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Old June 2nd, 2015 (04:56 PM).
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It's weird - what happened recently that made him resign?

But of course it's not over. The organisation as a whole did vote him in again, and it doesn't mean his eventual successor (it'll be months before he officially isn't in charge!) will be any better. Still, potential is there. Here's hoping.
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Speculation is that he's resigning because his top aide was implicated by one of those indicted by the USA last week to be involved in a wire transfer of around $10 million that was related to the 2010 World Cup.
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I hope more stuff comes out. Would love to see how rigged Korea/Japan actually was. My guess is that it was pretty much WWE.
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that is all, you may resume your football now. :)
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So, Barcelona won the Champions League to the surprise of no one. They're unbelievable.

Also pleased that Sunderland managed to stay up in the end. I was in a bar with friends watching the draw with Arsenal and the place went crazy at full time. They really need to learn from past mistakes and start laying some solid foundations to build the club up and take it forward; everything's in place if they can only start making the right signings. Hopefully the appointment of Advocaat can set those wheels in motion and they can completely avoid the relegation battle for the 2015-16 season.
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Just starting to sink in now with the fixtures out in a weeks time... really really little fish in a massive pond


SOOOO err can the season end before its begun
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It would be great to see Arsenal finish first and Leicester so high, but I'm not a fan of anything that doesn't have Southampton in the top ten.
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Even with the table in alphabetical order, Sunderland can't finish higher than 15th.
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Faroe Islands did it again!

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Greece is awful. I have no clue how they ever qualify or win anything.
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I hope united can bring it back this season but mainly that lvg doesn't get more players who do little other than compete for their spot
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I think I've finally recovered enough to talk about football on a regular basis again.

Quote originally posted by Universe:
Weeaboo Name wanted me to tell this thread that they've enjoyed the time they got to spend with you all throughout the years.

that is all, you may resume your football now. :)
If you can, tell WN that I reciprocate the sentiment, it has been fun to chat in this thread for so long. I assume it's now a perm ban which is a big shame.

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I hope united can bring it back this season but mainly that lvg doesn't get more players who do little other than compete for their spot :|
I think United can go into this season with reasonable comfort as they shouldn't be finishing out of the top four anytime soon. I feel like City and Chelsea will still be too strong for them regardless of United's signings though.

There was a reasonably interesting BBC article about some players who came from out of Europe and used Faroe Islands as an in road to European football before settling there. Decent read if you can find it, but I'm not sure how long ago it was.
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chelsea actually as a ridiculously strong rooster, city tho :/ i dot really see them as a threat rn, but if they regain form, :/
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I think they also will have a strong roster. Toure, Silva & Aguero are undoubtedly three of the best players in the league. I think Kompany will have a better season and Mangala will probably adapt to the league. Perhaps in some positions they need to trim some fat and bring in a few new players, but with their money I have no doubt they will do that.

That said I think they can find better value than Raheem Sterling to fill in their relatively weak right wing spot.
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For anybody who's interested, here are the results of the Europa League first qualifying round:

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2016/matches/round=2000654/index.html

Kairat (KAZ) - Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 2-1 (4-1) O_O
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Quote originally posted by AmourPearlShipper:
For anybody who's interested, here are the results of the Europa League first qualifying round:

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2016/matches/round=2000654/index.html

Kairat (KAZ) - Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 2-1 (4-1) O_O
What happened there? Did Red Star take them too lightly? Even then it seems surprising given how West Ham got through comfortably with various reserves in the side.

United have quickly made two reasonable improvements to their team. One more defender and a marquee signing and they will look quite strong.

Our only signing went off with a broken leg in our first pre-season game yesterday so this season is going bad already.
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I know this is pretty dead now that we've lost our resident Norwich fan, but I would have thought Sterling, Casillas or Vidal would have attracted some discussion. Maybe it's just me, but I have even more fun talking about football during the transfer window compared to usual.

On a sidenote no one cares about, Downing and Woodgate return to Boro. Of course Downing being the much more exciting story there. Maybe if there is someone with an eye on La Liga they could tell me their opinion of Stuani?
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:/ Sterling's not all that exciting, more annoying than anything else
Casillas is a sad story
Vidal is just depressing along with Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger to Man U
Downing and Woodgate is definately interesting, I only found out Downing left the hammers today buy I didn't know where
I know nothing of the Stuani deal
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I think Sterling is an excellent signing for Manchester City! He's an exciting prospect (one of the best in fact), English so he meets the Home-Grown quota in which City are so desperately in need of filling, and he's an upgrade on their current options. Well, at least an upgrade on Jesus Navas!

