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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:41 am
  • Ryan Babel to Ajax!!!!!! (just kidding... i mean he did sign for Ajax, i just dont care).

    Michael Bastos with Kieran Richardson (and Berbatov) to Fulham... surely Dempsey to Liverpool now?

    The Lloris thing is a mess Spur... very bad talk about Levy from the French side.

    City with Maicon and Sinclair (whom I rate) and Nigel De Jong off to AC Milan.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:48 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:Ryan Babel to Ajax!!!!!! (just kidding... i mean he did sign for Ajax, i just dont care).

    Michael Bastos with Kieran Richardson (and Berbatov) to Fulham... surely Dempsey to Liverpool now?

    The Lloris thing is a mess Spur... very bad talk about Levy from the French side.

    City with Maicon and Sinclair (whom I rate) and Nigel De Jong off to AC Milan.


    Just heard to Liverpool might be hijacking the move for Bastos.

    Re: Lloris - I don't think Levy is someone who makes friend's making deals. However, the quotes coming out of Lyon last night were a bit weird. It sounded like Levy made a bid to get to speak with the player before making a lower bid, which would be pretty scummy. Spurs sources have refuted that this is the case though, and the deal sounds like it's for the amount initially agreed, so who knows. I'd imagine that Levy is a prick to deal with though, although he's been on the receiving end a few times too.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:49 am
  • Wee Dani Pacheco's gonna be leaving Liverpool. Shame.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:00 am
  • Sturridge and Dempsey to Liverpool? Gate, I can't help but think that if these deals go through, as well as Spurs' that you'd better pray that Wenger has some plans up his sleeve. Llorente? M'Vila?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:04 am
  • Honestly I think Arsenal is keeping quiet(aside from Bendtner being loaned out) for a reason. A small part of me is thinking they're monitoring the Dempsey situation from the shadows and could make a move if nothing develops with Liverpool. I'm still waiting to see if Cabaye or Tiote is coming in as well.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:46 am
  • Sky Sports reports that Dempsey-Liverpool is on the brink of a complete collapse. Liverpool have reportedly offered less than what Villa offered.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:52 am
  • If true about the low bid, Liverpool have only themselves to blame for making teams believe that we'll pay over the odds for average players.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:58 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:If true about the low bid, Liverpool have only themselves to blame for making teams believe that we'll pay over the odds for average players.


    Fulham may also just refuse to sell to Liverpool. They've already lodged a complaint against Liverpool with the FA regarding their unsanctioned tapping up of Dempsey. Surely they will have offered at least .£7m?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:10 pm
  • Shockingly poor bit of business by liverpool... top 4 is a pipe dream with this squad... top 8 will be a stretch
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:41 pm
  • Really needed to bring in another attack-minded player today. If Suarez gets injured, we're buggered. Dempsey or Sturridge would have been great. I don't know if I'd say top 8 would be a stretch, Simon, there's still another transfer window in 4 months.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:43 pm
  • You guys remember when I said that Dempsey's confused? I think it's actually that he doesn't realize what qualifies as CL club. I'm still gonna cheer for him but like with Friedel, it's gonna make me sick to my stomach.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:50 pm
  • Gatehawk wrote:You guys remember when I said that Dempsey's confused? I think it's actually that he doesn't realize what qualifies as CL club. I'm still gonna cheer for him but like with Friedel, it's gonna make me sick to my stomach.


    Shut up, Gatehawk.

    Anyway, Spurs just got A LOT better today, same with City. Well.....wait. SSN just said Moutinho will probably stay at Porto. Still, spurs are looking decent with the addition of Dempsey. The battle for 4th place will be a good one, with Spurs, Arse, Newcastle and possibly Liverpool all vying for points.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:07 pm
  • In fairness, Spurs is closer to the CL than Liverpool and tgey did improve. As for Arsenal, I'm likely the calmest Gooner out there, Piers Morgan is a good example of the anger among Arsenal fans.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:08 pm
  • Piers Morgan is also a complete twat. I've heard Liverpool might be looking at Michael Owen for striking cover. He's a free agent, so can be signed anytime.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:12 pm
  • A little disappointed we didn't add goal any threat(s) today, but I am also glad we didn't bend and just pay what the selling club wanted. Onward and upward we go.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:13 pm
  • For starters, transfer deadline day is a frigging nightmare. Aside from the fact it's pointless, it also means an entire day on the phone asking about the latest bull shit rumour on Twitter. I wish transfers were banned.

