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Southampton to blow £22m on Shane Long because he has the same haircut as all the recently departed players they miss
still doesn't look right
TD has fucked this one right up.
Remember when he went to Euro 2012 instead of Rio Ferdinand?
"At 6-5 you hope you can see the game out."
as sported by Bale last night would be banned as it seems a bit risky having a strip of plastic on your head whilst playing. Plus it makes you look like a weeping helmet.
Rule 1 - never underestimate Gareth Bale's capacity to become a bit more annoying
it needs one. I think Beckham and Woodgate had the old shoelace round the forehead method before they even got out of Madrid airport.
will people be pretending to have known was amazing/shit for ages at some point over the coming season?
Last year when Laudrup went shit everyone pretended to have seen it coming a mile off, having unlike the rest us noted his previous managerial record. They had never actually mentioned anything about it until it happened, but were more than happy to deride and belittle the surprise of people who expressed surprise that the wheels had come off so dramatically.
At Euro 2012 it was Pirlo being world class. Fair enough he quite obviously was world class for ages beforehand, but I bet 75% of the people deriding his new found apostles had never really, I mean *really* noticed him before.
What will you not be surprised by this season that all the rest of us chumps will be?
one of those teams probably wont do so well. i reckon liverpool might go through a bad spell and rodgers might get some mud thrown at him. press love to build them up to knock em down etc.
than I want the team I support (Sheffield Wednesday) to succeed.
The way he's absolved himself of responsibility for the mess he created at QPR is disgraceful
the commentary in afterwards
god there are so many hideous football teams
"Well he played for Barcelona, of course he's great!"
"Barcelona have been trying to offload him for years, utter shithouse player"
"Yeah, he's OK, but there's a reason only Stoke came in for him..."
[delete as applicable]
I'm going to sign up
Did you not see the World Cup?
Leave it Nestor, leave it.
Memphis Depay (PSV) to Spurs
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) to Spurs
Javi Garcia (Man City) to Zenit St Petersburg
Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) to Southampton or Inter
Cheick Tiote (Newcastle) to Arsenal
Jonathan Biabiany (Parma) to Everton or Southampton
Tiago Ilori (Liverpool) to Cardiff
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull) to QPR, Southampton or West Ham
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) to Arsenal
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli) to Arsenal
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) to Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) to Middlesborough
George Saville (Chelsea) to Middlesborough
Samuel Eto'o (free agent, formerly Chelsea) to Everton
Martin Kelly (Liverpool) to Crystal Palace
Fredy Guarin (Inter) to Man Utd or Spurs
Nacer Chadli (Spurs) to PSV
Mateo Musacchio (Villareal) to Spurs
*shrugs to camera*
hmm Southampton or Inter? Inter or Southampton? ...I need a coffee
like he was the last biscuit on the plate that nobody wants. Also, I'd have thought that Middlesbro would have had enough disappointing players from Chelsea by now.
Playing for Anzhi and Chelsea has given him a taste for filthy oil money that no-one else can satisfy.
Coach a session in the morning, go home at lunchtime to count his pile of money, head back for the evening training session, go home to cook a romantic dinner for his pile of money, wake up and head to morning training...etc
Wikipedia tells me he's bought Boy Flowers to keep him company (who is sporting a dreadful rat tail these days, FYI). Think there's a sitcom in that...
We've just signed Adam CLAYTON. I imagine our transfer business is done.
See you in January, folks!
yesterday we (Carlisle United) SWOOPED in on a Southampton target and made Darren Fletcher vice captain, essentially ruling out another purchase in Midfield.
ARISE SIR FELLAINI!
Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City*, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Watford, West Brom, West Ham
Birmingham City, Bradford City, Brentford, Burton Albion, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City*, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham, Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient, Millwall, MK Dons, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Port Vale, Portsmouth, Preston North End, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, **Sheffield United or Mansfield, *Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town, Walsall
If Cardiff beat Coventry, things stay as is. If Coventry win, Sheff Weds become seeded.
Being as our dream tie with Charlton is out, I'd quite like Swansea away. Never been to the Liberty, and not too difficult for me to get along to after work. Not sure many Huddersfield fans would agree though.
Who let meths in charge of the League Cup?
seeds in a straight knock-out cup
although they've done it in the wrong cup.
"oooh, we need to protect the glamour ties for the later rounds, NO WAY can we have Bournemouth vs Watford meeting each other at this stage, it would be catastrophic".
save it for the FA Cup. No one gives a shit about the league cup.
ideally QPR for a laugh
(and pepe), and it was horrible
when do they usually make new players drink that blood potion that turns Indy evil in 'Temple of Doom'?
Don't be one of those guys.
do-something-extremely-dirty-and-then-laugh-when-you-get-booked/sent off intensive training camp.
Tequila's usually the one that turns them evil, but interestingly it took Alice, What's the Matter? to get to Bale.
King of Insects. And we all know insects are evil.
it lands on him and then he kisses his hand. It's just delivered the evil venom through osmosis into his skin. The kiss signifies his allegiance to the Gods of evil (The Real Madrid Board).
but hilariously wrong. Have you watched the video?
