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post Jul 29 2009, 11:23 PM
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We seriously need one of these. Premiership season is only 3 weeks away and I seriously can't wait. Hopefully Man City will crumble as usual and finish around 8th place. Hull are seriously buggered. I've never seen such bad transfer activity and they are serious contenders to finish bottom.

Man United, despite losing Ronaldo and Tevez, have looked pretty strong in their friendlies so far. Owen has looked to be the buy of the transfer window. All he needs to do is stand infront of the goal which I'm fairly sure he's capable of. On a free as well so no one can complain. Still reckon they could do with buying David Silva, someone with proven quality. Liverpool also look strong, so will be interesting to see what unfolds throughout the season. Unfortunately for Arsenal they're lacking cover and consistent quality and will probably struggle for a top 4 finish this season. Chelsea haven't really been that active but still obviously have enough quality to challenge.

It's also great to see Newcastle in such a mess. It must be terrible for the fans, but the club is run so badly it was bound to happen. They've been on a downward spiral for years now. Viduka is now a free agent, they've lost Owen, and now Martins is gone. So that leaves them with what? Caroll, Ameobi and Smith? Anyone else? Serious alarm bells.

Away from England Real Madrid have seriously slowed down their transfer activity. Don't reckon they'll set the world alight like many think. Yeah they have the indiviudual talent, but can they come out and play like the current Barcelona team? I don't think. Although Ronaldo finally got his first goal for Real. Penalty of course which he won by, yep, diving. So glad he's gone.

So yeah everyone get chatting about football, any level, any country. Go.
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post Jul 29 2009, 11:25 PM
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AHH....You mean "Soccer" thread....... laugh.gif tongue.gif

Stupid Americans....... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif
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post Jul 29 2009, 11:47 PM
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post Jul 30 2009, 12:21 AM
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post Jul 30 2009, 12:42 AM
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I've always supported Chelsea, but it can be interesting now over the new year... Mame Biram Diouf, a player from my local team here in Norway, has just been bought by Man U.
I love the guy, but becoming a Man U fan now would make myself a "sellout" laugh.gif

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post Jul 30 2009, 12:49 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Jul 30 2009, 12:42 AM) *
I've always supported Chelsea, but it can be interesting now over the new year... Mame Biram Diouf, a player from my local team here in Norway, has just been bought by Man U.


I checked that guy out on youtube. He seems like a good little finisher. He's gone back out on loan to Molde FK (is it?) until January. What's he like beyond the youtube highlights?
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post Jul 30 2009, 01:28 AM
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Pedja is going to love this thread smile.gif I am also into this sport quite a lot but not as much as him. He knows every possible European team even from 2nd ligues. I also can't wait premiership. I don't have favorite team here in the UK but like to watch all matches. Speaking about other European clubs I think that Barcelona is going to get champions league once again and Wolfsburg get the German ligue as well.


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post Jul 30 2009, 01:36 AM
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There's already a football thread, unless it has been deleted.

None the less, I would consider myself much of expert regarding English from lower to higher division and a massive fan of Tottenham.

We just bought Crouch. It will hopefully be a good buy. It offers a different dimension to our game, even though we already have "tall" strikers. But there is a difference between Pavlyuchenko's 188cm and Crouch's 201cm. But it might also mean that either Pavlyuchenko or Bent is on their way out. Most likely Bent, as he is not playing in China at the moment.

If we get Huntelaar, as we are also after, I suspect Pavlyuchenko to go too.

I also suspect to see Hutton leave, and Giovani Dos Santos might also leave, as Redknapp is not to keen on him, even though he was Player of the Tournament in a recent international tournament. I hope he stays, and if anything is loaned out.


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post Jul 30 2009, 01:46 AM
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QUOTE (Duncan @ Jul 30 2009, 01:49 AM) *
I checked that guy out on youtube. He seems like a good little finisher. He's gone back out on loan to Molde FK (is it?) until January. What's he like beyond the youtube highlights?

Yep, Molde FK get's to keep him out this season, luckily.. If not, chances are we're screwed tongue.gif
Molde is #2 on the charts at the moment, and hadn't it been for Mame, we would problably be on the lower half. He has been the "Player of the Match" almost as many times as we have matches played.
Man U have bought themselves a fine player, if they only let him on wink.gif

I find the situation kinda funny, really... Since Ole Gunnar Solskjær aka "Sunny" who also played for Man U, came from Molde as well ^^


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QUOTE (lcsdds @ Jul 29 2009, 05:25 PM) *
AHH....You mean "Soccer" thread....... laugh.gif tongue.gif

Stupid Americans....... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


I feel sorry for the rest of the world being stuck with soccer. I am pretty sure that if space aliens come, they will be bemused at why all these people watch soccer in most places, and football in this other one location. But that could be to our advantage, they might decide to exterminate 95% of humans, and let us live, as they might misinterpret this to indicate that the football watchers must be the more intelligent of the species.

