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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

OT: The Soccer Thread: February 2012

The Battle for Manchester continues as City and United reach for Europa League glory and battle to win the Prem!

Meanwhile, Real tries to break up Barca’s three-year stranglehold on La Liga, while I’m sure there’s some excitement going on in Italy, Germany and with all those other wacky European countries!

Meanwhile, I’m officially nominating February 26 as a morning to head to Kinsale’s for some viewing! It is the North London Derby, plus stay for exciting Stoke v. Swansea action!

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:47 AM | 784 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PepTech Posted: February 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4055514)
And let's not forget, only one month before the CCL Quarters!
   2. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: February 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4055590)
Meanwhile, I’m officially nominating February 26 as a morning to head to Kinsale’s for some viewing! It is the North London Derby, plus stay for exciting Stoke v. Swansea action!


Ya'll don't need to change your plans on account of us, but Keith & I will be in NYC on the 18th. We'll probably be at Kinsale's on that Saturday. I checked ahead- there are no huge games on schedule for that day- a couple English FA Cup games, plus Dortmund, Bayern (does Kinsale's broadcast Bundesliga games? I hope so!), Real Madrid, and Juve in action as well.

Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4055601)
All of a sudden, Kinsale's is happening. I already brought up the idea of Kinsale's this Saturday, too, in the other thread. I can adjust my schedule to whatever, though. I don't know if Kinsale's does Bundesliga, but those are definitely the best games of the morning of the 18th. FA Cup games are fun, too, though. My experiences with these primate meet ups is that BSing precludes the tv watching anyway.

The Guardian does some intense Donovan with Dempsey analysis
   4. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 08:17 AM (#4056175)
'arry walks.
   5. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 08:38 AM (#4056183)
His next job should be running the Queen Vic.
   6. Richard Posted: February 08, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4056185)
The England job (followed by dismissal after 2 or 3 years due to some financial shenanigans) cannot be far away.
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4056195)
Harry is 1-3 to be the next England manager.
   8. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4056201)
Harry is 1-3 to be the next England manager.

That's a bad bet.
   9. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4056203)
Especially if you have to pay tax.
   10. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4056213)
I wonder if the penalty was just a big fine instead of possible jail time if that would have affected the jury's decision? I get the impression that everyone assumes he did it, but that the popular sentiment is that he shouldn't be locked up for it.

Anyway, as a Spurs fan I'm just glad there's closure on this and the club can move ahead. I'm fine with Harry staying on as manager and I'm fine if he moves on to the England job. There's no denying he's done a good job for Spurs and that the players who matter for the club seem to genuinely enjoy playing for him. Levy in charge of the cash and Harry in charge of the game has been a good partnership.

As for all the Mourinho rumors you're about to be bombarded with...I'd prefer Guardiola.
   11. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4056219)
As for all the Mourinho rumors you're about to be bombarded with...I'd prefer Guardiola.

I wouldn't, Guardiola have never been outside the Barca-bubble. Mourinho is more wise to the ways of the world.
   12. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4056228)
I wouldn't, Guardiola have never been outside the Barca-bubble. Mourinho is more wise to the ways of the world.

You are completely ignoring his time in Qatar! This will not stand!

   13. Textbook Editor Posted: February 08, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4056241)
Any chance they offer Harry the job before Euro 2012? Because some of the speculation I'm reading seems to indicate Capello may be on his way out over the Terry comments (among other things).

I can sort of see Guardiola being interested (a) if the job was open and (b) if Barca win Champions League again... but his tactics don't really jive too well with the current roster (as far as I can tell), so I'm not sure it would be the greatest of fits, even before getting into the whole "can his !@#$ work outside of Barca" question.

EDIT: Punctuation nonsense fixed.
   14. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4056250)
Any chance they offer Harry the job before Euro 2012?

I don't know though Capello does seem to be trying to get fired. This whole England Captain thing is beyond stupid. Tactically, I'm not sure Spurs are set up for either Pep or Mourinho. I just worry Mourinho will come in for a year or two and then leave the earth around WHL scorched.
   15. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4056254)
Unsurprising considering there has only ever been one conviction and that took some legendary incompetence and a foreign investigative reporter.

Guardiola will mostly likely end up taking a 1-2 year break when he finally decides to retire himself from Barcelona and probably only un-retire himself for the Spanish national side.
   16. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4056280)
Harry is 1-3 to be the next England manager.