    Liverpool - Without doubt Brendan Rodgers is paying the price for the absolute shitload of money wasted by Daglish and co.

    Spurs - Not convinced. Lloris is all right. Dempsey... meh. He's OK. I'm used to being more impressed with Spurs with their signings. Think they've taken a step back since Harry's bizarre departure.

    Man City - Why? Why are you signing players for the sake of it?

    Everton - class. A club that knows exactly what it's doing and does it well. No delusions.

    Arsenal - Not done enough.

    Sheff Wed - Jay Bothroyd and Martin Taylor in the bag. Going places.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:27 pm
  • Agree about Everton. Man City are looking for top-drawer cover for their top-drawer starters. Plus, they buy players for the sake of it because they can.

    I couldn't agree more about Rodgers, but I think he'll make the most of it. He's made some good signings this summer, and cut loose pretty much all of the dead weight. They'll need another striker come January for sure, but I like where we are for now.

    Arsenal really missed the boat. They should have gone hard for Falcao, Llorente, even Sturridge. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:03 pm
  • I just wanna forget about the transfer window and focus on the games. Arsenal started fast and then just flat out stopped when they shouldn't have in transfers, so basically, in both my mind and a lot of Arsenal fans minds, the board just sold RvP and Song to line their pockets.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:25 am
  • I thought the Dembele move by Spurs was the class of the last day... for anyone not named City.

    With Liverpool, the news out is that Ayre overplayed his hand with Dempsey. Thought himself to cute and probably did not take to seriously the earlier tapping up allegations.

    Either way, with the initial disappointment gone, Liverpool has added Borini, Assaidi, Yezil, Allen and Sahin. Not enough, but decent quality in that. They needed to have a bigger day, but in the end we have to remember that this is transition.... anyways heard Drogba's available...

    Big game this morning
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:58 am
  • Big game indeed. Are you watching, Simon?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:06 am
  • Liverpool as sloppy as hell in possession for that goal. Good counter attack though.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:19 am
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:Liverpool as sloppy as hell in possession for that goal. Good counter attack though.



    unfortunate considering how well they have played.well done by Podolski, good early find and great work to return to the ball... Diaby may be the best player on the field right now.

    Liverpool are lacking again in the final 3rd... Borini and Suarez are poor at the moment
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:35 am
  • Apparently when Arsenal control the game, nothing happens. When they don't control possession, they score.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:09 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:Apparently when Arsenal control the game, nothing happens. When they don't control possession, they score.



    classic counter attack soccer...

    cant blame them, what threat has liverpool offered the goal?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:12 am
  • Got to say... Arsenal have coasted this. Liverpool look like a mid table team.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:46 am
  • I can't help but feel that this win was somewhat satisfying. I will admit I was worried cause I'm not convinced Vito Mannone is that good. I think this match really showed just how much improved Arsenal's defense is, I know I said that already but Liverpool is a whole other level compared to Stoke and Sunderland. The Reds were missing it's lethalness but they were finding chances and Arsenal gave up very little room and cut off a lot of movement.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:49 am
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:Got to say... Arsenal have coasted this. Liverpool look like a mid table team.


    Agreed. I'm struggling to see where any goals are going to come from with Liverpool. Defending has been a load of arse so far this season, build-up play is too slow, Suarez and Borini both look poor, Gerrard not providing much. Allen is fantastic, but doesn't offer much in attack. Sterling looks great but has no-one to service. Very poor.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:14 am
  • Rodgers talking about possibly signing Michael Owen in his press conference apparently.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:20 am
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:Rodgers talking about possibly signing Michael Owen in his press conference apparently.

