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post #481 of 492
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Not much credence should be given to soccer tabloids. Isn't Marca a Madrid-sponsored paper anyway?

Yeah.

Although, the Pep to Qatar rumor has been around for a while. The Barca-Qatar relationship has been pretty chummy lately (see: sponsorship, team traveling to play there MIDSEASON a couple years ago) and I wouldn't doubt them throwing a truckload of money his way to make a splash for the WC.

Pep needs to just stay at Barcelona. I never understood the getting bored with winning thing. Dude could end up being the GOAT.
post #482 of 492
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post #483 of 492
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Yeah.

Although, the Pep to Qatar rumor has been around for a while. The Barca-Qatar relationship has been pretty chummy lately (see: sponsorship, team traveling to play there MIDSEASON a couple years ago) and I wouldn't doubt them throwing a truckload of money his way to make a splash for the WC.

Pep needs to just stay at Barcelona. I never understood the getting bored with winning thing. Dude could end up being the GOAT.
Sure Brian is correct but this rumor has been around for awhile, as you say; the Euro 36M/year offer is on the table (almost 3x what Mou makes/year); and the ties are there (Pep even played there for 2 years).

He has also repeatedly said he wants/needs to move on.

What I don't get is why there. Only if Qatar somehow buys nationality for 30 world-class players will the team even be competitive, and I can't see him coaching them through 2022 in any case.

Then again... x 36,000,000.00....
Maybe it's all a tactic to get Barca to out-Mou Mou, I don't know.



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I'm just gonna leave this here

Beautiful, thanks.
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Hate to say I called it (because I don't believe I called it here), but I foresaw this happening from day one. It was only a matter of time before the obvious debauchery going on in the Qatar victory was going to get blown wide open, and people were going to look back and say "Well, we really should have voted for the US in the first place."

Interestingly I believe this does make the Pep to Qatar move a bit shakier. One of the primary reasons that Qatar is so desperate for a top-class coach is because they'll be hosts of the 2022 WC as it stands, and it would be a huge embarrassment for a country of such wealth to get knocked out of the competition early, a prediction that I don't believe many would disagree with.

Pep may be well-suited to a national team. His strength seems to be in putting team members in their best positions to exploit their creativity and helping them develop as players. His work in the transfer market has been largely abysmal - getting rid of Eto'O for Ibra, then subsequently getting rid of Ibra for Villa, who only scored two more this season than Ibra did. He would do well in a situation where he had players to select and call up (similar to an academy), or if at a club, at least a Director of Football in a more prominent role to help with the transfer market.

As for him wanting to leave Barcelona, I believe it. Every single week is another potential heart attack when you've got the weight of the soccer world on your shoulders. Of course, having guys like Messi and Iniesta around no doubt alleviates some of that. Then you have the rivalry between Spanish clubs spanning far beyond the club itself so the pressure becomes even greater as you're no longer just the pride of your club, but also your city, and in the case of Barca, all of Catalonia.

I could see Pep at an English club, and it would be hard to see him anywhere but one of the top. Obviously, stylistically he matches up well with Arsenal. Many see him at Chelsea or Manchester United - personally I think it'd be a pity for him to become Abramovich's shiny new toy and thrown out after a year like many others. As for Man United, I think Mourinho is a better fit, but I don't think there's a club in the world who wouldn't want a class-act like Guardiola at the helm. I actually think Liverpool has a suitable culture and system for someone like him. We even have our youth academy and teams being run by former Barca coaches. It'd be a dream come true for him to inherit the crown from Kenny when he steps down eventually, but there really are quite a few exciting young couches available who I'd love to have as well (Klopp, Deschamps, Villas Boas)
post #486 of 492
I always wonder how the Ny Red Bulls/La Galaxy would fare against Premier/Serie A/BBVA teams...in a reach match.
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I always wonder how the Ny Red Bulls/La Galaxy would fare against Premier/Serie A/BBVA teams...in a reach match.

Vs. the Champions League teams from those leagues? Awful. Vs. Europa League teams? A fighter's chance if they play out of their minds. Vs. everyone else...they could definitely compete.

I'd put the NYRB and Galaxy in their current form up there with middle of the table teams from the best leagues in Europe.

Look at Real Salt Lake...they almost won the CONCACAF Champions League. They were one game away from getting to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup.
post #488 of 492
Have you guys seen this business about Xavi moving to Eastlands? Apparently the Sheik is offering £80m and £300,000 per week to have him. For a guy on the wrong side of 30 who may or may not adapt to the Prem, he'll have virtually no resale value and will be a massive gamble. But who the fuck cares? I'd feel bad for Xavi from a perspective of integrity. Dude is one of the best, but who knows how much he'll manage with Barry and De Jong in place of Iniesta and Messi. Can't argue against some 65 million for your family's future, though. Should it happen, Cesc will no doubt go to Barca and then they could also bring in Pastore or Sanchez. What a fucking spectacle this summer is going to be!
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Xavi aint goin no werrrrr
post #490 of 492
Wayne Rooney got a hair transplant. hahaha. Also, this is just great:
post #491 of 492
Sneijder to United (Or City)? Any of you see this happening? I know he said he wanted to stay at Inter but I'm hearing he was in England for a few days recently so maybe something is in the works.
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Sneijder to United (Or City)? Any of you see this happening? I know he said he wanted to stay at Inter but I'm hearing he was in England for a few days recently so maybe something is in the works.
If he goes to England I don't think he will go to Manchester: London, Hiddink, Chelsea.
I hope he stays at Inter though.
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