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#1 OFFLINE   Ingolfsson

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:00 AM

Plenty of big names from the past (nae the Tims!) in the Champions League early rounds. Sad, I think, what the Champions League rebrand has done to once-great sides.

 

Here's a piece I wrote on Dinamo Tbilisi - http://futbolgrad.co...ampions-league/

 

They thumped Liverpool in 1979, and won the Cup Winners' Cup in 81 with the backbone of the USSR national side. Older fellas will mind Shengelia scoring against Scotland in 1982 World Cup. 

 

Off to see them play Aktobe (Kazakhstan) tonight and they'll do very well to even squeeze past them.


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#2 OFFLINE   The Boofon

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 10:48 AM

Good article min.

Good start to the thread.

Shame the competition is a fixed sham.

Needs a new trophy as it's not the European Cup. They gave the Europa League a new trophy. Why not the Champions League?
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:26 PM

Good article min.

Good start to the thread.

Shame the competition is a fixed sham.

Needs a new trophy as it's not the European Cup. They gave the Europa League a new trophy. Why not the Champions League?

 

 

 

How do you mean fixed? As in the big teams getting mollycoddled through to the latter stages?


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:44 PM

Seeding, the money that the major clubs get, the "four champions league" spots for certain countries, the fact that normal clubs have to play a season of qualifiers before they even get close to the actual competition, the "Oh, you've been knocked out? well how about we give you another bite of the cherry in the Europa League, i'm sure the little clubs won't mind"


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#5 OFFLINE   The Cockney Don

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

feyenoord v besiktas (mon the turks) .


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#6 OFFLINE   The Cockney Don

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:22 AM

possible St Patricks v the Tims .


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:28 AM

 
 
 
How do you mean fixed? As in the big teams getting mollycoddled through to the latter stages?


Yes.
Pretty much that.

Devised competition that is more of a money making exercise than a competition.

Completely set up to allow as many big teams as possible to gain entry to the lucrative stages.

A sham of a competition and not the European Cup. Why on earth they keep up the pretence with the European Cup trophy is beyond me.
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#8 OFFLINE   The Cockney Don

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:59 PM

feyenoord v besiktas (mon the turks) .

feyenoord 1 - 2 besiktas - full time  :)

 

 

MON YOU POLES  :lolceltic:


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#9 OFFLINE   The Cockney Don

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:29 PM

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas 3 - 1 the poles, should be 5 - 1 ( two missed penalties ) .


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#10 OFFLINE   The Cockney Don

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:31 PM

4 faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaackin 1 

 

HA HA HA HA HA  :lolceltic:  :lolceltic:  :lolceltic:


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:34 PM

HAHA murdered! Cue flood of bets on the Dons winning the league.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:40 PM

Celtic were fucking useless. They were very lucky it wasn't alot more


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

feyenoord 1 - 2 besiktas - full time  :)

 

 

MON YOU POLES  :lolceltic:

Ideally Feyenoord go out and we go through to face them in next round, that'll be fun.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:53 PM

Ideally Feyenoord go out and we go through to face them in next round, that'll be fun.

It sure would be pwopa pwopa nawty  :violent:  :dancin:


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:56 PM

It sure would be pwopa pwopa nawty  :violent:  :dancin:

They'd take atleast 4k over for the laughs, they tried to take 6k over to a friendly against Barnsley which got postponed as the police shat it.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:27 PM

Fucking magic!
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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

 

 

 

How do you mean fixed? As in the big teams getting mollycoddled through to the latter stages?

 

Fixed because teams that are not champions are allowed into the champions league


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:37 PM

Besiktas 3(demba ba hat-trick) - 1 feyenoord 

 

agg 5 - 2 .

 

 

:)


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:15 AM

Gotta do it again Besiktas, faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakin come on .


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Play-Off Round Draw :

 

Maribor v tims

Salzburg v Malmo

Aalborg v APOEL

Steaua Bucharest v Ludogorets

Slovan Bratislava v BATE Borisov

Besiktas v the scum

Standard Liege v Zenit St Petersburg

Fc Copenhagen v Bayer Leverkusen

Lille v Porto

Napoli v Athletic Bilbao .


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Ooft, Napoli v Bilabo. Cracker. 


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:29 AM

The turks will be looking for them over there  :violent: .


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:19 PM

Demba Ba hat trick again.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:27 PM

Demba Ba hat trick again.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:48 AM

Real Madrid and Ronaldo looking pretty fucking good last night in the Super Cup.

 

 

Bale looks like he has spent the summer in the gym.

 

 

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:57 AM

I thought they were decent but defence looked all over place at times, casillas played well.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:10 AM

Imnae buying into Real yet.

Rinaldo yes.
But still for me Bale was grossly overpriced to an obscene level.
Benzema is just average.
And Rodriguez I'll reserve judgement on till after an average World Cup (team wise) has subsided.

Kroos. Great buy. But rumours of Kedeira and di Maria leaving are odd given their importance.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:24 AM

Imnae buying into Real yet.

Rinaldo yes.
But still for me Bale was grossly overpriced to an obscene level.
Benzema is just average.
And Rodriguez I'll reserve judgement on till after an average World Cup (team wise) has subsided.

Kroos. Great buy. But rumours of Kedeira and di Maria leaving are odd given their importance.

 

 

 

One will have to go after adding Kroos and Rodriguez, and they also have Isco who will be surplus now too.

 

While Bale (and Rodriguez) were over priced, Bale finished the season strongly, and ended up with 22 goals,  which was more than Alexis Sanchez and only 2 less than the out and out forward of Benzema, 


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:27 AM

Yeah he is good player but just shocked he cost so much given I always thought Suarez, aguero, RVP and others were better than him in e gland.

As an aside....

Two Danish sides in the playoff round.
If they both progress which is doable would be some achievement.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:29 AM

And surprised he is held in such esteem given he is nowhere near as good as other Real players.
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