2023/24 Soccer Thread

Prederick wrote:

I assume we won't hear from Mr. Bismarck for a while, as they'll be pulling him off the ceiling after this.

QuaWesma...

Midweek Wes hit a shot so hard it sounded like it nearly snapped the post. Just the loudest ball-on-post sound. So this weekend he went for style instead.

If Leicester hadn't found a late goal against the Baggies then we would have been back at the top. Happy though that Hull, Blackburn, Preston, Cardiff and Middlesbrough all lost, while Sunderland only drew.

All these teams around the back half of the playoff positions dropping points means that Ipswich are now 17 points clear of 7th place already. If we can keep that "tearing" going where the league is splitting in two at the edge of the playoff positions then even if we can't stop Leeds from catching us we'll still have something to look forward to.

It's been a couple decades since I had to deal with playoff heartbreak, so that'll be nice.

Euro 2024 groups.

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Play-off A - Wales, Finland, Poland or Estonia
Play-off B - Bosnia, Ukraine, Israel or Iceland
Play-off C - Greece, Kazakhstan, Georgia or Luxemburg

It's the Bundesliga official channel so I hope it's not region restricted...

I think the result doesn’t flatter us, but Nottingham Forest were very unlucky to not get a PK today.

Newcastle deserved winners tonight. I’m bloody frozen to the bone. A good game.

Here's some fun in the Women's Nations League...

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England's nations league campaign hasn't gone to plan and they find themselves behind the Dutch on goal difference going into the final games of the group. Next week the Netherlands play Belgium and England play Scotland.

If both England and the Netherlands win then England would have to overturn a three goal goal-difference advantage currently held by the Oranje.

Normally England-Scotland would have a lot of edge to it, but because of weirdness around the four-countries-in-one-country thing, the Great Britain Olympic football team will only qualify for the next Olympics if England finish top of their group.

Although Team GB would largely feature English players, there would be a handful of Scots who could make the side, so the best way for those Scottish players to get to play at the Olympics would be to lose heavily to England.

Well, after the Wolves game, karmically, that makes sense.

Prederick wrote:

Well, after the Wolves game, karmically, that makes sense.

If Alisson had been in goal then Fulham wouldn't have scored 3 goals, but on the other hand Liverpool's defence was shocking today so you can't place all the blame on Kelleher. Clearly a very entertaining game, but Liverpool still have a lot of work to do to be genuine title contenders I would say.

I have to say, that if you have to seen the Referee's decision to call back play during the Manchester City v Spurs game, when Haaland had sent Grealish clean through during stoppage time, I suggest you track it down.

I've seen some odd refereeing in my time, but that's on a level that makes you actually believe in conspiracy theories. It was dreadful.

Spurs, so far this season, are doing extremely well out of VAR.

For my fellow Americans, it's at 12:10, and holy sh*t, Sorbicol might be under-selling it.

Yeah I was watching that game live and it was super weird.

Sorbicol wrote:

Spurs, so far this season, are doing extremely well out of VAR.

Was VAR involved in that?

I wonder if Chris Wilder is going to become the new Alan Pardew/Sam Allardyce/ Alan Curbishley panic manager who inexplicably keeps getting called in by relegation threatened teams or if he will just be a localised Sheffield United phenomenon.

bbk1980 wrote:

I wonder if Chris Wilder is going to become the new Alan Pardew/Sam Allardyce/ Alan Curbishley panic manager who inexplicably keeps getting called in by relegation threatened teams or if he will just be a localised Sheffield United phenomenon.

I suspect that it’s a localised Sheffield United issue. The game against Liverpool is either going to be a new manager bounce game, or Sheffield are going to be hammered. I fear the former.

There are several reports today that Erik Ten Hag is losing the dressing room at Manchester United.

Considering they banned several journalists from attending the pre-match conference today - including Sky Sports and ESPN - I’d be inclined to believe the reports.

As much as I think Sancho has brought a lot of his issues on himself, the total lack of reconciliation seems to causing as many problems as he was creating in the first place. Judging from their performance last Saturday evening, I can tell you from first hand experience how little enthusiasm several of his players displayed.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

If both England and the Netherlands win then England would have to overturn a three goal goal-difference advantage currently held by the Oranje.

Currently Netherlands 2-0 Belgium and Scotland 0-5 England.

Then the Netherlands score in 90+1 and England score in 90+3 to make it 3-0 and 0-6.

If Netherland don't score again England will win the group on goals scored.

And then the Netherland scored in 90+5... so now they win the group! Crazy stuff.

