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Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on March 27, 2006, 01:12:27 PM
Here's the first one...of interest to a few people on these boards.

Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96 and USA) is rumored to be on the move this off-season...to the EPL and Bolton Wanderers. He apparently has a clause in his contract that allows him to move to a Premiership team for a fee of 2 million, provided that Hannover doesn't qualify for Europe. Which, at this point, they won't. But they are three points out of a UEFA Cup spot.

Article on SkySports.com (http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?HLID=374536&CPID=8&title=Bolton+linked+with+US+star&lid=2&channel=Football_Home&f=rss)
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 27, 2006, 01:18:37 PM
Still can't believe Sam Allardyce is under consideration for the England job.  His main skill of talent-acquisition on the cheap just doesn't match with managing a national team.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on March 27, 2006, 02:06:13 PM
Bloody hell. That would be a bad move for "U, S, Ah!", in my opinion. That said, good luck to him, he's been ever such a loyal servant of sechsundneunzig. I really hope that they manage to sneak into a UEFA spot, however slim the chance. Honestly, they've come a long way over the past few years, much of the reason being down to players like Cherundolo, Lala and some greats no longer at the club.

As to Allardyce, I agree 100% with Bu'uh. He's not someone I would have any faith in as England manager. Nice bloke, but very defensive-minded and far from proven at the highest level. I'd like to see what Martin o'Neill would do in the position, but failing that I reckon that my mate Ron from The Saracen's head could probably do the job better than big Sam.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Marlowe on March 27, 2006, 05:55:09 PM
have you guys been to www.joga.com?

it's a socer afficionado website made jointly by google & nike. i haven't registered or anything, so i don't know how good/bad it is, but may be worth peeping out.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on March 27, 2006, 10:25:57 PM
I have a hard time believing a website where Eric "Kung-Fu Kick" Cantona is telling people that for too long liars and cheaters have been making a fool of the game. But that's just me.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2006, 09:45:48 AM
(http://www.uit.no/mancity/pictures/cantona2.jpg)
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 28, 2006, 10:03:01 AM
"The Beautiful Game", my arse....

I can assure you that the upcoming WC will feature exactly the same levels of prima donnas, the same levels of cheating, the same levels of totally inefficient (possibly even corrupt) officialdom, some on-pitch fisticuffs, the prerequisite drug and personal scandals, fighting amongst fans in the streets, police on horseback with batons, tear-gas, some piss-poor commentating, racist/homophobic/xenophobic chanting from the terraces, cock-stroking press releases from FIFA,  dodgy goalkeeping, bribery & gambling allegations, sublime skills from the Brazilians and so-so skills from every other nation....

but... importantly... that it will all keep us glued to one of the greatest sporting competitions in the fucking world!
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2006, 10:12:59 AM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
diving as though shot by sniper from the Brazilians


Fix'd this part.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 28, 2006, 10:43:29 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
diving as though shot by sniper from the Brazilians


Fix'd this part.


I bow to your infinite wisdom teeth

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Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on March 28, 2006, 11:27:56 AM
Real Madrid has annouced their shortlist of prospective new coaches. Not surprisingly, they are all currently employed by other teams right now. Where I come from, that's called tampering. Twats.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/4853526.stm

In case you're keeping track, Sven-Goran Eriksson is now linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea and South Africa. More to come, I'm sure.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Megs79 on March 28, 2006, 12:30:42 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
I have a hard time believing a website where Eric "Kung-Fu Kick" Cantona is telling people that for too long liars and cheaters have been making a fool of the game. But that's just me.


I'm sick of that freakin commercial on FSC where he says the same thing.  It's on during every commercial break.  I'm pretty sure it's sponsored by Nike.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2006, 12:33:50 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
In case you're keeping track, Sven-Goran Eriksson is now linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea and South Africa. More to come, I'm sure.


Chelsea?  What's up with that?  I thought Mourinho was appointed Supreme Ruler of Chelsea for Life.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on March 28, 2006, 01:18:48 PM
He is.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/4847186.stm

Now here's a domino rumor:

Super Aussie Guus Hiddink is leaving PSV and Australia at the end of the season. That much we know is true. He also has a new job, but only he, his agent and future employer know for sure and they ain't telling (the rumor is that it's coach of Russia, although the way he's refusing to say makes me wonder if it's because there's already a current occupant in the position, say England head coach?) But I digress.

So the rumour is: Hiddink to Russia or England, Spurs head man Martin Jol to PSV, which frees up the Tottenham manager's office for...

