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But apparently, the reason Kagawa didn't play on Saturday was that he ate so much he had to have his stomach pumped.
"Oh, there's some food, I'll eat that ... Oh, there's some food, I'll eat that ... Oh, there's some food, I'll eat that ... Oh, I'm floating belly up at the top of the tank."
i presumed this was a rumour but looks like moyesylad confirmed it. kagawa was limping on wednesday so just presumed he'd got a knock.
Does he eat with his foot, or did he put it on out of shame?
the sort that can nail 35 hotdogs in 20 seconds or what have you - they're diminutive Japanese men. There's probably a point to this post somewhere
On eats of strength (much missed), most of the various champions were Italian-Americans who looked like they were straight out of the Sopranos. The butter-eating champion was terrifying.
They'd be the worst possible adornment for convincing people you aren't into anything dodgy even if you're 100% innocent
And the guy who buys a fur coat and a crown to wear to the pub.
one buys a coat, the other a crown.
someone take marckee out the back and do the humane thing. It's painful to watch someone struggling so badly with their forumming
Rather than making posts in which a misplaced 's' gets me called out.
we need to win those games if we're going to have any chance of winning the league.
Reasonably confident Arsenal won't be top by new year's day. Not at all confident in suggesting who will be, mind.
that's if either of you turn up of course.
Arsenal did as well as Man City, and better than Chelsea this weekend, against a much tougher opponent.
We beat Everton comfortably in the same fixture (indeed I think I'm right in saying that's been their only loss so far). Any side who go to St. Mary's this season and get away with a point are doing well.
but there's not much between an away point at Southampton and a home one against Everton. If anything dropping points at home is the worst thing a contender/hopeful can do. I'd consider Chelsea's clusterfuck against West Brom to be a worse result than our clusterfuck against Stoke.
could possibly think 'drawing against Southampton- similar to other result' is the worst pissing content ever.
Sunderland this weekend could be Allardici's last stand.
Virtually anyone of any use is long-term injured now too - Carroll, Reid, Downing, Tomkins, Rat, Vaz Te, Petric and Nolan made a captain's decision to have the Christmas period off by trying to amputate Jordan Henderson's leg below the knee. Not looking good for the rotund one
but there used to be a running joke that dean windass always got himself suspended for the christmas period
Going to win us the league by ensuring that every top 6 side Everton play bar us will drop points and get a solid kicking from the great man.
Charging into Ozil's knees from behind a week before City-Arsenal was a bit obvious.
but laugh as he continuously tried nailing Ozil.
doesn't do anything with malice, he's just a fucking clown. Barry always has loved taking a chunk out of someone. I miss him.
it was a well clutzy challenge that one though. replete with self applied wedgie to polish it off as well
phil jones only hurts himself when making a tackle
1) Tim Howard needs his beard back.
2) That Giroud shot. Ooof.
Oh my word!
the pressure is getting to me, every week Liverpool manage not to fucki things up and it just makes things worse. For God's sake just drop out of the top four like I know we're going to to.
Now I just feel nervous every week.
Whoever decided we should play the late kick off on a Sunday and then the early kick off on a Saturday in a champions league week needs to take a really hard look at themselves.
(quite worried about what will happen, some of our players already looked knackered yesterday)
if we'd played 2 hours earlier on sunday and 2 hours later on saturday?
so long, Olivier.
Now you're probably not going to make the top 4
no you don't
I basically just follow Celtic for the duration of matches and don't take any notice of any off-field stuff these days, it all just seems to be an ongoing embarrassment as far as I can tell.
c'mon lads, leave the douchebaggery to Rangers eh
Anyhoo, quite surprised by the celtic fans behaviour of late, it's generally rangers fans behaving like absolute dicks.
Is the boredom of the SPL without Rangers starting to get to them? Is boring before we drooped out anyway.
I am dreading the next old firm game!
Best/hardest group? Has to be Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA really
although obviously australia might not even get a single point
Hope they get hammered every game, Casillas playing petty mind games with them and Van Persie threatening to break Tim Cahill's* leg.
*Does he even still play for them? Do Australia have any footballers that we've heard of any more?
Gerrard + two others. Neither Wilshere or Barkley can start every game.
