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re: Howard Webb Ref Madrid vs Bayern - wm72
From what I've seen he's just inconsistent and so a poor official. He allows so many bad offenses to pass and then gives a card or pk for something less obvious. ...


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re: Qatar is Cancelling the Construction of Stadiums - wm72
The developing nations preferred the less expensive seats. Cue drum roll. Seriously though the stadiums were to be constructed so that the upper tiers could be disassembled, transported and reassembled as smaller stadiums. ...


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re: Qatar is Cancelling the Construction of Stadiums - wm72
I wonder if the one's being cut are those they promised to build with removable upper tiers that they pledged to give to developing nations after the WC as "humanitarian" aspect of their bid? ...


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re: Tim Howard is currently a top 3 GK in the world - wm72
[quote] Can we go ahead and on a moratorium on laughing off opinions in this manner? It's the antithesis of discussion and doesn't further anything but condescension. I'd like to hear reasoning one way or another. [/quote] I certainly concur with a moratorium on LOLs. I agree that...


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re: AS Roma 2013-14 / Serie A Thread - wm72
[quote]Congrats, wm. How long has it been since Roma was in CL?[/quote] 2010-11 season We were in it most seasons from the late 90s through 2011. . . ...


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re: AS Roma 2013-14 / Serie A Thread - wm72
Roma is officially back in the CL group stage with 1-0 win in Firenze today. Pot 4 and Group of Death here we come. With 82 points and four matches remaining, Roma is on pace for the 2nd highest point total in Serie A history before this season. Seriously. We're still 8 points...


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re: Usain Bale / Gareth Bolt - wm72
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 - wm72
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?!? - wm72
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 - wm72
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 - wm72
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 - wm72
[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 - wm72
: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 - wm72
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! - wm72
[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 - wm72
[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? - wm72
[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 - wm72
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 - wm72
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 - wm72
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re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72
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 - wm72
[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 - wm72
[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 - wm72
[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 - wm72
[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? - wm72
[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? - wm72
[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? - wm72
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) - wm72
[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? - wm72
[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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