That's a bad bet.
I'd have to agree with this. Even though 'Arry walked, I just can't see them giving him the England job, and definitely not in the short term, even if Capello is trying to get himself shitcanned before Euro 2012.

I will have to miss out on the next couple of Kinsale's Saturdays due to vacation, but I'm still down for the 26th if anyone else. And Shooty is right, the company tends to be the point rather than the event, unless there's a major piece of action going on. (Bottom of the 9th, penalty shot, etc.)

   17. Juan V Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4056281)
Gut feeling, but I think Pep's #### would work nicely outside of Barça. Also, I definitely see him taking a job in Serie A or the EPL when he wants a change.
   18. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4056294)
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ummm... **** Utd.
   19. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4056299)
Harry is 1-3 to be the next England manager.


Harry thinks his odds are better than that, but that's because, you know, he can't read.
   20. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4056302)
Gut feeling, but I think Pep's #### would work nicely outside of Barça.

I bet he would have no problem with the football part, but I wonder if he could handle headstrong players and owners in a less strucured environment than FCB. It didn't go too well with Zlatan.
   21. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM (#4056307)
Why would the managers of the two best clubs in the world want to leave their jobs and come to a second-tier EPL club? I'm asking honestly - people are tossing these names around as if they aren't talking about Free Pony Day at WHL, maybe I'm missing some reason that the job might be so attractive.
   22. jmurph Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4056314)
Agree with MCoA. I can't imagine a world in which Mourinho would manage Tottenham.
   23. Randy Jones Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4056317)
Mourinho is always a threat to move for whatever reason, plus he has had several public clashes with the higher ups at RM, and he has stated multiple times to the press that he would like to return to the EPL at some point. I am still betting that he takes over at ManU when SAF retires. Pep isn't going anywhere, unless as someone said, it's to retire for a few years and then take over the Spanish national team.
   24. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4056319)
Why would the managers of the two best clubs in the world want to leave their jobs and come to a second-tier EPL club? I'm asking honestly - people are tossing these names around as if they aren't talking about Free Pony Day at WHL, maybe I'm missing some reason that the job might be so attractive.

I think it's a combination of the job being available, that Spurs will most likely be playing in the CL, that Spurs have shown their willingness in the past to pay top dollar for a manager (when they went after the Special One himself) and winning silverware with Spurs is a ####### challenge that, if you manage to do it, will prove you are the greatest manager in the history of mankind.
   25. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4056320)
Generically wanting to come back to the EPL is one thing, specifically to manage Spurs is another.
   26. jmurph Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4056326)
I don't think Jose thinks he needs to prove he's the greatest manager in the history of mankind (although I did get Leeds back into the Premier League last night from league 1, so...). He doesn't seem lacking in confidence.

I definitely see him leaving Madrid, maybe this year, I just can't picture him going to a team that is not one of the 2 or 3 richest in the league.
   27. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4056328)
Agree with MCoA. I can't imagine a world in which Mourinho would manage Tottenham.

Perversely, this is the only reason I can see for him taking the job--that it would be the last thing anyone would expect him to do.

More realistically, I think Harry will be managing Spurs next year. I just can't see the FA willing to hold themselves up to ridicule by hiring the Cockney who says he can't read or write to manage ENGLAND, GLORIOUS ENGLAND. I think he'd do a good job, though. He's a good manager.
   28. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4056339)
Anyone have a good Zambia-Ghana stream? Is this game on tv anywhere?
   29. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4056348)
http://www.oleoletv.com/watch/live/stream/online/free/tv/video/channel/feed/link/broadcast/vivo/gratis/p2p/4/february/8/2012/16/44/v-364512/zambia-vs-ghana.html

The above looks good and it's in English.
   30. Textbook Editor Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4056349)
More realistically, I think Harry will be managing Spurs next year. I just can't see the FA willing to hold themselves up to ridicule by hiring the Cockney who says he can't read or write to manage ENGLAND, GLORIOUS ENGLAND. I think he'd do a good job, though. He's a good manager.


If not Harry, though, then who? It's gotten to the point where I don't even read speculation anymore about anyone else getting the job. And if Capello gets himself fired before the summer, who takes over on a short-term basis just for the one tournament?

Is it possible Capello just doesn't want another South Africa on his CV this summer, so he figures he's back a player, get fired for doing so, and the blowback won't look like he was just trying to quit?

   31. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:04 PM (#4056351)
If not Harry, though, then who?

