| Soccer Board|| re: Tottenham Hotspur 2013/14 Season Long Thread - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 7:12 pm|
Luciano Spalletti is out at Zenit. . .
I've seen most of the rumors about the next Spurs manager focusing on Van Gaal or De Boer but you have to think Baldini would urge a careful consideration of Spalletti as well.
He'd be an excellent hire and I would prefer Spurs (or the Italian NT) ge...
| Soccer Board|| re: New York City FC Badge Voting - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 4:28 pm|
[quote]This one was the best by far IMHO. [/quote]
Yeah, that was the really cool one I remembered. I like it the best as well. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: New York City FC Badge Voting - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 4:25 pm|
[quote]Only one of the concepts I posted contains a soccer ball. And it's worked into the design of the crest very well....much better than most logos from recent times. [/quote]
I agree that it's worked in pretty well but I'm still not crazy about it. I was thinking of that one because it's th...
| Soccer Board|| re: Strootman out for the World Cup/Sorry wm72 - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 4:20 pm|
[quote]Anyone want to MB90 and tell him his job just opened back up?[/quote]
Yeah, the price Toronto paid was so high it was hard to turn down but it was obvious that he would have been getting minutes if he had stayed. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: New York City FC Badge Voting - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 2:04 pm|
I don't know. I kind of like the second one more than the fans renderings posted above mainly because I don't like soccer balls on logos and have no idea what a crown has to do with New York. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Strootman out for the World Cup/Sorry wm72 - wm72 on 3/10/14 at 2:02 pm|
You could tell by his reaction yesterday that it was bad.
It may hurt Roma in the race for 2nd with Napoli but the CL spot is pretty much wrapped up. We're really thin in MF after the first 4. (Rodrigo Taddei came on for him yesterday to make it about as true a 4-6-0 formation as you'll ever...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 9:55 pm|
[quote]You realize I'm talking about the women, right? [/quote]
Yeah, but thought you were alluding to their men's team also having / producing a few more technically adept players. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 9:39 pm|
[quote]I mean just look at their women's team. No way do they stack up athletically with out girls, but technically they are better. We're falling behind, I fear. [/quote]
Yeah, I don't know about falling behind in the sense of their NT being better than ours especially given our population and, ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Thibaut Courtois - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 9:32 pm|
[quote]This is why the contract system in Europe[/quote] means you're free to go to Real Madrid whenever you want. :lol:...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 8:08 pm|
I may be completely wrong, but I'd guess that J-League models itself much more on a continental European style/approach instead of a more English style game?
I don't watch the league but get that idea simply from the players that come from there (as well as the ones they try to get from abroad)...
| Soccer Board|| re: Matchday 3/8 - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 12:21 am|
[quote]Juve´s a better side now, and Fiorentina, is weaker (Valero or not Valero), correct?[/quote]
I don't know that Juve is really a lot better. Tevez and Llorente have developed more chemistry with each other and the team but Chiellini has been injured and Juve's back 3 isn't nearly as formid...
| Soccer Board|| re: Matchday 3/8 - wm72 on 3/9/14 at 12:03 am|
Espanyol vs. Elche
Napoli vs. Roma
Real Madrid vs. Levante
Valencia vs. Athletic de Bilbao[/quote]
Juventus v Fiorentina as well.
The Viola have it tough though with Borja being suspended (a bit questionable as well like De Rossi's = make Juve's road as easy as possi...
| Soccer Board|| re: Matchday 3/8 - wm72 on 3/8/14 at 11:40 pm|
[quote]Some seriously quality attacking play from Celta, and Atléti is waking up. Good match.[/quote]
Yeah, really enjoyed the match. (although those 2 huge defensive lapses from Celta gave me flashback chills remembering Luis Enrique's Roma having so many similar matches.)
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/8/14 at 11:33 pm|
[quote]Those that say they only watch European soccer probably don't watch the SPL or the Championship or any of the FA Cup games that involve the smaller clubs.[/quote]
Yeah, the MLS is certainly up against the fact the majority of football viewers only ever really watch the top handful of teams...
| Soccer Board|| re: Alleged Pogba Floor - wm72 on 3/8/14 at 2:54 pm|
[quote]It's tough to see that he's playing at such a high level at Juve at a position where United desperately need help. This will be Sir Alex's greatest gaffe.[/quote]
Yeah, the odd part of Pogba not playing for United is how absolutely "ready" he was from day one.
I doubted the Italian ...
| Soccer Board|| re: beIN saying Pogba for Isco swap is happening this summer - wm72 on 3/8/14 at 2:45 pm|
[quote]It would be the other way around...[/quote]
yeah, like Isco plus another Isco. . .
or maybe Isco + Khedira if Juve thought they were bound to lose Pogba eventually . . .
