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« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2012, 05:05:32 PM »

Poor Sweden. I wanted England in Rooins
Or if you're the Sun, in Wooins.
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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2012, 06:42:04 PM »

Norwegian pulling for Sweden because our national team didn't qualify, so I'm both a Swede and a Dane for the month lol

More like 2 weeks at this rate.
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« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2012, 03:02:44 AM »

Sweden 2 - 3 England.  Angry

Well Sweden is out, but Danmark still has a shot!
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« Reply #48 on: June 16, 2012, 10:08:21 PM »

Official thread for all things soccer, outside of a general sports thread. Anyone watching the European cup?  Fav teams? Fav players?
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« Reply #49 on: June 16, 2012, 10:17:19 PM »

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« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2012, 10:28:51 PM »

Russia lost.  Cheesy

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« Reply #51 on: June 16, 2012, 10:32:02 PM »

Cobi Jones? Wait, that's not right...  Grin   I've been watching on and off, but I don't have any favorites. I guess whichever team flops least is my favorite for that match. Is it called a match? I dunno. Anyway. GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2012, 10:33:28 PM »

Russia lost.  Cheesy

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They're good at football though. Know why? Cause they've been practicing their Russian since birth.  Tongue Czechs are similarly good at hockey... Jagr is proof...
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« Reply #53 on: June 16, 2012, 10:56:04 PM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English
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« Reply #54 on: June 16, 2012, 11:06:28 PM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley

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« Reply #55 on: June 17, 2012, 12:18:03 AM »

Mou owns
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« Reply #56 on: June 17, 2012, 12:19:57 AM »

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« Reply #57 on: June 17, 2012, 12:52:12 AM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley
Yeah, two concurrent threads discussing the same subject do tend to get merged around here. Wink
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« Reply #58 on: June 17, 2012, 01:47:32 AM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley
Yeah, two concurrent threads discussing the same subject do tend to get merged around here. Wink
I adore Mourinho.

Who else is an entertaining personality in the sport?

And how long do you think it took Ronaldinho to be able to bounce a ball against the goal post and catch it back and repeat?
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« Reply #59 on: June 17, 2012, 09:27:59 AM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/
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« Reply #60 on: June 17, 2012, 06:31:46 PM »

Damark 1 - 2 Germany. No Scandinavian team will advance. :/
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« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2012, 04:33:06 AM »

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« Reply #62 on: June 18, 2012, 02:15:37 PM »


HAHAHA fantastic.

So glad Rooney will be back.

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« Reply #63 on: June 18, 2012, 05:24:38 PM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/

now all i need is for the Ukrainians to beat the english, and france to beat those swedes.


Vive la France!
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« Reply #64 on: June 19, 2012, 01:07:53 AM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/

now all i need is for the Ukrainians to beat the english, and france to beat those swedes.


Vive la France!


Nah, the Swedes need to beat the French. Smiley
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« Reply #65 on: June 19, 2012, 11:09:11 AM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.

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« Reply #66 on: June 19, 2012, 12:44:43 PM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.


Which is another reason why I am in the wrong business Smiley

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« Reply #67 on: June 19, 2012, 05:27:26 PM »

Euro 2012: Sweden 2 - 0 France!

Sweden were already out of the tournament, but they went out in style, beating the French!
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« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2012, 02:41:32 AM »

On the special one:

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/horde-of-justin-bieber-fans-attacked-jose-mourinhos-car?urn=sow-wp6576
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« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2012, 04:57:49 AM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.


Which is another reason why I am in the wrong business Smiley

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« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2012, 04:57:49 AM »


Mourhinho > Beiber

C'mon gals, you should know that Jose has accomplished more in the past 12 months than Beiber has in his entire life.
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« Reply #71 on: June 22, 2012, 08:52:40 PM »

Badgers do the England song!

http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/footy/
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« Reply #72 on: June 27, 2012, 03:30:10 PM »

Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.
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« Reply #73 on: June 27, 2012, 03:43:09 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

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« Reply #74 on: June 28, 2012, 01:22:55 AM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

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« Reply #75 on: June 28, 2012, 10:21:07 AM »

I was really hoping Portugal would knock out Spin *sigh*

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Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

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« Reply #77 on: June 28, 2012, 10:38:36 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

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Not if you're a German fan Wink
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« Reply #78 on: June 28, 2012, 10:42:57 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

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Now that England is out, go Germany!

