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    After the buzz of last weekendís derby fixture itís a real pisser that there isnít a match until 23rd November.

    It got me thinking Iím not a big fan of international matches I love league games more even if Forest arenít playing I think there are too many of these breaks and that I feel each season more and more are being added.


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    Agreed. We need more of them.

    More emphasis put on international football, rather than old blokes in suits with no sporting talent chipping away at it's importance through greed.

    Intermational sport is the pinnacle, the highest level. The best athletes in domestic competition get there. English domestic football is just the pinnacle of cashola.

    We won, but even the derby wasn't really that good.

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    I really can't get excited by international football these days. Maybe it's the fantastic wages the stars are paid, maybe it's the virtual isolation of the players who never seem to talk to any poor people like us if they can help it, maybe it's the fact that the players and the manager are just grey uninteresting people who pop out occasionally to play football for ninety minutes then disappear for weeks because they are exhausted.

    Whatever it is, I just have no interest in international football until the final stages of competitions roll around every four years. Of course, dividing the thing up, we get matches which matter every two years, so these interminable boring international breaks take away two years of our lives and provide almost zero entertainment except for the very young supporters who have yet to realise how jaded your football palette can become when your balls drop and you really start living.

    What UEFA and FIFA really need to do is decide how to arrange qualifying competitions without playing any football and so leave real football supporters to enjoy their game uninterrupted by long periods of enforced inactivity.


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    International breaks should be for the Premier League only.
    The Championship should play on regardless as do Leagues 1 & 2.
    This might cause a few problems for those teams stacked with internationals - but tough shit!



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    Quote Originally Posted by valspoodle View Post
    I really can't get excited by international football these days. Maybe it's the fantastic wages the stars are paid, maybe it's the virtual isolation of the players who never seem to talk to any poor people like us if they can help it, maybe it's the fact that the players and the manager are just grey uninteresting people who pop out occasionally to play football for ninety minutes then disappear for weeks because they are exhausted.

    Whatever it is, I just have no interest in international football until the final stages of competitions roll around every four years. Of course, dividing the thing up, we get matches which matter every two years, so these interminable boring international breaks take away two years of our lives and provide almost zero entertainment except for the very young supporters who have yet to realise how jaded your football palette can become when your balls drop and you really start living.

    What UEFA and FIFA really need to do is decide how to arrange qualifying competitions without playing any football and so leave real football supporters to enjoy their game uninterrupted by long periods of enforced inactivity.
    I must say I agree with all of this. Even when England did well in last year's World Cup I was a bit Meh about it all. I've no idea what teams the current England squad play for. Maybe it's my age?

    I used to get excited about the home internationals back in the 1970s, especially England v Scotland.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Pope View Post
    International breaks should be for the Premier League only.
    The Championship should play on regardless as do Leagues 1 & 2.
    This might cause a few problems for those teams stacked with internationals - but tough shit!
    When Forest were in League One, I remember the Club postponing games because three players had been called up for international duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    When Forest were in League One, I remember the Club postponing games because three players had been called up for international duty.
    I think a club in the Southern Prem had to postpone a game this week as 3 of their players were away playing for Monserat or something?


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    Scrap um along we JAR or woreva its called.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    When Forest were in League One, I remember the Club postponing games because three players had been called up for international duty.
    There was less outrage about postponing games then because we were so shit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    When Forest were in League One, I remember the Club postponing games because three players had been called up for international duty.
    I probably thought it was wrong to do so back then too.
    It may be my dodgy memory, but Iím sure I can remember a time in old Division 1 when we had to play matches without key players as they had been called up for England duty?

    Although the international breaks have mostly helped Lamouchi this season as itís allowed him to get on the training ground with nearly all of his players- he would have had more time with them anyway if we didnít have to play midweek to create the space for the break.

    Having to play on would probably help us more as we have very few players that get called up for their national team anyway


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    I used to get excited about the home internationals back in the 1970s, especially England v Scotland.
    I bet you did.



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    The braarn one


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    I shall be using my Spirites season ticket to take in the delights of Chesterfield vs Chorley Town tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.

    There's plenty of football on, if you need a fix.

