2012/13 Soccer Thread

davet010 wrote:

Javier Saviola signs for Malaga. By christ, he's only 30. He was like the Lionel Messi who never quite ignited.

In other "Once could've been but never was" news, *sigh*.... Adriano.

Also the Richard Wright Homesickness Threshold Map is hilarious.

If you've ever been to Preston, you will understand why people feel homesick for England.

Pep Guardiola was his hero.... Thing is Xavi is really starting to creep up there in age at 32 although his style isn't exactly speed dependent.

Who knows maybe he comes back one day when his contract there is done. Could be bored and want a new challenge.

I feel like I shouldn't find this so funny, but I do

(Langholmen fans having fun imitating the linesman in game against IFK Göteborg)

edit: this is post 666, probably a sign I'm going to humor hell for laughing so hard with something so lame.

Alternative would be watching Swedish football, who could blame them?

According to Spanish newspaper As, City made RM an offer this summer for Ronaldo of, wait for it,

€200m (plus €20m per annum wages).

Think there's an S missing from the nameplate, guys

Oh, and apparently some Russian team is about to bid £25m for Nani. Because he's obviously worth that much. Or the Russians have been drinking turpentine again.

Shrek Checklist

1. Public self-criticism a la Cultural Revolution ('my biggest mistake was asking for a transfer')

2. Public declaration of loyalty to the Party.....errr, club ('I want to finish my career here').

Yes, he's sh*tting blue bricks that Ferguson is going to try to send him to Siberia soon. Or Chelsea, which might be worse...certainly less civilised.

davet010 wrote:

Shrek Checklist

1. Public self-criticism a la Cultural Revolution ('my biggest mistake was asking for a transfer')

2. Public declaration of loyalty to the Party.....errr, club ('I want to finish my career here').

Yes, he's sh*tting blue bricks that Ferguson is going to try to send him to Siberia soon. Or Chelsea, which might be worse...certainly less civilised.

Found it funny he admitted to being overweight (they mentioned he was on the guardian pod) in his most recent book. Why he has a book or even multiple and can even dictate to a writer shocked me.

Apparently 7 pounds over from `some bevies` while on vacation. More like he was in the f*cking piss for a good solid while cause 7 pounds at his age is allot so he must of not been even doing light training. Supposedly still smokes to.

He's going to be a right mess when he's retired.

Speaking as someone who likes a few beers, don't take much while you are on holiday to drop 7lb on you

He is as thick as pigsh*t though. More and more he reminds me of Gazza, except with some degree of self control and a manager who wouldn't countenance the sort of public stupidity that marked Gascoigne's post-1990 career.

Smoking isn't necessarily a huge problem at that age, the Gallic Gonk used to smoke in the dressing room. The tale goes that when he was at Juventus, old man Agnelli came into the dressing room, saw Platini puffing away and said "this worries me". Platini's response was to point to the player who did all the fetching and carrying on the pitch for him and said "you've only got to worry if he starts smoking".

Hooray. Canada beat Panama 1-nil thanks to a quick free kick and looked good for most of the match. I'm still not optimistic about our chances of qualifying for Brazil with our group a 3-horse race and another round to go if the team does get through but they won a game they needed to win so that's something.

Fellaini may be looking to leave Everton as soon as the winter transfer window.

Well, we're not going to even make it into the Europa league if we can't hang on to talent.

If Fellaini leaves, selling Rodwell will look less and less like a smart bit of business.

[Edit to add: Fellaini via Twitter, says he's "very happy in Everton". Still think we'll have a hard time keeping him if he decides to move.]

Dimmerswitch wrote:

[Edit to add: Fellaini via Twitter, says he's "very happy in Everton". Still think we'll have a hard time keeping him if he decides to move.]

I wouldn't call that a "ringing endorsement" or a refutation of the article, more of him going "I am very happy in Everton until January".

Also, World Cup quals. Anyone bothered? Me neither, except for the USMNT, who has managed to make Tuesday's tilt with Jamaica essentially a must-win. Lord knows, I hate em', but Mexico is streets ahead of us right now, first win in the Azteca or no.

Also, World Cup quals. Anyone bothered?

After not qualifying for a big tournament since 2002, despite being the most talented generation in well... ever? After a hard-fought victory in Wales, a match they would have lost last year due to some stupid mistake?

YES I'M BOTHERED.

Next up tomorrow: Croatia.

Prederick wrote:
Dimmerswitch wrote:

[Edit to add: Fellaini via Twitter, says he's "very happy in Everton". Still think we'll have a hard time keeping him if he decides to move.]

I wouldn't call that a "ringing endorsement" or a refutation of the article, more of him going "I am very happy in Everton until January".

Also, World Cup quals. Anyone bothered? Me neither, except for the USMNT, who has managed to make Tuesday's tilt with Jamaica essentially a must-win. Lord knows, I hate em', but Mexico is streets ahead of us right now, first win in the Azteca or no.

Agreed that even the most generous read isn't Fellaini saying "that quote is wrong".

Amazed that US scored early, then managed to let the Reggae Boyz back into the match - fair play to them, but I'm hoping that Coach Klinsmann runs some set-piece defense drills between now and Tuesday.

Prederick wrote:

Also, World Cup quals. Anyone bothered? Me neither, except for the USMNT, who has managed to make Tuesday's tilt with Jamaica essentially a must-win. Lord knows, I hate em', but Mexico is streets ahead of us right now, first win in the Azteca or no.

