16 YEARS

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Well here we are; Le Grove is 16 years old today.

What a crazy ride.

We started this site to quench an addiction to football content that wasn’t being met – now we’re 5549 posts in, with 3 millions comments, and multi-millions of reads.

This website help me fraud my way into advertising, now I’m working in football. Don’t ever let anyone tell you producing work for free on the internet for an audience of mostly men is a waste of your time. This weird little hobby has been so good to me for so many reasons both personal and work related.

Thank you for reading, commenting, tweeting, listening, and getting involved in the spicy hot takes.

Here’s to another 16 years.

Ok – let’s talk about Arsenal.

I brought up a little prediction about Aaron Ramsdale yesterday – I think Raya will get the PSV game, then the countdown to him going perm on that #1 spot will begin. A lot of people wanted to tell me that he’s been fine this season – I beg to differ. He hasn’t been great for a while now and this season he’s seemed less and less confident every game. You can read that he has something on his mind and I think it’s playing out in the data for the opening four games.

… and it didn’t look good last season.

The difference between a team fighting for top 6 and a team fighting for top 1 is most teams going for the top 1 position have keepers that defy gravity to keep the ball out of the net. We’ve seen flashes of that from Aaron. Leicester and Liverpool games spring to mind. But to retain that #1 position, he’s going to have to deliver that 95% of the time. Add the eye test to his distro – it’s gone from best in league to very iffy. He’s less ambitious, less accurate, and you don’t need a stats sheet to see it.

I don’t think he’s going to last much longer.

 

Sharp shift of pace…

A quick little observation. A few weeks ago the world’s media was clapping the Deli Alli for speaking out about his mental health issues. Fingers were wagged at the brutality of elite sport and the unforgiving nature of fans obsessed with roboticizing athletes that go through the same things as us. This week, Jadon Sancho was dropped, a man who has confessed to his struggles with mental health and the response was ‘MUST GET HIS ACT TOGETHER’… hold on here. Where is the empathy here? Did we forget? Do we not care? Can you only get sympathy if you do a podcast?

It feels like a lot of the chatter around mental health and ‘it’s ok not to be ok’ is just for online platitudes – and this feels like case in point. It’s a bit of a shame. People look to sport for cues in their life. If Jadon Sancho speaks up – and he can’t get the benefit of the doubt, where are we as a society?

… and don’t get me wrong. My point isn’t that EtH should play him. This is professional sport. It’s just that the coverage doesn’t come with a caveat and that after all the handwringing… turns out we’ve not moved forward, and we’ve learned nothing.

Nico Pepe has Turkish clubs circling and apparently someone from the Saudi League. Honestly, it blows my mind he hasn’t landed a move to Saudi. The wages are manageable and he’ll be a bang BANG player out there. Besiktas and Trabzonspor are in the mixer as well. He needs minutes, the sticking point is the £150k a week we gave him. If he doesn’t exit, he’ll get a contract termination. My fear is part of the reason no one moves for our deadwood is they know we’ll give in to termination in the end.

Martin Odegaard AND Bukayo Saka have been nomiated for the Balon d’Or – an incredible achievement from two of the clubs finest young prospects. Each have been on their own special journey with the fans, have each set themselves up as role models, and they will both land the hardware in the future. Just maybe not this year. We have to deal with Lio Messi winning it again. Which really is getting quite boring at this point. It should be someone like Haaland taking the top honors this season.

Finally, it has been reported that Liverpool is bracing for a £210m bid for Mo Salah. On the one hand – lose him and CL places look tougher. On the other, you just take the money and run with it. The player is past peak, his head will have been turned, and that cash injection allows Liverpool to go big in January and next summer.

It kills me the Saudi’s weren’t around after Auba won us the FA Cup. We’d be so much better off.

Ok, we’re recording a podcast later. Let me know if there are any HAAAAAAWT areas I should be talking about. See you in the comments where I expect a GOOD happy birthday message for this wonderful site. x

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TheLegendaryDB106

AFC

This is just laughable. Laughably sad that they appear so inept.