Alan Pardew is the new, hot name.
   32. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:06 PM (#4056355)
Zambia look good early.
   33. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:08 PM (#4056357)
Oh man, a soft penalty awarded to Ghana. And...Gyan, as is his wont, misses the penalty.
   34. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4056378)
Alan Pardew is the new, hot name.

I hope not. Newcastle really need some managerial stability for a change. (unless you think Mourinho would take over, then I am all in. The special one on Tyneside would be ####### priceless.)
   35. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4056387)
I hope not. Newcastle really need some managerial stability for a change. (unless you think Mourinho would take over, then I am all in. The special one on Tyneside would be ####### priceless.)

I think the method is to look at the table and keep going down until you hit the name of an English manager. So...Pardew is right after Harry.

Oof. Zambia missed a great chance. Ghana look the better team overall, but Zambia are having their moments.
   36. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 08, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4056405)
I would think Liverpool would be the job most appealing/available to Mourinho in the EPL. How long does "he's Kenny Dalglish" count as a reason to keep him on board? They should have money to spend, they have a history and while they are down he could relish the chance to get them back to the CL and to win it again. I think ManU makes the most sense but SAF doesn't look like someone getting ready to take the gold watch yet. If City come up short of the EPL title might that job be open? That would also be appealing for all the reasons Tottenham's job is plus the added benefit of being able to spend like a drunken sailor.

Every time I see Pep he looks like a guy being beaten down by the job. I realize it's probably just his fitness level but he is thin to the point of looking emaciated and he always looks exhausted. I think the "2 years off then Spanish National Team" path someone suggested above makes the most sense for him.
   37. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4056459)
Zambia takes the lead! 14 minutes to a shocker.
   38. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4056468)
And now Derek Boateng is sent off for Ghana. Things looking very good for Zambia.
   39. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4056485)
So Zambia are heading back to Libreville.
   40. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM (#4056509)
Guardiola has said that he's interested in living and working in England someday, largely for family reasons. In this respect (and many others), he is unremarkable among ambitious, internationally-minded Catalans.

In addition to the year in Qatar, he spent three seasons in Italy and one in Mexico as a player, so he's already demonstrated a willingness to follow a non-traditional career path (Barca were shocked when he left as a player).

All that said, I don't think he'll leave this year. He'll leave at the point where he feels he can't add anything to the club's performance, and they aren't there yet.
   41. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4056593)
Capello has just resigned.
   42. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4056601)
Now that is a spanner in the works.
   43. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4056603)
All this over John Terry being a turd, which everyone knew already.
   44. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4056610)
All this over John Terry being a turd, which everyone knew already.

The big question is if he is enough of a turd to captain England.
   45. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4056612)
Oh crap. Harry to England and Scott Parker made England Captain might ruin the season for Spurs. I don't think Scottie's heart is black enough to skipper England and it will break him.
   46. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4056614)
Why does Fabio Capello hate Totna Motspa so much?
   47. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4056620)
This is kind of hilarious, though. Now what does the FA do? The whole country is practically begging for Harry to manage the team and they really have no reason now not to give him the job (except for the piles of silver and gold Daniel Levy will be extracting from them in compensation).
   48. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4056622)
Sven-Göran has already packed his bags, just send the check and he'll be enroute.
   49. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4056624)
Harry Redknapp 1/4
Stuart Pearce 9/2
Alan Pardew 16-1
José Mourinho 16-1
Roy Hodgson 16-1
   50. Juan V Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4056627)
Part of me thinks they should just promote Pearce.
   51. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4056631)
28-1 for Beckham.
   52. Flynn Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4056634)
The whole country is practically begging for Harry to manage the team and they really have no reason now not to give him the job (except for the piles of silver and gold Daniel Levy will be extracting from them in compensation).


They're only begging because it would be hilarious.
   53. Textbook Editor Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4056635)
Pearce for Euro 2012 as caretaker seems the simplest move, right?
   54. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4056640)
You can't have a caretaker manager going into Euro.
   55. jmurph Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4056645)
I've gotta think the FA is totally convinced they can win the Euros, so I can't imagine them settling on a caretaker. And Pearce ruled himself out a few months ago as Capello's successor, didn't he. Maybe a double-duty guy from a club through the summer? Crazy stuff.
   56. Topher Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4056646)
John Boileau doesn't have managerial experience at the international level but is probably the most qualified coach that is currently unemployed.
   57. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4056647)
You can't have a caretaker manager going into Euro.

