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for quite liking the animation in that. the pricks
I hope it had Aled Jones singing the Snowman theme as the soundtrack
Open up one window with the CL animation with the sound muted and another with this link playing over the top. Guaranteed to not have a dry eye in the house
sorry everyone. I know they're evil. But I LOVE it when that comes on. It's become a part of midweek evening football, much like when they had that Charlatans tune on the little PlayStation sting on the ITV ad breaks a few years ago when we were tearin shit up in europe.
didn't expect the twist in the last 20 seconds!!!
It's got me thinking about next year's competition... If Chelsea, Arsenal or City win the CL this season, will the 5th placed team in the league qualify (presuming the above sides all finish in the top four)?
Pretty sure you can only have four. If United win the Champs League (I know, I know) then 4th wouldn't qualify, happened to Spurs once I think?
they finished 5th, Everton finished 4th, we sent 5 teams but Everton got knocked out in qualifying.
so that a CL winner who fails domestically gets a spot along with those who make it through the league. As far as I'm aware it won't work the other way round, i.e. a CL winner who also qualifies domestically won't 'pass' their domestic slot to another team.
Just asking as a troubled United fan!
As if United are going to finish 5th.
Lewis Holtby has played under four managers already this season and it's only February. He also said AVB was the worst of them, in my head.
But I like how that post looks, so that's staying.
are still advertising to me on here, proudly marketing "members only" games...
everyone wants bayern to poo all over arsenal and city to do barca don't they?
the English clubs involved have been involved in some monstrous games recently.
Who will City put on Messi?
They'll have to take these extra measures without James Thrillner available to boss the game.
other than Demichelis you mean
with not being thrashed against Bayern. No disgrace in losing to them anyway (he said before the 0-5 result tomorrow).
Really hope Barcelona stuff City, but have a horrible feeling City might beat them.
Was initially pretty happy for Bayern to destroy them last year, but found myself braying for a late Arsenal third in the second leg after 80 minutes of arrogant Teutonic strutting descended into farcical panic.
due to Pellegrini not understanding away goals rule
urgh thinking about touching his face now
because they haven't lost a game since 2003 (I think).
Get to work in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Scouseland, Norway, USA, learning a zillion languages in the process, and now enjoying a nice cosy-ish retirement managing the National team a couple of times a year. And now swanning around Brazil over this summer too.
Pretty sweet deal.
imagine Chelsea and Man Utd out of the English clubs are thanking their lucky stars for the draw.
If i had to guess, i think Man Utd might get into the final 8, but will get murdered once they come up against a good team. Especially since they can't play Mata. And then, it's off to Europa next year!
Europa is what they should rename all the places like Macedonia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Cyprus that teams only ever have to go to for early round Europa league ties in about June.
Newcastle and West Ham are locked in a permanent battle to decide who is the supreme joke club in the country. This could put them right over the top
Not sure West Ham have come anywhere close to offering the same level of wtf comic entertainment as Newcastle. Even when Newcastle are doing relatively well and have a fair few decent players they'll still throw you a JFK-hiring, horse-punching bone.
The comedy is just the details - it's about being spectacularly unsuccessful as well. Used to be a three horse race with Man City for a long time until they became vulgarballers.
You're both mere understudies to Leeds.
Has my embarrassment over the past few years been in vain?
Newcastle are embarrassing like Kylie - just when you think they've bottomed out they totally reinvent a new way to embarrass themselves
Plus Tony Fernandes doesn't have a comedy moustache.
*Googles Sports entertainment*
Huh? Second result? What the hell is Newcastle United?
*clicks on wikipedia page*
I can see it now. Newcastle 1-0 down to Sunderland at St James' going into injury time. Suddenly, there's a power failure, the lights come back on, and there's The Undertaker at the edge of the area. He chokeslams Lee Cattermole, before curling one into the top corner.
Mysterio's a show pony who won't cover back at all
"Newcastle, one-nil down here at St James Park and they need something....
*SOUND OF GLASS SHATTERING*
"BAH GAWD. IT'S CABAYE! CABAYE IS BACK!"
well done everyone.
It all seemed like fun and games when Martin Jol was posing with the guy with the comedy moustache like a bewildered uncle.
at biggest joke club in the country. does it come with a europa league spot this season?
the top 6 in the fair play league are the same as the top 6 in the acutaleague though, so you're golden
good to know though
unremarkably Mackay looks nailed on though Neil Lennon is also strongly linked? Fuck knows why anyone would leave a CL team for us th... oh
or is Lily Allen in that linked David Luiz article thumbnail for literally no reason?
definitely more interesting than what I was banging on about though
yeah no idea what's going on there :D
I miss that guy.
but I think Roy made a mistake ruling out Terry for the WC.
