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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. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    Oh, don't get me wrong - I really appreciate Zanetti's 700-some caps for Inter, and the fact that he's been team captain for years now. He is just pure class and quality, and when it comes to players like that, you can't dislike them no matter what team they're on. I remember reading this on Wikipedia a while ago;

    That sort of statement just oozes quality. He's an exemplar of the way the game should be played. It's a real pity that he was shafted by both Pekerman and Maradona in their respective WC runs. No doubt that Zanetti's influence on Argentina's defense could have really swayed how 2010 South Africa turned out.

    I don't know why I initially chose ACM over FCIM. Just one of those weird draws of the hat. Actually I think I just preferred the red/black uniform to the blue/black of Internazionale.

    My pick of RM over Barça was even more bizarre. During my last stint living in Argentina years ago, when I started getting back into football as a young adult rather than just a kid's passtime, news broke of Boca transferring then-midfield-prodigy Fernando Gago to Madrid. It was all over issues of El Grafico for months, despite Messi already working his way up to the first team from La Masia. I'd been following Gago a lot in the 2004-05 season when Boca won the league, Supercopa and Resupercopa Sudamericana, as well as taking on ACM in the Club World Cup in Japan. I continued to follow him from Boca to RM, and it just kind of stuck.

    That decision to follow Real was solidified within a few weeks when River Plate confirmed the transfer of Gonzalo Higuaín. Mind was made up then and there. Hence, I feel a little bit threatened by Mourinho's continued trust in Benzema, despite Higuaín having been consistently solid up front over the last three or four seasons.
     


  2. Quatsch

    Quatsch Senior member

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    Indeed. Higuain is excellent.
     


  3. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    You say that as if it's a bad thing. I'll take finesse on the ball over some ogre shoving everything out of his way any day of the week (also would pick Real/Barca to win over any EPL team)
    Anyone follow Ligue 1?
     


  4. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    Considering it now, what with PSG poised to strike and all.
     


  5. embowafa

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  6. venessian

    venessian Senior member

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    Sò più de eà che de qua.
    
    Absolutely. One of the great captains of all time. That figure about 0 red cards is incredible. I think he'll probably be an excellent manager (like Leonardo at Milan and PSG now, not a coach) in the future; I hope at Inter. Yes, Higuain is terrific and consistent. However, you still have time to change your Serie A allegiance to Inter, since just now we won the Trofeo TIM (a 3-way, 1-day tourney, 45 minutes each against the other 2 teams...maybe the most stupid little tournament around), beating first Juve on penalty kicks, and then beating AC Milan 1-0, goal by il Principe Milito (will love that guy forever for his CL goals), on a beautiful assist by Cambiasso. More Argentine than that??? :)
    Not much anymore, but when I was younger I always liked Saint-Étienne ("Allez Les Verts!!!"), and disliked OM. Leonardo is doing a hell of a job with PSG, and it would be nice to see a Parisian club again at top levels.
    Every article I see today is filled with anger at and heavy criticism of Mou. He's really pushing it, in a bad way.
     


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    Arsenal v. Liverpool this weekend anybody? Waking up early to watch the midfield trio of frimpong, ramsey, and rosicky, and watch suarez take on jenkinson :facepalm: Great time to be a gooner.
     


  8. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    Longer term Ramsey looks like he's got potential. This weekend I think Carrol's set pieces could be dangerous, and don't under-estimate Downing :)
     


  9. comeonyouspurs

    comeonyouspurs Well-Known Member

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    Explain to me how. Yea the EPL doesn't have 20 teams that all have realistic title chances, not even 10, but there's a realistic chance that on any given match day a Villa, Fulham, Bolton, or Everton can snatch three points from any of the top four at the moment. This is less likely from the likes of Bilbao, Villareal, Valencia, or Sevilla at least from what the last five years have shown.

    And as far as theatrics are concerned, how often did you see recent Gunners v Spurs, Man U v Chelsea, City v Man U or Newcastle v Sunderland fixtures spiral into such complete messes? Sure there is a chippiness attached to the fixture but come on man. The way these two teams have acted both on and off the pitch their last few fixtures has been pretty sad to watch.

    So, call the argument subjective, it is, but I don't understand how my post was "so stupid".

    My eyes will be glued to Gooners v L'Pool. But the highlight of my weekend is Spurs v Man U [​IMG] Any thoughts on that fixture?
     


  10. dmash

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    A little late on all this as I just got back into town......


    EPL-Went to Arsenal-Newcastle at the 'Blind Pig' in East Village Saturday. I was definitely impressed with how many Arsenal fans were there and the overall vibe of the place. Super fun time! and yeah, definitely waking up Sat at 7:45 for the Arsenal-Liverpool match :slayer:


    La Liga-Messi did such a great job with 2 goals and that ridiculous throughball in that 3-2 win. My friends that don't even like soccer always enjoy watching him play. and I'm so happy Fabregas is on Barca!



    Lastly, so fucking pissed I can't get dish service at my new apartment. Can't get any La Liga games on this shitty cable I have now. Gonna have to bar it up throughout the week I guess :nodding:
     
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  11. comeonyouspurs

    comeonyouspurs Well-Known Member

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    If you don't feel like the bar have a look here: http://eplstreaming.com/channel-1/ They usually find a free stream for damn near any game being played (that's televised) including La Liga. Gets me through the semester lol
     


  12. NOBD

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    Thank you.
     


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    Didn't ManU lose Rio? and Rafael? West Brom could've had the draw but with a more potent midfield and maybe having one of the CF showing up, it should provide a for a good match. Are Chicharito/Evra back yet? And if you want to talk about competitive, wouldn't the Bundesliga be the best league or, dare I even say, Ligue 1? It just seems that in La liga the technical ability is there and there is at least competition between the non Barca/RM teams. And all that talk about Messi not being able to compete on a cold day at Stoke is ludicrous. He would do the exact same thing and run circles around the defenders as they would try to push him off, and he will get the foul called. And regarding theatrics, I don't think there are characters like Roy Keane anymore in the EPL. Well maybe Barton.
    Yeah, Ramsey and Wilshere are the future definitely, but Ramsey hasn't been looking on form as of late besides that early assist against Udinese. It'll be interesting to see what Daglish puts out in the midfield but count on Downing to cross it into the Carrol, but defensively (besides leftback), Arsenal is looking solid. But no Song, Gervinho, Wilshere, Gibbs, Traore, Djorou, or Nasri, and it doesn't bode too well for the Gunners. Hoping for a draw on this one.
     


  14. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    To me, the EPL is not the best league because the quality of football is best - I think there's excellent football being played all over the world. Udinese last season played some beautiful stuff, as do Dortmund and Porto, and of course Barcelona always. The reason I love the EPL most is because every week, there's at least one big surprise, and the amount of big games and 'must-win' games every season is huge. Towards the end of the season, the relegation scrap, the 4th place scrap, the two or three team title battle, and the amount of passion and surprise is insurmountable. That the game is more physical doesn't really bother me, though it does make matches more intense and high-tempo. It's the most fun league to follow.
     
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    My thought is that I hope you kick the stuffing out of United. Also Spurs should hurry up and sell Modric to Chelsea now, so Spurs have enough time to spend the $ on new players before the transfer window closes.
     


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