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(Reuters)   Remember that Chinese club that swiped Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka? They're not even in the top half of their league table and are fighting so much over who has to pay their sorry butts that they might not make payroll at all   (in.reuters.com) divider line 25
    More: Fail, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Chinese people, equity stakes, payrolls, soccer, China Daily  
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2012-08-28 12:31:47 PM
no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.
 
2012-08-28 12:39:01 PM

soakitincider: no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.


And yet you care enough to (1) know that these gentlemen play soccer and (2) post a comment about how little you care for it.
 
2012-08-28 12:49:14 PM
The current league table.

Seven games to play, and Shenhua's only four points above the relegation zone. And three of the six teams below them have a game in hand. They have more draws than anyone in the league; nobody on the team has more than four goals through 23 games. That's a recipe for disaster if, oh, say, any of their bigger names were to leave due to salary concerns.
 
2012-08-28 12:52:52 PM

meanmutton: soakitincider: no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.

And yet you care enough to (1) know that these gentlemen play soccer and (2) post a comment about how little you care for it.


And now 3/4 of the people posting in this thread are talking about a post where someone claims they don't care, rather than the article, proving that no one actually cares.
 
2012-08-28 12:59:14 PM
I can no longer read "Didier Drogba" and NOT think of Gary Neville's background orgasm during his headed goal in the Champions League Final.

For an example: Link
 
2012-08-28 01:04:13 PM

Killer Cars: I can no longer read "Didier Drogba" and NOT think of Gary Neville's background orgasm during his headed goal in the Champions League Final.


Except it wasn't a Drogba goal that caused Neville to climax. It was Torres' against Barca
 
2012-08-28 01:08:32 PM

guitarpick8120: Except it wasn't a Drogba goal that caused Neville to climax. It was Torres' against Barca


It was definitely more pronounced for that one, but you still hear it in the other one Link

Since I've now discussed more about Neville and his sexual excitement than I would ever care to, I'm going outside and might just off myself.
 
2012-08-28 01:59:38 PM

IAmRight: meanmutton: soakitincider: no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.

And yet you care enough to (1) know that these gentlemen play soccer and (2) post a comment about how little you care for it.

And now 3/4 of the people posting in this thread are talking about a post where someone claims they don't care, rather than the article, proving that no one actually cares.


You can care about soccer and not care about two past-their-prime players playing for a team no one cares about in a country that doesn't care for soccer.
 
2012-08-28 02:05:54 PM

meanmutton: IAmRight: meanmutton: soakitincider: no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.

And yet you care enough to (1) know that these gentlemen play soccer and (2) post a comment about how little you care for it.

And now 3/4 of the people posting in this thread are talking about a post where someone claims they don't care, rather than the article, proving that no one actually cares.

You can care about soccer and not care about two past-their-prime players playing for a team no one cares about in a country that doesn't care for soccer.


You can say that anelka is past his prime, but i would argue that drogba was pretty strong. If you need reference, please check the champions league final replays.
 
2012-08-28 02:29:56 PM
So if they fail to meet payroll....are they FA then? I'm not sure how that works. Then have to wonder if any Euro teams pick them up or they give up respect and chase MLS money. Not that i would hate seeing either one in MLS.
 
2012-08-28 02:42:13 PM
And Samuel Eto'o?
 
2012-08-28 02:52:30 PM

eagles95: So if they fail to meet payroll....are they FA then? I'm not sure how that works. Then have to wonder if any Euro teams pick them up or they give up respect and chase MLS money. Not that i would hate seeing either one in MLS.


I don't know how it is in China, but in Scotland Hearts failed to meet their payroll for a few months. Assuming the situation is the same, they'll simply owe the players back pay and if they don't resolve it fairly quickly may be threatened with sanctions by the league and/or the Chinese FA. I expect that if their financial situation doesn't improve quickly they will be forced to borrow money to cover their payroll or to enter administration.

Of course, they could take the route that Rangers did while in administration which was to arrange for their highest paid players to voluntarily accept a substantial pay cut in order to avoid laying off staff in exchange for an agreement to allow them to leave as free agents at the end of the season if they were unable to restore full pay.
 
2012-08-28 02:54:01 PM

meanmutton: soakitincider: no one cares about soccer, it's for old french maids.

And yet you care enough to (1) know that these gentlemen play soccer and (2) post a comment about how little you care for it.


I guessed it was about soccer when I didn't know who the people in question were. Looks like I guess correctly.

