world, which spurs player do you want on the back on your knock-off shirt?
and behind the back of this bar we were in there was a framed and signed Paul Wheatcroft bolton shirt. Considering he played about twice for us, I found it most amusing.
Could it be 3 wins on the trot for the Orobici?
its so, SO bad.
This is an excerpt from this week
I have recently bought a new car and the lads have been having some fun at my expense!
As you will know, I have been nicknamed 'Roland' because of the TV character Roland Rat, so the boys put some new number plates on the car with 'RAT 1' and 'ROLAND RAT' written on them, like the real Ratmobile!
My car is red, but the Ratmobile was pink and a bit slower, but it is nice.
My new number plate! The original Ratmobile!
This is another opportunity for us to laugh and joke and have a good atmosphere in the team. If this makes a nice atmosphere in the team, it is fun for me also so I'm not upset about it. I really like these kind of jokes so they are OK by me!
I also found out this week that Guy Demel's middle name is Roland, but I am the famous one!
Come on you Irons,
Clearly being bullied.
*trust me in this country all the players put in a 9-5 down in admin during the week*
*where are other player. I see no-one*
*kev nolan's mowing the stadium, diame's doing some filing upstairs...loads mate*
Was good, tons of insight and misconceptions laid to rest . Thing is, despite them being two of the most interesting clubs in history and the civil war / Franco stuff being fascinating, a lot of the most interesting stuff is in the modern era. Some things that have immediately stuck with me;
It didn't click that when Benitez' Valencia won the league they finished 9 points ahead of galacticos-era Madrid who'd just signed Zidane and would win the European cup that season. What an achievement
It's amazing how closely linked they are with the same people who have huge hands in the histories of the club - you get the feeling that there's a weird parallel universe where Figo had stayed at Barca, De Stefano was Barca's biggest hero and Beckham had gone to Barca, with Madrid getting Ronaldinho etc. It's not even that unthinkable that Mourinho could've ended up at Barca instead of Pep, with his agent heavily lobbying for the job at the time, and him not having totally burnt his bridges; some of the quotes attributed to him about the two clubs around 2000-2004 are incredible when you think a decade on.
It's weird getting presented very very recent history in contrast to the older stuff, that we've living in a time where the rivalry was at its most fierce, the idelogies most in contrast, record points tallies, goals scored etc, featuring literally the most successful players in the history of the sport and managers up there. I think 2011 especially will go down in the history books - and I think what happens with Bayern/Madrid/Barca this season will shape how this era of football is viewed in years to come.
Of course they have.
It was a legitimate space tale!
quick poll, is it terrible if I wear my Green Germany Ozil shirt in the away end tomorrow and do I care?
Really nice shirt that, so yes, you should.*
*disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you get your head kicked in.
my own fans annoyed me so much last time though that I kinda feel like getting a rise out of then
looking like the unbeaten's march on, this is quite quite impressive.
Played 7 won 7 conceded 1 (latest)