    It does make me wonder how Grimsby Town vs Oldham Athletic has been postponed for international call-ups though.


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    Every fukkas an international now Keith.

    Bet Nutts Clownty's gor arf a duzun.


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    The problem isn’t international football it’s the fact that the bent money grabbing wanksplats at FIFA & UEFA have bloated the competitions to such an extent we end with bollocks like last night & Spain v Malta tonight

    The solution is easy, reduce the amount of teams at the tournament & have qualifying groups of 4 teams which is 6 games spread across 2 years and played midweek negates the need for nonsense qualifying weekends and will provide more competitive games


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    The solution is probably get another hobby so that on the very few occasions over a nine month stretch when a weekend passes without a Forest game, we don't have to start a new thread complaining that the fifty times Forest play every season isn't enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    The solution is probably get another hobby so that on the very few occasions over a nine month stretch when a weekend passes without a Forest game, we don't have to start a new thread complaining that the fifty times Forest play every season isn't enough.
    Franco, no need to get mardy just because you can’t handle the truth that modern international football is a one sided borefest until the qtr final stages of a tournament


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    Finland qualified for their first major tournament last night. Probably more interesting than the 75th meeting between Barnsley and Huddersfield.


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    Many German clubs organise friendlies during the international break.

    VfB are playing Grasshopper Zurich (remember them!) this weekend, for example.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Many German clubs organise friendlies during the international break.

    VfB are playing Grasshopper Zurich (remember them!) this weekend, for example.
    A friend of mine Supports Exeter City goes to all their games, has a Grasshopper Zurich logo tattooed on his leg. He's had a soft spot for them since we played them back then. Goes to Zurich with his son to watch Grasshopper games from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    I must say I agree with all of this. Even when England did well in last year's World Cup I was a bit Meh about it all. I've no idea what teams the current England squad play for. Maybe it's my age?

    I used to get excited about the home internationals back in the 1970s, especially England v Scotland.
    I am the same, I just find international football so boring. I can't get excited for it at all.

    I don't see the appeal in getting excited to watch players that play for teams I don't like.

    Although I am joining the camp that they are nessessery as it breaks up the Championship season, pretty much the only time you get time on the training ground.


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    This international break has come at a good time for me as the last series of the Man in the High Castle was released yesterday so I'm spending this weekend binge watching it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    The solution is probably get another hobby so that on the very few occasions over a nine month stretch when a weekend passes without a Forest game, we don't have to start a new thread complaining that the fifty times Forest play every season isn't enough.
    Agree with Frankie - I have a very understanding & supportive wife, so my Saturday's throughout the season are all about the football

    Today felt strange getting out of bed..... no Forest and no England game to schedule. There are other things in life, so after putting it off for months, will be spending around four hours clearing out the garage, then take the family out for a nice dinner (that NEVER happens on a Saturday night, as I'm always travelling back from a game and just want to put my feet up when I get home.

    Put the weekend to good and productive use for family purposes, because we'll be back in the football merry-go-round next week


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rzarecteh View Post
    I am the same, I just find international football so boring. I can't get excited for it at all.

    I don't see the appeal in getting excited to watch players that play for teams I don't like.

    Although I am joining the camp that they are nessessery as it breaks up the Championship season, pretty much the only time you get time on the training ground.
    That's a pathetic & very unpatriotic excuse - basically saying you would only support England if the team was made up only of Forest players as you don't want to support players from teams you don't like? WTF?

    Watching & supporting England raises us about club loyalties and we can take pride in the current exciting young England team made up of players from Man U, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, BORUSSIA DORTMUND, Spurs & Man City.

    I look at it the other way round - if one of your clubs players is in the team, gives an extra incentive / excitement, hoping they do well (Des Walker, Shilton, Pearce, Birtles, Larry Lloyd, Trevor Francis, Woodcock, etc), but to not give a f#ck about your home country coz there are no Forest players in the team is moronic

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    Back when United were winning everything, people from Surrey were rejecting their Englishness and claiming to be from 'the Republic of Mancunia'. After we were beaten by Argentina in 98, they went around the country chanting 'Argentina' at the fans of Man Utd's opponents. Half the United team at the time were England players. When fans get weird.


 

 

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