The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue May 03, 2016 10:27 am

Just for the record:

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Post by Notes from Underground » Tue May 03, 2016 10:57 am

Different environment when it came to finances and talent though.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue May 03, 2016 5:33 pm

Fair point!
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sat May 07, 2016 9:43 pm

Oh, Soldado.

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Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu May 12, 2016 6:32 pm

JediMoonShyne wrote:Robbie Martinez out?
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Post by Notes from Underground » Thu May 12, 2016 7:11 pm

JediMoonShyne wrote: :shifty:
He was pretty shite. Surprised it took this long.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by JediMoonShyne » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:50 pm

USA - Colombia tonight, anyone?
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:01 pm

I guess no one.

I'm not looking forward to likely Messi-less Argentina tonight against Chile, the hardest rival in our group. Even with Messi they've been awful.

Then again, being awful didn't keep them from playing (although admittedly losing) the last World Cup and Copa America finals.
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Post by Beau » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:02 pm

Argentina vs. USA tonight. The underwhelming vs. the underdog. Who will win? Nobody knows.
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Post by Beau » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:05 pm

Turns out Argentina won. USA forgot they were playing. They just went to watch Messi.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:57 am

I can't take this shit anymore.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:58 am

Third year in a row. Fuck me.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Colonel Kurz » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:19 am

And now half the team is quitting, too, including Messi?
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Post by Beau » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:42 pm

Presumably. It remains to be seen whether or not they'll actually go through with it.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:02 pm

The problem: Argentina almost never loses, but its attacking line can't score in decisive matches.

The solution: Hire a coach who specializes in defence.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Colonel Kurz » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:06 pm

Sound logic.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:37 am

The bizarre spectacle of Juan Sebastián Verón, president of Estudiantes, coming back from retirement to lead the team, while still president, at 41, or 42 in two months. Estudiantes isn't some second division team, either. It's playing this year's Copa Libertadores. So there are some important, difficult matches ahead. I didn't see yesterday's friendly, in which he presumably did alright. And I understand his "thing" is his passing game, which is reportedly intact. But the man can't play standing still, can he? That said, I will do everything in my power to catch his first official performance. I was a big fan of him during his return to Estudiantes late in the aughts, when he regained the pace he lost in his depressing, post-Manchester European adventures.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Colonel Kurz » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:42 am

Weirdly I remember him as the architect of that famous Argentinian 42-touch passing goal at the 2006 WC, but apparently he wasn't selected for that tournament.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:59 am

Colonel Kurz wrote:Weirdly I remember him as the architect of that famous Argentinian 42-touch passing goal at the 2006 WC, but apparently he wasn't selected for that tournament.
Yeah, he wasn't part of that team, but he did nab the World Cup passing record against Greece in the 2010 edition. I don't know if anyone's beat his mark of 133 correct passes since then. He was unbearably slow back in Inter, which is when I started watching European football, and he was even slower when he disembarked in Estudiantes, in 2006. But somewhere along the line he was born anew, and in a few months the man was running everywhere on the pitch, defending, slide-tackling, sending his trademark long passes, and eventually leading his team to a Copa Libertadores victory (and, very nearly, a Club World Cup, with treble-winning, circa-2009 Barcelona equalizing with minutes left on the clock and eventually turning the final around in overtime with a weird Messi chest-goal). He displayed a dynamism that, I assume, would've shocked Manchester United fans, who apparently remember him as lazy and sluggish. Still, as energized as he might be by his childhood team, the man's 41 now. And he had already retired! And he's president of the damn club! We'll see what happens.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Colonel Kurz » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:30 am

In an age where Russians and Chinese billionaires are turning football into their ego playground by buying up clubs, that's kinda weirdly exciting.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:34 am

I don't know what's more historic, Barcelona's turnaround or PSG's epic choke.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Ace » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:09 am

Was PSG favored? I hadn't really heard of them but I dont follow footie as closely as you guys.
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Beau » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:03 pm

Ace wrote:Was PSG favored? I hadn't really heard of them but I dont follow footie as closely as you guys.
Paris Saint-Germain is one of France's most well-known clubs. Not sure what you mean by "favored," but they had won the first leg 4-0. All they had to do at Camp Nou was not concede 4 goals. At the 85th minute, after a pretty sloppy match, they were down 3-1. But that still meant Barcelona had to score 3 more goals with 5 minutes left on the clock (plus stoppage time). And of course they did and won 6-1 (or 6-5 on aggregate).
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Re: The Continuing Football Season 2015/16

Post by Notes from Underground » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:12 pm

Somehow even more embarrassing than watching Arsenal get battered 10-2 on aggregate.
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