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  1. Premier League Predictions 2016-17 - Sep 1 deadline

  2. Summer Olympics 2016 Brazil

    Just outdone by Canada smashing Japan 45-0. And for those that don't know, Rugby sevens are seven aside with seven minute halves. Massive score.
  3. Premier League Predictions 2016-17 - Sep 1 deadline

    Pfft, easy. Man City Arsenal Spurs Man United Chelsea Leicester Liverpool West Ham Southampton Stoke Everton Watford West Brom Middlesbrough Burnley Bournemouth Crystal Palace Swansea Sunderland Hull
  4. Football Thread 2016/17

    Happy first day of the season everyone! *English season only **Not including West Ham last night ***But does include all leagues, so up yours, glory boy prem supporters
  5. 80 From the 80s - PAPERBACK EDITION out NOW!

    I've just finished the ebook and I've gotta say, it was utterly fantastic. Genuinely fascinating and properly engaging all at once. Good work Gooseman. I'd buy a '70 from the 70s' or a '90 from the 90s' in a heartbeat.
  6. Rivalries between teams are both unique and yet utterly uniform. The cheering in those videos is nothing we haven't seen between the Glasgow clubs, or Swansea v Cardiff, or Man City v Man United, or Portsmouth v Southampton, or Millwall v West Ham, or Millwall v Chelsea, or Chelsea v Fulham, or Chelsea v QPR, or Forest v Derby, or AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons... or plenty of others up & down the country and up & down the leagues. In fact, if that's those videos are the prime evidence, I reckon the majority of the list above have far worse.
  7. I'm with Fry on this. It's pretty weird. It feels very much like you're insulting all teams in the championship or lower too. You're picking out Brighton as a sign of misery - last season Brighton came within 2 games of being a Premiership side and Sunderland were 2 games from being a Championship side, so it's not like there's huge oceans of footballing prestige between the two of you. And I'm not buying the 'non-mackems don't get it' line either. Plenty of teams have rivalries at the same level of intensity.
  8. I can't be the only one who reads the phrase 'Hamper Scam' and instantly has Ram Jam's seminal hit 'Black Betty' start playing in my head, right?
  9. Summer transfer window 2016

    And in amongst all that, Mr Klopp has to challenge for the champions league spots or be sacked from his brand-new 6-year contract. Plus Koeman at Everton ruining some parties.
  10. I'm pretty firmly in the Not Hoddle camp. He was poor at Spurs and awful drastically underachieved at Wolves in the championship. He hasn't managed in 11 years and I question whether he still has the desire to conquer all before him, which is surely a vital metal trait in being a top level manager. Also, his comments about disabled people. People who believe the things he said should not be anywhere near a national institution like the England team. I don't really like that he gets to be on TV still. But on the other hand, I do believe people can change and should be given a second chance if they've paid their penance. Has he ever apologised properly, shown genuine remorse and spoken of changed views?
  11. Lots of reports that Klinsmann is in talks. I'm not convinced. By all accounts, he had a strong hand in rebuilding the set-up behind the scenes in Germany which is clearly admirable. But the FA are already doing this, they had a complete overhaul of youth development a few years ago, the results of which we should see in the next few years. We don't need someone to come in on this. We need someone who will develop a system for the first team and be a strong manager of the players at his disposal. If we're bringing him in to create a future project, where there's no pressure to perform in Russia in two year's time, then OK. But given the noises coming from the FA over this Euro's, when we had the youngest squad at the tournament, I wouldn't bet on it.
  12. I've been thinking about the whole 'pashun' thing. It's something that's demanded by fans and media alike, but no-one can define it further. It can't be wanting the players to care, because they quite patently do care. There's no way anyone plays at the top level without a crazed desire to win every game. And it can't be simply running around a bit more, because whenever anyone does that (Rooney vs Iceland for example), they are criticised for poor positioning or even 'trying too hard'. So I think what people mean when they demand passion, is actually quick transitional attacking play - i.e. breaking forward quickly and attacking directly after winning the ball back. A fluid team shape in attack and risky passes in the final third that try to unlock a defence before they are re-organised. That's what gets the fans cheering and clapping and those are the bits the media tend to highlight when talking about the pros of a performance. Oddly, I think that's been England's strongest part of their play under Hodgson - a settled attack phase hasn't ever looked that convincing and the less said about our defensive plans the better. On the other hand, for all his other faults, it is a tactical area that a certain Sam Allardyce excels in. Long-ball at Bolton and the recent counter-attacking success at Sunderland being two prime examples. And despite his gruff exterior, he does seem to be a manager who strives to improve his own tactics and thinking. I mean, is it just me or does last season's Sunderland team have more than a shade of Simeone's Atletico in them? So maybe, just maybe, Big Sam wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. God, writing that last sentence has made me feel very dirty.
  13. Euro 2016 thread

  14. Euro 2016 thread

    So far, this is what they call 'cagey'.
  15. Euro 2016 thread

    This game feels like it's going to be decided by a mistake.