2023/24 Soccer Thread

If Tuchel is still managing Bayern at midnight, I'll be shocked.

Prederick wrote:

If Tuchel is still managing Bayern at midnight, I'll be shocked.

Xabi Alonso will be able to name his price soon

Harry Kane, eh? You can take the man out of Tottenham, but you can't take the Tottenham out of the man.

Welcome to wrecked 'em.

NSFW warning : Naughty language and hand signals.

If the timestamp doesn't work, jump ahead to 5:02 for some high level low league sh*thousery.

Roy Hodgson has stepped down as Crystal Palace Manager after being hospitalised over the weekend. Very much a ‘jump before push’ scenario seeing as the Palace Hierarchy lined up Oliver Glasner to take over before he took ill by all accounts.

You’d think - and hope - that’s it for Hodgson in Football, the man needs to retire and relax while he still can.

Edit: Sunderland have sacked Michael Beale after just 12 games in charge.

I will admit, when it comes to football, I am a filthy American Eurosnob, but I'd started following the MLS more over the last few seasons.

It's in no way a bad league, and can be quite entertaining with a growing and really passionate fanbase creating their own traditions in a way I really like, despite the perpetual sneering from outsiders.

But the people in charge of it are f*cking assholes.

The 2024 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is at risk of being canceled, with Major League Soccer and US Soccer yet to come to a tenable agreement on a format for the tournament. According to multiple sources, the Division 1 league has the federation “held hostage” and, as of Friday, MLS first teams are not participating.

This report comes from sources close to the situation, all who wish to remain anonymous. US Soccer and Major League Soccer did not reply to requests for comment for this article.

This is, flatly, f*cking horsesh*t. Abandoning the ongoing national soccer competition because you prefer the made-up cups you're inventing with Liga MX is just...

...it's so shortsighted and stupid, and it shows that the people in charge of the game here don't actually care about doing the work to grow the game at every level. I don't know how an English-speaking country can look at how awesome it is when a Kettering Town ends up taking on Manchester City in the cup and be like "Nah, none of that, too many games for first-teamers."

It's just such a total greed play.

EDIT: tl;dr

@kimischilling wrote:

the general disdain that MLS has for every part of American soccer that it does not own and operate really makes me want to not support MLS

Ok so it's a video from 6 months ago but I may have something in my eye after watching this

slazev wrote:

You guys know who Ajax is playing against in the Dutch cup?

I would hate to be the U19 player who injures a senior team player in that match.

Thomas Tuchel had announced he’s leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

So that’s Klopp, Xavi and Tuchel all gone and Liverpool, Barcelona & Bayern looking for a new manager.

Xabi Alonso (as I’ve sort of said before) is going to be an even more wealthy individual. I know he won’t go to Barcelona, but God knows who the loser in the other race will bring in, but they are going to have to deal with the idea they were second choice.

And here I had Luton as dead-certainties for relegation.

via BBC live coverage wrote:

You know that Liverpool will win this eventually! 2 quick goals and it will be curtains for Luton.

Prederick wrote:

And here I had Luton as dead-certainties for relegation.

There was quite a difference between the first and second halves. Plus Liverpool are playing with most of their first 11 out injured.

I think it says a lot of the academy and you can see Bradley, Quansa and Clark playing and not really be that concerned about it. I was more worried Diaz and Gakpo wouldn’t come through.

I needn’t have worried.

Sorbicol wrote:

Plus Liverpool are playing with most of their first 11 out injured.

Yeah, nothing more illustrative of the extent of injuries than Jayden Danns & James McConnell getting subbed on would likely have any non Liverpool supporter going "who?"

(that's to take nothing away from them, they could well be the next Bradley etc. for all I know)

Can you nutmeg a body? Asking for Lionel Messi (Twitter link).

Dani Alves.

Yikes.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber emphasizes the league's depth and quality beyond the star power of Messi

“It's easy and somewhat lazy for reporters to just write about Messi... There's so much more here that I think people need to recognize.”

MEanwhile, over at the official MLS website...

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GG9QoekaUAAJV0I?format=jpg&name=large)

Curious if Don knows that it is almost impossible to earn a living wage writing about MLS. Calling reporters "lazy" here is completely out of touch, especially when the league is also, understandably, prioritizing Messi in the same exact way.
Honestly I'm with Garber on this. It's time to stop talking about Lionel Messi and talk more about the pulling out of the US Open Cup, the Referee lockout, Gavin Wilkinson, $200 shirts, the disappearance of Bruce Arena, the playoff format, cutbacks at MLS Season Pass, Merritt Pa

Honestly, I can't think of a better summary of the gulf between the Championship and the Premier League than Josh Sargent currently averaging a goal every 80 minutes for Norwich, when he was dross in the PL.

Prederick wrote:

Honestly, I can't think of a better summary of the gulf between the Championship and the Premier League than Josh Sargent currently averaging a goal every 80 minutes for Norwich, when he was dross in the PL.

Players can get better though, just look at Solanke.

Sorbicol wrote:
Prederick wrote:

Honestly, I can't think of a better summary of the gulf between the Championship and the Premier League than Josh Sargent currently averaging a goal every 80 minutes for Norwich, when he was dross in the PL.

Players can get better though, just look at Solanke.

I always find it hard to tell if a player has improved with time or has what I term Clinton Morrison syndrome of crushing it against Lower League sides but never quite having it at the very top. Nothing wrong with that 99.9% of players would kill to be a very good championship player.

I'd say i'm shocked the game is still goalless, but, y'know, VAR.

I do not believe I have ever seen a team come closer to scoring, repeatedly, within like 5 seconds of each other, but somehow NOT score than Chelsea just did.

(That sentence is fine, don't think about it too much.)

EDIT: An uninjured Liverpool wins this game.

Chelsea with an actual goalscorer ALSO wins this game.

f*ck VAR.

That is all.

The way this is going both teams will miss all five penalties.

Holy crap, a goal.

Chelsea's gonna be sick about this.

"The blue billion pound bottle jobs"

Gary Neville not sparing the knife there.

VIRGIL VAN DIJK!!!! YOU BEAUTY!!!!!

LOL Boehly

Spent a skillion bucks to lose a final to a Liverpool mash unit and their U19s.

Prederick wrote:

LOL Boehly

Spent a skillion bucks to lose a final to a Liverpool mash unit and their U19s.

I’m also going to put it out that Pochettino isn’t a good manager.

Sorbicol wrote:

VIRGIL VAN DIJK!!!! YOU BEAUTY!!!!!

He's amaaaaazing in big games. He and Mo are my current favorites to watch. Especially when they walk together, it's hilarious.