How did it get to this?? 🤦

G

‘’ Another memorable moment was Arsenal v Villa in 1980 when we best them but they won the title. First time I was in a really big crowd.‘’

Was at that game 57,000 crammed into Highbury, I’m sure Pele came that game and did a lap of honour.. unbelievable atmosphere as we scored and Villa who had the whole of the clockend erupted as they heard Ipswich we’re losing

Positive pete

Sid the Greek.Thought you were in the Boer war.

Tom

“How did it get to this?? 🤦“

Simple. PGMOL has never applied rules as written but rather prided itself on their own interpretation to enhance the English game, tweaking their takes in certain plays sometimes from season to season,
Add crowd pressure and a healthy serving of incompetence to the mix and that’s the end result.

Frank

Gervinho’s five-head was a thing of beauty.

AFC Forever

Legendary / Tom “This is just laughable. Laughably sad that they appear so inept.How did it get to this?? 🤦” Three wise moneys. What I don’t understand is how TWO professional referees armed with a video replay can make that mistake. These guys know the rule book, that’s why they are employed. He clearly knows it’s a foul because in the audio he says so. Then he suddenly goes off on another tangent, almost as if he’s looking for a reason to ignore the foul. The fact Dawson heads it is irrelevant, they know that the rules are clear. I… Read more »

AFC Forever

Tom

Tom

“PGMOL has never applied rules as written but rather prided itself on their own interpretation to enhance the English game, tweaking their takes in certain plays sometimes from season to season,
Add crowd pressure and a healthy serving of incompetence to the mix and that’s the end result.”

Yep that is true. Don’t forget to add a bit of bias, conscious or unconscious, especially where these guys are doing their local teams. As Salisbury on Var was.

AFC Forever

Sorry Tom, had you down there as a Satellite Navigation system..!

Northbanker

Gnarley

If you see this message tonight (your day) then my apologies – my comments were rather harshly expressed

Typed on a train after. a few drinks

BacaryisGod

Sid

‘My memories are our FA cup win against Liverpool, Reg Lewis scoring 4, some few years after i returned from the war’

So can you tell us first hand.-Wenget or Herbert Chapman our greatest manager ?

Northbanker

We the fans should mount a class action against PGMOL for the systematic destruction of the game due to their negligence and likely corruption

Northbanker

Or start an online petition calling for the mass replacement of referees and dismantling of PGMOL

Northbanker

Looks like Marcelo Flores is on his way. We’re selling him to Tigres in Mexico for £2m . Shame but he never lived up to his early promise

dSidstathopoulos

@bacaryisgod, Herbert chapman is a legend, Wenger is a living legend.
Men from my era know greatness comes in different shapes

Waylander

I’m guessing dsid that they would be all Phallic shapes 😉

Waylander

Joke Friday

What do call a guy who cries whilst he mastrabates?

A tear jerker 😜

Waylander

Where’s Peter Pans favourite place to eat out?

Wendy’s

Waylander

A nun was having a bath when there was a knock at the door.

“Who’s there?” she said.
“The blind man,” came the reply.

Realising that he couldn’t see her she said, “Come in.”

The door opened. “Nice boobs,” he said. “Now where do you want the blinds?”

Logie Bear

Congrats Pedro, how you manage to keep this going is beyond amazing and hopefully you can feel the appreciation from all the comments today. I’m enjoying the nostalgia today too, makes a nice change and good to hear all the memories. My first real memory is when we lost the 1972 Cup Final to Leeds. Alan Clarke scored past Geoff Barnett ( whee was Bob Wilson?) and Mick Jones broke his arm. I didn’t give him any sympathy as he struggled up the steps to get his winners medal. The following year was I believe when Jeff Blockley cost us… Read more »

Omozuafo Frank

Congratulations. Keep the fire burning.

karim

Happy 16th Birthday Pedro !
I’ve had a lot of fun on here throughout the years even though I don’t post that much anymore.
Cheers !

karim

France v New Zealand soon coming in a town near you

Allez les Bleus !

