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Football/Soccer Thread

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In honor of the most exciting Premiership season finale I've ever witnessed, I'm starting a football/soccer thread. We've had Premiership and Champions League threads before, but not one thread where fans of the sport could discuss it as a whole.

Today was simply insane. City won it all at the death. Even when Dzeko tied it at 2-2, I didn't think they'd pull it out. But somehow, they did.

Arsenal secured a Champions League place. :ICONATOR_01040da29c18a4eed76047

Everton smacked Newcastle around. Swansea took out Liverpool, and Norwich finished up a great season by beating Villa.

Crazy...

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The end of that City-QPR game was one of the most ridiculous finishes I think I'll ever. Unbelievable.

I'm waiting till Match of the Day to watch the highlights. The disparity in shots on target and corners was video game-like.

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I'm waiting till Match of the Day to watch the highlights. The disparity in shots on target and corners was video game-like.

It was but at the same time I didn't get the feeling that all those shots were very likely to go in. The majority were blocked by QPRs nine outfield players.

Did you happen to see Joey Barton's red card? Words escape me when trying to describe this guy at times.

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It was but at the same time I didn't get the feeling that all those shots were very likely to go in. The majority were blocked by QPRs nine outfield players.

Did you happen to see Joey Barton's red card? Words escape me when trying to describe this guy at times.

That's what I figured. Shots of desperation.

I haven't actually seen it, but I've heard what he did. He's such a clown.

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Heartbroken. Never seen anything like it in my 22 years. That kind of finish doesn't happen in football. That goal was the third last kick in a 38 game season.

Couldn't write it

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I'm a Utd fan too but got to admit that City deserved the title without a doubt. Utd threw it away when they allowed Everton to grab a draw from 4-2 up. That and the 1-0 loss at the Etihad was the nail in the coffin. But I must admit, I was close to celebrating before Dzeko's goal went in, I also can't help but feel that the QPR players had picked up that the Bolton game was final and they were safe. but that's probably doing a disservice to City.

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and next year LFC will have a better season getting back to top four (at least)... funny thing though, only fans from this side of the pond commenting on this thread... we should put a rugby one up for the six nations (maybe autumn internationals too)

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and next year LFC will have a better season getting back to top four (at least)... funny thing though, only fans from this side of the pond commenting on this thread... we should put a rugby one up for the six nations (maybe autumn internationals too)

You're pretty confident regarding Liverpool. If Carroll stays in form, the team should be better overall. They need another midfield play-maker in my opinion.

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You're pretty confident regarding Liverpool. If Carroll stays in form, the team should be better overall. They need another midfield play-maker in my opinion.

As another Liverpool fan I'd agree that saying they should get top four is too high. The expectation will be there but we need to see how silly season goes before we can really talk of where we should be. Carroll should have been playing a lot more this season. He looked significantly sharper from January onwards and was really up for the final few games of the season. I think we need another natural winger, especially if Kuyt returns to Feyenoord although talk is today that it won't be happening, and another striker, someone who doesn't fluff 9 of 10 chances that fall their way.

You're an Arsenal fan aren't you ER? The season ended so much better than it started for you I guess. You can thank Van Persie for that. What would you like to see them do this transfer season?

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Rvp was probably the third best player in the league last year behind kompany and yaya.... Coming from a utd man that hurts.

Did yous see tevez holding a RIP fergie sign the sob

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As another Liverpool fan I'd agree that saying they should get top four is too high. The expectation will be there but we need to see how silly season goes before we can really talk of where we should be. Carroll should have been playing a lot more this season. He looked significantly sharper from January onwards and was really up for the final few games of the season. I think we need another natural winger, especially if Kuyt returns to Feyenoord although talk is today that it won't be happening, and another striker, someone who doesn't fluff 9 of 10 chances that fall their way.

You're an Arsenal fan aren't you ER? The season ended so much better than it started for you I guess. You can thank Van Persie for that. What would you like to see them do this transfer season?

