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    So, who else wants to join up and become a member at Getafe?

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    Those saves from Valdes were unreal a few minutes ago.

    I don't think anyone predicted Pep would fit all the midfielders in like this but fair play it's working.

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    The day he fields an entire team of 5'7" attacking midfielders draws closer. Lovely goals.

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    Barca only playing one recognised defender is superb. It somehow still works brilliantly.

    Great saves from Valdes there too.

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    Just too good. Fabregas has gone into the team like he never left. World class player. Happy for him.

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    It's very depressing how the top sides in England and Spain have stroked aside their nearest league challengers at the start of this season. Maybe it'll change as the season progresses but it doesn't look very nice.

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    I like Guardiola's idea, however, of seeing a team playing one up front as a chance to take a player out of defence and in to midfield.

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    Fuck me Thiago is good.

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    Dos Santos has looked very good since coming on. It's like he has been on for the whole match, he has slotted in so comfortably.

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    Real Madrid were very, very good last night too, but this Barca team is just something else.

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    Villareal are probably the 3rd or 4th best team in Spain. It's absurd how easily Barca brushed them aside. There's basically 2 big league games a season now in Spain, and even then one of those was a whitewash last year. It's hard to criticise those teams for being so good but it's becoming the SPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Capitano Gatisto View Post
    Villareal are probably the 3rd or 4th best team in Spain. It's absurd how easily Barca brushed them aside. There's basically 2 big league games a season now in Spain, and even then one of those was a whitewash last year. It's hard to criticise those teams for being so good but it's becoming the SPL.
    Sevilla's chairman has been having a whinge about this and he's right. "Our league is not the biggest crap in Europe, but the world' and he complained about Barca and Madrid's TV domination.

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    Barcelona dropped a couple of points this evening, 2-2 away to Real Sociedad. Interesting.

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    Mental couple of minutes for Sociedad.

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    I didn't see it, only saw the result. What happened? Barca's defence looks potentially very fragile, were there calamities?

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    Woeful backpass from Villa for the second goal, followed by a hilarious attempt at cheating by Biscuits

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    Madrid and Getafe are level at half time. Madrid'll win 4-1 then.

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    Yeah horrendous backpass by Villa then Busquets tried to slap the ball off the line but only managed to palm it onto the bar and out to their player who scored, thus avoiding a red card. I don't think the defence looked particularly bad, just lacked a bit of organisation maybe. They'll look as good as ever with Puyol or Pique back.

    I didn't realise how much of a tank Alexis Sanchez is. Massive.

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    Injuries are racking up for Barca. Sanchez out for two months, Iniesta a month, Pique and Puyol still unfit... Real must be licking their lips because I suspect this is the only way they'll have any chance to break the dominance.

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    Lucky they picked up a decent reserve in the summer to cover for Iniesta.

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    He's been playing up front though.

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    And scoring.

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    That kid Damiao that we're trying to sign looks a bit handy:

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    Wonderful skill. In the Audi Cup in pre-season he just looked like a big lad up front, didn't show much skill or movement but scored a decent header, I think.

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    This Messi and Cesc combination is just an absolute joy to behold.

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    I don't watch much Barca in the league normally but thought I'd sit down to this and what a half of football. They just look invincible.

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    Barca still just about edging it. Loving it.

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    Score?

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    Messi hat trick, Villa twice, Cesc, Xavi and an OG.

    From what I watched, it could have been about 14 or 15 if it wasn't for their keeper, who actually didn't have a bad game.

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    Jesus fuck. Football is going mad. In two years time Barca, Madrid, City and United will be the only relevant teams in world football.

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    I reckon it's Liverpool's year.

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    Gasperini took Forlan off for Muntari while the game was 0-0 and the fans were very unhappy. Game finished 0-0.