Br0wnie

A man is walking with a friend and he sees a dog lying there licking his balls. The man says to his friend ” I wish I could do that”. His friend says ” Don’t you think you ought to pet him first”

AFC Forever

Anyone on here ever see Peter Marinello play? Whenever his name gets mentioned that song comes into my head they used to sing for him to the tune of Mellow Yellow. I must have seen him but I was very young so all I remember is that song! My Dad’s memory is failing so I can’t ask him. I read online that we smashed our transfer record paying £100,000. He scored a superb solo goal on his debut at Old Trafford and the media started comparisons with a certain George Best. Funny enough, Marinello says that goal was the worst… Read more »

Luteo Guenreira

Congrats on another year Pedro!

This community of supporters and fans you’ve helped create via the comments section of LG is very cool and we are grateful. This is probably one of the only sites I visit regularly that don’t feature naked people, amazing achievement.

Bilbo

Liked that Brownie, cheers!

karim

This is probably one of the only sites I visit regularly that don’t feature naked people, amazing achievement.

Hence the tension on here lol

Bilbo

Joke Friday A teacher is teaching a class and she sees that Johnny isn’t paying attention, so she asks him, “If there are three ducks sitting on a fence, and you shoot one, how many are left?” Johnny says, “None.” The teacher asks, “Why?” Johnny says, “Because the shot scared them all off.” The teacher says, “No, two, but I like how you’re thinking.” Johnny asks the teacher, “If you see three women walking out of an ice cream shop, one is licking her ice cream, one is sucking her ice cream, and one is biting her ice cream, which… Read more »

Luteo Guenreira

Joke Friday Don and his pregnant sister are hurriedly driving to the hospital as she’s gone into labor, but on the way Don gets a Breitbart news alert on his phone. He takes his eyes off the road to check it, and they get into an accident. Don is unhurt but his sister falls into a coma from the injuries, amazingly she is pregnant with twins and the doctors are able to deliver them in full health. Two weeks later, the new mother wakes up from her coma. The doctor tells her she will be fine, and that she’s the… Read more »

Bilbo

Joke Friday A man and his wife were spending the day at the zoo. She was wearing a loose fitting, pink dress, sleeveless with straps.. He was wearing his usual jeans and T-shirt. As they walked through the ape exhibit, they passed in front of a large, silverback gorilla. Noticing the wife, the gorilla went crazy. He jumped on the bars, and holding on with one hand and two feet he grunted and pounded his chest with his free hand. He was obviously excited at the pretty lady in the pink dress. The husband, noticing the excitement, thought this was… Read more »

Danny S

Did we get a clean break with Pepe or are we picking up wages?

Markymark

So can you tell us first hand.-Wenger or Herbert Chapman our greatest manager –
it’s George Graham.
Sid couldn’t recognise an Alpha male if their balls hit him between his eyes ( a regular event at his bathhouse )

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Happy birthday for le grove..
Been reading since the early days…
Still a go to site for good knowledge

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

George and Bertie …then arsne…
Would have been higher but hang around too long

Vickingz

Happy birthday legrove, Congrats Pedro

Bertie Mee

AFC Forever I saw what there was to see of Marinello. He was in direct opposition with Geordie Armstrong who was incredibly consistent , two- footed and had huge stamina . He also missed a sitter in the first minute if tge European Cup quarter final at Highbury . He never really recovered from that miss and the consequent lack of belief tgat tge crowd had in him as a result . I think his signing was a sir5 of publicity stunt . Ironically just as he arrived we set off on our Fairs Cup winning run. There was only… Read more »

Matt B

Pedro: Anything like my 16th and you you’d be smoking an Embassy Filter, listening to Paul Hardcastle — cheers old bean

