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Old 03-25-2005, 04:45 PM   #391
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Hi folks,

I used to follow the English soccer rather closely, but over the last couple of years, I've fallen out of touch. Can anyone bring me up to speed? What's happening at the moment? I'm too lazy to read the whole thread, but I see on this last page, international fixtures are the order of the day. Is the Premier League over? I can't believe how insanely out of touch I am.
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Old 03-25-2005, 11:43 PM   #392
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English football ends in May with the Cup Final

right now there's just another of those international breaks

top stories of the past few seasons:

Chelsea was bought over by a Russian oil tycoon and now possess a fantastic squad, wonderful to watch
Arsenal went the last league season unbeaten but are now struggling to live up to that
Tottenham are actually looking a bit impressive
Southampton are back in relegation battles like in the 90s
Everton, unlike the 90s, are in fourth place

that sort of thing
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Tottenham are actually looking a bit impressive
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Old 03-26-2005, 01:32 AM   #394
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English football ends in May with the Cup Final

right now there's just another of those international breaks

top stories of the past few seasons:

Chelsea was bought over by a Russian oil tycoon and now possess a fantastic squad, wonderful to watch
Arsenal went the last league season unbeaten but are now struggling to live up to that
Tottenham are actually looking a bit impressive
Southampton are back in relegation battles like in the 90s
Everton, unlike the 90s, are in fourth place

that sort of thing
Great, thanks for the info! How are Leeds, Liverpool, and Man U doing at the moment? They're the three teams I used to follow before I fell out of touch. Last I heard, Leeds had fallen apart - true?

And I always like to see Arsenal lose so I'm glad I missed that unbeaten run you mentioned.
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Old 03-26-2005, 03:12 AM   #395
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Good call on Arsenal there Axver!

Yeah - sorry to tell u, that Leeds DID fall apart, thanks to costly errors from their greedy Chairman. They are no longer in the Premier League. But they have been taken over now by Ken Bates, the former Chelsea supremo - and I reckon he could turn things around there, and get them back to the top. It's gonna take at least another couple of seasons tho imo.

Liverpool are still not hitting the top 3 places in the league, and are actually fighting it out with rivals Everto, for the all important 4th spot, which will get them into the Champions League for next season. Tho my money's on Everton getting it.
They are still in the Champions League this season at the moment. But there's no way they'll get past Juventus in the next match. They also got pipped to the Carling Cup by Chelsea earlier this month, after taking an early lead, they lost in extra time.
Steven Gerrard basically carries the team - and tho his love for the club kept him there another season, I think he's regretting that now. He will go to Chelsea in the summer.

As for the glorious Red Devils (my team btw Axver) - we have had a great undefeated run in the league since the Portsmouth defeat in November, but sadly, it's not gonna be enough to catch Chelsea. 2nd place is what we should be aiming for now, and we should get that the way things are at Highbury right now.
We went out of the C.L to A.C Milan recently, after 2 1-0 defeats. We deserved it really, not enough passion was shown in those games, by any player.
Defending the F.A Cup this season is also a top priority. We are into the semi final, where we meet Newcastle - and could play the Gunners in the final, which would be a great end to the season for the 2 rivals.
Also, Sir Alex has decided to remain at the club for another season, which is good news. You can tell he just wants to retire on a high.
Also Ryan Giggs is in the process of signing a new deal which will keep him at the club till the end of his career. He has been a great servant to the club that he has been with since childhood. He's won it all - and is THE UTD legend.

In other UTD related news, Fergie is determined to lure Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas to the club this summer!!! That would be fantastic!! Apparently the keeper is currently unsettled as he feels that Real do not rate him highly enough.

BRING HIM ON!!!

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I've been in work today - and so far been able to avoid finding out the score from the England game! Will I make it to 7pm for the Highlights on SKY!?!!
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Ok everyone go watch Ireland destroy Israel. I bet Robbie Keane will score. who doubts that?
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1-0 to us already what did i tell ya
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Croatia beat Iceland 4-0
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italy-scotland 2-0! but the scots were very nice around milan, very likeable persons!
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I got the England-NI result right

everything else was more or less wrong though

Poland 8-0 Azerbaijan...who would've thought?
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Ireland drew
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who would have thought that the French would fail to break the Swiss......
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I would, actually. France have been awful in the past year or so.

Stupidly, however, I still put them down for the win.
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