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    He's a crazy man. Not sure what to make of the new formation either. Watched their game with Palermo last week and the back three were rubbish. Zanetti, Lucio and Samuel with a combined age of about 310 and they looked it. Haven't been impressed with Nagatomo, Obi or Jonathan in the all important wing back positions either.

    With everyone fit though they will probably go:

    Cesar

    Ranocchia - Lucio - Chivu

    Maicon - Cambiasso - Zanetti/Stankovic - Nagatomo

    Forlan - Sneijder

    Milito/Pazzini

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    Watching Napoli/Milan now. Bloody good game. Napoli have just gone up 2-1, excellent counter attacking football. Two class finishes from Cavani.

    EDIT: And Levante are beating Real now for fuck sake
    Last edited by Ringo; September 18th, 2011 at 3:38 PM.

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    Pepe was being a world class prick again in that game.

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    Inter/Novara on in the background. Novara's first Serie A home game in 55 years and they're winning 2-0 now. Inter are utter utter shit. Looks like Gasperini is going to be sacked already. Doomed from the start. Mad man.

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    The lad who scored hasn't scored for a year and came from Inter's youth system appaz.

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    Aye, great moment. I've been to Novara a few times. Odd little place, they were in Serie C only 2 years ago.

    Finished 3-1.

    Goodbye Gasperini.

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    You been watching Ringo? Someone just tweeted that Luis Figo is set to step in as manager from tomorrow. Gasperini will be the first Inter coach to be sacked without winning a match.

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    You been watching Ringo? Someone just tweeted that Luis Figo is set to step in as manager from tomorrow. Gasperini will be the first Inter coach to be sacked without winning a match.

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    Interesting. All over Twitter now of course. The new system hasn't worked at all, but almost all of their veteran defensive players have suddenly looked dodgy as fuck. Napoli's constant movement and counter attacks were too much for Milan's old men on Sunday, and I think they'll probably do the same to Inter.

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    He's gone now.

    Also, this is a really good article from Graham Hunter.

    http://t.co/nGY2dnBK

    Totally agree with him about Real and Mourinho.

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    Ranieri appaz. Hope so. Lovely lovely man.

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    Real Madrid have just drawn 0-0 away to Racing Santander. Bit of a crap, niggly game from what I've seen of the second half. That kid Raphael Varane who United were going to sign in the summer played. Didn't have much to do but he looks a big horse of a man at 18 years old.

    Valencia vs. Barcelona coming up.

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    Yeah that was shite, two very poor results for Real Madrid. Interesting to hear Xabi Alonso say Mourinho knows he was wrong to do what he did at the Charity Shield thing, or words to those effect.

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    1-0 Valencia. It's as if Barca and Real decided to ease off for a bit after all the talk about La Liga being shite now.

    1-1 already, maybe not. Lovely goal.

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    Bloody hell, 2-1 Valencia. Barca's defence is shite and both goals have come down the right side of their defence. Dani Alves' unfettered attacking play does give teams an option to get down there, they just tend not to be able to get the ball enough to do it, but it would be interesting if more teams managed to work out how to do that this season.

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    Valencia were relentless down that left hand side in the first half, great decision from Emery to play Mathieu AND Alba - would seem it worked very well. Could have gone up 3-1 at that point.

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    Yeah they destroyed Barca down that side repeatedly. On the other hand, Barca opened them up a few times as well. Messi set up both Barca's goals with brilliant passes and almost created a winner with an absurd reverse pass in a crowded penalty area that didn't even look on from far away. No idea how he spotted it. I can't remember who he put in one on one but the keeper saved it anyway, but it's a side of Messi's game you don't see too often as he usually plays off the midfield and they look for him running in behind. He is an unbelievable footballer, he has everything.

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    Messi is a bastard. He turned down a £2.5m move to my Southend side in Football Manager last night. He's 34 and not getting a game - might as well spend an Indian Summer on the Essex Riviera instead.