    Seems to be the only option left after that dog's arse of a deadline day. Not sure how much that'll help, though.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:57 am
  • God damn Van Persie, Southampton didn't deserve to lose that match.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:49 am
  • A thought on Rodgers...

    Swansea was the perfect club for him because for several years they'd built a structure based around passing & controlled possession under two different managers. When he arrived, it was very easy to implement his system because it was virtually already in place. He really just took it to the next level, won promotion and the rest is history. However - he's taken two jobs (Reading & Liverpool) where the system wasn't in place and needed time... years even... to change the culture and programme things into his vision. He didn't last very long at Reading because they weren't willing to be that patient. I'm concerned for his sake that Liverpool likewise won't be that patient. Today they looked like a team trying to do things his way but struggling because it's not second nature like it is at Swansea. If you appoint a manager like Brendan Rodgers you have to be prepared to give him 2-3 years to get it right, and even then you might only seen the early signs of promise.

    He's just led Liverpool to their worst league start for 50 years. Will he get the time he needs? Big question mark there. And if he doesn't, the Liverpool fans should turn on the hopeless chuffs running their club. Appointing Daglish, letting him waste millions, appointing a long term manager and then giving him nothing to spend... they have to stick by Rodgers and let him build. Otherwise there was no point appointing him. I just wonder if they're willing to finish 10-15th to let that happen.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:24 am
  • Agreed about the players looking like they were trying to stick to the 'system' and failing at it. The team just doesn't look comfortable, they're spending too much focus trying to keep the shape and stick to the system. Every time Liverpool pressed forward, Arsenal got back in numbers and put 8 or 9 men in or around the box, snuffing out Liverpool's labored attacks. When Arsenal broke forward, they did it with pace, and Liverpool's back 4 were left on their own to deal, because the midfield and the front 3 were just standing around holding the shape. This was more evident in the second half, which leads me to believe that they were doing this under Rodgers' instruction.

    I'd be willing to give Rodgers two mediocre seasons, but would be looking to seriously challenge the top 4 in season 3. FSG really screwed up last season, but if they can use this season and next to build on what Rodgers wants to instill, recoup some of their losses from last season, then go hard after some big names next offseason, we might have a chance. You can see what Rodgers wants to do, and you can see that players like Allen, Sterling and possible Sahin are capable of doing it, but I'm not so sure about Suarez, Gerrard, and the centerbacks. Something has to be done about the shocking defending.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:33 pm
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:For starters, transfer deadline day is a frigging nightmare. Aside from the fact it's pointless, it also means an entire day on the phone asking about the latest bull shit rumour on Twitter. I wish transfers were banned.

    Liverpool - Without doubt Brendan Rodgers is paying the price for the absolute shitload of money wasted by Daglish and co.

    Spurs - Not convinced. Lloris is all right. Dempsey... meh. He's OK. I'm used to being more impressed with Spurs with their signings. Think they've taken a step back since Harry's bizarre departure.

    Man City - Why? Why are you signing players for the sake of it?

    Everton - class. A club that knows exactly what it's doing and does it well. No delusions.

    Arsenal - Not done enough.

    Sheff Wed - Jay Bothroyd and Martin Taylor in the bag. Going places.


    I agree about the transfer window being a nightmare. I don't think a window of any kind is needed. Buy or sell as you please but players are still cup tied as they are now. Twitter has made everything even more of a nightmare. even just as a fan. Despite knowing that a rumour involving your club is 95% likely to be bollocks I still feel disappointed when you hear that it's not going to happen.

    As for this window - agree about Liverpool & Arsenal.

    Everton - I'll take your word for it. I know nothing about Naismith or Oviedo. Pienaar's alright. Spurs should have kept him but 'Arry ballsed that up for us, sending him back to Everton on loan right when we needed him.

    City - Maicon was awful in the 2 games I saw him in against Spurs. Mancini obviously knows him but I wouldn't have thought he'd improve their team much. Don't know the other players bought.

