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(Daily Mail)   Moyes is already whining like SAF, Wenger has spent £80 on a wheelie bin and stale chips, and the Special One is already stirring the pot. Colour me chuffed, it's the start of the 2013/14 English Premier League season   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-08-19 03:27:01 PM  
Anybody know w hat Chelsea are going to do with BA now that the choices are between Torres and lukaku? I put BA on my fantasy team and it doesn't look like he's going to get any starting time.
 
2013-08-19 03:28:35 PM  

Cajnik: ScouserDuck: Princip's Sandwich: It's quite amazing no one's tried to get Michu. Guy's always plugged into the game.

Arsenal has thought about possibly making an offer on him.

I read that today about Arsenal, but I don't think Swansea will sell. They brought in Bony to compliment Michu and take the workload off his shoulders, why go back to a single (consistent) striker when you can have two that fit your style?


25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong. Selling Michu and perhaps buying some cheaper talent probably makes them more likely to do both, perhaps they can even find another 2 million pound signing to do the same with next year?
 
2013-08-19 03:29:35 PM  

ScouserDuck: Princip's Sandwich: Out of curiosity, where does Newcastle's "Toon" nickname come from?

British accent for Town.


I thought it was the Geordie dialect?
 
2013-08-19 03:31:55 PM  

Ninja Otter: Cajnik: ScouserDuck: Princip's Sandwich: It's quite amazing no one's tried to get Michu. Guy's always plugged into the game.

Arsenal has thought about possibly making an offer on him.

I read that today about Arsenal, but I don't think Swansea will sell. They brought in Bony to compliment Michu and take the workload off his shoulders, why go back to a single (consistent) striker when you can have two that fit your style?

25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong. Selling Michu and perhaps buying some cheaper talent probably makes them more likely to do both, perhaps they can even find another 2 million pound signing to do the same with next year?


Damn unlikely to find a steal this late in. Besides, if you've already got a star like him to keep you in, why sell him and jeopardize the finances entirely and risk relegation?
 
2013-08-19 03:33:39 PM  

Rwa2play: ScouserDuck: Princip's Sandwich: Out of curiosity, where does Newcastle's "Toon" nickname come from?

British accent for Town.

I thought it was the Geordie dialect?


It is and I corrected myself later. It all sounds the same to me.
 
2013-08-19 03:34:10 PM  
Gosling:  Have you seen/read this? I bought it for summer reading, but then I left it at home on my last trip. Might be something similar to what you're working on. I think I saw a documentary on an airplane about the Thai league - I remember the field was on stilts in the ocean. I

I know what you mean - I think I'm constantly finding new teams on wikipedia. The age of the internet helps with unknown players getting out there
 
2013-08-19 03:34:24 PM  
We're going to see a lot more yellow cards before this one is over, me thinks.
 
2013-08-19 03:35:49 PM  

desertgeek: We're going to see a lot more yellow cards before this one is over, me thinks.


He might be jealous of the Arsenal-Villa ref. Trying to claim the carding crown.
 
2013-08-19 03:37:23 PM  
Unlucky one for Dzeko.
 
2013-08-19 03:37:58 PM  
For the record, I can totally do what Dzeko just did.
 
2013-08-19 03:38:25 PM  

Norfolking Chance: While i agree with you FIFA TV with random matches from around the world would be very good for the game it would need FIFA to not be a bunch of greedy, currupt lazy arseholes. If you were willing to do the hard work and had enough envolopes full of $100 bills or €500 notes then you could get it done.


If it came to that, you'd be surprised how little money it actually takes. In the whole Jack Warner scandal, Caribbean votes to re-elect Blatter were going for $40,000 and only the Bahamas spoke up. To those places, that's a fortune. For the price of, say, Sergio Aguero, you could lock down an entire geographic region.
 
2013-08-19 03:38:32 PM  

Ninja Otter: 25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong


They're in Europe now
 
2013-08-19 03:38:38 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: desertgeek: We're going to see a lot more yellow cards before this one is over, me thinks.

He might be jealous of the Arsenal-Villa ref. Trying to claim the carding crown.


Is his name Tim Donaghy? Or maybe the refs have a pool who can give out the most cards this week.
 
2013-08-19 03:38:52 PM  

Ninja Otter: 25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong. Selling Michu and perhaps buying some cheaper talent probably makes them more likely to do both, perhaps they can even find another 2 million pound signing to do the same with next year?


This is implying Arsenal are actually going to put in a 25 mil bid for anyone other than Suarez (Hint: they aren't). Swans have no reason whatsoever to sell a proven goal threat like Michu, so no matter what the finances look like, they're going to keep him. Ash Williams is the only "maybe he goes" option in the squad.
 
2013-08-19 03:41:54 PM  
Navas learning from the Sergio Busquets School of Diving Artistry.
 
