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Source: (consider it) Thread: The beautiful game - the boys are back
Imaginary Friend

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The Football League kicks off this weekend, the Premiership and other European leagues soon after, and of course, the MLS is in full swing. So have at it, boys and girls.

[Smile]

[Edited for thread title.]

[ 15. August 2016, 08:03: Message edited by: Imaginary Friend ]

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My Tottenham side did well in North America, let's see how well we can do in North London. I hope I can get their first match in White Hart Lane on television here! It's just not the same reading about it after the fact or on 'Spurs TV' which seems to be only excerpts. Worse case scenario, I can try to remember the local postal address I was using before my membership lapsed. I really need to get some new kit soon, I may be filling in for a PE coach at school next week...

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Hah! Spuds first game against my fav West Ham. It was three wins out of three for us last season. I reckon we can do it again. [Big Grin]
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Sir Kevin, as I understand it, NBC have every Premier League match this year, so hopefully you'll be able to find it.

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Southampton Football Club, then. Looking at their transfer business so far this summer (see part-way down this article), I think we might be okay:

Shaw out, Bertrand in at left back

Lallana out, Tadic and Taider in at attacking midfield

Lambert out, Pelle in at centre forward

Lovren out - seriously need to replace him

Chambers out - not sure we need to buy a replacement

Forster in (it looks like) - upgrade at goalie, IMO

If the new signings do okay (a big 'if', of course) then I think Saints will be okay. Not 8th place again okay, but top 12 okay, I reckon. But do come back and laugh at me if we get relegated this season.... [Big Grin]

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Every EPL game is streamed live for free in the US.

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quote:
Originally posted by Imaginary Friend:
Sir Kevin, as I understand it, NBC have every Premier League match this year...

Well, we got screwed out of the friendly against the German side yesterday, which we won! Damned if I would have wasted my time screaming for Arsenal's defeat against City yesterday...

Must be sure to record this week's match against West Ham!

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Originally posted by South Coast Kevin:
But do come back and laugh at me if we get relegated this season.... [Big Grin]

No, no laughter. It will be commiserations. There's nothing much worse than having a team of immense potential ripped apart before your eyes.

(Also, as a former inhabitant of Soton, I'll always have a soft spot for the Saints.)

On a different matter... At last, not a draw for the Whitecaps! Good win against a very strong Sporting Kansas City. Perhaps a place in the playoffs is still possible. With Aldershot winning their first game of the season, it's been a rare good weekend.

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Looks like some defenders are late back for pre-season training! Dagenham & Redbridge 6 - 6 Brentford.

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I've got real soft spot for the Daggers. They've done it the hard way. No big shot owner pumping in tons of money (cough, Fleetwood... Crawley... cough). They've come up through non-league football and into the league by slow and steady development. A great club. I hope they manage to hang around for some seasons to come.

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will there be a Briskoda league at
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There can be if you'd like to set one up. [Smile]

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Come join the League of Fools
private league, number 2172581-493552

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Thanks, Wet Kipper - never done a Fantasy League before, so thought I'd try my hand (I will no doubt be abysmal!!)

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I shall have to apologise in advance: Two years ago I found myself cheering because Agüero had scored and he was my FF captain. At that very moment I checked myself and promised that I would never do FF again. It ain't right.

[ 15. August 2014, 11:22: Message edited by: Imaginary Friend ]

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Alrighty then, boys and girls. The Premier League is back. You ready?

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I'm ready, not sure the Mancs were. They lost 2-1 at home to Swansea.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
I'm ready, not sure the Mancs were. They lost 2-1 at home to Swansea.

Louis van Gaal is not the messiah? Poor old Man Utd - still in significant need of new players, it seems!

Nervous anticipation is building in me for the Sunday lunchtime game - I'm a Saints fan and also a (pretty casual) Liverpool follower! I'm hoping for big things again from Liverpool, and I also think Southampton will be much better this season than many have been saying.

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So - if Van Gaal doesn't improve on 7th place this season, will he be given the heave ho as well??

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I don't often surface here, as frankly football isn't my bag. But I felt I had to share a spectacular piece of idiocy with you. Someone on the radio tonight referred to Arsenal as title contendors

It's the first game of the bloody season, FFS!

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So - if Van Gaal doesn't improve on 7th place this season, will he be given the heave ho as well??

It could be a wake up call. His club career has been at Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In the Dutch, Spanish and German leagues there really isn't much competition for the top club or two and, apart from his tie in charge at AZ, he's been manager at one of them. That isn't the case now, there's real competition in the Premiership.

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quote:
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I don't often surface here, as frankly football isn't my bag. But I felt I had to share a spectacular piece of idiocy with you. Someone on the radio tonight referred to Arsenal as title contendors

It's the first game of the bloody season, FFS!

AG

It's an annual ritual for Arsenal to be declared contenders at the start of the season, for punditland to say that it's theirs for the taking in early December, and for them to win their fourth place trophy come May. So I wouldn't worry about what you heard on the radio today - it's just the natural order of things. [Smile]

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As my Better Half put it: "The footie season's started. The bad news is Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich all lost. The good news is so did Manchester United".

