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euro60

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Re: English Premier League and other European football 2018/19
« Reply #60 on: March 03, 2019, 10:48:02 PM »

What had been apparent for weeks, if not longer, is now a reality. My club Lokeren has been relegated from the Belgium top flight (Jupiler Pro League), and with 2 match days to go no less. There was an expose in one of Belgium's leading newspapers (De Standaard) called "House of Cards at Daknam" (the latter being the name of Lokeren's stadium) on Saturday, and it wasn't a pretty picture. Utter chaos with players and player's agents coming and going (and cashing in), likewise with managers (3 this year), and it all went to sh*t, frankly.

Lokeren had once before been relegated (in 1993) but climbed back up 3 years later. I can only hope they will do so again in short order. The funny thing is that the anxiety that was around the club in the last few years, and which I as a fan certainly had, fighting relegation, is now gone, as it has for me. I'm just resigned to it. But lordy, how quick the downfall has come for a club that won the Belgian equivalent of the FA Cup in 2012 and again in 2014, and did so well in the Europa League in the 2014-15 season (and I have the scarfs to remind me).


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MissKitty

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Re: English Premier League and other European football 2018/19
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2019, 03:31:19 PM »

Ouch. Sorry, Euro.

Saints are in the relegation struggle right now too, so I can certainly empathize.
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euro60

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Re: English Premier League and other European football 2018/19
« Reply #62 on: April 17, 2019, 10:39:05 PM »

Anyone else watch the titanic struggle today between ManCity and Spurs in the Champions League? Truly a game for the ages, in so many ways. 5 goals in the first 20 min. That was just the appetizer! I don't know what to make of City's apparent winning goal in the 93rd min., then disallowed by VAR for offside (?). Regardless, this was one of the best soccer games I've seen in a long, long time.
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euro60

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Re: English Premier League and other European football 2018/19
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2019, 10:57:21 PM »

The Premier League has been fantastic this year.

The race between ManCity and Liverpool has been beyond belief. One of those will not win the title, and that is a shame. Either of those would in any other year have been the clear the winner.

And the titanic struggle between the rest of the "big six" to gain the coveted 3-4 spots for Champions League is equally enthralling.

2 match days to so, and so much to be decided still!
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