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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:04 pm

That friendly against Mexico is the worst I've seen Argentina play in years. Christ.

Thankfully, we have Messi.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:07 pm

I wish local journalists would stop insisting so much on the need for Tevez and Messi to play together. They have never done so to any fruitful end and they never will. I don't know why, they just don't mix. They didn't the first time I saw them together, in that horribly boring World Cup 2006 draw against Holland, and they don't now.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:08 pm

MrCarmady wrote:ohne holland fahren wir zur em!
Make those 1871 referencing headlines happen.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:20 pm

Beau wrote:Thankfully, we have Messi.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:37 pm

Haha, where's that from?
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Colonel Kurz » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:21 am

The more or less Dutch documentary Around the World in 50 Concerts by Heddy Honigmann, that I watched tonight. And the poor cropping was done by me to get rid of watermarks on the screener.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by MrCarmady » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:18 pm

ugh
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:15 pm

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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:42 pm

That moment when you suddenly feel 80.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:45 pm

Hahahaha.

The poor kid that gets taken out by his mate at the end...
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:32 pm

There's an expression in Argentina, "pan triste," which translates as "sad bread."

That was the Argentine team yesterday, a sad slice of bread.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:46 pm

Welcome to the life of every England supporter in, oh, the last 50 years or so.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:20 pm

Haha!

It was so depressing. I have not seen so much nothing since I moved into my current apartment a few years ago. And in that case at least I knew things would change when I bought furniture.

But what's gonna change with the Argentine team? Sheer nothingness. Let's upload the match to your Isolation thread.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:45 pm

Beau wrote:Let's upload the match to your Isolation thread.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Colonel Kurz » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:06 am

Speaking of depressing national teams that have little hope of changing, I'm not sure I can even watch tonight.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:12 pm

The four offensive players against Paraguay might be: Tevez, Lavezzi, Di Maria, and Correa.

No playmaker. No center-forward. A bunch of short guys who usually stand far from the box. The tallest dude there, Di Maria, is the guy whose main skill is centering the ball, not heading it in. That means Tevez, Correa, and Lavezzi are left to do the honors. Hilarious.

Against Ecuador the playmaker was Mascherano. That tells you all you need to know.

I refuse to believe I know more about the sport than an internationally-recognized coach like Martino. But...

I'm almost forced to consider conspiracy theories, like the one that suggests Messi's picking the squad based on friendship. Which I think is a stupid idea, but actually less stupid than the bizarre formations on the pitch.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Beau » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:26 am

God, that sucked.

Without Messi these guys are a fucking joke. Maybe people will stop bitching about Messi now that we've witnessed Messi-less Argentina.

Good game for River's newbies, Kranevitter and Funes Mori, though.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:26 am

At least you didn't fail the easiest qualification in the history of European football...
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:01 am

Hey, you didn't have San Marino in your group...
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:05 am

I mean cuz 24 countries qualify, and finishing nr. 3 in a group was enough to qualify or go the play-off matches... Albania, Austria, Wales, Slovakia, Northern Ireland and Iceland have qualified directly...
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:20 am

It's been an odd one.

I don't believe that Wales deserve this "golden generation" tag that you might apply to Belgium right now, but they've done very well to qualify. Northern Ireland even more so. Lots of dark horses in this year's tournament!
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by MrCarmady » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:45 am

MrCarmady wrote:ohne holland fahren wir zur em!
i was right, and could it be any more perfect than that twat scoring an own goal to cap it off?
that said, holland were the best thing about the 2008 euros by far, and i rooted for them to beat spain in 2010, so i hope they can replace the outgoing players by the world cup, as unlikely as that appears
it's funny how the expanded tournament actually made the qualification more exciting with smaller teams appearing to be more up for it, as many people have already observed. hopefully the same will fly for the tournament itself, although it's weird that we'll have 10 days of football to get rid of a third of the teams
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:44 pm

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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2014/15

Post by MrCarmady » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:48 pm

edit the goddamn title of the thread, jedi, no excuses this time
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:49 pm

You mean, the year?
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by MrCarmady » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:51 pm

you're a star
really bothers me that that bothered me
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:28 pm

It bothered me too, but not before you pointed it out. :D
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:34 pm

Sheer genius.

