2022/23 Soccer Thread: We're Really Doing This, Huh?

Good old Klopp....

Klopp taken aback by Boehly suggestion of north/south PL game, put to him by
@SamWallaceTel
. “He [Boehly] doesn’t wait long. Great. When he finds a date for that, he can call me... Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play against a football team?"
Mr Bismarck wrote:

What if we made the game sixty minutes long with a clock that stopped when the ball goes out of play and we split those sixty minutes into four 15 minute periods and during the breaks teams could bring in as many substitutes as they liked, including players who had been substituted out earlier in the game and each of the four periods had a mandated timeout for tactical discussion and for our partners to show advertisements and also the sport is now called Verizonball®.

You laugh, I guarantee you he'll say the game would be better with commercial breaks within a year.

Prederick wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:

What if we made the game sixty minutes long with a clock that stopped when the ball goes out of play and we split those sixty minutes into four 15 minute periods and during the breaks teams could bring in as many substitutes as they liked, including players who had been substituted out earlier in the game and each of the four periods had a mandated timeout for tactical discussion and for our partners to show advertisements and also the sport is now called Verizonball®.

You laugh, I guarantee you he'll say the game would be better with commercial breaks within a year.

And he'll try and spin it to being good for the players, gives them some rest. And all that good bs.

My brother and I watched a Serie A game on Italian TV once. When the ball went out of play for a few seconds, they had like a 5-second shampoo commercial with a fully nude woman showering. Gotta get that money!

Can I think Ronaldo and Messi are the greatest goalscorers or fall time, and yet think that Haaland may be the most strikery-striker I've ever seen?

Like, that winner today. And that's routine for him.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

My brother and I watched a Serie A game on Italian TV once. When the ball went out of play for a few seconds, they had like a 5-second shampoo commercial with a fully nude woman showering. Gotta get that money! :lol:

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Meanwhile, Nike unveiled the gorgeous warm-up kit for Portugal.
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The inspiration is clear:
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The playing kits aren't much better:
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Nike gave up a long time, no? Either they're crap or there are virtually no design differences between several countries.

Nike's US jerseys for this year are worse. Unfortunately, US Soccer recently renewed their deal.

From shoes to clothes, Nike is probably the most over hyped premium sport brand out there. Been that way since the 90s.

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Fulham are sixth! SIXTH!!!! I don't care if it's only for one day, we're freaking SIXTH after multiple games played!

Last time around, after 7 matches Fulham had 4 points and a -7 GD. We didn't get to 11 points until match fifteen.

Once again, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Son strikes at last! This was the first game of the season he didn't start.

https://dubz.co/v/3h3p4h

Leicester have to sack Rodgers... Right?

It was 3-2 when I got back from lunch. I did like three things, looked up, and it's 6-2?!!?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Son strikes at last!

Making up for lost time, I see.

Roke wrote:

Leicester have to sack Rodgers... Right?

shipping four second-half goals? Yeah this is probably it.

Hat Trick Heung-min!

And btw, since the South Korea kits are like worse versions of their previous red kits and last year's Tottenham "galaxy" kit, it looks like I'm not buying any jerseys for this World Cup.

Oh, Leicester are bottom? With one point from seven? And we're heading into an international break?

Yeah, been nice knowing you Brendan, curious where you'll go next.

Great suggestion I saw online, Leicester and Wolves just swap managers over the international break. Each team's manager is probably what the other could use.

Well that's one way for Fabio Vieira to justify more playing time.

After spending a good chunk of cash these past couple of transfer windows and cycling out players Arsenal finally look like they have depth in the squad.

Big question is still if Jesus slows down or misses games who is standing in for him.

jowner wrote:

Big question is still if Jesus slows down or misses games who is standing in for him.

The Holy Ghost?

Premier League clubs consider plans to scrap FA Cup replays and revamp League Cup

Clubs would also face restrictions on spending on transfers and wages for the first time, with the Premier League aiming to follow Uefa’s new financial rules.

Clubs would be limited to spending a fixed percentage of their revenue in a calendar year on player wages, transfers and agent fees. The top flight would want the EFL to follow the same approach. Some Championship clubs already spend more on wages alone than they receive in total revenue.

The Premier League is likely to impose a higher figure than the 70 per cent agreed by Uefa, which will phase in the new limit from next year — 90 per cent for the calendar year 2023, 80 per cent for 2024 and 70 per cent from 2025.

A minor issue, however:

@KieranMaguire wrote:

introduction of a 'soft' wage cap (including transfer & agent fees) set as a % of income. This will bake in existing gaps within the Premier League and make it difficult for clubs with new owners such as Newcastle to challenge the existing elite.

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Things at the Spanish women's team are... interesting.

Mutiny in Spain squad as 15 footballers refuse to play in bid to oust head coach

The Spanish women’s national team was plunged into crisis on Thursday night when 15 players declared themselves unavailable for selection for as long as Jorge Vilda continues as head coach.

Each of the players have written to the Spanish Federation (RFEF) insisting that the situation with the coach, who they had failed to have removed at the end of August, has affected their health and emotional state and that they do not intend to return until a solution is found.

ix Barcelona players were among those who sent emails, as were Manchester United players Ona Batlle and Lucía García, and Manchester City players Laia Aleixandri and Leila Ouahabi. Captain Irene Paredes and Ballon D’Or winner Alexia Putellas were not among them, but injury meant the latter was already unavailable for the upcoming games in October.

The Federation responded with a strongly worded statement describing this as “unprecedented in the history of football”, a situation that “goes beyond sport to be a question of dignity”, and insisting that it would not give in to pressure. The Federation noted that refusing to play for the national team could result in bans of between two and five years but declared that it would just not call up any of the players involved until they “admit their error and apologise”. The Federation will field youth players if necessary.

The letters come three weeks after a mutiny in which members of the Spain squad expressed their dissatisfaction with Vilda to the president Luis Rubiales. They then confronted Vilda too, but he refused to step down. The players appeared in a press conference together – supported on social media by Putellas – in which Paredes insisted that they had “not asked for him to be sacked” but admitted that “the captains, representing the group, communicated the way we feel.” She said that they had been reassured that there would be changes.

OTD:

In my estimation, the ultimate Thunderbastard.

Prederick wrote:

OTD:

In my estimation, the ultimate Thunderbastard.

I think the time period for this lines up with Matt Le Tissier in his one man goal of the month pomp too. It was a fine time to be alive.

Christ Almighty. In the old days, the kids used to say those kind of shots were forbidden... because they could hurt.

Yeboah scored a worldie against Liverpool the previous month, too. I remember seeing it live in Sky on the Monday night football and involuntarily rising to my feet because it completely took me by surprise.

The juggling and dribbling in the first goal there made it, for me. The shot was very good, but the movement was other-worldly.

And I totally understand Tasty's surprise at the second goal - even watching a clip, knowing one was coming, I was surprised at the shot itself. Worldie indeed.

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Prederick wrote:

In my estimation, the ultimate Thunderbastard.

A proper Thunderbastard does have to go in off the underside of the bar.

Y'know, I'd never considered that, but it feels correct.

And it's not just that it hits it, but that it hits it so hard, it appears to bounce BACK up and hit it again.

England's players all had to learn new words to the anthem since they last played.