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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:17 pm 
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Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

Don't know if they could have guaranteed his safety but their most certainly said they could


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 7:32 am 
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Football? Bloody hell!

To this day I've never seen anything like it.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 8:03 am 
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swc wrote:
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Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

No its not true.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 8:26 am 
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Barcelona 1 Valencia 2 in the Spanish Cup Final.

Congrats to Valencia... a big club with alot of near misses.

Barcelona doing a PSG and effectively turning off post Champs League.

Do they really think Griezmann will solve their issues? To me, the entire issue about Real Madrid and Barca isn't necessarily good players but as a whole, the teams play way too slow. You may get away with that through talent against the middling champions league sides, but against Liverpool, City... probably Ajax too... they aren't fast enough and don't pose enough of a threat.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 8:32 am 
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Barcelona 1 Valencia 2 in the Spanish Cup Final.

Congrats to Valencia... a big club with alot of near misses.

Barcelona doing a PSG and effectively turning off post Champs League.

Do they really think Griezmann will solve their issues? To me, the entire issue about Real Madrid and Barca isn't necessarily good players but as a whole, the teams play way too slow. You may get away with that through talent against the middling champions league sides, but against Liverpool, City... probably Ajax too... they aren't fast enough and don't pose enough of a threat.

They have won it for the last 5 seasons so I'm guessing you are basing your in depth analysis on one season.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 10:44 am 
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swc wrote:
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Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

No its not true.


What makes you say it isn't true?


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 10:53 am 
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Barca lost. Has anyone checked on Earl the beaver?


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 10:53 am 
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eldanielfire wrote:
c69 wrote:
swc wrote:
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Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

No its not true.


What makes you say it isn't true?

The reports I have seen. And the comments from the Government and the European fottball authority.
Whether you believe what they say is another matter. For the record I think playing the final there is logistically ridiculous


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:59 pm 
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Sun Tzu wrote:
Football? Bloody hell!

To this day I've never seen anything like it.



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Schmeichel and Stam both spent time in the army, Schmeichel not turning professional until he was 24, while Stam didn’t play in the Eredivisie until he was 23. Irwin was given a free transfer by Leeds; Keane learnt that he was too small, writing to, and unwanted by, every top division English club, only signing for semi-professional Cobh Ramblers at the age of 18, before suffering a career-threatening injury as he reached his peak. Cole was released by Arsenal, rejected by Fulham, then ridiculed by the media and the England manager; Sheringham didn’t play in the top division until he was 26 and Europe until he was 31. Before signing for United, Solskjaer was turned down by Hamburg, Cagliari, Manchester City and Everton, while Yorke, born in a non-footballing country, sold land crabs to tourists to pay for boots, saw the game as a “way out” of his overcrowded home and slept with a football in his bed until he was 25. They played like they could not believe their good fortune.

Even among the homegrown players, there was a mental toughness and an appreciation. The Neville brothers, dubbed the Nervous Brothers by Scholes, doubted themselves and devoted their lives accordingly, and though Giggs and Beckham were always going to make it, both suffered formative and exceptional adversity; not just the most fortunate natural talents of their generation, but also the most determined.



Incredible read really. They were a team full of men instead of the man-child's that infest that club now.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 5:42 pm 
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eldanielfire wrote:
c69 wrote:
swc wrote:
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Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

No its not true.


What makes you say it isn't true?

Azerbaijan saying the exact opposite


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 6:56 pm 
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c69 wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
c69 wrote:
swc wrote:
ForzaIt wrote:
Mkhitaryan has been told by Azerbaijan that his safety cannot be guaranteed if he travels to Baku to play for Arsenal in the Europa League Final so Arsenal have had to drop him from their squad.

An utter shambles from UEFA holding the final in Baku. It would be good for the game if the two London clubs just told UEFA where to go and arranged the game themselves at Wembley.


Is that true though? What I’ve read they have and arsenal have said as much as well. Seems more he isn’t prepared to take the risk (which I have no issue with btw)

No its not true.


What makes you say it isn't true?

The reports I have seen. And the comments from the Government and the European fottball authority.
Whether you believe what they say is another matter. For the record I think playing the final there is logistically ridiculous


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https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/foo ... 29576.html

According to a 2012 opinion poll, 91 per cent of Azerbaijanis perceive Armenia as their “biggest enemy”. Those of Armenian descent – even if they are not Armenian citizens – are routinely denied entry to the country. “Armenia is not even a colony, it is not even worthy of being a servant,” an Azerbaijani called Ilham Aliyev tweeted in early 2015, which would have been alarming enough even if you didn’t know he was the country’s president.


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Despite its blanket refusal to let Armenian citizens across its border, the Azerbaijan government had agreed to make an exception for Mkhitaryan as long as the midfielder agreed to play ball and nothing else.


Doesn't sound like he will be particularly safe to me if he said the wrong thing.


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 11:04 am 
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https://twitter.com/HarkemaseBoys/status/1132299172621631488/video/1

The Ref scores a goal and lets it stand :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 2:25 pm 
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sewa wrote:

As he should.


Now time for the £170m game.

UTV!


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:23 pm 
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Man Utd, Blackburn and Chelsea were all financially dominant in the era of their respective successes, City are no different.


