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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:43 pm

When I visited Salzburg it was love at first sight. Amazingly beautiful city. Obviously as a consequence I adopted Casino Salzburg as my favourite team in Austria. It is painful to my eyes to see they now are named after some energy drink, changed the colours, etc... It's still linked to that gorgeous city so I still kinda support them, I just hope someone kicks Red Bull out and brings back the Violet-Weiss and the old name! :unsure:
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:09 pm

And FC Barcelona are out! Now if Real Madrid gets eliminated as well, I think we can safely call it 'ethnic cleansing' :D Congrats to Liverpool, their first half again was outstanding. With slightly more luck it was 3-0 at halftime and then that Barcelona goal was nothing but a statistic (well, it now is nothing more neither, but that last 15 minutes were nervewracking for LFC)

I do hope Arsenal and Man U get out tomorrow. Imagine 4 out of the last 8 teams being from England, in a competition normally reserved for only champions... It would look ridiculous to see half of the teams being from England. But anyway, well done Liverpool, the one English team I was hoping to see through!
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Postby madmancmonkey » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:22 pm

If United crash out I'll convert to Islam...... safe to say my athiesim will remain so!



Arsenal will get beat... come on PSV... from a UTD perspective I would hate any of the English teams in the last eight
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:11 pm

Haha, Real Madrid and Barcelona out... Ethnic cleansing!! :D All political clubs are out now, only true soccer teams remaining!

Of all the ones remaining, I'd say the English teams got most chance to win it, but I do hope for either PSV or Valencia.

I fear Man U are favourites to win it though, although I'm curious how they'll cope with their lack of strikers (Saha and Solskjaer still injured for a while, Larsson leaving to Sweden again, ...)

In the UEFA Cup, holders Sevilla are closing to getting eliminated after a 2-2 draw vs Donetsk who are always good at home. Impressing result for Donetsk whose league hasn't even started ; without any serious game played in months, they go drawing away to the cup holders!
AZ-Newcastle will be a cracker as well with the result of the first leg in mind.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:12 pm

Tomorrow I got a football marathon:

2.30 pm : Republic of Ireland - Wales (in Dublin)
6.30 pm : Israel - England (to be watched on TV in a Dublin pub)
8.00 pm : Liechtenstein - Northern Ireland (to be watched on TV in a Dublin pub)
Rest of the night: celebrating in a pub with the Irish and Welsh fans

Sunday: recovering from a long party night :ph34r:



Bring on the games, and may the Irish and Israelis win! B)
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Postby Mr-Shankly » Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:57 pm

christ almighty

The mighty stockport county, down 4-0 in the first 20 minutes. Pulled it back to 4-2 at half time. What a game so far!
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Postby elko » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:22 pm

Mr-Shankly wrote:christ almighty

The mighty stockport county, down 4-0 in the first 20 minutes. Pulled it back to 4-2 at half time. What a game so far!

seven......................................................................................................................., two.




Those numbers are a fair way apart, aren't they?.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:09 pm

We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland...
We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland...
We're not Brazil.... but we are coming close! :D


NI is leading its group. I should make a pic of the paper's tables and frame it. Northern Ireland, which was a minnow less than two years ago, is now leading its qualification group in front of Sweden, Spain and Denmark. Anyone who had predicted this a year ago would have been taken to a mental institution, but meanwhile the mighty Norn Iron had the scalps of England, Spain and Sweden!

Hail hail David Healy!! 29 goals in 56 games and now NI's all-time record goalscorer!

Austria and Switzerland are coming very close now, NI is very close to qualifying for their first major tournament since 1986. Total bliss would be if England fails to qualify while Norn Iron qualifies, the irony of that would be superb. Yandee, be prepared, the Green-White Army is heading to Austria! :D
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Postby yandee » Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:36 pm

Cracked Pleasures wrote:We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland...
We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland...
We're not Brazil.... but we are coming close! :D


NI is leading its group. I should make a pic of the paper's tables and frame it. Northern Ireland, which was a minnow less than two years ago, is now leading its qualification group in front of Sweden, Spain and Denmark. Anyone who had predicted this a year ago would have been taken to a mental institution, but meanwhile the mighty Norn Iron had the scalps of England, Spain and Sweden!

Hail hail David Healy!! 29 goals in 56 games and now NI's all-time record goalscorer!

