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yertle-the-turtle 08-12-2007 05:03 PM

ye olde englishe/european footballe threade
 
And different from the Premiership top six one. General discussion about football/soccer/etc. (no petty arguments regarding nomenclature please) from England, Europe, and if you want the professional and amateur leagues of Vanuatu.

Weekend Prem Results:

Arsenal 2-1 Fulham
Chelsea 3-2 Birmingham
Man United 0-0 Reading
Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Bolton 1-3 Newcastle
Derby 2-2 Portsmouth
Everton 2-1 Wigan
Boro 1-2 Blackburn Rovers
Sunderland 1-0 Spurs
West Ham 0-2 Manchester City

One thing that struck me as I saw Matt Derbyshire whack a really lovely goal in for Blackburn was that none of the top teams went in for Benni McCarthy. You'd think he'd be perfect for a team like Arsenal - proven striker in the Prem and he's got a Champions' League medal, too. I think he's definitely one of the better players from outside the big four/big five (if you want to count Spurs now). I quite like the Blackburn set up, actually - yes they can and do resort to indiscriminate fouling all the time but they've got some great players like McCarthy, Pedersen, Friedel, Bentley (who knew?), Nelsen and Santa Cruz looks a really good buy.

1stepcloser 08-12-2007 07:09 PM

villa 1 - 2 liverpool

what a joke. even game, liverpool probably created the better chances but couldn't take them. then mike fucking riley goes and awards a free kick despite petrov winning the ball and gerrard then falling over him. fair play to gerrad from the resulting free kick, it was unbelievable (and it got me a few more points for my fantasy team) but it should never have been awarded in the first place.

i hate it when the 'big 4' teams get awarded petty decisions like those because it has a long term effect over the season for the opposing team.

Canadiens1131 08-13-2007 03:36 PM

As a side note, does anyone else find these LED rings annoyingly distracting? It's not like they're on the second deck of the stadium, they're right at pitch-level.

Didn't know they had these in footy.

1stepcloser 08-13-2007 05:32 PM

A lot of the top clubs have those now. although i'll admit the ones at villa seemed a bit over the top with all that light flashing from side to side.

WildHoney 08-14-2007 04:52 PM

The football season has began :bow::heart::hyper:



And then we concede a goal in 52 seconds :grumpy: :scream:



At least we got the 3 points in the end :sigh:

Zoomerang96 08-14-2007 11:11 PM

i love how some people who write letters to football365 are all upinarms after matchday 1... particularly spurs fans.

it's ONE MATCH. relax. wow.

babyman 08-15-2007 03:04 AM

1stepcloser! you've won 3-0 against inter, ha?................:wink:

just this time, not next time......

:evil:


:wink:

1stepcloser 08-15-2007 09:05 AM

haha i thought you wouldn't be too happy that!

i'm sure if inter had included 'the misunderstood genius' - recoba - in their team they would have done better :wink:

still it's only a friendly and right now villa have zero points :(

babyman 08-15-2007 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by 1stepcloser
haha i thought you wouldn't be too happy that!

i'm sure if inter had included 'the misunderstood genius' - recoba - in their team they would have done better :wink:

still it's only a friendly and right now villa have zero points :(



Yesterday he scored a great one against milan in a friendly, but it will be his last one, I think.........finally he's next to leave. It's incredible how this player spent 10 years at Inter without playing........Maybe he would be good for Aston Villa!

Count Marzipan 08-15-2007 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Zoomerang96
i love how some people who write letters to football365 are all upinarms after matchday 1... particularly spurs fans.

it's ONE MATCH. relax. wow.

Make that TWO. :)

I think they'll be ok personally, they just need a couple of big names back from injury and they'll find their stride.

U2@NYC 08-15-2007 11:46 AM

Tevez makes his debut today for Manchester United.

If he lives up to expectations, Rooney will need to find another team... :wink:

Well, maybe not that much but I hope he does well.

speedracer 08-16-2007 10:33 AM

David Beckham is an English fella, so he belongs in here, right? Right.

Apparently he is pretty good at kicking a soccer ball into a net.

1stepcloser 08-16-2007 05:23 PM

he moved to LA two years too early if you ask me.

1stepcloser 08-16-2007 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by babyman




Yesterday he scored a great one against milan in a friendly, but it will be his last one, I think.........finally he's next to leave. It's incredible how this player spent 10 years at Inter without playing........Maybe he would be good for Aston Villa!

he is a strange guy. he can be brilliant but he's so lazy and injury prone. he probably would be good for villa after our last showing!

how do you think inter will do this year?

Slipstream 08-16-2007 10:15 PM

Beautiful strike by Beckham! The ever so familiar trademark bend that he is famous for. That was great to see that phone vid to get a better perspective.

Looks like we'll see him figure into the England v Germany friendly next Wednesday. I hope to see a similar result since the last time we thrashed them 5 - 1 in Munich 6 years ago.

another vid - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-h6vf0J0e8


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