Bruce Arena.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on March 28, 2006, 02:10:05 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
So the rumour is: Hiddink to Russia or England, Spurs head man Martin Jol to PSV, which frees up the Tottenham manager's office for...

Bruce Arena.

Fucking christ on a rusty blade, mate! You're full of bloody good news in this thread, aren't you? Jol to leave, only to be replaced by a man who looks like he's fresh out of Madame Tussaud's. I think my past must be catching up on me and punishing me for living the life of a bounder and rapscallion.

Woe.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2006, 02:14:20 PM
Quote from: "Rafe"
Jol to leave, only to be replaced by a man who looks like he's fresh out of Madame Tussaud's.


What do you mean "looks like"?
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2006, 03:08:51 PM
Quote from: "Megs79"
I'm sick of that freakin commercial on FSC where he says the same thing.  It's on during every commercial break.  I'm pretty sure it's sponsored by Nike.


You are correct, mes amis.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on March 28, 2006, 03:33:29 PM
Quote from: "Rafe"
Fucking christ on a rusty blade, mate! You're full of bloody good news in this thread, aren't you? Jol to leave, only to be replaced by a man who looks like he's fresh out of Madame Tussaud's.

Yeah, but he's a heckuva coach.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: MissKitty on April 20, 2006, 01:06:52 PM
Gearing up for the World Cup--have you purchased your FooTooKit (http://www.i4u.com/article5337.html) yet?
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 20, 2006, 02:34:37 PM
No, but I damn well should. Italy, Czech Republic and Ghana, look out!
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 27, 2006, 11:39:40 AM
It was announced that Super Aussie Guus Hiddink would be leaving the Socceroos after the World Cup to take the job of managing Russia's national team (thanks to an assist from one R Abramovich, London, SW1). That was announced earlier this month. But I heard from a well-connected source not to expect that to be a done deal. Next summer, Guus Hiddink will be on the sidelines...for Chelsea.

How? Well, the rumor went that Luiz Felipe Scolari would leave Portugal for the England job, freeing up the Portugal job for Jose Mourinho, since the Special One would have made the other nineteen teams in the Premiership look silly for two straight years, and it's starting to get a bit boring. Alternatively, Mourinho could accept the challenges of the post-Galacticos era at Real Madrid, but hopefully his past ties to Barcelona would keep him from accepting that job. At any rate, Mourinho's departure opens the door for Hiddink to leave PSV and Australia for Chelsea, Abramovich's other team.

BREAKING NEWS: The FA has offered the England coaching job to Big Phil. Stay tuned for more dominoes...
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on April 27, 2006, 05:43:14 PM
Is it official, yet? If so, I'm not happy. What about Wenger or O'Neill? The FA are fuckwits extraordinaire.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 28, 2006, 09:59:32 AM
It's not official. They've just offered him the job, but honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he waits until after the World Cup to accept it. He is busy with other things on his plate right now, after all.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on April 28, 2006, 03:56:19 PM
oops.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 28, 2006, 04:05:57 PM
"I am committed to the Portuguese FA until the end of the World Cup and maybe longer," Scolari said.

"In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.

"I don't want to be a part of it."

So this was good for Big Phil. He got a glimpse of what it entails to be England manager and decided it wasn't for him. Better for all concerned that he found that out sooner rather than later.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on April 28, 2006, 04:11:22 PM
Yeah, nothing like a few death threats to help make a decision easy.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 28, 2006, 04:13:45 PM
The death threats came from Portugal. But "Scolari explained that he had been shocked by the English media intrusion over the last few days" according to the BBC.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on April 28, 2006, 04:26:03 PM
The media intrusion thing just seems weird to me, though.  I mean, the guy coached Brazil.  How can the press scrutiny be any worse than what he's already gone through?
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on April 28, 2006, 04:39:48 PM
I agree. I think it's a convenient excuse. Something tells me that he thought word of the offer wasn't going to leak out until after the World Cup (although how anyone thinks that the workings of Soho Square can remain private with the English press corps and their unnamed highly-placed sources about astounds me), and, now that the Portugese FA and fans know about it, he's forced to backtrack.

But, it's interesting to note that he didn't completely rule out coaching England. So it might not be over yet. We'll see.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on April 28, 2006, 04:51:35 PM
I think it has to be over.  

It's just a messed up state of affairs-- from SGE leaving to the whole English manager or not controversy to Scolari.  And it's not good going into the World Cup.  Just hire Allerdyce, Curbishly or O'Neil (if they'll take it) and make the announcement.  If they suck as manager you can always fire them before the next campaign.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 02, 2006, 01:23:08 PM
Did I or did I not say that Wayne Rooney would somehow fuck himself up and not play a part in WC 2006.

