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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    Klopp always moans.
    You could have stopped, right there...

    „I believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialism“

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    Even as an enthusiastic teenager that drum in the Trent End used to wind me up something chronic

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    Champions League is just a misnomer. Only a few champions, but a lot of very rich clubs, carefully seeded so the present champions won't be knocked out in the first round by non-entities like... oh, Liverpool, say.

    I got so excited when both Liverpool and Chelsea lost, then realised it means nothing. Even those little leagues are carefully graded so a 'big' club can cock it up and still go through second in the group.


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    I’m looking forward to watching Oly v Spurs.

    It only takes a second to score a goal.

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    Alfie Håland's son is a bit good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer Jack View Post
    Alfie Håland's son is a bit good.
    There’s a good piece on him in today’s Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...e_iOSApp_Other


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    There’s a good piece on him in today’s Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...e_iOSApp_Other
    "son of the former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder"...

    God damn it


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    They said that on BT too. That was about the time I switched off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Yes, it would be far better if the crowd sat unmoving, mostly in miserable disgruntled silence, bar the occasional moan about „gerritt forrad!“
    Surely we arent gonna engage in a discussion where I say a drum at a football ground is "shit" and your gonna say "it isn't" are we?

    As for the whistling when Barca had the ball that was crap on every level. I had to turn off because it was boring with the only decent player sat on his arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Surely we arent gonna engage in a discussion where I say a drum at a football ground is "shit" and your gonna say "it isn't" are we?

    As for the whistling when Barca had the ball that was crap on every level. I had to turn off because it was boring with the only decent player sat on his arse.
    No mate, that’s not what I’m getting at.

    The point I’m trying to make, perhaps cack-handedly, is that drums, flags, fireworks, whistling, drunken singing, standing up (a lot) and copious amounts of Bier are what make up the typical Matchday in a German stadium, and the atmosphere is - in my humble opinion - significantly better than its English counterparts.

    Maybe it’s the Bier....


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    I think we should let a few dozen squirrels loose in the stands at a random point every match

    That's get people on their feet making noise


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    No mate, that’s not what I’m getting at.

    The point I’m trying to make, perhaps cack-handedly, is that drums, flags, fireworks, whistling, drunken singing, standing up (a lot) and copious amounts of Bier are what make up the typical Matchday in a German stadium, and the atmosphere is - in my humble opinion - significantly better than its English counterparts.

    Maybe it’s the Bier....
    I have to Concur. When I watched Hertha I got much of what I expected. Lots of empty seats, dodgy distance from pitch due to running track.

    What I didn't expect was the atmosphere and couldn't help thinking that I would love a bit of that at TWFCG.

    The Bier alway helps but it wasn't that which got the fans going. It was the 2 fuck off massive drums down the front.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    You really need to take in a game in Germany. It’s a completely different culture at football matches.

    Rather than having a single band, in a corner somewhere, what you find in most German stadia is that the most vocal supporters congregate in one particular area, and there, you may find drums, whistles, and „organisers“ (who sit at the front, often with megaphones, and start chants and songs) and this then permeates across the rest of the stadium itself.

    That creates a massive atmosphere, and - unlike in England - one that often builds up well before kickoff. Said atmosphere often also includes (illegal) pyrotechnics, although the DFB are clamping down on those.

    I often find that this then drives the team on the field of play, rather than the other way round?

    In the case of Dortmund‘s Westfalenstadion, 11 blokes pinging a ball about isn’t necessarily going to get 75.000 people singing and jumping, but, 75.000 people singing, shouting and jumping about would certainly act as an incentive to the players.

    At VfB Stuttgart, the most voiciferous support gathers on the Canstatter Kurve terrace, behind the goal that Stuttgart traditionally attack in the second half, with Flags, Banners, Songs, chants and yes, half a dozen drums, but this brings the rest of the Ground into play too. And the atmosphere there is frankly miles better than most English games I’ve attended.
    I know how it works mate, I just think drums are tinpot in stadiums.

    One or two clubs in Germany won't change my opinion of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rzarecteh View Post
    I know how it works mate, I just think drums are tinpot in stadiums.

    One or two clubs in Germany won't change my opinion of it.
    It ain’t one or two.

    It’s all of them, pretty much. That’s the culture.


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    The Curva Sud creates a thunderous racket with their drums.

    I think, there's drums and there's drums. If it's a bloke or two trying to get the crowd going, we'll that's a bit shit. If it's a thunderous racket underneath several thousand voices it works way better.

    They'll never work here until fan groups get organised and that's never going to happen.

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    Let's face, we're English and the current view is we're crap.

    Well, don't believe it, we're English and we're bloody great. We do it our way precisely because we're English.

    Let the foreigners do it their way.


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    I'm going to watch Atletico v Juventus tonight. I like good defending. It would have been even more enticing if Godin and Chiellini were featuring.


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    It'll be a bit easier if/when safe standing comes in. Singing and clapping while sitting down is just shit.


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    Come on Olympiacos. Do these Spuds! Bouchalakis starting.




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    According to the BBC it’s difficult to hear Alan Green. Well played Olympiacos fans


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    Should be 1-0 up


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    2-0 Spurs. Game over after half an hour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    2-0 Spurs. Game over after half an hour.
    And to add insult to injury, Spurs were playing like my grandmother....


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    Spurs are right spawny fuckers. Clinical, I suppose. They just seem to get results out of nothing, despite often being pretty crap.


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    Typical better-team-away-at-inferior-team cup tie.

    The lesser team look lively and attack with purpose, but without creating much. Meanwhile the better team make their class tell at the other end.


 

 

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