[Devil]

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After winning the first two games, my team FC Groningen is in third place now, behind PSV and Ajax. These games were against relatively weak teams, but it isn't a bad start. We have a midfielder Tjaronn Chery who seems rather good. At least he scores regularly.

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Phroar!!

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Phroar!!

That is sexy football indeed. Did you see Henderson's pass to Sterling for Liverpool's first goal?

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Anyone can hit-and-hope a forty yarder. [Biased]

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Pfft.

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Whitecaps have slipped back into bad habits. A six match unbeaten run sounds good. Until you realise that it comprises of 5 draws and a solitary win. [Disappointed]

Still. I've booked my ticket for my first ever match at BC Place. Sept 27th - Whitecaps v Real Salt Lake. I'm guessing it will be yet another 0-0 snooze fest...

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Ah, enjoy the game, OtG! Here's hoping for a seven goal thriller. I've got friends who live just outside Vancouver, as it happens, and they've been to a handful of Whitecaps games. I don't think recently, mind you.

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Ah, enjoy the game, OtG! Here's hoping for a seven goal thriller. I've got friends who live just outside Vancouver, as it happens, and they've been to a handful of Whitecaps games. I don't think recently, mind you.

Seven goal thriller?

I didn't know games could end up 3.5-3.5!

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Mario Balotelli has just completed his move to Liverpool. This could be fun...

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Talking to a Liverpool supporter yesterday, we agreed that this will either be one of the greatest transfer dealings of all time or a wonderful farce. One thing it ain't gonna be is boring.

I also loved a quote about Super Mario - “the strange talent of making everyone happy when he arrives and even happier when he leaves”.

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MK Dons-4
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No shock result in that game then
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It's bad for us. We are rebuilding and £200 Million worth of new players will take time to gel.

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£200m already spent and ManUre still to replace an entire defence and most of the midfield. Hmmm... Just how much more are the Glazers prepared to throw in? At least the forwards are ok....

Oh yeh, Rooney on a steep decline and RVP just about reaching his "best before" date. Who does that leave? De Gea..... I'll bet Luke Shaw is regretting his impetuous leap away from the Saints.

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That was truly glorious!

It's just a shame that United couldn't complete Di María's signing in time for the game, because I'm sure he would have been the difference for them.

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Yeh. Like a winger is the answer to all their problems....

Sod's Law dictates that having splashed all that dough on Tia Maria (sic), he then does his cruciate ligament within three games.

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Funny as fuck!
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quote:
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No shock result in that game then

Oh I dunno, think MK Dons will be shocked they didn't get more than 4...

By the way, what's with the excuse I've seen elsewhere that this wasn't Man U's first team and .'. that explains the defeat? Is Man U's squad so weak that they don't have a second team capable of beating a League 1 side? If so, they really are in trouble this season!

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In previous years, Wenger has played his youth squad for League Cup matches and usually got Arsenal into the latter stages. The Man Utd team against MK Dons wasn't THAT full of youngsters and unknowns.

(Message to Danny Welbeck. Get away from Utd now. At the right team, you might develop into the decent (even world class) striker that you showed signs of a couple of years ago. At Utd, you'll just fester until they decide you're no longer wanted and then it will be too late.)

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We're Number One! Must call my friend the Goonie: his Arsenal side are mired in fifth while my Spurs are on top!

[ 28. August 2014, 06:21: Message edited by: Sir Kevin ]

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So Michel Platini won't stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA job.

Yes, we know its by way of a dignified protest at Blatter's running again when he'd previously promised to stand down at the end of this term, and I know MP thinks there is more to do at UEFA, but still its an opportunity wasted.

With Blatter at the helm - and he'll be re-elected no problem - FIFA will remain as a by-word for graft, corruption and ineptitude.

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Platini? Blatter?
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FIFA is corrupt from its roots up. The best solution I can see is for some powerful national associations (England, Spain and Germany especially) to withdraw and set up a rival organisation. It would be pretty bloody for a few years, but the end result would probably be a compromise organisation stripped of most of its tackier elements. With any luck, we might also get something more accountable to the paying public.

Lack of accountability is the real key here. As long as THAT continues, I doubt that it will matter who is in overall charge.

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We're Number One! Must call my friend the Goonie: his Arsenal side are mired in fifth while my Spurs are on top!

Don't worry. It's only downhill from there. It won't take longer either.
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Originally posted by Oscar the Grouch:
Platini? Blatter?
Tomayto/Tomarto....

FIFA is corrupt from its roots up. The best solution I can see is for some powerful national associations (England, Spain and Germany especially) to withdraw and set up a rival organisation. It would be pretty bloody for a few years, but the end result would probably be a compromise organisation stripped of most of its tackier elements. With any luck, we might also get something more accountable to the paying public.

Lack of accountability is the real key here. As long as THAT continues, I doubt that it will matter who is in overall charge.

Yep. I agree with everything you say here. Indeed, I've thought for s long time that the FA, for instance, should leave FIFA and start a new world association.
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...And if we only let rubbish countries in then we might stand an outside chance at winning the (new) World Cup!!

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I reckon that if one big association was to leave others would follow.
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