They don't have to commit for a multi-year stint, having a short-term manager going into a championship isn't all that unusual.
   58. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4056651)
Pearce being England Manager would be like a real life version of Mike Bassett!
   59. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4056652)
Pearce being England Manager would be like a real life version of Mike Bassett!

Let's hope no one even thinks about Neil Warnock.
   60. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4056661)
They don't have to commit for a multi-year stint, having a short-term manager going into a championship isn't all that unusual.


So who is going to quit their job to run the team for a few months? They're only luring someone worthwhile with a long term appointment.
   61. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4056666)
So who is going to quit their job to run the team for a few months?

Don't you realize that Svennis is free and all set for a new challenge? Failing that, there's always Shooty...
   62. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4056667)
So who is going to quit their job to run the team for a few months?


Otto Pfister!
   63. DA Baracus Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4056669)
Swedish Chef, Sven doesn't count. He hasn't got a job to quit!
   64. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4056677)
Worst thing is that I can't even find a line for Sven, even Schteve is in there at 100-1. He's so much of a pariah that he isn't even allowed to be comic relief at the bookies!
   65. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4056681)
It seems to me that if Harry does take the England job, Benitez would be the favorite to replace him at Tott and Ham, no?
   66. frannyzoo Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4056682)
It's so very obvious: Steve McClaren. Too bad he just went back to Twente, but this way he can lose at Euro 2012, get fired, and go back yet again.
   67. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4056684)
I'm torn between Berti Vogts and Lothar Matthaeus, with Raymond Domenech as my dark horse.
   68. Swedish Chef Posted: February 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4056687)
Hey, Benitez, there is manager without a job, he could take it short-term and parlay it into a club job.

I'm torn between Berti Vogts and Lothar Matthaeus, with Raymond Domenech as my dark horse.

And not even the haters want Sven....
   69. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4056694)
Also, two Capello related questions. Because he quit, does he forfeit any compensation still remaining on his contract? And where does he go? Punditry until a big club comes calling?

Oh whither AlouGoodbye. He was, IIRC, a pretty big supporter of Capello, even going so far as to say Capello was his number one choice to replace Hodgson at Liverpool.
   70. Juan V Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM (#4056696)
Fab did keep saying England would be his last managing gig.
   71. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM (#4056697)
I expect very soon a suit for constructive dismissal.
   72. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4056698)
I expect very soon a suit for constructive dismissal.

Edit:

And a double post
   73. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4056707)
Also, two Capello related questions. Because he quit, does he forfeit any compensation still remaining on his contract? And where does he go? Punditry until a big club comes calling?
Perhaps he and Harry can trade jobs.

I'm kind of stunned Capello left. Someone referenced Mike Bassett upthread, sometimes I think the FA won't be happy until they actually reach that point of absurdity.
   74. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4056714)
All they need to do is appoint Colin...
   75. Mefisto Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM (#4056732)
Souness is available and yet there's all this debate about alternatives. Tsk, tsk.
   76. ursus arctos Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4056740)
Oooh. That's a good one.

If the FA statement is accurate (and there is no reason to believe that it isn't), then Capello isn't entitled to compensation. I also think a suit for constructive dismissal is fanciful. He doesn't need the money, has a deep contempt for the country and its "institutions" (FA, press, etc), and has better things to do with his life.

If he wants it, he can have either the Juve or Milan job, depending on which club fails to win the scudetto.
   77. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4056742)
Don't you realize that Svennis is free and all set for a new challenge? Failing that, there's always Shooty...

Of course they should hire me. I'm the only man with the guts to kick Gerrard, Lampard and Terry off the team.

And just to prove I'm not crazy...The Special One is already the bookies favorite to be the next Spurs manager. Heh.
   78. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4056750)
I'm the only man with the guts to kick Gerrard, Lampard and Terry off the team.
Daily Mail: CLUELESS YANK GIVES 3 LIONS THE BOOT!
   79. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4056756)
It doesn't matter. If I played them I'd be an idiot for that, too. The trick to the England job is knowing it doesn't matter what you do so just go ####### crazy.
   80. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4056759)
   81. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4056760)
   82. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4056761)
That could be quite a change for Harry in the course of...3 weeks? Going from possibly being sentenced to an English jail to being manager of the England squad.
   83. BFFB Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4056768)
I'm not sure there's much difference, both are pretty unpleasant punishments.
   84. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4056769)
Gazza thinks Terry Venables should get the job. Kids, drugs and alcohol can mess you up bad.
   85. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4056775)
In other news from today:

Adriano is so fat he can only dribble gravy anymore.

