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Shall we go to weekly footy threads until the World Cup?
we could have catch-all Football/Le Tour/Wimbledon threads. Imagine.
What would you get yaya toure for a brithday present?
Kroos and Shaw close to Utd deals.
LVG says only 4 players currently at UTD are any good.
i don't know what to believe
and might have qualified for it the next year.
but considering how well Liverpool did this season having finished 7th previously, United's lack of cup competition might be just what they need for a title tilt. You heard it here first!
I said we were winning the domestic treble last week
No one tries to win the FA cup or league cup so they're deffo up for grabs. The league will be wide open again next year i reckon and I can honestly see United spending £120m this summer
I just like the idea that coming 7th is the perfect way to prepare for a title push. Be fun if it became the norm - the fight for fourth becoming a race to the bottom in the last few games of the season.
One bad season won't erase that. Remember when Inter Milan had that rubbish season? Nobody then thought that Inter Milan were the new Parma or whatever. Listen to me. Then they bought Vieri and Seedorf.
In Europe they probably don't care about the whole Moyes thing.
*they are a homogenous group
Can also double his wage.
De Gea, Jazzy jazz jam shabadoo has his good days, uh... Mata
all missed training for Real
They've had 5 years or so of splashing money and building a quasi-galactico squad, but always having lingering rumours of disgruntlement in the ranks.
Then they win the league, all is going well, until less than a week later one of their most experienced and influential midfielders goes mental and has a tantrum and wants to leave. And at the same time Yaya Toure is running around the world crying about his birthday!
I'm not enjoying this Yaya Toure thing even half as much as I should be.
every time though.
Inflated wages at Chelsea too
And he does some TV stuff doesn't he, that probably covers the rest
I quite liked him ten years ago thought he was pretty good
Nothing but gold records, sell out tours
they should do some kind of investigation to combat it, call it 'footy fair play' or something
Sentenced to another year of survivalball with the walrus
but that would actually be an improvement
PS If next season is anything like this one, 'making the Top 10' is about as unambitious as it gets
is that everyone from other clubs hates him, but god help you if you try and get rid of him, then all of a sudden it's lectures ahoy from the same people about how stupid you'd have to be to get rid of him.
they then get a manager in who plays free-flowing football, as a result of which promptly gets you relegated.
The "ditching Allardyce inevitably leads to relegation" is bollocks. Most of them went down a few seasons after he left, after multiple managerial changes. If there's any link, it's because they're built so completely to play Allardyceball that it's difficult to do much with them, and he's always been replaced by total no-hopers.
The complete list of managers who appointed between Samuel leaving a club and that club's eventual relegation:
Total, total shit. Just don't appoint someone as gash as anyone on that list and things'll be fine
And what if a good manager doesn't want to manage your shit club?
Which would still be a step up on every single rogue on that list bar Keegan. That list is so unbelievably poor barely any of them are even managing at all anymore, let alone at any kind of level.
Paying the 13th highest managerial salary in world football should mean you have an outside hope of finding some competent mediocrity to take on the role who is a level above Alan Shearer or Joe Kinnear.
Players Who Were Probably Bought Just to Keep Another Player Company
1. Mauricio Solis - Costa Rican guy who went to Derby at the same time as Wanchope but never really played?
Let's talk about something else
on the condition that they also sign his brother Rory
joined the same time as li tie. weifeng played one match, tie played much more.
Mainly because Efe was our captain at the time. Think he made a couple of sub appearances and that was it.
he had horrendous injury luck at wednesday. there was one season where he was immense but kept getting injured, came back the season after and then didn't do so well.
got shipped off to charlton where a whole load of our rejects went to at that time,
Always impressed in the reserves, but never did anything when he came on for the first team. In hindsight, given he did well with you, and a couple of others, we probably didn't give him enough chances.
we didn't sign Ronaldhino
Ronaldinho went to Barca.
Also Mancini's son. I don't think that was to combat Bob's homesickness, however.
That's quite sweet.
to help the Brazilian crew (Jo, Elano and Geovanni) settle in. He made one appearance on the last day of the season for about 5 minutes
"Oh no! We've signed four introverts! What do we do?"
*shot of clock hands spinning around*
*Glauber Berti arrives in the Brazilian lads' shared house*
"Hi guys! I have brought many board games and have planned icebreaking activity."
*Jo and Elano look at each other sheepishly but you can tell they're pleased really*
*shot of clock hands spinning*
*Glauber Berti is leaving forever but no one notices as they're all such good friends now and are too busy talking and playing*
*Glauber Berti is pleased but sad like the guy in 'Highway to Heaven'*
*shot of clock hands spinning, loops for 20mins*
They developed a dressing room clique. Mates good. Clique bad. Took us years to break it up. All because of sneaky old Berti.
was only bought because George Graham bought Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wasn't he?
because they'd never been parted before and Ferguson thought it'd be better to have his twin with him?
meths wanted this to fail but we showed him
was only at City because their brother was. Can't remember which one. Jim or Jeff. Whitley.
