| Soccer Board|| re: Net #'s after the window closed - wm72 on 9/2/14 at 4:25 pm|
Looks like FFP works.
Exactly as designed.
look at the last 10 years[/quote]
I'm just saying that FFP's main premise is to preserve the old guard of super clubs from third world ol...
| Soccer Board|| re: Net #'s after the window closed - wm72 on 9/2/14 at 2:37 pm|
[quote]United £113,200,000, [/quote]
[quote]Looks like FFP works. [/quote]
Exactly as designed. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Arsenal 2014/15 Season Long Thread - wm72 on 9/2/14 at 2:33 pm|
Yeah, it's a good point you make about there really being so few of the type DMs that protect the back line well even when caught out a bit and are still great getting the team into attack.
I suppose I went a bit overboard on the singular importance of just that top CDM when there's certainly a l...
| Soccer Board|| re: EPL Transfer Window Winners & Losers - wm72 on 9/2/14 at 1:30 pm|
[quote]Meh. It's not like staying in Europa would have been very beneficial for them. [/quote]
It's sad that Europa League is this way but it is.
It would be better for the game if a Hull (or Torino etc etc etc) weren't so pressured by maintaining salvation in a cut throat league that qualify...
| Soccer Board|| re: Arsenal 2014/15 Season Long Thread - wm72 on 9/2/14 at 1:25 pm|
[quote]CDM is more interesting. Certainly we can upgrade talent wise over Arteta and Flamini, but I think the CDM position got put on a bit of a pedestal last season. . .
If DM was put on a pedestal [i]recently[/i] I could only imagine it would be by English "pundits" catching up to...
| Soccer Board|| re: Panic Buy of the Window - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 11:37 pm|
[quote]*I'm listening to Ray Hudson sing the praises of Kingsley Coman on the locker room, right now.. [/quote]
He really was impressive.
I recorded the Locker Room but haven't watched it yet as my girlfriend loves it and she's bartending til late tonight. One of my favorite shows especiall...
| Soccer Board|| re: Panic Buy of the Window - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 11:21 pm|
[quote]He isn't a DM.. he will defend, but at Zaragoza and Bilbao he was a CM, that usually played in a more advanced role.. I have to assume they didn't spend £28mm on him to play as a DM..[/quote]
That's what I thought.
You would have to think Van Gaal is going to use a 4-3-3 and the 3-5-2...
| Soccer Board|| re: AC Milan's summer market - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 11:08 pm|
[quote]Is Niang out on loan again or do you just not rate him?
I actually forgot him when I was trying to play with the dashes to format it. . . unsuccessfully I might add since Inzaghi will mainly use a 4-3-3 but I gave up when that looked too cluttered to read.
He's back with A...
| Soccer Board|| re: Panic Buy of the Window - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 10:49 pm|
[quote] Herrera [/quote]
Really? I didn't watch Bilbao a ton but when I saw them I thought Itarraspe was always DM and Herrera defended well, tackled in their pressing but was usually the further forward of the midfield three.
I always thought he was an impressive player but never thought...
| Soccer Board|| re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 7:55 pm|
Yeah, he's supposedly keen on pouring a lot of cash into Valencia.
I'd guess the loan deal for Negredo has something to do with complex book keeping moves in light of them paying off huge debts.
| Soccer Board|| re: AC Milan's summer market - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 7:37 pm|
[quote]Has to be a top 4 team this season. But if Torres is once again terrible, who plays up top? El Shaarawy, Honda, and Menez can't hold the ball up and be a true target man. [/quote]
Pazzini isn't a world beater but he's ok. I think whether they actually challenge Napoli, Fiorentina and Inte...
| Soccer Board|| AC Milan's summer market - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 7:05 pm|
I have to say that for all the ridicule they get, they actually have a pretty decent team:
| Soccer Board|| re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 6:22 pm|
[quote]He was great for City, but that's a pretty decent fee (24m pounds) for a player they paid roughly 18m pounds for last season and will turn 30 this year. Oh and one that's currently injured.
I really like Negredo but that's more than a decent a fee, it's a huge price tag consideri...
| Soccer Board|| re: Star players who stayed put on the other 95% of European clubs? - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 5:45 pm|
[quote]Swansea keeping Bony [/quote]
Yeah, there seemed to be a lot of interest in him.
[quote]United held on to Cleverley[/quote]
They were smart to show their confidence by extending him on a big contract last season.
Other ones that are not quite as big as Bony and Cuadrad...
| Soccer Board|| re: Star players who stayed put on the other 95% of European clubs? - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 5:17 pm|
[quote]Abel Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez on loan, Michael Dawson and potentially Hatem Ben Arfa. [/quote]
Hernandez has all the tools to be great but it hasn't quite clicked. He did well in Serie B last season though.
Ramirez and Ben Arfa are huge talents if Ramirez can be consistent and Ben Ar...
| Soccer Board|| re: Star players who stayed put on the other 95% of European clubs? - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 4:49 pm|
[quote]They then held on to Reus; probably helped by his pre-World Cup injury. [/quote]
Yeah, that was huge for them after the Lewandowski, Goetze etc defections.
[quote]Can we count Dortmund?[/quote]
I still wouldn't quite consider Dortmund as one the poorer 95% of clubs since...
| Soccer Board|| Star players who stayed put on the other 95% of European clubs? - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 3:55 pm|
Which clubs with at least somewhat modest budgets were able to hold onto star players for at least another season against the odds?
I always love to see clubs that don't spend wildly able to give their fans one more season of watching great talents. Also, a nod to the players who probably coul...
| Soccer Board|| re: Panic Buy of the Window - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 3:45 pm|
[quote]Chicharito to Real Madrid makes no sense to me. [/quote]
I bet he scores a goal a match against out manned sides. Odd part though is that they sold Morata to Juve. By the way, Morata's out for 2 months and 18 yo French striker Kingsley Coman who Juve just got from PSG had a fantastic ma...
| Soccer Board|| re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 3:23 pm|
[quote]The biggest concern would be his lack of pace, but I haven't really seen him play in the middle of the pitch... was that his primary role at Ajax? His versatility is a huge plus, especially with a young Shaw[/quote]
Blind's natural position is LB.
That's where he's much more highly rat...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/1/14 at 2:11 pm|
[quote]Now another 2 weeks before they play again...[/quote]
Yeah, I hate the international break at the beginning of the season. I wish Serie A would start the season at least one week earlier. It's such a disadvantage to Italian teams in CL/EL that every one else is 2-3 weeks ahead in match p...