Damfuckshitpissbollocks - not for him, for me.... How I wish I could've found a bookie to take that bet last fall!

SGE will have to include him in the squad though - how else is Owen going to get a chance of WR's gambling debt paid back otherwise?!
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 02, 2006, 03:10:25 PM
What a fat twat.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on May 02, 2006, 08:09:00 PM
Hannover 96's Cherundolo makes the US Squad.  As does Championship League XI Keeper Marcus Hanhnemen, curiously overlooked Reading Teammate Bobby Convey, and Man City's Claudio Reyna.

Decent squad, no surprises.  Only guy I'm not sure about is Bobby Ching, but then I'm not sold on Taylor Twellman either.  We're just a bit weak upfront.  At least Ching seems to partner well with Donavan and he's the better set piece guy.

The hard part is still going to be sorting out who starts at midfield.  Eddie Lewis gets in as defender.  Mastroeni (ugh) gets the defensive midfield holding spot.  Which leaves three spots between Convey, Dempsey, Beasley, Donovan, Reyna, and O'Brien and of course perenial Arena fave Ben Olsen.  

I'll concede to Jonathan's much greater knowledge and say that Dempsey needs to play and he's probably more natural on the right anyway.  Beasley and Donovan are must-starts.  So I guess that makes it Beaseley-Donovan-Mastoreni-Dempsey.  And leaves Convey and O'Brien coming off the bench?!?  That's crazy.  I can't imagine leaving O'Brien out if he's healthy, and I can't imagine leaving Convey off based on his performance at Reading.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on May 02, 2006, 08:24:35 PM
Convey has got to get a start in the first XI. He's been blinding this year. Your forward line looks to be a confused mixture of all that is weak/old/inexperienced/shit, but I recall Landon Donovan playing up front or just off the main striker when he had a short stay or two in Germany. At least you have a few forwards that are fit! We've Peter fucking Crouch. Great. I think it's a shame about Adu. I'd like to have seen him going along as a squad-member - he would either sink quickly, or swim well. Hahnemann is a good choice - is he your first pick, now? If so, that's great. A very brave 'keeper.

Bocanegra can ge a grand player if he winds his neck in a little bit, and I'm chuffed to bits to see Cherundolo in the line-up, although it's absolutely unsurprising. I'm biased of course, but he's a really loyal guy. I'm sure he'll move in the summer, but he's been a wonderful servant to Hannover, and he plays equipped with big brass bollocks. Not the greatest player, but a tough little guy when he needs to be.

Good luck to your team.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 03, 2006, 08:14:56 AM
Quote from: "rva"
Decent squad, no surprises.  Only guy I'm not sure about is Bobby Ching, but then I'm not sold on Taylor Twellman either.  We're just a bit weak upfront.

And leaves Convey and O'Brien coming off the bench?!?  That's crazy.  I can't imagine leaving O'Brien out if he's healthy, and I can't imagine leaving Convey off based on his performance at Reading.


I was SO GLAD that Taylor Twellman was not on the roster.  He got a lot of starts in some late friendlies, but I just didn't think he was worthy of selection.

I think you have to start Convey and O'Brien, and bring Beasley and Dempsey off the bench for change of pace... or play a 4-5-1, with Donovan playing a sort of reserved forward role, and have the wings play balls in to McBride's head.... I can't see how O'Brien doesn't start, considering his play in the last WC... and Convey must play considering his play for Reading this year.  This may be Convey's only chance to really shine.  Dempsey punched his way into Arena's doghouse, so frankly I don't think he will start, nor should he.  And Beasley has been completely non-existent for PSV this season.  

As for the defense, all I can say about Bocanegra is that when I had him in my previous Peterborough career, the fucker had the knack of scoring own goals past my keeper at crucial times.  I lost a freakin' Champions League Quarterfinal 1-0 because of that shit.  I thought that must be some kind of fluke in the game... then he nearly scored an own goal in the Germany game, and it frankly scared me how right on that game is.  

Let's all just hope that Arena doesn't get fixated on playing Eddie Pope the whole time.  He's on the downside.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 04, 2006, 03:25:44 PM
I love stories like this (http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?HLID=384508&CPID=4&title=FA:+McClaren+our+first+choice&lid=2&channel=Football_Home&f=rss)

Now FA boss Brian Barwick is saying, "no, we never offered the job to Felipe Scolari! Steve McLaren was always our first choice!"

