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Good game last night in football's fourth most important club competition.
Forgot about the Charity Shield.
using their branding and data feeds and all that shit. Anyway, they flashed the results last up last night as Dortmund 1-0 Arsenal. In retrospect the fact that Aaron Ramsey was listed as Dortmund's goalscorer should have roused greater suspicion in me but then he has been indiscriminately banging them in recently.
Sorry guys, but I think that reporting has to be considered binding. 1-0 to Dortmund.
Also, I'm really warming to how much of a keeper-bothering little shit Samuel Eto'o is.
there was one point where Mertesacker absolutely mugged Lewandowski on the edge of the box that gave me a central defender stiffie
can someone confirm if that gif of the Dortmund fans is from last night, or if it's from the CL final in May?
Only with less David Hillier and Ian Selley this time.
Don't think his dickheadery would stand out particularly in a normal team, but because he singlehandedly derailed the Mourinho/Ronaldo belmathon last season and people have a (well earned) soft spot for Kloppo & Co it's a bit more disappointing.
Again, not distinctively, just in the way pretty much every footballer is.
the amount of anti-bants mala has begun to deploy against them suggests they must be considered a real threat now.
attention seeking twat
For the majority of this season he's looked like he's just scored against his old team and is refusing to celebrate.
To the ashen-faced, gaunt, worried man will be seeing in a few days/weeks/months* time.
*delete as applicable
and think that he's clearly a good guy with a genuine affection for his club, who has put up with an awful lot of shit (not least from Arsenal supporters) and would certainly be deserving of some sort of reward for that and, just for a moment, I think I'd be a little bit happy for him if he got it.
And then I check my Facebook feed which is full of the type of Arsenal fans you'd normally assume don't really exist outside of Private Eye's Premiershits cartoon and go back to really, really not wanting Arsene to ever be happy again.
Over the last 3 years he's gone to work and every week he's had c.50,000 people screaming at him that he doesn't know what he's doing. To not get drained by that or to renege on your principles takes an impressive amount of will/self-belief. Mightily impressive. I'd crumble like a shit biscuit.
It'll only take 2 poor results to have the Gooner faithful booing them off after a friendly again, you fear. Amazing why anyone wants to dedicate their life attempting to satisfying such a bunch of brainless clods is motivated by things I am incapable of possessing...
At least 15,000 of them will have left early to get the tube
should have seen the guy we were stuck with yesterday.
Watched the game in a pub in Finsbury Park with a couple of Arsenal people. You know when you go to a football pub that maybe one in every 5 or 6 times you're going to get stuck with an absolute psycho attached to you. This middle-aged loner in full kit turns up, no front teeth and has the exact same reedy, desperate voice as the guy in the pub in Extras that's mates with Count Fuckula and wants Andy Millman to keep saying the catchphrase.
I shit you not, we were discussing the sudden death from a brain aneurysm on Monday of the dad of one of our friends who otherwise would've been there with us and this maniac sits there listening, unblinking, before suddenly interrupting mid-sentence to blurt *WE AIN'T GOT NO DEPF*
Started frantically kissing the badge on his shirt from time to time mid-match as well. Let's just say we were glad Arse won - not sure I'd want to see his reaction had they lost. Probably be wearing my skin as a hat this morning
People who have replaced almost everything with football really are the sorriest specimens. I think I pity them more than most drug addicts.
kindly bought us a drink after telling us about Ireland and hurling and for some time. And by 'bought us a drink' I mean one pint, between three of us. Nice chap.
and then he'd drink about an inch of that one and then go off to buy another one. Had three slightly drunken pints in front of him at one stage. I don't understand his system. It was as frightening as everything else about him.
can't remember how many times he's mentioned it, but it's A LOT. He always does it too subtly and politely for journalists to realise he's calling them all twats though.
He's earned it tbf
Would absolutely love them to win the league so he can attain a new as yet unseen level of smugness! :)
but heard Celtic were pretty dire last night.