I mean think about it. This one group watches a game that is complex, both a thinking man's game, a chess match, and also with incredible athleticism and brutality and all that fun stuff. And the rest watch this game where you can take a nap, pretty assured that when you wake up, that you missed nothing of importance. Nobody scored, and nobody got carried away on a stretcher. What can you expect Space Aliens to conclude when they see that?
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I'm not alone now!!. I thought I was the only one here sick about football. I'm quite sad because Boca Juniors lost it's game yesterday aganist Manchester United. But, anyway, it's not a serious cup.
I'm very excited because the Apertura 09 will begin next week and Boca got a lot of great players. Let's see how is it


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post Jul 30 2009, 02:36 AM
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QUOTE (lcsdds @ Jul 29 2009, 03:25 PM) *
AHH....You mean "Soccer" thread....... laugh.gif tongue.gif

Stupid Americans....... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif



I was gonna say the same thing. Go Redskins!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


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post Jul 30 2009, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Jul 30 2009, 02:22 AM) *
I feel sorry for the rest of the world being stuck with soccer. I am pretty sure that if space aliens come, they will be bemused at why all these people watch soccer in most places, and football in this other one location. But that could be to our advantage, they might decide to exterminate 95% of humans, and let us live, as they might misinterpret this to indicate that the football watchers must be the more intelligent of the species.

I mean think about it. This one group watches a game that is complex, both a thinking man's game, a chess match, and also with incredible athleticism and brutality and all that fun stuff. And the rest watch this game where you can take a nap, pretty assured that when you wake up, that you missed nothing of importance. Nobody scored, and nobody got carried away on a stretcher. What can you expect Space Aliens to conclude when they see that?


Congratulations on making no sense.
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post Jul 30 2009, 11:43 AM
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QUOTE (Emir Hot @ Jul 30 2009, 02:28 AM) *
Speaking about other European clubs I think that Barcelona is going to get champions league once again and Wolfsburg get the German ligue as well.


Indeed, Barca has a great chance this year
but I believe Real Madrid is pretty close as well,
or at least it should be considering all new players.
I'm not Real fan tho so I vote for Barca. biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Duncan @ Jul 29 2009, 10:23 PM) *
We seriously need one of these. Premiership season is only 3 weeks away and I seriously can't wait. Hopefully Man City will crumble as usual and finish around 8th place. Hull are seriously buggered. I've never seen such bad transfer activity and they are serious contenders to finish bottom.

Man United, despite losing Ronaldo and Tevez, have looked pretty strong in their friendlies so far. Owen has looked to be the buy of the transfer window. All he needs to do is stand infront of the goal which I'm fairly sure he's capable of. On a free as well so no one can complain. Still reckon they could do with buying David Silva, someone with proven quality. Liverpool also look strong, so will be interesting to see what unfolds throughout the season. Unfortunately for Arsenal they're lacking cover and consistent quality and will probably struggle for a top 4 finish this season. Chelsea haven't really been that active but still obviously have enough quality to challenge.

It's also great to see Newcastle in such a mess. It must be terrible for the fans, but the club is run so badly it was bound to happen. They've been on a downward spiral for years now. Viduka is now a free agent, they've lost Owen, and now Martins is gone. So that leaves them with what? Caroll, Ameobi and Smith? Anyone else? Serious alarm bells.

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Hull just don't seem to be an interesting place for players. Even Nugent has said no to them rolleyes.gif . Must be No 1 candidate for the drop.

Liverpool were looking fine until Alonso handed in his transfer request this morning. Even with a replacement I can't see them finishing better than 3rd behind Chelsea and Man U. Chelsea and Man U are both still strong squads. Presumably Man U will play Owen as a super sub...

Good to see both Everton - at least for now - and Chelsea telling Man City to get lost over transfers. City have an 'interesting' team - too many personalities and a lack of balance. I really can't see them challenging for top 5 this year since I think they'll take a long time to sort themselves out.

Will be interesting to see how Arsene and Arsenal spend their new transfer funds. If he spends well - and he usually does - they'll remain top 4.