Can you even be more of a backpedaller? Who do you think you are kidding Mr Barwick?
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 04, 2006, 04:12:31 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Now FA boss Brian Barwick is saying, "no, we never offered the job to Felipe Scolari! Steve McLaren was always our first choice!"

Can you even be more of a backpedaller? Who do you think you are kidding Mr Barwick?


The English FA have always been fucking incompetent... they actually make GWB's administration at the White House look like fucking rocket scientists by comparison.

How they even allowed this vacancy/appointment to occur just a few months before the WC just beggars belief.

I'd love to have confidence in "my team" for the competition, but the stark truth is we probably won't make it through the opening round.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2006, 04:25:26 PM
If it makes you feel better, England won the WC in Butter's FM06.  You know, since life imitates video games.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 04, 2006, 04:58:40 PM
I'm sure Shrek Rooney was probably healthy in the Butterverse.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on May 04, 2006, 05:11:13 PM
My prediction: England will lose to Germany in the second round.

The team I'd like to see prove me wrong:

GK: Robinson

D: Hargreaves
D: Terry
D: King
D: Cole

M: Carrick
M: Lampard
M: Cole
M: Wright-Phillips
M: Gerrard

S: Ronaldinho
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 05, 2006, 08:01:35 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
I'm sure Shrek Rooney was probably healthy in the Butterverse.


Truthfully, I looked at the England games, and Rooney barely played.  The FM-coach loves Jermain Defoe.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 05, 2006, 08:02:21 AM
Quote from: "Rafe"
S: Ronaldinho


LOL!
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 08, 2006, 09:57:20 AM
I see Sven has turned to ex-Southampton players to win him the World Cup...

Wayne "Remember Me?" Bridge
&
Peter "LankyStreakO'Piss" Crouch
&
Theee-Oh, Thee-Oh, Theo Walcott

C'mon you Saints!
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 08, 2006, 10:04:06 AM
Oh Jeeebus, he's really going to bring Walcott? I though that was just another idiotic tabloid rumour.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 08, 2006, 11:13:48 AM
Addicks pip Boro to sign Gibbs (http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?HLID=385362&CPID=8&title=Addicks+pip+Boro+to+Gibbs&lid=2&channel=Football_Home&f=rss)

No, not CR. Charlton signed American international Cory Gibbs.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on May 08, 2006, 01:50:39 PM
I might have taken Walcott with Rooney healthy, just as a learning experience and whatnot.  With Rooney out it's insane.  Especially when no one's really sure about Crouch.

Neither Bent or Defoe are top-quality world class strikers, but they can do the job.  Rooney being out hurts England, but their midfield is still steller.  If Owen is on form, England can win it... but not with Crouch or Walcott.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on May 08, 2006, 03:59:19 PM
Quote from: "rva"
I might have taken Walcott with Rooney healthy, just as a learning experience and whatnot.  With Rooney out it's insane.  Especially when no one's really sure about Crouch.

I agree with you. It beggars belief that Lurch and Walcott are the only fit out-and-out strikers in a squad of 27. I'm all about Walcott's inclusion, but only if Rooney and Owen are match fit. Maybe Rooney's recovery is going well behind the scenes, and the reported severity of his injury merely a smokescreen? Yeah I know, I'm probably kidding myself. Well I wish Walcott well, but the fact that Defoe is omitted at this stage is bonkers.

Nice to see Lennon in the squad, though.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 08, 2006, 11:36:30 PM
Here's the thing about the FIFA rules. It's a lot easier to take an injured player off the roster than it is to put a suddenly healthy one on. You can make a substitution for injury (with one of the people on your taxi squad) up until the kickoff of the first match, then the rosters are frozen. So Sven is going to given Rooney and Owen every opportunity to prove their fitness up until the last minute. Then, if it proves they're not up to the task, he'll replace them with Defoe and Andy Johnson on the morning of June 9th.

Better to put them on the roster now and take them off if need be than to leave them off the roster and not be able to get them back on when they're ready to go.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on May 09, 2006, 12:02:59 AM
They have a decent shot of getting beyond the group stage with Owen and Defoe, or even Crouch and Defoe.  And then they could have Rooney and Owen back.  If you switch it up before the tournament kick-off then you could be stuck with Walcott and Crouch all the way to the finals and I don't see that happening.

