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  1. Gives him another year on the same big contract at Barca while playing CL football under a manager who knows how to get the best out of him. Regardless of who covers what percentage of his wages, he still gets full whack. The only way he earns that after leaving Barca permanently now is as a forgotten man in China.
  2. GK - Massimo Taibi DF - Henning Berg MF - Thomas Gravesen MF - Atilio Lombardo FW - Marian Pahars
  3. Leipzig just hammered the door down for their third. I feel sorry for the Mainz keeper but it was a lovely finish by Sabitzer. He's having a superb season it seems and destroyed Spurs in the CL. I wonder how much he's worth in today's market?
  4. Frankfurt are a warning to all teams who think they can sell their best players for big money and still think they can compete.
  5. Are football fans going to take umbridge at this blatant sportswashing? Certainly a lot of Newcastle ones won't, although I imagine there are also many who won't support the club with them in charge. Maybe it starts with opposing fans holding up banners against the Newcastle owners at every game they play. Or away fans boycotting St. James's Park. Or 90 minutes of booing every time a Newcastle player touches the ball.
  6. Paisley, paisley, make the girls go crazily.
  7. Clearly Kaputska was talented enough to go to a tournament with his country at a young age. Perhaps his move came way too soon. A new country, a new language, a new life, new teammates. It can all add up. And then came the injuries and the ill-fated loan spells at two more new clubs in two different countries with different languages. It's not going to work out for him is it. The best thing for him would be to go back to the Polish league, build himself up, get back into the national team setup and get another move abroad when he's older and wiser.
  8. I quite like this year's home kit with the gold to be honest. If we're going to keep using gold, this season's is nigh on perfect in my opinion. It works on the white shorts well. Just don't ever do gold names and numbers again like they did in 14-15. In general, it would look better with navy though, I agree. A really deep navy away kit with gold accents (shirt, shorts and socks) and a monochrome badge might look really smart. I think Everton managed to get away with deeper shades of blue for an away kit before didn't they?
  9. Decent interview that. He answered the Celtic question well, too.
  10. Could be Tielemans-esque signing. Wonderkid with much hype goes through a difficult spell and needs a fresh start to get back to his best. Could be worth a punt.
  11. I'll admit, seeing our players mocked up in other teams' kits winds me up far more than it should do.
  12. He was unfortunate not to make it here. He always looked talented but just really inexperienced. To captain a club like Reading is a great achievement and at 27 he's entering his peak years which could last until he's 33 or 34 as a CB. A club like Reading are always only a good run away from being in the promotion picture. He could be captaining a PL side in the next couple of years if things go his way. Best of luck to him.
  13. I'm quite enjoying this. Håland's finish was sublime and the overall quality of the football is decent as you'd expect. But the empty stadium doesn't half expose just how much the crowd contributes to games. The swell of the noise as the game ebbs and flows is crucial to the game, both as a spectacle and as a marketable product. You have to hope that match-going fans in this country are looked after more by broadcasters going forward. Maybe closed-doors PL games will really make them notice.
  14. He did imply that he was impressed when he eventually researched the club. Rugby's pretty big in France so it's no surprise that the most successful English club was well known there at the time and that he was more aware of them than City considering we'd spent years in the wilderness battling financial problems and footballing mediocrity. His time here was soured by the manner in which he left and tried to leave beforehand, not by what he did before. These negative articles designed to stir up trouble don't help either.
  15. The pace was quite slow and both teams were quite direct from what I remember. But it wasn't awful by any means and it was quite entertaining. It was the only Korean match I'd see until the one on the TV the other day. In that one Jeonbuk were very good. They moved the ball around well and seemed to have some good technical players but couldn't break through Suwon's stubborn defence until late on when Suwon were down to ten men.
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