I'm really, really, really bothered but I wish South American qualifiers were televised since they have the best qualification competition.

Friday against Panama was the best I've seen the Canadian Men's National Team since the 2007 Gold Cup. There are still big issues with the squad but I've gone from "really pessimistic" to "somewhat hopeful" and I guess needing some quick freekick trickery to win against Panama doesn't bode well. Canada need 5 points from the last 3 matches to qualify without needing help in the other results and with matches away at Panama and Honduras that's not very likely.

The Jamaica comeback against the US had me daydreaming about Canada getting through to the hex and the US not being there but the US are still in control of their own destiny. Any dreams of Canada getting through to the hex and two of three automatic qualifcation spots being up for grabs rather than one sure would be something (I assume the US and Mexico have no problems grabbing an automatic spot each from the hex.

Interlull.

UCRC wrote:

Interlull.

hang in there! its almost the weekend and the CL starts next week!

18th City Real! Arsenal Montpellier! 19 Chelsea Juve!

Optimism crushed in Panama. Amusingly half the lights went out for 15 minutes early in the first half and they had to delay the match. Canada created one half-chance and nothing else.

A win is a win, but damn if I wouldn't like to see the U.S. cruise to a 3-0 win over someone who isn't St. Lucia for a change.

UCRC wrote:

Interlull.

Is it gone? Can I open my eyes now?

Prederick wrote:

A win is a win, but damn if I wouldn't like to see the U.S. cruise to a 3-0 win over someone who isn't St. Lucia for a change.

Yeah, they dominated the first half, with about 80% of the possession, but the only goal they got was off a set piece in the second half. They did rattle the posts a bit though.

Psych wrote:
Prederick wrote:

A win is a win, but damn if I wouldn't like to see the U.S. cruise to a 3-0 win over someone who isn't St. Lucia for a change.

Yeah, they dominated the first half, with about 80% of the possession, but the only goal they got was off a set piece in the second half. They did rattle the posts a bit though.

I think you guys are expecting to much.

Its not how you qualify but making sure you do and peaking at the tournament.

Portugal was trailing Luxembourg 1-0 before winning 2-1 and looked like they might draw Azerbaijan until a very ugly goal in the 63rd opened it up for a 3-0 win.

England needed a pk in the 87th to draw (at Wembley) vs Ukraine, Italy beat Malta 2-0 and the BEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED!@#)(!*#)(!*# Spain beat Georgia 1-0.

Its ugly out there and thank god its over for another month.

Here's something that normally would be of interest to only some of Arsenal fans, but I recommend everyone reads it if you want a bit of insight into how clubs work from commercial side of things. Overall, nothing super deep, but a lot of very frank, informative answers about kit deals, touring, ticket distribution and maximizing profits.
At the same time makes me cringe and feel amazement at scale of the whole enterprise that makes for running a successful club.
http://news.arseblog.com/2012/09/qa-...

UCRC wrote:

Here's something that normally would be of interest to only some of Arsenal fans, but I recommend everyone reads it if you want a bit of insight into how clubs work from commercial side of things. Overall, nothing super deep, but a lot of very frank, informative answers about kit deals, touring, ticket distribution and maximizing profits.
At the same time makes me cringe and feel amazement at scale of the whole enterprise that makes for running a successful club.
http://news.arseblog.com/2012/09/qa-...

Interesting stuff!

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After the high sport this summer, from Wiggins winning the Tour De France, the Olympics, Paralympics and Murray capping it off with the U.S open, I find myself in a place where I seem to have lost interest in football outside the results of Leeds. I didn't watch the England matches that were on recently and the whole Ronaldo complaining because he isn't on £500,000 a week makes me feel abit ill, he should just f*ck right off. No doubt in a few months time when it is the rugby off season and there isn't much else going on it will suck me back in but for now, I'm very meh about it.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

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need to expand that with a Canadian column for Hockey ;P

UCRC wrote:

Here's something that normally would be of interest to only some of Arsenal fans, but I recommend everyone reads it if you want a bit of insight into how clubs work from commercial side of things. Overall, nothing super deep, but a lot of very frank, informative answers about kit deals, touring, ticket distribution and maximizing profits.
At the same time makes me cringe and feel amazement at scale of the whole enterprise that makes for running a successful club.
http://news.arseblog.com/2012/09/qa-...

To add to the Arsenalcentricity of the thread it looks like they are going to offer Wenger a new contract.

I approve. Hes a great manager and I doubt we could find better.

Just two questions.

His deal runs until 2014 so shouldn't in Arsenal fashion they wait to offer him an extension closer to when his deal actually expires?

Also its reported he currently makes 7m a year. Isn't there a wage structure? at 7m hes paid more then any of our current players. Puts things into perspective that in the current roster theres no one that makes close to him (pretty sure on this). Not saying that theres even a player in the squad that should which is part of the problem. Theres not a single player in the current squad who I could argue is good enough to make the roughly 130k+ a week Wenger makes. Maybe Vermaelen at 26 whenever his deal comes up and he continues to progress as a player and especially as the captain. Maybe Wilshere one day. Otherwise we have sold every blue chip potential 130k+ and beyond earner in the last couple of years (Cesc, RvP and puke even Nasri).

I think the kicker for me is he makes even more then SAF. The Glazers would be in absolute disarray without SAF IMO getting results on the field yet somehow he makes less then Wenger over at super frugal Arsenal.