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5 minutes ago, Meesh said:

I've only watched a few minutes of this Champions League match and the simulation going on is cringe-worthy. You can see it all unfold in the replay, and it's always the same. A player gets slightly grazed, or has to jump out of the way, and in the moments after where they clearly haven't been hurt, they remember their screaming and agony training, and the act begins.

Is there any going back from this silliness?

VAR being used to book players.

Otherwise no. 

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Just now, Meesh said:

I've only watched a few minutes of this Champions League match and the simulation going on is cringe-worthy. You can see it all unfold in the replay, and it's always the same. A player gets slightly grazed, or has to jump out of the way, and in the moments after where they clearly haven't been hurt, they remember their screaming and agony training, and the act begins.

Is there any going back from this silliness?

Not while Refs buy into it and give cheap fouls.

These Refs, like tonights, know what it going on.

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52 minutes ago, AllRoverAsia said:

Not while Refs buy into it and give cheap fouls.

These Refs, like tonights, know what it going on.

He does but he bought neymar's playacting.  Can't stand him. Talented to a degree but falls over at every touch.  

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It's no wonder that Barcelona were gung ho for the super league. Their latest accounts are out and they are over €1 billion in debt.

Barcelona seeking new finance streams for €350m hole after Super League collapse - sources (espn.co.uk)

A good portion of it is due in the next few months. 

I'm sure that they will get their money from somewhere, but the club bigwigs must be worried. Messi doesn't have long left. He has been carrying them for a few seasons now. Their last mass spending spree was a complete waste.

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There was a rumour doing the rounds that if Coutinho played again this season, they had to pay Liverpool £8 Million....

Might be bollocks, but he has been injured for a bit....

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11 hours ago, speeeeeeedie said:

It's no wonder that Barcelona were gung ho for the super league. Their latest accounts are out and they are over €1 billion in debt.

Barcelona seeking new finance streams for €350m hole after Super League collapse - sources (espn.co.uk)

A good portion of it is due in the next few months. 

I'm sure that they will get their money from somewhere, but the club bigwigs must be worried. Messi doesn't have long left. He has been carrying them for a few seasons now. Their last mass spending spree was a complete waste.

I think due to the pandemic they have suffered a lot.  This will be a refinancing exercise,  borrowing is cheap at the moment.  Their initial problem is like you say, finding the wages which they pay in a lump sum in the next 2-3 months.  I'm sure the local catalonia council might help out...

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Just read that, part of the beauty of the world cup is that its a special event that only happens every 4 years. That goes if you make it more frequent. "I wish it could be Christmas every day" no you don't! 

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7 hours ago, RoverDom said:

Just read that, part of the beauty of the world cup is that its a special event that only happens every 4 years. That goes if you make it more frequent. "I wish it could be Christmas every day" no you don't! 

Spot on.

This would force the Euros to be every two years too. Qualify (Euro), Event (Euro), Qualify (WC), Event (WC). We would have competitive internationals every year. Would start to bore people rather than the other way around IMO.

 

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Just now, riverholmes said:

This compilation of goals by Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring spectacular goals in Mexico revives my interest in football a little: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzUe5s30olY

Some absolute beauts in there. Thought he might have been older than 35 by now - surprising he went out to Mexico aged just 29, yet Florian Thauvin is about to do the same at 28 (to the same team, Tigres, as well). Both moving on the back of successful spells at Marseille in their peak years, not like they were on the decline or anything. 

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2 hours ago, frosty said:

Some absolute beauts in there. Thought he might have been older than 35 by now - surprising he went out to Mexico aged just 29, yet Florian Thauvin is about to do the same at 28 (to the same team, Tigres, as well). Both moving on the back of successful spells at Marseille in their peak years, not like they were on the decline or anything. 

There were. He likes the top right. Gignac was linked to all and sundry a few years back. I too was surprised that he went to Mexico, but teams there pay top wages.

Incidentally it's one of the major reasons cited for Mexico's usual bright but ultimate early failure at World Cups. Mexican players don't need to leave their homeland for financial reasons, and they are treated like royalty, so they are happy to stay, win CONCACAF Champions Leagues, all whilst being isolated from the world game.

