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he's 20, an important player for vitesse arnhem and has a full cap to his name. apparently linked to everton as well as norwich now.

stability is certainly the way forward. qpr are crazy and deserve everything they get. i wonder which mug chairman will hire 'arry next.

the championship is indeed impossible to call. wolves and blackburn, jeez.

hoping for an all german final tbh.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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I don't know what happened to Wolves, but Blackburn is pretty understandable. Especially when reading things like this.

The fact that Blackburn or Wolves could either be relegated or even finish in the top half gives an idea of how ridiculously close the Championship is this year.

I'm not sure if you've read about the call for a minute of silence for Margaret Thatcher's death, but that seems like a terrible idea. I would personally uphold it, but I'm sure boos would ring around the Riverside and various other grounds in Britain if they went through with it.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 04:57 PM
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Ugh, they're having a minute's silence for that? I've no real opinion towards the whole thing but that's just... no. When we apparently can't even have a minute's silence for Hillsborough I really imagine something so controversial just bombing and pissing a whole load of people off. It's unrelated to football and not something everyone can agree on; leave it out, imo.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 05:04 PM
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Minute silences are becoming a bit of a ridiculous honour anyway, we're finding increasing amount of things to dedicate a minute of silence for and few relate to football anymore.

As it stands, some rugby teams are holding a silence and the Wigan & Reading chairman both believe there should be one in English football, but no clubs are obligated to hold one. It makes no sense really considering the difference in opinion of her and since her decisions relating to football tended to be poor.
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>Dickson Etuhu is understood to earn £30,000 per week
li liked him but no way near as much as that. good for him though. haha.

looks like cardiff are finally going to make the step up. always liked them more than swanselona.

boos would ring around a fair few grounds and a mins applause is out of the question. don't think it'll happen, or should happen.
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Thatcher just seems a very hot topic to be avoiding right now, haha. And no way in hell do I want political views brought into football any more than they (arguably) already are. To acknowledge the minute's silence would be to mourn her death for those against her and I just can't see that happening. Way too risky and honestly, pointless a move in football.

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Minute silences are becoming a bit of a ridiculous honour anyway, we're finding increasing amount of things to dedicate a minute of silence for and few relate to football anymore.
Indeed. I mean, if it's related to football (such as Hillsborough or in memory of a player/manager/whoever) then by all means do it when and where is relevant but leave it at that. Football's got history which we should definitely be embracing but there's no need at all to be dragging in external stuff. We do just fine without it.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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away from football there are very few people i'd be for giving a moments silence for at a football game. maybe only david attenborough, actually.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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I really, really, really hope there isn't another clásico in the semis. I'm so horribly tired of them :( I'd rather have two Germany VS Spain draws and specially hope one of each gets kicked out on the way. As annoying as a semi would be, I don't think I would be able to survive a Madrid - Barça final.

Also if Borussia makes it to the final, I'm hoping for a Bayern 1999 ending for them.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:02 AM
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I suppose I'm not too bothered about who draws who as long as Barcelona don't reach the final.

I can't deal with another final of boredom and I definitely don't want to see them win again.
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I'd like Bayern to win. I think they deserve their damn 5th cup, specially after their last 15 years :\

Seriously, losing a final in a shootout and another one with two injury time goals is not nice.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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I suppose it would certainly repay them for going through last year's final.
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That Dortmund - Malaga match was crazy. I was supporting Dortmund and those goals at the end made my dad and I scream and howl.

I'm hoping Dortmund wins the whole thing, and I'm also hoping for an all-German finals, though I have a mind to think Barcelona will advance instead.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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I just hope whoever wins the Barça-Bayern semi ends up partying at Wembley.
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Bayern will beat Barca, but then lose to Dortmund. I think that Jurgen Klopp knows that Dortmund need to establish themselves as a big team, and other teams need to be wary of them. Dormund can beat Real, the home leg at Dortmund will take it out of Real, but there is that chance Mourinho will mess with Klopp's mind. All in all, the tie could go anyway as it stands, but I think the more likely is Dortmund. Then we go to the Bayern tie with Barca; Bayern will be eager to win the Champions League after getting to the final then being knocked out on quite a few occasions. The league is no more a worry for Bayern, they can rest players and just focus now on Barca. Tito Vilanova won't be able to handle the pressure when it comes down to it imo, he doesn't have the mind to be able to make very quick decisions in these sort of circumstances. We saw that Messi changes Barca, not saying they're a one man team, but I reckon if Bayern can handle Messi they should have the tie under control. Barca's defense hasn't been amazing recently, and Bayern's attack has. A lot of goals is what we should see over the 2 legs.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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If Bayern & Dortmund win it'll be a great advertisement for the Bundesliga. Most people who watch the Bundesliga will argue it's up there with the Premiership and La Liga, but it's denied by the majority, this year's Champions League may just prove them right.

Anyway I think Bayern are the best team to face Barca so I'm happy with the draw.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:31 PM
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I have never followed the other top leagues closely enough to really compare. The premierleague can't be the best league now though, surely.

I bet the officials are less crooked out in Germany and Spain than they are here in England anyway.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 01:11 PM
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I suppose it's hard for anyone to compare really.

Anyway, Milwall decided to put the game back thirty years again today. By far, the worst fans in the country.



Hopefully the guy who stole the Police Officer's hat will get to court to face this pretty condemning evidence. Along with the rest of those involved of course.
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Gotta live up to their well 'ard reputation.

All teams have a few **** fans, they just have a bigger few.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 02:09 PM
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I bet the officials are less crooked out in Germany and Spain than they are here in England anyway.
It's pretty much as horrible anywhere to be honest. Here if anything our refs are a bunch of cowards who will not ever give anything even if five guys are handballing in the box. Unless it's a foul in midfield. Those we have three dozens a game.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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It honestly feels like refs have to be biased towards 'big' teams sometimes.

Today Arsenal beat my lot 3 - 1 and not one of their goals should have stood. I'll add that we had the lead and had they not equalised through a dodgy pen in the 85th minute I think we'd have seen it out.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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I can't complain about refs today, our ref probably helped us on the balance of things. Three two footed tackles which all could've merited a red on a different day and he only gave out two yellows. It usually goes the other way though so it's a nice change, but as usual lately we lost anyway.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 04:11 PM
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They say these things even themselves out over the 38 games, if that's so then we're in for one hell end to our season. Especially if luck we didn't get with pens rolls over from last season.

Seriously though, until we're mathematically safe this result will bug me.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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A day later and i'm still annoyed. Football hasn't bothered this much since THAT survival Sunday. Was at Fulham that day. ;____;
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No love for Europa League? :D

SL Benfica (My club <3) is in the semi finals for the second time in 3 years and will meet the turkish club Fenerbahçe. It's going to be an extremely difficult match in Istambul but I hope we'll reach the finals this time (2 years ago we fell to SP.Braga in the semi finals ). We have a very solid and experienced team. Also I have a good feeling because the ffinal is in Amsterdam, a City that brings great memories to our older supporters, since We won our last Champions league there against Real Madrid with the great Eusébio scoring an hat trick - more than 50 years ago
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Old April 14th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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I speak to a Benfica fan pretty regularly and he would have rather faced them in the final. Crazy home support for that lot.

As you follow the Portuguese league you'd be a good person to give some opinion. How do you rate Lisbon's Ricky van Wolfswinkel?
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