Ronaldo still left.
TBH I'm not quite sure how I feel about swapping the lynch pin of our midfield for one of Barca's squad players. Maybe we should offer them Yaya Toure instead.
BBC seem convinced you're getting Redmond so
City without him are nowhere near as good. Almost as drastic as City without Kompany, which is very beatable.
without Toure. He looks fucking useless against teams that press him with an overloaded midfield like Liverpool, Barca and Bayern.
that city fans think the ideal solution to their best player not playing well against a few specific teams is to sell him, rather than maybe not play him against those team
about Arsenal celebrating an FA Cup win
Football seems to be all about the build up and anticipation of what's next / how will they keep their players / etc rather than just enjoying something.
I say good on them. Winning the FA Cup (or indeed any trophy) is a huge achievement (bar those shitty summer warm up ones) and should be celebrated so. You can't have a 3 hour build up to the game on ITV showing it's heritage and how it's still the most watched match globally behind the World Cup THEN spend the post match part taking the piss out of Arsenal for caring about winning it, hiring a bus and wondering if they'll keep hold of Sagna.
Let your hair down. Enjoy it. Who had the better season in the history books; Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal? I'd say Arsenal because they had a good day out and eventual accolade us lower league football fans would kill for.
Depresses me that Hull see European football as a chore too rather than the pinnacle moment in the club's history. Look at Serie A this weekend just gone; 4 teams fighting tooth and nail to be in it, as they should be not using it to field the youth.
Basically, I'm tired of the fear of failing in the Premier League stopping achievements actually being celebrated or cheapened as you only get about 3 of them a season as it is.
Don't know what else you could ask for tbh
before the Cup final. Even though Hull, and every other finalist ever, did the same thing because you'd be an idiot not to.
That said, the specially painted 'FA Cup Winners 2014' bus they had did make me think how weird it would have been if your job was to repaint it after they'd lost.
Been having a good old chuckle at the number of gooner chums who think the world, and seemingly me in particular, is dead gutted about them winning the FA Cup though.
at the thought you think they think you're dead gutted about them winning the FA Cup? It would be you with giving-a-shit egg all over your face then!
Don't over think this.
The only slight caveat is when fans of "big clubs" are the ones disparaging winning such trophies in the first place then that doesn't exactly make people sympathetic: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/social/4444961#r7988917
That Serie A finish was fantastic. Those boys love the Europa Cup!
I was annoyed at the draw at the time, thought it would be more fun if we played city in the final than the semis. Was totally fine with not playing them at all, though. Also, we did play shit in the final and it was really excrutiating for 110 minutes so whatever.
Tbh you're kind of embarrassing for keeping that on file/even remembering it, let alone posting it inappropriately to try and show me up. Probably start acting your age maybe.
What lower league footballers got upto after retirement
Was looking up Paul Macari for the "signed to keep someone (his dad) company" subthread. What I found was superb.
"After leaving the game, Macari took up co-ownership of the Hanley branch of Domino's Pizza; in March 2012 he provided the Port Vale squad with free pizzas after the club hit financial difficulties."
Any other good ones?
`Following his retirement, Whitley instead began performing as a singer and dancer in stage shows, appearing in productions called Christmas Crooners and The Rat Pack's Back, taking the roles of Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. in the respective shows.`
`Whitley has spent time at the Sporting Chance clinic after becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs. It affected him greatly and said "at times I would just be praying just to die". Whitley is currently working as a car salesman in the Stockport area and delivers talks at professional football clubs about the dangers of alcohol and drug misuse`
so I'm gonna say he counts.
Gudni Bergsson; footballer, lawyer, hero.
After being a club legend for years, Gudni went back to Iceland and became a lawyer. A colleague was the victim of a knife attack and the Iceman saved the day.
"Bergsson became a lawyer after retiring from professional football in 2003 and it was at the Reykjavík offices of law firm Legal Support, where he works, that the knife attack took place.
The ex-Iceland international came to the aid of a colleague, who was left in a critical condition after being attacked, before he was stabbed twice in the thigh himself."
Surely once you've actually won it that's it, fun over
Sounds stupid if you look at things in an absolute, detached way by Arsenal supporters have had a monkey on their back for years and now it's gone. That'll feel good for ages.
Wigan supporters are probably still in a happy, dazed mindfuck after last year.