Luton currently 3-3 against Arsenal at Kenilworth Road. They are turning that ground into a fortress. They've gone from 0-1, to 1-1, to 1-2, to 2-2, to 3-2, and now 3-3. David Raya is having a mare. Ramsdale must be seething.

Edit: Anything Liverpool can do, Arsenal can do better. Declan Rice with an absolute last gasp winner deep into injury time. Gotta feel for Luton.

Shame for Luton, they gave it everything.

And yes, if I'm Ramsdale right now, I am WHITE hot.

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UK friends, let me know, what exactly are the odds on McTominay for United's top scorer, and PL top scorer?

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Prederick wrote:

UK friends, let me know, what exactly are the odds on McTominay for United's top scorer, and PL top scorer?

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Rapidly deminishing.

Manchester City are having their wobble. Expect them to win pretty much every game from here on out the rest of the season

Shouldn't go unmentioned that Canada's greatest-ever soccer player has retired from international play.

Last night Christine Sinclair, the all-time leading goalscorer in international football, played her final minutes on the global stage. With more than 330 appearances for Canada, the 40-year-old stands second in the list of most-capped female players behind the US’s Kristine Lilly. She has featured in six different World Cups, won two bronze Olympic medals and a heroic gold from the most recent edition in Tokyo. The Canadian has had an unparalleled international career and has promised to give one more year of club football with her beloved Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Super League (NWSL), for a 12th season.

Sinclair single-handedly put Canadian football on the map and her name is synonymous with the nation. The legacy she leaves behind is enormous, having touched every aspect of sport in North America. Current players praise her leadership and humility, the younger generation calls her a role model, head coaches say they become her students and her trophy cabinet is filled with silverware from every professional year she has played.

Named Canada’s player of the year 14 times, Sinclair announced her international retirement in mid-October of this year through a letter to her younger self, posted on social media. “This, goal scoring, will become the signature for the rest of your playing career” wrote Sinclair in the opening portions of the letter. It began at the 2000 Algarve Cup against Norway, her first-ever goal for the national team coming only eight minutes into the game. Only 16 years old at the time she concluded her first camp as the tournament’s joint-second leading scorer. That caught everybody’s attention. Finding the net for the next 23 years was going to be her bread and butter.

Before fully committing to the senior squad, Sinclair tore apart every youth competition in sight. She was named tournament MVP, won the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe after scoring 10 breathtaking goals in the 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Cup at home, helping Canada finish as runner-up, their best-ever result to date. Her 190 international goals is a number no other player, male or female, has even got close to. In second place sits retired USWNT captain Abby Wambach, with the closest active player to that record being Cristiano Ronaldo on 128. It is hard to see anyone take away this title from the legendary Canadian.

I take back everything negative I ever said about Unai Emery.

Sorbicol wrote:
Prederick wrote:

UK friends, let me know, what exactly are the odds on McTominay for United's top scorer, and PL top scorer?

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Rapidly deminishing.

Manchester City are having their wobble. Expect them to win pretty much every game from here on out the rest of the season

The bookies agree with you.

City were favorites at 1.78 before todays game and still are at 1.9 after today for the title.

They should be the favorites but I was kinda surprised that Arsenals odds had only moved from 5.5 preseason to 4 to 3.75 now.

Plenty of time to bungle it all up but we are 15 games in already.

Liverpool is leading Playoff Status's simulation predictions based on strength of schedule and goal differential.

http://playoffstatus.com/english-pre...

LOL @ them telling Sheffield and Burnley to just pack it in already.

Prederick wrote:

LOL @ them telling Sheffield and Burnley to just pack it in already.

Numbers don't lie.

Sorbicol wrote:

Manchester City are having their wobble. Expect them to win pretty much every game from here on out the rest of the season

Is this a wobble?

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YOWZA

Mixolyde wrote:

Liverpool is leading Playoff Status's simulation predictions based on strength of schedule and goal differential.

http://playoffstatus.com/english-pre...

Ya if anything I was most surprised that City were such a favorite + Liverpool are behind Arsenal odds wise.

1 game would probably flip flop Arsenal/Liverpool but I'd put Liverpool right at Arsenal currently.

Well lookit that, for the first time in their 111-year history, Santos have been relegated from the Brazilian top flight. (And Endrick won a league title.)

Botafogo were leading for a long time and then had a disastrous end of the season. Heartbreak for the fans. The team hasn't won that since 1995.

Ooof. An evening to forget for Kieran Trippier.

What a night for Everton though!

EDIT: Spurs. Haven't worked all the Spursyness out.