Unless you can change your squad during the tournament itself, I think it's a big risk.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 09, 2006, 11:03:55 AM
Tim Howard. To Everton. On loan.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/e/everton/4753177.stm
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 09, 2006, 11:39:43 AM
About freaking time.  But one wonders if it's too late to save Timmy's career.  Keepers seem to have a longer shelf life than most anyway, so maybe not.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on May 09, 2006, 11:48:47 AM
I'm surprised they didn't sell him.  I guess they remember that goal he scored on Wayne Rooney.  He has heart.  Without heart, you cannot play.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 09, 2006, 12:38:04 PM
Honestly, I don't think they want to sell him. They know that van der Sar isn't the long-term solution, but they also know that if they continue to let Timmy rot on the bench, then he'll be completely useless to them. So they'll give him a year of regular play with the Toffees, then make a decision on his long-term Manchester United future.

I don't think Timmy's career was damaged by this past season. Besides, like W said, he did score on Wayne Rooney. Even if that commercial was the most action he saw all season.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2006, 10:53:03 AM
Quote from: "rva"
He has heart.  Without heart, you cannot play.

(http://www.chunk.uk.com/trolleyed/images/products/t_cantonared.jpg)
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2006, 10:56:46 AM
Here's a fun one...Darren "Sicknote" Anderton, late of White Hart Lane, 748 Tottenham High Road, London, N17 0AP (or is that OAP?)...to Major League Soccer and D.C. United.

As long as he takes the place of that useless bastard Lucio Filomeno, I'm okay with it.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 10, 2006, 11:22:26 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
...Darren "Pompey Scum" Anderton


Fix'd
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: rva on May 10, 2006, 01:10:10 PM
Southampton to make a 1.5m bid for Tommy Smith and Inigo Idiakez.

In FM 2006, I picked up Inigo Idiakez in 2007 and he was absolutely huge for me.  Turned my team from relegation battlers into a solid premiership team and FA Cup contenders.  Idiakez played two good seasons for me, and retired at exactly the point where I would have probably had to make the difficult decision to replace him.  I loved that guy.  I would have had a testimonial for him if FM 2006 let you do this.

Thus, I heartily approve of this move.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2006, 01:16:55 PM
Quote from: "rva"
I would have had a testimonial for him if FM 2006 let you do this.[/quote
That would be a fun feature.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 12, 2006, 12:31:37 PM
Toronto FC to join MLS in 2007 (http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060511&content_id=58784&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp)
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 12, 2006, 12:45:59 PM
Notice how there's no mention of an expansion draft, or what other team might be joining the mix? That's because it's not really an expansion team.

They call it MLS's 13th team, but mark my words - the Kansas City Wizards will be playing in Toronto next season.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 12, 2006, 12:49:35 PM
I thought maybe Colorado might be headed there.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 12, 2006, 12:55:24 PM
Nope. Colorado is building a new soccer-specific stadium. Kansas City, on the other hand, is about to become homeless as voters approved a bond measure for improvements to Arrowhead Stadium. Improvements that will take place after the Chiefs' season this year.

Plus, Kansas City is on life-support, anyway. They almost moved last season along with San Jose. They're toast.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on May 13, 2006, 01:23:29 PM
Well done Liverpool! They were fucking lucky, though. I'm not too partial to the Irons, but in the 90 minutes of normal time, they deserved to win. Despite that, what a great match.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 13, 2006, 01:32:06 PM
It was a good match. Ordinarily, I might have been pulling for West Ham myself, but as I was watching with my Scouser friend Jeff, i had to root for the 'Pool. So I was happy to see them victorious.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Rafe on May 13, 2006, 01:45:42 PM
Yes, unbelievably, I was also rooting for Liverpool to do it. I did think that the Irons played brilliantly and took the edge off Liverpool, though. West Ham fucking hate spurs, and I'm sure there are some Tottenham fans that reciprocate in kind, but as a fan of the jewellers, I think Pardew's team probably deserved to win it. Then again, they were playing against Gerrard. He was pretty classy today.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: noonan on May 13, 2006, 02:10:29 PM
Oy, this really stings. I'll take cup runner up over clawing out of the Fizzy Pop League(tm) any day though.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 15, 2006, 04:22:45 PM
Ballack signs with Chelsea... does this mean that Lampard will soon be moving on?
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 15, 2006, 05:07:49 PM
Nope.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on May 17, 2006, 11:30:16 PM
Here's a fun little rumor that I posted because it involves so many teams that people on these boards support:

Tottenham have opened the door for Jermain Defoe to go to Liverpool as they eye Chelsea pair Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlton Cole.

