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The Great/Big Football (Soccer) Thread: 18/19 Edition: Maybe THIS is our year.

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Johnnyseattle, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. The Waco Kid

    The Waco Kid Groundskeeper

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    I liked seeing Arsenal lose, though hated seeing Chelsea win.

    At least Kane broke his August thing... COYS!
     
  2. Nevermind

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    What a ghastly game that was yesterday.

    If you‘re a ManUnited fan, that is. If you happen to support Tottenham, I would like to congratulate you and offfer my heartfelt thanks for helping us to possibly get rid of Mou a bit quicker.

    Lukaku‘s blunders aside – which constitute an issue entirely unto itself – ManUnited were brutally outplayed in the second half. They lacked energy, wit, quality, creativity and, most condemning of all, a sound plan. Which was precisely what Tottenham had when they came out of the break after a less than stellar previous display.

    Mourinho’s ridiculous meltdown after the match didn‘t exactly help, either. Maybe someone should inform him that he has just as many league titles to his name as the "specialist in failure" Wenger, and never even came close to another after his final Chelsea side disintegrated into its component parts. If I wasn‘t still convinced of his undeservedly massive ego, I would almost say that he knows he‘s past it and hasn‘t quite figured out how to handle that fact yet.


    Anyways, I‘m now looking forward to attending Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s testimonial tonight, which will be my first – and, for the time being, only – look at a thoroughly refurbished Allianz Arena. I‘m quite sure Mourinho won‘t want to face that, either.
     
  3. Zeelthor

    Zeelthor Scissor Me Timbers

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    I've no real issue with United, but watching Mourinho fail gives me a great deal of joy.
     
  4. theronin

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    It's happening people. River Plate vs Boca Juniors in a Copa Libertadores final for the first time ever. The most historic rivalry in South America on the biggest stage. Buenos Aires is going to be a complete shitshow, and it's going to be great.
     
  5. Jarizok

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    Most of you are probably watching Dortmund - Spurs if you’re watching football at all rn, but I have to enjoy this while I can:

    Real Madrid 0 - 2 Ajax (2-3)

    Utter beauties as well.

    (Okay so maybe the first one wasn’t that special, whatever!)
     
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    Real‘s impending doom (1:4 now) would feel especially sweet (and admittedly, hilarious) to me considering today‘s news from the German national team – ICYMI: Hummels, Boateng and Müller are all OUT.

    Now, either Boateng or Hummels I would have understood, but all three at once reeks of upheaval for the sake of upheaval, following Khedira’s exit last year. There would have been a time and place for a culling like this, either following the disastrous World Cup or after the perhaps even more disastrous Nations League campaign, but mid-March and right before some of Bayern’s most important games of the year is terrible timing and, more importantly, poor leadership on Löw‘s part.

    Meanwhile, Toni Kroos will almost certainly be allowed to play cross pass number 1,704,563. All of this is particularly egregious to me considering Löw & Bierhoff explicitly said that Hummels, Boateng and Müller would not fit the new fast attacking play style of the German squad. If they don’t fit that vision, then Kroos most certainly doesn’t either. Much like Özil, Kroos has the occasional moment of brilliance, but I will never understand how he acquired the reputation of some tactical mastermind. He‘s a decent defender when he can be bohered, good at set-pieces and moving the ball horizontally and occasionally laterally, but that is about it. Certainly nothing that elevates him above any of the others in terms of positional abilities.

    Rant over.
     
  7. raobuntu

    raobuntu Second Year

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    I think the same here goes for Neuer. He's the only player over 30 left on the squad. If this culling is really going to go through, Neuer should be a part of it. He was the world's undisputed best from 2013-16, but he hasn't been the same since the injury. Ter Stegen is noticeably better, and really should be the #1.
     
  8. Nevermind

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    I don’t necessarily disagree with regard to recent form. However, I’m much more inclined to give a goalkeeper the benefit of the doubt than any other position player, particularly when said goalkeeper is the team captain and also one of such distinguished status as Neuer. Ter Stegen has undoubtedly been very, very good this year, but it would be remiss to not point out the fact that ever since his return, Neuer had to deal with a defense that was more often than not just one competent pass away from imminent collapse. And that goes for the national and international level. I would also like to note that Neuer has looked a lot better since the winter break. If he doesn’t make any egregious mistakes (like Kahn did in 2005/06, the last time there was an open fight between the established Number One and the pretender), I would argue that he’s still the guy to be trusted for 2020. It is also my firm belief that, given that I do not think that Qatar 2022 still holds much interest to him after 2014, he will retire from international football after 2020 to focus on the twilight years of his club career (and not run the risk of being overshadowed precisely by someone like ter Stegen at the international level), so the question could be moot soon anyways.
     
  9. Nevermind

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    That was a kick in the teeth. Outmatched and outclassed in every aspect of the game by Klopp and his men. I hope that this can be at least a useful lesson, and not a sign of things to come…

    Also… yeah, I think Bayern has a goalkeeper problem.
     
  10. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

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    Wrong thread, sorry about that
     
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  11. Xiph0

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    The fuck does this have to do with soccer?
     
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  12. Oment

    Oment The Betrayer

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    Okay, kicking this again.

    Ajax. What the fuck.
     
  13. Johnnyseattle

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    Gonna be a real interesting draw next round. Strange to think the club I want to see the least might be Ajax of all people. Least you know what you're getting with City/Tottenham/Barca.

    Insert obligatory "if we make it past Porto, that is" here.
     
  14. Oment

    Oment The Betrayer

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    Liverpool's guaranteed to end up into Barca if they don't blunder their advantage, I believe.
     
  15. Nosss

    Nosss Seventh Year

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    Yep, semi draws been have already done. Barcelona vs Liverpool/Porto and Ajax vs City/Spurs. Would be no real surprise to me for Ajax to make the final after the way the dealt with Madrid and Just. They're playing carefree and with nothing to lose because they haven't got any expectations and that makes them incredibly dangerous.
     
  16. Oment

    Oment The Betrayer

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    Well, err... That was a match in Manchester. Sheesh.
     
  17. Jarizok

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    Not only are Ajax in the semi final of the champions league, it’s actually possible to say with a straight face that they’re the favorites to advance. Utter insanity.

    I’m going to try and snatch a ticket for the home game.
     
  18. Seratin

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    Someone please for the love of everything good in this world please make sure it's a Barca/Ajax final.
     
  19. Johnnyseattle

    Johnnyseattle Death Eater DLP Supporter

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    Hey, get fucked. :)
     
  20. Zeelthor

    Zeelthor Scissor Me Timbers

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    Just do not let fucking Tottenham win.
     
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