Agreed on all that. While I love Suarez's game, he's a lot better being a facilitator or second striker than the main goal-scorer. Is Kuyt leaving because he wants more first team action?

I'm a fan of the Gunners indeed. They did well to come in third. Pundits were legitimately talking about them not even qualifying for the Europa league early in the season. Not to diminish what Van Persie did in any way shape or form, but Arsenal were so much more than a one-man team the media liked to imply. RVP was easily the most consistent player, but Szczesny, Song and Sagna (when healthy) played quality football most of the year, and Rosicky, Arteta and Koscielny all enjoyed spells of great form.

As far as transfers go, they're off to a good start with Podolski. I think Wenger is posturing by distancing himself from M'Vila. But even if they don't sign him, there are tons of quality holding midfielders. It's wishful thinking, but I'd love to see Wenger make a move for Luiz Gustavo. And even though I'm hoping Arsene bolsters the midfield and back four, there are a few young talents (Wilshere, Ramsey, Frimpong and Gibbs) I'd like to see develop as well.

Really, retaining RVP is what the off-season will boil down to.

Rvp was probably the third best player in the league last year behind kompany and yaya.... Coming from a utd man that hurts.

Did yous see tevez holding a RIP fergie sign the sob

As well as Kompany and Yaya performed all season, RVP was the better player in my book. Top scorer and tied for eighth with 9 assists.

Pretty classless from Tevez.

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As well as Kompany and Yaya performed all season, RVP was the better player in my book. Top scorer and tied for eighth with 9 assists.

I am a Spurs fan and even I think Van Persie was the best player in the league this season.

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As another Liverpool fan I'd agree that saying they should get top four is too high. The expectation will be there but we need to see how silly season goes before we can really talk of where we should be. Carroll should have been playing a lot more this season. He looked significantly sharper from January onwards and was really up for the final few games of the season. I think we need another natural winger, especially if Kuyt returns to Feyenoord although talk is today that it won't be happening, and another striker, someone who doesn't fluff 9 of 10 chances that fall their way.

You're an Arsenal fan aren't you ER? The season ended so much better than it started for you I guess. You can thank Van Persie for that. What would you like to see them do this transfer season?

I know we were awful this season, especially the second part of the season (in the Premiership). League Cup doesn't get me even smilling when I think of how poor we played at home. Before this season we were almost always starting slow and then pick up as the season progressed, so this one was just a shocker... so happy it just finished.

For the next season, first and formost we need a manager. Since Rafa left we went from bad to worse. I know Kenny is heart and soul for the club but he's not really the manager to get as back to where we belong. To be honest I would make a push for Capello, he said he wants to manage a premiership club or bring some fresh blood like we wanted a couple of years ago - somebody like Klinsmann or even Rijkaard.

We need players galore - the project Adam, Henderson, Downing didn't work for us at all. I was so pissed we didn't play Maxi at all, he could've played like Alonso did for us. And he finished playing very well last season. Aquilani needs to come back, he's got speed and we need that and maybe get a decent offer for Cole. Bellamy needs to stay put, he was quite decent and he'll do us good for another season. Caroll did play better as of late and I would definitelly keep Suarez, he still is our best striker. So we need at least another striker (even if we bring Pacheco to the first team) - at the end of last season I really wanted us to make a push for Huntelaar and he had a massive season for Schalke. Don't think we want to keep Kuyt anymore, which is a shame but we still need a decent winger even if he stays around. If we would start playing Maxi and have Aquilani back we wouldn't need another midfielder, but I'm afraid MAxi will leave as he wants to play not warm the bench. Then we are pretty slim in defence too - Agger hasn't come back to play at the level he was before his last injury and Jamie can't play more than a half so I would bring in a couple of backs too.

Phew, now I had to take all this out of my mind... just looking ahead now, got my eyes on the Euro - there's bound to have some new players arise.