Austria and Switzerland are coming very close now, NI is very close to qualifying for their first major tournament since 1986. Total bliss would be if England fails to qualify while Norn Iron qualifies, the irony of that would be superb. Yandee, be prepared, the Green-White Army is heading to Austria! :D

I'm stuffing conserves into my nuclear bunker. I gess it's gonna be like back in the days with the Hunns invading the whole of Europe. But let them Irish come, we're not prepared anyway. Did they show a shortcut of the glorious game on Wednesday? Austria vs. France. They crushed us sooo bad. But what can you expect from a third class team? It's like we're a one-trick pony and our trick doesn't work out. They wiped the shit from their shoes with our team. But what's really strange is that there was a great euphoric sentiment in the media, because we only lost 1:0, and Peppi Hickersberger, the coach said that we did a good job, but we still have got to improve...well that's what I call a mistake. We went there 4-4-2 in expectation of a certain French tactic. When we found out that they wouldn't play it that way, we didn't do nothing...and for this time we ain't got no chance to disappear from sight in the first round, this time we're really getting involved in the whole shit and we're going to fail!!!! Brings back the tears to my eyes when I think of the times when we were actually quite good...I mean Prohaska and Krankl and Cordoba 1978...but those days are gone forever and now we got a team that has no idea of team-play and a coach who has to defend his team from a blood thirsty mob of Austrians who do not respect the "achievements" of their team. t's gonna be the Anti-Germany 06.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:18 am

Austria's attitude is almost like in my native Belgium. The Belgian team is already virtually out of the Euro (the qualifying campaign is a disaster) and after a humiliating 4-0 defeat versus Portugal the coach declared to be 'happy because they only scored after half-time'. Wow, happy after a 4-0 defeat... some people are easily pleased. Maybe Belgium won't be heading to Austria and Switzerland, but the team is beginning to show a lot of comparisons to your neighbours Liechtenstein! Well, no, Liechtenstein actually won a game, unlike Belgium...


don't get me wrong, I don't bother about the team. I don't really support the Belgian team and its sectarian atmosphere. If Belgium were playing my adopted home N.Ireland I'd go for NI without a single doubt. It'd be good fun to tease my friends back home with if NI would qualify while Belgium stays at home.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:08 am

Three English sides out of 4 semi-finalists in a league for so-called 'champions'... Since when has England 3 domestic champions? The "Champions" League is getting even more ridiculous than it already was. I really hope Platini is watching and remembers his promise to reduce the spots for the bigger countries.

Meanwhile I do believe Man Utd's 7-1 victory is a Champions League record (the previous record owners were my beloved Rosenborg and our 7-2 shameful defeat in Paris :ph34r: ). I also cannot remember an Italian team getting 7 goals in their nets, that must have been ages ago. If United play like that they can win the treble, but then this was one game in which everything worked out perfectly, they still face a tricky away game vs Man City and then there's Chelsea crossing their path as well...
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Postby Truman Capote » Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:57 pm

Messi's goal like Maradona's against England.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru6_5nu3P0E" target="_blank">Here.</a>
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:50 pm

Messi is an incredible talent, but I still think Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the best player in the world. He has the same technical skills and fine playing like Ronaldinho and Messi, but those two play great mainly when the entire Barcelona team plays well. Cristiano however often decides the match on his own, saving Man U's day when the rest of the team plays badly.

The only player coming close to Cristiano Ronaldo right now, I'd say is Kaka'. For the same reasons: technically very gifted, and often making the difference for his team, he is the true heart and soul of AC Milan.
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Postby madmancmonkey » Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:39 pm

United's title now surely?


If they win the treble it'd be like, the greatest thing in my life happening over again!
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:25 pm

The two first Manc goals today were gifts from Everton's goalkeeper and defense, but it has to be said Man Utd showed incredible character to put Everton under pressure the entire second half, giving them hardly any space to breathe. Rooney was man of the match without a doubt, he was a danger for the Evertonian defense from A to Z. Still, I wonder if Utd would have come back if the EFC goalie did not drop that one corner kick in a very silly way...

I think Man U has one last tricky game. Not vs Chelsea, but next week the derby against City. Surely City will not want to donate anything to United, and it could get a very tricky game for United. However, in case Man U wins, then it's over because I don't see Utd losing both of the last two games (West Ham should be an easy one at the last weekend). I think if United win the Manchester derby next week, they're champions.

Amazing to see Chelsea drop points to Bolton though. I mean, Bolton?! :huh: This sort of games, especially at home, need to be won, otherwise you're not deserving of the title. Seems Utd can handle the pressure a lot better than Chelsea and in the weekends they both won United usually did it with much more ease than Chelsea.

Also, the legendary Leeds United is dropping to the third division of English football. Leeds, only 5 years ago they were in the quarter finals of the Champions League, and now they're off to third level. I wonder if they will come back anytime soon, their support this season was very loyal (often over 25000 fans) but will this remain when dropping yet another level?? With a bit bad luck they join old glories like Nottingham Forest or Notts County who have been in the lower leagues for years and can't get out anymore.




Oh Elko, the Bristol club that promoted, is that the one you support or are you a Rovers fan?
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