Villa need to add but apart from buying one player who's out injured til January haven't yet done so.
Everton are the same - we need to bring in some first team players, RB and DM at least plus a RW would be good but we probably have no money. Come October though we'll have major players coming back after injuries and if we can keep the team injury free we'll be ok.

Spurs I can't see them doing better than mid table despite their Summer signings.

Top 4 this year (in no particular order): Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool. Plus Everton and Villa fighting it out for 5th and 6th again.

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QUOTE (fkalich @ Jul 30 2009, 03:22 AM) *
I feel sorry for the rest of the world being stuck with soccer. I am pretty sure that if space aliens come, they will be bemused at why all these people watch soccer in most places, and football in this other one location.

Or football in the entire world and soccer in the US. We separate the two as football and American football so the term "soccer" would be quite local. Unless the space aliens speak american english of course...


Myself I'm not so team oriented but rather enjoy watching good players no matter which team they are in and good games no matter who plays whom.


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I'm a Rovers fan and the signings so far seem pretty good. We don't have same budget as the big 4 (or 5 perhaps) but I think we'll manage this season as well. We won't take home the trophy but we won't get kicked out either.

And as for the incredible well played Swedish league (NOT!), my heart goes out for Malmö FF


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QUOTE (gibsonmatte @ Jul 30 2009, 12:55 PM) *
And as for the incredible well played Swedish league (NOT!), my heart goes out for Malmö FF

Yeah, regretfully it's a rather uninteresting league sad.gif


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Emir is right, I definitely love this thread ! smile.gif

Actually I was very upset because my team Partizan Belgrade lost last night 2-0 away against Apoel Nicozia (Cyprus). They played 1st leg of 3rd qualifying round for Champions league. What makes me even more upset is that I won't be able to see 2nd leg in Belgrade which is on 5th of August! I travel to Greece for 10 days, leaving on 3rd and now when my team needs the most support I can't provide it. Its just not the same watching it on TV and being on the stands cheering shouting etc smile.gif
This year I bought season ticket for Partizan Belgrade which includes all friendly games, qualifying for European leagues, cup and league home games. Plan to go to every single game this year! For last two seasons we won 4 trophies (championship + cup) so we are all hoping to repeat that success this year as well smile.gif


Regarding other teams in Europe... I think Barcelona will still be the best team. Nobody can beat Xavi Iniesta Henry and Messi! They are just best and can hold the ball 90 minutes period smile.gif Wondering how Zlatan Ibrahimovic will fit into Barca's squad. He can be very selfish player at times and not assist the teammates. Barca is all about team play so I hope Pepe Gvardiola will be able to use Zlatans technique and skill in a good way.

Real Madrid will as usual spend a lot of money (what a waste!) and win nothing smile.gif They always lack team spirit. Look the players they had in the team last season. Robben ? That guy needs two balls to play the game, he is all about holding the ball and passing to no one. I think similar faith awaits C Ronaldo. Kaka is amazing player but I can't say for sure if he will fit into Reals squad or not.

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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jul 30 2009, 12:52 PM) *
Hull just don't seem to be an interesting place for players. Even Nugent has said no to them rolleyes.gif . Must be No 1 candidate for the drop.

Liverpool were looking fine until Alonso handed in his transfer request this morning. Even with a replacement I can't see them finishing better than 3rd behind Chelsea and Man U. Chelsea and Man U are both still strong squads. Presumably Man U will play Owen as a super sub...

Good to see both Everton - at least for now - and Chelsea telling Man City to get lost over transfers. City have an 'interesting' team - too many personalities and a lack of balance. I really can't see them challenging for top 5 this year since I think they'll take a long time to sort themselves out.

Will be interesting to see how Arsene and Arsenal spend their new transfer funds. If he spends well - and he usually does - they'll remain top 4.

Villa need to add but apart from buying one player who's out injured til January haven't yet done so.
Everton are the same - we need to bring in some first team players, RB and DM at least plus a RW would be good but we probably have no money. Come October though we'll have major players coming back after injuries and if we can keep the team injury free we'll be ok.

Spurs I can't see them doing better than mid table despite their Summer signings.

Top 4 this year (in no particular order): Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool. Plus Everton and Villa fighting it out for 5th and 6th again.

Bar codes. 6-1 to Orient laugh.gif .


I don't really think we've begun our spending yet this summer. Or selling for that matter. Crouch and two young right/left backs (one of which is going back on a one year loan) is all.


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