2017/18 Soccer Thread

Because idea's matter less then ability to manage ego's.

I mean, this is one way to get people interested in watching the games.

"We were going to feed you, Malnourished 5-Year-Old, but then Neymar missed a sitter and Brazil got eliminated, so sucks to be you."

EDIT: Also, with warmup friendlies being played and the first game less than two weeks away, when shall we start our World Cup thread?

Do we need one?

We had an earlier version that went ‘for every save the keeper makes we put 10,000 children to death’ but that didn’t go over well with the focus group
-A mastercard PR person, probably

Yeah, I think we should have a World Cup thread again. We can keep the silly season club stuff quarantined in here and maybe have some useful information in the opening post (start date, final date and uhh... I guess that's it?).

Plus a fresh thread is more welcoming to people who don't follow the sport closely.

If there's anyone who wants to jump on it go right ahead, if not I'll not be lazy and put a thread up over the weekend.

I'm just thinking that without the USA in the world cup not that many people are going to participate.
Am I wrong?

I think it'll still be a big deal in the USA but that's me applying "Canada hasn't qualified for a men's World Cup since 1986 and it's still a big deal up here every time" logic to a foreign country.

There are people here in Houston talking about the World Cup who don't care about European club soccer at all.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

There are people here in Houston talking about the World Cup who don't care about European club soccer at all.

Those are Mexicans whose team made it to the World Cup.

Prederick wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

There are people here in Houston talking about the World Cup who don't care about European club soccer at all.

Those are Mexicans whose team made it to the World Cup. :lol:

I would say that's hurtful except you're an American too.

Seriously, I know two people who go to USA games and watch parties, and Dynamo games, but don't follow Europe at all, who are in the same WC bracket league that I am.

My brother, for another example, watches no soccer other than the World Cup.

slazev wrote:

I'm just thinking that without the USA in the world cup not that many people are going to participate.
Am I wrong?

I plan on watching just about every game. I managed to catch almost all of them four years ago, and this year I should be able to record most and watch whenever I have time.

And I will have a visiting house guest for the first three days too, so it should be exciting!

I too will also be watching as many games as I can, but I got up at 7 AM multiple times this season to watch sub-Premier League soccer, so I'm kind of a given.

I think plenty of Americans will still watch, although it won't be as much of an event as if the USMNT is involved. I know plenty of Americans who have a second team they'll be supporting, either through heritage or "I like those guys".

That said, I have no doubt the execs at FOX Sports would like to kick each and every USMNT player square in the jingles for failing to qualify.

I understand that Man City have broken the (Premiership, at least) record for the number of players in WC squads with 17.

Every game involving any of those will be watched by me through the filter of "please don't let xxxx get injured", because I couldn't really give a shiny toss about England's national team. In fact, if they don't progress from the group stages, that's a longer summer rest for the City players in the squad.

slazev wrote:

I'm just thinking that without the USA in the world cup not that many people are going to participate.
Am I wrong?

Funny thing is that before 1990, I did whatever I could to get news about the WC even though the US was not involved. In 1990 I bought a VCR just to tape games that were on (the crappy TNT coverage) while I was at work.

This year I'm just not excited about the whole thing, even though the USA has honestly got the same chance to win it this year that they've had for the last 7 cups.

I'm hoping that once the matches start, the depression will finally wear off and I'll be able to love again...

Hrdina wrote:

I'm hoping that once the matches start, the depression will finally wear off and I'll be able to love again...

The first match is Russia against Saudi Arabia, so maybe not.

Mr Bismarck wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

I'm hoping that once the matches start, the depression will finally wear off and I'll be able to love again...

The first match is Russia against Saudi Arabia, so maybe not.

True, that probably won't help.

Funny, though, KSA vs Nederlands was the first live WC match I saw.

Same tournament Saeed Al Owairan scored that redonkulous goal against Belgium. They were quite fun back then.

I'm playing out the entire world cup on FIFA18's free World Cup DLC and Russia-KSA was a very dour 0-0.

Mr Bismarck wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

I'm hoping that once the matches start, the depression will finally wear off and I'll be able to love again...

The first match is Russia against Saudi Arabia, so maybe not.

