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  • CharlieStCloud 23 Mar 2013 08:30:35 5,202 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    Still seems a little risky. We're not exactly safe in the league.
    Ipswich are more likely to go down to League One than Norwich making their way to the Championship again so, I wouldn't worry ... you have got yourselves a good manager too.

    That was awfully difficult for me to muster up the courage to say ... : (
  • Syrette 23 Mar 2013 09:36:36 43,232 posts
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    teamHAM wrote:
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    caligari wrote:
    Sooo...Norwich have agreed to sign Van Wolfswinkel?

    I'll be stunned if that goes through - it makes a chance to us plundering the lower leagues for our talent. :-O

    I can't imagine LFMartins being too happy about that news.
    Yup, taken advantage of Sporting's financial state, fair play to them. No other club took the initiative to get him in on a pre-contract.
    We've been watching Ricky for about 3 years. Afaik we haven't actually made an official move for him yet and there is probably a reason for that. We seem to be pretty interested in Aubameyang now rather than van Wolfswinkel.
    Yup - Aubameyang is a better fit for our needs tbh. He can play out wide for a start, unlike RvW (I'm calling him that as I'm lazy). Very pacey, tricky player. Good foil for Cisse and can play centrally if Cisse isn't playing.

    RvW would have us playing 442 again and/or lead to another Ba/Cisse situation where they're too similar and this hinders one or the other.

  • Lamb 23 Mar 2013 10:46:41 474 posts
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    Losing your magic, David? Showing Chinese kids how to take the perfect free-kick, Goldenballs slips up and ends up on the floor

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2297926/David-Beckham-slips-taking-free-kick-China.html
  • kentmonkey 23 Mar 2013 10:49:22 20,536 posts
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    Because he was wearing polished shoes.

    I'm amazed he could even take a decent freekick in those shoes.

    They'll be thousands of Chinese kids now trying to perfect the freekick by slipping over immediately after taking it. Watch the Chinese national team have a freekick expert now doing it.
  • Ka-blamo 23 Mar 2013 12:37:16 7,306 posts
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    kentmonkey wrote:
    Watch the Chinese national team have a freekick expert now doing it.
    If I understand the sentence, my question would be....doing what?

    But I don't think I do understand it, so.... :)
  • kentmonkey 23 Mar 2013 16:21:35 20,536 posts
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    Trying to perfect the art of scoring a freekick whilst falling flat on their arse.
  • Trowel 23 Mar 2013 17:10:23 17,533 posts
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    Thought it was snowy in the Scotland vs Wales match, but this takes the piss: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2297957/USA-Costa-Rica-play-inches-snow-Colorado.html
  • The-Bodybuilder 23 Mar 2013 17:40:03 14,114 posts
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    Since arsenal have a thing for plundering financially-stories clubs (whilst moaning about how unfair it is for teams like Newcastle Newcastle to plunder and get many players), I wonder if we too will raid Sporting Lisbon?

    Who else is of worth? Wouldn't mind Diego Lopez on the cheap as Sagna's replacement. Diego Capel would be a decent squad option too.
    Who else can we raid? Don't think we're allowed to plunder Malaga again, though would love to have Isco and Toulalan. Wouldn't be surprised to see other PL clubs raid them for the likes of Saviola or even Santa Cruz.
  • Trowel 24 Mar 2013 09:10:35 17,533 posts
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    https://twitter.com/MelwoodLFC/status/308698942856634368/photo/1
  • Syrette 24 Mar 2013 11:41:48 43,232 posts
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    Fletcher out till May.

    Can see Sunderland going down.

  • Shikasama 25 Mar 2013 08:41:46 6,711 posts
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    FOOOOOTTTBBBAAAALLLL!
  • kalel 25 Mar 2013 09:14:17 86,804 posts
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    Apologies for The Sun link, but it looks like the EL finalists might be getting awarded CL places, or it is at least under consideration.

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4857977/Dan-King-column-Named-and-shamed-33-big-sports-bodies-lacking-female-leads.html
  • THFourteen 25 Mar 2013 09:21:15 33,104 posts
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    Shikasama wrote:
    FOOOOOTTTBBBAAAALLLL!
    Found myself watching Tranmere vs Stevenage yesterday

    OMG it was dire.
  • Shikasama 25 Mar 2013 12:13:19 6,711 posts
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    Balotelli is absolutely tearing it up in Milan.

    I bet Mancini is thrilled for him
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 12:25:37 59,365 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Apologies for The Sun link, but it looks like the EL finalists might be getting awarded CL places, or it is at least under consideration.

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4857977/Dan-King-column-Named-and-shamed-33-big-sports-bodies-lacking-female-leads.html
    Its a weird one. The EL does absolutely need something to get people to take it seriously, but the likes of us having five teams in the CL would just devalue the competition even further.

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  • Shikasama 25 Mar 2013 12:35:38 6,711 posts
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    I'd rather a team got in through winning a trophy than being fourth.

    Even third is bloody pushing it.
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 12:41:46 59,365 posts
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    Yeah. The basic problem is that there are already too many teams in the CL and countries would go apeshit if you took one off them.

    I would be happy to see it go to the top two, to be honest.

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  • motti82 25 Mar 2013 12:42:21 2,873 posts
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    I think that the EL winners should get a crack at the Qualifying Rounds, the one before the main Group Stages are drawn. That way, it's fair on everyone.
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 12:44:26 59,365 posts
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    The problem then would be that its likely that, if they didnt qualify proper for the CL, they would have at least finished in the EL places again.

    So if they didnt make it through, they would have to do a pre-season qualifier for the CL and then get dumped into doing all four million games of the EL.

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  • Dougs 25 Mar 2013 12:45:40 67,025 posts
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    Another vote for top 2 max only from me, even as a fan of a club that has benefited massively. Not that it'll happen. At the very least, change the bloody name.
  • Shikasama 25 Mar 2013 12:47:03 6,711 posts
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    The Champions and Arsenal League
  • Dougs 25 Mar 2013 12:48:38 67,025 posts
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    Champions and Also-rans.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 25 Mar 2013 12:51:21 9,760 posts
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    If it's the Champions League it makes sense for the EL Champion to be allowed into it too.
  • spindle9988 25 Mar 2013 12:52:10 3,523 posts
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    I think it should be the champions only. This is why I have so much respect fot teams that won the tophy when it was the european cup, they truly had to beat other champions to win it
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 12:53:15 59,365 posts
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    Not really. Its a separate competition. You could then argue that the FA cup deserves a place.

    It makes sense in the fact that its very clearly a second rate competition and needs a prize that people actually want.

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  • Dougs 25 Mar 2013 12:56:23 67,025 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    I think it should be the champions only. This is why I have so much respect fot teams that won the tophy when it was the european cup, they truly had to beat other champions to win it
    Spot the Liverpool fan...! Even if most of the teams were gash and that Grobelaar touched the ball more than the strikers. :)
  • SuperCoolEskimo 25 Mar 2013 12:57:58 9,760 posts
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    Were Liverpool teams of old really that negative?
  • kalel 25 Mar 2013 12:58:45 86,804 posts
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    It's because of the old Liverpool sides that they invented the backpass rule.
  • spindle9988 25 Mar 2013 12:59:59 3,523 posts
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    @Dougs

    Lol. Although I am a red I am still speaking about teams like forest, Milan And dare I say utd as well as a few others

    Edited by spindle9988 at 13:00:43 25-03-2013
  • spindle9988 25 Mar 2013 13:03:46 3,523 posts
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    I am 31 so cant go back too far but I dont remember us being that negative, we left that to the arsenal

    Edited by spindle9988 at 13:04:00 25-03-2013
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