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re: Usain Bale / Gareth Bolt
Posted by wm72 on 4/17 at 5:53 pm
Bartra wasn't nearly so close. :lol: Probably made Maicon feel a little younger. ...

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re: ESPN 30 for 30 "Hillsborough" in game thread
Posted by wm72 on 4/17 at 2:12 pm
Yeah, I was sure it's what you meant but it's an important distinction to make since the press often conflates the two in service of a sensationalism that often has a political motivation. Though certainly violent toward other firms and at odds with the police, it's also true that the "mindless...

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re: Pep leaving Bayern?!?
Posted by wm72 on 4/17 at 1:57 pm
Bayern should bring Hotcakes back. Pep's a great manager but Bayern were a lot more fun to watch the last couple of years. ...

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re: ESPN 30 for 30 "Hillsborough" in game thread
Posted by wm72 on 4/17 at 1:47 pm
I assume you're talking about their firms (to not confuse them with the much larger percentage of normal fans). Yes they were already among those you mention. In fact, probably a lot more infamous around Europe since they played there a lot more than the others. They were particularly well known ...

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re: Bale vs Neymar
Posted by wm72 on 4/17 at 11:05 am
Bale's sprint was impressive but at the same time one had to wonder, as did darke and macca, if Real would have had 2 or 3 by then if #7 had been involved on all those breakaways....

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re: ESPN 30 for 30 "Hillsborough" in game thread
Posted by wm72 on 4/16 at 9:36 pm
[quote]That and the city of Liverpool was a bastion of the labor party and the conservatives would stop at nothing to paint that area in a bad light. [/quote] Exactly, and more than only due to Heysel. There was a very strong class slant in the media campaign against hooliganism in those days wh...

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re: NYCFC may spend 3 years at Yankee Stadium
Posted by wm72 on 4/15 at 12:45 pm
:lol: the field at Yankee stadium seemed almost that small. on the bright side, they'll have 3 years to save money before needing any wingers or fullbacks. ...

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re: NYCFC may spend 3 years at Yankee Stadium
Posted by wm72 on 4/15 at 12:23 pm
I went to that City v Chelsea friendly there and the field certainly seemed a lot more narrow than regulation. Maybe all the awkward angles and the huge empty centerfield space made it seem worse but it wasn't aesthetically comfortable to say the least. Sure doesn't seem like an ideal way to k...

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re: New Soccer Fan - HELP!
Posted by wm72 on 4/14 at 6:10 pm
[quote]the dude mentioned that the ,"Raves" stopped English hooliganism almost completely, [/quote] There's definitely seems to be less than in the past, particularly around the glamour clubs and at least when they play in England. Orwellian surveillance even in city streets around the gro...

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re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw
Posted by wm72 on 4/11 at 6:11 pm
[quote] Even now, with the increasing wealth most games are still headless-chicken style matches, shite on a stick stuff. I get irritated after 10 minutes and turn it off.[/quote] Sounds like Ray Hudson may have posted that. :lol:...

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re: Gooch comeback?
Posted by wm72 on 4/11 at 11:10 am
[quote]Gooch wasn't terrible in that game, Brooks was the culprit for most of the bad things that happened.[/quote] Yeah, Brooks was awful in that match. ...

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re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw
Posted by wm72 on 4/11 at 10:59 am
The problem with this stuff is always that UEFA has enough vague rules that there is always something they can point out but seldom a clear one that everyone knows. Italian FIGC is just as bad--see the recent Destro suspension for hitting Astori where the main difference in his suspension and t...

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re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw
Posted by wm72 on 4/11 at 10:25 am
They "shouldn't" but this is what it comes down to from UEFA I'd imagine. Courtois may be owned by Chelsea but he's an Atletico player in pretty much every neutral fans' experience since he's played around 150 matches for them and 0 for Chelsea. UEFA will try to find/create whatever rule t...

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re: Leeds New Owner Massimo Cellino is Cooler than you will ever be
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 8:46 pm
[img]http://www.ramonestory.it/images/cellino2_05_09_2011.jpg[/img][img]http://lanuovasardegna.gelocal.it/polopoly_fs/1.7182695.1370168889!/httpImage/image._gen/derivatives/landscape_250/image.[/img]...

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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 2:28 pm
My main concern with picking Belgium to do any better than winning a first knockout match is simply that they'd most likely get Argentina at that point. Or, they'll likely get Germany in the first knockout round if they don't win their group....