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England announced their Euro 2012 squad today. I think it's a solid team but I have no idea how Hodgson left out Micah Richards. I know there are a few Liverpool fans here, but he's a better player than Glen Johnson.

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England announced their Euro 2012 squad today. I think it's a solid team but I have no idea how Hodgson left out Micah Richards. I know there are a few Liverpool fans here, but he's a better player than Glen Johnson.

I personally thought Richards was injured. I agree that he's a better overall player than Johnson but I think even better than Richards is Kyle Walker who is definitely injured.

Of course, they are all trumped by the mighty Martin Kelly. ;)

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I personally thought Richards was injured. I agree that he's a better overall player than Johnson but I think even better than Richards is Kyle Walker who is definitely injured.

Of course, they are all trumped by the mighty Martin Kelly. ;)

Richards had been dealing with an injury, but nothing that would have lingered into the tournament. The debate between him and Walker will rage for the foreseeable future. Maybe both will make the Olympic team.

:lol:

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I like supporting Liverpool and Chelsea (I just hate ManU) but I mainly love watching international. Love England, was heartbroken in 2006 when Ronaldo through his teammate Rooney under the bus with that Red Card.

I think England football team has the upper hand of winning the Gold this year in Olympics. Shame the U.S. isn't in it.

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Really entertaining Champions League final.

I agree I like how Bayern controlled it for 83 minutes then Chelsea controlled it for the rest of the game. The PKs started the same way with Bayern starting off great and then Chelsea finishing it off with Drogba who had a great game.

Chelsea will starting talking with Drogba about his contract

Di Matteo won't talk about his future with Chelsea. I think they should keep him as he did great as manager.

On another note my team is Portsmouth even though they have had a few very rough years.

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I'll admit - the ending to this year's Champions League final was, in a sense, a fairy tale come true. At least for this year, we can say these words: English football triumphs.

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The FA have just hit Barton with a 12 game ban and a £75K fine for his violent conduct against Manchester City.

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The FA have just hit Barton with a 12 game ban and a £75K fine for his violent conduct against Manchester City.

I think he should be one offence from a lifetime ban now. The guy really can't control his temper.

On another note, it's going to be weird in the Premier League next year without Drogba. Happy for him that he got to win the CL with his last competitive kick for Chelsea though.

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It was great to see Oxlaide-Chamberlain make his debut for England today. He's going to be a great one.

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can't wait for the Euros to start, should be a good one. can see a re-edit of the last world cup final, but this time the dutch to beat the spanish. even if italy and france are not what they've used to be, they're still top-trier teams, germany is always there in the mix and england is got it's fair chance too. and there's always a surprise team as denmark or greece were.

so here's hoping for an orange summer.

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can't wait for the Euro to start, should be a good one. can see a re-edit of the last world cup final, but this time the dutch to bet the spanish. even if italy and france are not what they've used to be, they're still top-trier teams, germany is always there in the mix and england is got it's fair chance too. and there's always a surprise team as denmark or greece were.

so here's hoping for an orange summer.

I can't wait for the Euros either. It's been five years since France played a good tournament, but I'm hoping they show up this year. As always, the talent is there. It would be nice to C.Ronaldo, Nani and Portugal go deep as well.

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I can't wait for the Euros either. It's been five years since France played a good tournament, but I'm hoping they show up this year. As always, the talent is there. It would be nice to C.Ronaldo, Nani and Portugal go deep as well.

I like some of France's new players since they don't have the petulance and arrogance that seemed to be mandatory to make the French squad before. I'd say they have a decent chance with players like Lloris, Rami, Sakho, Debuchy, Menez, Giroud, Gourcuff, Ribery and Benzema.

Portugal seem to be one of those international teams that have a lot of talent but just don't play well together.