Not just because he's the best option but that Cahill probably has the other CB spot sewn up - makes far more sense to have a pair that play together regularly.
What's the actual reason he's persona non grata now that Rio is out of the picture as well? Is it just because he's a pig-lidded knob or have I forgotten something else
I'd be in line for Brazil
I'm all of those as well except bad for the dressing room.
I ALWAYS bring salted cashews
it's the ski halfpipe qualification runs in the winter olympics...
👨 --- treat yourself to the full pipe hun
on moral grounds though. when gerrard, rooney, cole etc. will be on the plane
in protest against the FA's awful, sickening, awful, awful chastising of him.
I don't get the impression that recalling Terry was ever an option for him. He's retired and has expressed no public or documented interest in not being retired.
Hodgson, you would hope, would be very wary about going near retired footballers given the painful ease with which he allowed Ferdinand to merk him a few months back. Once bitten and all that.
Doubt it was ever a serious issue from either Terry's or Hodgson's end, just a non-starter of a build 'em up to knock 'em down job in the press. Which is, incidentally, why I think Suarez is getting so much good press recently- there will be a hate campaign on the way for him with England and Uruguay playing each other in the World Cup.
You're really missing out on some enchantment
fernando duarte is an incredible man
Mata is drinking the Kool Aid...
passing through the bodies of the players, making them feel strangely sad (32mins)
bothering the centre backs but adding extra curve to any already curving shots (62-77mins)
by David Silva (22mins)
to some money (80mins)
upon whether the game is being played in the *correct* way. they decide that yes, it is, but with room for improvement (30 mins)
say what you like about the m.e.n.
no really, it's a terrible newspaper
turned immediately into this in my mind.
i now can't log in to bet365 for some reason ??????
didn't place my initial bet luckily
Think 4-5-1 is a decent call considering the difference it made against Bayern. I'd have been delighted to have seen Silva behind Negredo a month ago but that was before the latter's dip in form, and I thought Jovetic might have done enough against Chelsea to make Pellegrini risk our usual formation. But it does make sense on paper. Fernandinho back should be a boon but he's likely to look hella leggy. Demichelis :( . Barca's line-up and bench is frightening however you want to look at it.
Mourinho's certainly remembered the pleasure of mouthing off recently, hasn't he?
iniesta and messi can hopefully remind everyone how great they are, david silva on display, negredo, yaya toure v barca midfield, intriguing team selections, THE BUSINESS END of the tournament. plus nasri isn't playing.
and NO MICHAEL OWEN!
looking forward to this.
love the champions league.
hope they've got good lungs...
Niggly, fouling bastards.
this is great.
Barca are cunts though.
how many teams go out to try and win away game, especially in the champions league?
they should be applauded at all times.
Niggly fouls on the halfway line should be punishable by death.
and *suspect* Leo wont reach such dazzling individual heights again, but then I started pondering this before they started fast-forwarding just then. so idk.
are still amazing technically, but they're not as amazing as some of the sides of the last decade (and they're even more boring). the commentators talk about variation but there isn't any at all.
first goal of this tie's gonna be huge, want city to do it. also makes me miss cesc big time. he looks like he's playing in second gear but still so classy.
apparently for having the nerve to take the ball off Xavi, was one of the worst decisions I've ever seen.
but need to calm down when we get forward.
whilst most of the talk has been about barca, bayern and city - psg have been overlooked somewhat and have a great chance to win the tournament overall imo
but then the more threatening they look, the more threatening Barca look.
is that how you say Blaise Matuidi? I guess the ironic rapping country gent thing never fully died.
is it's taken about half a season for some of the United fans to get as bad as the worst of our fans ever were.
all kinds of existential crises emerging, though. mostly laughing into the abyss, myself
so emotional rn
Demichelis has been pretty good tbf
Players you forget you hate until you see them play again: Danny Alves
then bizarrely gash for no reason. Like watching any Arsenal centre-back 2006-2012.
At least it wasn't by fax, I suppose.
Hope this isn't true as it may well prompt the fans of rather less likeable clubs into moral-high-grounding all over the place.
I find it incredibly frustrating how bad we are at putting it behind the full back for him.
That break has come from Silva putting it into his feet rather than knocking it for him to chase.
No pen though
Got nothing of the ball and clear contact on Messi.
in the weakest, most sad way I've ever seen.
now bring Neymar on. is he on the bench? would that be too exciting?
Lightening quick lads
a month or so after atletico madrid signed him on a free
- "Barca are the better team at the moment, Andy?"
