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Old April 16 2009, 09:52 AM   #1576
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^Again, if spending money equalled success then where are Real Madrid ? They spent a lot more than Arsenal did both in the summer and in January.
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Old April 16 2009, 10:00 AM   #1577
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Money doesn't equal success, but it's a prerequisite to success.
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Old April 16 2009, 10:45 AM   #1578
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^And I still contend that Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan etc are not poor clubs and I'd bet their wage bills are all a lot higher than Arsenal's.

I'm sorry, but we did not have all of this trying to "fix" the game when Spanish or Italian teams were dominating. Money won't change the fact that Villarreal's defending last night was woeful and the worst of the bunch was a player who just last year received a winner's medal at Euro 2008.

The three English teams in the semi-finals deserve to be there, and if the fourth had put in a performance like they did on Tuesday night against pretty much anyone else they would have won.
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Old April 16 2009, 12:57 PM   #1579
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Did I ever say anything to the contrary?
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Old April 16 2009, 01:04 PM   #1580
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Did I ever say anything to the contrary?
No, but that's the overall impression I get from UEFA these days.
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Old April 16 2009, 02:38 PM   #1581
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As crazy as that sounds, that isn't even far-fetched for Blatter. Although I think he only says stuff like that to distract from the real issues FIFA faces, especially corruption.
I still love the old Blatter 'classics', like making female players' shirts and shorts 'tighter' and making games more exciting by increasing the size of the goals.....

Clearly, Sepp's never seen a game of women's football. If he had he certainly wouldn't be wanting tighter kit!
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Old April 16 2009, 02:54 PM   #1582
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With the large influx of foreigns player into the big 3 domestic leagues (England, Italy and Spain) I think it's no longer relevant to talk about the nationality of those particular clubs particularily as a source of pride. I mean Liverpool's best attacker is a Spaniard while Milan's best midfielder is a Braziliian. Arsenal is really a French club in North London while Inter is an Argentine one with a couple of Brazillians sprinkled about.
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Old April 16 2009, 05:57 PM   #1583
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Love him or hate him, that's a nice goal:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_qet3hI3Oo
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Old April 16 2009, 07:40 PM   #1584
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If both Bremen and Hamburg advance today, they'll play each other four times in three weeks.
(Bundesliga, UEFA and German Cup semi-finals)
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Old April 16 2009, 08:17 PM   #1585
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Funny. In one month's time, Arsenal play United twice in Champions League, once in the league, and possibly again in the FA Cup final if both teams go through.

They'll be sicker of each other than they already are.
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Old April 16 2009, 08:27 PM   #1586
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With the large influx of foreigns player into the big 3 domestic leagues (England, Italy and Spain) I think it's no longer relevant to talk about the nationality of those particular clubs particularily as a source of pride. I mean Liverpool's best attacker is a Spaniard while Milan's best midfielder is a Braziliian. Arsenal is really a French club in North London while Inter is an Argentine one with a couple of Brazillians sprinkled about.
That's true, but those clubs all retain a strong sense of identity, despite having a minority of English or Italian players. It's the fans that make the club, not the players. National pride probably is misplaced, but local pride remains as strong as ever.


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Funny. In one month's time, Arsenal play United twice in Champions League, once in the league, and possibly again in the FA Cup final if both teams go through.

They'll be sicker of each other than they already are.
Well do us a favour - roll over at Anfield, but beat them in all three (or four). We'll take the league, and Arsenal can have a cup double.
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Old April 16 2009, 08:38 PM   #1587
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Third year in a row with 3 English teams in the SFs. If Chelsea knock out Barcelona then 7 of the last 10 finalists will have been English, and no English team will have been knocked out by foreign opposition for 2 years.
Another way of posing one of those stats is English teams have reached the Finals five years running.

To a footballer who values that medal, it is becoming increasingly clear the safest bet to get to the finals, and therefore win, is through the English Big 4. The transfer market is a complex and chaotic thing; and big clubs outside of England like Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, will always have a good shot at their transfer targets. But teams right below that level, Bayern, Juve, etc., may lose a good player or two if the choice comes down to them or the Big 4. And so the cycle will continue.
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Old April 16 2009, 10:15 PM   #1588
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And it's happening. HSV vs Werder 4 times in 19 days.
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Old April 17 2009, 07:01 PM   #1589
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In non-news, Sam Allardyce is an idiot.

Watch Rafa Benitez "humiliate" Allardyce and Blackburn here.
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Old April 17 2009, 10:29 PM   #1590
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Wow. After such humiliation it's hard to see how he can even get out of bed in the morning.
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