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« Reply #79 on: June 28, 2012, 04:33:08 PM »

Wow.  Just wow.  This was a surprising game, both at how well the Italians played and how poor the Germans fared.

Viva Espana!
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« Reply #80 on: June 29, 2012, 06:16:57 AM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol
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« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2012, 03:42:26 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

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« Reply #82 on: June 29, 2012, 05:04:09 PM »

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

It's weird, because the flopping seems to increase proportionate to the rate of pay.

Transitioning from watching League 1 and Championship (not Champions League) matches to International tournaments; it's almost like a different sport with different rules and objectives.  I'm not saying that flopping doesn't occur in the lower leagues, but these superstars flying about are something to watch. 
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« Reply #83 on: June 29, 2012, 05:13:34 PM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol


There are good clubs in Europe too, where you can stay as a regular player, such as mid-rank clubs in countries like Spain, Italy or Germany ; the level is, still, demanding ! And if you're willing to stay in the club, your place in the club will be secured, as you have "seniority" (some players are not great soccer stars but they are still crucial for the team) !  Grin


PS : Or a French club if you plan to stay for a long time  Cheesy
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« Reply #84 on: June 29, 2012, 05:36:57 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

It's weird, because the flopping seems to increase proportionate to the rate of pay.

Transitioning from watching League 1 and Championship (not Champions League) matches to International tournaments; it's almost like a different sport with different rules and objectives.  I'm not saying that flopping doesn't occur in the lower leagues, but these superstars flying about are something to watch.  

True.  Of course, I don't think its the actual individual pay of players, but the overall average salary as a whole.  Role players take flops in big games because it can change the game by giving injury time or a corner kick.  The big name players with big salaries flop too, but I think that its the smaller fish who do the majority of flopping, though as you've said, more so in the bigger leagues.

That is why I particularly enjoy Mexican League soccer because there is such a sense of pride and machismo, that Mexican footballers not only do NOT flop, Lord have His mercy, they don't even acknowledge serious injuries! I've seen dudes get serious laid out and jump back up in a hot second as if a beautiful woman had just knocked them down and not a freight train of a driving play at the goal Wink

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« Reply #86 on: June 29, 2012, 07:11:46 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 
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« Reply #87 on: June 29, 2012, 07:24:13 PM »

True.  Of course, I don't think its the actual individual pay of players, but the overall average salary as a whole.  Role players take flops in big games because it can change the game by giving injury time or a corner kick.  The big name players with big salaries flop too, but I think that its the smaller fish who do the majority of flopping, though as you've said, more so in the bigger leagues.

That is why I particularly enjoy Mexican League soccer because there is such a sense of pride and machismo, that Mexican footballers not only do NOT flop, Lord have His mercy, they don't even acknowledge serious injuries! I've seen dudes get serious laid out and jump back up in a hot second as if a beautiful woman had just knocked them down and not a freight train of a driving play at the goal Wink
I agree.  The truly great have no need for it, and make every effort to avoid falling down (and to actually play the sport).  That said, there are a lot of big name superstars out there, cough, C. Ronaldo, cough, S. Gerrard, who have developed pretty bad reputations in this regard.

That's why I really came to appreciate Germany's team in the last World Cup.  They rarely fell down, screaming and moaning, but kept attacking and playing.  They couldn't pull it out in the end, but it was a delightful team to watch.

Perhaps the machismo isn't as prominent a factor in lower league English matches, but there still must be a bit.  Either that or the refs just have less interest in awarding bogus free kicks to see Bend-it-Like-Beckham set pieces.  But at some of these smaller grounds, it's a bit more intimate.  Even Highbury v Emirates is a huge transition.  If people think you're a diver, you'll hear about it up close and personal.

I'm with you though.  Even if the quality is a bit less, I appreciate the matches where they play the game the way it was supposed to be played.
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« Reply #88 on: June 29, 2012, 07:29:53 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 

Yep!
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« Reply #89 on: June 29, 2012, 07:40:55 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 

Yep!

Sorry, just clicked on link, and they're mentioned in the first bit.  Smiley Some good independent investigation on my part.  police

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