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    Successive hat tricks for Falcao at Atletico. Still can't believe nobody else went in for him at the same price as Andy Carroll. Wish we'd used the Cesc money to get him.

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    The only other clubs with €47m to spend have all stocked up on strikers though. Can't see where he'd fit in at Real, Barca, City, United or Chelsea.

    Also his first goal last night was an own goal. Great start for him though, and another clean sheet for our lad THIBAUT.

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    It was €38m wasn't it? Not €47m.

    BBC are crediting him with all three goals which is good enough for me.

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    Sky Sports are too.

    And yeah, I thought it was £35m...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...l-falcao-porto

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    " The Portuguese club said in a statement to the Lisbon stock exchange that the price tag could rise to €47m, depending on unspecified factors."

    So yeah, assuming it does rise to that fee of course.

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    Well my point is we had the initial £35m or eventual £38m or whatever available to us. So did the likes of Malaga and PSG of course, just surprised nobody else was in for him.

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    Barca vs Atletico was meant to be a good game between two teams on form but Barca are just taking the piss again.

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    Just watching the highlights now. I was looking forward to it too, but it was surprisingly an absolute walkover for Barcelona. I thought it would be a close game, especially with Barca's recent defensive problems. Villa alone should have had a hat-trick, who looked far more at home in a central attacking role, I might add. Messi could have had another two or three goals as well. Ridiculous.

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bs2MkeLFxg&feature=player_embedded"]Obra de arte de Jurado y gol de Raul shalke 04 - friburgo - YouTube[/ame]

    Best assist of all time?

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGA7goeCrb4"]AMAZING GOAL Derdyok against VFL Wolfsburg - Leverkusen vs. Wolfsburg 1/10/11 - YouTube[/ame]

    Classy.

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    Julio Baptista scored an injury time bicycle kick to complete Malaga's comeback vs. Getafe and take them to the top of the table. Class.

    Also enjoy Napoli pissing all over Inter in the San Siro.

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    Julio Baptista scored an injury time bicycle kick to complete Malaga's comeback vs. Getafe and take them to the top of the table. Class.

    Also enjoy Napoli pissing all over Inter in the San Siro.

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    Baptista's goal was stunning. pure class player always liked him. hope in the next few years malaga do something with all this money and become a 3rd force in spain.

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    Yeah would be great fun and make things a bit more interesting. Wonder if Tevez would go there. One of the few clubs which could afford him and I would have thought his stupid family might be able to manage the Andalusian sun for a while.

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    Hamstring tear surprise surprise. He only played something like 60% of the games for us in the last two seasons. Maybe that's why we only got 60% of his true value.

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    Robbie Carlos has said Anzhi are interested in Van Persie, Anelka and Neymar.

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    bosh sign the lot of them!!! brilliant i love Anzhi's attitude towards transfers.

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    In fact he said they've spoken to Neymar and they're ready to pay his release clause. I guess Carlos will be a draw for him but he seems sensible and I'm not sure he'd go there.

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    Neymar seems sensible? Not entirely sure about that.

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    russian league will become one of the best in the world in the next few years. it's already more than decent to watch. pretty sure money plus competition would sway neymar into moving there.

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    As everyone knows, Neymar has already completed his medical with Real.

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    how does everyone know? i didn't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    As everyone knows, Neymar has already completed his medical with Real.
    Calm down Balague.

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    I was mimicking Balague jeez!

    He has been saying this for weeks with that little smirk of his and annoying eyebrow raising face.

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    Too subtle for me son!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    Neymar seems sensible? Not entirely sure about that.
    Yes, in the sense that he could have moved by now for big money but has decided he is too young and is already earning a decent wage and would rather stay with his family and friends than move abroad too early.

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    But that could just as easily have as much to do with Santos and/or his crazy agent, no? Neymar is constantly blabbering about this club and that club. It's his dream to play for Real, no Barca, no he loves England, money doesn't matter, staying at Santos, etc. He can't seem to make his mind up, and I'm not sure that's helped him thus far, not to mention that some of his on pitch antics paint him as anything but sensible.