Hmm...
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 18, 2006, 08:00:54 AM
Why did Chelsea buy Shaun Wright-Phillips again?

And I think we all know about my fondness towards Carlton Cole.  Just visit my old Peterborough United dynasty if you have forgotten.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 18, 2006, 08:14:52 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Why did Chelsea buy Shaun Wright-Phillips again?


So that Manchester United couldn't.

The fact that he is not included in SGE's 23 for WC2006 is nothing short of scandalous. Probably has more to offer right now than Walcott can/might, but I don't think Sven's out to actually win the competition anyway.
Title: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Butter on May 18, 2006, 08:32:51 AM
All I know is he was by far the best player Man City had... but I don't recall seeing him on the pitch for more than 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge.  Makes no sense to me why you would pay so much for him and then just leave him on the bench to rot.  Ah, the extravagancies of the Big 4.

So, thoughts on the Barca-Arsenal final?  Thought it was a fair result... Barca really should've been up 1-0 early, and I think they would've won it once they got ahead.  Henry had no support all night, and I thought taking Pires out for Almunia was probably not the wisest move considering that Arsenal had to know that they'd need to score later.  It all ended up working out for Barcelona, but if it hadn't the blame sure could've laid at Ronaldinho's feet.  He was terrible.
Title: Re: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: euro60 on November 30, 2017, 01:25:01 AM
In the latest news and "rumours", it seems that FC Cincinnati is inching ever so close to getting an MLS franchise, after today's vote from Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County to provide $52 million in infrastructure funding surrounding a new stadium, presumably in Oakley.

Couple of thoughts:

Cincy is one of 4 finalists in getting this round of 2 MLS franchises. One would think they are better viewed than Nashville and Detroit (assuming Sacramento is in the bag due to being out west), given the amazing things that have happened in the last 2 years here, right?

As a complete aside, the political grandstanding in recent weeks has been nothing but amazing. Any other business announcing they were ready to invest millions in the city (in FCC's case: apart from the $150 million in the MLS franchise fee, there would be a $200 million in a privately-funded stadium) would've gotten the red carpet rolled out. But what a struggle it has been to get City Council and the County Commission to get on board...
Title: Re: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: foolsgold on November 30, 2017, 07:41:09 AM
Because the MLS sucks, we don't need another stadium, FC has a great thing going at Nippert with built in infrastructure and a sizable portion of their fan base in UC students who can just walk to the game, Oakley is a God-awful location for it, and my tax dollars will go to pay for some portion of another stadium (it ain't entirely privately funded.)  Besides, I've heard no one say why going to the MLS is so important, so it just sounds like an ego fueled cash grab.  Cincinnati is not a great sports town.  On the occasion when fans go to games, it's generally only for the die-hards, a promotion/special event or if the team is doing really well (and usually, not even then.)  When FC becomes just another MLS team rather than a scrappy club who often punches above their weight and the cost of going to the game skyrockets, how can anyone seriously believe that the games are going to be as well attended and supported as they are now?  The whole thing is utterly stupid.
Title: Re: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: Jonathan on November 30, 2017, 07:56:13 AM
So Raleigh missed out on this round of four finalists, but the delusional people are saying "it's okay, because there's a second round of two more". One would think that the two cities that didn't get franchises in the first round would be in the pole position for the second round.

And honestly, I don't think Cincinnati is better viewed that Nashville and Detroit. I think that it will be Nashville and probably Sacramento. I think, strangely, the Columbus fiasco actually hurts Cincinnati by tarring them with the same Ohio brush.
Title: Re: Soccer news and rumours
Post by: dirk on November 30, 2017, 11:58:28 AM
I'm with Foolsgold on this one. No one has ever really explained what the city will get from putting out all that money. Sure, we'll have an MLS team, but let's be honest, MLS isn't that big of a deal in the US. We already have a team that plays in the city and draws a lot of fans, so it won't create a bunch of jobs or draw a lot more people just because there is a new stadium and they are part of the MLS. As much as FCC claims differently, ticket prices will definitely go up, which could mean less attendance, not more. It means a ton to the owners because the team will be worth more, but I just don't see what the city gets back for their $75 million. Add in the fact this whole thing was hidden until after the election and now they are trying to rush it through without a real plan in place (hell, they are talking it may not even be in Oakley anymore, which means no one has any idea of the actual cost) and I don't see why anyone would sign on to give them money. This should have all been done months ago so people could actually see the plan and know what they were getting into. Instead, no one has a clue what the plan is (including FCC) and the only thing people know is that they want to be in the MLS.