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Old May 25th, 2013 (12:44 PM).
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And Bayern Munich won Borrusia Dortmund 2-1 in the CL final.
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One of the greatest matches of the season. It was beautiful. Dortmund battled really well, it's a shame they lost.
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That stamp from Lewandowski.
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Old May 25th, 2013 (09:07 PM).
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Bloody great match. Bummed Dortmund lost, but Bayern's deserving of a win, and I'm glad they finished on a high note.

Here's that impeccable goal-line save from Subotic:-



I was also hoping for my favourite Dortmund player to sneak in a goal, and I got what I wanted!

Dortmund played so well last night. We may have lost this one, but we've gained so many admirers in the process. I'm proud.
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Old May 26th, 2013 (12:25 AM).
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It saddens me that robben scored the winner, he gets the headlines even though he played pretty crap.

Reus was really good in the first half, I think Dortmund have a good enough team for next year so long as they replace Gotze.
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I shudder to think what can Pep do with these guys- if he gets Robben to score more than one in four absolute sitters, they'll be unstoppable.
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Old May 26th, 2013 (02:06 AM).
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I assume pep will find a new winger, robben has hardly been in favour this season.

Meanwhile barca sign neymar, perhaps they'll be a good challenge to their former manager.
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Disappointed at the Dortmund loss, but from what little I saw of it (and what I had Went babbling about to me on Skype d:), it was pretty fantastic. That save in the .gif above me there is immaculate, probably one of the best bits of defensive play I've ever seen. However I'm pretty horrified at SNOR(es)LAX's post up there with Lewandowski's stamp. What did he get for that?
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Old May 26th, 2013 (03:23 AM).
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Always though Robben would move on this summer tbh.
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Quote originally posted by Razor Leaf:
However I'm pretty horrified at SNOR(es)LAX's post up there with Lewandowski's stamp. What did he get for that?
A "I'll pretend it was an accident but don't do anything similar again" glare from the ref.
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Old May 26th, 2013 (11:33 AM).
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I lol'd at what Lewandowski has done. Shame that Robben was playing badly for almost whole match and scored that goal after all. BVB did really good in the first half, later it was just getting worse...
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Old May 27th, 2013 (01:59 PM).
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Yeah, Lewandowski's stamp was bad. But Ribery (unsuccessfully) elbowed him in the face, so karma is kinda neutral on it, particularly as nobody was really hurt.
Is it just me or is Pep Guardiola kinda fortunate with the teams he gets? Barcelona were unstoppable under him, but a lot of that is due to him having Messi 100% fit for his entire reign - just look what happened the second he got injured. And Bayern...well, they're absolutely class.
And even if his tactics have something to do with the success of Barca (I believe it was him who decided to play Messi in a central role), he was lucky in that he inherited a team, as opposed to a bunch of personalities, which is what Madrid disintegrate into every season that they don't win something. And if Robben leaves, Bayern'll have that same team spirit (apparently players dislike him because he spends too much time with his family!?) which will make them much easier to manage.

And on the final, yeah BVB were pretty unlucky. And If Götze wasn't injured, that extra bit of creativity would've dragged the game into extra time at least. I gotta be honest I was really hoping Bayern would be the new Benfica (choking in finals). Good to see Ilkay Gundogan getting a goal - I wonder how much of that was due to Lewandowski being bothered about missing and how much of him being worried about equalising against his alleged future team-mates? Absolutely gutted that my bets didn't come off too :P Had BVB 2-1 Bayern, and Müller (nearly always scores), Reus and Lewandowski to score.

In more recent news though, Crystal Palace are back up! Kevin Phillips, what a legend. Wilfried Zaha apparently got MOM, which is good news for United as Young never looked like our quality and Nani'll probably never hit his true potential until he leaves, sadly. Although then again, looking at moments like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5gDJfFvObg and maybe it'd be a good thing, especially if Ronaldo ever does want to come back (not due to that goal, but apparently they really don't get on?).

Also, you heard it here first - United will win the Champions League in the next two seasons
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Old May 27th, 2013 (02:44 PM).
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Don't really like Palace, have been to Selhurst Park twice, it sucks. Glad to see their manager on MOTD though, he's always entertaining anyway.
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Old May 28th, 2013 (05:30 AM).
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In other news. Still waiting. Come on Stoke.
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Old May 28th, 2013 (07:56 AM).
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Haha, if that comes off I'm putting £3 on Stoke to go down this season :P
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Old May 29th, 2013 (04:23 AM).
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Ah now we look forward to the transfer window, good times.

I feel like Stoke will go down, but a lot of the teams seem quite weak. Cardiff might actually have a very fun time and finish 10th/11th.

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Old May 29th, 2013 (05:54 AM).
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Next season seems pretty tough to call. Anything can happen in that big group outside the top 6 or 7. Relegation could be any 3 of them tbh. Top 3 will be the money sides as always, then Arsenal in 4th with Pool and Spurs challenging for 5th. Personally I think Everton will get drawn back into the other group next season.

It obviously depends on the transfers this summer but I can't see any of those other 13 sides making a break for Europe.

Might be my bias but I do think Norwich will go into next season with one of the most improved sides. van Wolfswinky and a couple more decent signings should see us over the line a lot more safely this season just gone.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (10:15 AM).
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Eugh, my off season withdrawal has kicked in a few weeks early this year. I say this whilst watching Djurgardens vs Kalmar.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (10:24 AM).
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I don't mind it being off season as long as there's some juicy transfer news.

There isn't at the moment, but I imagine there'll be a lot of transfers announced tomorrow. Including at least one Middlesbrough signing.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (11:19 AM).
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Not one piece of interesting transfer gossip down here yet either. I shouldn't really be complaining considering we've already got in 2 quality players but I am anyway.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (11:42 AM).
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It's always that way. I want us to get business done early yet I'll be complaining on deadline day when we don't do anything.

If my sources are to be believed we will complete the free signing of Jacques Maghoma from Burton soon enough.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (12:01 PM).
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Can't say I know a lot about that fellow. Scored quite a few goals from midfield last season though, it seems. 16 compared to 4 in each in each of the previous 2 seasons.

Only rumour with any substance this week here seems to be Leon Barnett to Cardiff, a decent player but not up to Bassong/Turner/Bennett standard. Oh and some Australian team are supposedly after Grant Holt.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (12:14 PM).
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I haven't heard of him before we started being linked with him. He seems a similar signing to Ledesma last season who we signed on the basis of him doing well for Walsall and getting 4 goals in 10 games from midfield. That worked out pretty horrible. I also think Spurs would've held on to him if he was even Championship quality as they have done with a lot of youngsters lately.

Surely that Holt rumour is a bit absurd? Is he not still in the first team?
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Not as absurd as you'd think.

Hughton's preferred formation seems to be 451 and you'd imagine van Wolfswinkel will be that striker next season. With only 3 first team strikers on the books atm (Holt, RvW, Becchio) you'd expect another good player to join in that position, he could very well end up being 3rd or even 4th choice.

There's also the fact that Norwich fans are very quick to turn on him. You wouldn't believe some of the abuse he gets. I could imagine a nice pay packet and the Australian climate could be quite appealing.

That being said I still think he'll still be here, and important for us next season. The only move I could really imagine is one to Celtic, with Hooper going the other way.
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Old May 30th, 2013 (12:54 PM).
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It seems like an interesting situation given Holt's importance in the seasons preceding this one. It's odd that he isn't an iconic player among the club's fanbase.

I'm surprised Becchio isn't being rumoured to move on, he isn't going to get games for Norwich.
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