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Also, that's the second week in a row Bale has been booked for diving after clearly being clobbered. I'm getting annoyed with this ####.
And responding to something posted late in the November thread, if Millwall get promoted the FA needs to be very clear right from day one that if they have one of their brouhahas with West Ham that serious sanctions including loss of points will be forthcoming. It's going to be 2013 in four weeks, this #### has no place in the game.
If he gets clipped at a full run he's going to go flying. It's physics!
The funny thing is that Dempsey is a much worse diver than Bale and never seems to get called on it. Clint is a pro!
Yes, but he looked like he embellished. Whether or not he actually did is irrelevant, it's a subjective foul. A diver looks like he dove, he's not getting the benefit of the doubt from the ref or from fans.
Donovan is a hell of a diver, too. When did we get so good at this?
Oh yeah, and one more question and then I'll shut up---when does Guzan start to become competition for Tim Howard? Because in what I've seen of Villa this season, Guzan looks really good.
Not that it has anything to do with anything or that anyone else should care, but my 14 year old daughter is beside herself with joy after getting tickets to the U.S. vs. China women's match on Saturday.
And what's the word with the MLS rumors? Kaka and Lampard to The Galaxy?
Wouldn't Marquez be better off just going to Mexico? Hell, Columbus is the scene of some of his epic International failures!
pubic training session the day before
United need to sell Chicharito. He's a great impact sub but I don't think he's good enough to play the full 90.
Follow this link at your own risk. I'm not even joking
Newcastle-Wigan! One of the upsides to being unemployed is watching classics like these live!
Also, somewhat related - is Sterling (and players like him who break into first teams before they turn 18) still doing some type of schooling, or is he pretty much a full-time pro from, say, age 16 on?
I watched the Spurs game last night and is Berbatov in good form or what? He just looked outstanding despite the result.
They'll have a pubic training session the day before, if you have time you should take her.
Sure, Lewandowski would be an upgrade, but why wouldn't they try to get a CM or CB or LB, where they actually have a need?
Why is it either/or? This is ####### United we're talking about.
Is it crazy to think that United are only one or two January moves away from being a plausible competitor for the Champions League?
I'm not too proud to admit I got goosebumps when they faded in the fans singing "When the Spurs Go Marching In" at the end.
Alas, I did not weep when I saw the pitch, though it is a brilliant pitch.
Okay, so that was a bit much. At least it seemed genuine. And his send-up of the footballer's interview cliches was hilarious and eerily accurate.
Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, Kevin Grosskreutz, Iklay Gundogan, Sven Bender, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotic, Moritz Leitner … all these players are aged 24 or younger.
"A bit much, but it seemed genuine" is a pretty good summing up of Adam Richman as a television personality in general. It got awkward a few times watching him get choked up at basically everything within his line of vision, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the pitch in person for the first time, and I do get a bit emotional when I go to Fenway now that it's not a multiple-times-per-year thing for me anymore. There's something about great sporting grounds that brings up the sentimental version of me, so I sympathize.
Perhaps needless to say, this is seen as completely normal by the Great Italian Public.
If it's the latter it seems that winning the group would be likely to have some positive impact as I'd rather deal with Valencia than Bayern Munich in the knockout stage.
I have trouble blaming teams for gaming the system. Group stage qualifying inevitably produces situations where the interests of the teams and of neutral fans are mis-aligned. (I figure Shakhtar and Juve fans would be just fine with qualifying regardless, and as someone who's discovered profound reserves of hatred for Chelsea in the last year, I'm right with them.) I think there should be rules in place to prevent explicit collusion, but I don't see how you can create a situation where both clubs want a draw and one really doesn't want a loss, and then demand a high-quality game.
Michael Cox on 'Arry's impossible job
Man City will not be winning any European Cups this year.
At this point is this better for Man City?
They have like five hundred world-class first team players. I can't imagine that having European competition would hinder them much at all.
It'll be interesting to see which of Mourninho or Guardiola ends up at Man City this summer.
Eh. It's funny to think about, but if they win the league for the second straight season, it would be hard to justify firing Mancini
Why not make first place more meaningful? How about rewarding the two clubs who get the most points with a bye straight to the quarterfinals?
That's a huge carrot, not just because it automatically means more prize money, but mostly because -- in an already congested calendar -- two more weeks without midweek football are a boon to anyone. Going into this week, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, Malaga, Schalke, PSG and Porto all had a shot at finishing with one of the two highest points totals. Maybe if this had been in place, some of them would not even think of putting out reserve teams or sides packed with kids. They would actually try to win their final game and that would help the integrity of the competition.
At the same time, take the four best third-place teams and the four worst second-place teams and have them play off against each other in February, with the winners advancing to the round of 16, where they would face the four best second-place teams. The logic here is much the same. These final round games would actually matter: Most of the third and second place teams heading into Matchday 6 would have had something to play for -- either the chance of qualifying for the knockout phase or the opportunity to avoid the "play-in" round and go straight to the round of 16. Indeed, so would some last-place teams.
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