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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 8:30:26 AM   
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bad old game. Greece's...er...Chelsea's bus played well, and Bayern didn't really do enough to push it out of the way, so they can't really complain.

Brief digression : A long-buried memory spluttered to the surface last night when I remembered reading one of those football comic book stories when i were young about a team called the 'mechanical men' who were talented, but played in a low-risk, 'anti-football' manner, which was effective but ultimately very boring. During the final match, one player got stung by hearing the crowd lament how he used to be a wizard player, rather than a cog in a machine, after which he had one of those bubble-cloud memories of playing football for the fun of it before his talent got repressed by their stifling game-plan. Galvanised into action, he motivated the rest of the team into throwing caution to the wind and the final turned into a classic - the mechanical men lost in the end but remembered what it was like to play football in an exciting fashion. I wish that had happened last night.



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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 2:32:41 PM   
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Beautiful story MOTH.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 2:51:36 PM   
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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 5:16:12 PM   
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yeah, i remember another one where a great goalie with the safest hands in the league had his career cut short when he injured his hands holding up a broken beam in a mine long enough for his fellow workers to escape. (this was in the days when footballers had to earn a crust on the side by actually working). In the final pages, as he wistfully watched a game, he idly kicked a ball and the coach reckoned he might just make it as a centre-forward instead. Which he did. I wish that had happened last night too.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 6:20:45 PM   
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- keep 'em coming

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 20/5/2012 8:30:35 PM   
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Oh FFS.

Anti-football + megarich owner + bottle = win on pens.

Horrendous night for football.

Chelsea did all they could. Should've been buried. The only praiseworthy things about them are workrate and bottle.

Bayern threw it away.

Gads min.


That'll be Man City next year too.


At least City try to play football though.

EDIT: I see someone already answered that!

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 21/5/2012 6:56:52 PM   
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To be honest, I'm gutted Chelsea won. It's not good for football when a team which shows no ambition to go forward comes home with club football's ultimate prize. It's understandable playing like that if you have a side with vastly inferior players, but not when you a have a 50 million pound striker sitting on the bench. Bayern though were admittedly utterly wasteful. But I concur with others, I've never seen a side more fortunate to win the champions league.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 21/5/2012 10:09:39 PM   
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My final story in my trilogy of romantic antidotes to the soul-crushing CL final is that of the prolific striker who suffered a loss of confidence after a bad accident (I think he played for either Liverton or Everpool, names which were just about the cleverest thing I had ever read in my life back then). Anyway, despite fan pressure over his poor form, the coach kept playing him, but no-one could understand why he wasn't scoring until one team-mate noticed he was jumping to head the ball with his eyes closed!. Rather than give him a bollocking for being a big cowardly custard, the next time he got the ball on the wing, instead of simply crossing it for the big striker, he wellied it straight at the striker's head with astonishing accuracy. The ball struck the forehead of the striker and ricocheted into the goal, thereby curing the striker of his confidence problem and he went on to regain his scoring prowess with his eyes wide open. Needless to say, I wish that also had happened Saturday night.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 29/8/2012 9:45:05 AM   
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Worst penalty ever (?) puts Udinese out of Champions League

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULf0Hm_ayTo

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 29/8/2012 4:42:02 PM   
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Worst penalty ever (?) puts Udinese out of Champions League

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULf0Hm_ayTo


what an inopportune moment to realise you're not Andrea Pirlo.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 5:31:29 PM   
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Ooh some tasty groups already. Defending champs will have a test.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 5:41:17 PM   
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Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb.

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier.

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga.

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund.

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland.

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov.

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic.

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 5:53:16 PM   
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Anyone think Mancini is on the phone now to the Middle east saying he needs some more transfer kitty?

Fergie fails to make it out of that one he may as well give it all up.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 6:18:04 PM   
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When was the last time Man Utd got even a remotely difficult group?

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 6:39:04 PM   
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Barcelona, Bayern Munich & Brondby...But they did Win it.

2005/2006 - Finished 4th - Villarreal, Benfica and Lille
2011/2012 - Finished 3rd - Benfica, Basel and Otelul.

Though I understand that United really should have done better in those groups (on paper...) and haven't really had a tough draw in yonks.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 30/8/2012 11:18:11 PM   
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Not too bad a draw for us compared to last season, though Olympiakos (again!) are always tricky away from home - no Mirallas or Mellberg this season though - and Schalke have got a seriously handy young team coming together (Draxler, Howedes and Holtby to name a few). Looking forward to the two matches against them the most, the midfield battle will be fascinating.

edit: the process for the draw seems awfully suspect though, Arsenal + French team + German team + Olympiakos is identical to last year. United drawing the Portuguese second seed and the Romanian champions again, very odd.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:04:26 PM   
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Feckin' Georgios Samaras. Unbelievable.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:08:25 PM   
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Feckin' Georgios Samaras. Unbelievable.


Feck stupid drink, couldn't find this thread. Cheers dc

Kind of feels like pulling a tiger's tail to put one past Barca, but I so hope Celtic can get a result. Shakhtar showing their value, Ferguson the only man in Europe to think Carrick in central Defense is a good idea.

EDIT: 2-0 to Alan. Yup the way Braga play is really suiting the immeasurably overrated Carrick

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:17:48 PM   
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Ah, the ones that got away - Viana's still class...

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:20:35 PM   
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Ah, the ones that got away - Viana's still class...

Used to select him on loan in FM 2007. Mostly he was average to shite, but occasionally he'd hit a pearled from 35 yards.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:34:08 PM   
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Feckin' Georgios Samaras. Unbelievable.

Bring back Samaras.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:39:23 PM   
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United resemble Spurs.
Good going forward but complete dogsh*te in defence.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 8:47:24 PM   
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Does Fergie always do this half-time interview thing? Not keen on it meself, it's a bit too Barry Fry for me.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:01:35 PM   
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Always a tough away fixture for Chelsea who seem to have forgotten what it took to win the CL last season. Juve doing them a big favour right now.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:13:12 PM   
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Fraser Forster > Joe Hart.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:15:12 PM   
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Always a tough away fixture for Chelsea who seem to have forgotten what it took to win the CL last season. Juve doing them a big favour right now.

Wide open group if it stays like this. Not been good tonight and I as I've said many times, it should be Cahill and Terry as the first choice partnership...CL and PL. Cech has been a busy boy and has been excellent.

Some interesting scorelines elsewhere too!

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:17:01 PM   
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Fraser Forster > Joe Hart.


Messi < whoever's scored against Celtic this season in the SPL (too far back for me to remember )

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:21:25 PM   
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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:21:51 PM   
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Always a tough away fixture for Chelsea who seem to have forgotten what it took to win the CL last season. Juve doing them a big favour right now.

Wide open group if it stays like this. Not been good tonight and I as I've said many times, it should be Cahill and Terry as the first choice partnership...CL and PL. Cech has been a busy boy and has been excellent.

Some interesting scorelines elsewhere too!

Mad results. Group F is looking pretty fekking tight right now. Don't forget Munich spent a fortune on Martinez in the summer. Fans will not be impressed if they don't make it out of that 'easy' group.

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RE: Champions League 2009/2010 Thread - 23/10/2012 9:24:46 PM   
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Ambrose is giving a performance of Paul McGrath/Richard Dunne proportions here.

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