2012/13 Soccer Thread

Conceding again (AGAIN) in the opening and closing minutes.

Announcers mentioned that Everton have gained the most points from losing positions this season than anyone except Manchester United.

I'd wager no small amount that we've also dropped more points from winning positions than anyone else, by a wide margin.

Oh well - Europe would be a mixed blessing for a squad as thin as we are right now. We can barely field enough folks to compete just in the Premier League, and even a run at a domestic cup stretches us to the breaking point.

Losing Fellaini and Moyes may make for a rough couple seasons.

Cagey affair upto now in the Manchester Derby. James Milner is useless - Fact

Looking at Gael Clichy there, I was struck by an idea of list of I was just beginning to take X seriously but then saw Y was on the pitch:

United - Danny Welbeck
City - Clichy
Chelsea - Torres
Arsenal - Gervinho, duh
Tottenham - Willy Gallas, haha (also, Adebayor)
Everton - Phil Neville is 36, give him a break
Liverpool - Colin Henderson, who else
Swansea - Garry Monk, 34, was with them back in League One, had 9 pace in FM back then
Fulham - Giorgios Karagounis, featured in 27 games for them. He's a midfield professor, alright, but very much emeritus at this stage.
Southampton - Artur Boruc, that most goofy couch potato
West Ham - let's not forget Chamakh's there; but if you want a regular starter I'll go for Emanuel Pogatetz
Newcastle - Gabriel Obertan
Stoke - Stoke players
Aston Villa - Dunne, Richard Dunne, he's probably scoring an own goal as I'm writing this
Sunderland - Titus Bramble (or any team that Titus Bramble might have played for, for that matter)
Wigan - hands down it's Ali Al "Hands Down" Habsi
QPR - Tal Ben Haim, no, wait Shaun Wright-Phillips, no, Armand Traore, no, Bosingwa, no, Ji-Sung Park, no, Samba, no Shaun Derry
Norwich, Reading - there are players there?

waiting for your bets

Liverpool? Stewart Downing.

I'll give Jordan (not Colin right?) Henderson a pass cause of his age and ignore the transfer fee.

Downing has started about 20 times to many this year and hes actually having a much better year.

Oh, yes, Jordan. There has been some Colin Henderson somewhere, though, right?

Speaking of the game itself, did Aguero have a good season? He always looks so good, yet 10 goals in 31 for a main striker of 2nd team in the league doesn't look that impressive.

Aguero was a beast on that goal

No mention of the 3-3 tie defensive crapfest between USWNT and Germany a few days ago? Am I the only one here who follows the US's nearly-always-#1-in-the-world-ranked team? Tomorrow they play the Netherlands, which should be a nice blowout. Also, get on that NWSL action this weekend, as it's the opening weekend for a new league.

Funny how someone asked where the American Williams sisters of soccer are, and we've got a whole team of them, so far ignored in this thread.

Btw: loved the snow game.

r3idy wrote:

Cagey affair upto now in the Manchester Derby. James Milner is useless - Fact

Is that right ?

Thatcher carks it and City win at the Swamp...who says the sun doesn't shine on the righteous ?

Oh, and UCRC...I think your list is missing a few names.

United - Tom 'Hodgson pictures in the safe' Cleverly. Phil Jones...£17m worth of Lancashire tripe, United fans should be thankful he's so injury prone. Chris Smalling...not even Championship class.
Arsenal - what, just Gervinho ? How's about Santos ? Or the goalie with a big mouth who's never won anything ? Or Mertesacker ? Maybe they should ask Clichy to show them his Premiership medal, it's as close as most of them will ever get to one.
Liverpool - Raheem Sterling..so good Rodgers spent £15m on Daniel Sturridge.
Everton - Most of their fans would agree on Neville, who was never particularly good when in his 'prime'. The press pointed out that his substitution at half time of their FA Cup debacle at home to Wigan was a kindness. No, on that display taking him into Stanley Park and putting him out of his misery would have been a kindness.

Sunderland and Villa's lists are a bit lacking as well. With Sunderland you could have any of the ex-United deadbeats they have signed, and it's a bit hard to pick out Richard Dunne when he's been injured most of the season.

And just to cap it off, here's Sergio having a good season. Note Phil Jones doing his usual impression of a village idiot.

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davet010 wrote:

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Someone needs to photoshop Phil Jones' face onto all the fans in the background.

Gary Neville

"If he only scores 10 goals this season, that's an underachievement"

He's already got 13 despite having two layoffs with hamstring injuries. And he'd still have ripped you a new one even in your prime, you sad bitter sh*t.

Still, let's give the New Duncan Edwards his due, at least he stayed with Aguero, unlike Rio Ferdinand. Maybe next time you should stay home and train next international break, rather than fly off to the Middle East to belabour some poor Arabs with your moronic 'insights'

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davet010 wrote:

Oh, and UCRC...I think your list is missing a few names.

Well, I was going for one player, one team.

UCRC wrote:
davet010 wrote:

Oh, and UCRC...I think your list is missing a few names.

Well, I was going for one player, one team.

You're obviously far kinder than I am.

Yes, it comes as a big surprise to all of us in this thread

And before you ask - no, this was not penned by me.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...

I don't start paragraphs with 'But...' for a start

davet010 wrote:

And before you ask - no, this was not penned by me.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...

I don't start paragraphs with 'But...' for a start ;)

But is it possible that United could only win by single digits

Maybe if they were still in the CL/FA to give them a fixture/injury pileup like Spurs and Chelsea are going to face.

