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  1. Adrien Silva

    The curious case of Adrien Silva at Leicester: Portuguese star has wowed staff in training and flown his personal trainer brother in but fans are still waiting after registration mix-up Leicester completed transfer of Adrien Silva 14 seconds after deadline passed Portugal star has been left in limbo, unable to play for Foxes until January Silva has wowed team-mates in training with his technical ability on the ball His lack of action through no fault of his own saw him dropped from Portugal By Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline Published: 10:38 GMT, 21 November 2017 | Updated: 10:47 GMT, 21 November 2017 The only game Adrien Silva has played in a Leicester shirt so far came on the morning Craig Shakespeare was sacked. A practice match featuring squad players against a Nottingham Forest Under-23 side was arranged primarily with Silva in mind. Shakespeare watched from the sidelines at Leicester’s Belvoir Drive training ground, excited at the prospect of one day picking the Portugal international in a contest of consequence. Adrien Silva has been training with Leicester but is unable to play until January The former Sporting Lisbon man was registered 14 seconds too late for the window Ad Unable to play media source: Up next: cancel Embed codeSize: 320x240480x3201280x720Direct link Blue Billywig Video Player Silva had seriously impressed his team-mates in training sessions by then and the 28-year-old would have been a regular starter had FIFA not rejected Leicester’s registration attempts. ‘The way he moves the ball shows his class,’ said a source. ‘In technical terms he could be Leicester’s best player. He has real composure too.’ Shakespeare was never afforded the opportunity to see how Silva might have fared in the Premier League however, summoned by director of sport Jon Rudkin that October 17 afternoon and dismissed from his post. During his tenure Shakespeare was deeply frustrated at being unable to select Silva, while seeing Danny Drinkwater sold to Chelsea on deadline day. It seemed a suitable switch but FIFA’s judgement that documents were uploaded 14 seconds late left Leicester a midfielder light and, crucially, short on central creativity. Leicester, who argue the relevant information was submitted on time, contested FIFA’s decision all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but were denied. Last week Silva received news his personal appeal for an expedited process was similarly unsuccessful. So it will not be until January that Silva wears Leicester’s colours in a first-team game. Claude Puel will be the manager to hand him his debut. Due to regulations Leicester’s New Year’s Day game against Huddersfield Town will come too soon – in international transfers players cannot feature on the day they are registered – so Silva’s first involvement will likely come in the FA Cup third round that following weekend. In the meantime he is training fully with his Leicester team-mates, and doing extra work after sessions to keep his fitness as close to match-ready as possible. It is expected that more behind-closed-doors friendlies will be arranged to help further. At first, as confusion over his registration reigned, his contact with the squad was minimal so his personal trainer brother Jeremy flew over from Portugal for company and to assist on fitness. The 28-year-old has been dealt a difficult situation through no fault of his own The technique of Silva and his ability on the ball have impressed Leicester players so far It appeared Silva might be sent back to Sporting Lisbon and Leicester could not risk the insurance dilemma should he get injured. As it became clear his £22million transfer was complete – the only issue being his registration – Silva’s involvement increased. He was brought into the dressing room before and after games to get a sense of inclusion and now watches all the matches from either the stands or behind the dugout. He was allowed to travel back to Portugal for a period in September to be with his pregnant wife and their children but now the family have found a house in Leicestershire in a sign Silva is putting down roots. Mentally, it has been tough for Silva, ready and willing to play but unable to through no fault of his own. The midfielder's exclusion this season has led to him being dropped from the Portugal team Shakespeare and Puel have admitted the psychological struggle Silva has battled due to the length of his de facto suspension. It will be 20 weeks between his last game for Sporting and his prospective first for Leicester, a heavy penalty for no crime. He has lost his place in the Portugal squad as a result, last called up for the World Cup qualifier against Hungary on September 3. Having started the Euro 2016 final though, coach Fernando Santos is ready to pick him once he returns to regular football. Puel is anticipating that moment also. He knows how a player can return from a lengthy spell out to good effect. Hatem Ben Arfa was ineligible to play for Nice for the first six months of his spell due to having featured for Hull and Newcastle Under-21s earlier in the 2014-15 campaign. Silva will be looking to maintain a high level of fitness in order to play straight away FIFA counted his sole appearance for Newcastle's development side as an official game and ruled he was unable to play for a third club in a season following his move in January 2015. In 2015-16 Ben Arfa returned with brilliant impact, scoring 17 goals in 34 games. Puel hopes for similar immediacy from Silva. ‘I had Ben Arfa at Nice, he was a player without possibility for six months,’ said Puel. ‘He came back with a good level and did a fantastic season with Nice. He had intensity in training but also it requires character to keep this good mentality, this strong work. ‘I want Adrien to come back with passion, with fight, and with desire. I hope he can keep a good level for January. He will be important for the team.
  2. He plays for my local team Consadole Sapporo. Got some amazing skills, and was pretty good on Saturday when they beat Shimizu (Shinji's old team) in what was a pretty historic win - guaranteeing them survival in J1 for the first time in 16 years (they've been yo-yoing since then and have gone straight back down every time). The key man has been Jay Bothroyd (yes - him), who's on an amazing scoring streak that has taken them from the drop zone to mid table. By the way, ex-Leicester player Yuki Abe has a chance this week to lift the Champions League trophy - the Asian version. He's captain of Urawa Reds. The final is over two legs, and the first game finished 1-1 ( v Saudi club Al Hilal).
  3. The When They Were Young Quiz

    Too easy! I think it's time to roll this out again:
  4. The When They Were Young Quiz

    Here's my two favourite ever Leicester players:
  5. Is Iborra the best looking Fox of all time?

