| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League group stage - 9/17 - wm72 on 9/17/14 at 9:11 pm|
[quote]City and Chelsea play this weekend. Both were on cruise control today because there is no chance they don't get out of their group.[/quote]
Chelsea has a pretty easy group but I doubt Man City players and manager formed their opinion of AS Roma from English tabloids and bloggers.
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/17/14 at 8:14 pm|
Nice to get a good result tonight at home to start off on the right foot. However, I'm not sure Roma played an amazing match aside from the off the ball movement and finishing being very good in the first half.
Roma really didn't look as sound defensively as I would have preferred even before...
| Soccer Board|| re: What's the deal with AVB? - wm72 on 9/17/14 at 7:16 pm|
AVB walked into a pretty good situation at Zenit.
They were already a consistently good side (winning Russian league and getting out of CL group stage here and there) and have been so for a while.
Even better for AVB, they had little changes from a squad that has been playing a very sim...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League group stage - 9/17 - wm72 on 9/17/14 at 1:59 pm|
Roma up 2-0 after 10 minutes. Gervinho with a goal and an assist to Iturbe. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League group stage - 9/17 - wm72 on 9/17/14 at 1:38 pm|
Roma: De Sanctis;
Maicon, Manolas, Astori, Torosidis;
Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan;
Iturbe, Totti, Gervinho
Hope this goes well. Both De Rossi and Castan being out hurts as it means both CBs + DM are all new arrivals.
Glad Garcia is starting Torosidis out of position at LB instead of A...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/14/14 at 7:40 pm|
[quote] My gf toured for twenty years and quit playing music 2 years ago.. We can talk ourselves out of going to see almost any show, for the silliest reasons.. both of us are now in our 40s, but we did marry up a killer record collection! It's kinda funny to see that when I was into midwestern gara...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/14/14 at 7:28 pm|
[quote]considering arsenal have 5 healthy defenders right now, i'm very bummed we failed to land Manolas.[/quote]
Manolas looks pretty good but has only played 1 1/2 matches so far. He's not quite top notch reading the game but he's the fastest CB I've ever seen at Roma and good on the ball.
| Soccer Board|| re: Serie A Preview: Focus on US Sassuolo - wm72 on 9/14/14 at 3:25 pm|
They were hammered by Inter.
Inter is going to be really good this year and Sassuolo's problem last year was being really susceptible to quality sides that sit back a bit and then tear them apart. Mazzarri's among the best at those tactics. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/14/14 at 3:22 pm|
[quote]I was always surprised how long he stayed at Cagliari before moving to a big club...
Cagliari tends to be able to hold onto a lot of star players a couple of years longer than you would think. In addition to Naingollan, recently, Astori, Matri, and now Murru, Conte and Ibarbo (t...
| Soccer Board|| re: AS ROMA 2014-15 Season Thread - wm72 on 9/14/14 at 1:14 pm|
Kind of a sluggish performance against Empoli yesterday but we got the three points in what was a bit of a trap match. The atmosphere was pretty electric in Empoli for their first home match since being promoted and we rested some key players ahead of the CL match Wednesday.
The very bad: ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Serie A Preview: Focus on US Sassuolo - wm72 on 9/12/14 at 1:33 pm|
[quote]you have made me want to *EXPAND MY HORIZONS* and watch this side.[/quote]
Everyone can appreciate a prolific striker partnership whose focus on details includes dental hygiene during goal celebrations. ...
| Soccer Board|| Serie A Preview: Focus on US Sassuolo - wm72 on 9/12/14 at 1:15 pm|
Style of Play: Zeman's balls out attacking 4-3-3, la seconda parte
Sassoulo is a small city of around 40 thousand in Emilia-Romagna and known as...
| Soccer Board|| re: Man U reports record revenues-Interesting - wm72 on 9/10/14 at 12:03 pm|
[quote]This and the keeping clubs out of financial problems are good things.
I am rethinking the whole thing.
Appreciate the good discussion.[/quote]
The immediate reaction against FFP from so many is that it's clear the main reason FFP passed was that it benefits the richest traditional po...
| Soccer Board|| re: Man U reports record revenues-Interesting - wm72 on 9/10/14 at 11:10 am|
[quote]So, my question would be: how has FFP really affected the competitive balance of the game?[/quote]
I would say that the main effect is that without FFP, top clubs in all the big leagues would be dealing with at least one new Man City/PSG/Chelsea every few years years.
It's not huge in...
| SEC Rant|| re: Why don't Bama, Arkansas play other in-state non-conf. schools? - wm72 on 9/10/14 at 10:36 am|
From this list, it seems that [b]no one [/b]plays really smaller non-conference in-state schools.
Florida St, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Baylor are certainly a completely different dynamic.
Even though Southern Miss, Louisville, Memphis and Tulane are in smaller conference they have certain...
| Soccer Board|| re: Man U reports record revenues-Interesting - wm72 on 9/10/14 at 10:17 am|
[quote]Burnley is an extremely small club who will never amount to anything. It is what it is.
Actually it could help Sunderland with a major factor being the size of their stadium. [/quote]
Now, with FFP, Sunderland "is it what it is" as well since there's no longer any chance a rich oligarc...
| More Sports Board|| re: Shady McCoy tips 20 cents on $61 bill - wm72 on 9/10/14 at 9:44 am|
I don't even know who this idiot is but I'm smiling about it.
I'm certain that with all this publicity a lot of waiters and bartenders will be spitting and leaving all kinds of nasty shite in his orders. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: 3 rumours of why Maicon was dropped by Brasil - wm72 on 9/9/14 at 1:12 pm|
I hope they're all true however I've seen posted that they all originated from some Brazilian comic.
I tend to think it's probably more likely that Maicon likes to party and was taking advantage of some illicit Miami nightlife opportunities to which the notoriously chaste Dunga took exception...
| Soccer Board|| re: Who is the best coach in the world? - wm72 on 9/8/14 at 8:06 pm|
[quote] Sneijder is the only one who really had a career year that season
He should have won the Baloon D'Or IMO.[/quote]
Yeah, he was just on another level all year and in the WC that summer as well.
Perhaps most amazing was simply his shot. For the entire year, seemingly no matte...
| Soccer Board|| re: Who is the best coach in the world? - wm72 on 9/8/14 at 7:46 pm|
[quote]There was a reason those guys all appeared to be in "top form" during his tenure. Just like Atletico for Simeone last year. [/quote]
I'm not saying Mourihno isn't a great manager.
However, I pointed out that guys like Zanetti, Milito, Cambiasso, Julio Cesar, Stankovic, Eto'o, Samuel, C...