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  • Jono62 29 May 2020 21:05:43 25,062 posts
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    This is tough

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52815102

    Champions League final goalscorers.
  • Dougs 29 May 2020 21:56:54 94,086 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:


    We are still in the FA Cup tho, and without fans we might actually be able to beat Sheffield Utd...
    I know that, I just can't see any sporting reason why it needs to be completed. It's much more straightforward to bin it off.
  • ToonMonkey 30 May 2020 09:25:00 502 posts
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    https://www.facebook.com/1888937411357640/posts/2546386658946042/?sfnsn=scwspwa&d=w&vh=e&d=w&vh=e&extid=lCxd6Rw81ac32vrg

    Some cheer for the Geordies on here. 93 2nd Division title celebrations. Other than son and wedding this was the best day of my life.
  • RGeefe 30 May 2020 10:16:06 985 posts
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    My team is still in the FA cup and tbh, having already had a Wembley day in the past, I can't think of anything worse than winning the thing without being able to actually celebrate it. Rather win it when it's worth winning.

    League is different - Liverpool have already won it so the celebrations are just spread out and the chances are they'd have won it at an away game with less fans. But winning a cup is such an occasion that it requires fans to be there.
  • Dougs 30 May 2020 10:22:07 94,086 posts
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    Agreed.
  • Syrette 30 May 2020 11:44:40 50,598 posts
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    Yup - even with less and less actual fans attending cup finals (got to fill those corporate seats!), fans having their day out at Wembley is beyond integral to the whole occasion, whether you're a fellow supporter or just a neutral.

    A final behind closed doors would just feel like any other match if you ask me. And imagine hoisting the trophy up at the end... to silence.
  • Trowel 30 May 2020 15:20:20 23,406 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    A final behind closed doors would just feel like any other match if you ask me. And imagine hoisting the trophy up at the end... to silence.
    Just like this
    https://twitter.com/beINSPORTSUSA/status/1266472333214130177
  • reddevil93 30 May 2020 15:31:27 15,441 posts
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    Threw on the Shalke v Werder Bremen game to have something to watch. Scoring beautiful goals takes is so fucked without fans. Cannot even imagine a cup semi or a final goal with no fans to celebrate. I saw some campaign to have one fan from each team attend each game which was a nice idea.

    Oh, and a team over in Denmark tried out the Zoom conference call option, with massive screens in one stand and sub groups of fans based on who you normally watched the match with. And only 2 people had to be booted for, ahem, exposing themselves.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/sports/soccer/soccer-zoom-denmark.html

    Sounds like it was a success on the whole and at least the players could see and hear the impact of the goal among their fans. I'm all for it and it sounds like some from the PL have already been in touch with Zoom.
  • Syrette 30 May 2020 23:18:01 50,598 posts
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    Going to miss the MOTD top 10 podcast, love the chemistry between Shearer and Ian Wright Wright Wright.

    Edited by Syrette at 23:18:25 30-05-2020
  • Trowel 30 May 2020 23:21:59 23,406 posts
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    Agree, surprisingly watchable possibly because time and hindsight affords far more insight than the normal MOTD.
  • Blackmarsh63 31 May 2020 12:46:30 3,276 posts
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    Now here's a thought

    https://twitter.com/FTSIncome/status/1266828263424491521
  • You-can-call-me-kal 31 May 2020 12:48:51 19,729 posts
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    You’d want to take Lovren off that.
  • Dougs 1 Jun 2020 07:43:36 94,086 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Agree, surprisingly watchable possibly because time and hindsight affords far more insight than the normal MOTD.
    I haven't watched any, but I wonder if this indicates a market for an extended or separate MotD with greater analysis, like the hour before the match on MNF? I get so fed up with being fed obvious, dumbed down soundbites.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 1 Jun 2020 15:29:11 11,720 posts
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    So I see the Liverpool squad have taken a knee today against racism. Lol.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 1 Jun 2020 16:00:18 19,729 posts
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    Why lol?
  • Rhaegyr 1 Jun 2020 16:04:06 5,122 posts
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    I'd guess he's hinting at the whole Suarez/Evra affair.
  • Blackmarsh63 1 Jun 2020 16:04:21 3,276 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal Probably just to let us know they're still around . Being out of the limelight along with some other Z list celebs due to covid must be awful for them.

