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2014-2015 Soccer (Football) Thread

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I thought I'd start this thread for the soccer fans on this site. I primarily only watch the English Premier League, which starts Saturday. Feel free to talk about any other leagues(Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 etc...). I'm very excited for the season as my Everton look decent and picked up Romelu Lukakkkakkku. You may remember him for scoring against the US(a4_sad.gif). I don't know if there is a lot of soccer fans on this forum or how popular this thread will be, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Feel free to talk about your favorite teams, players, or league.
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I don't follow it that closely, but I have been paying attention to the transfers. Real Madrid and FC Barca are basically all-star teams at this point.
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I know, it's ridiculous. It's kind of one of the most "unfair" things in soccer, if you will. Because if you are one of the top 10 players in the world, it's only a matter of time before Barca, Real Madrid, or Bayern snatch you up. The amount of resources they have is nuts.
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I know, it's ridiculous. It's kind of one of the most "unfair" things in soccer, if you will. Because if you are one of the top 10 players in the world, it's only a matter of time before Barca, Real Madrid, or Bayern snatch you up. The amount of resources they have is nuts.

Forbes ranked Barca the top team in terms of revenue I think. More than the Yankees or the top NFL team.
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I lived in Catalonia for extended stretches in the past --- big Barcelona fan.  I just wish they hadn't signed Chompers this summer.  :( 

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I lived in Catalonia for extended stretches in the past --- big Barcelona fan.  I just wish they hadn't signed Chompers this summer.  :( 
Yikes! But I think he'll do well. The EPL is really losing all their stars. Even if one of the stars may or may not be a vampire.
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I know, it's ridiculous. It's kind of one of the most "unfair" things in soccer, if you will. Because if you are one of the top 10 players in the world, it's only a matter of time before Barca, Real Madrid, or Bayern snatch you up. The amount of resources they have is nuts.

I was just about to add: might as well put FC Bayern on that list too since they added Lewandowski.

If you drafted players to fill out two all-star rosters in La Liga, you'd be hard pressed to pick many players not on Real Madrid or Barca, especially now that Courtios and Diego Costa are gone from Atletico. Pretty much ditto for Bayern and Dortmund in the Bundesliga and PSG and Monaco in Ligue 1.
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I was just about to add: might as well put FC Bayern on that list too since they added Lewandowski.

If you drafted players to fill out two all-star rosters in La Liga, you'd be hard pressed to pick many players not on Real Madrid or Barca, especially now that Courtios and Diego Costa are gone from Atletico. Pretty much ditto for Bayern and Dortmund in the Bundesliga and PSG and Monaco in Ligue 1.
Hmm hard to really argue with that. Koke & Gabi deserve HM's. I think Griezmann is the only one who might get a look.
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So..who else is getting up at 7 in the morning to watch the EPL on saturday? a3_biggrin.gif
It's amazing that NBC makes EVERY GAME available to watch. It's like free NFL sunday ticket!
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So..who else is getting up at 7 in the morning to watch the EPL on saturday? a3_biggrin.gif
It's amazing that NBC makes EVERY GAME available to watch. It's like free NFL sunday ticket!

I'll be watching but not at 7am! :-D

 

Looking forward to the liverpool game on sunday.

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Tim Howard and six others: how the Premier League's Americans stack up

 

Guzan and Cameron will be busy, but Altidore and others have to work to do if they are to shine this season

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/15/tim-howard-premier-league-americans

 


 

Premier League warns fans not to post Vine videos of goals online


Premier League warns fans that posting goal vines is illegal, as is sharing them on websites such as Twitter

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/15/premier-league-warns-fans-vine-videos-goals

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Fun little "article" (More like a powerpoint presentation) on the "worth" of each Premier League teams kit ... based on the combination of the manufacturer deal and the sponsorship deal.

 

http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11354724/kit-deal-more-important-ever-premier-league

 

No surprise who's on top, but the graph at the end provides a pretty startling representation of the difference between the top and the bottom.  And this is only with respect to the uniforms!!!

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

Fun little "article" (More like a powerpoint presentation) on the "worth" of each Premier League teams kit ... based on the combination of the manufacturer deal and the sponsorship deal.

http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11354724/kit-deal-more-important-ever-premier-league

No surprise who's on top, but the graph at the end provides a pretty startling representation of the difference between the top and the bottom.  And this is only with respect to the uniforms!!!

I know the article is mostly about worth, but the graphics were pretty cool.

I've always thought Chelsea had great uniforms. Liverpool too. Man U's look moronic with that huge Chevy logo.
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So..who else is getting up at 7 in the morning to watch the EPL on saturday? a3_biggrin.gif
It's amazing that NBC makes EVERY GAME available to watch. It's like free NFL sunday ticket!

 

 

I'll be there and then off the the local golf store and then the golf course.   A great day indeed.

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EPL on Vine videos really struck a nerve.

 

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EPL on Vine videos really struck a nerve.


Yeah, the EPL is really picky, as is FIFA.
On the bright side, Man U lost!
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Yeah, the EPL is really picky, as is FIFA.
On the bright side, Man U lost!

 

I started watching the game @ 60:00 and then saw there's 2 other games I can watch later. It's a bit overwhelming all the games available on the NBC web site. Almost MLB overwhelming, and that's just one league. Plus MLS here. Too much too follow.

 

I'm just gonna start with some Everton games as Howard is on the team.

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I started watching the game @ 60:00 and then saw there's 2 other games I can watch later. It's a bit overwhelming all the games available on the NBC web site. Almost MLB overwhelming, and that's just one league. Plus MLS here. Too much too follow.

I'm just gonna start with some Everton games as Howard is on the team.
Woo hoo. Go Everton. a3_biggrin.gif
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