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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 10:27 am
[quote]It's stacked by the standards of those who watch the Premier League and recognize the names. They'll get out of the group stages. I can't see them get much further than that, especially if an underrated Russia team beats them in the group. Chile is the team that scares Spain and Netherl...

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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 10:09 am
[quote]Let's just put this out on the table. Belgium will not win the World Cup. European teams have a hard enough time winning in South America and I don't foresee Belgium being the one to break through. [/quote] Yeah, I kind of agree. Even a run to the semis would be a tall order. Belgium ...

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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 10:01 am
[quote]Have only seen him play once or twice but was impressed. He is really solid.[/quote] I follow Cagliari a bit and had hoped Roma would get him for a couple of years. He's really a perfect midfielder for a pressuring, quick attack style. Elite ball winner, fast, strong, tireless and decept...

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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates
Posted by wm72 on 4/10 at 8:59 am
[quote]Also think there is a place for Mirallas in that midfield.[/quote] and certainly Naingollan. as well as Mertens. Belgium is a such an overwhelmingly popular dark horse that one may well say they are among the favorites. ...

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re: Why isn't more soccer on television?
Posted by wm72 on 4/6 at 5:54 pm
[quote]It's such a lazy, cheap gimmick by FOX. [/quote] Exactly. He's so bad it's not only distracting but almost unbearable. And now that he's learning more "English" terms to uneasily throw in like "getting joy" it's exponentially worse. I wish FOX had zero matches I cared to watch....

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re: Why isn't more soccer on television?
Posted by wm72 on 4/6 at 3:25 pm
[quote]I have a number of complaints that are more nitpicky than anything, because their commentators are usually well prepared to do their jobs: [/quote] I tend to agree with every on of these complaints with the exception of Phil really being "well prepared" Unlike a lot of people ...

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re: Why isn't more soccer on television?
Posted by wm72 on 4/5 at 9:23 pm
I got Direct TV just to get BeIn when it started. It's in their sports package in my area but all TV is really a rip off considering the few things most really care about seeing. Still, as a Roma fan, it's hard to complain about BeIN as they'll show 35 of Roma's 38 fixtures this year as well a...

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re: Couple of questions from someone new to the game(long)
Posted by wm72 on 4/3 at 7:17 pm
[quote]First, how would you simply rate the major European leagues if you had to list them according to overall strength?[/quote] Probably the most important thing is to realize that the 4 you mention are simply the top 4 leagues. There's a ton of debate about the strongest but the highest...

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re: Do you believe the US will win a World Cup in your lifetime?
Posted by wm72 on 3/31 at 10:34 pm
[quote]Spain didn't have a bad day against us. We defended our butts off collectively as a team[/quote] It's a good point about not knocking our team too much. However, there's just an immense leap from winning a friendly or Conf Cup match against a power to beating 2 or 3 of them in a row i...

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re: Do you believe the US will win a World Cup in your lifetime?
Posted by wm72 on 3/29 at 11:54 pm
[quote]I don't think there's any chance at all.[/quote] Maybe there's a slight chance but things would need to change dramatically in terms of the type/quality players we produce, say, 30 years from now. However, consider how long it took powers like France and Spain (who only has one other ...

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re: Match Day 3/26
Posted by wm72 on 3/27 at 12:32 am
by the way, that flick from Rakitic to get by Pepe is beautiful. ...

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re: AS Roma new Stadium
Posted by wm72 on 3/26 at 11:20 pm
The hydraulic lift is in all the schematics and gladiators rose into the Colosseum that way so who knows. . . If they do have it, it would be better if the team comes up in a chariot ....

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re: Match Day 3/26
Posted by wm72 on 3/26 at 11:15 pm
[quote] Nah, he was taken off just prior to this, but Ancelotti brought on Isco which just compounded the problem. The midfielder tracking back looks like Xabi. That's his top speed.[/quote] I didn't get to see the match as I had a long day at work. I get sending on Isco and opening your...

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re: This got an athlete an A- at UNC
Posted by wm72 on 3/26 at 11:07 pm
[quote] you frickwads who constantly frick up and say "your an idiot." their so stupid [/quote] morans the lot of them...

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re: Match Day 3/26
Posted by wm72 on 3/26 at 10:58 pm
Yeah, see what you mean . . . Is that Illarramendi observing Pepe's challenge from about 5 yards away until it's too late? EDIT: On 2nd look, he is running just not very fast. Varane needed to step up and take care of business as well. ...

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