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  1. Wasn't it Arsene who said that "you pay to develop young players in points" or something to that effect? I'm fine with the idea of letting him win his development stripes at someone else's expense. Normally I'd say we should be bringing him through but this season, every point is vital. Can't be losing the league by 2 because a young player had an off game that cost us, unless we have absolutely no alternative. Shame for him, in a way, that we're so good - in 2011-12 he'd have gotten 20 league starts.
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    The Latin America thread

    I honestly don't know. It's quite difficult to follow Bolivian politics at a distance. The only people covering it for the major papers and websites are usually located in Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro or something. I asked my mum and she's not really helpful - my dad used to fill me in but since he died I feel like I don't really know. She did say that the atmosphere at the moment is extremely toxic. Apparently both sides on facebook are polarised in a way she's not seen before. Even close friends cursing at each other for being on the other side, etc. I don't expect a good outcome. Either Evo will swing back into power and declare himself to be president for life on the back of an electoral victory, or Anez and her gang seem like they're happy to imprison or run out of the country anyone who opposes them. Sigh.
  3. I dunno, seems to me if we're going to be buying 16 year old English attackers, Jude Bellingham is the one we should be after. I'm not going to say he's a can't miss, but he's a can't miss. Going to be a very good player, maybe a great one.
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    Alisson Becker

    One of the enduring memories of my childhood was getting to see him play in the Copa America, must have been about 1997 or so. It was a dull game, against like Ecuador or Uruguay or someone, played in Bolivia in Cochabamba where I was living with my parents at the time. Not much going on, there had only been about 4 shots all game midway through the second half. Some of the Paraguayans, in an effort to liven up the atmosphere, started chanting "Chilavert, Chilavert!" The great man, known to be a bit full of himself, started doing a fancy warmup (the ball was way down at the other end of the pitch). At one point he turned around to the fans, who were behind the goal, to acknowledge their chant. He was waving at them, soaking it in. Meanwhile the opposition stole the ball and came forward on a quick counter. He was totally unprepared, almost slipped when he turned around to see what was happening and panicked. He got back in goal in time to deal with it, but it was a close-run thing. Pretty funny to watch.
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    The Latin America thread

    Have been without internet for the past few days but just wanted to tell you all that my mother was eventually evacuated by the organisation she works for. She is lucky enough to have dual citizenship so she was able to get out, she's really worried for the coworkers she left behind. Poor, poor Bolivia. The country just can't catch a break. Right as you celebrate getting rid of a corrupt, incompetent Chavez wannabe, we replace him with a violent, crazed Pinochet wannabe. I mean, what is going on? Why can we not just have a normal, decent person in power? Desperately praying for elections to be scheduled in the very near future and for the voters to heartily reject both of these nutjobs and to bring someone in who will put the needs of the people first. I'm not holding my breath.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    That would be ... just terrible, Raheem. Please, I'm begging you.
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    The Latin America thread

    It's complicated. I was born in Brasil but we moved to Bolivia when I was 7. I have Brasilian citizenship but not Bolivian, though I think of myself as Bolivian as I spent most of my formative years there. As for the whole debate on what's going on, I think it's clear that there was no good solution to the problem. Morales is gone - that is good. The question now is who is going to take over, and how long before we have real elections? If it goes badly, then I suppose it will turn into a coup. If, for example, elections are not held promptly, or if they are ignored or manipulated, then the word "coup" is probably fair. If, however, as I and all Bolivians hope, the elections are called promptly and they are carried out without vote-rigging, then I think "coup" isn't the right word. For right now, I don't care about any of it - who becomes president, what major power they're in the pocket of, none of it. For me, right now, the only thing I care about is the safety of my mother. She is a tough woman, been through a LOT in her life, so suffice it to say that I was alarmed in the extreme when she sent me her updated last will and testament last night. I tried to call but couldn't get through, then on Whatsapp she said that armed gangs are taking advantage of the chaos and lack of police presence (all the police are distracted by the protests and riots) to move through neighborhoods terrorising people and looting. People have died, homes have been burned, and a lot of families have lost everything. Apparently the men at the school where she teaches organised a defense of the school, so she stayed there to wait out the night with the other teachers. Twice violent gangs actually attacked (trying to get in to steal everything in the school) but when the men went out to confront them with clubs and machetes, they backed down and went off to look for an easier target. I was able to get a message from her this morning with all of that info, and the fact that everyone in the school is OK. The interim president is promising to activate the National Guard to patrol the streets and restore order. My hope is that for everyday Bolivians, life will return to normal as quickly as possible and they will be safe.
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    The Latin America thread

