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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:16 pm

Damn, city could have used yaya. They're basically out of it by now
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:37 am

Qballer wrote:Damn, city could have used yaya. They're basically out of it by now

It's back to a 5 point gap now with Chelsea drawing with Burnley. I wouldn't call it over just yet.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool are starting to look a bit like the team of last season. 7 wins and 3 draws in their last 10 league matches, and only 1 loss in their last 17 in all competitions. A huge win at Southampton last night put the top four race wide open again.


Coutinho had a contender for goal of the season

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:12 pm

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One of the reasons Chelsea drew with Burnley. Two clear penalties not given and some cards not given. The red card was deserved, but I understand Matic's fury his career might have ended there if his leg snapped.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:54 pm

Yeah, because Chelsea is the only team that gets unfair treatment from the refs amirite?

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No cards.

There's nothing wrong with the tackle on Matic, as Mourinho said so himself "Football is for men."

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:31 am

I'm not saying Chelsea gets unfair treatment from the refs. Martin Atkinson was really lousy with his refereeing of the match
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:22 am

Seems like terrible officiating has been the norm for the Prem this season, not a match week goes by that at least one game is terribly officiated.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:47 pm

English clubs having a hard time in European Competitions. Chelsea has the highest chance of all the English CL teams to advance.
That Lovren penalty though, makes Southampton look like geniuses.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:20 am

Everton already advanced in Europa League with a 7 goal aggregate.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:05 pm

Ur Boi Bangs Chol wrote:Everton already advanced in Europa League with a 7 goal aggregate.

I forgot how Lukaku was beasting the Young Boys in the Europa League.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:13 am

Liverpool just beat Man City and are now on an 11 game unbeaten streak in the league. Top four is right back on the agenda.

The little magician Coutinho scored another brilliant goal to win it :applaud:

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:03 pm

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:53 am

PSG really deserved the win. Chelsea didn't take advantage of the improper sending off of Ibra.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:45 am

Costa backed off and went to the ref when Ibra looked at him.

It was an equal match with 10 players each side since Cesc disappeared which is usual for him in the 2nd half of the season even with Arsenal and Barcelona.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:03 am

13 games unbeaten for Liverpool now and it's starting to feel like last season again. This time I'd be happy with second place though :lol:

The way Man City are going it looks like there will be a fight for second spot now, not just third and fourth. Tottenham and Southampton are slipping a little bit.

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Liverpool vs Man Utd will be huge next week. I'm glad it's at Anfield.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Ofek99 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:38 pm

who you think favorite to win the European Cups ? i mean champions/ Europa league
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:56 am

I would like to see Atletico win the CL after their dreams were crushed by Real Madrid last year, but I think Bayern will win it. As for the EL I would like to see Wolfsburg win.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:05 pm

stereoxide wrote:I would like to see Atletico win the CL after their dreams were crushed by Real Madrid last year, but I think Bayern will win it. As for the EL I would like to see Wolfsburg win.

The quarter finals have been drawn. A Madrid derby/re-match of last year's final, and Barca against PSG are two great match-ups.

You would expect Bayern and Juventus to win the other games. Unless Porto and Monaco decide to recreate the 2004 final :cheeky:

Paris St-Germain vs Barcelona
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Porto vs Bayern Munich
Juventus vs Monaco


Three eastern European teams still left in the Europa League. I'd like to see either Brugge or Napoli win it (Brugge because they have an Aussie goalkeeper and Napoli because Rafa Benitez manages them). I wouldn't mind seeing Wolfsburg win it if those two can't though.

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:17 am

Phil89 wrote:The quarter finals have been drawn. A Madrid derby/re-match of last year's final, and Barca against PSG are two great match-ups.

Hopefully goal beast Torres will get his goals against Real like he did when Atletico defeated Real at the Copa del Rey.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:48 am

Well, that sucked. No idea what the hell Gerrard was doing. Selfishly dumb thing to do and ruined any chance for Liverpool to get back into the game :shake:

That win was a big step towards fourth spot for Man Utd, although they still have games against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal. It could still be a tight finish.

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:49 pm

I just want United to be deprived of CL football again next season and laugh at all their expensive signings.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:29 pm

Thierry Henry played in the Anfield charity match yesterday. He still has a great touch. And also unsurprisingly Ryan Babel went on to miss the shot after that amazing pass :lol:





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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:46 pm

The top 3 in the premier league looks pretty much set now.

I'm just interested to see if Man City will continue to implode and allow Liverpool, Southampton or Spurs to overtake them and grab fourth spot.

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Even if City do get fourth it's hard to see Pellegrini keeping his job. And half the team will probably be sold to freshen things up.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby zzcoolj21 on Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:20 pm

Phil89 wrote:I'm just interested to see


I think Liverpool will take 4th but everything else will stay as is.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:36 pm

Jurgen Klopp is leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.