I'd guess that Zidane must want Pogba at Real pretty badly but I think any player for player trades are just...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 9:44 pm|
I fully agree with how dumb the original article in the OP seems. It seems the author is trying to be funny but it comes off as completely offensive. I also said the response makes some good points and I merely disagreed with one.
I'm an American who's lived most of my adult life in Italy a...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 9:34 pm|
[quote]He's talking about overall quality of play in regards to how pleasing it is to the eye.[/quote]
Silky smooth touches all over the pitch above all but add pretty one touch and back heel passes, beautiful tackles, ball control through tight spaces . . .
to discount what these products ...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 8:29 pm|
If you read my post carefully, you will see I that I fully agree with his comment regarding the "aesthetics" of Stoke v. West Ham and mainly with the larger argument that some people just align themselves with a league (and especially younger Americans with the EPL).
Again, I do disagree ...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 7:56 pm|
[quote]You're missing the point. [/quote]
I agree with the point he makes about "fans" of certain leagues and didn't argue it in the least.
What I argued was specifically:
"Watching the games, Genoa-Livorno doesn't ooze quality over Kansas City-Salt Lake"
This seems to me that he's ...
| Soccer Board|| re: March 5th Friendlies Thread - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 7:43 pm|
Spain V Italy
Kind of similar to the last few Italy Spain match-ups where Spain do a great job winning the ball back quickly and keeping Italy pinned back for long stretches but only create a few good chances themselves while Italy occasionally gets a good chance of...
| Soccer Board|| re: MLS Deadspin Article - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 7:05 pm|
[quote]Nice response by former FC Dallas player Bobby Warshaw [/quote]
It's a good response that makes a lot of fair points. However, I'm not sure how far I can agree with his assessment of MLS player quality in comparison to other top leagues:
[quote]Stoke and West Ham don't play better so...
| Soccer Board|| re: beIN saying Pogba for Isco swap is happening this summer - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 3:46 pm|
[quote]Verratti and Pogba would be incredible over the next 5 or so years[/quote]
Yeah, if they could make it happen, that would set them up with seemingly world class elite talents at probably the 2 hardest parts of the midfield to fill with players of the highest caliber.
That's why I'll...
| Soccer Board|| re: beIN saying Pogba for Isco swap is happening this summer - wm72 on 3/7/14 at 1:36 pm|
[quote]If Juve is dealing with PSG, I believe they could get Verratti in the deal (to replace pirlo when he's done) and if they want an attacking mid, Pastore too..
I know his star has fallen some, but I'd take Pastore over Isco (Ancellotti kinda derailed both of their careers in that he doesnt r...
| Soccer Board|| re: beIN saying Pogba for Isco swap is happening this summer - wm72 on 3/6/14 at 10:22 pm|
I don't think think Juve want to sell Pogba.
Pogba straight up for Isco seems fantamercato even if Juve save a lot on salary.
I wish it were true though as I'd certainly like Roma's chances against Juve for the Scudetto race better without Pogba. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Sad Day for Culés, and Any and All Who Love Football - wm72 on 3/5/14 at 12:55 am|
An aging superstar? on a free? we only have to pay monstrous wages?
| Soccer Board|| re: March 5th Friendlies Thread - wm72 on 3/4/14 at 8:23 pm|
[quote]De Rossi [/quote]
He simply cares too deeply.
However this particular "punch" was really weak sauce. He usually goes for one a season that totally deserves a suspension. More than half the players in Real Atletico match did something a lot worse than this particular little nudge on Ic...
| Soccer Board|| re: March 5th Friendlies Thread - wm72 on 3/4/14 at 8:00 pm|
[quote]Iniesta Diego Costa Pedro
Thiago Xabi Alonso Busquets
Jordi Alba Javi Martínez Albiol Juanfran
Guessing Prandelli will use this friendly to judge a lot of players on the fringes of the WC roster and then give some of the young guys he called some time.
De Rossi a...
| Soccer Board|| re: Austin in play for the next Texas MLS franchise - wm72 on 3/4/14 at 7:23 pm|
[quote]I think it could be successful enough. Like a poor ex UT art school grad student version of the timbers kind of support.[/quote]
It would actually probably be the self-same hipsters as Portland draws since Austin is the bottom point of the hipster exchange triangle with Portland and Will...
| SEC Rant|| re: SEC Tournament Bracket if season ended today - wm72 on 3/2/14 at 8:31 pm|
[quote]Yes I do and it is back assward in a 14 seed braket number 1 should get number 14.[/quote]
All seeded tournaments always assume the higher seeds win their games. All seeding advantage is based on that assumption.
The only way around this is to re-seed between rounds to account for ...