2010/11 Soccer Thread - Hitting The Home Stretch

I'd love to see that keeper goal when it hits YouTube; I'm on my iDevices/work computer 98% of the time, none of which have Flash.

The game was pretty cool. There were Mexican fans everywhere, followed by Americans and then a few Hondurans. I never spotted a for-sure Panamanian. The Mexicans were about 90% of the attendees. Everyone seemed to be cheering for the US, although the place was maybe only a third full at the beginning. Well, we are very close indeed to Mexico here. The Mexicans all wore either black or green; maybe half the Americans were in street clothes that showed no particular allegiance.

It was cool to do, and I'm glad I did, but I don't know when I'll want to go to a similar match in the future. With the half-empty stadium and lack of true USA fans (not to mention the average American's enthusiasm for soccer), the atmosphere was pretty blah. About like a well-attended college football practice. And I enjoy watching in HD with commentators, replays, etc. We followed the game well enough, though.

Still, very glad the US advanced, and excited about watching the finals on Saturday (on TV ).

Things I Learned From the Game:

-Jermaine Jones is dive-a-licious

-What I wouldn't give to see us play better possession football

-Clint Dempsey gives a crap

-Perhaps Freddy Adu isn't quite done yet?

-I still have us as underdogs to Mexico in the final

Ooo, hello Mr Warner. I smell something burning - must be your 'presumption of innocence'.

http://www.football365.com/news/21554/7000621/Shock-Horror-Warner-Accessory-To-Corruption-

Fedaykin, we'll see if FIFA put in a request to take it down, but here's the goal on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMo4h...

Apparently it's the first time a goaltender has scored in a "FIFA Finals" competition as well. First points, first goalkeeper goal... things are looking up for the 2022 World Cup

A big slap on the wrist for the England strikers for allowing the keeper to come so far out unchallenged.

I think that was Canada's first point in a U-17 FIFA competition, rather than at all, as they did qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

davet010 wrote:

A big slap on the wrist for the England strikers for allowing the keeper to come so far out unchallenged.

I think that was Canada's first point in a U-17 FIFA competition, rather than at all, as they did qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

I'm pretty sure it's also the first point in a FIFA Finals (I hate how the actual competitions are "Finals" to distinguish them from qualifying) competition. In 1986 they lost 1-nil to France, 2-nil to Hungary, and 2-nil to the Soviet Union. The U-20 World Cup that was hosted here also was all losses with no goals for.

United sign Ashley Young for 16-20m... Not to worried about this.

jowner wrote:

United sign Ashley Young for 16-20m... Not to worried about this.

Oh, I would be. He's the second coming of Garrincha now, according to Mark Lawrenson.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13894143.stm

Some classic non sequitors

"I think the fee of about £17m represents an absolute bargain, governed of course by the fact that his contract was running down and he was not going to stay at Villa Park".

1. £17m is not an 'absolute bargain' for a squad player who makes an effort one game in every four.

2. How is it a bargain if his contract was going to expire ? In the same way that Bebe was a bargain ?

3. "I am surprised Chelsea were not more heavily involved" - probably because their new manager has his sights set a little higher than mid-table cast offs.

A Villa fan of my acquaintance is currently pissing himself laughing. If they manage to offload Stewart Downing to Liverpool as well (for a rumoured £19m) then it might almost make him smile, a difficult enough task after they appointed Big Eck this week.

Carrick and now Young.

=/

It is a strange one - there are much better wingers knocking about, so unless he's wanting to buy someone who will be happy to sit on the bench half the time rather than a player who will expect to start every week.

Watford are due £850k as a sell on clause - so the idiot Sky presenter's first question to Watford's manager - "Will you be pressing for the money ?"

In other news, both Spurs and Orient have had their applications for a judicial review of the decision to give West Ham access to the new Olympic stadium after 2012 turned down in the High Court. They can still appeal, but it's looking more difficult for them now.

and Arsenal reject a £27m bid for Cesc.... Its just f*cking annoying at this point. Its almost as if Barca feel they are entitled to low ball Arsenal because hes from Barca.

So more less he wont go this summer again but we will be barraged with the same BS as last year. Hoping the management can maneuver around this quicker then last year, get Nasri resigned and get into the market for the players that actually need to go and the ones that need to come in.

Its like the Cesc situation is the elephant in the room gumming up everything else productive from getting done.

Just to recap some of the sillyness that has already happened.
Young for 16m around.
Phil Jones for 16m around.
Jordan Henderson 16m around.

annnnnnnnnnd this is why Arsenal doesn't shop much domestically and I wont see Gary Cahill coming in anytime soon.

edit: at those domestic prices wtf would Wilshere be worth? 30m?

Barca ban photocopies to raise transfer funds

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is so concerned about the reported €450 million worth of debts the Primera Division champions have run up that he has banned colour photocopies at the Camp Nou in order to save money on toner.

With coffers so bare it's no wonder that Rosell said repeatedly this week that he won't spend any more than €40 million on perpetual transfer target Cesc Fabregas (that's a lot of photocopies) and it also explains why Alexis Sanchez's €30 million move (forget photocopies: pass me the Etch A Sketch!) from Udinese is taking so long.