You would have to think he'd be top of Man City's list if they choose to replace Manuel Pellegrini next season.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:00 pm

Not unless Ancelotti becomes available if he is sacked by Real.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:16 am

True. Ancelotti did win a treble with Chelsea a few years ago, so he knows how to succeed in England and would be good for City. I wonder if that would open the way for Klopp to join Madrid.


David Luiz obviously didn't learn from the first time this happened :lol:

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:15 pm

Entire Bayern Munich medical team (with their head physio being with the team for 40 years) quit because of reports saying that Pep blamed them for the ass whoopin' they got vs Porto, injuries weakening their team.

Seems like Pep will be available in the market too if they get knocked out of the UCL.


I say:

Pep to City (because I don't see him joining Real Madrid)

Klopp to Real (same as Pep, don't see him joining a rival like Bayern)
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:32 pm

Wow, I hadn't heard that. I knew they were missing several key players through injury, but to blame the medical staff for losing is pathetic by Pep, if true :shake:


Napoli had a big win over Wolfsburg in the Europa League and it looks like Rafa Benitez could win his fourth European trophy. His contract expires at the end of the season, so maybe he could be an outside shot at the Real Madrid job as well (if it becomes vacant).
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:45 pm

Apparently they've been having 'beef' for some time now, even back to when Thiago Alcantara was injured.

Here's Pep applauding them when Benatia got injured vs Leverkusen.

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:41 pm

The semi final draws are out.

Champions League
Barcelona vs Bayern
Real Madrid vs Juventus


Europa League
Sevilla vs Fiorentina
Napoli vs Dnipro


It's hard for me to go past a Barcelona vs Real Madrid final. They have both been so good this season and it would be an epic match.

I think Napoli will win the Europa League.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby formx on Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:14 pm

I want Juve as an underdog and beat Madrid. Although an El Clasico final would be amazing too.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu May 07, 2015 1:22 pm

I can't see anyone stopping Barcelona from winning the CL with the form they are in.

Messi, Suarez & Neymar have 111 goals between them this season. That's 6 more than the entire Chelsea team and only 6 less than Bayern :bowdown2:
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Mon May 11, 2015 1:31 am

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I feel sorry for Gerrard and Liverpool this should have been them last season, and doing the guard of honor for Chelsea makes the pain worse.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby [Q] on Mon May 11, 2015 1:58 am

Phil89 wrote:I can't see anyone stopping Barcelona from winning the CL with the form they are in.

Messi, Suarez & Neymar have 111 goals between them this season. That's 6 more than the entire Chelsea team and only 6 less than Bayern :bowdown2:

Unless Bayern drops 6 goals on them like they did Porto. (Yes, I know Barca is way better than Porto)
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Mon May 11, 2015 1:16 pm

Watch Bayern win the 2nd leg by 4-1 and still get eliminated because of the away goals rule.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon May 11, 2015 4:51 pm

stereoxide wrote:I feel sorry for Gerrard and Liverpool this should have been them last season, and doing the guard of honor for Chelsea makes the pain worse.

At least he got a goal. That was nice, I guess.

Not sure why the commentators went out of their way to praise Chelsea fans for applauding Gerrard when he went off. Especially when half the ground initially booed him when he was heading off.

He summed it up pretty well after the match :lol:



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Phil89 wrote:I can't see anyone stopping Barcelona from winning the CL with the form they are in.

Messi, Suarez & Neymar have 111 goals between them this season. That's 6 more than the entire Chelsea team and only 6 less than Bayern :bowdown2:

Unless Bayern drops 6 goals on them like they did Porto. (Yes, I know Barca is way better than Porto)

Ur Boi Bangs Chol wrote:Watch Bayern win the 2nd leg by 4-1 and still get eliminated because of the away goals rule.

It's hard to see Bayern stopping Barcelona from scoring.

The other match is interesting though because Juventus have a 2-1 lead and Real Madrid aren't in great form. It could go either way and maybe whoever scores the first goal will win.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Thu May 14, 2015 12:31 am

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Thu May 14, 2015 10:43 pm

So it will be Barcelona-Juventus in the CL Final. Morata scoring twice against his former club. Barcelona will be the favorites to win though. I think they can win the treble this year with the way they are playing.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri May 15, 2015 12:14 pm

It's hilariously ironic to see a former Real Madrid youth product knock them out of the CL as their big name signings fail to deliver :lol:

Hopefully Suarez lets his football do the talking because you just know the whole build-up to the match will be about him vs Chiellini and Evra.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

Shouldn't laugh at an 84 year old man falling off a stage like this, but he was ok and got up to present the trophy afterwards.

