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08-11-2010, 08:07 PM
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We're definitely going to find out what level Gerrard is at. From the looks of it Roy is going to play him at CM with Cole as the guy in the hole perhaps. He does look up for this season though.

I'd take Messi, Ronaldo, Sneijder, and Iniesta over him. The funny thing is that there are really no out and out strikers you can say are top five players which is a real change from the past.

Gerrard was the best player in the league two years ago. Mostly because Ronaldo was injured and then wasn't quite the same player that season when he came back. I've got no problem with that as a statement, but of course he's not a better player than Ronaldo because that would be a ridiculous thing to say.

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08-11-2010, 08:09 PM
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Either way, a pretty good Gerrard changes Liverpool a whole heck of a lot.

Just like a healthy Torres does.

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Gerrard is 30 now, it's very, very possible that his 28 year-old season was his swansong. I hope it's not, he's one of the most dynamic midfielders ever, but it's a significant possibility. The grind of the European season now is brutal.
I don't think anyone is saying it is not a possibility. The argument is Gerrard on form (even at slightly less than his '07-09 form) is still a major difference maker for Liverpool and our prospects this season greatly improve based on how good he is.

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Gerrard was the best player in the league two years ago. Mostly because Ronaldo was injured and then wasn't quite the same player that season when he came back. I've got no problem with that as a statement, but of course he's not a better player than Ronaldo because that would be a ridiculous thing to say.
Exactly what I meant when I was said he was the best player in the league in '09.

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08-11-2010, 08:15 PM
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I disagree with the Ronaldo thing, I mean, he was the best player on the team that won the title and pretty much their only big-time offensive player at that point.

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08-12-2010, 03:04 PM
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Can't believe that ***** del Bosque selected all the Barça players right after the WC like this. Villa went all the way over there to sit on the bench too. Bunch of ****s in the Spanish Federation, but then that's common knowledge these days. Del Bosque should remember who pays his meal ticket.

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http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/new...raws-world-cup

Somebody needs to step up and get rid of this guy.

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08-14-2010, 10:04 AM
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What the shoddy ESPN reporting?

Or Sepp?

Can we get rid of both?

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Here is another report on the subject.

Fifa aims to end draws in World Cup group games

I think Blatter is slowly losing it. I agree with goal-line technology, in these times, it should be a requirement, but the other proposals are just

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08-25-2010, 08:03 PM
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Arshavin with this gem on the England WC bid...

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"You should not have it. You have everything"

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08-26-2010, 09:01 AM
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France's squad against Belarus and Bosnia for the Euro qualifiers:

Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux)

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Lille), Philippe Mexes (Roma), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain), Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux), Gael Clichy (Arsenal)

Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Jeremy Menez (Roma), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea)

Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Loic Remy (Marseille), Louis Saha (Everton), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain)

The most notable exclusions of course are Abidal and Toulalan. Gourcuff is suspended both games after his red card from the WC. The more interesting returns are Menez and Saha, and Tremoulinas, Sakho and Gameiro may make their first selections.

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08-26-2010, 09:14 AM
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The most notable exclusions of course are Abidal and Toulalan. Gourcuff is suspended both games after his red card from the WC. The more interesting returns are Menez and Saha, and Tremoulinas, Sakho and Gameiro may make their first selections.
Toualan got one game for his part in the revolt, no? Abidal was indeed left off though.

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08-26-2010, 09:41 AM
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Toualan got one game for his part in the revolt, no? Abidal was indeed left off though.
Yes, which means that he'd be eligible to play against Bosnia. Blanc explained Toulalan's absence by stating that if he is going to play in a DC role at Lyon, he'll have to prove that he's one of the best French players in that position to be considered in the NT again. In other words, Blanc does not believe that a player should play in a different position for the NT than what he plays with his club.

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08-29-2010, 03:58 PM
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England squad for Euro qualifyers against Bulgaria and Switzerland:

Scott Carson, Ben Foster, Joe Hart

Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Matthew Upson

Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young

Darren Bent, Carlton Cole, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney

Here's what I'd do for Bulgaria:

___________Hart
Johnson Jagielka Upson Cole
Walcott Gerrard Milner Johnson
_______Rooney Crouch

Should beat Bulgaria at home, not that confident though. For the Switzerland game I'd play 4-5-1, Barry in for Crouch. A draw would be good in Switzerland with that defence.

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08-30-2010, 07:26 PM
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Torres called up for Spain friendly.

Odds are 2 to 1 he plays 90, gets a knock and has to miss the United game.

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09-02-2010, 11:48 PM
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France's starting line-up against Belarus tomorrow:



I'm very surprised to see Menez get the starting call. Other than that, the lineup is a natural progression from the Norway friendly.

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I can't wait until Tuesday. BIH v. France is going to be ridiculous. At least from our perspective. All our attacking players are in form and it should be fun watching Ibisevic, Dzeko, Ibricic, Pjanic, and Misimovic tear it up.

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Hmm, Netherlands have named thug Van Bommel captain of the team. Nepotism at work or simply insanity?

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09-03-2010, 09:16 AM
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Surely France has better options in central midfield than Abou Diaby. Unless Arsenal are playing bottom half of the table teams I cringe when he is in the starting XI.

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20 minutes to go, Finland down 1-0 in Moldova with Hyypiä sent off early in the game. So when's the draw for the 2014 World Cup?

Edit: 2-0

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Starting lineups for Italy - Estonia.


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Torres starts in Liechtenstein. I guess we should hope he gets 60 minutes in without getting injured. *knocks on wood*

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Nope, Alou Diarra is not starting. Instead, young phenom Yann Mvila, 20 years old, will.

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Torres with two goals before being substituted.

Nasty knee injury for Dawson in the England game.

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I'm almost feeling sorry for France at this moment...damn

by the way what happened to Belgium? I thought they were sponsored by NIKE?

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Dawson was stretchered off, looked in lots of pain. Him and Jagielka had a solid partnership going on too. Defoe went off too after his 3rd goal. Easy win in the end, Rooney had a hand in all 4 goals. Played really well.

Northern Ireland with a great 1-0 win in Slovenia, Jonny Evans' brother Corry, also a United player, scoring the winner.

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