| Soccer Board|| re: ESPN 30 for 30 "Hillsborough" in game thread - wm72 on 4/16/14 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.
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...
| Soccer Board|| re: NYCFC may spend 3 years at Yankee Stadium - wm72 on 4/15/14 at 12:45 pm|
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. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: NYCFC may spend 3 years at Yankee Stadium - wm72 on 4/15/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: New Soccer Fan - HELP! - wm72 on 4/14/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw - wm72 on 4/11/14 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:...
| Soccer Board|| re: Gooch comeback? - wm72 on 4/11/14 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. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw - wm72 on 4/11/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League/Europa Semi's Draw - wm72 on 4/11/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Leeds New Owner Massimo Cellino is Cooler than you will ever be - wm72 on 4/10/14 at 8:46 pm|
| Soccer Board|| re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72 on 4/10/14 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....
| Soccer Board|| re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72 on 4/10/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72 on 4/10/14 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.
| Soccer Board|| re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72 on 4/10/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: World Cup Dark Horse Candidates - wm72 on 4/10/14 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.
| Soccer Board|| re: Why isn't more soccer on television? - wm72 on 4/6/14 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....
| Soccer Board|| re: Why isn't more soccer on television? - wm72 on 4/6/14 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 ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Why isn't more soccer on television? - wm72 on 4/5/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Couple of questions from someone new to the game(long) - wm72 on 4/3/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Do you believe the US will win a World Cup in your lifetime? - wm72 on 3/31/14 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...
| Soccer Board|| re: Do you believe the US will win a World Cup in your lifetime? - wm72 on 3/29/14 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 ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Match Day 3/26 - wm72 on 3/27/14 at 12:32 am|
by the way, that flick from Rakitic to get by Pepe is beautiful. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS Roma new Stadium - wm72 on 3/26/14 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 ....
| Soccer Board|| re: Match Day 3/26 - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 11:15 pm|
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...
| More Sports Board|| re: This got an athlete an A- at UNC - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 11:07 pm|
[quote] you frickwads who constantly frick up and say "your an idiot."
their so stupid
morans the lot of them...
| Soccer Board|| re: Match Day 3/26 - wm72 on 3/26/14 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.
| Soccer Board|| re: AS Roma new Stadium - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 10:33 pm|
[quote]Nice to see this finally announced as it's been in the works for a long while, since before the financial troubles of a few years ago I believe. [/quote]
There was a different stadium plan when the Sensi family still owned Roma but it went up in smoke when the father died and the family fi...
| Soccer Board|| re: Match Day 3/26 - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 10:22 pm|
[quote]I'll give di Maria some credit. I don't think that they lose today with him running his arse off. [/quote]
He's so valuable.
[quote]Ancelotti must hate Casemiro.[/quote]
Wasn't expecting him to be a first team automatic choice right away at Real Madrid but certainly thought he'd be...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS Roma new Stadium - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 10:13 pm|
[quote]What's up with Llajic? He was quality at Fiorentina...[/quote]
Yeah, he was great last year.
Ironically, he's kind of been another Lamela:
brilliant flashes --mainly amazing dribbling skills in tight spaces and some great one touch passes on the counter. However, he's had the Lam...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS Roma new Stadium - wm72 on 3/26/14 at 8:57 pm|
[quote]Can't wait until wm72 flies us all to Rome and invites us to his suite [/quote]
I still haven't been informed of the architect's precise plans for my honorary club suite. They obviously still have some t's to cross and i's to dot. :lol:
[quote]Also I think the owners are going to spen...
| Soccer Board|| re: Match Day 3/25 - wm72 on 3/25/14 at 8:42 pm|
[quote]Man U v City
Arsenal v Swansea
Everton v Newcastle
Dortmund v Schalke[/quote]
AS Roma v Torino
Miraculous finish with Florenzi burying a strike on a through ball assist from Gervinho (his 2nd of the match) in the 93rd minute!
Castan was man of the match in my opinion. He was i...