    Got more gorgeous with age
  6. President Trump & the USA

    Bernie was shafted: official. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774
  7. LCFC Internationals 2017/18

    Okazaki is all over the newspapers this morning. Along with Honda and Kagawa, he's been left out of the squad for Japan's forthcoming friendlies with Brazil and Belgium. Predictably, the omission of the 'Big Three' is causing something of a sensation here. 'They didn't play well last time so I'm leaving them out', explains boss Halilhodzic, and although the door has been left open for them to fight their way back in before next June ('They need to find their old form'), it looks bleak for all three at the moment. Okazaki and Honda were left out of last month's friendlies too, but the asumption was they'd be back after new faces had been tried. This looked even more likely after Japan struggled in those two games, but now not only have Honda and Okazaki not been recalled, but Kagawa has also been left out. Halilhodzic gambled in Japan's big WCQ in September - relying on new faces for the crunch game against Australia - and it paid off handsomely, with newcomer Yosuke Ideguchi the star of the show. No doubt that convinced him it was time to ditch the 'old' faces (Kagawa is 28, Okazaki and Honda 31).
  8. Everton 2-0 (H) Post Match Thread

    Match summary to the tune of 'Noel': Puel, Puel, Puel, Puel Shakespeare was ugly But he is tres belle Puel, Puel Puel, Puel Gray looks like he is On Duracell Puel, Puel, Puel, Puel Fuchs tripped him up But the ref thought he fell Puel, Puel, Puel, Puel Should have been OG But hey, what the hell?
  9. What exactly do the owners want?

    Very interesting piece from the Japan Times: Funeral for beloved Thai king to be an intensely somber, highly controlled ceremony Holding a portrait of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a Thai mourner stands in a line to take part in the Royal Cremation ceremony in Bangkok on Wednesday. | AP BANGKOK – The exactingly planned five-day funeral for Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be governed by strict protocols for how the public and media conduct themselves that are as much about honoring the late king as they are about controlling a delicate political moment.The detailed prescriptions for appearance and behavior show a particular concern for what images of Thailand and its royals are circulated during and after the elaborate ceremonies, which include Bhumibol’s cremation on Thursday evening. Thais are known for a highly emotional adulation of Bhumibol, which palace officials assiduously cultivated over his 70-year reign, but the funeral will be an intensely somber event, intentionally drained of possibilities for spontaneity.Only state-controlled TV can provide a live broadcast, and police have prohibited screen-printing of pictures of Bhumibol and his magnificent golden-colored cremation pyre on T-shirts and the like.The crowds of mourners who’ll squeeze into Bangkok’s historic royal quarter starting Wednesday will be a sea of black attire. They will be permitted to prostrate in silence when the royal procession passes, but must not shout “Long Live the King” or hold up cellphones to take selfies with the procession in the background. Besides considerable security, an army of volunteers will be on hand to police behavior.“If people act inappropriately, volunteers must be psychological and speak to them with soft voices to avoid violence,” said Sansern Kaewkumnerd, a spokesman for the military government in power since a 2014 coup.Because of Thailand’s tropical climate, umbrellas, hats and sunglasses will be allowed, but they must be black or similarly muted and taken off to show respect to the royal procession when it passes.“The bigger issue going on here is that spontaneity means lack of control, and if there is anything the current regime wants to avoid, it is disorder or any evidence that they are not in control,” said Tamara Loos, a professor of Southeast Asian studies at Cornell University. The Oct. 13, 2016, death of the 88-year-old Bhumibol, known as Rama IX as the Chakri dynasty’s ninth monarch, sparked a national outpouring of grief and a year of mourning. The affection he inspired was in part the result of decades of work by palace officials to rebuild the prestige of the monarchy, which had lost much of its influence after a 1932 coup ended centuries of absolute rule by Thai kings.As a unifying symbol, Bhumibol earned genuine respect in a nation frequently rocked by political turmoil. But even the current military government’s aggressive use of a draconian lese majeste law and online censorship has been unable to paper over divisions that find an outlet in criticism of the monarchy as the apex of a society in which the army has ousted elected governments twice since 2006. “This long five-day ceremony is the precise moment when authorities would want to control any negative responses to King Bhumibol and the memory of his reign,” said Loos. “I could see real violence happening if there were protests against the monarchy during this moment because people are emotional,” she said. “And nothing could be worse for Thailand now than to have bloodshed during the funeral ceremony.”Thailand’s army on Tuesday detained a political activist, Ekachai Hongkangwan, after he wrote on Facebook that he planned to wear a red shirt on Thursday, a color-coded nod to supporters of the democratically elected governments ousted in the 2006 and 2014 army coups. Requirements for journalists, and especially photographers, are particularly precise and outlined in a three-page document that includes a full page of additional regulations set by special branch police. Formal dress requirements that are typical for close quarters contact with members of the royal family include a prohibition on earrings, beards or mustaches for men, and unnatural hair coloring for women.Photographers must bow or curtsy before and after taking photographs of the new king and other members of the royal family and cannot approach closer than 5 meters (yards), or 10 meters if using a flash that must not exceed 1,500 watts.Journalists are confined to specific stands, and the special branch police’s instructions for how they take photographs are designed to preserve regal dignity: no photographs of royals while they are ascending or descending between levels, such as while walking on stairs; no photographs directly in the face while they are seated; no photographs of royals eating. Michael Montesano, coordinator of the Thailand Studies Program at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, said the ceremonies are a goodbye to Bhumibol but also show an attempt to set the tone for the reign of his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who has had far less contact with ordinary Thais than his father.Montesano said Bhumibol’s high-profile trips during his reign to the Thai countryside and efforts to improve the living standards of villagers earned him goodwill and became elevated to mythic levels through palace efforts to restore a sense of mystery to the monarchy.“These two things go hand in hand,” he said. “One of the questions is where this notion of a sacred monarchy, a monarchy with some mystery to it, and all this ceremony will fit into the way the monarchy really operates during the next reign.”
  10. Claude Puel - Contender

