2012/13 Soccer Thread

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davet010 wrote:

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I want an iPhone for the first time ever.

Hahahahaha that was gold. First genuine laughter of the day, thank you.

Newcastle sign another quite good player.

UCRC wrote:

Newcastle sign another quite good player.

Who says you cant do allot of business during the Winter window? They have signed more players then some teams sign in an entire summer off season.

In other news Hazard looks like hes going to get a ban longer then 3 games. Kinda sends the wrong message IMO as the ball boys stunt is now paying off much larger then wasting 10 seconds.

To me Newcastle are half-panic buying this window, though they clearly needed to strengthen. Had Coloccinni not been trying to move back to Argentina I doubt they would have bought Yanga-Mbiwa even though they desperately needed a centreback. Likewise, Sissoko and Gouffron would have been available on Bosmans in the summer but Ashley must have decided it was too risky to wait until then.

They should be good enough to stay up, though you never know with Pardew and his rigid 4-4-2 and hoofball. I'm hoping they can find a better, more continental manager and bring him in in the summer. Pardew only gets paid for one year if he's sacked even though he has and "eight-year" deal.

Meanwhile, Wenger was moaning about the January transfer window being unfair because Newcastle have strengthened with "six or eight" players and some teams (Manchester United, Everton, Norwich, Reading) have played them twice

I do wonder whether bringing in a load of disparate players who don't know each other counts as 'strengthening, at least in the short term. Still, if Arsene wasn't twining about that, he'd be moaning about something else - he does seem to spend a lot of time spouting off about things at the moment.

Hazard was lucky the SWales police didn't decide to go for an assault charge.

He kicked a 17 year old boy. Now it doesn't matter what the boy did, you cannot just go around giving people who don't do their job to the letter a good kick. The facts are ball boys have been slowing down play for years, yet all other players have managed not to kick them to this point. This whole excuse about kicking the ball not the man is also silly, the ball was under the kid, how the hell was it not going to look like he was kicking him?
It is up to the ref add on the time for time wasting, go to him to ask for the extra 20 seconds that kid wasted.
It is hard to say how long the ban will be, John Terry got 4 for his comments while Suarez got 8 for similar offence. Cantona got 8 months for fly kicking a fan and Keane only got 8 matches for trying to cripple Haaland (yes Alex, someone kicking a ball into the head of a player is miles worse than what Keane did that day, idoit)
I would say that if Hazard finds himself able to play again this season, he should be very greatful for to the FA. A 3 match ban would be a total joke.

I guess a lot of it depends whether he actually booted the youth or kicked the ball from under him. According to Chelsea, Hazard met the ballboy afterwards and apologised, so it sounds as though the latter isn't going to try and press charged - which I would do in his place had I actually been booted as hard as it initially appeared.

He's definitely lucky SWPolice aren't going for charges - with their previous of fitting people up, he was probably in the frame for the Reichstag Fire.

3 seems like a fair ban.... if it gets pushed up to 5 that seems excessive and he will most likely miss the game against City as its currently the 5th FA game on their schedule.

That would be a tad much. Also checking Chelsea's schedule to see they are playing in the Europa league pretty much made my day.

Roke wrote:

To me Newcastle are half-panic buying this window, though they clearly needed to strengthen. Had Coloccinni not been trying to move back to Argentina I doubt they would have bought Yanga-Mbiwa even though they desperately needed a centreback. Likewise, Sissoko and Gouffron would have been available on Bosmans in the summer but Ashley must have decided it was too risky to wait until then.

They should be good enough to stay up, though you never know with Pardew and his rigid 4-4-2 and hoofball. I'm hoping they can find a better, more continental manager and bring him in in the summer. Pardew only gets paid for one year if he's sacked even though he has and "eight-year" deal.

Meanwhile, Wenger was moaning about the January transfer window being unfair because Newcastle have strengthened with "six or eight" players and some teams (Manchester United, Everton, Norwich, Reading) have played them twice

Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thats what Wenger sounds like. Its honestly getting old. Heres an idea Mr.Wenger, how about you spend less time talking about Newcastle and sign at least 1 player before Arsenal wake up in May sitting 5th down a large chunk of CL money.

davet010 wrote:

had I actually been booted as hard as it initially appeared

Hazard deserved the red, but it didn't look like the kid got kicked all that hard, to my eye.

I think Prandelli may try to call Morgan up to the Italy U17 squad - he's certainly got the diving skills to make a good Azzurri.

"Taxi for Lambert, Taxi for Paul Lambert..."

The vitriol on their board would be amusing, except that once up on a time that would have been a City board. Still, at least their fans have the saving grace that Villa were being held up as an example of how football should be.

Wonder if they still think that way. Or if Lerner dare show his face ?

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From that thread:

Quote from: Boz on January 25, 2013, 10:03:40 PM
Quote from: dave shelley on January 25, 2013, 09:56:34 PM
Quote from: CJ on January 25, 2013, 09:50:55 PM
Quote from: villa `cross the mersey on January 25, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
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Can you think of a worst midfield in the time you have been watching - I am 44 by the way to put the timeline in context ??

I'm 53 and no I can't

Trump that - 55 and neither can I

And I'll trump your 55 with my 59 - and I can't either

64, and I'm struggling to think of a worse one.