2013-08-19 03:44:15 PM  
It's going from bad to worse for Newcastle. That looks like time's out for Gutierrez.
 
2013-08-19 03:44:35 PM  

Cajnik: Gosling:  Have you seen/read this? I bought it for summer reading, but then I left it at home on my last trip. Might be something similar to what you're working on. I think I saw a documentary on an airplane about the Thai league - I remember the field was on stilts in the ocean. I

I know what you mean - I think I'm constantly finding new teams on wikipedia. The age of the internet helps with unknown players getting out there


I've already figured out what I'm most similar to. Think When Saturday Comes, centered around primers for potentially adopting as many clubs as I can possibly get to, including at least one club from every single member of FIFA plus some places that aren't part of FIFA. And national profiles. And various other little things I figure would be useful for someone at the point where they need to Keep Calm And Pick A Side.
 
2013-08-19 03:45:44 PM  
I really don't think Newcastle is playing that bad. Man City is just so much better than them.
 
2013-08-19 03:47:54 PM  
Got away with handball in the box there
 
2013-08-19 03:48:05 PM  

desertgeek: I really don't think Newcastle is playing that bad. Man City is just so much better than them.


Newcastle's certainly trying the more unrealiable options for scoring.

Also, that looks like a damn clear handball.
 
2013-08-19 03:48:13 PM  
And bye bye to Taylor.
 
2013-08-19 03:48:57 PM  

desertgeek: I really don't think Newcastle is playing that bad. Man City is just so much better than them.


Pretty much.
 
2013-08-19 03:49:05 PM  
Soft, soft red. Bad luck for Newcastle.
 
2013-08-19 03:49:13 PM  
Justified red there, and Toon are fooked.
 
2013-08-19 03:49:27 PM  

Gosling: And bye bye to Taylor.


He basically clotheslined him.
 
2013-08-19 03:49:33 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: desertgeek: I really don't think Newcastle is playing that bad. Man City is just so much better than them.

Newcastle's certainly trying the more unrealiable options for scoring.

Also, that looks like a damn clear handball.


unRELIABLE. Come on, there's even a spell-check

And Newcastle can at least beat Arsenal for "Most Carded Team of Week 1."
 
2013-08-19 03:49:53 PM  

Gosling: Cajnik: I have that living in Central Europe, but zero EPL without paying for Sky. 4-5 channels consistently with a match on. This weekend I caught the Ajax-Feyenoord derby and a smattering of Bundesliga. If this is really what you want, everything is on firstrow, all they way down to 2. Bundesliga and the Hungarian league.

In doing research for the soccer book I'm still trying to find a backer for, I've watched some downright strange leagues on YouTube, sometimes full matches. Thailand. Some game in a one-off offseason league for nations with summer leagues. I find it rather fun to see what the sport looks like in all these obscure little outposts. Real Madrid/FC Barcelona is fine and all, but the sixth time in a year, it gets a little irritating.

These are full matches following.

Here's Asante Kotoko vs. Accra Hearts of Oak, out of Ghana.
Here's Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) vs. Buriram United (Thailand).
Here's Marodii Jeex va. Saaraar, a game out of Somaliland. And the second half.
Here's a World Cup qualifier between Suriname and the Cayman Islands. And the second half.

Besides, I think it'd raise the quality of the games themselves. Scouts can't get out to all these places, even experts have a ton of blind spots. So you're some unknown player in a backwater league where big-time scouts haven't been for years, maybe eastern Africa or something, and all of a sudden the FIFA Network decides they want to air your upcoming match. Now the whole damn world is going to see you for 90 minutes. They probably won't come back in the time you've got. You have one big chance to impress someone out there and convince them to fly out and take an extra look. You're going to leave it all on the pitch that day so you can stand out and make a career for yourself.


One of the coolest games I've ever watched was a Euro 2008 qualifier between Italy and the Faroe Islands.

On the one hand, you had the defending World Cup Champions. On the other, a bunch of guys who play mainly in a semi-pro league... in front of a crowd of about 6,000 at Tórsvøllur.

It. Was. Awesome.
 
2013-08-19 03:50:01 PM  
That was a dumb foul, but not a straight red. I wonder if that was just a "WTF Newcastle, just stop it" reaction from the ref.
 
2013-08-19 03:50:24 PM  
Well that shouldn't have been a straight red but combined with the handball two minutes earlier he probably would've been sent off anyways.  I wasn't expecting anything here, and after the news about Cabaye it's not surprising how slow we've started. Going to be a long season.
 
2013-08-19 03:54:54 PM  

Cajnik: Ninja Otter: 25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong

They're in Europe now


I meant for next year (thus the comment about lucky cup run, as they're in Europe by winning the league cup.)

