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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:10 pm

SoF'nAwesome wrote:No love for the Embappe era, Phil? Thread fell off :lol:

I liked him, until he pulled a Durant and joined PSG.

Funnily enough Renato Sanches flopped at Bayern and is now on loan at Swansea :wink:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:58 pm

The PSG-Warriors comparison is not accurate, PSG ain't gonna beat Barca or Real when the time comes. They are juggernauts yes, but not unstoppable. It would actually be hilarious if they get knocked out by Barca.

My man Robben didn't deserve to go out like that. Don't know what the fuck has been up with that Netherlands team.

As for the leagues, I didn't expect Madrid to struggle like that after their last season. Bayern and Juve are not having it easy like they have for the past years. Mourinho still chasing Guardiola and my nigga Wenger still around, somehow :lol:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:01 pm

But they have dominated the French league recently and just took their rival's best player. That's all I meant.

They still suck in the champions league :mrgreen:


The Italian league actually looks interesting this year with Juventus not racing ahead. Napoli, Inter, Lazio and Roma all look like strong challengers. AC Milan's big spending hasn't really helped much though :wink:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:04 pm

Which team are you rooting for in the CL? :D
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:46 pm

This is the first time in years that I'm actually following the CL closely, because Liverpool are finally back in it (Y)

I don't think we can win it because our defense is horrible. But our attackers (Coutinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino) are so fun to watch.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:35 pm

All the teams for the 2018 world cup are now decided.

Italy, Netherlands, USA and Chile are the biggest names who missed out


Asia: Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
Africa: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
North/Central America: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru
Europe: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:52 pm

Sad to see the Netherlands not make it. USA sucks
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:30 am

No Italy probably the biggest shocker of the qualifying stage.

Imma put my early bet on Germany or France for the WC, what about you guys?

Phil89, if Harry Kewell still played, I would have supported Australia and only Australia for the WC :lol:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:15 am

[Q] wrote:Sad to see the Netherlands not make it. USA sucks

I feel bad that Australia had to struggle through playoff games against Syria and Honduras to make it, but surely the USA only really had Mexico as competition. What happened there?

SoF'nAwesome wrote:No Italy probably the biggest shocker of the qualifying stage.

Imma put my early bet on Germany or France for the WC, what about you guys?

Phil89, if Harry Kewell still played, I would have supported Australia and only Australia for the WC :lol:

Kewell was a beast when he wasn't injured, which was sadly not often. As an Aussie and a Liverpool supporter his injuries were really frustrating to watch.

But we still have old man Tim Cahill carrying our team. We literally have no other competent goalscorers :oops:


I'd probably go with one of the regulars (Argentina, Germany, France). Not sure how Brazil will handle the weather in Russia.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:38 am

USA didn't play with a sense of urgency and got outhustled and outplayed by Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras and Panama came back from deficits to seal the deal

It's difficult to say what needs to be done but this is seriously the 5th most popular sport in this country so no one really takes it seriously. We would've had a better shot bringing players from the women's team

I'm rooting for Ronaldo and Portugal to win
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:36 pm

USA is light-years behind in terms of soccer. I cannot see them becoming an actual threat til 2030.

As for CR7, it seems unlikely. In this season, he just turned into an average player. I would like for Messi to win one but he chokes in the blue-white jersey so...
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:41 pm

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There doesn't seem to be a "group of death" this time. They all look pretty even, especially groups A and H.

I'm pretty happy with the draw that Australia got. France will destroy us, but we can beat Peru. The Denmark game will probably be crucial.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:14 pm

Argentina and Brazil will have it easy. Group B probably the most intense group. Group A & H are filler groups :lol:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:24 am

Group F looks like the toughest group. I'm rooting for Portugal
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:53 pm

Is Sweden even that good without Zlatan?
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:20 am

Sweden qualified for the World Cup without him after not qualifying in the last two World Cups with him playing in the qualifiers.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:46 pm

Well, in defense of Zlatan, they had to face Cristiano in 2014 and I don't think he was that godlike in 2010. However, good point.

