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Zososoxfan

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From our keyboards to Galtier's bouche...or something to this effect:

PSG will be without Neymar, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle problem that requires surgery, and his absence has been seen as a possible blessing in disguise to give the team more balance.

Instead of playing all three star forwards, with Neymar alongside Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, the Brazilian's absence is likely to mean Galtier can employ an extra midfielder.

"I see there has been a debate around this. It's a loss, clearly. Is the team more balanced? Yes. Is it better like this? I will say that having him is better to score goals," said Galtier.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/paris-saint-germain--frapsg/story/4895371/psg-coach-galtier-neymar-a-loss-vs-bayern-munich-even-if-team-more-balanced
 

candylandriots

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I’m putting this here instead of the Bundesliga thread because I think this one sees a little more interest and I think this article deserves it.

Regular readers of this forum know I won’t shut up about Urs Fischer. He literally gets much louder cheers than any player from the crowd. There will be a statue of him at the alte Föresteri someday, surely. But I guess the English press is picking up on what we’ve been seeing in Berlin the last few years. Dude’s a damn miracle worker.

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12827597/urs-fischers-union-berlin-success-in-the-bundesliga-and-beyond-cannot-be-explained-but-it-must-be-admired
 

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Great video showing the atmosphere of a Flamengo x Vasco, the "derby of millions". The fans are fucking amazing, this is not even a Brazileirão game, but the Rio State Championship (Cariocão) that no one really cares but for the derbies. Still got almost 70k fans into Maracanã, with all available tickets sold days before the game.

Flamengo is the current Libertadores and Copa do Brasil champion, while Vasco just got promoted back from the second division. But Vasco is under a new administration, an American investment group (777 partners), and completely remade the team, with 13 new players thus far.

The video is in Portuguese, but what the dude is saying doesn't even matter. The images and sounds of the fans and the game speaks for themselves, starting at about 7:35.

View: https://youtu.be/Yq0q3Opd8lw?t=455
 
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InstaFace

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Great pull bringing that derby up, BSF.

I went to Flamengo-Vasco in the state league in March 2010, at the Maracana, in the pouring rain, and it was absolutely bananas. Even though the stadium was only half full. The ultras in the upper deck were having the devil's own time getting the flares to light in the rain, but dammit they kept at it until enough of the place was burning. The people with the fancy seats down by the field largely didn't want to get wet, so they hung out and/or got seats under the upper-deck overhang, and the people in the slightly-cheaper seats who didn't care all moved up to those front few rows and screamed god-knows-what at the Vasco da Gama players the whole game. Two PKs given away by Flamengo (one obvious handball, one kinda brutal DOGSO that only got a yellow) but their goalie saved both, one (somewhat sketchy) penalty awarded to Flamengo and the guy drilled it for the game's only goal. The thing finished with 10 yellows and a 90' straight red.

I don't think it was unsafe for me as long as I wasn't wearing away colors by accident, but my buddy who was fairly tuned into football made sure to equip me with a Flamengo headband, "just in case". I probably spent more time people-watching the crowd than watching the game itself. But actually it looks like it was a pretty good game:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLV7ayrE0R0

(see 9'10")

I can't recommend it enough to everyone if you get the chance. Rio is an unbelievably fun city and other than meeting my now-wife, this was pretty much the highlight of the trip. Would've done Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires if they'd been in town when I was there.
 

BrazilianSoxFan

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I kinda preferred the result of the one I posted... ;)

About it being unsafe, you can see in the video I posted that the ends were exclusive to one side (Flamengo on the north side, Vasco on the south), but the sides were mixed without any problems during the game. There was a pretty brutal confrontation between the ultras a couple kilometers away from the stadium, but nothing happened inside Maracanã.
 

Mighty Joe Young

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Big kerfuffle at the BBC today with the broadcaster “requesting” Gary Lineker step away from his Match of the Day duties (he’s an outspoken and public critic of the Tories hateful immigration policies.

He’s getting tons of support from various politicians and the likes of Ian Wright - who’s boycotting his participation and Alan Shearer

Here’s the Guardian’s live blog on the proceedings

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2023/mar/10/premier-league-team-news-previews-press-conferences-and-european-reaction-live?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
 

fletcherpost

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View: https://twitter.com/AlexScott/status/1634264832852500488?s=20


Ex players Alex Scott who presents Football Focus on the BBC has ruled herself out of presenting Match of the Day tomorrow. Micah Richards has tweeted saying he was not due to appear, but if he was he'd have taken the same decision as Shearer and Wright.

Make no mistake this is a big story right now. Match of the Day is a TV institution. Mark Chapman often presents football shows on BBC TV so people are waiting to see if he rules himself out. I'm callin this Mutiny at Match of the Day.

Oh and fuck the tories.
 
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How Jack Grealish became the most marketable British footballer since David Beckham - The Athletic

Are we sure this isn't Jamie Tartt? John Oliver recently had a riff on Grealish on MiB that he is a living embodiment of Big. He does well with Gen Z because of some body swap. He tells the mascots in the tunnel, "hey, I'm actually one of you!"

“Grealish has an iconic look. Everything about him, from the hair to his calves, is instantly recognisable. If you saw a silhouette of him you would instantly know who it is.

“In a world where we are exposed to more and more advertising, having a cut-through — someone who can capture attention, stop you scrolling or make your head turn at a bus stop — is really valuable for a brand. It’s why something so simple as putting on a hairband works so well. I’m sure with the number of boots he is going to be showing off his legs will be a big thing too.”
Don't skip leg day!
 

67YAZ

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So Ivan Toney is in the England squad? I figured the reason Southgate didn't bring him to Qatar was the gambling charges - not public at the time, but the FA knew what was up. But now he's in? Very confused.

Also, I missed this - Kyle Walker exposed himself in a Manchester Bar?