We'll have to go all out for a win against Milan and just see what happens - qualifying is unlikely (although possible), but 3rd place and a chance of a Europa League run would still be a great result (and part of me thinks that'd be better than 2nd place followed by a tanking in the next round).
better the fun and hope of the Europa than the prestige of getting annihilated over two games by the likes of Bayern.
Upper-Mid table clubs go all out trying to qualify for it then send their reserves out to actually compete in it, and then you've got clubs actually in the Champs League preferring not to get through so they can clog up their fixture list with extra Europa action.
gives a chance for the flair based not-on-drugs teams (swansea, bilbao et al) to have a go at playing some proper football.
No-one- 4th place ends up there if they fuck up their qualifying round, 5th place gets stuck there because they missed out on 4th place. The other two slots go to the cup winners.
Europa League qualification is, in terms of the league, a fucking nightmare that teams desperately try to avoid and only end up in because they were screwed out of 4th place or because one of the big boys won a cup.
It's only when one of the non-perennial winners gets their hands on the League or FA Cup that anyone enthusiastic about Europa League qualification ends up there, and even then most of them could do without it.
you're actually in a fairly good position given Barca will have qualified already. Depends what Ajax do against them too though
but Milan haven't looked that convincing this year/Sellick have done it before/it's at Sellick Park
Didn't seem like we had much going for us.
On an unrelated note, I noticed that Lennon had a weird face on in the post-game interview this weekend after the Dundee Utd game, and last night he had a swollen jaw and a massive bruise on one side of his face:
Not a total 10/10 performance, and I wouldn't have Dortmund as one of the top 3 sides in Europe like some, but deserved the result in the same way Dortmund deserved theirs at the emirates - probably the most impressive result by an english side in Europe for a good few years in that respect.
Should Dortmund catch up 3 points on Arsenal, will Arsenal finish below them on head-to-head on away goals (like the same principle as knockouts)?
Might start plannng an escape route if there's some actual success next May for Arsenal, think i'd choke on the smugness.
Dortmund would best them on head to head.
and napoli wont.
Might end up being done by seeding...
all i got was a text saying '1-0 RAMSEY!' from royter.
what was the game actually like? the text updates of the first half said it was really dull.
also another nail in the coffin for me and royter watching arsenal games together...we always lose when we do.
league cup doesn't count
and Roger Taylor
Not sure I'm keen. Not sure undermining officials to this extent will be a positive move.
Seems to basically say 'if the ref didn't properly see what happened then there can be retrospective punishment', rather than the current nonsense.
Obviously it's not great for Evil Chelsea players but oh well.
More crazy people arbitrarily waving home-made cards in the stands.
it will work in crowded situations such as melees & corners then its possible an official will see an incident but not see exactly what has happened, and would have handed out punishment if they had.
This just says that a retrospective decision can be made if an incident is subsequently found to be worse than the officials thought at the time. So for example a referee may have given a free kick for what he thought was a routine foul, but which is subsequently shown to have involved a deliberate forking of a player's eye. I don't have a problem with retrospection in such circumstances.
The downside will be trial by Alan Hansen for every game every weekend and the baying for blood for what are relatively minor offences.
Just seems a diplomatic way of saying 'we know you saw it but you're too shit a ref to get it right'. Which may well be true but I don't know that it's a healthy approach to take. Slippery slope and all that.
I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW ROBOT REFEREE OVERLORDS.
some of the friendliest fans going.
Man watching game of football in totally safe & reasonable environment
Just some German football hipster cunt.
I spotted that guy during the game and then laughed into my Dortmund shirt (true story)
swansea v someone vaguely entertaining i'd watch.
Is now second favourite for the Palace job, he has come in from around 25/1 this morning to 2/1 to 4/1 second favourite.
I really can't see us paying Newcastle compensation though, as he has a big contract at Newcastle. Pardew still has a house about a mile from me in Woldingham, and is down quite regulary still.
He has a good record at most clubs he has been at (except Charlton) and would be a better appointment that Coleman, that's for sure.
But I really can't see it happening.
Maybe significant, maybe he couldn't be arsed.
hopefully he can stop trying so hard now and relax a bit