Barkley lacks experience
They've made Everton into a ridiculously good side by giving them Lukaku and he's contributed hugely to them taking points off their top 4 contenders. Assaidi's thunderbolt puts us above them on goal difference. Lovely.
On Gerrard's absence: publicly a bit worried because of how difficult our run of games is in December. Privately a bit excited because, aside from his delivery from set plays, I've REALLY not rated him this season, and it means my Joey Allen will almost definitely get more game time.
I’d tend to agree with you, but the way we lost control of the midfield when he went off at the weekend is a cause for concern. We’ve got the players to cover him, but it requires them to *take responsibility* (or whatever cliché you’d prefer). If he can make the step up and and get a run of games, could be the making of Allen though.
I think it was a bit of a shock for them to lose him so suddenly against such a physically strong midfield. He's played every minute of every game all season pretty much hasn't he?
I'm more concerned about 'leadership' and us having a voice. I think it's often over-stated in its importance, but I do worry when I look at a team without a Gerrard or Agger or Reina in there to talk to everyone. Skrtel is braindead, Johnson's quiet and dodgy - possibly Lucas is the most confident of that group now but I have big doubts over what he can offer us long-term, and would hope we're looking for a better defensive midfielder in January.
but the BBC feed (I know) made it sound as if Lukaku had an absolute stinker yesterday and was pretty much responsible for Everton not going into half time with a lead.
Know your Arsenal memes, mate
Actually that's fairly appropriate.
Kept relatively quiet by Koscielny and Mertesacker, but he never gave them a moment's peace and his link up play with Barkley was great. Not sure the midfield were doing him any favours either by knocking the ball sideways when he clearly wanted it played early, behind the defence.
That was about the highlight.
But then if the choice is between a knackered Lukaku and Jelavic...
Certainly the best anybody's played against us this season, so it was pleasing that the defence held firm in the first half and we went on to create the better chances and should have won.
Less pleasing that we blew that lead ahead of 2 MASSIVE games, but not sure I could have handled going 7 points clear only to be reeled in when the Oilball Grindbots sort out their form anyway
Mass fighting between Vasco de Gama and Paranaense fans. Riot police needed, helicopter landing on the pitch, fans hospitalised. Early reports were one fan died but they seem to be just rumours so far. The game got delayed loads but Paranaense won 5-1 in the the end, so Vasco de Gama got relegated.
And Fluminense became the first team ever to win the Brazilian Serie A and then be relegated the next year.
Much to the delight of their manager, Argélico Fucks
That's fucking amazing, how hadn't I seen that before
It's an accumulation of kik's discarded kebab wrappers and winnets that gained enough centre of gravity and sentience one day to schlorp off and wage a Frankenstein-esque one-blob internet war against him.
What do you reckon to your draw, chaps/chapesses?
Blackpool at home for us. Assuming they'll have 11 players not suspended should be a decent game. Hopefully our spanking of donny at the weekend has shown Freedman that Spearing/Medo isn't a decent pairing in midfield, and he will continue to actually play a creative player *cough* Moritz *cough*
Also, Mark Davies is back in a couple of weeks! :D
Dull as fuck.
no idea how Utd'll do. probably scrape a win.
can't wait for a leicester v norwich final...
Always good to get a side you don't play very often. Kinda hope it goes to a replay- good mate of mine is a Derby fan and I could easily get us tickets together to a Stamford Bridge game.
You want a Northern away, preferably.
Getting a minnow at home is the worst possible draw for a big team.
Kind of hope we have a better run in it this time, but it's not a priority. It'd be nice to see some of the 2nd string (Alberto, Aspas, maybe kids like Teixeira) get a run out but I can't be arsed with it if we end up getting loads of hard Prem teams and it clutters our fixtures up when we're trying to cling to the upper reaches.
is at least it's not Leicester, Liverpool or Chelsea again.
For obvious reasons thought it was fantastic. Was aware or had heard/read most of the stories and anecdotes before but was great to see those players together. All six of the main lads come across a genuine and you can see why they succeeded together. Sort of glosses over the contributions of others but guess they had to stick to a particular narrative. Not one for to much nostalgia but nearly got dusty on a couple occasions. Great to see the King and Zidane pop up.
