The Ongoing Serie A, La Liga, All English Football, Champions League Thread - - - - - - - - - - - Part 20

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  1. Grommers

    Grommers Well-Known Member

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    He's 32..His birthday just passed.

    So, He'll be 36 turning 37 the next worldcup.

    Really hard to say for a player of his skill, and sweden's lack there of. It would be more if Zlatan wants too. And he'll make some outlandish remark on why he is or isn't. And thats what I'm most looking forward too.

    I really think its between Argentina, Germany, Spain, and Brazil this year. With Brazil being the favorites imo, and argentina second.


    If Germany can avoid italy they'll be good.

    Mexico and USA can also upset, and I have to imagine, England won't do so hot as they just don't have quality that they need to compete on the world stage anymore. To many bruisers, and not enough technical ability, may win you one or two matches against a top team, but not to consistently win.


    Spain will be with Xabi and Xavi, that is the big key that was missing from the confederations cup, between those two they averaged more passes between each other than entire teams did in the course of a game.

    Lionel will likely lead argentina, but they will have to ensure they are more on the attack then there opponents, which is where they will have some issues against teams like Spain, who are in no rush to attack.





    Oh well, back to the domestic leagues this weekend as all worldcup qualifiers are now qualified i believe.
     
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  2. Iceman

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    I couldn't name a full starting 11 for Argentina, Germany & Brazil at the moment. Shows how far behind I've fallen, used to know everything about international football back when World Cups were the best sporting events. And all these complaints we've had about England in years past. Now we really are bad with hardly any world class players in the starting 11. In 2006 we had at least 9 great players.
     
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  3. Van Petrol

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    That is true, but I still don't think that should really be any excuse. Wenger is a top coach and should be able to handle those kinds of multiple threats, rather than relying on flourishing against weaker and less competition. Yeah, you're probably right, but I do think United could push closer than just for the top 4.


    Yeah, I agree. The power really is shifting to Deutschland.


    Agreed, I'm looking forward to him and Ozil linking up.
     
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  4. Hunter Rider

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    Wenger also had less money to build with though in fairness, this is the first summer he's extended himself in the market. Truth is we both tend to err on the side of extreme caution with out teams prospects lol, we'll see come the end of the season but just from an outside point of view I feel Ar4senal are the strongest they have been in nearly a decade as a unit.

    Podolski left, Ozil as the #10 and Cazorla right with Ramsey and Arteta in the CM roles when everyone is fit?
     
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  5. Van Petrol

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    True, but I would have expected our sides, notably some of the stronger ones (i.e. in 2007-2008 and then 2010-2011) to have put up a better fight (mentality-wise), considering we were doing pretty well throughout, only to implode at the last knockings. The 'apparent' experience should have really come into play, and paid divends, especially in those instances, I feel.


    Unfortunately, it's likely to be Cathorla at left wing, Ozzy in #10 role and Wall-E at right wing. Arteta and Ramsey are likely to be the CM's, with Flaminina filling in, and/or rotating.
     
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  6. Iceman

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    Flamini & Rosicky will hopefully get a fair number of games. Someone like Oxlade-Chamberlain might struggle to get in the team though now with quite a few guys ahead of him. Who have Arsenal got this weekend?
     
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  7. Iceman

    Iceman Daffy Duck Vs The Joker

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    Latest from Zlatan:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports...watching_without_him.html#JcWGVUsJqa8xxYDP.99
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the World Cup isn't worth watching without him


    :woot:
     
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  8. Grommers

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    He's so incredibly funny to laugh at, not with. I don't think he gets that.


    My favorite line was after Beckham said he was donating his salary to charity, Zlatan comes out and says that he's also donating his salary to charity...the chairty of zlatan, and all of france should donate there salaries to zlatan as well.
     
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  9. Van Petrol

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    Agreed. We've got Southampton, so a rather tricky match-up to negotiate.


    Agreed. Another gem was when he was asked what he would be getting his girlfriend for Christmas. He replied, "Nothing...She already has Zlatan".
     
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  10. Fallen Angel

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    Nice to know this place has a proper football thread.:o
     
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  11. Iceman

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    I dunno, I think I'm laughing with him. Some of these statements are awesome!
    Hahaha. And where will Southampton be if they win?!

    Welcome! Who do you support?
     
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  12. Fallen Angel

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    The Bantams (Bradford City) Where 8th in League 1. None of that premier League stuff.:o
     
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  13. Hunter Rider

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    Do you think that was a case of lacking leaders on the pitch in those teams though? Now with the BFG, Arteta, Konscielny and Wilshire there seems to be some bigger personalities in their together to help lead the rest.

    Ah I forgot about your buddy Wally, I don't know though, I think he's better off the bench when the game gets stretched.
     
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  14. Iceman

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    Ha, have you been to home games? Would be interested to know what the atmosphere's like. What's your average gate in League 1?
     
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    Welcome to the thread Fallen Angel, great to have another non-Premier League fan on here even if he is a cocks fan :oldrazz:

    On another note

    PULIS IS BACK BABY!!!!

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  16. Fallen Angel

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    Atmosphere's been decent and I get to games when I'm up there. Live down in London now. Average about 14,000 I'd guess we do have one of the larger grounds in the lower leagues.
     
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  17. Van Petrol

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    He should be able to get the best out of Chamakh, as he excelled as a target man with his head more than his feet.
     
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  18. Iceman

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    Everton 3 - 3 Liverpool
    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
    Newcastle 2 -1 Norwich :woot:

    and wait for it

    Hull 0 - 1 Crystal Palace!!!!!
     
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  19. Van Petrol

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    Probably part of the reason, but considering the manager, and that most of those players had been around some of the invincibles and been through the heartache and trials and tribulations, they would have at least learnt from that and gotten stronger (mentality-wise). The manager needs to instill that in them. What I think is a factor now, is that although Wenger may have changed tact and gotten a bit more tougher and eager, having Steve Bould as his number 2 is giving off that 'winning and never give up' mentality that the players are picking up on. He challenges Wenger, which probably also make him up his game more. Pat Rice was always just a yes man, he didn't have the backbone to stand up and challenge Le Proff like Bouldy has.


    He'll be back in a starting berth in no time, imo. I read that apparently Wenger feels we don't need another striker, as Walcott is now an option. I almost threw up. He plays best up top, when he has someone to play off of, who will draw players and create space for him (i.e. in a 4-4-2). Him as a lone striker is quite frankly laughable. The guy has pace that can roast almost any defender, yet he still gets caught in the offside trap quite often.
     
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  20. Iceman

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    Cool. What are your chances of going up?
     
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  21. Fallen Angel

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    We have a slight chance we've moved into the last play off spot after beating that fake club MK Dons today 3-2. We only got promoted last season from League 2 so it's all about consolidating our status in this division for a couple of seasons.
     
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  22. Hunter Rider

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    I was impressed with Barkley today, he was playing deeper than he has for most of the season and really helped drive Everton forward from midfield. Classic derby overall and Mignolet made some good saves in the second half, but I think Lukakau and Deulofeu should have done more with the clear cut opportunities.
     
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  23. kit1982

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    I never thought I'd say it but AVB's got to go, to spend that much money and get so little in return is unforgiveable.
     
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  24. chamber-music

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    That Liverpool v Everton game was awesome.

    Boruc trying to take on Giroud :funny:

    Too many keepers think they got skill these days. If in doubt kick it out. Not that I'm complaining as a Arsenal fan.
     
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    If only we could win away...
     
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