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  1. Just had a look at the match ratings threads and you gave him 7 out of 10 for the first two games, saying that he was 'superb, quality of crossing excellent' in the Arsenal game. I know this kind of fact-checking is so out of fashion, and we're in a post-truth age and everything, but this forum would be so much better if people tried to make at least some effort to ground their opinions in reality.
  2. Japanese sports papers all use the same picture in their reports this morning: Once again the headline is lifted straight from British media coverage - 'Goalhunter'. (That word is very similar to the one Lineker used to be tagged with when he lurked near the goal waiting for the ball to arrive). Love Shinji's determination in the picture - let's zoom in: In the article you learn that he was thinking he'd probably be subbed at half time if we went in 2-0 down. Also, the squad for Japan's next internationals is announced this week, and Shinji knows that boss Halilhodzic is never keen on selecting players who are not regular starters for their club. The rumour is that some new faces might be tried out - Japan will play two friendlies because they've already clinched qualification for the World Cup.
  3. Wilfred Ndidi

    If you watch the play just before Henderson's goal it puts Ndidi's attitude into context. Okazaki makes a full throttle 40 yard sprint to support an attack despite being absolutely knackered (this was the 67th minute). Compare that to Ndidi's reaction to Maguire losing possession. I remember posting this after our title win, referring to our incredible team spirit: What sorts out the good sides is that they get results when it is bloody hard. The reason you get those results is that you have a full back who is keen enough and honest enough to not simply be satisfied that he hasn't given any goals away, but to feel responsible for the mistakes others make. In a situation like that the opposition aren't playing eleven players, they are playing against twenty two. Because every one of your players feels responsible for things over and above his own job. So he is doing two people's jobs. This is not just a cliche. You really have. That's why in a bad side you hear the expression 'I thought they had sixteen players on the field'. They did. And the bad side might have two or three cowards in their side, who don't want to play. So they have only had six players. (from Eamon Dunphy - 'Only a Game') I have no evidence that Ndidi is regularly guilty of that kind of slackness, but still, his reaction to Maguire losing possession is a worrying sign.
  4. From Thursday's sports papers: 'It was the introduction of Okazaki that led to Leicester's victory. When Ulloa was injured, he suddenly got his chance. He energized his teammates with his defensive and attacking play, winning possession and carrying the ball forward. A team that had been outplayed now clicked into gear'. The Japanese media are always keen to see how Shinji is covered in the UK - often the headlines from British papers are recycled over here. You might remember 'poacher' from last month, and the famous 'Shin-sational' from the Newcastle overhead kick. Here's another one - the headline reads 'Japanese Hit Man', because that was apparently the headline in The Sun this week: The headline here reads 'With the World Cup in view, Okazaki sparkles and cuts down Liverpool' There's always a cute diagram of the goal too:
  5. National Football Museum

    They have these two trophies on display. Key parts of our history. http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/collections_detail/football-league-second-division-shield-1893-1958 http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/collections_detail/football-league-second-division-trophy-1958
  6. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Wonderful assists by Jordan Ibe. He's got the skill but also the awareness of others around the box. I bet Eddie Howe's coaching has helped him. Wonder if Demarai Gray is watching.
  7. FC Koln Fans March Through London