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I like some of France's new players since they don't have the petulance and arrogance that seemed to be mandatory to make the French squad before. I'd say they have a decent chance with players like Lloris, Rami, Sakho, Debuchy, Menez, Giroud, Gourcuff, Ribery and Benzema.

Portugal seem to be one of those international teams that have a lot of talent but just don't play well together.

Agreed. I'd say Ribery has a petulant and arrogant streak in him, and he's amazingly selfish for a winger. But I agree with your overall point. Sakho is a beast.

It seems so. Even going back to the Figo/Rui Costa days.

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Agreed. I'd say Ribery has a petulant and arrogant streak in him, and he's amazingly selfish for a winger. But I agree with your overall point. Sakho is a beast.

It seems so. Even going back to the Figo/Rui Costa days.

Even though I hate him, Ribery is the sort of player that can take over a game (he and Giroud destroyed Iceland in their recent friendly).

Sakho is really underrated. You never hear about him, but he's one of the best defenders in the world, has over 100 appearances for PSG and already captains them. All done by 22.

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Even though I hate him, Ribery is the sort of player that can take over a game (he and Giroud destroyed Iceland in their recent friendly).

Sakho is really underrated. You never hear about him, but he's one of the best defenders in the world, has over 100 appearances for PSG and already captains them. All done by 22.

Agreed on Ribery. I'm really hoping Arsenal sign Giroud.

Very impressive stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if a big club pursued him after the tournament.

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I think England will finish runners up in Group D and lose to Spain in the Quarter Final.

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I think England will finish runners up in Group D and lose to Spain in the Quarter Final.

I'm not so sure England even make it out of their group.

France are my clear-cut favourites - they have, in my opinion about as many World Class players as every other team in their group put together.

England are meh - until Rooney's back from suspension their squad is comprised largely of ageing or mediocre players.

Sweden should be getting a little more attention - they are generally well organised and have Ibrahimovic up front. If their creative players step up he could do a lot of damage.

Ukraine are bad - they have the ability to cause an upset or two, but are really just there as a space filler.

I think it comes down to England's head-to-head game against Sweden and I think Sweden could get the better of them.

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I'm not so sure England even make it out of their group.

France are my clear-cut favourites - they have, in my opinion about as many World Class players as every other team in their group put together.

England are meh - until Rooney's back from suspension their squad is comprised largely of ageing or mediocre players.

Sweden should be getting a little more attention - they are generally well organised and have Ibrahimovic up front. If their creative players step up he could do a lot of damage.

Ukraine are bad - they have the ability to cause an upset or two, but are really just there as a space filler.

I think it comes down to England's head-to-head game against Sweden and I think Sweden could get the better of them.

I agree with everything you said. I wouldn't be surprised if Sweden progressed ahead of them.

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I would have said Russia since they're in such good form but I didn't think it would be so convincingly! What a great opening to the tournament.

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Russia versus Czech Republic

Who you got?

man, the russians killed the czechs, now they could be the surprise team of this Euros

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man, the russians killed the czechs, now they could be the surprise team of this Euros

Not if they keep playing Kerzhakov, he made Torres look clinical.

Lewandowski really impressed me today. I knew he was good from watching a bit of him at Dortmund. He isn't particularly fast, big or strong, but his anticipation, positioning, touch and feel for where the goal is incredible.

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Not if they keep playing Kerzhakov, he made Torres look clinical.

Lewandowski really impressed me today. I knew he was good from watching a bit of him at Dortmund. He isn't particularly fast, big or strong, but his anticipation, positioning, touch and feel for where the goal is incredible.

and hes on his way to utd rumour has it
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Good to see Shevchenko come up big for Ukraine.

was heart warming, the guys on ( profanity deleted) (programme showing the game here) as well as the commentators where all saying at half tiime he should be subbed off... Best way to answer the critics. His movement is phenomenal
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I was pulling for Sweden b/c I have a lot of respect for Ibrahimovic. He's a great player, but it seems unlikely they will move on now.

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