    Spurs - I thought we came out alright. Modric was never sticking around, regardless of who was managing the club, so our top priority had to be finding a replacement. I think Dembele brings a different skillset, but a comprehensive skill set nonetheless, and should be able to do a decent job. We really could have done with signing Moutinho as well though. I'm very happy about Lloris. He's a good keeper and more comfortable playing the ball with his feet than Friedel, which is something AVB's keepers need to be able to do. Friedel was never going to be a long term option and I don't think we could have done any better. The price was decent too. I wouldn't mind betting that Jack Butland would have cost a significant amount more than Lloris, De Gea was twice the price. Vertonghen should turn out to be a good buy. Sigurdsson looks a good player and Dempsey is a steal at £6m. He doesn't have van der Vaart's class but he can play for 90 minutes and score goals. Under Armour will be happy too. Not that that matters. Adebayor's good, although Llorente or Leandro would make me feel more confident.

    Out of curiosity, which are the Spurs transfers in the past that you were more impressed by? van der Vaart is the obvious one. The Modric signing was pretty much universally slated by the English press as he was too small to play in the premier league. The signing of Walker (and Naughton) was obviously astute. Sandro's class. Who else? Nelsen, Saha, Gomes, Bent, Bentley, Friedel, dos Santos, Pavlyuchenko, Corluka, Pienaar, Cudicini, Kaboul, Krancjar, Assou-Ekotto, Bostock.... some have had more success than others, but I don't think Spurs are a club renowned for exceptional transfer nouse. I don't think we had a bad haul. We've got some depth now, certainly with the centre backs and midfielders anyway.

    I didn't expect the team to get off to a great start, which is proving to be the case, but I think we'll be okay in the medium, long term. What became obvious in this window is that the owners are not prepared to spend money for the sake of it; the balance sheet ended up £11m in profit on Friday night. I think we've suffered in the transfer market by not qualifying for the Champions League. We should have done but we didn't. It is what it is. COYS!
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:50 pm
  • I've also just read that Levy was out Levy'd by Porto, ie raised the price after initially agreeing the fee (by £4m, which Levy then accepted, only to have Porto mess up the paperwork to the FA, hence Spurs seeking an extension. No idea if it's true, but it's from one of the few Spurs sources that tends to be pretty much on the money and not in the habit of making things up for the sake of it.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:19 pm
  • Apparently Ronaldo is unhappy at Madrid. Time to invoke the 'special relationship' Levy!
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:13 pm
  • Hawkspur wrote:Apparently Ronaldo is unhappy at Madrid. Time to invoke the 'special relationship' Levy!


    Yeah that'll happen, when pigs fly out of the devils ass while hell freezes over. Their "relationship" with Madrid isn't that special.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:30 pm
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    Hawkspur wrote:Apparently Ronaldo is unhappy at Madrid. Time to invoke the 'special relationship' Levy!


    Yeah that'll happen, when pigs fly out of the devils ass while hell freezes over. Their "relationship" with Madrid isn't that special.


    Say what? There is no possible outcome to this that doesn't involve Cristiano Ronaldo in a Spurs shirt next weekend. I mean, we have a 'special relationship'.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:32 am
  • Hawkspur wrote:
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    Hawkspur wrote:Apparently Ronaldo is unhappy at Madrid. Time to invoke the 'special relationship' Levy!


    Yeah that'll happen, when pigs fly out of the devils ass while hell freezes over. Their "relationship" with Madrid isn't that special.


    Say what? There is no possible outcome to this that doesn't involve Cristiano Ronaldo in a Spurs shirt next weekend. I mean, we have a 'special relationship'.


    Exactly, who else could he possibly go to?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:34 pm
  • Turns out the reason for Ronaldo being unhappy is because his father died on September 2nd, 2005.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:07 pm
  • Gatehawk wrote:Turns out the reason for Ronaldo being unhappy is because his father died on September 2nd, 2005.

    Ronaldo is unhappy because he has to play Barcelona 8 times a year and messi, xavi and iniesta repeatedly win awards over him.