It is turning though and there are a more going to Europe now. 

They all have a long way to go though to match Hugo Sanchez who starred at Real in the 80's. 

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These Americans are relatively new to football but they know how to deal with financial miscreants and rule breakers like Beckhams Inter Miami. If only the authorities in the country who invented the game could be as dynamic.

Edit. It won't let me post a link but they have been fined $2m for breaking salary cap rules. The sporting director has been suspended and their 'managing owner' has been fined $250k with their roster allocation being reduced by $2.2m for two seasons.

 

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12 minutes ago, arbitro said:

 

These Americans are relatively new to football but they know how to deal with financial miscreants and rule breakers like Beckhams Inter Miami. If only the authorities in the country who invented the game could be as dynamic.

Edit. It won't let me post a link but they have been fined $2m for breaking salary cap rules. The sporting director has been suspended and their 'managing owner' has been fined $250k with their roster allocation being reduced by $2.2m for two seasons.

 

And that’s for a league that isn’t even competitive and has zero prestige.

Without googling can anyone name last season’s MLS winners?

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41 minutes ago, Stuart said:

And that’s for a league that isn’t even competitive and has zero prestige.

Without googling can anyone name last season’s MLS winners?

Do they win the league or is there some form of "finals" for top 4/8?? (Genuine question as most US Sports seem to have playoffs)

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4 hours ago, Roverthechimp said:

Do they win the league or is there some form of "finals" for top 4/8?? (Genuine question as most US Sports seem to have playoffs)

The fact that neither of us have a clue speaks volumes! 😆

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5 hours ago, Roverthechimp said:

Do they win the league or is there some form of "finals" for top 4/8?? (Genuine question as most US Sports seem to have playoffs)

There is a supporters shield for the team that accumulates the most points during the season but you are right in that the MLS champ is crowned after playoffs and a final. I think that there are 14 or 16 teams get in this season. Last year was odd for obvious covid reasons. Columbus won it all last time.

Nobody in America expects the MLS to challenge the Premier League. It has its fans and does well for what it is.

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8 hours ago, arbitro said:

 

These Americans are relatively new to football but they know how to deal with financial miscreants and rule breakers like Beckhams Inter Miami. If only the authorities in the country who invented the game could be as dynamic.

Edit. It won't let me post a link but they have been fined $2m for breaking salary cap rules. The sporting director has been suspended and their 'managing owner' has been fined $250k with their roster allocation being reduced by $2.2m for two seasons.

 

Inter Miami Fined MLS Record $2M for Violating Salary Budget and Roster Regulations

I hope this works

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This was not the MLS news that I expected to see.  I was going to wait until it was fully resolved before posting in the last thread about him, but Derrick Williams is waiting to hear about how many matches his ban will be after getting sent off for a horrific tackle last week on Andy Polo.  Polo will miss the rest of the season (calendar year seasons, so at least until December) and Williams has been hearing from opposing fans and also from Peruvians who would prefer to have all of their players for World Cup Qualifying and Copa America.  I figured that Williams would be on slightly more than Henley was during his failed spell in MLS and seen more as backup than a regular starter, but he was playing as soon as he was healthy and it turns out that he is making quite a bit and it would have been unlikely for him to get similar offers anywhere else.

On 25/05/2021 at 06:01, speeeeeeedie said:

There were. He likes the top right. Gignac was linked to all and sundry a few years back. I too was surprised that he went to Mexico, but teams there pay top wages.

Incidentally it's one of the major reasons cited for Mexico's usual bright but ultimate early failure at World Cups. Mexican players don't need to leave their homeland for financial reasons, and they are treated like royalty, so they are happy to stay, win CONCACAF Champions Leagues, all whilst being isolated from the world game.

It is turning though and there are a more going to Europe now. 

They all have a long way to go though to match Hugo Sanchez who starred at Real in the 80's. 

There has also been the gentleman's agreement between teams that made it very difficult for players to leave their teams unless the teams wanted them to.  Vincent Janssen is the latest player to have moved over in the prime of his career and been reasonable successful.

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