Rosell blames the club's current cashflow issues on his predecessor, Joan Laporta, and when asked how he could get the club back into the black he said: "By being austere, hard and losing friends. We are suffering with it. We removed the catering events, our bodyguards, and we have even stopped making photocopies in colour at the club. Now we do black and white and save on toner."

However, in the true spirit of the debt-laden approach to modern football, Rosell insisted the club still have transfer funds available. "We negotiated a syndicate credit with the bank ... We have sorted out the situation and what the economic area has achieved means we have €45 million to spend on transfers this summer plus sales."

I hope all of y'all are tuned in for USA-Mexico in the Gold Cup Final right now! Winner goes to the Confederations Cup in 2013.

Yes, and the USMNT is driving me nuts as always. Mexico's cutting us apart in attack, so that even up 2-0, we didn't look safe. No surprise that it's 2-2 at the half, but at the moment, it's a question of "if" we score again, while Mexico probably will score again.

PREDERICK'S NEW AND UPDATED HATE LIST:

1.) Gio dos Santos
2.) Jonathan Bornstien
3.) Gio dos Santos

I'm still amazed that Adu getting kicked in the face didn't get a call.

Well, piss.

Anyone else notice Chicharito looks like a rat? 95% of the people at the semi-finals were there for Mexico, and I'd guess maybe 60% of them were wearing Chicharito jerseys.

I thought Adu looked really good, as did Bradley. I'm amazed some people hate on him, regardless of the appearance of nepotism.

Well...how's the women's team going to do in the World Cup?

I also appreciated the Mexican fans booing a US pass to Howard while they earlier chanted "Ole" for a series of three back and forth passes between their left back and keeper.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Anyone else notice Chicharito looks like a rat?

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River Plate relegated for the first time in their history, even despite a system designed to keep the big teams up.

Crikey, I wouldn't want to be one of their players tonight, unless I am going home in a Challenger tank.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fNKbdMB23U

They're probably still in the dressing room. (Re-enacting some of the finest L4D scenarios.)

It made me want to start my next game in FM in Argentina, though.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

as did Bradley. I'm amazed some people hate on him, regardless of the appearance of nepotism.

I don't hate Bradley, but I do think he is too often a liability when defending the midfield.

Pikey26 wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Anyone else notice Chicharito looks like a rat?

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He looks like a rat to me, what more can I say? He has sunken, beady eyes.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Pikey26 wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Anyone else notice Chicharito looks like a rat?

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He looks like a rat to me, what more can I say? He has sunken, beady eyes.

As the kids would say these days...

"YOU JELLY!?!"

UCRC wrote:

They're probably still in the dressing room. (Re-enacting some of the finest L4D scenarios.)

It made me want to start my next game in FM in Argentina, though.

In deference, the L4D zombies don't have guns.

Sad news for the Blue Three-Quarters today

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...

Mike Doyle was City captain when I first started following them, met him when I was a nipper collecting autographs at Maine Road during preseason (on the day that Elvis Presley died, I remember hearing it on the radio as I left the house). Wouldn't last 5 minutes nowadays, but more of a club captain that Tevez and his ilk will ever be able to comprehend.

RIP fella - he'll be kicking George Best on the Elysian Fields right about now.

Quickie notes:

Gervinho may go to Arsenal
Keisuke Honda and Sergio Aguero to Juve
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala are all allegedly in for Neymar (I am hoping for City so I can see him and Balotelli either A.) Get along swimmingly to everyone's surprise and form a devastating strike partnership or B.) Murder each other)
Drogba to Marseille?
Juan Mata says he's not leaving Valencia (yes he is)
Connor Wickham to Sunderland
Liverpool want Diego and... Wayne Bridge?

....aaaaaaaaand Edinson Cavani to United.

Chances of any of these deals turning out to be true?

Prederick wrote:

and... Wayne Bridge?

You should see the terror on my face. Immediately followed by burst of laughter.

Maybe they can play revolutionary formation with two left-backs, because seeing Konchesky and Bridge in the same team... well, there has to be some ward for that.

Right now Mata seems unlikely, but we've been in contact over him. Which is positive sign in itself. It is possible that some deals have been done and Arsenal will annonce them all at once when transfer window opens.

(Why do you lie to yourself, UC?)

Wayne Bridge would certainly up the eye candy quotient (not him, his girlies) in the City of Thieves. Konchesky has no chance of still being there unless they can't sell him.

Talking of thieves, I can see Aguero going to Fiat FC, I'm hoping Naymar doesn't come to City (and who the hell are Anzhi ?).

davet010 wrote:

Wayne Bridge would certainly up the eye candy quotient (not him, his girlies) in the City of Thieves. Konchesky has no chance of still being there unless they can't sell him.

Talking of thieves, I can see Aguero going to Fiat FC, I'm hoping Naymar doesn't come to City (and who the hell are Anzhi ?).

They are a club made up to terrify all newscasters who have to report on Neymar story.

Manchester United have signed David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for a fee in the region of £18 million.

also doesn't worry me. Not sure if they have any money left without selling first.