    Ashley Banjo: 'I looked at George Floyd and I saw my dad'

    Oh please fuck off.

    Edited by Blackmarsh63 at 16:20:07 01-06-2020
  • Trowel 1 Jun 2020 16:09:31 23,406 posts
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    How dare footballers have and express opinions. Leave that to real people.

    Call out Liverpool for singing happy birthday to Steven Gerrard on his birthday, with Steven Gerrard not actually there.

    Not for this.
  • Kay 1 Jun 2020 16:10:02 20,565 posts
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    Except they're not Z-list celebrities, and footballers haven't exactly been out of the limelight over the past couple of months, for various reasons.
  • Steve-Perry 1 Jun 2020 16:24:34 1,313 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    How dare footballers have and express opinions. Leave that to real people.

    Call out Liverpool for singing happy birthday to Steven Gerrard on his birthday, with Steven Gerrard not actually there.

    Not for this.
    Well, I mean, their (relatively) recent track record of dealing with racism was to blame the victim. It's great that footballers are showing their support I think, but you can't really knock people for pointing out the obvious either. However, I don't think any of the current squad was around then.

    I think they did eventually give Evra a written apology 9 years later, to their credit. 9 years though, and it wasn't a public apology.

    Does leave a bit of a bad taste for me as a United fan.

    Did they actually do that for Gerrard? Peak Liverpool that.

    Edited by Steve-Perry at 16:25:16 01-06-2020
  • Dougs 1 Jun 2020 16:29:57 94,086 posts
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    Some law changes whenever next season kicks off:

    https://twitter.com/DaleJohnsonESPN/status/1267452926399840256
  • Steve-Perry 1 Jun 2020 16:36:21 1,313 posts
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    I'm not sure looking at the monitors for VAR is a good thing for stadium goers. You can't see it, and it'll prolong the already ludicrous amount of time it takes to get a decision made.

    But nobody is going to a stadium this calendar year so fuck it.
  • Dougs 1 Jun 2020 16:42:51 94,086 posts
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    I prefer it to the farce of the tactics truck. If they were worried about VAR undermining the ref, give the onfiled ref the tools to make the decision himself. No reason why they can't show what he's looking at at the same time (although this relies on a strong ref not being swayed by a baying crowd....).
  • Trowel 2 Jun 2020 17:15:10 23,406 posts
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    Random question, came to me overnight: does anyone remember those football/sport magazines (?) which came as a weekly/monthly set of A4 reference cards you'd store in a lever arch folder (free with issue 1!)? I can't picture exactly what they were for - Olympics and World Cups, I think there was one for football training techniques maybe?
  • TheSaint 2 Jun 2020 17:26:45 19,577 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Random question, came to me overnight: does anyone remember those football/sport magazines (?) which came as a weekly/monthly set of A4 reference cards you'd store in a lever arch folder (free with issue 1!)? I can't picture exactly what they were for - Olympics and World Cups, I think there was one for football training techniques maybe?
    I remember having one of those for Italia 90.

    Edit: It was this one - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Empty-ORBIS-1990-World-Cup-ITALIA-90-Binder-Lever-Arch-File-/113827587025

    Edited by TheSaint at 17:27:33 02-06-2020
  • Jono62 2 Jun 2020 17:33:24 25,062 posts
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    @TheSaint Yes, I had that. Loved it.
  • Trowel 2 Jun 2020 17:46:06 23,406 posts
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    @TheSaint That's the sort of thing, thanks! Seems the magazines are called partworks. I think I had ones which were individual card sheets, probably in the mid-90s. I wonder if they came with 90 Minutes or Shoot, or something like that.
  • captbirdseye 2 Jun 2020 17:54:08 9,629 posts
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    This reminded me of the play by mail fantasy football in the 90s called Soccerstar. That shit was like crack when I was a kid.
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