1. It lands on his sleeve
2. When Hammez kisses his hand watch closely - the grasshopper does it too. It's their cool thing that they both do whenever they do some cool teamwork together
Are you claiming James Rodriguez is the King of Insects, or that the grasshopper is the King of Insects?
If it's the former then we're in agreement. If it's the latter, I'm going to tear that contention apart
Knocked out in the first round by lower league pish
so happy we won last night, even if we did so by the skin of our teeth. couldn't be doing with bury noobs.
In 1 (and 2/3) game! This is the most optimistic I've been about our chances in months. 14th may still be possible!
Bury supporting lurker here. You were absolutely gash all night, bar the first five minutes of extra time where we lost our heads. Was it a certain penalty? I feel a bit cheated considering it was in the last minute of SIX minutes added on, which seemed a bit excessive. Nevermind.
though everyone is off the opinion we were shite. They say the penalty was soft too (not that i'm complaining), though apparently you'd taken a break or something in the second half, hence the hefty add on? I dunno. unlucky, anyroad.
shame you decided to desecrate nat's statue by covering it in shit, though.
first leg was really entertaining. Roque Santa Cruz's younger brother scored a last minute equaliser to have it finely balanced at 1-1
Who'll probably make it rain goals in the Championship.
that's actually really good news. if we keep byram and get him, i'll be confident of staying up for the first time.
but he must be tied with Will Hughes for number of transfer window mentions over the last three seasons
it seems to be presented as pure fact, so i guess i'm on my way to the bookies.
How do you think your Sheffield Wednesday are going to line up on Saturday/Sunday/Monday (where is DanielKelly anyway?)?
---- Mignolet ----
Johnson - Lovren - Skrtel - Moreno
--- Henderson -- Gerrard ---
Lallana -- Coutinho -- Sterling
---- Sturridge ----
I can't put Artetas name down, I just can't.
what a mess. unless shaw, evans or/and rafael recover (or valencia, i guess). also Rojo instead of Blackett perhaps if he signs.
---- Fernandandinandandinandandaykroyd ----
Nasri -- Yaya -- Silva
---- Aguero ----
Probably. Newcastle usually roll over for us and I'm doubtful their side will have gelled anyway but I do hope Pellegrini doesn't try 4-4-2.
it's all bollocks ins't it? everyone just sort of plays 4-4-2 i.e. two out-and-out defenders, one deep midfielder, couple of guys out wide, a no. 10 and a striker.
People should be told.
i'm saying that all formations are basically the same.
defence is a bit worrying as Walker and Dawson are injured, Vertonghen hasn't played in preseason due to WC(reckon we'll have to play him though), and reckon Rose will start ahead of Davies.
Midfield could be anyone tbh but Holtby has looked decent in preseason.
Soldado has had a decent preseason hasn't he?
Paulinho and Bentaleb middle two for me. Amazing how Spurs always seem to have 17 central midfielder.
praying it's not paulinho, i'm sick of that guy
Now that Sherwood has hurled his last gilet for Spurs Bentaleb's fanbase is pretty much non-existent.
---- Courtois ----
Azpi - Cahill - Terry - Luis
--- Matic -- Fabregas ---
Willian - Oscar - Hazard
----- Costa -----
That's probably, right now, our strongest team. Still not certain who will start out of Cech or Courtois, but most articles suggest it will be the latter. They've both had decent pre seasons.
there's a good chance Schurrle could replace Willian when he's fully fit.
Pretty pissed that we don't play until Monday tbh.
finger on the pulse
he's ever said to slag off current west ham players
Has everyone noticed how old, haggered and haunted Fabregas looks in a Chelsea shirt? It appears to be draining all his vitality.
I remember looking at him and his dad a few years back and thinking, "Frank snr.'s wife must be a supermodel", but young JR jowels and creases are starting to shine through.
(senior and junior)
obviously someone should be able to gain employment again after being in prison, but the idea of thousands of people idolising and cheering on a rapist is a bit sickening
yet i can't see how he could go back to playing at that level
"Both men admitted they had sex with the teenager, and the prosecution successfully argued that she was too drunk to consent."
Souness looked like a human scourer last night.
I'm starting to suspect some sort of nationwide anti-bants conspiracy funded by the Arabs.
Maybe Katherine Liebherr, Uncle Tony or that nutcase at Leicester will be a bit more interested.
Wasn't Gartside's idea, the non relegation from the Premier League? I wonder what his take on that is nowadays.
Lewandowski is a right bastard.
assumed this just had a normal kick-off time
the pessimist in me thinks only a terrible season can come after giving all your title-winning players new deals.
he's finally made it as a Man Utd defender.
of course it's all going to go tits up for him.
2 days after i'm moving to holland but it's gotta be televised right.
feel like they're maybe shit enough that we could beat them this time
I take it all back meths, seeding works!
For £3 million.
That, is an absolute steal.
He's brilliant. Can't really see why Southampton would want, or need, to sell him.