2023/24 Soccer Thread

So far in this England v Brazil friendly we’ve learned England’s second string side isn’t great. Mind you, neither are Brazil’s

Edit: without looking, I’d bet good money none of you could name Brazil’s scorer.

Well, because it'd send the hype train into overdrive, I'm going to guess Endrick.

There's an obvious level of "Don't tell us what to do" with the Mexico fans and the homophobic chanting.

That said, Dos a Cero. Eat it.

Also RE: England v. Brazil - I was right!

Prederick wrote:

There's an obvious level of "Don't tell us what to do" with the Mexico fans and the homophobic chanting.

That said, Dos a Cero. Eat it.

Some scorelines will never get old.

The Tyler Adams goal was very nice, but we have to think the Mexico defender who screened Ochoa for just long enough.

Reyna goal was also nicely taken.

The cherry on top is having VAR change a penalty for Mexico into a yellow for simulation.

There was one angle I saw where you could see the ball barely sailing through a Mexico defender's legs. Woof.

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Good luck to the Welsh tonight. That is all.

Georgia is in.

Wales v Poland goes to extra time.

England v Belgium - I think England deserved the last minute equaliser that Jude Bellingham got right at the death over all, but there's a cutting edge lacking when Harry Kane is not on the pitch. Toney will be going to the Euros, not Watkins.

Meanwhile, hey, Mudryk! Good on Ukraine.

Prederick wrote:

Well, because it'd send the hype train into overdrive, I'm going to guess Endrick.

Oh, it's gonna get silly now.

Oooooooof. Sorry Wales.

Sorbicol wrote:

England v Belgium - I think England deserved the last minute equaliser that Jude Bellingham got right at the death over all, but there's a cutting edge lacking when Harry Kane is not on the pitch. Toney will be going to the Euros, not Watkins.

Yeah, the equaliser was well deserved, but we missed a chance to make history. Apparently in 120 years we have never been able to beat England at Wembley! I'm very happy for Lukaku, who for some reason was booed when entering the pitch, but gave an amazing assist for the second goal. Especially as he was so often critizised for his lack of technique.

I'm a fan of the new Tintin inspired jerseys by the way

dejanzie wrote:

I'm a fan of the new Tintin inspired jerseys by the way :-)

Yes I saw that and I also thought that for an away kit it was a good and unique theme. I suspect they’ll sale by the bucketload.

The England away kit appeared
to be a very corporate slightly bland ‘Nike’ choice from what I could see, with the multi-coloured panel down the side. At £125 for a full replica adult shirt however they can forget about buying one.

I'm sitting here watching Wrexham live on ESPN+. Kinda cool.

Mullin goal.

A win will tie for first.

Brentford 1 - 1 Manchester United

Man U scored in the 96th minute after being under the thumb of Brentford the entire game.

Brentford equalised in the 99th minute.

Ah, Man Utd. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Xabi Alonso is staying at Leverkusen, who did it again today at Hoffenheim. Still unbeaten. Unreal.

Meanwhile, in Scotland....

Liverpool overcome another deficit to win against Brighton, even if it were a bit nervy towards the end.

Arsenal went to Manchester City not to lose. And they succeeded.

Advantage Liverpool?

An Easter miracle. Borussia won against Bayern.

slazev wrote:

An Easter miracle. Borussia won against Bayern.

I'd argue it's not so much of a surprise now, because it ultimately didn't matter.

Alright, I'm gonna stick out my neck now, the title goes down to the next to last, or the last matchday. Book it.

I genuinely have no idea who wins, Liverpool is obviously in the catbird seat, but all three teams are very much in it. Super-excited to see how this plays out.

Prederick wrote:

Alright, I'm gonna stick out my neck now, the title goes down to the next to last, or the last matchday. Book it.

I genuinely have no idea who wins, Liverpool is obviously in the catbird seat, but all three teams are very much in it. Super-excited to see how this plays out.

Advantage Liverpool but 9 games left is going to make it very interesting.

I don't think Liverpool have the form to run the table so it's going to make for a great run in. There's some dropped points in 9 games but is it just 2?

City not having a W vs a top 5 team yet still being in the mix is wild. But they play Villa next so a W vs them breaks that and it's arguably their hardest fixture left. So they could run their remaining games. Which would be 91 points.... That would of been good last year but I think that's the absolute minimum this year.

"Ipswich have only had two shots on target this half and have been thoroughly outplayed..."

Immediately score a 90+7 winner...

...with a 5mph toe poke from a guy who just fell over.

