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football thread No11

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by Carras Dad, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    FIFA has suspended Marco Trovato, president of Olimpia, the kings of Paraguayan football, for life, for matchfixing.
     
  2. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    They should re-calculate the winner for that year, and if that affects any silverware Olimpia received, it should be taken away from them
     
  3. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    I don't think they want to set such a bad precedent, but we'll see. Josepp Blatter actually admitted to fixing entire World Cups and not a single match has been overturned.
     
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  4. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Back to results…

    Aston Villa 7 - 2 Liverpool
    Manchester Urited 1 - 6 Tottenham
    Arsenal 2 - 1 Sheffield

    This has to be Arsenal's year for their best finish in ages. A repeat of 2016!
    Edit: I just realised that Everton, not Leicester, are at the top of the league. Somebody get Para back here, dammit.
     
  5. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Well we couldn't have ManU getting all the attention this round, you know.
     
  6. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    And you scored in both halves of the game! Your goal average (.28) is far better than theirs (.16).

    There, I'm a man of letters and can still do arithmetic.
     
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  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Here's something you don't see every day. The CONCACAF League championship bracket. This league (hereafter referred to as CL) is essentially our continent's (more apt to say confederation, but people will say north america) version of the Europa League. It's for smaller clubs in the region who are thought to be a level or so below what's required to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. There's lots of smaller countries in our confederation, which includes the caribbean and central american regions. Lots of smaller leagues and clubs who would benefit from continental competition. The top 4 (or 6?) clubs in this bracket qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. These competitions take place at different times of the year (yeah it's all messed up), so if for instance Forge FC win their next match, they will eventually compete in the champions league as well, no matter what happens to them in the semi-finals (or beyond)

    The new Canadian Premier League that kicked off in 2019 for now only gets a direct berth into the CL (not the champions league). In order for a CPL club to qualify for the Champions league, they have to win the Voyageur's Cup (Canadian Championship), but that's tough because the 3 MLS clubs will usually win that (for now - always). The CL is another way CPL clubs can qualify for the champions league, which is exciting, because if Forge FC wins their next match that will mean 2 Canadian clubs in the champions league! This has never happened before (as far as I know), as Canada only ever gets 1 direct berth into the competition (and CL is new)



    Forge FC qualified for this tournament after they were crowned Canadian Premier League champions. This club is essentially the CPL's flagship club right now, they won our league back to back and have ties to one of our strongest youth setups in the country (Sigma FC). That's where a lot of their players come from. They also have a couple ex-TFC players (Bekker, Babouli).

    Nobody expected a CPL club to go this far in this tournament in only the 2nd year of existence of our league. They beat a club before their match vs Tauro FC, it didn't make it onto this bracket though. That first match was tough and they held their own playing in central america, which is always tough. After they won that match nobody gave them a chance against Tauro FC, who play at a level above. I watched that match live and it was entertaining and a bit of a nail-biter. It was also hosted down south, so nobody expected them to do well, and they ended up walking away with a win and advancing to the semifinals. It's going to get even tougher from now on, but this is sort of a cindarella run so from my pov, who knows what will happen.

    This might not be very exciting for someone who watches top flight European football, but Canadian football fans who support local clubs have been eating this up. This is exactly what our football up here needed - more local clubs who will be able to not only compete domestically but also in continental cups. Canada's coefficient is going up and up because of Forge's successes and so eventually we might end up with 2 direct berths to the Champions League. That would be truly exciting. But for now we anticipate the match against Arcahaie FC (from Haiti) on December 1st. The whole country isn't even behind Forge, as we are very competitive up here when it comes to our sports. I would say most CPL fans are probably cheering on Forge, but there are a decent amount of fans who will not do that because they are from Hamilton, and our city vs city rivalries can be quite .. well, passionate. You just rarely see that because there aren't many leagues where these cities go head to head.
     
  8. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I just got DAZN the other day. Cancelled cable and freed up some entertainment money, so.. I'm signing up to a few streaming services.

    I noticed that.. The French league .. is now called.. and remember that this is their top flight

    LEAGUE 1 UBER EATS

    lol.. That sounds so bush league. I can almost sense millions of fans cringing in unison
     
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  9. AdrienIer

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    Our second division is Dominos' Ligue 2. Choose your champion.
     
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  10. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Crazy. That's one thing North American leagues are doing right, at least footie ones (No idea if NFL is being sponsored by pampers or whatever)
     
  11. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    btw you might've heard that Diego Maradona died today… I'm near saturation point (i.e. I passed it about an hour ago) so I'm not staying up for discussion right now.
     
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    Rest in peace.

    As I said previously in this post, the best player I have ever seen. I can not remember a player who was more decisive in a pitch.
     
  13. JohannaK

    JohannaK Heroically Clueless

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    He was a great player and not altogether a bad person in between snorting coke and snorting more coke.
     
  14. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    A trophy haul completely disproportionate to his immense talent, partly because of his personality and part because of his handlers'.

    Outside the football pitch he was a disaster; of course, since 1982 he's been engaging in substance abuse and unlike Ozzy Osbourne he's not that invulnerable and everyone tried to eat a piece of him. It is shameful how they managed to ruin him. Endless adulation posing as adoration as well as the genuine stuff, and in 38 years people have preferred to poison him and keep him alive as a cash cow. Here in his homeland I got to see the everyday off-the-pitch antics of Diego Maradona for a couple of decades (he retired in '97!) and it was invariably variations of a sorry sight. Always with people profiting off him and sucking him up like vampires. Politicians, entertainers, hangers-on, everyone wanted a piece of Maradona.

    It's said that after his mother died, not long ago, he suffered a relapse. His year as coach here was a farce in which everyone knew he was either drunk or trying to kick it off but since he was THE presence in a local tournament that has turned beyond mediocre and coaching the presidential team they made him stay on instead of getting him onto rehabilitation. When he had a crisis last month his entourage finally decided they had to try and save him but it was too late.

    Spoiler a language people here totally don't understand :
    Se puede matar a una persona acuchillándola, baleándola, golpeándola, etc., pero a Maradona lo mataron viviéndolo


    The funeral itself was a deplorable affair. It was organised by actual hooligangster firms on behalf of the government and ended up, predictably, with rioting, tear gas, stampeding, various government officials including the prez and VP hiding for their lives, and so on. Just like a typical football match.
    Already in the eve of the affair three employees from the funeral company just started taking selfies with the body. :ack: The greatest metaphor, or perhaps only a synopsis.

    And the government -just as typically- blamed the city government and later Maradona's own family. FFS, in this country they cannot stop using the man even after he's actually dead.
     
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    Some do. ;)

    DEP

     
  16. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    The (footballing) world here has devolved into ‘Who killed Diego Maradona?’ and ‘whom sired Diego Maradona?’. The man's end is utterly pathetic. :(
     
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    Yeah... Lockdown isn t good for your sanity guys :p
     
  18. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Why else would the government do it?

    So far there's up to 5 potential new children of Maradona's if I've counted right, and the man's physical state was greatly deteriorated. Skipping the more gruesome details, he had a swollen heart.
     
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    JohannaK Heroically Clueless

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    Pleasantly surprised with Barça's performances this last week. Granted Dinamo, Osasuna, and Ferencvaros aren't exactly heavy hitters, but we've finally see Griezmann doing something, Dembelé had really a stellar performance in Budapest demonstrating a great compenetration with Alba and, well, things might be looking up. Now hopefully Messi won't leave and we won't be bankrupt. Fork Bartomeu.
     
  20. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Hehe, jinxed it.
     

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