Markymark

Bertie Mee – I think the terrors of text setting have mangled your comment but translating I think you are saying about the big crowd so that got me looking at Celtic v Leeds in 1970 with official attendance 135k but likely 140k plus. I suspect when Celtic scored it was ear splitting. For those ready to knock Ramsdale just look at Gary Sprake – now that is bad

Sky

Big ups to you Pedro and the Le Grove, it’s always great to hang out with you guys, thanks for the amazing content always

Northbanker

AFC – went to a game that Marinello played in but he didn’t stand out. I remember being excited by his signing thinking we had the new George Best (fed by the medIa). Huge disappointment.

So similar in many ways to signing Nicolas Pepe all these years later

Nigel Tufnel

“Rumours we were scouting him” Idiotic. You wouldn’t need to scout Maddison. Obviously a great goal producing player. Always admired him. We have Ødegaard, Fabio, ESR. … and plenty of forwards. You don’t need to be a scout to see why we didn’t go for Maddison. He’s not a Xhaka replacement. Spurs got a great deal, a steal, for a quality player that no big clubs were in for. He’ll give spurs some great moments but they won’t win anything with him. Same as with any other quality players they’ve had over the years. Modric, Bale… remember how many great… Read more »

China1

140k people at a match?

Jeeeeez

When oldies talk about ‘the good old days’ they aren’t messing about. Can’t even imagine how amazing an atmosphere 140k people would make. STANDING as well

BacaryisGod
Freddie Ljungberg

“Gabriel Martinelli is now valued at £150m according to @CIES_Football which is the same as Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

It means Gabriel Martinelli is now ranked the 7th most valuable player in world football.”

And there’s still people on here that doesn’t rate him, smh.

Happy birthday le grove and Pedro. Don’t think I missed more than the first couple of weeks and it’s been a daily ritual to read Pedros blogs and as much of the comments as I have time for ever since. Don’t bother with any other sites anymore.

dSidstathopoulos

@Markymark, the point is we dont do ranking of great men, some are the roots others the fruits. All are one tree.

Im telling you for free!

Robin

Congrats! How’s Geoff?

Steve Vallins

1962 or 1963 went to Highbury , evening KO against Sp#rs , 66.000 in the crowd , got separated from my father and watch the game from where the players came out . The Sp#rs team consisted mostly of the double winning players Greaves and Bobby Smith played from what I can remember . I was collected before the end of the match and we were losing 4-2 on the walk back to the car there was 2 almighty roars , it could be 5-2 to Sp#rs or Arsenal pulled a goal back , in those days you couldn’t find… Read more »

Pierre

I would compare Havertz more with Odegaard as both struggled to have any real influence on the team’s performances when they arrived، in fact it took Odegaard 18 months before he finally started to produce top level performances، mainly due to his ability to find the back of the net last season، though it is somewhat disappointing that Odegaard has only managed 14 assists in 92 starts. So far Vieira has managed 8 assists in 13 starts so when I talk about playing the killer ball ….the stats back me up، Odegaard is a very good footballer and a great… Read more »

Chris

Ozil may have hit 30+ assists that season he got 19 if Giroud hadn’t been going through his ‘couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo’ phase.

dSidstathopoulos

Generational knows Odegaard is Not creative so he got Zinchesk to invert and play that role, this allows Odegaard to be a scorer.

I havent checked but theres a high probability Ode performances are related to the presence of Zinchesk in the team

Replacing Havertz with Vieira in the team, makes the team exposed to more physical teams. A midfield of Odeg and Vieira is very weak.

dSidstathopoulos

Giroud and Ozil complemented each other. Giroud pressed from the front and is physical. That covered Ozils weakness.
Ozil chances created were world class. Mostly drifting to the right flank.

Waylander

Looks like Big Gab could be injured, had ice pack on thigh although not sure if it’s a strain or from bad tackle as of yet.