    Not that it really matters. The guy knows he's destined for big things whatever silliness goes on.

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    He has a release clause that has been matched, no? If he wanted to go then he could have gone. He may have made these quotes but he's still at Santos which is obviously the important thing and he's never really looked like leaving to date. He's going to make such quotes to keep in the press and maintain a presence in the market but they are largely looking to the future.

    I don't always buy into it that what he does on the pitch should reflect what his mindset is like off it. Competitiveness makes people strange. Anyway, my sensible comment was to do with where he may or may not move and he's proven me right by still being in Brazil where he's admitted he's happy.

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    Neymar doesn't sound too sensible. Vickery reckons he could be another Robinho: massively talented but with a problematic attitude. Last year he got Dorival sacked as Santos coach by throwing a massive hissy fit on the pitch when he was taken off penalty-duty (after missing a streak of penalties) and subsequently dropped for the ill-discipline. Neymar's strop worsened to the point that he got the coach fired because he couldn't accept being disciplined.

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    Sounds like a mental case. Obviously not very sensible but in fairness my comment was about the fact that he doesn't look like he'll move to the highest bidder.

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    Six games have taken place in Serie A so far today with a grand total of TWO goals between them, both in one game. Five 0-0 draws!

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    I meant to say last night, another superb hat-trick from Higuain. World class player, love watching him.

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    Big Higuain fan here.

    And Levante ffs. Level with Barca on 17 points after beating Malaga 3-0 at home. Undefeated too. I seem to recall MichaelC really hoping they go down. Might have been Osasuna though.

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    Fucking Levante. Just coz I put them in my relegation acca

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    Big Higuain fan here.

    And Levante ffs. Level with Barca on 17 points after beating Malaga 3-0 at home. Undefeated too. I seem to recall MichaelC really hoping they go down. Might have been Osasuna though.
    Osasuna.

    I have no feelings on Levante. Nice start though.

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    Bel Classico here tonight

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    Not anymore. Was going to tune in as well.

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    Malaga vs Real Madrid, should be a tough game for Madrid, oh no they're 2-0 up already

    EDIT: Oh no, they're 3-0 up already.

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    4-0 at half time, hat trick for Ronaldo. Lovely back heel for the third. Absolute piss take.

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    I wanna see Real vs Man United in the Champions league.

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    Good ol Asian Champions League

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Rv8aOIXXo"]FIGHT between Al Sadd & Suwon Samsung Bluewings players | Asian Champions League 2011 - YouTube[/ame]

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    Last minute penalty miss from Messi to give Sevilla a point against Barca!

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    Nice little article on Levante here.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...10/26/levante/

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    Messi sticks a hat-trick away in the first half hour vs. Mallorca. There was chat of him being out of sorts recently, not now I suppose.

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    There was a headline in the paper saying "Messi is human" or something after last week haha.

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    Apparently Antonio Cassano has had a stroke, unconfirmed at the moment. Horrible news if true.

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    Anyone see Utrecht vs Ajax just now? Finished 6-4.

    8' [0 - 1] D. Bulykin
    16' [1 - 1] A. Asare
    20' [2 - 1] E. Duplan
    32' [2 - 2] A. Ooijer
    41' [2 - 3] D. Bulykin
    49' [3 - 3] D. Bovenberg
    52' [4 - 3] J. Mulenga
    54' [5 - 3] A. Asare
    72' [5 - 4] C. Eriksen
    90' [6 - 4] A. Kali

    Crazy game.

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    So Barca draw at Bilbao (and only just!) which means Real move 3 points clear at the top. Barca still undefeated but they've drawn 4 games now.

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    Neymar signed a new contract with Santos and reckons he's staying in Brazil until the 2014 World Cup. So no moves to Real, Barca or Anzhi in January.

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