2021/22 Soccer Thread: It's Euro 2020 until it becomes 2021

I'm just amazed NBC appears all in on coverage. Watching Man City on NBC and it's scrolling all the scores and channels at the top. USA sure, CNBC, ok. They use those for Olympics. But Golf channel, Syfy, what? And multiple games on Peacock.

Is this going down as the most dramatic final day in EPL history? Maybe I'm biased because Spurs look comfortable and there's massive drama at the top of the table.

Tottenham's away fans are dominating the sound coming through my TV. I love English football song culture. The way they comment in real time is so great. It's actually better than my own Texas Aggies, who are known for coordinated "yells" in the US.

Fun fact: Before every home game, Aggie fans hold Midnight Yell Practice to rehearse our yells, songs, and kissing our dates*. Tens of thousands attend.

*We kiss our dates every time the Ags score. Gotta practice that, too! Therefore an invitation to Midnight Yell or the game has an interesting subtext that is generally understood by both parties.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Is this going down as the most dramatic final day in EPL history?

Will take an awful lot to beat May 13, 2012.

Spoiler:

Agüerooooooooooooooooo

AVL gets a second one. Oh boy.

What a goal by Courtinho. Such a great touch.

As for last days, 1989 takes some beating, too (Liverpool 0, Arsenal 2).

Man City signs of life

And city is even. Wow. 3 minutes, that was quick

Man City leads. What an incredible 6 minutes

F***ing Villa. Useless.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

F***ing Villa. Useless.

Quoted for truth.

Ooof, Salah gets the one Liverpool needed. But, y'know, Villa.

Meanwhile, Brentford's down to NINE men?

Yo, the pitch invasions really have to stop.

f*cking hell. It’s the hope that kills you.

Sadness on one side but hey Onewild! You're staying up!

St. Totteringham delayed once again. Son is best scorer with Salah. Leeds manages to hang on. Not a bad day. I'll take it.

Prederick wrote:

Sadness on one side but hey Onewild! You're staying up!

YES!!! What a parting gift from Raphina with that pen. Staying up, hopefully Phillips stays, and we sign a striker, because as it turns out, putting on our eggs in the Bamford basket didn't really work when he misses the whole season. And a whole load of other players as well.

Shame about Liverpool but least it was a fight this year, hopefully they go on to win the Champions League.

Odd the numbers, Spurs have clinched fourth and returned to Champions League!

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And Son splits the Golden Boot! 22 goals, all from open play. Well deserved for my favorite player. His second today was a typical Son worldie from outside the box:

https://www.reddit.com/r/coys/commen...

COYS COYS COYS!

Edit: Once again I've shared an image correctly, but GWJ hates me. Peep the code before you try to "help", please.

Elsewhere...

Kylian Mbappé has turned down the chance to join Real Madrid and will instead sign a new three-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain after months of speculation over his future. But his decision has sparked consternation in Spain, with La Liga swift to file a complaint, calling the deal “scandalous”.

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However, his decision has sparked outrage at La Liga, which released a strongly worded statement on Saturday night that read: “It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than €220m after accumulating losses of more than €700m in prior seasons [while reporting sponsorship income at a doubtful valuation] with a cost of sports staff around €650m for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.”

Can I dislike both sides here? The club backed by billions in at-best questionable oil money and Real Madrid, who are clearly just salty that they are no longer entitled to whichever of the best players they want because they're Real Madrid?

Yeah, I can see what they're getting at but... It's Real. Can't feel sympathy.

Well it was much easier in the days they could just get the facists government hit men to threaten players into playing for them

Glad to see Leeds stay up. Man It's finishing with a 0 goal difference is hilarious with their wage bill and spend over the years.

Another horrible pitch invasion assault after the Man City game. The FA and League need to come down hard on this stuff.

AC Milan champions after a decade. Good to see them back.

slazev wrote:

St. Totteringham delayed once again.

Hasn't been celebrated in six years, which includes the entire time I've been watching EPL. Someone on the Spurs reddit called the inverse occasion "Arseover", which is hilarious and potentially particularly fitting for us.

Prederick wrote:

Yo, the pitch invasions really have to stop.

/sigh

Manchester City would like to sincerely apologise to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was assaulted after the final whistle at today’s match when fans entered the pitch.

The Club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban.

Every now and then, I forget that a lot of Brazilian footballers take the Jesus thing seriously.

Thiago AND Origi?

So that's a 3-1 Madrid win then?

Also, caught this in a comment section: Sorbicol, any opinion?

Interested to hear from Liverpool fans re Salah, his first half of the season was incredible but post AFCON his form seems to have nosedived, at least to a casual observer. Is this the case?
Prederick wrote:
Interested to hear from Liverpool fans re Salah, his first half of the season was incredible but post AFCON his form seems to have nosedived, at least to a casual observer. Is this the case?

Er. Yes? It’s pretty clear to everyone that Salah really needed a long break after AfCon and didn’t get it - all those games that went to extra time etc. Plus his own personal sense of disappointment in not getting over the line. Even Mane had a slump after AfCon but atleast he got over it relatively quickly.

I think the issue around Salah’s contract isn’t helping. I think Liverpool are - or would be - perfectly willing to meet his basic wage demands, the problem is the length of the contract. A 2-3 year extension would be fine I think, the 4-5 years he wants isn’t.

Now Mbappe isn’t going to Real I wouldn’t be surprised to see a £200 million pound deal go through for him. We’d really miss him for sure, but with Diaz, Jota and Mane still with us, it wouldn’t be devastating. We’ve just confirmed Carvalho from Fulham. I think we’d manage.

Prederick wrote:

Every now and then, I forget that a lot of Brazilian footballers take the Jesus thing seriously.

Not to sidetrack too much but I will never forget when I visited Fatima in Portugal and the kneeling of people.

Some history for folks: In 1917, three children claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary at a place called Fatima in Portugal. Since then, a huge basilica has been built on the site and thousands of pilgrims walk on their knees to reach the site of the vision. They believe it can cure them or others of ailments or it's simply an act of faith.

Yeap, every year. Those 3 kids apparently heard 3 secret prophecies (WW2, assassination attempt on John Paul II and cannot remember the other one) which only became public after the events happened (hmmm...). The pope pops up in there once in a while.

It's funny how people think their god takes sides on sports.

slazev wrote:

Yeap, every year. Those 3 kids apparently heard 3 secret prophecies (WW2, assassination attempt on John Paul II and cannot remember the other one) which only became public after the events happened (hmmm...). The pope pops up in there once in a while.

It's funny how people think their god takes sides on sports.

I see this one particular instance as him giving thanks to his god, which Christians (and Catholics as a subset of Christians) are directed to do.

<--- not a religious person, didn't write the Bible, etc.