    Exactly. He's as far removed from Tim Sherwood as you can get. Which is just grand in my book.
  11. There is a great pride in Japanese footballers (and baseball players) doing well overseas, so he gets loads of coverage, but it's bizarre how it's totally focused on goalscoring - so last season when Shinji was a key part of the revival under Shakespeare (but not getting on the scoresheet) there was hardly a mention, but now it's like there's a regular feature - the Shinji goal report. The Japanese version of Sky has pretty much reverted to its 2015/16 policy - i.e. choosing a Leicester game for full coverage every week. There is often exasperation though, about : 1) Shinji being subbed even though it looks like he's got a lot left in the tank (like last Saturday, for example). 2) Shinji seemingly being allowed only one off day before he's dropped - something that doesn't seem to apply to the other 2015/16 title winners.
  12. Shinji has been talking about how two years with these teammates have helped his game. "I feel now I can link up well with all of them, and I'm getting better at anticipating where the ball might fall". Here's Monday morning's report - the headline reading 'Okazaki's goal gets Leicester out of the relegation zone'. And here's the Japan Times, who can never be accused of over complicating their headlines: Okazaki strikes in Leicester win Leicester's Shinji Okazaki celebrates after scoring against Swansea on Saturday. Both Shinjis are getting a lot of attention here at the moment. Kagawa has been on fire for Dortmund, and his recent worldy v Augsburg put him ahead of our Shinji, 38 to 37, in the 'all time Bundesliga goals by Japanese players' list - as shown here: It's great to see Okazaki now on a scoring streak similar to his Mainz years. An update on the international picture - Shinji wasn't called up for the recent international friendlies as new faces were given a chance to make a claim for a World Cup place - but Japan's performances against New Zealand and Haiti were very ordinary and none of the strikers did anything to suggest they should be keeping Okazaki out the squad next summer. He should be back for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil (in Lille) and Belgium (in Brussels).
  13. Memories of The Charlotte

    Husker Du, 1985ish. Amazing. Also the worst gig I've ever seen - Hunters Club. Me and my brother used to sing their track 'Violence' for years afterwards and then fall about laughing at the memory. 'Violence! Violence! The only thing that'll make 'em see Sense!' Actually, I'm thinking that might be Appleton's philosophy.
  14. Learning another language.

    Noticed a few people on this forum saying they were studying Japanese, or were thinking of doing so. It's a relatively easy language to speak - so regular in pronunciation. If you are thinking of taking it up seriously and learning Kanji so you can read, this is the book you need. I used it so much that it basically fell to pieces like the famous one hoss shay. Didn't start until my late 30s - it's a fantastic challenge - really stimulates you intellectually to devise ways of remembering 2,000 different characters. It sounds daunting, but all Japanese school children manage it so there's nothing stopping you if you have the time and motivation.
  15. The Mighty Three Lions v Slovenia

    Did you see that report this morning that Southgate invited Alan Shearer into the camp this week to give a pep talk. Truly unbelievable. Let's look at his World Cup record: 1998 - he threatened to pull out of the squad if the FA charged him after he kicked Neil Lennon in the face. The FA decided to drop the case. 2002 - wasn't in the squad because he'd retired from international football, aged just 29, once he saw Emile Heskey was about to take his place in the team. And now he's invited to 'inspire' our boys before their big World Cup Qualifier. What an utter joke.