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Soccer • Football • Voetbal • Futbol • Calcio 2011/2012

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Brian SD, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    Fixtures are out for the new season in the Premier League, so I'd say it's as good a time as any to get some pre-season chatter going and welcome anyone new. Will Manchester City continue their run to the top of the table, money flying out of their pockets? Will United hold on and pull through with number 20? Will Arsenal pull their big boy boots on and manage not to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory? Will Chelsea find their form again and wreak havoc? Will Kenny Dalglish return Liverpool to its former days of glory? How about the newly promoted teams? It'll be the first time a Welsh team makes it into the premier league. Norwich and QPR both have potential to stay up with how shaky Wolves, Villa and Wigan have been. http://www.premierleague.com/page/Fi...,12306,00.html Fixtures here for August. Some oddities you might immediately notice: Spurs have a really difficult run in. They aren't going to be getting a break for awhile. On the flip-side, if they managed to stun United before they hit their form and get a result against City, it could be a very significant boost to their season.
     
  2. Bally Eric

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    1st: Man City
    2nd: Man Utd
    3rd: Chelsea
    4th: Liverpool
    5th: Arsenal

    18th: Wigan
    19th: Wolves
    20th: Swansea
     
  3. NewYorkIslander

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    I'll wait until the summer transfers are said and done before I weigh in here.
     
  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    I'm gutted by the news that Andre Villas Boas may be moving to Chelsea. Not only is that a very scary idea for the rest of the PL teams, but I was sincerely hoping for Porto to stay together for the most part. Wishful thinking, I know. At least Dortmund is showing resolve and aren't selling off Hummels, Subotic, Kagawa, etc. NEW KITS! Chelsea: [​IMG] Real: [​IMG] City: [​IMG] West Ham: [​IMG] Spurs (home / away / third): [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Liverpool third: [​IMG] Swansea: [​IMG] [​IMG] Milan: [​IMG]
     
  5. Bally Eric

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    Teams change their strips every year now, waste of money especially if you have kids who want one.

    Grown men who wear them? [​IMG]
     
  6. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    It's a down year for kit design, I'd say [​IMG]
     
  7. TRINI

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    I like the new United one actually. [​IMG]
     
  8. NewYorkIslander

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    My new City Away arrived today....loving the throwback black and red stripes. Not too keen on the new home shirt that was leaked, though the sound wave design of "Blue Moon" is pretty cool.

    Cool site for footie shirts:
    www.footballshirtculture.com
     
  9. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    ^^^

    What do you think about those arms out/goal celebration sleeves? They look kinda funky when the arms are down, no?
     
  10. Reynard369

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    I don't see what the big stink with Villas-Boas is. He had a spectacular year, yes, but only one, and he's going to cost Chelsea 15m euros - no manager is worth that much.
     
  11. linkinwayne

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    Money's on United, as always. And once again we've been linked to every other player in existence, but still no concrete deals
     
  12. StephenHero

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    Good:

    ManU
    Spurs white

    Bad:

    Spurs Purple
    Chelsea
    Man City

    Meh:

    Everything else
     
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    Can't wait for soccer to start back up again. As an Arsenal fan though, I'm a bit torn. I don't want to see Fabregas go to Barca (I must concede that I absolutely love watching Barca games and watch them more than anyone else, it may be my soccer crush with Xavi), but am intrigued with what will happen in the transfer window if Fabregas leaves and we can use that cash to add pieces to the puzzle.
     
  15. Reynard369

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    Can't wait for soccer to start back up again. As an Arsenal fan though, I'm a bit torn. I don't want to see Fabregas go to Barca (I must concede that I absolutely love watching Barca games and watch them more than anyone else, it may be my soccer crush with Xavi), but am intrigued with what will happen in the transfer window if Fabregas leaves and we can use that cash to add pieces to the puzzle.

    Except Wenger would never spend that money.
     
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    Do either Liverpool or Spurs have much of a chance to get back in the CL?
     
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    Of the top teams, my heart is firmly with Arsenal and like BDC I am concerned about losing Fabregas and maybe getting nothing substantial in return. I'd hate to see another year of Manu or Chelsea and the prospect of Man City floating to the top is not very palatable.

    However, as long as Derby County miraculously gets promoted next year none of the above matters. Come on you Super-Rams! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  18. tullytra

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    Do either Liverpool or Spurs have much of a chance to get back in the CL?
    I'd say Liverpool have a decent chance. They played excellent the second half of the year, until the last couple of games. I look for Carroll to get a better run after having some time to adjust. They have the pieces (Kuyt, Reina, Suarez, Meireles, Gerrard), but I'd like to see them add another defender. They'll be in the mix so long as they can avoid terrible losses like the double to Blackpool this year [​IMG]
     
  19. El Argentino

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    Was interested to see that Roman&Co. splashed the cash to lure Villa-Boas over from Porto. I bet you'll see a lot of movement in and out of Chelsea's ranks this summer. Maybe even an overhaul sending out Lampard, Drogba, Terry (hopefully) to make room for Falcao, Neymar, etc.

    ***officially subscribed***
     
  20. hookem12387

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    Do either Liverpool or Spurs have much of a chance to get back in the CL?

    Biased take: yes but it will be very hard. We need to hang on to our stars this off season and at the very least spend some cash on a few strikers. It sounds like leandro will be coming in (Brazilian striker), but he's young and unproven. I've heard a lot of rumors about adebayor but citeh have been reluctant to sell to us in the past, plus he'd ruin our wage structure (which has to go anyway). Further we need health, something that I think really contributed to finishing 5th instead of 4th this year. I think it can be done and it will be exciting to watch, but it won't be easy.

    And Liverpool could easily do it, IMO. I still think Chelsea may drop
     

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