I still can't get my head round the idea my team has won a European Cup, but other things have faded a bit.
that Wigan fans still haven't shut the fuck up about it.
for this year, at least..."
9 years is ages
I'm no German speaker, but the Dutch accent clearly sounds hilarious in German as well.
Wilmots has been forced to call up his third choice third choice goalkeeper, Sammy Bossut, after second third choice keeper Silvio Proto broke his arm who himself was called up to replace first choice third choice goalkeeper Koen Casteels who broke his shin. Reports that Courtois and Mignolet have stepped up their security are completely made up.
it's rubbish, they're completely pointless.
did anyone's 3rd choice keeper make any (necessary) appearances this season anywhere?
When an outfield player has to go in goals if they've run out of subs or something and teams start testing him with outlandish shots
In fact I think it should be mandatory if a Keeper is sent off rather than injured
pretty sure sheffield united never had a keeper on the bench when he was there.
England should be trying some Total Football in the WC
much more fun
it's fraser forster. the big dunce
it's Ben Foster you should be worried about
we'd be the only team to select players exclusively from one league, which would sort of be like winning in a way
North Korea tried to take an extra striker instead of a third keeper but because he was registered as a keeper he wasn't allowed to play outfield. Ha ha ha.
and are mostly pointless?
(not the greatest quality)
Only got three in there. For some perspective, that's one more than Diego Forlan.
Anderton's against Colombia was a belter.
Michael Owen's is good if you pretend it's not him.
Are those in the video? I can't be arsed watching it.
the other two are Joe Cole v Sweden and Platt v Belgium.
Joe Cole's though? Oh well done you lumped it over the keeper's head when no-one was closing you down. Easy.
was good. oir was that the euros? dunno,
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What a guy.
Group C truly are the ones to watch
True champions :')
sorry, can't appreciate an article that doesn't spell check
The top guy looks like he's tied to the middle guy's head.
but at least one of those three situations is probably gonna arise in one of our games, and then we'll see who deals with it better
Bolton have signed their fourth (4th!) player of the summer that already played for them. Andy Robinson has signed a one year deal.
I must've missed it. Thought he'd just sat in the reserves. Tbh, I was a bit confused by Dougie signing a 21 year old to be in the reserves after saying the reserve players that are 19 are already too old to be considered realistic future prospects.
yeah, it's not like we need new CMs either. Though whether Trotter counts as a midfielder (or indeed a footballer) is up for debate.
particularly the way he sticks his chin out & makes kissy face before every sentence and finishes them with grumpy mouth.
it's the under 17s. a new golden generation.
history in the making
1-1 at the mo. The players seem to have a good appreciation of space and patience on the ball. Haven't seen a single Gerard special into touch.
IT'S A LOTTERY etc.
Thought we looked were good. Wow. Let's hype them up, 2018 is ours!
shame that no one cares about the u-17s and that all these players will inevitably end up being ruined by their clubs before they can get to be respectable senior side players, though.
How many of the squad who won it in 2010 would say have been 'ruined by their clubs'?
I could only really see an argument for McEachran not being given enough of a chance. The rest are probably still not physically and mentally mature enough to play regularly for a top flight side yet. Only very special players break through in their teens, especially at top half clubs.
Of the current squad i'd only really expect Kenny and Roberts to really break through before the next Finals.
A hell of a lot of players drop out of football or into the lower leagues between schoolboy and first team levels. Don't think that's really down to a huge influx of foreign players or anything else, simply that the majority of them won't prove good enough.
After Yaya Toures sulking because no one shook his hand on his Birthday, and he only earns £300k a week.
A nice story about Joe Ledley.
Apparently it's related to end-of-season bonusses and not cake or balloons or anything else birthday-related. He was under the impression his would all be tax-free for some reason. It's not an insignificant amount of money either. Apparently City signed him (Kompany, Aguero, other high earners) to new deals where they basically get paid millions in bonusses but lower their salaries after the club and UEFA agreed FFP allowances whereby bonusses don't count towards the wagebill.
all comes down to cash at the end of the day
Someone was telling me at work today. If you lose both you'd be in some pretty serious trouble I think. Shame really considering Samir is the only real ratbag in your side
City's best players, bar Nasri who's just been offered a new three-year contract, are all contracted until 2017 or beyond.
It's a worrying time to be a City fan, for sure!
dunno mate, just going off what I heard but then I suppose anecdotal evidence isn't the be-all and end-all...
Don't let it get to you.
Must assume you support one of our less-illustrious rivals. The needy-o-meter's saying definite Arsenal fan.
not just Arsenal fans who hate that shit-eating grin
Vinnie Jones was in it...
Or worst 11 rent-a-gob comedians.