    Guy who runs a Cologne Fanzine wrote this in the Guardian: Dear England, Thanks for having us yesterday. It was an absolute dream for us to see Cologne play in London. Let’s be clear from the outset: the fact that some idiotic fans tried to force their way into the stadium was a terrible idea that pretty much all Cologne fans strongly condemn. But please, the behaviour of 50-odd Cologne fans should not cloud the picture of the other 20,000, who had a peaceful party. I will try to tell you why things happened the way they happened on Thursday. Twenty-five years. It has been 25 years since Cologne played in an international competition. Since then, we have been relegated five times, nearly went bankrupt, made a sponsorship deal with a non-existent company from Cyprus … And then, there was 20 May and the last fixture of last season. Grown men cried like babies when our Japanese striker Yuya Osako scored the second goal against Mainz which finally secured Cologne’s spot in the Europa League. The next important date was 25 August when the draw for the group stage took place. Who did we draw? Only Arsenal away, at the Emirates, against a side that normally plays in the Champions League! A Moreover, London is not too far away from Cologne and therefore it was immediately very clear that anyone who could would make the trip to the English capital. Of course, there had been disappointment because Cologne were allocated only 2,900 tickets – the club have nearly 100,000 members and 20,000 wanted to be in attendance. The club made a fair decision to secure tickets for the people who have been members for more than 20 years – and of course for those who travelled to all the away games over the past years, even in 2.Bundesliga and places such as Aue, Sandhausen and Heidenheim. Even during those dark days, thousands of Cologne fans travelled, which shows the extreme love and passion they have for the club. So it was not actually a big surprise to see that nearly 20,000 Cologne fans gathered in Highbury for the so-called “Fan March” to the stadium. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many Cologne fans partying and drinking peacefully in a foreign city – you do have to remember that it was the biggest game of the past 25 years for us. I think that local authorities could have cooperated better with people who actually knew what was going to happen. “You do not care if you don’t have a ticket, you just go to London,” – that’s what everybody said. People were ready to spend a lot of money for tickets and apparently some touts were ready to profit. It would therefore have been a good idea to check who really had a ticket beforehand – that could have prevented some of the incidents before the game with some fans trying to get in even though they did not have a ticket. So a better consultation and information policy between the police, Arsenal, Cologne and the fans would have made the whole thing a lot smoother. It was foreseeable that more than 2,900 Cologne fans would make the trip – a bigger allocation would have been the best solution here. In total, the whole of London seemed to be surprised and that is a bit naive. There were naturally moments that were rather intense but my experience was that the Cologne ultras, the “normal” Cologne fans and the police acted commendably, in a very de-escalating manner. At one point a police officer, for example, took out her mobile to show that the official Cologne Twitter account had announced that the game would start later. That, of course, eased the pressure. Subsequently, everything that happened after these incidents was completely peaceful – and normal. Even outside of the stadium and during the time people had to wait to get in, Cologne chants were all over the place. When the gates were finally opened, Cologne fans happily went in – and crowded at least one quarter of the stadium. For us, as German fans, it was bizarre to see that stewards did not carry out a full body search as they do in Germany. They just waved us through. On the flipside, we are not used to being asked to sit down in a stadium – but then that did not last long either. A couple of minutes into the game, the steward just said: “**** it, let them sing and stand.” They even laughed when we started to sing “You only sing when you’re winning” after Arsenal equalised. In general, the way Cologne supporters expressed their intense love for the club was absolutely outstanding and some Arsenal fans said they had never experienced such an atmosphere before. For Cologne fans, it was the best night of our lives – and we’d like to thank the police, Arsenal stewards and supporters, and everyone in London for allowing us to enjoy it.
  8. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    City landmarks were illuminated in the clubs' colours. Correct. In Liverpool, St. George's hall lit up to mark the Hillsbrough verdict. In Leicester, well, you know what it was. Two wonderful pieces of history with similar celebrations.
  9. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    Nice ideas. The Leicester date is obviously a big give away. Edit - but just to clarify - not correct!
  10. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    If you had been in Liverpool on April 26th 2016 and in Leicester three days later, you could have witnessed two events of a very similar nature. What were they?
  11. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    Emile Heskey Ian Marshall Graham Fenton Simon Grayson Robbie Savage Scott Taylor Islam Slimani Peter Shilton Arthur Rowley Gary Lineker
  12. Atalanta - random memory

    We win 6-0 but Blackpool win 10-0 so we're knocked out. Only Leicester. (Love these random old memories by the way)
  13. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    You got it! What a week that was. Lose to Third Division Exeter City in the FA Cup on Wednesday, then go to Anfield and break their 85 game unbeaten home record ( a record that still stands today). That picture is pretty rare, I think. I don't think I've seen it in any of the Leicester history books (correct me if I'm wrong) - nor the picture below, of Melrose scoring the winner that day (Byrne's goal was the equaliser after Alan Young's own goal had put Liverpool ahead).
  14. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    The match was significant, and this goal was part of it.
  15. The Worlds Longest Leicester City Quiz...

    No, not that. Let's get the question back on the same page of the thread: 1) Who is this? 2) What is he about to do in the picture? 3) What was the significance of this game?