This season has been incredible so far, but I am on heart attack #27 already and I don't know how much I have left.

Prederick wrote:
slazev wrote:

An Easter miracle. Borussia won against Bayern.

I'd argue it's not so much of a surprise now, because it ultimately didn't matter.

Oh, it matters.

jowner wrote:

City not having a W vs a top 5 team yet still being in the mix is wild. But they play Villa next so a W vs them breaks that and it's arguably their hardest fixture left. So they could run their remaining games. Which would be 91 points.... That would of been good last year but I think that's the absolute minimum this year.

You couldn't miss a chance to jab one against Spurs, eh?
Villa playing on Man City's ground may end up not being the hardest. I can see Fulham and Wolves (if they recover some key players) or even West Ham being tougher nuts to crack.

Excellent late win for Leeds, too (onewild will be pleased). Pretty exciting at both ends of the Championship.

Also great to see Stockport top of League Two. I've had a soft spot for the Hatters ever since I guided them to European glory in one of the early Championship Manager games.

slazev wrote:
Prederick wrote:
slazev wrote:

An Easter miracle. Borussia won against Bayern.

I'd argue it's not so much of a surprise now, because it ultimately didn't matter.

Oh, it matters.

jowner wrote:

City not having a W vs a top 5 team yet still being in the mix is wild. But they play Villa next so a W vs them breaks that and it's arguably their hardest fixture left. So they could run their remaining games. Which would be 91 points.... That would of been good last year but I think that's the absolute minimum this year.

You couldn't miss a chance to jab one against Spurs, eh?
Villa playing on Man City's ground may end up not being the hardest. I can see Fulham and Wolves (if they recover some key players) or even West Ham being tougher nuts to crack.

I think I actually got the home away stuff mixed up on my phone.

Spurs would count for a top 5 win also I guess. Tricky part is that game is being rescheduled so... They might not be top 5 by then

Regardless hopefully it does go down to the wire. I'm not delusional as an Arsenal fan that if they did pull it off it would still come down to the last day. Which is good for everyone who watches.

The things that enormous, multi-national corporations manage to miss sometimes...

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Adidas has banned football fans from buying German football kits customised with the number 44, after media raised their resemblance to the symbol used by World War Two-era Nazi SS units.

"We will block personalisation of the jerseys," an Adidas spokesman said.

SS units were the most responsible for the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis.

The newly released kit has also caused controversy with its choice of pink for the away colours.

The symbolism issue was first raised by historian Michael König, who said the design of the kits was "very questionable".

The SS rune was designed in 1929 for use by the Nazi units. Members of the SS ranged from Gestapo agents to concentration camp guards. SS duties included administering death camps where millions of Jews and others were put to death.

Adidas spokesman Oliver Brüggen denied that the kit's resemblance to the Nazi symbols was intentional.

"We as a company are committed to opposing xenophobia, anti-Semitism, violence and hatred in every form," he said.

Adidas separately told the BBC that the German Football Association (DFB) and its partners had designed the numbers on the shirts.

In a post on Twitter/X, the DFB said the shirt designs had been submitted to UEFA for review during the design process and that "none of the parties involved saw any proximity to Nazi symbolism".

...........you didn't? Like, I saw that on Twitter without context and was like "UH."

Leicester announce £89.7m loss as delicate financial picture is laid bare

The delicate picture concerning Leicester’s finances has been laid bare after it emerged the club lost £89.7m for the 2022-23 season, underlining the cost of a shock relegation.

Leicester’s attempt to bridge the gap to the Premier League’s elite saw them inflate their wage bill to one of the biggest outside the top six, presenting severe challenges to comply with financial regulations.

Last month Leicester issued legal proceedings against the Premier League and English Football League after the former charged the club with allegedly breaking profit and sustainability regulations (PSR) for the cycle ending 2022-23. The latter placed them under a transfer embargo for allegedly breaching financial regulations relating to the upper-loss threshold in their PSR calculations.

Leicester, third in the Championship and vying for an immediate return to the top flight, are facing a points deduction regardless of which division they start next season. The embargo prevents from registering new players or extending the contracts of existing players without consent from the EFL.

A statement accompanying the accounts released on Tuesday said: “The club is determined to ensure that any charges against it are properly and proportionately resolved, in accordance with the applicable rules, by the right bodies, and at the right time.”

hm.

Well, we were probably due for a poor performance. And that was poor.

Six shipped in two games is concerning for the final run-in though. I'm not expecting a European place, but I think finishing 10th would be really nice. We got 52 points last year, and I'd love to see the team get to 50 again.