Truly, the Super Bowl of human rights.

Prederick wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

I'm hoping that once the matches start, the depression will finally wear off and I'll be able to love again...

The first match is Russia against Saudi Arabia, so maybe not.

Truly, the Super Bowl of human rights.

False News vs No News

Tomorrow is June 4th.

That means 10 days before the world cup.

Mark me as skeptical of any transfers happening the closer we get to the WC.

Unless the player isn't on a WC squad because they could still do a medical but even then it will probably grind everything to a halt.

Leaves the Prem clubs in an interesting situation. With their self imposed transfer deadline it will be interesting to see who actually gets anything done.

Mike Ashley must be pretty pleased with that.

UEFA have announced the 'punishment' awarded to Liverpool after their verminous followers (with the tacit connivance of Merseyside Police) attacked the coach carrying Man City's players into Anfield for the first round of their CL quarter final.

Liverpool were fined...wait for it....€20,000 (adopts Dr Evil voice). I doubt that would even pay for repairs to the bus.

Still, at least they got round to sorting out some punishment, albeit nearly two months later. In that time, the Merseyside cops haven't made one arrest, or even identified one suspect.

Let us consider that €20,000 in the light of other fines.

Man City late onto the pitch vs Porto - €26,750
Racist chanting by Porto towards Balotelli - €16,700
Niklas Bendter advertising a betting firm on his underwear - €80,000.

If UEFA think that their sh*tty anthem got booed before at the Etihad, it's going to be a whole new level next season.

Rumor is that Zidane quit over the Real transfer policy.

I assume this cuts both ways. Managers are happy to have this off their plate... If the person who takes it is actually competent. Perez I'm not sure really is. More weighing transfers on their commercial outcome vs need/fit for the team.

If Wenger takes over does he get to talk about coming 4 is actually a trophy?

Results for Karius head scan: 26 of 30 tests for concussion were positive.

Link is in German. Puts a new light on the game.

Psych wrote:

Results for Karius head scan: 26 of 30 tests for concussion were positive.

Link is in German. Puts a new light on the game.

Ramos should be banned for more games in all competitions than Suarez was in 2014, immediately. I'm tired of his sh*t. Intentionally causing serious injuries to opponents like Karius and Salah is not part of the sport. FIFA, UEFA, and the referees talk a good game about protecting the players. Time to do it.

Psych wrote:

Results for Karius head scan: 26 of 30 tests for concussion were positive.

Link is in German. Puts a new light on the game.

Yeah. I guess I missed the elbow when watching the match, I don't remember it at all.

Aston Villa suspended their chief executive because they missed a tax payment to HMRC, which the club say they'll pay in the next 48 hours. They bet big on winning promotion this season with their old (and I assume expensive) squad so it should be difficult times ahead.

jowner wrote:

Rumor is that Zidane quit over the Real transfer policy.

I assume this cuts both ways. Managers are happy to have this off their plate... If the person who takes it is actually competent. Perez I'm not sure really is. More weighing transfers on their commercial outcome vs need/fit for the team.

If Wenger takes over does he get to talk about coming 4 is actually a trophy?

Rumour is that ZZ wanted Hazard but Perez wanted De Gea.

And RM coming 4th in La Liga might actually get you something.

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If that's true I'd have to side with Perez, though I've never been all that impressed with Hazard. He's really great at transporting the ball into the attacking third but his chance creation (for himself and others) never seemed to be up to the hype he got at his peak and the primary penalty taker on a team is usually going to have pretty nice goal totals.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Psych wrote:

Results for Karius head scan: 26 of 30 tests for concussion were positive.

Link is in German. Puts a new light on the game.

Ramos should be banned for more games in all competitions than Suarez was in 2014, immediately. I'm tired of his sh*t. Intentionally causing serious injuries to opponents like Karius and Salah is not part of the sport. FIFA, UEFA, and the referees talk a good game about protecting the players. Time to do it.

Sergio is, of course, unapolgetic.

Salah's injury: "Bloody hell, they've given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing ... I didn't want to speak because everything is magnified. I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him."

Sergio Ramos may be the only player in world football at the moment I feel a davet-level of antipathy towards.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace threatened with being dissolved over late accounts.