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    Quote Originally Posted by Toto View Post
    Tonight the old classico.

    England - Germany in Wembley
    there will be at least 15 english people that are just slightly more than mildly concerned about it ..... the manager, the starting 11, and the 3 potential substitutes



    international football just hasn't cut the mustard with us brits since '96 - we don't even have a cultural footballing identity anymore (which is probably our problem)

    "i know enough to know what's instantly forgettable"

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    What a sensation.Sweden is in and Italy is out.
    First time that Italy will missing the world cup since 1958.

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    At the world cup next year we have to play against Mexico,Sweden and South-Corea.Nice
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    not usually a fan of yahoo's "journalism" in any way, but i thought this one was worth sharing .....

    to coincide with the release of star wars 8, they prepared a fantasy football xi of star wars related footballers - i've whited out the proper names for any names not so recognizable

    jar jar toure = ya ya toure
    jabba the hutton = alan hutton
    lando donovan = landon donovan
    c3 pirlo = andrea pirlo
    john obi wan mikel = john obi mikel
    princess weah = george weah
    ewok origi = divock origi
    millenium falcao = radamel falcao
    r2 boruc = artur boruc
    steve sithwell = steve sidwell
    chewbacary sagna = bacary sagna

    some of these fall a bit flat - i'm sure we could come up with some better suggestions - han kwang-solo perhaps (couldn't work out a way make hope solo work)? - darth crooks? - qui-gon jimmy hill?
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    What do you think about the new introduced nations League ?

    Germany has to play against France and The Netherlands
    England has to play against Spain and Croatia
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    it's a nice idea - i think it's somewhat designed to negate the need for some of the more useless and unsupported competitions, such as the confederations cup, which puts unwanted added pressure on organising committees and infrastructure builds

    it is solely for european teams, but then again most international tournaments are said to be like that anyway, with a limited group from the likes of a brazil, argentina, or uruguay thrown in

    ever since the injection of money globally, from the late 80s/early 90s, the ideal has been to provide more and more football - there is always a game to be watched somewhere around the world (and people like me do tend to watch matches from several national leagues)

    ultimately, it's good that the format is going to be linked to qualifying for tournaments - i've never been a fan of international football, and club football will always remain the more interesting spectacle, but it may well allow for national teams to develop a more cohesive style, albeit one that will become a diluted version of a generically practiced one across the globe
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp88 View Post
    it's a nice idea - i think it's somewhat designed to negate the need for some of the more useless and unsupported competitions, such as the confederations cup, which puts unwanted added pressure on organising committees and infrastructure builds

    it is solely for european teams, but then again most international tournaments are said to be like that anyway, with a limited group from the likes of a brazil, argentina, or uruguay thrown in

    ever since the injection of money globally, from the late 80s/early 90s, the ideal has been to provide more and more football - there is always a game to be watched somewhere around the world (and people like me do tend to watch matches from several national leagues)

    ultimately, it's good that the format is going to be linked to qualifying for tournaments - i've never been a fan of international football, and club football will always remain the more interesting spectacle, but it may well allow for national teams to develop a more cohesive style, albeit one that will become a diluted version of a generically practiced one across the globe
    I think the main point is to replace most or all of the valueless friendlies that are in the calendar at the moment. They used to be used to blood young players and develop new tactics but the press and public put pressure on managers for results so they may as well make a competition out of it. That way club managers are less likely to withdraw players from the games for spurious injuries and it creates more opportunities for top level international football.

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    6th feb marks the 60th anniversary of the munich crash that saw the loss of 23 passengers and all but decimated the famous "busby babes" of manchester united

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