I'm 76 and certainly can't

I died three years ago and neither can I. Or does it just feel like that?

Having passed a medical and agreed personal terms, Zabaleta completed a five-year deal with Manchester City on 31 August 2008 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be the buy-out clause Zabaleta had attached to his contract of around £6.45 million

For all the money City have pissed away in the transfer market hes an absolute steal.

Tony Pulis - twat of the first order. If he wants to see what's 'ruining the game', how about watching his own team...their thugball antics are like something from the 70's. And how Whelan stayed on after that tackle is a mystery - it's like the refs are thinking 'oh, it's Stoke, that's the way they play'.

Rodney Marsh on Twitter - "Stoke trying to sign 3 foreign players before the window closes: Launchit, Puntit & Wallopit".

Brighton attack down the left. Wayne Bridge, commentator says. Funny, I think to myself, same name as...

It really hasn't occurred to me.

Giroud is coming around. That was going in vs anyone.

Is he better than Clichy ? No.
Is he better than Kolarov ? No.
Has he got a cat in hell's chance of playing for City ? Less than me, and I've got none.
Was he one of BrownsHughes crappy 'He's in the Premiership so I've heard of him' signings ? Yes.
Is he gone as soon as his contract runs out ? Within 20 seconds.

Yes, it is John Terry's best mate.

Oops, that was a reply to UCRC's comment.

Gervinho has scored again for Ivory Coast..... hes going to lull Wenger into not buying cause its 'Like a new signing' when he comes back. :/

And any credibility that blogger might have had is blown away in an instant...

"Stoke’s reputation as a gang of brutish thugs is a tad overblown"

No it's not - it's well deserved and the sooner they scuttle off back to the lower leagues, taking their sh*tty ground and knuckle-dragging fans with them, the better.

davet010 wrote:

Is he better than Clichy ? No.
Is he better than Kolarov ? No.
Has he got a cat in hell's chance of playing for City ? Less than me, and I've got none.
Was he one of BrownsHughes crappy 'He's in the Premiership so I've heard of him' signings ? Yes.
Is he gone as soon as his contract runs out ? Within 20 seconds.

Yeah, sure. But it's always funny to see 'big' name pop up somewhere in lower divisions all of a sudden. Another one: Alan Smith in MK Dons.

edit: I like Giroud. I mentioned this so many times, but I have a soft spot for tall players with good technique.

How on earth does Santos have 22 Brazil caps LOL

Fener have managed to sell Wenger a right winger and told him he was a LB... he just gets more hilarious.

jowner wrote:

How on earth does Santos have 22 Brazil caps LOL

Fener have managed to sell Wenger a right winger and told him he was a LB... he just gets more hilarious.

True. One player at least we should be signing this window is a good left back.

UCRC wrote:
jowner wrote:

How on earth does Santos have 22 Brazil caps LOL

Fener have managed to sell Wenger a right winger and told him he was a LB... he just gets more hilarious.

True. One player at least we should be signing this window is a good left back.

Well I rate Gibbs and I think Vermaelen or Koscielny can play there in a pinch. Considering Gibbs age also theres 0 chance we sign a veteran player that would actually start ahead of him. Wenger wouldn't want to stunt his growth which is almost fair enough.

The real question is how on earth did we sign Santos in the first place. Sure 6m is a drop in the bucket but its those little signings + the wages that then allow Wenger and the board to turn around and act like the club is broke.

The second we signed him and the warning was 'hes actually right footed' made me raise my eyebrow....

AND GirouddddDDDDDDD

13 goals now and 9 assists.

Nice to see Redknapp throwing their cup game. Now he can waddle off to Fernandes, cry 'see, I told you the squad was sh*t' and get leave to sign more players and get more bungs. How the hell else can Ben-Haim be getting a game ?

I didn't mean senior player, I'd sign carbon copy of Jenkinson for left back. (Actually, credit to Wenger for finding Jenkinson. People were shaking their heads and poking fun at the time, but he is a great backup right-back.)

Speaking of Arsenal players I rate... not, Mertesacker has been getting away with too many mistakes. He shouldn't be a starter and if Koscielny isn't good enough to take that spot away from him, we need another CB.

edit: Case in point. And there's many more.

UCRC wrote:

I didn't mean senior player, I'd sign carbon copy of Jenkinson for left back. (Actually, credit to Wenger for finding Jenkinson. People were shaking their heads and poking fun at the time, but he is a great backup right-back.)

Speaking of Arsenal players I rate... not, Mertesacker has been getting away with too many mistakes. He shouldn't be a starter and if Koscielny isn't good enough to take that spot away from him, we need another CB.

edit: Case in point. And there's many more.

Maybe Conquelin could stand there. Would still do a better job than Santos.

hopefully if Arsenal see it through its still a signal that we need to sign something for depth.

Selling Song was tidy for the balance sheet but we haven't exactly replaced him in the squad. In a emergency we could push him back to CB and its nice to have that kind of a muscle as an option in midfield.

That's actually good idea. But Coq is right-footed, I think and that's why he was always used on the right.

I don't miss Song. I miss Diaby. (And Diaby is probably not going to be Diaby, if that makes sense, so we need a Diaby replacement.)

Luton Town, blimey.