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Old 08-26-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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The 2014 anything but the EPL soccer thread





Besides, I want to talk about La Liga AND the MLS. If you didn't see it Henry had a great game the other night scoring two and I think two assists. There's been some very entertaining goals in the MLS this year whatever the overall quality (and as a future resident of Seattle I need to start supporting my Sounders).

Messi scored two of his text book goals against Elche but his general game and energy was shades of his old self - the team in general looked revitalized under Enrique. They're even buying defenders.

P.s. I'll post video later when I'm at my PC rather than iPad
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:14 AM   #2
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Now this is a thread I can get behind If Henry has a great season I wonder if he's still going to hang up the footy boots?
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:42 AM   #3
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MLS to Las Vegas

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/las-vegas-mls-stadium

Hmmm wonder what they'll call them?

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Old 08-27-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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As encouraging as it is to see that kind of specific investment, the MLS better change to a winter season. That would be as bad as having the World Cup in the Middle East and who would be mad enough to do that
Very true ... although not sure how the 'Revolution' would cope with playing in a Nor'easter
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:00 AM   #5
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Lampard retiring makes sense. In terms of top flight football he's getting a bit long in the tooth. Alonso would be something like 36 for the next WC, probably better to go out with Villa etc. For Spain it makes more sense for the 'old guard' to move on.

For England ... it makes no odds
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:33 AM   #6
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Lots of krauts stepping down from intl duties too. At least they are going out on a high. Engerland and Espania sucked at the World Cup.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
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Real Madrid face a tough group stage in the Champions League having drawn Liverpool. Basel and Ludogorets might not be so tough, but no one really wants to come to Anfield and face off against the Reds.


Chelsea got the easiest draw, probably because UEFA don't want to hear Mourinho whine like a little girl.

Citeh face Bayern. Good luck with that, .

Arsenal are preparing to be knocked out by Dortmund again this year.


Group A
Atletico Madrid
Juventus
Olympiakos
Malmo

Group B
Real Madrid
FC Basel
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad

Group C
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
Bayer Leverkusen
Monaco

Group D
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund
Galatasaray
Anderlecht

Group E
Bayern Munich
Manchester City
CSKA Moscow
Roma

Group F
Barcelona
Paris St-Germain
Ajax
Apoel Nicosia

Group G
Chelsea
Schalke
Sporting Lisbon
Maribor

Group H
Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk
Athletic Bilbao
BATE Borisov
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Real Madrid face a tough group stage in the Champions League having drawn Liverpool. Basel and Ludogorets might not be so tough, but no one really wants to come to Anfield and face off against the Reds.


Chelsea got the easiest draw, probably because UEFA don't want to hear Mourinho whine like a little girl.

Citeh face Bayern. Good luck with that, .

Arsenal are preparing to be knocked out by Dortmund again this year.


Group A
Atletico Madrid
Juventus
Olympiakos
Malmo

Group B
Real Madrid
FC Basel
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad

Group C
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
Bayer Leverkusen
Monaco

Group D
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund
Galatasaray
Anderlecht

Group E
Bayern Munich
Manchester City
CSKA Moscow
Roma

Group F
Barcelona
Paris St-Germain
Ajax
Apoel Nicosia

Group G
Chelsea
Schalke
Sporting Lisbon
Maribor

Group H
Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk
Athletic Bilbao
BATE Borisov
Hey now ....

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Old 08-31-2014, 11:34 PM   #9
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Real Madrid, I'm laughing at you. You create a tremendously unbalanced squad, go up 0-2 at Real Sociedad and then lose 4-2. That's after losing the Super Cup to Atletico.

Will Carlo Ancelotti last the season? Because the outfit they've saddled him with is going to concede a lot more goals.
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:06 AM   #10
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Real Madrid, I'm laughing at you. You create a tremendously unbalanced squad, go up 0-2 at Real Sociedad and then lose 4-2. That's after losing the Super Cup to Atletico.

Will Carlo Ancelotti last the season? Because the outfit they've saddled him with is going to concede a lot more goals.


I didn't see the game, but I read about it. They were 2-0 up in the first 11 minutes, but conceded two before halftime and collapsed in the second half.

And they just picked up another striker, the young Mexican Hernandez from ManU. That'll cure what ails them...

I wish Liverpool still had Suarez for when Real visit Anfield in CL play. Double digit goal tally would be on the cards...
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I didn't see the game, but I read about it. They were 2-0 up in the first 11 minutes, but conceded two before halftime and collapsed in the second half.

And they just picked up another striker, the young Mexican Hernandez from ManU. That'll cure what ails them...

I wish Liverpool still had Suarez for when Real visit Anfield in CL play. Double digit goal tally would be on the cards...
Hernandez is following his dreams... right to the bench. I may be able to count his minutes played on one hand.

Real Madrid managers are among the sport's more hapless individuals. The club wheels and deals for flashy players but often leaves fundamentals unaddressed. Then they fire the manager when it doesn't work.

A pivot of Kroos and Modric isn't going to stop anyone. They're certainly not going to protect the awful Sergio Ramos, who had a hand in two Sociedad goals. And Modric is a playmaker. Do they need two playmakers, now that they have James at 10?

Odd squad.

And with Messi out for a while with a hip injury, I wouldn't put it past Atletico to have another run at the title this season. They still seem to be the best balanced of all the big clubs in La Liga.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:40 PM   #12
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They're always selling off the back bone of their team at the worst time (Alonso, anyone? ). The big names seem to give them a short term merchandising boost that just about pays for the huge up front cost but I wonder how long they can keep that up under FFP

It seems the foundation that Mourinho put in place is just about dismantled. Ronaldo is getting older and more injury prone too so like Barcelona with Messi, the goal machine might stop although I would put my money on Barca as more likely to remain competitive for the next couple of seasons.
They make so much money it's almost as if FFP doesn't exist. In fact, I've always believed that FFP is designed to help big clubs like Real Madrid at the expense of any upstart which wants to challenge them. Debt can crush clubs, I get that. I don't believe that FFP is the right way to address the problem, because what FFP effectively does is cement the status quo.

Barca seem equally addicted to the splashy signing and don't seem all that keen to spend good money on the back half of the pitch, although perhaps more so than Real Madrid. Why on earth is Iker Casillas still tarting? Why did they chase off the better 'keeper? Bizarre.

It seems to me that Atletico are easily the best-balanced of the three, but their overall quality is lacking because of their limited means.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:05 AM   #13
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On an International note.... Di Maria looked a cool 100 Million against Germany the other night. My bad if this is too close to an EPL post.
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On an International note.... Di Maria looked a cool 100 Million against Germany the other night. My bad if this is too close to an EPL post.
The back and forth with Real Madrid tells me that Di Maria is a very unsettled player right now. He doesn't want to be at ManU. He wants to be in Madrid. Plus, van Gaal is playing him out of position. He's amazingly talented. But the early vibes are all wrong.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #15
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On an International note.... Di Maria looked a cool 100 Million against Germany the other night. My bad if this is too close to an EPL post.
It is easy to look like a million against a defense that never played like this before.
I am not sure about motivation either. What's the use of beating a team that just lost the WC final against you?
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