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 Posted:   May 20, 2012 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I dislike the schadenfreude often found in sports.


Jim, like it or not, every football fan I know takes succour from the failures of the teams, players and managers they don't like, as well as the successes of their own team.


Just give me a few days, and I'll be hating someone before long. big grin

Back to the final: I thought the referees did a splendid job in their managing of the game.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2012 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I did enjoy last night's game. The slick, fast passing game of Bayern was a joy to watch and I don't know how they never put away the number of chances they created (yes I do, I watched LFC do it all last season). Chelsea rode their luck and when their (few) moments came, they took them. Interesting how Bayern had a million corners and hurt Chelsea nonce, while from Chelsea's first corner, Drogba speared home brilliantly with 3 minutes left.
Like Liverpool in 2005, they weren't the best team on the night, but they did the most important things to win the game. Never give up, never stop trying and always believe.
The sight of John Terry wallowing in their glory did make me feel a little bit sick though.
Thoroughly disgusting (non) human-being, he is.
At least Tottenham don't have to go through the charade Everton did in 2006, when UEFA had to let them in as well (cos they hadn't pre-thought this dilemma...yes, sums them up, quite) only to ensure that they got knocked out in the pre-qualifying game with the worst refereeing mistake seen for some time. Well, we couldn't have 5 English teams in the Champions League now, could we!! Blatter, Platini, Fair-Play my arse!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2012 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


The sight of John Terry wallowing in their glory did make me feel a little bit sick though.



Spot on, Kev - he was sent off in the semi for an unprovoked, cold-blooded assault, and it seems astonishing that an uptight organisation like UEFA would allow him to be in his kit and take part in the celebrations.

I have to say, I hope to god that nothing happens to Gerrard in the Euros - the chance of Terry captaining England again is severely disturbing.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2012 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

However, I dislike the schadenfreude often found in sports.

Same here. Most appalling part in it.

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2012 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

No surprise: Didier Drogba not returning to Chelsea.

"Winning the [Champions League] final was key, that was the turning point," Drogba told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We made history together but I think now is the best time to move on."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18152689

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Who will join this trio as Football's next greatest player? Messi? Ronaldo? Rooney???

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

What? No Cruijff? No Van Basten?

That picture is a shambles!

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What? No Cruijff? No Van Basten?

That picture is a shambles!


No World Cup= no membership, I guess. And that's The Netherlands in a nutshell (unfortunately).

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Great picture!

Zidane is my alltime favourite player.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Edited for subtext:


"Winning the [Champions League] final was key, that was the turning point," Drogba told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We made history together but I think now is the best time to move on to China for £250,000 per week after tax."

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

What? No Cruijff? No Van Basten?

That picture is a shambles!


No Eirik Bakke, either frown

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Edited for subtext:


"Winning the [Champions League] final was key, that was the turning point," Drogba told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We made history together but I think now is the best time to move on to China for £250,000 per week after tax."



Heh. Keep in mind that when "The Organization" dumps an aging but loyal player on his arse after he loses a step, it's just "a business decision", but when a player moves on for his own benefit, it's a "malicious betrayal." big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Edited for subtext:


"Winning the [Champions League] final was key, that was the turning point," Drogba told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We made history together but I think now is the best time to move on to China for £250,000 per week after tax."



Heh. Keep in mind that when "The Organization" dumps an aging but loyal player on his arse after he loses a step, it's just "a business decision", but when a player moves on for his own benefit, it's a "malicious betrayal." big grin



Hey, Jim, don't get me wrong - he's doing the right thing in my opinion. But there's always the publicly-stated reason, and then there's the actual reason. At least his departure will give Torres a chance to be the player that we reluctantly admired at 'pool.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Drogba departs under the best possible circumstances; he left on top and with Chelsea supporters' eternal gratitude (w/ a little help from Petr Cech, of course).

Only fifteen days until EURO 2012!

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Only fifteen days until EURO 2012!

amen to that. I will be locked away for three weeks!
Dont fancy England's chances much - dreary team selected by fairly dreary manager.
They might surprise a few people but after a functional performances in the group stages, watch them flounder against the first decent team in the knockout stage...

Spain, Germany, Holland should all see England off without too much trouble.

separated at birth: Didier Drogba and Grace Jones!!

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hey Tallguy, I see Leeds United has Neil Warnock (late of QPR) as its manager. I know who that is! Now there's a connection. Maybe he can get the team promoted next season and then they'll fire him as a "Thank You."

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 4:17 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Hey Tallguy, I see Leeds United has Neil Warnock (late of QPR) as its manager. I know who that is! Now there's a connection. Maybe he can get the team promoted next season and then they'll fire him as a "Thank You."

That'll suit us down to the ground. I saw Warnock a week or so ago driving through the town where I live (which is a few miles away from the Leeds United training ground) in his Aston, looking very pleased with himself. I hope he has cause to do so this time next year...

So far he's been true to form, getting rid of (or in the process of getting rid of) no fewer than 14 senior players. In return, he's made one signing so far, and given professional contracts to seven Academy youngsters. I'm sure he knows what he's doing.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

That'll suit us down to the ground. I saw Warnock a week or so ago driving through the town where I live (which is a few miles away from the Leeds United training ground) in his Aston, looking very pleased with himself. I hope he has cause to do so this time next year...

Next time you see him, ask him where did his eyebrows go....

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Wow - it's a good job he's a football manager, 'cos he'd never be able to afford an Aston through a modelling career.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Next time you see him, ask him where did his eyebrows go....


Theres a thread asking what threads made you laugh!
Thomas - that just did! Hammers used to say the same thing to Iain Dowie but Id never noticed disappearing eyebrows on warnock before. The hunt goes on!!!!

In all seriousness TG, he'll do okay at Leeds. He will give it the clearout and shake up at Leeds that it needs. You may not rip up trees to begin with but it'll improve.

 
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