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  1. Birdman

    Football UEFA To Introduce Third European Club Competition

    But alas it's not the late lamented Cup Winners Cup - the idea is to cut the EL back to 32 teams and create a tournament for smaller nations. If they are tweaking things then hopefully the Champions League 3rd place will be dropped.
  2. Birdman

    Football Talk Football - General Football Chat

    A thread to discuss English Championship football, Scottish football, European and World club football. Basically anything other than the English Premiership, Champions League and Europa League all which have their own threads.
  3. Zidane

    Football Lopetegui Sacked As Spain Manager

    The Spanish Football Federation has just confirmed it has sacked Julen Lopetegui as manager, little more than 24 hours before the World Cup begins. Spanish Football Federation (SFF) president Luis Rubiales is currently holding a news conference. He explains that Julen Lopetegui has been sacked...
  4. Geezer

    Football UEFA Champions League 2018-19

    Well just under two weeks until the draw and here is the changes to qualification. Group stage 26 teams are already in the group stage Qualifying With more teams in the group stage it means there is less spots available for Qualification Champions Route will have 4 places with those losing...
  5. Geezer

    Football UEFA Europa League 2018-19

    Well just under two weeks until the draw and here is the changes to qualification. Group stage 17 teams are already in the group stage including Chelsea and Arsenal Qualifying Qualifying is now changed there is a Champions Route and League Route, instead of one open draw. Champions Route will...
  6. Franco Pinion

    Football Spanish Football and Doping Links

    An excellent piece by Ewan MacKenna in the Independent on doping in Spanish football. Maybe before tuning into the Champions League final this Saturday, and vehemently cheering on Real Madrid, take some time to read through this brilliantly researched piece on all the dodgey links to the most...
  7. Bandit

    Football Champions League Final - Real Madrid v Liverpool

    For those that believe it is Liverpool's time and they will lift the Champions League trophy again. In 1981, when Liverpool won the then European Cup, a Prince gets married, Man United beat Liverpool 2-1. AManchester team loses FA Cup final. A new Doctor Who regenerates. Even stranger. The same...
  8. Bandit

    Football Scottish Cup Final - Celtic v Motherwell

    Should be a good game. Anything can happen in a one-off game and Motherwell will be up for it but I expect Celtic to win and secure the double treble.
  9. Boozy

    Football FA Cup Final - Chelsea vs Man United

    The showpiece finale to the domestic season features two teams that have had disappointing seasons for varying reasons. United started the season scoring goals for fun but as the season progressed performances dipped and while United improved their points tally on last year by 12 and the final...
  10. Zidane

    Football World Cup 1998 Draw Fixed

    Michel Platini has admitted they fixed it in 1998 so that France and Brazil were deliberately kept on opposite sides of the draw. Shenanigans. 20 years on and everything has become even more money-driven - I dread to think what's been going on with Russia & Qatar (beyond what we already know)...
  11. Bandit

    Football David Moyes Leaves West Ham

    David Moyes has now officially gone and is not coming back according to the club. Moyes has left West Ham after just over six months in charge despite guiding the club to Premier League survival. Moyes, 55, took over from Slaven Bilic on a short-term contract in November with the club in the...
  12. Franco Pinion

    Football Sam Allardyce Leaving Everton

    Everton are more ambitious than having Sam Allardyce as their manager. Big Sam is good if you are in a struggle near the bottom of the league but surely Moshri and co want to be challenging higher up. Rumours of Silva getting the job - I don't know if he'll be any good but unless you are getting...
  13. Major Tom

    Football The World Cup 2018 Thread

    Not long now until the World Cup gets underway. Some interesting matches in the group stages. Group B has a few local derbies between Portugal, Spain and Morocco. To add more spice Carlos Queiroz is the manger of Iran too. Should be an interesting group. Can't see the host nation doing...
  14. Major Tom

    Football Summer Transfer 2018/19 Thread

    Ah, the smell of cut grass and the sound bees hovering it can only mean the domestic season is nearly over and the real business of player transfer speculation can begin :) The World Cup will leave some clubs desperate to get business done before while the market gets distorted by some players...
  15. Boozy

    Football Sunderland Sack Chris Coleman

    Not surprising, they have been woeful all season. Sunderland was facing problems on and off the pitch and many knew Coleman taking this on was a huge gamble; the outcome has resulted in Coleman's stock in the game plummeting. He won't get a job in the Premier League any time soon whereas he...
  16. David76

    Football Manager of the Year 2017-18

    Guardiola will more than likely get this but would love to see Sean Dyche get it, an outstanding job he has done and could finish 6th yet. Non-exsistent budget, conceded very little, solid throughout and made Turf Moor a very tough place to go to. Benitez on course for a top 10 finish with a...
  17. David76

    Football Premier League Clubs Reject Introducing VAR in 2018/19

    They need to streamline it or at the very least, make their intentions of using it known to the fans in the stadium but I hope its brought in soon enough.
  18. David76

    Football The Football Thread 2017/18 Season

    A place to discuss football news from around the world. There are dedicated threads for the Premier League and Champions League so leave them out of discussions in this one.
  19. Bandit

    Football UEFA Europa League 2017/18

    Quarter Final 1st Leg Results RB Leipzig (GER) 1 V 0 Marseille (FRA) Arsenal (ENG) 4 V 1 CSKA Moskva (RUS) Atlético Madrid (ESP) 2 V 0 Sporting CP (POR) Lazio (ITA) 4 V 2 Salzburg (AUT) Arsenal were very good (at least from an attacking sense). Ozil pulling the strings again tonight. Brilliant...
  20. Major Tom

    Ray Wilkins Has Died

    What a massive shame. He came across as a really nice bloke and he was a really good player. RIP Butch.