Jump to content
IGNORED

Football thread 2022/23


Naysonymous
 Share

Recommended Posts

Oh football.  
You spend all summer anticipating the new season, get an ‘easy’ opening fixture against a newly promoted club who have hardly signed anybody since they came up and then concede a goal after 90 seconds when one of your defenders is off the pitch removing fucking jewellery that he’d decided to leave on when getting changed.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’ve been a bit glib, as they’ve probably played together in pre-season, but that must be close to a record?

 

Bar the first ever game of football when all the players would have been debutants. I hope none of them really knew what they were doing and just booted the ball in every direction until a referee with a fantastic moustache lit his pipe to signal full-time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Listening to the Newcastle-Forest game on 5live and by Christ Jonathan Woodgate is not a very good pundit. Its a constant stream of football clichés in that unattractive accent/tone he has (which isn't too far removed from my own to be honest, but in my defence I'm not subjecting listeners to mine on the radio) 

 

I heard a bit of him last season when he was starting out and hoped the BBC realised he wasn't very good and wouldn't sign him up for the new season, but appears my hopes have been dashed. 

 

Good result for Newcastle though, sounded like they played well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yep very promising start for Leeds.

 

If we can get a good quality forward and decent left back cover,  in addition to Robles the backup keeper we are supposedly signing in the next couple of days then there is no reason we cannot have a half decent season.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, Waggo said:

Yep very promising start for Leeds.

 

If we can get a good quality forward and decent left back cover,  in addition to Robles the backup keeper we are supposedly signing in the next couple of days then there is no reason we cannot have a half decent season.  

Still looked a little shaky at the back but yeah, looking good overall. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

27 minutes ago, ryodi said:

Godfrey for Everton looks to have got the first serious injury caused by the lineman not flagging even though the ball was clearly over the line no doubt due to VAR.

 

Lino was not up with play and the player made the tackle due to the mistake - not sure you can blame anyone there. Looked horrible as soon as you saw his reaction.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Waggo said:


I won’t link it here because it was the shitty Sun, but they had the headline yesterday that Martin Braithwaite is holding Barcelona to ransom by refusing to leave until they pay his contract in full. 

 

...

 

Plenty of other media outlets are giving similar biased reporting in favour of Barca and it stinks.  Just about any other club behaving this outrageously would be sanctioned in a heartbeat, yet where are UEFA?  

 

There's a great piece on The Athletic about Barcelona’s financial crisis and there's bit in it about representatives of Barcelona players suspect the club have been leaking contract details and trying to turn the public against them, creating paranoia in the squad.

 

Quote

Representatives of Barcelona players have noted how the Messi, Griezmann and De Jong contracts have all found their way into Spanish newspapers and several told The Athletic this made them suspect the leaks may have come from Barcelona themselves as attempts to put pressure on players by shaping public opinion against them. Barcelona were approached for comment.

 

Agents of Barcelona players wonder privately who will be next, feeding a paranoia within the squad. Some wondered whether goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose contract is set to rise in value significantly next year, may be the next one to come under pressure.

 

Quote

In his book, Kuper claims the UEFA official dined with a Barcelona counterpart in February 2020 and, during the meal, the Camp Nou official complained about what he perceived to be the governing body’s light touch on Financial Fair Play when it came to Manchester City and PSG, who are both owned by funds or individuals linked to nation-states. This, the argument went, had created an environment in which Barcelona would struggle to compete financially, such is the wealth at the two clubs’ disposal.

 

Kuper writes: “Eventually, the Barca official asked, ‘Is there anyone in your FFP department we could pay?’. The UEFA official understood that his counterpart was trying to find somebody to bribe.” 

 

It is an extraordinary allegation and it was even more remarkable this week when The Athletic asked UEFA if their official in question had internally disclosed this conversation, in which a member club appeared to be testing the water on how to induce European football’s regulator. We also asked whether any investigation had been launched.

 

UEFA said the organisation “is unaware of any such meeting or request”. Barcelona have been approached for comment.

It should be said that this allegation, along with the appeal to UEFA to advance television money, precedes the Laporta regime.

 

They tried to get around the registration problem with Raphinha but thankfully Leeds didn't play ball and got most of the money upfront.

 

Quote

During negotiations with Leeds over Raphinha, Barcelona’s anxiety became apparent. For example, at one point, they wanted Leeds to legally agree the player’s transfer in this window, but potentially wait until the next one in January to actually process it and receive the cash for him if it turned out that Barcelona could not register him before deadline day at the start of next month.

 

Leeds were not prepared to play ball and also stipulated that much of the money had to be paid upfront, while inserting a penalty clause into the contract, committing Barcelona to forfeiting an additional €10million if they failed to meet a fixed payment date.

 

It all feels a bit like Ridsdale on steroids, he can only dream of the fishtanks the Barcelona boardroom could have.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 hours ago, deerokus said:

Sky keep making mistakes like this. I mean, come on now.

 

 


Probably a Rangers fan doing the graphics.

 

I’m not saying such things can happen, but they definitely can happen.

 

Edit: I totally didn’t twig it was Hibs Vs Hearts; yeah that’s someone in the graphics department just being a spanner.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Martin Braithwaite, you say?  That would be the guy who Barca got as an emergency transfer from another club as they had suffered an injury to one of their own players.

 

The fact that the injured player was a goalkeeper and Braithwaite was the top scorer for a club battling against relegation is by the by.  Mes que un club, indeed.

 

(Have to point out that Braithwaite was an innocent party, and was as surprised as anyone to find himself at the Camp Nou.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Watching Spurs on MOTD and Kulusevsic looks a very impressive player to be honest.  Spurs playing free flowing football, admittedly against a sorry looking Southampton side, should have a really good season.  To score 4 and no Kane or Son on the score sheet is great for them.

 

That O.G though was terrible, that's a premier league footballer trying to clear with his wrong foot.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.