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Arena "The Beautiful Game" - The Official JCC Football (Soccer) Thread.

Discussion in 'Community' started by FORCE_SKIN, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. George Roper

    George Roper Jedi Knight star 4

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    Everton and yankee8255 - as the resident footie thread sock username code crackers, can either of you confirm whether Diggy is Iggy?
     
  2. Diggy

    Diggy Snow Cat Sponsor/Advocate star 7 VIP - Game Winner

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    You could just ask me.
     
  3. George Roper

    George Roper Jedi Knight star 4

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    But then I don't get to mock Everton and yankee.
     
  4. Diggy

    Diggy Snow Cat Sponsor/Advocate star 7 VIP - Game Winner

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    Really? There is no other reason to mock Everton? FFS, he supports NEverton. And Yankee? Well...dunno who he is, so you're on your lonesome.
     
  5. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Hey, I'm the one who took most of the move to realize you and epic had swapped names.
     
  6. George Roper

    George Roper Jedi Knight star 4

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    Yes, that's where the mocking comes in. :p
     
  7. FatBurt

    FatBurt Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    That Bale bloke's a bit good
     
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  8. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    Wonder if this may be it for Wenger.

    Piers Morgan is actually pretty good on FSC, perhaps it's because he's on set next to the Tim McCarver of soccer, Wynalda, but he's made good points about the cash spent after Nasri, Fabregas, and RVP left being spent on the wrong players.
     
  9. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    lol @ Arsenal
     
  10. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  11. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    So the summer Arsenal finally have cash to spend (according to reports) they'll most likely finish 5th. Ha ha.
     
  12. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    Interesting battle for the CL spots, if City drop points Spurs could even nab second place.
     
  13. MarcusP2

    MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Everton are only 2 points behind, I'll be hoping for 6th. LOL.
     
  14. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    There's a German equivalent to Zonal Marking called "Spielverlagerung", they had interesting stat from the match: Barca's possession was 78%, passing accuracy 90%, but 38% of their possession was in their defensive third, 53% in midfield and only 18% in Real's third. Jonathan Wwilson had a good column on "Possession vs Position" in the guardian last year, this match really shows how Barca's obsession with possession sometimes causes them to forget that position matters too.
     
  15. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    So, who will emerge victorious tonight?

    United will find it tough against Madrid I think, especially without Jones who has proved excellent in the defensive midfield role. Why Ferguson has chosen not to play Vidic in either leg of the match I am not sure, he is the captain and best defender.
     
  16. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The only way I can see Real going through is if they score an early goal, after that they can sit deep and wait for a counter.
     
  17. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    Madrid could easily scroe several goals.

    United have to be attacking, playing for 0-0 is foolish. But Madrid like to counter-attack so they want United to commit players forward.
     
  18. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I could see a real slugfest with 4-6 goals scored. Madrid needs to attack, ManU very shaky in back. Honestly, I don't see Madrid scoring less than 2.
     
  19. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Real has trouble creating chances when they face an opponent that sits deep (see the second half of the first leg as an example). So I do think sitting deep and counter is the best way for ManU to approach the game.
     
  20. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    United have to counter-attack without exposing themselves to counter-attack by a team with a supeior midfield and the second-best player in the world.

    I think a 4-3-3 formation like United had against Norwich might be the best solution. It can morph more easily into a 4-5-1 if United have to defend and it allows more rotation of players when attacking (Kagawa can come forward and inter-change with Rooney while RVP goes out wide which confuses Madrid defenders).

    Ideally United need to get the first goal, that would leave Madrid with more to do as they have to score 2 goals anyway (one would level the goal-difference and only lead to extra time if United score)
     
  21. George Roper

    George Roper Jedi Knight star 4

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    It will be 4-3 for Utd with Ronaldo getting a hat-trick for Madrid.

    [face_mischief]
     
  22. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Much as I like the British teams to go through, my mother-in-law will be insufferable if United win. But she'll be even worse if they win on Sunday, so I hope United win today, but lose on Sunday
     
  23. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    Plus Chelsea do really need to win a trophy :p


    Rooney on the bench, bit of a risk I think. Nani starts too, lets hope he delivers this time.
     
  24. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    ManU are defending excellently and had the better chances, Real Madrid is pretty much ineffective they need space and they're not getting any.

    ManU are 45 minutes away from the semi-final, at this rate they'll definitely hold on.
     
  25. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Getting a round ahead of yourself there, Omega.

    Dortmund taking Donezk apart, 2-0 at the half. In case anyone is interested.