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re: OFFICIAL Liverpool FC 2014-2015 Season Long Thread - wm72
[quote] Falcao on loan for one season quote: £20m Would that be a record loan signing?[/quote] I would imagine with at least £15m to spare. ...


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re: Tottenham Hotspur 2014/2015 Season Long Thread | In Mauricio We Trust - wm72
Amid all the crazy transfer window rumors, one thing is confirmed and that's that Sabatini and Baldini are having dinner together tonight in London. ...


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re: No thread on the Mackay-moody shite slow? - wm72
[quote]'I hope she's looking after your needs. I bet you'd love a bounce on her falsies.' On a player's female agent A picture entitled Black Monopoly (where every square was a "Go to Jail" square) Sent to members of Cardiff's staff [/quote] On the bright side he only offended a...


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re: Celtic/Rangers and the Premier League - wm72
In terms of long term success in the EPL, I think people may be underestimating how huge a name Celtic would be in terms of worldwide marketing, with their history, fan base and immense appeal in the US. I think many investors (like what Pallotta is trying to do with AS Roma) would try to...


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re: Celtic/Rangers and the Premier League - wm72
[quote](Assuming full strength/regular Rangers) Where would these teams finish in the PL? Would they even stay there? I honestly don't know. Always finish from 15-8 with a few outliers maybe?[/quote] It's quite a hypothetical since just being the EPL and getting all that money would chang...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]Bayern needs to make a deal. Seems like they have the sights set on Diego Godin. [/quote] I still won't be surprised if Benatia ends up being sold to Bayern. I posted this in the Roma season thread a week or so ago but I think Roma will sell if Bayern meets their price but only if/wh...


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re: Match Day 8/19 UCL playoff round and Spanish Super Cup - wm72
[quote]Napoli v Athletic Club (FS2) [/quote] Better match up than most group stage fixtures even if both clubs are still in pre-season mode. ...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]According to reports in Italy, Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race to sign Mehdi Benatia due to Roma's demands for the defender. Roma reportedly want between €30m (£24m) and €35m (£28m) for the Morocco international. Manchester United are now seemingly the only club interested in Benati...


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re: What Premier League team should I root for? (NSFWish I guess) - wm72
I did the quiz for a laugh and got West Ham and Newcastle. ...


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re: Match Day Opening Weekend It Has Begun - wm72
[quote]Its the league favorites vs the team with the greatest odds in a long time to go back down.[/quote] I can see why. I knew they just came up and seem to have a lot of guys with touches like a bag of bricks but I was kind of surprised that they didn't put much effort into defending. ...


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re: Match Day Opening Weekend It Has Begun - wm72
[quote]Nah on the replay he basically jumped over him and reached his back leg down to catch the keeper on purpose[/quote] I just saw the replay. Yeah I agree with you (and disagree with "the pundit") . . . Costa's leg is fully extended in a unnatural way for anyone other than a figure skate...


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re: Match Day Opening Weekend It Has Begun - wm72
Chelsea is obviously good but Burnley may be the worst defensive professional team I've seen play in quite a long time. ...


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re: Match Day Opening Weekend It Has Begun - wm72
[quote]Costa[/quote] Didn't see the replay but not sure it was really a dive. Maybe went down a bit easy but probably a no call was right. His reputation obviously proceeds him. ...


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re: Match Day Opening Weekend It Has Begun - wm72
To be putting 10 behind the ball, Burnley doesn't look too interested in actually defending. Might as well send a couple of midfielders higher. ...


