2007/08 Soccer Thread - Euro Fever!
Because it's never too early to start talking about the new season.
As an appetizer, may I present to you, courtesy of YouTube, some fine, fine goals.
And some fantastic goals from Serie A in Italy. Have a looksee.
So, of course, the biggest news of the offseason was the Match-Fixing scandal in Italy. Read On Here.
In short, Juventus, the most successful club in Italy, have been relegated to Serie B (the Italian second tier) and docked 30 points for the beginning of the season. Fiorentina and Lazio were also demoted, and AC Milan was kicked out of European competition and docked 15 points. All clubs are appealing the verdict.
What this means for the rest of the footballing world is, basically a fire-sale on players from all the involved clubs, especially Juventus. Supposedly, Fabio Cannavaro (the real best player at the World Cup), Lilian Thuram, Patrick Viera, and a host of other Juventus players will be leaving Turin for greener, less relegated pastures. Milan may also see some of its players leaving.
The most entertaining part of the summer months for me is always the utterly ridiculous transfer market. Players moving to and fro with reckless abandon, and teams overspending on players who aren't that good. I'm particularly interested by the move of Fabio Aurelio to Liverpool from Valencia. Now, Football Manager certainly isn't the best way to rate a player's talents, but christ, this guy is fantastic in FM. But will he adapt to the English game and become a valuable part of the Rafalution?
Things should really crank up for the upcoming weeks, as teams really get to buying and selling. Look for Arsenal to sign a new center-back, Ruud to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, Fernando Torres to head for Manchester (perhaps) and Real Madrid attempt to buy their way back into a title.
I'm looking forward to next year, esepcially to see if Barca can keep it up, if Fulham can stay up, and if Newcastle can do less with more, again.
Good times people, good times.
On no new faces at Manchester United
On the Scandal In Italy.
And on Aston Villa.