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Poll Results: Would you spend €100+ on Paul Pogba??

 
  • 48% (37)
    Yup, still very young and filled with potential...
  • 51% (39)
    Nah, no CM could be worth that much...
76 Total Votes  
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Both are too soft for England
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I'm all for a new thread, let's just try to avoid the ritual where everyone announces their allegiances. It's mid-season, let's pick up where we left off.
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post #11704 of 50776
We'll soon see if Remi Garde ends up as Aston Villa's manager.

I'm watching the Bayern match, I love how much playing time Coman is getting. Obviously, injuries plays into that, but still, it's more time than he would have gotten at Juve
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Alex Ferguson on Coaching, FIFA, Chelsea and U.S. Soccer

Alex Ferguson spent 38 years managing soccer teams, most notably at England’s Manchester United, where he won 49 trophies, among them 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns. In an interview last week in New York, he discussed his career, a few of his contemporaries and the tyranny of fans’ expectations. His remarks have been condensed and edited.

Q. You’ve been out of the game as an active manager for a few years. Anything you miss, or anything you absolutely do not miss?


A. I miss the staff, and of course the dressing room I always miss, because that’s where you get the energy and the atmosphere. It’s always been fantastic at United. But the things you don’t miss are that the game is very serious in terms of the money that’s in the game and the pressure that coaches are under. I didn’t necessarily think I was ever under great pressure, but there’s a pressure. So that’s eliminated from your life. So you get up in the morning — I used to get up at 6 o’clock, head to the training ground. The first week I woke up at 6 and went to go to get out of bed and stopped — “I don’t need to do this.” And I went to breakfast with my wife. First time in 40-odd years.



Q. When did you start to sense the growing influence of money in the game?

A. The television deals had a lot to do with that. I have no dispute over the top players getting the best salaries, because if they’re the guys that bring 75,000 people into Old Trafford, they deserve it. Tennis players, golfers, American football — they get paid more than the soccer players. The difference is that a lot of maybe average players are getting very well paid in the Premier League.

Q. Was it hard to deal with that second group once the money came in?

A. You say: “Look, let’s be reasonable. You maybe could earn something better away from United, but will you win anything? Do you enjoy being here? Is this the right club for you?” Because apart from the prospect of winning, you’ve also got to look to the training ground, the family spirit. These are important issues, things you have to look forward to going to the workplace every day. Good people working with you. Treated the right way. So I think there’s a lot of value for anyone being at United. So when it comes to the negotiation, obviously with their agent, if he’s stupid, he probably wants to leave. But if he’s sensible and we can come to a reasonable agreement, then we can sign a new contract and he’s enjoying himself.

Q. You’ve said you always learned more from failure. Why? You didn’t experience a whole lot of it.

A. I had enough. I was better after a defeat. I had a certain purpose about me and a desire to make sure it didn’t happen often. For instance, if you look at our record in the Premier division: We won it 13 times, but five other occasions we were second, and the following year we won it. In other words, the character of the club, the character we built in that dressing room, made sure that they understood what losing meant. They didn’t enjoy it. Neither did I. So we did something about it.

Q. There was a time early in your career at United when the fans wanted you fired and there was talk it would happen. Could the Manchester United of today — or any another club of that stature — have stuck with you through those days in this era?

A. They can, if the people who run the club believe in the coach’s conviction, and the path he is taking them down. But you need a strong trust in the owners to back the manager in bad times, because the press are playing their part, even fans can play their part, and a lot of club directors could not withstand that.

Q. You’ve just written a book about leadership. What do you think about the job FIFA is doing running the game you’ve devoted your life to?

A. Everyone in the world, we’re all supporters of the entity; we’ve lost confidence in what’s happened. We all welcome the investigation, and we all hope that the investigation gets the truth. That’s what we’re waiting on; it’s out of our hands now. You hope the right people are doing the investigation, and you hope they get to the root of it.

Q. You had a brief tenure in international soccer, coaching Scotland at the 1986 World Cup after the death of your mentor, Jock Stein, but you went right back to club soccer and the week-to-week managing of a team. Are some managers better suited to the international game?

A. I loved Jock Stein; he was a great mentor to me. And he was the right age to be a manager, 62. I think to manage a national team, you need someone who’s completed a course in club management. In other words, he’s achieved everything he’s wanted to achieve in club football. You need that experience to be able to sit in your house and do nothing for three or four weeks. That’s what it is. And for a young manager to take it? Very difficult, because he wants to be every day out on the field, coaching.