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re: I just watched a solid half of Mexican soccer for the first time. - wm72
enjoyed the post. . . I wish the Xolos and their new stadium would have been around when I was in graduate school in San Diego. [img]http://www.terra.com.ec/php/xml/imagenreducida_cf.php?file=/addon/img/4e00cchermosasmexico4g.jpg&w=619&h=464&aux=.jpg[/img]...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]'ll say this, Savic was one of the worst defenders I've seen in the EPL when he was a City... Way out of his depth...[/quote] Yeah, I remember him not impressing after all the hype he'd gotten. . . However, he was only 18 or 19 years old at the time and most CBs go through some wild u...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
He's mainly just had the 1 1/2 seasons as a really full time starter for a bigger club after not playing much in his year at Man City. He's been getting better and better while in Firenze though. He's been a pretty highly rated younger guy for a while, which is why Mancini had payed a lot for...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]Stefan Savic[/quote] Very good young CB. Fiorentina "stole" him in that deal with Man City where they got Savic plus enough cash for 3 more contributing players all for Nastasic. He's been excellent for them playing all over but usually on the left side of their back 3 in Montella'...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]Idk... I can see the club thinking they are on the cusp of something great. That would be a scary good attack [/quote] The Reus rumor -- at least in terms of it being close to a done deal -- would be surprising but maybe he's not happy with his contract situation at Dortmund. . . could a...


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re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72
AS Roma seems close to signing 23yo winger Carlos Carbonero from River Plate for €8-10m. I think he only made a couple of substitute appearances for Colombia in the WC, being behind Cuadrado. He seems to fit the mold Garcia has wanted on the wing to backup Gervinho: blazing speed, exc...


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re: Antoinio Conte new manager for the Azzuri - wm72
I was hoping for Spalletti but knew there was little chance. Conte is a good hire even if he was pretty much the only logical and politically viable choice until Ancellotti is done at Real. He should at least give the NT a shot of energy. He'll also get a chance to see what Juve would h...


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re: What Premier League team should I root for? (NSFWish I guess) - wm72
[quote]How would you rank the leagues?[/quote] This will always turn a thread in a totally different direction. :lol: Really, the differences in terms of ranking them don't matter all that much since they've always tended to be cyclical and there's great, prestigious, mediocre and simply b...


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re: OFFICIAL Liverpool FC 2014-2015 Season Long Thread - wm72
[quote]Question... say Daniel were to go down for 2 months in December and Bony was on the team... Could we flat out, not allow Bony to leave? Or would that be considered a big unwritten no, no... [/quote] I think it would always be the player's choice due to ACN being covered by the FIFA "5 day ...


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re: So Marcos Rojo's rights are owned by sports agents - wm72
[quote]Wow...that must be fun to deal with. The club has to pay money to keep their own player. Insane. Would paying the $12 million end the deal and making him solely Sporting's or would any subsequent offers also be require the 75% payment to Doyen?[/quote] If it's like all the many other third...


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - wm72
[quote]Buying Sirigu for the Copa del Rey[/quote] :lol: Molto Galactico. ...


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re: 2014-2015 Leeds United AFC Thread - wm72
[quote]Mirco Antenucci [/quote] I haven't watched as much Serie B the past couple of years as I used to so I'm not sure how good his form has been but he was always fun to watch. Probably lacks the quality to excel against absolutely top level defenders so hasn't garnered a lot interest from Se...


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re: Arsenal 2014/15 Season Long Thread - wm72
[quote] had 33+ goals in all comps all 3 years at napoli. scored 25 playing out of position for PSG last season. generally plays out wide for uruguay too. in his prime at 27. he's no zlatan or suarez as an all-around player, but as pure no. 9s go (whatever that means), he's right behind bobby lewan...


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re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72
[quote]Why are they trying to sell Benatia?[/quote] First, I don't think Sabatini had the least inclination to sell Benatia before the summer. He's signed long term on a great salary for the club. [quote]I know he was unhappy with the money he's receiving, but is he not worth the bump?[/q...


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re: Arsenal 2014/15 Season Long Thread - wm72
PSG has been mainly playing Cavani out of position as a hybrid winger off Zlatan and it hasn't worked out so well. [i]If[/i] they could get Di Maria, who could be a more natural fit in their attack, they would perhaps be willing to part with Cavani but not otherwise. Cavani doesn't seem to be ...


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re: Question about soccer in the UK... - wm72
[quote]I thought that only teams in the three 24 team divisions under the EPL could rise to the EPL.[/quote] I assume it's like Italy and the relegation/promotion goes on like layers of a Russian doll. There's also a lot of clubs going bankrupt and disbanding, reforming etc at the lower leve...


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