Dr. Rajpal Brar, provided a brief update on his initial assessment of the injury. On Twitter, he wrote: “Thigh issue for Arsenal CB Gabriel Magalhaes. Unsure if it’s contact related or a muscle pull.”

Waylander

So looks like tomi will be right back next week and white back to CB

Josip Skoblar

In 1982, Maradona, who was playing for Boca Juniors, was denied a move to Arsenal because FA secretary Graham Kelly ‘didn’t want foreign players from outside Europe being granted a work permit’ for two years.

https://www.football.london/arsenal-fc/how-arsenal-fan-diego-maradona-19346919.amp

Positive pete

Big Gabbi.All clear.Just a whack on thigh.No need for any doom n gloom.Confirmed by a few Brazilian sources.

TheLegendaryDB106

it took Odegaard 18 months before he finally started to produce top level performances، One thing this made me think of is that the one area Arteta really excels at, is coaching. We’ve all seen how Nelson and Fabio have upped their game and showcased some real improvements. So has Eddie. I think it is mainly down to Arteta’s coaching that we are seeing players getting better. One clear example of this is also Martinelli. The time he spent in “the doldrums” and we all w8ndered what was going on, was him being coached hard to be where he is… Read more »

Un

https://tbrfootball.com/i-went-to-the-training-ground-ray-parlour-says-22-year-old-arsenal-man-was-only-one-in-on-players-day-off/

I love Saka
Great lad with an old head on young shoulders. Clearly his parents are very good people and parents. They’ve raised a fine young lad there. A fantastic example to boys all over London.
I’d also like to point out to anyone having a pop about his form. He always starts the season slow but if slow is 2 goals and 2 assists from 4 games then we have a fucking legend on our hands

Un

Sid Have a butchers at this and shut ya pie hole We’ve collected the data and have ranked the top 10 players in Europe’s top five leagues by how many shot-creating actions they have produced this season in their respective leagues. 1. Bruno Fernandes – 219 shot-creating actions 2. Lionel Messi – 189 shot-creating actions 3. Kieran Trippier – 178 shot-creating actions 4. Kevin De Bruyne – 176 shot-creating actions 5. Remy Cabella – 174 shot-creating actions =6. Jonas Hoffmann – 163 shot-creating actions =6. Martin Odegaard – 163 shot-creating actions =8. Benjamin Bourigeaud – 161 shot-creating actions =8. Bukayo… Read more »

Un

Sid

Odegaard is ranked as the top midfielder in Europe alongside Rodri this season

Goobergooner

4 games in that’s not a big enough sample size 😂😂

TheLegendaryDB106

I should add that Arteta has spunked £65 million on him, so I must guess that he clearly thinks he van make something amazing out of him.

It will be interesting to see whether Hacertz responds favourably.

TR7

Odegaard is not a top player, he is a solid player who can give a you 7/10 performance very regularly but not the difference maker especially against quality opponents.

Erikson, Bruno level player.

Un

Goober His stats last season speak for themselves He was one of the biggest chance creators in Europe last year and had 15 goals of his own He’s not just a change creator but a conductor. He sets the tempo. At only 24 the best is yet to come He’s in Europe now and he’s going to run games in the way that kdb does He is also a leader When all of our attacking players lost form last season and we began to drop points he dragged us back into the game in the last 10 mins vs Southampton… Read more »

Un

Tr7
Bruno is a top player

Goobergooner

Un don’t mind me I’m just taking the piss

Mikel Coneteta

TR7 flames Odegaard whenever he can and rides ESR, the agenda is shameless.

Saying Odegaard is merely a ‘solid player’ outs the ridiculous bias. He’s lauded in every corner for how much control and quality he possesses, then you have alleged Arsenal fans saying that about the club captain.

WengerEagle

Bruno is the most overrated player in the league and he’s a lily-livered captain to boot, Gallas-esque.