Q. We’re having that debate in the United States now about the national team coach, and whether he’s the right fit for the team, and people asking if he’s making enough progress.

A. You have to think about where the expectation is. What’s the people’s expectation of where U.S. soccer is going? It’s been a long road for them. You see the progress in M.L.S.; it’s getting better. They’re getting academy systems at the clubs, the stadiums are great. At least I think you’re in the right direction now. I see real promise. Big country. The great thing is that they’re athletic, they got good desire, good stamina, and they’re fit. And they seem to have a good strong unit together. And I think that’s helped them.

Q. It’s just that everyone here expects the team to win every game now, to be further along.

A. It’s easy to do that. The supporters, when they go to watch that game on Saturday, they’re not going to see the team lose. They’re all thinking they’re going to see them win. Every team’s the same. Every start of the season, they think they’re going to win the league. It doesn’t pan out that way, but that’s the optimism of every fan. The United States will be the same. Expectations are a horrible thing to live by.

Q. It could be worse. You could be Wales, or Scotland — countries that go to the World Cup once in a generation.

A. Tell me about it.

Q. Quick impressions about a couple of managers in the news: What did you think of Liverpool’s signing of Jürgen Klopp?

A. I know Jürgen from his time at Dortmund, and he’s also at all the coaching seminars in Geneva. Very strong personality. Big, physical presence. Intelligent guy. Always looks like he’s got a strong control of things. Looks as if he won’t be messed about. So he fits the bill of a successful football club.

Q. Did Chelsea’s fall this season under José Mourinho surprise you?

A. Oh, it surprised me. It surprised everyone. But I think good managers always find a solution. And I think he’ll be working on a solution. As anyone who’s been successful will tell you, when you hit that abyss, you have to get out of it. He’ll be sitting at home, sitting in his office, thinking, “What’s going on?” Because that’s what good people do. They find a way out of it.

Q. When was the last time you went to a game for fun?

A. Last season. I went up to have dinner at Ronaldo’s house in Madrid. Took my son and grandson and we just went. I rung up Ronaldo and said, “Hope you’ve got three tickets for us.” He says, “Boss! Boss! of course! Of course!” But I love that. I love going to these big games in Spain.

When I was a young coach, and I used to travel and scout myself, Spanish football back in the ’70s and ’80s was more of a big event. You see these women all dressed as if they’re going to the opera. And the smell of the perfume, and the guys with the cigars smoking in the directors box. It was a fantastic atmosphere for a football game, an event. You’re going [inhales deeply], “Ohhhh, that’s fantastic.” It’s a different game today, because you have corporate boxes and things like that. It changes it a bit.
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Just noticed Robben is out there... He's going to be the sole reason Arsenal lose in their next match... Calling 2-3 dives in the box, gets one penalty.
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post #11707 of 50776
I don't know how i'm just know seeing this gif of Muller but it has me :rollin

 

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If I didn't know who he was there is no way I would guess thats one of the best players in world football :rollin

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post #11708 of 50776
Lol that video is hilarious. Peep Neur with his suspect moves as well laugh.gif
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neuer getting his napolean dynamite on roll.gif
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post #11710 of 50776

Jesus I didn't even see Neuer till now :rollin:rollin:rollin

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"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

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post #11711 of 50776
Man them cats over there in Europe are....different laugh.gif

Neuer dancing like he's in a gay club roll.gif
post #11712 of 50776
Young Thomas Moolah baby



Robben wants nothing to do with it laugh.gif
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ROBLEMS REMAIN, BUT ARSENAL’S YOUTH ACADEMY ISN’T IN CRISIS
PlayersReserves and Youthby JeorgeBird - October 30, 2015
Time posted: 10:58 am

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You wait for years to make your senior debut, and then, when the moment finally arrives, you find the event overshadowed by an inept team performance.

That is the predicament that Alex Iwobi and Glen Kamara found themselves in this week against Sheffield Wednesday as they, along with foreign recruits Ismael Bennacer and Krystian Bielik, represented the Arsenal senior side for the first time in extremely difficult circumstances.

The performance and result prompted mass debate about the current situation regarding the club’s youth academy but firstly there are several factors to consider.

Iwobi and Kamara are players that need to go on loan first before being considered for first-team action. The former has fared well at youth level over the past year but still has much to work on if he is to make the grade at a top club, whilst the latter has featured prominently for Arsenal’s U21 side yet it always seemed likely that first-team football with the Gunners, at this stage in his development at least, would be a little too much for him to cope with.