- "Alves lucky to stay on the field that time, Andy?"
- "Negredo should do better there, Andy?"
- "Who's going to score next, Andy?"
- "What are you thinking if you're Pelligrini, Andy?"
- "Your wife's on the phone. She says it's important, Andy?"
- "What's the time, Andy?"
- "What IS time, Andy?"
- "If there is a God, does he care for and govern the world or has he left it to fend for itself, Andy?"
- "Do the findings of science imply naturalism or materialism, Andy?"
- "A large amount of money will move electronically through the air,
passing through the bodies of the players, making them feel strangely sad, Andy?"
amazing stuff, where the fuck did it come from? :D
https://vine.co/v/MZ5tP2HxZIQ WOOOOOF (10 in 5 CL games!)
to drop Lescott for Demichelis anyway. City looked solid against Chelsea. Demichelis always looks a liability.
he might be my player of the season thus far. top, top player.
with Demichelis suspended for the Nou Camp.
what's Nickolas Bendtner upto?
to the all the madness going on outside this thread's walls
just waiting for the big bad (tbh bud pal mate) chief to make his inevitable appearance at some stage when chaos will inevitably reign
<3 you guys
the first half and that. only realised when they started singing Blue Moon ten mins ago. youd expect a CAULDRON like atmosphere
there's a nice feel to the thread atm and I'd like it to continue til final whistle
you suspect are contractually obliged to pick up a yellow card every game.
But then I realised that there was no need to come to this thread to point it out.
I predicted a squirrel would run onto the pitch to someone at work earlier
Running out of time for it to happen
someone's told the ref's to balance out the non-pelanty
was off for the through ball, which is why he was so far ahead of the defence.
is that we haven't looked appreciably worse as a 10 without him.
Keep forgetting they've only got 10 men tbh.
but if you were scoring it youd have to say 1-0 barcelona
to avoid booking the afternoon off work to go up to sheffield for the match
and hands Barcelona the trophy
Clive "Ohhhh well they did say expect the unexpected!!"
Andy "Got to say Clive I have never seen that happen in all my time in football"
Clive "Ohhhh well they did say expect the unexpected!!"
is that standing still/slow walk thing they do when they decide it's over.
it's like when Kyle and Jordan stop playing in training because they want to go get the bus. you know what I mean.
Thought we actually played very well, but when Martin Demichelis is your second choice centre back for some bizarre reason you always run the risk of the tie being ended in a single second.
Messi is shit.
Formed a great partnership with Kompany last season, fitted the bill perfectly, seemed like the only positive thing that came out of that campaign. He got injured in pre-season and since then has looked like he has taken a serious dip in form, but then Greeny has barely played him from one game to the next. He certainly knows better than me but I can't help but feel he's not getting the game time he needs and it can't be helping his confidence fucking Cheech and Chong are consistently starting ahead of him.
It doesn't like he's going to get much of a chance in the future unless he breaks into the team now given our interest in Mangala either. Depressing all round.
might as well have sent him out on loan if he wasn't going to get game time this season. strange.
worst chant of all time
for taking some of the heat out of us getting tanked by bayern tomorrow.
demichelis was kind of the difference which everyone thought he would be. why furnish your home with all these nice things and then make the backdoor out of fucking twigs?!
pellegrini needs to work out why we created more chances when we had fewer players too. looks like nasri should've been involved from the off.
bring on next season.
man city played with zero intent all game, barca still dominated them, deservedly won 2-0 (yeah wasn't a penalty but wasn't offside either so it works out). if that was mourinho etc. also busquets is fantastic and brilliant and everything you could possibly want in a deep lying midfielder
Looked possibly outside the box at first but was probably inside no?
but it's pretty straw-clutching
but if you're stupid enough to run that risk and dive in you deserve everything that comes from it
Fulham finally clear house: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26251769
That free in-play bet on bet365... I placed it before kick-off because the match had been moved to the 'in-play' section which I foolishly believed made it eligible for the in-play bet refund no matter what because it was listed under fucking IN-PLAY
Got no refund after it lost and had a horrible feeling that it wasn't eligible so I went on the Chat thing and said Hi I'm due a refund for the losing in-play bet I placed on Man City and he said it can take 4 hours and I was like oh yeah btw I was worried that it won't count because I placed it before kick-off even though the match had moved to the In-Play section and he said 'Oh. If you placed it before kick-off you won't be refunded. Let me check for you.' and then he was like 'The Man City Full Time Result bet that you placed on the In-Play console yeah? and I was like 'yeah' and he said 'I'll refund it manually' omfg what a hero xoxoxoxo