For starters if your going to need Arsenal to get a result LOL.

Well that was an exciting finish to the Dortmund game LOL

Madrid game was also super exciting. That's three FIFA goals for Galatasaray that I have to copy and paste all, because they look ridiculous next to each other, considering they've been scored in 20 minutes against one of favourites in the competition.

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and the best one was EBOUE!

Nice to see the two teams from our easy CL group made it to the semis.

davet010 wrote:

Nice to see the two teams from our easy CL group made it to the semis.

It was really kind of City to play those warm up matches vs them so they were so well prepared!

jowner wrote:

and the best one was EBOUE!

Yeah, that's where world logic broke and all those weird goals started happening

Also, that video from 101greatgoals of Ibrahimović being Ibrahimović is still the best thing that happened today

No. They know I'm good.

In a move which could be only described as idiotic, Wigan's imbecile of a chairman has called upon football to hold a minute's silence before each game this weekend in honour of Margaret Thatcher's passing.

Is he on non-prescription medication ? He's talking about a neo-Nazi, hate filled harridan who absolutely detested football, and whose 'support' for the game amounted to

- trying to introduce a national ID scheme by stealth
- supporting a ban on away fans attending at all at Luton Town (the origin of City fan song 'We're Not Really Here')
- attempting to bury the first draft of the Taylor report into Hillsbrough because it blamed the police
- Standing squarely behind the forces of law and order as they battered football fans with impunity during the 80s...S Yorks police had learnt their trade during the Miners Strike, and were more than ready to give anyone who looked askance a taste of the baton, but they were by no means the only ones.

If Whelan persuades anyone to go ahead with this, then anyone with delicate sensibilities better take noise-cancelling headphones with them, or else you'll get a demonstration of what a 1984-esque 'One Minute Hate' would sound like.

jowner wrote:
davet010 wrote:

Nice to see the two teams from our easy CL group made it to the semis.

It was really kind of City to play those warm up matches vs them so they were so well prepared!

Shame they have that 'no teams from same country' rule - we'd have gotten out of a group with United and Arsenal in it.

davet010 wrote:
jowner wrote:
davet010 wrote:

Nice to see the two teams from our easy CL group made it to the semis.

It was really kind of City to play those warm up matches vs them so they were so well prepared!

Shame they have that 'no teams from same country' rule - we'd have gotten out of a group with United and Arsenal in it.

...but probably have lots of problems if there was Sunderland in that group, though.

Did the linesmen leave their flags at home today for the Dortmond game? Shocking decisions, suppose they evened themselves out though.

onewild wrote:

Did the linesmen leave their flags at home today for the Dortmond game? Shocking decisions, suppose they evened themselves out though.

I missed the end because of work, how did that one turn out?

Also, really sad I missed the RM - Gala match now, after seeing those goals. That would have been amazing to watch.

davet010 wrote:
r3idy wrote:

Cagey affair upto now in the Manchester Derby. James Milner is useless - Fact

Is that right ?

Thatcher carks it and City win at the Swamp...who says the sun doesn't shine on the righteous ?

Oh, and UCRC...I think your list is missing a few names.

United - Tom 'Hodgson pictures in the safe' Cleverly. Phil Jones...£17m worth of Lancashire tripe, United fans should be thankful he's so injury prone. Chris Smalling...not even Championship class.
Arsenal - what, just Gervinho ? How's about Santos ? Or the goalie with a big mouth who's never won anything ? Or Mertesacker ? Maybe they should ask Clichy to show them his Premiership medal, it's as close as most of them will ever get to one.
Liverpool - Raheem Sterling..so good Rodgers spent £15m on Daniel Sturridge.
Everton - Most of their fans would agree on Neville, who was never particularly good when in his 'prime'. The press pointed out that his substitution at half time of their FA Cup debacle at home to Wigan was a kindness. No, on that display taking him into Stanley Park and putting him out of his misery would have been a kindness.

Sunderland and Villa's lists are a bit lacking as well. With Sunderland you could have any of the ex-United deadbeats they have signed, and it's a bit hard to pick out Richard Dunne when he's been injured most of the season.

And just to cap it off, here's Sergio having a good season. Note Phil Jones doing his usual impression of a village idiot.

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Deflect all you want man, Milner still isn't that good.

I bet you publicly look at him the same way I do smallings, but secretly curse the day he joined the team.

I have hope for Jones/Smalling yet though. Unlike Milner, they're young and haven't been given enough full games on their own on a regular basis to really deserve getting the gavel dropped on their heads just yet.

ps. Maybe it's cause I am not English (then again I know plenty of English people who are even MORE indifferent to the national team's cause than I), but who cares what players do during international break instead of burning time with the lot in the class room where the likes of Terry and Gerrard desperately cling to their 'cool kids' chair? Besides, we all gotta make retirement plans. I hardly see Rio being capable of doing anything other than his stupid magazines or idiotic shows on MTV post-retirement.

UCRC's list, Shola Ameobi over Obertan for me for Newcastle.

Granted, Obertan is abysmal defensively but he's been decent going forward this year (and has been pushed down the depth chart). Ameobi on the pitch means Pardew's decided to go back to hoof-and-hope.

Psych wrote:
onewild wrote:

Did the linesmen leave their flags at home today for the Dortmond game? Shocking decisions, suppose they evened themselves out though.

I missed the end because of work, how did that one turn out?

Dortmund scored two goals (!!) in stoppage to pull out a win.