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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by MrCarmady » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:38 pm

Love the commentators' mirth.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:39 pm

Ha. That should just be a red card for extreme faking though, even if that might not be possible in the current rulebook.
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Post by Beau » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:59 pm

Colonel Kurz wrote:Ha. That should just be a red card for extreme faking though, even if that might not be possible in the current rulebook.
I don't think anyone involved in inventing soccer ever thought about the eventuality of a player grabbing another's arm and beating his own head with it.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:12 pm

They probably also didn't see the television replay from all angles coming - unlike that player and that arm.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:25 pm

Last Sunday’s Club World Cup final between River and Barcelona was a joke. It’s becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for South American teams to compete with their European pairs. The economic gulf between them is so vast that’s it’s hardly a competition anymore. This has nothing to do with the actual quality of South American players, because Barcelona depends on them to score goals. But South American teams can’t hold on to their own players, unless they peak late into their careers. And even then, since they’re already old, they’re close to their eventual decline. So their peak doesn’t last long. That’s what happened to River since winning (or even before winning) the Libertadores: old dogs past their 30s who hit their peaks at the right moment (Sanchez, Ponzio) dropped their level; somewhat younger (though not super young) stars were sold off to Europe or Mexico (Rojas, Teo Gutiérrez, Funes Mori); and, basically, what was left was a middling River team that hasn’t won a thing these last six months to confront the best Barcelona team in history and, possibly, one of the best teams ever in general. Some say: don’t excuse River's subpar performance. But it’s not a question of excuses, it’s a question of reality. And this reality is affecting national teams as well: it’s no coincidence the last World Cup winners were essentially incubated in European club teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich that can actually hold on to their squads and pay for rising and stable talent (not just weathered heroes and teenage upstarts). South American teams have to catch lightning in a bottle, a perfect amalgam of young talent that has yet to be exported, old veterans who can lead the youngsters, and late-peakers who haven’t started to decline yet. And they have to hold on to them all for, you know, a couple of months, at least, to win a Libertadores and, maybe, the damn Club World Cup. For reference, the now defunct Intercontinental Cup, in which the Libertadores and Champion’s League winners used to meet, was not so dominated by Europe. South American teams could still offer a challenge back then and very often won. But that’s now a dream.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:56 pm

Shades of Gascoigne...

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Post by Beau » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:27 pm

Saviola left River after coming back, playing a bunch of games, and missing a lot of goals. He means to play elsewhere now, but he's obviously close to retirement. That man had one underwhelming career considering how he started out.
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Post by MrCarmady » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:59 pm

can someone put me out of my misery? i hate fans who turn on their teams so i don't really know what to do anymore. i mean, we're 3rd, our rivals keep dropping points, and we're almost injury-free (by arsenal's standards), so what the fuck is going on?
ps. obviously, there's nothing to 'do', really, it's more of a figure of speech. i could go outside and try talking to some people instead of caring, but who wants that, right?
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Post by Ace » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:35 pm

Maybe burning some of your merch would help you out? :P
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Post by MrCarmady » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:12 am

that's both turning on my team and incredibly wasteful, but i appreciate the suggestion :P
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Post by Ace » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:16 am

Well burn some merch of the team that's beating your team. :P
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Post by MrCarmady » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:20 am

now we're getting somewhere! quick, does anyone have a flammable lamela shirt? beau?
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Post by Beau » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:47 pm

MrCarmady wrote:now we're getting somewhere! quick, does anyone have a flammable lamela shirt? beau?
He left River before he got a chance to actually be good, so no, sorry. :P
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:04 pm

Henderson's face :D

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Post by Beau » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:02 pm

Dude still has it.

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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:13 pm

The fact that Dzeko sounds a bit like "cieco" (blind) is certainly not helping his case...

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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by MrCarmady » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:46 pm

That Liverpool game was amazing and I'm not even a fan, I can only imagine how you felt, Jedi. Probably the opposite of how I feel looking at the table right now...
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:16 pm

Haha, yes, it was quite the event!

And last night was the most fun I've had watching a derby in forever; such a passive Everton performance, too... Robbie Martinez out?

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Post by Notes from Underground » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:19 am

MrCarmady wrote:That Liverpool game was amazing and I'm not even a fan
Same again against Villarreal please.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:42 am

Ugh, yes.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Colonel Kurz » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:03 am

That was not the last minute goal I was hoping for.
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