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Why is there no Soccer Lounge?
Posted: 24 April 2006 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 24 April 2006 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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What’s happening in the world of soccer:

- The world cup! (Aka The World Soccer Classic)

- Juventus is choking.

- Barcelona and Chelsea are not choking.

- Wenger loses it, goes on rampage. Many dead.

Posted: 26 April 2006 01:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Also happening - one of my favorite clubs, Chmel Bl?any, looks likely to be relegated. 

There was a great article about them in FourFourTwo a few years back…this tiny Czech village of about 800 people (Bl?any) somehow has a team in the Gambrinus Liga first division, and they even made it into European play a couple years ago.

Posted: 26 April 2006 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I just came back to earth after celebrating West Ham’s victory.

Posted: 26 April 2006 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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There is a football lounge.  You could use that.

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Posted: 27 April 2006 06:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]

Congrats on thr Hammers reaching the Cup Final, Phil!  Same they lost the dress rehearsal (and Hayden Mullins) last night…I think they’ve got a decent chance, actually.

As for the Champions league, it will be Arsenal vs Barcelona in the final.  I will be rooting for Barcelona because:

1.  They are actually Champions of their league; and

2.  Arsene Wenger is not their manager.

Posted: 27 April 2006 07:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Richard - 27 April 2006 06:55 AM

Congrats on thr Hammers reaching the Cup Final, Phil!  Same they lost the dress rehearsal (and Hayden Mullins) last night…I think they’ve got a decent chance, actually.

As for the Champions league, it will be Arsenal vs Barcelona in the final.  I will be rooting for Barcelona because:

1.  They are actually Champions of their league; and

2.  Arsene Wenger is not their manager.

I’ll root for Barcelona because:

1. They play really nice football

2. It would be so cruel for Tottenham if they finish fourth and Arsenal grabs their CL spot, when they have a great year for the first time in ages.

Posted: 27 April 2006 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]

That’s another good reason to root for Barca - Spurs’ position.  It’s nice to have some variety in the Champions League, and I can live without Arsenal for a year. 

Spurs were very determined at Highbury on Saturday, and richly deserved their point.

Posted: 27 April 2006 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Posted: 27 April 2006 03:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]

The same reason there is no curling lounge or no cricket lounge. There is a lot of soccer played around the world, but how much of it is really good soccer?  Kind of like the NHL- there’s a LOT of bad games every season.  Fewer teams would increase the quality of play.

Posted: 27 April 2006 04:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Sir Loin- My dad owns a dealership - 27 April 2006 03:57 PM

The same reason there is no curling lounge or no cricket lounge. There is a lot of soccer played around the world, but how much of it is really good soccer?  Kind of like the NHL- there’s a LOT of bad games every season.  Fewer teams would increase the quality of play.

Even bad soccer is good.

Posted: 29 April 2006 07:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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There will be a cricket lounge when I learn how to put one up….

Thanks Richard, I agree with your sentiments about Wegner. Geez he is a tosser

Posted: 30 April 2006 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Hahahaha. England Sucks. I can’t believe they actually thought they were going to WIN the World Cup.

They just lost their best defender and best attacking forward in the same game.

Suckers

Btw. Ferguson can shuck it long and shuck it hard

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Posted: 01 May 2006 02:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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It pains me to say this but…

Congratulations to Chelsea

The look on Chelsea fans faces when Rooney went down was quite funny/sad.

He’ll be in the squad still I feel and will just miss the first few games.

I am starting to think about putting some serious money on Argentina to win this thing, I need OFF here to confirm that I am making a good choice…

Posted: 02 May 2006 04:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]

Hahahaha. England Sucks. I can?t believe they actually thought they were going to WIN the World Cup.

They just lost their best defender and best attacking forward in the same game.

Suckers

I never felt England had a chance anyway, but this just about confirms it.  The nightmare of Crouch leading the line is ever closer.  Owen had a relapse as well.

Most of my fellow countrymen are always convinced before a major tournament that England can win it, despite all indicatinos to the contrary.  Given that we are by no means I nation of optimists, I always find this amazing.

John Terry sustained no serioud damage, but given Chelsea had effectively won the league when he got injured and he has the World Cup looming, to stay on the field was idiotic.  I bet Erickson was not pleased.

Still, it’s not all bad news.  Birmingham got relegated!

Posted: 02 May 2006 05:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Richard, when was the last time that the last weekend of the premier league was this anti-climatic??

No relegation battles and Chelsea are over the line. I can’t see Arsenal catching the Spurs either

Posted: 02 May 2006 06:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]

I can’t remember the last time the league title and all 3 relegation places were decided before the last day. 

The league is usually wrapped up early (I think 96 was the last time it was still open on the last day, from memory) but usually 1 relegation spot is open.

The Championship is even weirder - with 3 games to go, all issues (2 promoted teams, 4 playoff teams, 3 relegated teams) were settled, which I was was unprecedented in the playoff era (1986-7 onwards).

As well as the 4th place thing, Sunderland provide some interest.  They will be the worst ever Premiership team, and if they don’t win both games they will also have the lowest points ever in the top division since at least 38 games were played (the lowest is 17 in 42 games by Stoke City in 1984-5).  Plus, if they end the season with only 2 wins, this will be the lowest of all time whether Pre or Post Premiership.  Even back in 26 game days in the Victorian era, everyone won at least 3 games.  I’m rooting for record incompetence!

Posted: 02 May 2006 06:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Was it 99 when Man U had to beat Tottenham to get past Arsenal?? I only remember cause when the Spurs went up 1-0 all the Gunners fans were cheering!!

Sunderland were just terrible this year, a true disgrace. I am rooting for them to get the worst ever record as well now…!!!

They deserve to rot in hell in the Championship for a good year or two.

Posted: 02 May 2006 06:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]

Was it 99 when Man U had to beat Tottenham to get past Arsenal?? I only remember cause when the Spurs went up 1-0 all the Gunners fans were cheering!!

I’d forgotten this, but can’t recall the year.  These Man U/Arsenal title races all merge into one…

Posted: 05 May 2006 06:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Posted: 06 May 2006 03:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]

Highbury is a special ground, no doubt about that.  I’m pleased they are preserving the facade.

My first visit there in 1993 was when the club was rebuilding one of the ends, and rather than expose the mess of the constuction used the famous “mural” - a huge picture of a crowd - to give the ground a 4 sided feel. 

The Emirates Stadium is supposedly going to be great.

Finally, stupid Sunderland, winning a home game and ruining their bid at immortality…doubly galling as it was a replay of a game which was abandoned due to snow a few weeks ago when they were losing 0-1…

Posted: 06 May 2006 04:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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I am glad I had a chance to go to Highbury once for a game as well. Great place and easily the best half pound burgers in London!!!

Posted: 07 May 2006 08:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Posted: 08 May 2006 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]

Well, the Premier League is over, and Jammy old Arsenal get the 4th spot in the Champions League after beating Wigan, whilst Spurs blew it by losing 1-2 at Coorey’s West Ham.

Spurs were not helped by 10 of their players getting food poisoning after eating at a hotel on Saturday.  Investigations are going on as to whether this was foul play.

And Sunderland lose 1-2 at Villa to finish on 15 points - the lowest top Division total since the 1890’s.

Posted: 08 May 2006 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Eriksson is a tool. Nice team selection there.

Hey Sven,

GET BENT!!!

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Posted: 17 May 2006 05:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]

If Phil is around, my commiserations on the Cup Final result - a cruel way to lose such a great game (which I managed to miss - I was in Japan).

My tip for tonight - Barcelona 2 Arsenal 0.

   
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