    As (I presume) the only Bolivian on the forum, I am quite bemused to see all the Europeans on twitter calling the recent events a "coup." It is a complicated situation, to be sure, and I am far from a right-winger, but if we on the left can't admit when those who use the label "leftist" then become power-hungry and abandon the values that swept them to office, then we're not much better than the ones we claim to hate on the other side. Evo Morales has been rigging elections, and ignoring the ones he can't rig badly enough for YEARS. He is a borderline dictator and a terrible representative for the politics of caring for the poor and needy (though he still uses the rhetoric when it suits his purposes). Bolivians have taken note of what's happened in Venezuela - everyone in Bolivia knows someone who has fled their home there and there is a large refugee community in the country from Venezuela. Once you've heard their stories and seen how transparent the dictatorship is in that country (again, using leftist rhetoric as a cover for corruption and incompetence) it's hard to sit by and watch it happen to your country. Again, just as a reminder, Bolivia has a constitutional provision that a president can only serve two terms. Evo served his two terms but wanted to continue as president. So he had the Supreme Court, which he controls, issue a statement that his first term didn't count (thus making this last term, his third, actually his second). But wait, I hear you ask - how can he be running again for a fourth term, then? He held a referendum to change the constitution to allow a president to run for as many terms as he/she liked in 2016. Despite massive evidence of voter fraud on the part of Morales' party, they STILL lost in the popular vote. So he couldn't run again, right? No, you naive fool. He simply convened a new "Constitutional Assembly," wrote a new constitution that was mostly the same as the old one but without term limits, and then without any voting made it law. That's why he's able to run for president again in 2019. So while he may use the language of a leftist, fighting "for the people" and whatever, the truth is that he has proven over and over that he is willing to trample all over democracy to keep himself in power. So yes, removing him from power has some of the elements of a coup, I suppose. But taken into the context of a situation where he's basically made it clear that he will never allow himself to be voted out of office, it would seem that the country had very little choice. Hopefully now they can scrap the worst corruption from his party and run again with a clean slate with a fair election. But I wouldn't bet too much on it - the big powers like Russia, China and the US will certainly be involved, sadly.
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    City (H) Premier League - 10/11/19 - 16:30

    I really want to see someone test the logic of this supposed "an attacker's handball doesn't matter unless it leads to a goal" rule. I want Salah to pick the ball up in his hands, pull the defender's arm away from his body and throw the ball into his arm and then demand that it's a penalty because his handball didn't lead to a goal therefore it can't be used in determining whether the defender committed a handball offense or not. When you take it to its logical conclusion it becomes clear how utterly daft that interpretation of the rule is.
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    City (H) Premier League - 10/11/19 - 16:30

    I know Castles is a bellend, but he's an entertaining bellend: "past the reserve goalkeeper" oh the humanity!
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    City (H) Premier League - 10/11/19 - 16:30

    It's nice to be on the other end of these for once. I still remember back in the Ferguson days when it was so much easier to claim that he had some sort of mysterious connection with the referees rather than just admit they were really good. I prefer it when Liverpool are really good, like now, and having opposition fans being the ones inventing conspiracies.
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    City (H) Premier League - 10/11/19 - 16:30

    Am I the only one who thought that the more controversial moment of the match was the Mane shove in the back on Sterling? In real time I thought Sterling had dived and was whinging because Gomez (or TAA? I can't remember) got between him and the ball but watching it back if someone shoved Salah like that in the back after he'd gone past him I'd be incensed. Not really a definite penalty but a really good argument for one IMO. The handballs are a joke, don't think any objective observer would give either of them. I'm not even 100% sure that the first one even struck his arm, looks like his hip from some angles.
  13. It should go like this: After last summer's non-spend we are now left with a £200m and £500k/week situation. Go throw it at PSG, offer them their asking price for Mbappe and see what they actually say when we slap it on the table. Honestly it sounds mental even typing this out but money talks in football. If we are serious about making a statement then we couldn't make a bigger one than this.
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    Should Corbyn remain as Labour leader?

    It has to be true, though, surely? I mean, if it weren't true then the Tories would have been extinct ages ago. I don't think it's meant to be about parties, though, really. I think it's more that people's philosophy and approach to life changes as they age. Particularly as they marry and have children - people without children are far more likely to support things like violence to achieve political ends, to take one example. It's harder to think that way when you have more to lose, which tends to happen later in life.