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  1. TheDrowningMan

    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Imagine having to motivate yourself to play for a way past-best Steve Bruce. If I’m someone like Miguel Almiron, I’d be on autopilot until they let me go to the first half-decent bidder. You wouldn’t want to risk putting in a shift in training and getting injured to prolong the nightmare.
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    Football managers who managed rival clubs

    Much to the (understandable) chagrin of Newcastle supporters, he is on Mike Ashley's managerial shortlist, so he might soon add another string to this particular bow.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Well, retirement is essentially what it is; it’s certainly not a sign of ambition on Rafa's part. Perhaps he saw no way back after the Newcastle situation. No top club is going to be remotely interested and he probably has little desire to embark on another lower-mid table 'project' that goes nowhere.
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    Transgender stuff - what's going on?

    I've heard about the documentary, but have yet to watch. One argument that I hear a lot is that “oh, athletes come in all manner of shapes / sizes and are genetically gifted anyway” but that still doesn’t mitigate against the biological differences between sexes, which for me should immediately remove the option of competing without extensive reassignment treatment having taken place. (Beyond that, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel - if one transitioned at 25, would there be certain immutable advantages as a result of having developed into adulthood as a male-bodied person?) For example, the US Women's team are the best side at the World Cup and have generally dominated the game for almost three decades. In 2012, they played the men's Under-17s before going to the Olympics (where they won gold) and got smashed 8-2. So that’s the elite, best of the best women's team playing men who, to put it kindly, were never likely to go on to be globally renowned. A couple of years ago they played the FC Dallas Under-15s and lost 5-2. Now, these were informal friendly games which clearly removes most of the edge, but I don’t think for a second that these elite women would deliberately lose even a park kick-about against men / boys who won’t be bothering the men's World Cup anytime soon.
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    Transgender stuff - what's going on?

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/connecticut-transgender-athletes-face-federal-discrimination-complaint-from-females-over-title-ix-violations/ There’s a situation in Connecticut at the moment where a trio of high-school athletes have filed a complaint over the participation of some trans-females. Essentially, the trans-girls are currently allowed to run unconditionally on the basis of self-ID. There’s not even the pre-requisite of hormonal treatment or puberty-blockers and to compound the issue, some of the trans-girls ran as boys a couple of years ago and were mediocre at best. Now they’re winning regularly. I think it’s a real sadness that people are immediately adjudged to be bigoted if they don’t embrace this situation without reservation. It seems to me that there’s no place for nuance or discussion.
  6. That doesn’t sound too promising in terms of significant squad reinforcements. In that case, finishing within 10, maybe even 15 points of an even stronger Man City would be just as brilliant an achievement as ending up one behind last time around.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    I don’t think we need the addition of any definite starters, but failing to embellish the squad strikes me as risky for reasons already stated - long season exacerbated by the AFCON & Copa America, already less depth than Man City, who won’t stand still. The concern isn’t not winning the league or CL, but falling behind in the sort of damaging way we've seen before. It’s rare that a club goes backwards badly and recovers to challenge under the same manager, and that awful hangover after a fine season put paid to Houllier, Benitez & Rodgers. Then the interminable rebuild begins... Bolster the squad as we did in 2005, and I’ll feel confident that we're not a couple of injuries away from being in a pretty precarious position.
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    The shitness of modern football

    The ubiquity of Jorge Mendes, who has now expanded to Nottingham Forest via Sabri Lamouchi.
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    Major League Soccer

    Alas, the latter day kit isn’t quite on that level.
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    Liverpool 08/09 & 18/19 Combined XI

    I’m terrible at this sort of thing. In a situation like this, where one team is demonstrably better than the other, I’d be loathe to put a single player from the lesser one in there. Player for player, would Gerrard make the team? Definitely, but I’ve just seen this 2019 side accrue our highest points total ever & win the Champions League by being - at worst - the second best team in Europe (and, frankly, I’d say that the CL more than overhauls a single point and a couple of now-lightly regarded domestic cups), which we hadn't truly been able to say since the 80s. So I’ll go for the CL winning team with Reina, Carragher, Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso and Torres among the subs, but even then I’d be concerned they’d upset the balance of the squad or something stupid.
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    Torres

    Great player between 2007-9. Shame we didn’t get to see him alongside Suarez. It’s much easier to shed the bitterness over his departure now that we have, for the first time in three decades, a team that could compete with the very best in the club’s history.
  12. Let’s hope they’re not halfway there. This needs to run for at least another decade.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Hahahahahaha
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    Women's World Cup

    Can only have one foot in front of the line, but you’re not allowed to be behind. The other must be on it.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    He’s a good player. Just not as good as what we have in the same position. We spent a couple of decades signing good players who, more often than not, fell short of what they had.
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