MW May 6-8: God save the King, we mean it maaaannn

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Sunny von Bulow
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So Gungodan scored 2x I’m the first half and City we’re putting along, a few woodwork, offside etc. could have had more… awarded a pen on 75’, Gung wants it for the hat trick, and he hits the post, Leeds cone right down and score. Pep NOT happy.

City win 2-1 but this Toffees fan wanted a slaughter forGD.
 

67YAZ

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Exhale. Not sure what Liverpools mental block is on set pieces & long throws. It gives me anxiety every time they have to set up to defend.

let’s cut down on the fouls this half, boys, and play a bit more for wide progression & possession.
 

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How can a team with a reputation as free kick specialists consistently get the referee’s benefit of the doubt?
 

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Liverpool had 8% more possession and committed 90% more fouls. Alisson got a time wasting yellow faster than any I have ever seen given before.
 

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The great conspiracy to cost Liverpool three points strikes again. Think of how many games they could have won if they weren't refereed like today.
 

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If anyone needs an afternoon pintxo of soccer, Copa del Rey final is on ESPN+ at 4 today (10 pm local time- gotta love that Spanish lifestyle). If you get over the terrible venue at La Cartuja and the fact that the Spanish Evil Empire of Real Madrid will likely cruise to victory, it is one of those very rare “Once in a Lifetime” games. Their opponent, Osasuna, are in just their second final ever. Consider:
  • Titles: Madrid 95, Osasuna 0
  • Budget: Madrid €677 million, Osasuna less the €50 million
  • Osasuna’s largest transfer is €8 million, approximately the value of Florentino Perez’s wardrobe. Second largest is €2.7 million.
  • 70% of Osasuna’s roster comes directly from their academy
  • Osasuna is from Pamplona, which is culturally a Basque city. Basques hate Real Madrid- the Regime Team
  • Osasuna is one of four member owned teams in Spain (to be fair so is Real Madrid). Every single socio from Osasuna have a ticket to the final, which is in Seville and as far from Pamplona as you can get.
  • Osasuna needed goals extra time and/or injury time in the last four rounds just to advance
  • It’s a true David versus Goliath matchup, but David will be captained by a real David. Garcia.
Songs have already been written about this Osasuna team. Seriously. They’re heroes in Pamplona just for getting this far. In some ways, they’ve already won. But it would be really cool if they actually won the game.
 

rguilmar

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Madrid scored about 90 seconds in to take an early lead. Toro equalizes for Osasuna with a laser in the 58th.

1-1 in the Copa del Rey final at the hour mark.

fire extinguishers were needed in the crowd following the celebrations of the Osasuna goal.
 

67YAZ

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so, is JJ Watt trying to Ryan Reynolds Burnley? Is this their way of erasing Sean Dyche's legacy?
Not at all. Burnley has a crazy ownership structure with a number of investors owning a piece of the holding company Burnley FC LLC, but the biggest is American hedge fund magnet Alan Pace (89%). Pace loaded £90m in debt on to the club to make the purchase, a controversial move since Burnley had been one of the best run clubs in the EPL. They had by far the best profit to expense ratio In the EPL during their last stretch in the league. The football might have been boring, but the business was the envy of every non-mega-club.

The debt hasn’t stopped the club from investing in the squad, as evidence of their fantastic season. Getting back in the EPL will do a lot to service that debt as will adding more investors.

JJ and Kealia are definitely high profile investors and JJ’s name will certainly help market the club in the US. In their statement last week, Kealia said she’s very interested in Burnley’s women’s side. I doubt that’d she’d actually drop down to the English third tier to play for them while she still good enough to play NWSL/WSL ball. But having a high profile investor care about the women’s side is a big help.