Arsenal’s 2012 intake of scholars, which Iwobi and Kamara were part of, wasn’t the strongest group, even though it did contain Chuba Akpom, who featured for the first-team last season and is currently on loan at Hull City in the Championship.

The next age group, the 2013 scholars, contains some extremely promising prospects. Gedion Zelalem, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dan Crowley all surely would have featured against Sheffield Wednesday had they not been out on loan, whilst Julio Pleguezuelo, a centre-back who has performed well at youth level in recent seasons, was unfortunate not to make the squad.

It is true that there are many aspects of the academy set-up that need addressing, not least the lack of defensive prospects emerging through the club’s Hale End system, but there are still some positives to be taken from the overall situation.

Bennacer and Bielik aren’t completely ready for regular senior football, as Tuesday’s game showed, yet both players are still intriguing prospects for the future. Beyond that the likes of Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Donyell Malen, Yassin Fortune, Vlad Dragomir, Marcus Agyei-Tabi and schoolboy Reiss Nelson are all excellent talents, although, of those, only Reine-Adelaide is capable of performing at senior level at present, and even he is still some way off becoming a regular.

With the club now capable of signing players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the bar has been raised for academy prospects in terms of breaking into the squad. If a youngster receives even a slither of an opportunity then they have to take it, but to do so they must first be an immense talent.

Of the current squad, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs featured prominently for the club at youth level before breaking into the senior set-up. It will be extremely difficult for others to join them, but if they are good enough then they will get the opportunity.

Tuesday night’s performance was abysmal, but it wasn’t just the youngsters who failed to impress, with senior players such as Mathieu Debuchy and Mathieu Flamini particularly culpable.

The performance against Sheffield Wednesday should be criticised, yet it is an exaggeration to say that the Arsenal youth academy is in crisis. Andries Jonker has slowly been helping to improve the club’s youth department since his appointment and much work is still required, but, unlike at some other clubs, the pathway to the first-team is still open for those that are willing to take their chance.
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Originally Posted by 8PM at MSG View Post

Man them cats over there in Europe are....different laugh.gif

You'd never see something like that in from someone whose from Portugal, Spain, or Italy - so reserve that judgement to the Northerners, please laugh.gif


But this Neuer gif may be the funniest thing I've ever seen roll.gifroll.gifroll.gif thank ya'll for noticing laugh.gif
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Please d3 cut and frame whatever the hell Neuer is doing in that gif roll.gif
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Chuba chuba is fun to watch, he's pretty agile for 6ft. Mccarthy has said good things about niles. Zelalem is interesting. These kids have talent no doubt, cool to see all youth plyrs trying hard lol
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That gif. Timeless roll.gif
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Thats some real militant stuff right there :lol

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"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

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"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

post #11720 of 50776
That mueller neuer gif never gets old. But to be fair they just won the World Cup, I would hotline bling all night and feel myself on the dance floor. No dambs given.
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Please d3 cut and frame whatever the hell Neuer is doing in that gif roll.gif

Here you go.


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My dude Neuer feeling himself pimp.gif
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post #11723 of 50776
Neuer dancing like the designated driver
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France the next powerhouse sick.gif


Neuer what the hell laugh.gif
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That mueller neuer gif never gets old. But to be fair they just won the World Cup, I would hotline bling all night and feel myself on the dance floor. No dambs given.
Oh, this is an old gif?

I assumed it was new since its Oktoberfest and Robben in there...?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 8PM at MSG View Post

Man them cats over there in Europe are....different laugh.gif

You'd never see something like that in from someone whose from Portugal, Spain, or Italy - so reserve that judgement to the Northerners, please laugh.gif


But this Neuer gif may be the funniest thing I've ever seen roll.gifroll.gifroll.gif thank ya'll for noticing laugh.gif

I don't see anything wrong with this gif tbh

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edit, my mistake
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Oh, this is an old gif?

I assumed it was new since its Oktoberfest and Robben in there...?

yeah old, but i was wrong.  it was during the 2014 championship party. it got leaked after the brazil beating and everyone assumed it  was during the world cup. heres the video. everyone was beyond gone including pep. :rollin

 

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@rck3sactown can you tell me what I was trying to do nerd.gif
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How is chelsea going to ruin my weekend this morning?
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