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby stereoxide on Sun May 17, 2015 9:00 pm

I thought you were going to talk about the horrendous showing by Liverpool in Gerrard's last match in Anfield.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun May 17, 2015 10:28 pm

stereoxide wrote:I thought you were going to talk about the horrendous showing by Liverpool in Gerrard's last match in Anfield.

Why bother? I mentally checked out after United beat us a few weeks ago and top 4 was gone. I expect a similar result away at Stoke to end the season tbh.

Liverpool need a big summer to get back into the champions league fight next season. A beast midfielder and a proper striker to replace Suarez would be a good start.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Mon May 25, 2015 1:58 pm

Phil89 wrote:I expect a similar result away at Stoke to end the season tbh.

I knew the team would play crap, but I wasn't expecting to get smashed 6-1 by Stoke :facepalm2: Feel bad for Gerrard that he had to end his Liverpool career in such a way. He deserved better.


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The failure to replace Luis Suarez and having Sturridge out injured for most of the season killed us. Balotelli and Lambert were failures and no one else could score. We need to sign a quality striker this summer.

Brendan Rodgers looks set to be sacked. Jurgen Klopp to replace him would be great.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:10 pm

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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:06 pm

Transfer season has started!

Rafa Benitez to coach Real Madrid lol.
Jurgen Klopp taking a sabbatical for now.

Memphis Depay to Manchester United even before the league season was over. £25m.

David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Pirlo going to play for NYCFC, a good team to bandwagon in the MLS!

James Milner to Liverpool, free transfer.
Martin Skrtel definitely out with Liverpool after Rodgers offended him by offering Skrtel a pay as you play contract. Unless of course Rodgers gets sacked.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:24 pm

Ur Boi Bangs Chol wrote:Transfer season has started!

Rafa Benitez to coach Real Madrid lol.

As happy as I am for him that he got his dream job, I just can't see it ending well. Ancelotti just got sacked after winning the champions league and it's going to be hard for Rafa to win the league against such a good Barcelona team.


Jurgen Klopp taking a sabbatical for now.

Can't blame him for taking a break. Things kind of derailed at Dortmund after that Champions League final loss.


David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Pirlo going to play for NYCFC, a good team to bandwagon in the MLS!

I'm surprised that Xavi went for the oil money in Qatar instead of going to the MLS as well.


James Milner to Liverpool, free transfer.
Martin Skrtel definitely out with Liverpool after Rodgers offended him by offering Skrtel a pay as you play contract. Unless of course Rodgers gets sacked.

Milner seems to be another Jordan Henderson type. Not very exciting or highly skilled, but gives 100% every game and is a solid player. He did impress me in the few Man City games I saw last season though, and he'll offer more to the team than Gerrard did last season at least.

I wouldn't really care if Skrtel left. Except he is our best defender and rarely gets injured. So hopefully it gets sorted out or even better - Dejan Lovren magically remembers how to defend :lol:


Not to mention the Raheem Sterling saga. I've got no idea how that will turn out. Apart from the fact that he'll only leave if a big offer comes in - like Suarez.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:21 pm

Xavi following Guardiola's advice and doing what Guardiola did when he left Barcelona.
Besides, Xavi was probably offered a lot of tax-free money and 'hidden' bonuses that even the government couldn't find.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Menopauss on Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:18 am

What a disgrace. It's just so retarded how bias the refa are in every major football occasion for a certain team. If that's not a penalty I don't know what is. Barca players jump like monkeys on the Neymar handball and not a certain card is shown. What a joke. Such a shame the best player in the world has to play in such obviously rigged competitions.
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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:43 pm

Really? If it was rigged why didn't Vidal get a red card or Neymar's handball goal count? The penalty looked 50/50 to me. Alves had his arm on Pogba's back, but he didn't seem to grab his shirt or pull him down.


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Re: General Football/Soccer Talk

Postby bigh0rt on Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:23 am

Regardless of that penalty no call, it certainly felt like every single call went Barcelona's way and that Juventus couldn't buy a call from the officials. I wouldn't say rigged, but the game was officiated slanting Barcelona's way from whistle to whistle. Juventus dominated a good portion of the match, following their early concession and into the first 10 - 15 minutes of the second half. They had the better of the play, had chances, but couldn't capitalize outside of their early equalizer. Barcelona's midfield and back line I feel are very overrated, and they get by having such offensive firepower with those three, and really just Messi, as he orchestrates many of their goals, including the deciding one that Suarez finished. A true World Class goalkeeper parries that outside of the penalty area or holds onto it, though, I feel, not deflecting it to the six yard area for a sitter. Again, I've always felt Gianluigi was an overrated bum.

Suarez is still a pariah. A true scumbag in every sense of the word, deciding goal or not.
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