In my eyes, 2002 WC Sweden will always be the GOAT Sweden squad. Ljungberg, Mellberg, Allbäck, Svensson & obviously Larson.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:14 pm

He was already a good player then scoring 20 goals a season for teams like Barcelona in its prime, Inter and Milan before Serie A became a cesspool like it is now.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:26 pm

After six months Liverpool finally agree a deal for Virgil van Dijk. A new world record fee for a defender - apparently £75 million :shock:

That's probably double what he is actually worth, but fixing our defense is the top priority and if he is the guy to do that then I don't really care what he cost.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:32 pm

Is Coutinho finally leaving? I hate soccer transfer rumors because even stuff that's reported as "done deals" don't always happen
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:29 pm

eventually but not in january i think
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:24 pm

He definitely isn't going anywhere this month, despite how much Barcelona will try to manufacture it.

It's probably 50/50 that he goes at the end of the season. There are a lot of factors that could influence his decision.

- How Liverpool play in the second half of the season. Champions league qualification is essential to keep him.
- Who we sign in the Summer. Van Dijk is a statement signing, as is Naby Keita. Couple more quality players could convince him that we are legit threat for the league.
- Will Barcelona even have 150m odd to spend? They try every trick in the book to lower the prices of their targets, but the Liverpool owners have already shown they won't budge.

I really hope he stays for a few more seasons because he is brilliant to watch.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:00 pm

i just need to understand why barca even need to replace neymar :lol:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:43 pm

Even the best teams need to replace their stars eventually. Messi, Suarez and Pique are all 30, Iniesta and Mascherano are 33, Rakitic, Paulinho and Busquets are all 29.

I almost forgot that they signed Dembele to replace Neymar. Probably because he got injured early on and hasn't played since.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:33 pm

Nike just leaked Coutinho is now a Barcelona player in their store page.
Been fixed already, you can no longer order his jersey as a Barcelona player.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:59 pm

Until something is announced on the Liverpool website I'm just going to ignore all the Coutinho speculation. It would make no sense to sell him halfway through the season.


Mo Salah has 17 goals and 5 assists in 21 league games now. He is basically playing at the same level as 2013-14 Suarez :bowdown2:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:56 pm

Phil89 wrote:Until something is announced on the Liverpool website I'm just going to ignore all the Coutinho speculation.

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-t ... -leave-lfc
Liverpool Football Club today issued the following statement regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms.

The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.


Well, there we go.


£142 million fee.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... -liverpool
Barcelona have put together a package worth a basic fee of £106m, plus a further £36m in variables of which £26m should be easily met. After the £105m basic, an additional £17m would be payable for the first 100 games Coutinho plays for Barcelona, £4.4m per 25 games. A further £4.4m would be paid for Champions League qualification in the first two seasons with a £4.4m bonus for winning the competition.



Apparently it was Klopp's decision to sell him because he didn't want the distraction in the dressing room. Now he has to sign a quality replacement to justify it.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:09 pm

This transfer proves that money, especially £142m, will always make sense even if selling a player halfway in the season.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:45 pm

I read somewhere that the owners left the decision up to Klopp, and I guess that he figured that he can sign a quality replacement and it won't affect our top 4 chances.

Now for 3 weeks of media speculation about who we will sign :crazy:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:35 pm

i don't understand the barca perspective. they have already won the league and they won't be able to play coutinho in the cl, so why now?
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:02 pm

SoF'nAwesome wrote:i don't understand the barca perspective. they have already won the league and they won't be able to play coutinho in the cl, so why now?

Who knows? Probably just because they could.


Liverpool ended Man City's unbeaten league run in typical fashion. Go 4-1 up playing brilliant football, then concede two late goals and almost choke the win away :lol: :applaud:
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