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Not really arsed about the games last night as I've only just found this out
about shevchenko's first match as manager?
ah hate iceland
Comical defending from Serbia saw Ireland 1-0 up within three minutes. Ireland then proceeded to just not play for the next sixty-five minutes, going 2-1 down. Came back to draw 2-2 in the end.
Pitch was shocking, divots everywhere. Ref should have sent Ivanovic off for two yellows within the first twenty minutes but he wasn't even booked.
Typical Irish performance in that we only seem to be able to play well when we're up against it. Once we went in front we hadn't a clue what to do.
That one day in the year when the minor footballing countries are not bottom of the qualification table yet, due to the peculiar workings of the alphabet.
Andorra are top of their group, obviously. They will be entertaining Latvia at the national stadium. No humdinger expected from this collection of milkmen and accountants, who only ever won one competitive match in their footballing history.
The Faroe Islands have invited Hungary to the bastion that is Torsvollur. Of all the little footballing nations, they are the most likely ones to cause an upset, given that they gave the mighty Greece a run for their money in the previous qualification round.
Gibraltar are playing Greece. FIFA's newest member is making its debut on the world stage, despite the men in suit trying everything to keep them out. Sepp Blatter must be rolling in his grave.
And finally the hopelessly inadequate Netherlands, who will travel to the Friends Arena in Stockholm to get beaten by Sweden. Anything less than a 3 goal differential will be regarded as a moral victory. They are just happy to be allowed to play with the big boys
Gibraltar is #211
Both were voted in at the same FIFA congress.
1) Pep - €19m
2) Mourinho - €16.5m
3) Ancelotti - €10.5m
4) Big Weng - €10m
5) Howe - €9.5m
6) Klopp - €8.3m
7) Conte - €7.8m
8) Luis Enrique - €7m
9) Pochettino - €6.5m
10) Rafa - €5m
So far as team sports go at least. Can't imagine many other scenarios where someone would accept a much lower salary than most of the staff they manage, and the above salaries have only really ballooned due to factors such as foreign investment and TV sponsorship, and a real dearth of quality.
Although, the dearth of quality bit... Is there a time in our lifetime when there was a glut of world class managers in the English game? In hindsight, probably not.
Like you said, the foreign investment and TV money has meant that English football can attract the handful of most prestigious or promising managers in the world, not the lack of class. We *could* have a league with all English, Irish and Scottish managers, but it would be a major step down, partly because the pool of talent is smaller, partly because we don't have a culture for tactically nuanced football.
Perhaps one or two of the very best ones have raised the standard to the point that it effects the perceived quality of others, idk.
when it should have blatantly been Phelan.
I know it's not exactly an important award, but it's unlikely anyone but Mourinho, Wenger or Klopp will win it all season.
We could be 10 points clear, with Wenger having personally banged in 20 goals, and a big chunk of the online fanbase would still be calling him a senile old cunt.
Could be fun if one of the big sides has an absolute stinker, like Chelsea last year, and their manager is winning it every month
I used this name a few years ago, I'm sure.
Anyway, they just sent me an email telling me off for having an offensive name and changed it to 'CHANGE NAME'
has had the same for calling his team 'Dele Adebola'
- be outside of the UK but in Europe
- involve cheap flights
- have three or more grounds to watch games at (any level)
Dortmund was the best match-going experience I've ever had, not a hugely exciting city but enough to do for a weekend. football museum's good
very cheap flights but stansted only
a proper one-club city in the best kind of way
but if you go to Lyon it's fairly close to Saint Etienne so you could go there. Lyon's really great.
Anderlecht, Union Saint-Gilles, some others I can't remember. Other cities in Belgium are very close by and cheap to get to.
should have done it much more really. Good fan base.
It's so easy to get about in Germany and Belgium why limit yourself to one city?
about £40 return from manchester airport, good clubs, £16 to go to Bruges or Gent and watch footie ball there.
Just making me feel guilty I've not done this myself :(. Might go to one last Union Saint-Gilloise game before I leave Brussels...
Stadium's a nightmare to get to / away from
plus the main two clubs are in different divisions, so more chance they'd both be playing at home on the same weekend
Loafs of small teams to go see too so always something on, similarly Hamburg
they're about an hour away from each other, and you've got an abundance of relatively high level, cheap football. Athletic, Real Sociedad, Eibar, Alaves, Real Union etc...
great food and bars, some cool galleries.
Really want to do that
Though only got to he Sociedad club shop as they weren't doing tours on the day. Great places to go in general and the (main two) stadiums are both easy to get to. People always happy to chat about football in all the bars / restaurants which is cool
has that eerie Italian stadium-running track around the pitch vibe to it.
announced as the referee for the Madchester derby :')
Dean Saunders talking about how Brian Clough tried to sign him in the early 90s. Crackin stuff, though quite sad at the same time.
Stiffler Russell23 hours ago
fukn classic i pissed myself laughing
but in recent years most breakout kids would sulk being dropped down a level. Rashford bags a hat trick on his debut. Top, top lad.
and hired a manager who will never ever play him.