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  1. TheDrowningMan

    Other Football - 2019/20

    3-0 Barcelona now. Koulibaly's dodgy season continues with a foul on Messi, who lets Suarez take the penalty.
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    The shitness of modern football

    New-on-the-scene rookie Raheem Sterling won it at 24 last year.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    City will run up a cricket score against Lyon.
  4. TheDrowningMan

    Other Football - 2019/20

    Done and dusted, as expected. The disgrace of a fourth for Zidane avoided, and hopefully someone else can dispose of City.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    If ever they’re going to win it - and I hope they don’t - it would be fitting for it to come in a year when it’s a fun-sized version of the real thing. City hilariously failing to reach 82 points and ensuring that our title was secured pre-lockdown only makes the potential asterisk funnier.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    City will go through and, to be honest, I’d rather they lose in an insipid match against Juventus (if they make it through), preferably with Ederson making a complete hash of the worst free-kick Ronaldo has ever taken. Madrid might be European royalty, but they’re a fucking horror of a club and the archetype for the state-run cheat model. Also, I can’t bear the thought of Zidane winning a fourth European Cup. I hope he gets sacked next season and ends up taking a job elsewhere, because I’m certain he ends up being a complete failure away from Madrid.
  7. TheDrowningMan

    Nike deal

    Nah, it’s the player version. You can see in the still photo that, unlike the t-shirt version, it has the pattern and the vapor kit text or whatever it is on the lower left hand side.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Absolute bollocks. Leeds were genuine top four contenders from 1998-2001.
  9. TheDrowningMan

    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    I think it would be a stupid, bordering on reckless decision to forgo noteworthy signings for a second summer in a row, particularly as we’ve lost players. It’s hard for me to see a genuine title challenge if, in addition to those who have already gone, we sell and don’t replace Matip while those around us strengthen. Yet...I’m not fussed about Sancho. That’s crazy money even by today’s standards for a player who is barely 20, and he’d have to accept at least a year, possibly two primarily from the bench here. As it is, he’s a £100m+ player, and the pressure to justify that is not to be underestimated. We’ve seen prematurely enormous price tags attached to plenty of young players before, and they have the potential to derail careers. Sancho has to be absolutely outstanding immediately; a disappointing first season and he’ll never live up the expectations many have of him. For all the talk of ‘generational’ talents, it’s rare that they make winning teams by themselves. The only one Ferguson ever signed was by accident, because as gifted as Ronaldo was, there was little at that age to suggest he’d go on to be one of the best of all time. That he has is down to his ridiculous dedication as much as ability.
  10. TheDrowningMan

    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    I think he’d be a good option from the bench if he’d take wages to match, but he’s proven at every club he’s been at now that he’s never going to be an integral part of an elite team. He would improve a club of Arsenal's standing in the short-term though.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    I hope he stretches it out for a while. Manages to finish within 15 points of the top next season, maybe picking up the League Cup, with an entertaining team that just isn’t robust enough to win the biggest prizes. Or inexperienced, as many will say. Before you know it, he’s spent four seasons of sideways movement in charge.
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    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    It’s a non-exclusive contract this time around, although he says he won’t coach another top-six club at the same time.
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    Nike deal

    Yep. The NB stuff always had the same design / appearance - mesh, for instance, was always present as per the player shirts, but this Nike stuff doesn’t even look like a good Chinese fake and harkens back to the sort of knock-offs you’d be able to spot from a mile off in the early 90s. The issue is absolutely not with the sale of a more expensive version made exactly to the player spec. It’s that the ‘stadium’ version doesn’t look anything like it, presumably to encourage people to fork out more for something that bears a resemblance to the real thing.
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    Nike deal

    It’s not even close this time. Replica VS Player
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    Nike deal

    Yeah, but they usually tend to have the same design (or at least the NB kits have) and are more or less indistinguishable at a glance. The replica version of the new one seems to have been designed to look very obviously like the ‘cheap' one.
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