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  1. rguilmar

    Global Football Odds & Ends

    For Gran Canaria it might be because of its location close to southern Morocco (another host) so while inconvenient to the rest of Spain it might be convenient to one or two of the Moroccan sites. Or it might have been an early concession to get more host stadiums than Morocco by giving their...
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    Global Football Odds & Ends

    Spanish host stadiums for World Cup 2030 were announced. View: https://twitter.com/sidlowe/status/1813904842949050803?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ General thoughts: My assumption as that the new Bernabéu will get the final. I think the big miss is Valencia. They have had a semi completed...
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    Hay Liga? All Things España 2024-25

    Do you get a sense that they might just ride with the kids Casado and Bernal at defensive CM? This was why the Guido signing made so much sense because he’s still very good and could serve as a bridge to the Barca Athletic guys coming up. Plus he came on a few. I think both Casado and Bernal are...
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    Hay Liga? All Things España 2024-25

    On talent alone, I agree with @Morgan's Magic Snowplow. The difference is that it's hard to see exactly who will play where for Barca. For the attacking players behind the 9 (wingers, half space merchants, 10, 8, whatever Flick decides to use), they currently have Ansu Fati, Lamine Yamal, Ferran...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Sigh. Barca are closing in on Nico Williams. View: https://twitter.com/fabrizioromano/status/1813661253413544006?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ
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    Hay Liga? All Things España 2024-25

    View: https://twitter.com/fabrizioromano/status/1813580985172451680?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ
  7. rguilmar

    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    The way Bielsa likes to set his team up was such a bad fit. I love Juan Ramon Riquelme, he’s one of my favorite players ever, but it’s hard to think of a less “Bielsa” type of player than him (Javier Saviola possibly being one). Simeone is definitely a Bielsa player though. Since then he’s...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Javier Tebas has indicated that Barcelona are very close to out of FFP jail. That of course just means that they can spend what they sell off, so if they want to pursue players they need to sell current players off. They’ve reported to be interested in bringing Dani Olmo home as Flick wants him...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Looks like Leny Yoro is off to Manchester United. Real Madrid rarely lose out on a player that they want, so this makes me happy.
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    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    I really like watching Poch’s teams play and it feels like it would be a coup to get him, but he has no international managing experience. I just caution that international managing and club managing are two completely different animals though. Luis Enrique won the treble with Barcelona. He was...
  11. rguilmar

    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Manager wants him. The fans are up in arms about it, and they are known to be a vocal bunch. This will not go well.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I think his biggest flaw as a pizza maker is that he’d put too much pepperoni on one part of the pizza and too little on others.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I thought the Euros in general on the field were just ok, not the spectacle it can be. Off the field it was awesome, but the games were kind of lackluster. That being said, I blame that on how the managers set their teams up not to lose as opposed to win. I hope that when managers sit down and...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Pretty sure that Dovbyk is walking through that door. I am a huge believer in Samu too. I think when people see him, they see the obvious athleticism he possesses- he’s HUGE in person and extremely fast when he gets going. But he has skills too and gets himself into great spots on the field. If...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Just hours after captaining Spain to Euro glory, Alvaro Morata is off to AC Milan. I like this for both club and the player as Morata’s role for Spain was similar to 2018 Giroud’s for France. Morata doesn’t score as much as we’d like, but he helps everyone else. You could argue that no player...
  16. rguilmar

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Yeah View: https://twitter.com/albicelestetalk/status/1812733120887558200?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ
  17. rguilmar

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    England had a lower combined xG in the tournament than Croatia who only played three games. Not a perfect statistic by any measure, but indicative of a team riding a bit of unsustainable luck in scoring anything. Everyone is of two minds. First is that he’s young and hopefully doesn’t get...
  18. rguilmar

    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    View: https://twitter.com/managertactical/status/1812652901954638262?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    This stinks of poor planning and lack of preparation View: https://twitter.com/herculezg/status/1812644728070172927?s=46&t=XvGOrrWIyL-5CHVVL_0JYQ