    That and he is a red devil at heart. He will return for fergies last season.

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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:26 pm
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    Gatehawk wrote:Turns out the reason for Ronaldo being unhappy is because his father died on September 2nd, 2005.

    Ronaldo is unhappy because he has to play Barcelona 8 times a year and messi, xavi and iniesta repeatedly win awards over him.


    That and he is a red devil at heart. He will return for fergies last season.

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    There is no need to be a dumbass and think that everytime a player is upset it's purely soccer reasons that's the cause. Look it up and you'll see that this past Sunday was the anniversary of his father's death, you'd be pretty emotional too if you were playing a game on the anniversary of the death of someone you care about.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:31 pm
  • Gatehawk wrote:
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    Gatehawk wrote:Turns out the reason for Ronaldo being unhappy is because his father died on September 2nd, 2005.

    Ronaldo is unhappy because he has to play Barcelona 8 times a year and messi, xavi and iniesta repeatedly win awards over him.


    That and he is a red devil at heart. He will return for fergies last season.

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    There is no need to be a dumbass and think that everytime a player is upset it's purely soccer reasons that's the cause. Look it up and you'll see that this past Sunday was the anniversary of his father's death, you'd be pretty emotional too if you were playing a game on the anniversary of the death of someone you care about.



    Don't be a dumb ass and think that his unhappiness is an isolated one time incident. 6 months after he got to Madrid he was linked to a return to Old Trafford.

    The dude is not as in love with Madrid as he thought he was.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:44 pm
  • Smurf wrote:Don't be a dumb ass and think that his unhappiness is an isolated one time incident. 6 months after he got to Madrid he was linked to a return to Old Trafford.

    The dude is not as in love with Madrid as he thought he was.


    Well your reason almost seems like you jumped to that conclusion from the first second you've heard of that. My reason is, at least to an extent, plausible.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:48 pm
  • gatehawk, do you never tire of making such an arse out of yourself?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:02 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:gatehawk, do you never tire of making such an arse out of yourself?


    I don't know do you guys ever get tired of trying to make what I say sound like I'm talking out of my ass?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:30 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:gatehawk, do you never tire of making such an arse out of yourself?


    I don't know do you guys ever get tired of trying to make what I say sound like I'm talking out of my ass?


    We really don't have a lot to do with it, mate...
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:12 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:We really don't have a lot to do with it, mate...


    you'd like to think that don't ya?
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:04 pm
  • International Break has finished time for the clubs to get back to action.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:52 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:International Break has finished time for the clubs to get back to action.


    Finally.
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Re: EPL 2012-2013
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:31 am
  • While we're on the subject of the international break I might add my 2 cents worth. The South American qualification process is awesome. Every game is huge. These last 2 games that England have played have meant jack all. They were always going to thump Moldova and I'm sure that both England and Ukraine will be content with a draw as they'll both qualify from the group anyway. England now has games against San Marino, Poland, and Montenegro to come. The Poland game could mean something, but the others are pretty much exercises in not playing down to a lesser nation. I would be much more enthusiatic about international breaks if the games were more appealing. I like to theorise about possible improvements to sporting competitions, and the European World Cup Qualification is ripe for improvement.

    There are currently13 teams that make it through to the World Cup, beginning with 53 teams in 9 groups. I think it would be far better if, similar to the FA Cup the top, say, 12 teams get a free pass for the first round while the other 41 play in 8 groups of 5 or 6 with the top 2 from each group meeting the top-ranked sides in 7 groups of 4 until the final 13 emerge.

    That way there could still be international breaks but they could be spent playing games against Holland, Germany, France etc which would surely make for more competitive, match hardened, European sides at the World Cup itself. It'd probably make matches more meaningful for the likes of Moldova too.

    Despite being a keen England supporter, I had absolutely no inclination to watch the 2 friendlies during the week. My main interest in these first round games games is hoping that a)Spurs players don't get injured and b) Roy Hodgson gets the sack..
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