Man Utd's financial dominance came on the back of their success, not vice versa.


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Sun Tzu wrote:
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As he should.


Now time for the £170m game.

UTV!


Get in!


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:49 pm 
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edit: Apparently this year is the first time that all 5 big leagues have been retained. Competition :lol:


Germany and Italy have been tied up for years by Bayern and Juve (7 and 8 consecutive titles respectively), PSG have been dominant in France (6 titles in 7 seasons) and Spain has generally been a Barcelona procession (7 titles in 10 seasons). All it took was the only really competitive of the big five leagues to have a club manage to retain the title (the first time it's happened in the EPL for more than a decade).


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:50 pm 
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Come on Villa... was patchy for the 20-35 min mark.... just need to get on the ball and keep getting at Cole. Would bring on Kodja for Adomah.


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4071 wrote:
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Man Utd, Blackburn and Chelsea were all financially dominant in the era of their respective successes, City are no different.


Man Utd's financial dominance came on the back of their success, not vice versa.


And a bit of luck. They were lucky they became successful right at the start of the Premiership era where bigger sums due to Sky winning the rights helped the right clubs start to pull ahead. But either way, whatever happened in the past and who, when, what and how, financial power is so considerably the dominating influence in football now there is a huge element of soulless element to the game.

Hence we see the weird phenomenon of city fans doing the triple, but not being entirely happy because other fans don't care that much about it. The finances are both creating a twin dilemma of more demand for success, but more emotional distance between clubs and their fan bases so fans aren't satisfied or happy.


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:57 pm 
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4071 wrote:
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edit: Apparently this year is the first time that all 5 big leagues have been retained. Competition :lol:


Germany and Italy have been tied up for years by Bayern and Juve (7 and 8 consecutive titles respectively), PSG have been dominant in France (6 titles in 7 seasons) and Spain has generally been a Barcelona procession (7 titles in 10 seasons). All it took was the only really competitive of the big five leagues to have a club manage to retain the title (the first time it's happened in the EPL for more than a decade).


More competitive or more inconsistent league?


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Yesssss! Wonderful goalkeeping :lol:


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Villa would be a good addition back PL. A decent club with some support. If they can manage themselves better than the end of the previous era when they were beyond hopeless.


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Shit on the Villa x(


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 4:37 pm 
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Shit on the Villa x(


Blues fan? (Username)


2-1 time to cack our pants


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 4:54 pm 
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Prince William :lol:


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Villa would be a good addition back PL. A decent club with some support. If they can manage themselves better than the end of the previous era when they were beyond hopeless.


Well done the villains. Aren't Villa one of the target clubs for purchase by those wealthy Arabs?


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:D :D :D

Up the Villa!


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:16 pm 
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Well done Villa.

Meanwhile Naymar shows what a twit he is by throwing down a U19 player who nutmegs him in training:

https://twitter.com/Faisal58155668/stat ... 1417891841


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eldanielfire wrote:
4071 wrote:
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Man Utd, Blackburn and Chelsea were all financially dominant in the era of their respective successes, City are no different.


Man Utd's financial dominance came on the back of their success, not vice versa.


And a bit of luck. They were lucky they became successful right at the start of the Premiership era where bigger sums due to Sky women helped the right clubs start to pull ahead. But either way, whatever happened in the past and who, when, what and how, financial power is so considerably the dominating influence in football now there is a huge element of soulless element to the game.

Hence we see the weird phenomenon of city fans doing the triple, but not being entirely happy because other fans don't care that much about it. The finances are both creating a twin dilemma of more demand for success, but more emotional distance between clubs and their fan bases so fans aren't satisfied or happy.


You are quite mad.


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Crash_12 wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
4071 wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Man Utd, Blackburn and Chelsea were all financially dominant in the era of their respective successes, City are no different.


Man Utd's financial dominance came on the back of their success, not vice versa.


And a bit of luck. They were lucky they became successful right at the start of the Premiership era where bigger sums due to Sky women helped the right clubs start to pull ahead. But either way, whatever happened in the past and who, when, what and how, financial power is so considerably the dominating influence in football now there is a huge element of soulless element to the game.

Hence we see the weird phenomenon of city fans doing the triple, but not being entirely happy because other fans don't care that much about it. The finances are both creating a twin dilemma of more demand for success, but more emotional distance between clubs and their fan bases so fans aren't satisfied or happy.


You are quite mad.


That's a typo.


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It may be a typo but it's a great typo :lol:


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that stadium :lol: could the stands be any farther?


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that stadium :lol: could the stands be any farther?

I’m pretty sure some of those stands are actually in Stamford Bridge or the Emirates.


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That stadium has no atmosphere. Have some Chelsea fans at work - the shit they’ve had to pull to go to the game is ridiculous. The place is so isolated.

Arsenal starting the better.


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I fully expect that there'll be a European final played on a different continent within 10 years...

Wait!


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That’s a great header from Giroud.


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That’s a great header from Giroud.

Agreed but not much of a game


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And that's game over


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Bugger. 2nd goal for Chelsea. All over. Unai Emry looks likes he’s about to cry.


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Penno for Chelsea, game should be done now


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Screamer for arsenal 3-1


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