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Sinead Farrelly to Portland, for a second-round draft pick. Strikes me as a smart move for the Thorns, especially since she's a Paul Riley favourite.
Looks ok to me too, though Portland is running out of draft picks.
Fulham at home is just a nice day out. There’s a place for families as well as individuals. You can eat gourmet sausages and organic ketchup. When they win it’s just nice. When they lose, nobody really cares. Even Martin Jol doesn’t care. The Fulham board have recently and publicly expressed their full support and backing for Jol, which was nice but ultimately didn’t matter. Before they did that nobody was worried, and honestly people probably still aren’t. Even the term ‘threat of relegation’ doesn’t seem to apply to Fulham. Not because they couldn’t be relegated but simply because it doesn’t appear to exist as a threat, more just an apathetic possibility. The club is inundated with players and staff from Nordic countries and Northern Europe generally – what bad things ever happen there? People from Sweden and Norway are stereotypically relaxed and quiet, just like Fulham. They live in the dark and they don’t even care.
The reality is that at Fulham, existence does precede essence. There is no real reason for anyone ever being there, but since they are – they might as well have a nice time. Fulham fans (or according to this article: People who have found themselves in Fulham) would never associate themselves instinctively or actively with a football club. The club is not inherently part of them and as such they would never attempt to define themselves via use of it.
How valuable are draft picks in the NWSL? I think the league is still trying to figure out that question...any idea how many players drafted last year ended up on rosters for most of the year? I wonder if GMs are slightly over-valuing picks (or isn't this supposed to be a strong class?), because I'm not sure that players going for a second or third-rounder really are worth that, though I fully admit I don't understand a lot of how finances and such are being conducted in the league.
18.52 GMT: The Daily Mail says that Charlie Adam, who scored a peach of a goal for Stoke against Liverpool on Sunday, is a surprise target for Turkish club Galatasaray. Surely Roberto Mancini cannot be an admirer of the Scotland international?
I saw this book recommended on a FM site and wondered if anyone had read it and if they would recommend it to a relative tactics neophyte like myself.
West Ham is accusing Fulham, yes Fulham, of tapping up Ravel Morrison.
“We got knocked back,” said Meulensteen of the offer for Morrison after his side's 3-0 FA Cup replay victory over Norwich City. “We will review it and move on. I've left it with [Fulham chief executive officer] Alistair Mackintosh. I've explained how I think about the situation so I have to wait and see.” When asked whether he was confident of completing the move, Meulensteen said “that is what we are hoping for”.
Meulensteen worked with Morrison at Manchester United and said he was confident that the 20-year-old midfielder did want to leave Upton Park. “Yes, he does want to come here. I've known him obviously for a long, long time but the thing is this - we have to wait and see.”
The rumors of an imminent departure for Capoue are puzzling. Sandro is phenomenal but he seems to break himself at least once a year, so it seems prudent to have a capable backup in the squad. If Sherwood thinks deploying the likes of Dembele and Paulinho in the "holding" role isn't going to catch up to him before long, well, I think he's in for a rude education.
I know people see striker as Chelsea's most obvious hole, but I've always thought that it was CM.
I found it paired really well with David Goldblatt's The Ball is Round, which is I think the best history of football ever written.
David Goldblatt's The Ball is Round, which is I think the best history of football ever written.
Is Luiz really not a good CM? That seems to me his best position. He's a little too undisciplined and attack minded for a title contender to play him at CB IMO, but he's really good and should be on the field.
Wouldn't be surprised if it's at least somewhat related to ownership wanting to sell off a high-value player or two whereas Cortese wants to see his "project" through to the next level.
I love him in a DMC role (and so did Rafa), but I think Jose disagrees. Matic is a really good pickup, though (I feel the same way as Matt's 287, though, you know, the opposite), and I hope Kevin De Bruyne does well at Wolfburg; he always impressed me in the few matches in which I saw him.
See, I'd argue that Holtby should also be Lennon's backup (of sorts).
Then the 45-year-old focused on the environment. Now, when Southampton travel away from home, the hotel is often booked for two nights rather than one. On the first night, club staff arrive and clean the already pristine rooms. They vacuum up every particle of dust that might cause illness or carry a bug.
Then bespoke mattresses are placed on each bed, tailored to each player. The duvets, the pillow cases and the sheets are washed and ironed by the club, using the same washing powder and the same methods. Wherever the players are, their bed smells and feels the same.
The same applies to food, with the club chef travelling ahead of the squad to each and every hotel. Marginal gains were everything to Cortese.
On the field, the whole team, rather than just the defence and goalkeeper, were awarded clean sheet bonuses in order to promote a team ethic, rather than any division.
Liverpool have announced a multi-million-pound global partnership with the American company Dunkin' Donuts. The managing director, Ian Ayre, said the deal will help the club to compete financially with their major rivals.
"We're delighted to be joining forces with Dunkin' Brands, one of the world's most iconic names. Dunkin' Donuts will be our official coffee, tea and bakery provider and Baskin-Robbins will be our official ice cream provider, we welcome both to the LFC family," said Billy Hogan, Liverpool's chief commercial officer."
Does 7M quid seems a lot for Shane Long?
Seems kind of high to me, but not as high as the 6MM they paid for Jelavic.
However, instead of buying a retread from the British Isles, teams would look for someone in France or Spain.
I'm always confused by this. With the success that Bony and Remy have had, you would think that going into the Eridiviese or Ligue 1 talent pools would be a better solution than the Long's or Holt's of the world.
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