WengerEagle

Odegaard is much better

dSidstathopoulos

2022/23
Kdb, salah have 12 assists
Trossard, Olise, Saka, have 11 assists
Mahrez, TAA have 10
Madison, eriksen, perisic, Haaland, robertson, grob, gibbs, bruno, mbuemo have 8

Take your shot creation action and shove them down your pie hole

TR7

So what is Odegaard if not a solid player – a world beater ?

WengerEagle

TR7

I think it’s fair at this stage to say that Odegaard is world class, yes.

And I haven’t always been a fan but it’s undeniable with how he’s played the last year imo.

WengerEagle

I’ve always loosely based it on being a top 5 player on the planet in your position and I can’t think of 5 better CAMs than Ode.

dSidstathopoulos

2022/23 EPL
Alex iwobi, xhaka, Odegaard, had 7 assists

Rich

Ødegaard is outrageous, he’s developed into one of the world’s standout attacking midfielders, and he can still improve further, particularly as the output + efficiency of the players around him improves. Cesc frazzled the minds of most Arsenal fans, in terms of how good they expect a teenage central midfielder to be. Cesc was the best teenage midfielder I’ve ever seen, the first time I seen him live was down in Cardiff against United in the Community Shield, and he gave Keane + Scholes the run around at just 17. But while I can forgive him for going back to… Read more »

TR7

Just because the standard of football has nosedived that you feel like he is world class. I find his overall game to very limited and predictable as well but that’s just me.

WengerEagle

Cesc from 2006-11 was the best creative player I’ve seen in the PL to this day, I know some people prefer KDB but Cesc was feeding the likes of Ade, Bendtner, Chamakh whereas KDB has had two assist cheat codes in Aguero and Haaland.

If Cesc in his prime played behind Haaland for a season I genuinely believe he would have racked up close to 30 assists.

Goobergooner

I feel like ode started out this Arsenal career a bit one footed. But he’s grown into an excellent player and between him and rice we have two top class leaders as well. Can’t say I’ve loved the squad this much for a while now that’s for sure

WengerEagle

TR7

No doubt world football quality isn’t what it was in the previous decade.

Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets would pass and run rings around City’s MF.

Goobergooner

Cesc going to chavs is wholeheartedly on Wenger in my opinion. He was too torn up from him leaving in the first place to accept bringing him back. So Ozil it was

Un

Eagle
Bruno is a top player
The figures don’t lie
Odious little rat but wasted at United as a footballer
Should be at an elite club

dSidstathopoulos

@Pierres analysis is the most accurate

“””Odegaard has some of the best players in europe to provide assists for، unfortunately despite having the likes of saka، Martinelli، jesus and Eddie to feed ، 14 assists in 92 games is all he has managed .”””

Goobergooner

Vieira has got a few assists by actually playing someone early into the space behind defence. That is something this Arsenal side doesn’t do enough of.

WengerEagle

Un

Bruno is the definition of a stats player. He is literally incapable of vertically dribbling past a player and he rarely scores from open play. He also loses possession a lot.

Set-piece merchant for me with a decent final pass on him.

There’s a reason that Utd look absolutely shite with the team built around this guy.

Goobergooner

And long may it continue over at manure. Building your team around that weasel says it all about that club. Cannot despise them more

WengerEagle

People used to say that Alexis hurt the collective and building the team around him was a detriment to us.

May have been a little truth to it but he was levels above Bruno Fernandes and was at least worth pandering to.

Un

Most of our goals come from wide areas and cut backs
Odegaard provides the killer ball before the cutback
The pre-assist
We go out to in. That’s our style
Jesus isn’t known for running off the shoulder and martinelli could be great at that but seems to have those instincts and opportunities restricted by our attacking play

TR7

Rooney was primarily a striker yet I think even he was more dangerous as a no 10 than Ode is.

See not trying to discredit Ode as I recognise he is a solid player but can’t help but feel nowadays we overstate the qualities/abilities of players.