/ The only reason why I came to this thread was because I misread his name as Diddler.
//TMYK
 
2012-08-28 03:23:52 PM

eagles95: So if they fail to meet payroll....are they FA then? I'm not sure how that works. Then have to wonder if any Euro teams pick them up or they give up respect and chase MLS money. Not that i would hate seeing either one in MLS.


They gave up respect to chase money in the Chinese League. It obviously didn't quite work for them. at this point MLS is a more respectable league. Of course given the rules on salary caps and designated players, which MLS teams could pick them up?

/Would love to see Drogba at DC United
 
2012-08-28 03:38:39 PM

LucklessWonder: They gave up respect to chase money in the Chinese League. It obviously didn't quite work for them. at this point MLS is a more respectable league.


Dude, the Samoan league is a more respectable league than China's.

Granted, we're probably solving for different values of 'respect'.
 
2012-08-28 03:42:18 PM
I thought China had endless money and unicorns. Huh
 
2012-08-28 03:50:45 PM
Drogba comes to Sporting KC to replace the injured Teal. KC wins the Treble. Check and mate.
 
2012-08-28 04:08:55 PM

LucklessWonder: eagles95: So if they fail to meet payroll....are they FA then? I'm not sure how that works. Then have to wonder if any Euro teams pick them up or they give up respect and chase MLS money. Not that i would hate seeing either one in MLS.

They gave up respect to chase money in the Chinese League. It obviously didn't quite work for them. at this point MLS is a more respectable league. Of course given the rules on salary caps and designated players, which MLS teams could pick them up?

/Would love to see Drogba at DC United


Maybe he would be the push to get them a soccer only stadium and not that pit they play in now. That being said, MLS needs a star player in a city not named NYC or LA. I'm not saying send him to Columbus or Colorado, but Chicago or Sporting KC would be awesome
 
2012-08-28 04:44:26 PM

star_topology: And Samuel Eto'o?


Hes Russia slaying it, still. Had a brace this weekend.
 
2012-08-28 04:45:06 PM

Halstread: star_topology: And Samuel Eto'o?

Hes Russia slaying it, still. Had a brace this weekend.


Damnit, hes "IN" Russia.
 
2012-08-28 07:14:13 PM
Christ, Beckham, Keane and Henry can barely look in the general direction of MLS refs w/o spitting, what do you think would happen when Drogba plays here? He'd be perpetually suspended for beating refs w/ his bare hands.
 
2012-08-28 10:54:38 PM
Drogba would be a good pick up for a lot of teams if he bolts Shanghai at the end of the month. But why would anyone touch Anelka. He has done nothing but whine and complain since he got here, and hasn't looked all that good on the field. Overpaid muppet as far as I'm concerned.
 
2012-08-28 11:29:37 PM

Trocadero: Christ, Beckham, Keane and Henry can barely look in the general direction of MLS refs w/o spitting, what do you think would happen when Drogba plays here? He'd be perpetually suspended for beating refs w/ his bare hands.


some of the refs in MLS need to be beaten. The officiating in the SportingKC v Red Bulls was HORRIBLE
 
2012-08-28 11:41:51 PM

eagles95: LucklessWonder: eagles95: So if they fail to meet payroll....are they FA then? I'm not sure how that works. Then have to wonder if any Euro teams pick them up or they give up respect and chase MLS money. Not that i would hate seeing either one in MLS.

They gave up respect to chase money in the Chinese League. It obviously didn't quite work for them. at this point MLS is a more respectable league. Of course given the rules on salary caps and designated players, which MLS teams could pick them up?

/Would love to see Drogba at DC United

Maybe he would be the push to get them a soccer only stadium and not that pit they play in now. That being said, MLS needs a star player in a city not named NYC or LA. I'm not saying send him to Columbus or Colorado, but Chicago or Sporting KC would be awesome


Well I *am* saying send him to Columbus. I'll even pick him up at the airport. The Crew are just so unwatchably average right now, anything would help.

/and yes, Anelka should be done playing by now.
//go Blues
 
2012-08-29 08:03:09 AM

eagles95: Trocadero: Christ, Beckham, Keane and Henry can barely look in the general direction of MLS refs w/o spitting, what do you think would happen when Drogba plays here? He'd be perpetually suspended for beating refs w/ his bare hands.

some of the refs in MLS need to be beaten. The officiating in the SportingKC v Red Bulls was HORRIBLE


You could say it would be a disgwace.
 
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