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(UEFA Champions League)   With the group stage complete and the winter break over it's time for the Champions League to resume knockout style. Celtic v Juve and Valencia v PSG yesterday, Madrid v Man U and Shakhtar v Dortmund today   ( divider line
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2013-02-13 02:03:07 PM  
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2013-02-13 04:22:17 PM  
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This game should quiet all the critics about De Gea. It won't, but it should.
2013-02-13 04:13:30 PM  
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Rwa2play: Ehhh, considering how little Arsenal has done in bringing depth and quality to the squad, I really can't blame RvP for moving on.

NNah, I can't blame him. I sai last year that at 29, the next contract was likely his last and he'd be foolish (especially with his injury history) to not get as much as he could for himself. I also said that as much as I liked him, Arsenal would be foolish (especially with his injury history) to not get as much as they could for a player who was leaving. I just wished that he would have stayed and finished his career at Arsenal.

digistil: Not saying it makes it all square, but didn't he bring in a shiat-ton of money to Arsenal for the transfer?

He did, and I'm not complaining about that at all. His transfer fee paid for most of Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud, and I've liked all of them this season. But Arsenal probably could have had all four on the books without stressing their financial situation. Maybe it would have been a disaster, but at very least RvP wouldn't be netting goals for Man U.
2013-02-13 03:49:22 PM  
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eagles95: I can tolerate them. They are interesting to watch to see how a soccer club can implode with a crazy coach. I feel as though cheering for ManU is like wanting the Yankees to win.

I feel like Real Madrid is the more appropriate "Yankees of soccer" than ManU. At least ManU develops some young talent, whereas Madrid fits the "buy our way to a title" image much better. Even the colors are more of a fit.
2013-02-13 09:07:01 AM  
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Gosling: Gordon Bennett: Gosling: Gordon Bennett: MON THE HOOPS!!

Ah yes, this is the one time Celtic games are going to actually matter for the next three years.

Celtic games always matter.

How? You drop three points to someone, you'll just pick them up somewhere else on the schedule and run off with the title anyway. Without Rangers around, you're just a medium-sized fish in a pond of plankton. Leagues aren't any fun when you know who's going to win them from Day 1. As it stands, the only time Celtic games matter for a hill of beans are when they're against non-domestic opponents. Your REAL opponents this season have been HJK Helsinki, Helsingborgs IF, Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Juventus.

And now you're 90 minutes away from your real season being over and getting sent back to your piddling little kiddie-pool Globetrotters-vs-Generals joke of a league. Enjoy.

That's a tad over dramatic.  Honestly, the only difference in the competitive balance for the titles of the EPL and the SPL this season is Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour Al Nahyan.  Without those two men,  both leagues would have been over on Day 1; the others would only be left to fight for the scraps--admittedly much richer scraps in the EPL, but still the scraps.  ...and even with those men, the EPL title was still effectively over by Christmas, unless United manage to piss it away for a second straight year.

The modern European leagues (at least the larger ones) are all very top heavy.  If you're not a fan of the one of these local powerhouses, you pretty much have to resign yourself to never winning the league indefinitely unless there's some dramatic economic shift in your favor. It's just the reality of the finances of the game these days.  What happened in Scotland could happen anywhere if one of the big teams collapsed financially.  You almost have to credit the SPL for not propping up Rangers or giving them no more than a slap on the wrist.  One does have to wonder what other leagues would do if one of their historic powerhouses found themselves in the same situation tomorrow...
2013-02-12 03:45:52 PM  
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Stimied in a Rut: Gordon Bennett: Stupid mistake early on. Gutted at giving away yet another easy goal in Europe. Great energy and aggression going forward in the first half, though, and I'm hoping it can come together in the second half.

Juventus have been playing like absolute coonts, particularly while defending from corners. I'm stunned that Hooper was booked for being repeatedly fouled. Bawbags.

Yeah that was total BS. Hooper should have been fine and Leichstein should have been a yellow+ or sent off. Not very surprised that Juve is complaining so much, just a bit disappointed. I expected it, but it's still annoying to see.

Celtic have been playing amazingly and done everything but score a goal. Wish Samaras was playing, because I think they'd have one already if that was the case.

If anyone has mastered the art of being farking prima donnas when it comes to being challenged on the pitch, it's the Italians. Their actions tonight shouldn't surprise anyone.
2013-02-12 03:20:43 PM  
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Go Banana!
2013-02-12 02:54:41 PM  
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Awfully brave of Juventus to leave the Greatest Player in the World™ out of the squad today.
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