Chris

Sanchez had the hustle and bustle and Ozil had the elegance and class, when it worked, it worked brilliantly.

Chris

Sid “Giroud and Ozil complemented each other. Giroud pressed from the front and is physical. That covered Ozils weakness.
Ozil chances created were world class. Mostly drifting to the right flank.”

True but Giroud was still missing sitters left right and centre that season that may have cost us the league, but there were of course, many other factors.

Chris

After 30 years of watching football and it’s still so annoying to have an international break a few weeks into the new season.

I’d personally rather watch paint dry than international football and I’m sure many others feel the same.

I’d rather the season began in August and ended in April and they played all the qualifiers and stuff for WCs etc in bulk in May/June once the club football had been finished, so domestic footy can then go on uninterrupted through the autumn and spring.

Probably unworkable for so many reasons but just an idea!

Un

Chris
Agree
It’s a fucking drag
This is what happens when nations around the world fracture though

TheLegendaryDB106

Chris What I don’t like with what they have done with Internationals is that it seems to me that they have increased the frequency of these games. Probably in big part due the increase in countries now playing.(and more likely because these means more money for the federations, the main reason for the proliferation of International games). I like Internationals simply because, for me, it is watching the best players plying their trade at the highest level. But where I will agree with you, is that here are now far too many games peppered through out the season, that it’s… Read more »

China1

Can’t wait for these international bore fests to finish Yes euros and World Cup are fun but all qualifying and qualifiers are trash. Fast forward to the return of the league pls On a separate note Kai has been partly blaming the German fans for why they did badly at the World Cup. He has also said he’s calm about his slow start at arsenal I’m not saying he should be losing sleep panicking, but I personally think both these comments might be underpinning that he’s not really self aware that he needs to be accountable and sort his own… Read more »

Un

Chris Do you recall it being so boring in the late 90s? I remember when we (England) qualified for France 98 in Rome 0-0 but we outplayed them and it was huge for England Ince and Ian wright were ecstatic So was gazza Then when becks scored that goal vs Greece in 2001 Last kick of the game He was amazing that day He and teddy s were the only players who looked like they turned up The game was horrible but it felt like a World Cup Beating Germans 5-1 in qualifiers was another big one It helped that… Read more »

Un

DB10 Yeah it dilutes the smaller nations but the big nations are still bereft of the star quality running through the entire squad Italy were so strong del piero and Cassano used to get left out. They would walk into any national side now England were so strong that Ian wright Andy Cole and Robbie Fowler couldn’t get a game. They would all walk in now We had scholes gerrard Lampard Beckham and Hargreaves all looking for a central mid spot in a 442 We had Adams Campbell Rio Terry king and carragher in central midfield Wayne bridge was a… Read more »

local

“I’d rather the season began in August and ended in April and they played all the qualifiers and stuff for WCs etc in bulk in May/June once the club football had been finished, so domestic footy can then go on uninterrupted through the autumn and spring.” – Chris

I totally agree with this.

I also feel all pre-semi games of domestic cup competitions should be played in midweek instead of on weekends.

Tom

Better yet, scrap all international friendlies, qualifiers, group stages, and instead every two years have England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and France fight it out amongst themselves in the Euros, then throw Brazil, Argentina and possibly Uruguay in for the WC.

All other nations can fuck right off and their fans should concentrate instead on increasing productivity or some shit.

Sorry Africa, no one cares about your cup.

Un

Enjoying the sunshine lads?
Cold beverage in one hand
Cigar in the other
Little cheeky bit of afternoon delight to take the edge off, as though it was needed
Not marko though
He’s in pissy Dublin
Would probably see through him if you held a light up to him
He’d think it’s an X-ray

TheLegendaryDB106

Tom, to put on my FIFA, Corrupt CEO cap on, but is all about the money!!!

I 100% agree with you except you forgot Netherlands and Belgium. They should be there to.