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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:52 am    Post subject:

Great news. Hopefully the finals take place in LA with the infrastructure in place for the 2028 summer games.

Lopetegui out as Head Coach of the Spanish national team after taking the RM job. Good on the Spanish federation.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:04 am    Post subject:

The Final takes place at the New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NY Giants and Jets.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject:

I see. Maybe this time team USA will actually qualify (automatically or not) with the expanded field and we'll see a match played in LA (perhaps the opener).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:20 am    Post subject:

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Lopetegui out as Head Coach of the Spanish national team after taking the RM job. Good on the Spanish federation.


Good to fire a coach days before a major tournament starts? If they thought he'd treat non-Madrid players unfavorably, why did they replace him with one of the greatest Madridistas ever, Hierro? According to reports, the three captains, two other players, and Hierro voted for Lopetegui to stay. But they were overruled by the new president of the federation, who was quoted as saying that he was mad Lopetegui didn't vote for him in the elections to the position. This was handled terribly. I will concede that Madrid should have waited to announce the decision after the WC. BUT, there is precedent in Spain of national team coaches accepting club jobs before major tournaments (it happened twice before) and they weren't fired.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:35 am    Post subject:

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Lopetegui out as Head Coach of the Spanish national team after taking the RM job. Good on the Spanish federation.


Good to fire a coach days before a major tournament starts? If they thought he'd treat non-Madrid players unfavorably, why did they replace him with one of the greatest Madridistas ever, Hierro? According to reports, the three captains, two other players, and Hierro voted for Lopetegui to stay. But they were overruled by the new president of the federation, who was quoted as saying that he was mad Lopetegui didn't vote for him in the elections to the position. This was handled terribly. I will concede that Madrid should have waited to announce the decision after the WC. BUT, there is precedent in Spain of national team coaches accepting club jobs before major tournaments (it happened twice before) and they weren't fired.


I suspect that GK was attempting irony.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:40 am    Post subject:

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I see. Maybe this time team USA will actually qualify (automatically or not) with the expanded field and we'll see a match played in LA (perhaps the opener).


The LA venue will be either the Rose Bowl or the new Inglewood stadium.
http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/4/blog/post/3523349/2026-world-cup-bid-won-by-us-mexico-and-canada-which-venues-could-host-games
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject:

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Lopetegui out as Head Coach of the Spanish national team after taking the RM job. Good on the Spanish federation.


Good to fire a coach days before a major tournament starts? If they thought he'd treat non-Madrid players unfavorably, why did they replace him with one of the greatest Madridistas ever, Hierro? According to reports, the three captains, two other players, and Hierro voted for Lopetegui to stay. But they were overruled by the new president of the federation, who was quoted as saying that he was mad Lopetegui didn't vote for him in the elections to the position. This was handled terribly. I will concede that Madrid should have waited to announce the decision after the WC. BUT, there is precedent in Spain of national team coaches accepting club jobs before major tournaments (it happened twice before) and they weren't fired.


I suspect that GK was attempting irony.


Nope. Not being ironic at all. (*points to avatar*)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject:

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The Final takes place at the New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NY Giants and Jets.


"...is expected to take place" there.

Not sure why. We'll have a newer venue and a well established international football following here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:09 am    Post subject:

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The Final takes place at the New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NY Giants and Jets.


"...is expected to take place" there.

Not sure why. We'll have a newer venue and a well established international football following here.


Bigger TV market. Plus it hosted the Copa America Centenario back in 2016, so it does have experience with these types of events.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject:

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The Final takes place at the New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NY Giants and Jets.


"...is expected to take place" there.

Not sure why. We'll have a newer venue and a well established international football following here.


That's what it said in the bid package.

I was listening to some of the pundits on Sirius talking about host cities. It made me roll my eyes. They were acting like the selection of the host cities has something to do with logic and geographical dispersal across the country. According to the pundits, if Atlanta gets games, that rules out Nashville, because the cities are too close to each other. Ditto for Dallas and Houston.

Give me a break. This is freaking FIFA. The candidate cities who make the best bids will win. FIFA doesn't care if two of the host cities are a couple hundred miles apart. In Europe, that's a long way.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject:

man am i gonna drop TOP freaking dollar to see any mexico or USA game.. LOL.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject:

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man am i gonna drop TOP freaking dollar to see any mexico or USA game.. LOL.


Thats why they chose USA, Canada and Mexico...it was the fairly obvious choice, since they don't have to worry about any stadiums being built. The logistics and security are not something out of the ordinary they would have to deal with.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject:

Griezmann just pulled a LeBron... to announce he's going nowhere...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:21 pm    Post subject:

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God welcomes the King

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He's always on brand.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:39 am    Post subject:

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Ronaldo reportedly told his teammates that he is leaving.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2779102-cristiano-ronaldo-reportedly-told-team-mates-he-was-leaving-before-ucl-final


In other news, the Sun rises from the East...


I'm sick of his drama but he's under contract and there's a 1 billion euro release clause. Madrid has all the leverage. Sure, if someone wants to pay 200 million or so for a soon to be 34 year old, go ahead.

He probably wants his contract to be revised. He and Messi do it basically every year.


Eh. If he wants out, it's just a question of how much of a fee RM can extract as part of the deal. I don't know that anyone, even PSG, would cough up 175M euros. I don't blame Perez for demanding that much, but it's basically the opening position in a negotiation.

But that begs the question: Who really wants him at this point? Just about anyone would want him if the price was right, but the price is not going to be right. There would be a sizable transfer fee, probably 100M euros or so, plus Ronaldo's salary.


100M Euros turned out to be pretty close. I haven't seen confirmation on an exact number yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject:

Poor PSG. Thought they had the footballing world in the palm of their hands with two shiny new galacticos only to have their big signings being eyed by Madrid the following season.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:31 pm    Post subject:

CHELSEA: Conte was sacked today. Maurizio Sarri (Napoli) expected to take the job.

Now if you know you have (at best) a 3-year run as Chelsea manager, you have to ask for some serious scratch, right?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:33 pm    Post subject:

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Poor PSG. Thought they had the footballing world in the palm of their hands with two shiny new galacticos only to have their big signings being eyed by Madrid the following season.


PSG has to do something though. They're afoul of FFF rules and their president is still under investigation for bribery.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject:

Think Higuain is heading to Chelsea?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:58 am    Post subject:

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Think Higuain is heading to Chelsea?


Don't think he'd make them any better, he's no better than Morata at this point, misses big chances, just not what they need IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:15 am    Post subject:

Real should be intervening there, offer them Benzema as part of a package for Hazard/Courtois. Then they go bag Icardi and they're in an excellent position with an even more well-rounded attack than they had last season.

Would still mess Chelsea up as well which would be good for me.
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