Went to the screenings with the Q&A last week. It was great, the rapport and camaraderie was so good to see. Went with Spurs and Arsenal supporting dogs and they really liked it as well. I think someone who didn't even like football would take a lot out of it to. It's a really good film.
The film made me ponder on whether or not it can ever get any better than that treble as a fan. I mean for all sorts of reasons... but mostly my age, that team and and how it all climaxed in 98/99 I can't see that it ever will. I suspect City fans might feel the same about their title.
Not quite ready to propose to the girlfriend and get an allotment though.
Was hoping it would be a bit probing but it was just moronic questions from Twitter most of which had already been addressed in the film.
It was worth it just for Scholes though, he hated it so much. Got to the point where he wrapped it up on behalf of the host :D
Also Pip compared Gary Neville to T-Bag from Prison Break because "he's gay in't he"
Some of the lower tiers are really good, with the third division probably the most exciting league in Europe this season. Great match this weekend between in form FC Gnistan and 12/13 champions GrIFK
and show his famous after goal party.
worth of watching again.
like a long range eric cantona.
love the way the keeper boots the ball off into the fields after it goes in.
actually got up from the Finnish third division to the second for next season, kind of gutted :)
You've achieved the perfect 1:1 goals to games ratio, the only way is up!
you can mention it as someone who appreciates good football though.
going to say he was trying to cross it.
but it has to be said, he shanked it magnificently
have a close look at the contact
Got the embarrassing PR/Social-Media system in place, just waiting for us to sign Cabaye for £25m in January and the transformation into Liverpool will be well on it's way.
The Warchest joke died the second they signed Ozil right?
pretty sure united are lying with the whole 'we turned down ozil earlier in the summer' thing. It totally doesnt fit on the timeline of how things went.
it's just a (nother) weird bit of pr.
it would completely validate my assumptions that we've given the keys to the kingdom to a muppet. Not that the current regime can be blamed for all. There's a long list of players that United could have gone after in the last few years that could've helped sort out our defensive, passing and creative issues.
1st half all the players seemed to develop the worst first touch and our passing was way too slow and erratic, compounding the first touch issues. Hoilett seemed to be letting the away fans get to him.
Game opened up towards the end and we missed two absolute sitters (including booting it full pelt into the keeper's face at point blank range - he totally styled it out, love it when keepers do that) but Redknapp had taken off both our wingers and replaced them with central midfielders so it was all a bit pass-y at the end.
and break up the Green Brigade from their corner, mm...
cheating on saturday, but I suppose there were more important things to focus on.
Must admit as much as I'm enjoying how awful man utd are, it all feels a bit hollow - think if this was under ferguson* it'd be 100 times more enjoyable. It's just a bit sad with moyes really
At least he left behind a shocking squad, like.
Have to be honest, i don't mind a bit of womens football. Honestly don't think the standard at the top of either the international or domestic game's that bad at all.
Mixed feelings about the way City are doing it like. Effectively they're just offering rival players more money and will win the title, much like our senior mens team did. They were also awarded a place in the top flight at the expense of Doncaster Belles, which was a bit shitty. On the other hand, more money in the sport will definitely be a good thing, as much as examples of it elsewhere, like Fulham, have been short-lived.
I don't think there's much chance of Bristol repeating last year's second place and the previous year's cup final appearance. We simply don't have the money that the big clubs do (Liverpool last year and now City), and now Mark Sampson has gone to take the England job I'm worried about the mid-term future. Still, there's a very talented youth squad and a good system in place, so who knows.
"...we are about to announce the largest commercial sponsorship in women’s football."
Used to love how Vieira trolled Keane, and obviously Roy was an extremely malicious, often cowardly man on the field, but fuck me he was a great captain, and a fine, fine player. Vieira, for a time, was a superb player in his own right, but he was never on a par with Keane.
Not got a lot of time for Royston as a man, whilst Vieira seems at peace with himself and is choosing to pass his experience on rather than stew in studios barking at Adrian Chiles for a few grand, so fair play to him.
Fascinating rivalry, though. Probably the definitive rivalry of the Premier League years. Football could do with a bit more needle sometimes.
Tomorrow, Kent and the west country
You really do learn something every day.