Princip's Sandwich: Damn unlikely to find a steal this late in.


They could arrange a loan deal for Bendtner (who has talent, just not as much as he thinks he does) or the new French guy, and then strengthen the squad in time.

Maybe 25 million isn't enough to make it worth it, but there is some amount where yes, it would be worth it to Swansea to sell.
 
2013-08-19 03:58:07 PM  

Ninja Otter: Cajnik: Ninja Otter: 25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong

They're in Europe now

I meant for next year (thus the comment about lucky cup run, as they're in Europe by winning the league cup.)

Princip's Sandwich: Damn unlikely to find a steal this late in.

They could arrange a loan deal for Bendtner (who has talent, just not as much as he thinks he does) or the new French guy, and then strengthen the squad in time.

Maybe 25 million isn't enough to make it worth it, but there is some amount where yes, it would be worth it to Swansea to sell.


So, sign up for the Bendtner Experience, which has worked for exactly no one, instead of their proven player. Sounds like a smart plan.
 
2013-08-19 04:02:21 PM  

Ninja Otter: Cajnik: Ninja Otter: 25 million quid.

It's unlikely the Swans will challenge for a place in Europe with their squad (unless they have another lucky cup run), so their goal is to stay solidly in the league and keep the finances strong

They're in Europe now

I meant for next year (thus the comment about lucky cup run, as they're in Europe by winning the league cup.)


I know you did, but I think they're going to try to enjoy being in Europe for the first time in a LONG time and hopefully give their fans some nice European legs (cue the GIS about European legs). Focus on the cups and stay up.


Princip's Sandwich: Damn unlikely to find a steal this late in.

They could arrange a loan deal for Bendtner (who has talent, just not as much as he thinks he does) or the new French guy, and then strengthen the squad in time.

Maybe 25 million isn't enough to make it worth it, but there is some amount where yes, it would be worth it to Swansea to sell.


25m is probably what he's worth, this late it would need to be a lot more. Bendtner sounds too expensive, Frankfurt was looking to get him on a loan deal but couldn't meet his wages.
 
2013-08-19 04:03:11 PM  

Gonz: It. Was. Awesome.


The Faroes always intrigue me. You have this bunch of nobodies out in a windswept plain in the middle of the North Sea, you can immediately tell on any pitch on the islands exactly how far out in the middle of nowhere you are, and everybody hates going there because not only is it a miserable place for a big-time team to be heading to, every once in a while the Faroes actually manage to steal a result or come close to it, so you can't even sleep on them.

Martinique, another one I love. They are the epitome of the phrase 'false sense of security'.
 
2013-08-19 04:10:34 PM  
Oof. What a save.
 
2013-08-19 04:11:30 PM  
Class free kick there, 3-0.
 
2013-08-19 04:11:31 PM  
And there! Is! Your!

DAGGER!
 
2013-08-19 04:11:56 PM  
And it's turning into a bloodbath. 3-0.
 
2013-08-19 04:12:18 PM  
YAYA TOURE!
Ballgame.
♫Turn out the liiiights, the party's over
Let's all go home, let's all go hoooooome♫
 
2013-08-19 04:12:59 PM  
No points on that goal, oh well.
 
2013-08-19 04:20:30 PM  
We have an NIAC sighting.
 
2013-08-19 04:22:44 PM  

desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.


NIAC?
 
2013-08-19 04:23:59 PM  
Man City not afraid to throw a Zerg Rush just for shats n' giggles. Even Krul was up to stopping that.
 
2013-08-19 04:24:08 PM  
Nasri comes on, and immediately fails at getting a free header. At least the Arsenal fans have something to smile about this week.
 
2013-08-19 04:24:20 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.

NIAC?


Nasri Is A C U Next Tuesday.
 
2013-08-19 04:24:34 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.

NIAC?


Nasri Is A Coont (TM Fark)
 
2013-08-19 04:25:18 PM  
Without krul this is 6-0
 
2013-08-19 04:27:28 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.

NIAC?


Nasri Is A Coont. Penned nickname after Nasri left Arsenal for City to win trophies (his own reasoning). In typical Adebayor knee-slide fashion, he hasn't hesitated to express his distaste for his former club.
 
2013-08-19 04:29:41 PM  

desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.


What's sad is that I've seen you refer to Suarez as SIAC before not knowing WTF you're talking about, but just now referring to Nasri in a similar fashion, I figured it out.
 
2013-08-19 04:32:52 PM  

Killer Cars: desertgeek: We have an NIAC sighting.

What's sad is that I've seen you refer to Suarez as SIAC before not knowing WTF you're talking about, but just now referring to Nasri in a similar fashion, I figured it out.


And unless SIAC stops acting like a C U Next Tuesday, I'll keep it up.
 
2013-08-19 04:35:34 PM  
N4AC
 
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