Casillas is a pretty sad departure but people don't really seem to remember why he was dropped waaaaay back. He and Sergio Ramos, apparently, tried to start a revolt against then manager Jose Mourinho... As well as that Diego Lopez performed admirably in his stead and Casillas hasn't looked like the infallible keeper of old! Sure the Madridista's booing him is kinda uncalled for but Mourinho was proven right in the end!

I'm quite gutted as an Arsenal fan that the rumours of us pursuing Vidal didn't come to anything. I'm not going to claim to watch him very often, and there was talk online of him not being at his best recently but he's a pretty tasty midfield. Juve losing Pirlo and Vidal in one window? Kinda suggests Pogba's not going anywhere. I don't really think we need him anyway with Ramsey, Wilshere, Santi, Coquelin, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Bielik etc. already vying for the two in the base of our midfield!

Downing going back to 'Boro was nice for me to see as I used to have quite the soft spot for them way back when... Football Manager will do that to a man, lol.

And I can't comment on the Stuani situation either unfortunately
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Quote originally posted by Shak:
:/ Sterling's not all that exciting, more annoying than anything else
Casillas is a sad story
Vidal is just depressing along with Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger to Man U
Downing and Woodgate is definately interesting, I only found out Downing left the hammers today buy I didn't know where
I know nothing of the Stuani deal
Which team do you support? Just interested because you said Vidal etc. are depressing.

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I think Sterling is an excellent signing for Manchester City! He's an exciting prospect (one of the best in fact), English so he meets the Home-Grown quota in which City are so desperately in need of filling, and he's an upgrade on their current options. Well, at least an upgrade on Jesus Navas!

Casillas is a pretty sad departure but people don't really seem to remember why he was dropped waaaaay back. He and Sergio Ramos, apparently, tried to start a revolt against then manager Jose Mourinho... As well as that Diego Lopez performed admirably in his stead and Casillas hasn't looked like the infallible keeper of old! Sure the Madridista's booing him is kinda uncalled for but Mourinho was proven right in the end!

I'm quite gutted as an Arsenal fan that the rumours of us pursuing Vidal didn't come to anything. I'm not going to claim to watch him very often, and there was talk online of him not being at his best recently but he's a pretty tasty midfield. Juve losing Pirlo and Vidal in one window? Kinda suggests Pogba's not going anywhere. I don't really think we need him anyway with Ramsey, Wilshere, Santi, Coquelin, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Bielik etc. already vying for the two in the base of our midfield!

Downing going back to 'Boro was nice for me to see as I used to have quite the soft spot for them way back when... Football Manager will do that to a man, lol.

And I can't comment on the Stuani situation either unfortunately
You must be the first person I have seen who isn't a City fan to be 100% positive about the Sterling transfer. Everyone else wants to convince themselves he will be a waste. I think he will be good for them, but will probably struggle to ever justify £49m.

I think it's a good time for Casillas to move on, it's a bit of a shame he couldn't retire though. I always like and respect one club players, but everyone collects some retirement money these days I suppose.

I'm sure Juve know what they're doing with Vidal, they have rarely made a transfer mistake in recent years. I'm not sure he will have as important a role for Bayern. Arsenal will be fine without him as you say, I think. It would have been a good signal of intent for them though, like Ozil & Sanchez in previous seasons.

I'm mainly hoping Went will look in the thread sometime in the near future to comment on Stuani, but outside of that it's a longshot.
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Which team do you support? Just interested because you said Vidal etc. are depressing.
Arsenal fan.
All of our DM targets have been slipping away, and Vidal was the last one. I'm convinced now that we wont sign a DM, which is kinda disappointing
(Schneiderlin went to Man U, Carvalho broke his leg, Kondogbia joined inter and I'm not all that keen on the bender brothers.)

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I'm quite gutted as an Arsenal fan that the rumours of us pursuing Vidal didn't come to anything. I'm not going to claim to watch him very often, and there was talk online of him not being at his best recently but he's a pretty tasty midfield. Juve losing Pirlo and Vidal in one window? Kinda suggests Pogba's not going anywhere. I don't really think we need him anyway with Ramsey, Wilshere, Santi, Coquelin, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Bielik etc. already vying for the two in the base of our midfield!
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I'm sure Juve know what they're doing with Vidal, they have rarely made a transfer mistake in recent years. I'm not sure he will have as important a role for Bayern. Arsenal will be fine without him as you say, I think. It would have been a good signal of intent for them though, like Ozil & Sanchez in previous seasons.
We'll need a sturdy DM it isn't a bad fit, and Schweini isn't really coming up with the goods recently what with his on-off form and fitness. League should be the target this season, but I really think that Pep has got to change his style if we are to challenge for the Champions League title.
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