The Ivory Coast will be facing sentimental favorites Zambia in the Cup of Nations finals, the evil bastards of Torino beat the evil bastards from Milan in the Coppa, and some little Spanish team beat the mighty Valencia in the Copa del Rey.
   86. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 08, 2012 at 06:42 PM (#4056788)
I'm not sure there's much difference, both are pretty unpleasant punishments.
Argh, that's such an easy joke and I missed it. Damn.
   87. Richard Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4056862)
Sure, Neil Warnock would listen if the FA called.

Warnock is the obvious choice. We've tried the exotic (Sven) the unintelligible (Cappello) and the parochial (McClaren). We've had the dodgy (Venables) and the barmy (Keegan, Hoddle) before that. It's time to go in a different direction: unintentional comedy.
   88. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4056868)
I am not sure I want to live in a world, where Sven gets described as 'exotic'.
   89. Richard Posted: February 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4056875)
He was an exotic pick at the time compared to what had gone before, believe me. He was foreign!

And another thing: it's hilarious that the catalyst for Capello's resignation is the treatment by the FA of England's Brave and Loyal John Terry, who of course tried to screw Capello over before the last World Cup.
   90. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4056911)
John Terry is the most fascinating person in soccer to me. When I first rediscovered the game about 4-5 years ago I loved watching him play. He was everything a center back should be, tough, smart, aggressive, a leader on the field...I loved him and the announcers showered him with praise at length.

Then I started learning about him. The mocking American tourists after 9-11, the sleeping with teammates significant others, the general cocksuckerness...I mean, it's like he's Milton Bradley and Derek Jeter all rolled into one delightful package.
   91. Mefisto Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4056916)
the unintelligible


Gordon Strachan is still available.
   92. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM (#4056917)
The mocking American tourists after 9-11


Damn. Didn't know about that one. That's sickening...
   93. Mattbert Posted: February 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM (#4056949)
A request: when the latest monthly soccer thread finally becomes active and people start posting in it, can someone take it upon themselves to pop into the previous month's thread and post a notification/link?

I was clicking on the old one today via bookmarks and thinking, "Harry skates and Capello sacks himself on the same day and there are only two posts about it?!?"

My predictions are Harry for England and Benitez for Spurs. Although I can see Levy going for someone like Brendan Rodgers. Swansea may be sensing such attention from Tottenham and others, as they are looking to ink their manager to a contract extension.
   94. Textbook Editor Posted: February 09, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4056950)
I don't know anything about Benitez aside from what happened in his last job. Would/Could Spurs keep things in-house until after the season and then go after The Special One?

Is it really impossible for 'arry to do both jobs until the end of the Spurs season in late May and then take on the national job full-time? I have no idea if others have tried such a thing for other major European national teams...
   95. Richard Posted: February 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM (#4056978)
Is it really impossible for 'arry to do both jobs until the end of the Spurs season in late May and then take on the national job full-time? I have no idea if others have tried such a thing for other major European national teams...

Alex Ferguson did this in 1986, taking over the Scotland job in late 1985 after Jock Stein's death and managing Scotland at the World Cup despite remaining Aberdeen manager. Aberdeen did okay (they won the Scottish Cup and League Cup) Scotland did not (they had a very tough group and went out in the 1st round)

Then again, Scotland are not a major European team...
   96. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 09, 2012 at 07:20 AM (#4056993)
Then again, Scotland are not a major European team...

This is a straight line, right?
   97. Ron J Posted: February 09, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4057004)
#94 Guus Hiddink managed both Chelsea and Russia for a while (as it happens, almost spot on this time of year. He was hired by Chelsea on Feb. 11)
   98. DA Baracus Posted: February 09, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4057043)
#94 Guus Hiddink managed both Chelsea and Russia for a while (as it happens, almost spot on this time of year. He was hired by Chelsea on Feb. 11)


It helps when your owner is your friend and you have the international track record that Guus has. Redknapp isn't in that position.
   99. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 09, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4057050)
Although I can see Levy going for someone like Brendan Rodgers
Because I am, never forget, a moron, my first thought here was of Brendan Gleeson of In Bruges (and others) fame. Possibly because if Gleeson can do a cockney accent, he'd be an easy choice to play 'Arry in the soon-to-be-released film version of Harry Redknapp: My Autobiography
   100. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: February 09, 2012 at 11:17 AM (#4057102)
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