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    Only found out result this morning, totally zero interest.

    Used to love the Final and build up. Ten of us every year taking it in turns to host, restaurant curry delivered at half time, bets on scorers, loads a larrup then out on the piss after, brilliant.

    Gone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymondo Ponte' View Post
    Only found out result this morning, totally zero interest.

    Used to love the Final and build up. Ten of us every year taking it in turns to host, restaurant curry delivered at half time, bets on scorers, loads a larrup then out on the piss after, brilliant.

    Gone.
    I was at work yesterday and didn’t realise it was on. As a kid it was massive, then as I got a little older used to go out on the piss with the old man and watch. I remember the score, teams and scorers of every final from my first in 87 to probably about 2000. Then the odd game sticks out. Last ten years I haven’t seen any of them, I have no idea who was even in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    That's the way i see it too.

    I'm not happy about the gaping chasm between the top of the Premiership and midtable but I'd rather have City than the others.
    Their fans were always a decent, modest long suffering bunch. Very loyal as well. It's almost karma that they are now winning things.
    It's not the same Man City. The old City died and was buried in "Pet Sematary".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    It's not the same Man City. The old City died and was buried in "Pet Sematary".
    Oh i know but even so, they're still more likeable than the others.


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    The FA Cup prestige has almost dropped to the level of the League Cup now. The Magic of a Wembley final was wiped out when they decided you had to play and win there in the semi first.

    Won't be long before it's turned into a midweek comp with replays and extra time wiped out. Winners to play League Cup winner for a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trents View Post
    The FA Cup prestige has almost dropped to the level of the League Cup now. The Magic of a Wembley final was wiped out when they decided you had to play and win there in the semi first.

    Won't be long before it's turned into a midweek comp with replays and extra time wiped out. Winners to play League Cup winner for a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.
    Agree with the midweek point. The pressure from internationals and champions league etc is such that the Cup will almost certainly have to be modified to allow the other tournaments (present and future planned)to be accommodated as well. We can't have our millionaires exhausted by playing football week in and week out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by valspoodle View Post
    Agree with the midweek point. The pressure from internationals and champions league etc is such that the Cup will almost certainly have to be modified to allow the other tournaments (present and future planned)to be accommodated as well. We can't have our millionaires exhausted by playing football week in and week out.
    I read this morning, that Manchester City had played 61 games this past season?

    They could potentially only have played three more, had they advanced to the semi-Final and Final of the „Champions“ League.

    61 is a ridiculous number. Bolstered of course by their winning both domestic cups, and the Charity Shield.

    There’s going to come a demand for one of the Cup competitions to go away at some point, and maybe even for the League to be reduced to 18-teams (same as France and Germany).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    I read this morning, that Manchester City had played 61 games this past season?

    They could potentially only have played three more, had they advanced to the semi-Final and Final of the „Champions“ League.

    61 is a ridiculous number. Bolstered of course by their winning both domestic cups, and the Charity Shield.

    There’s going to come a demand for one of the Cup competitions to go away at some point, and maybe even for the League to be reduced to 18-teams (same as France and Germany).
    They have such a large squad, I'll bet few players turned out for more than half those games.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    I read this morning, that Manchester City had played 61 games this past season?

    They could potentially only have played three more, had they advanced to the semi-Final and Final of the „Champions“ League.

    61 is a ridiculous number. Bolstered of course by their winning both domestic cups, and the Charity Shield.

    There’s going to come a demand for one of the Cup competitions to go away at some point, and maybe even for the League to be reduced to 18-teams (same as France and Germany).
    Fuck em, probably not many more than we played in 79 & we did it with a squad of about 16 not 76


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Yates View Post
    Fuck em, probably not many more than we played in 79 & we did it with a squad of about 16 not 76
    What do you mean “79”? Football only started in 1992 dont you know.


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    Manchester City’s sky blue smashing of Watford proves football is broken





    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ball-is-broken


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    Manchester City’s sky blue smashing of Watford proves football is broken





    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ball-is-broken
    Have to agree I'm afraid


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    At least having the top 6 in the Premier League keeps the emphasis here in England. If the European League (or whatever it's to be called) is formed then all the attention and hyperbole is transferred to that league and the EFL slips even further into the darkness.

    I personally don't care about the other leagues in Europe and don't watch much of the Premier League. I usually start watching a match whilst having a meal and then switch over in boredom and watch highlights (if there are any) later on either on MOTD or SSN.

    Football is as broken as you want it to be. My interest in following NFFC is as strong as it ever was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    Manchester City’s sky blue smashing of Watford proves football is broken

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ball-is-broken
    The problem is though, such a „European Super League“ wouldn’t be big enough for all of the so-called „Top Six“.

    For balance there has to be more than one team per country, but how do you do it?

    Who else in France has the finances of PSG?

    In Spain, you take Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Atlético might have something to say about that?

    And in Italy, Juve, yes, but which Milan club? Which one from Rome?

    Bayern and Dortmund maybe, but what about moneybags Leipzig? Red Bull wouldn’t be happy having their prized marketing project shuffled off into a second tier competition.


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    The elite clubs in Premier League won’t be interested in a Super League whilst they can make far more money from staying in the EPL.

    The other top European clubs desperately want it because they are stuck in uncompetitive leagues which aren’t as attractive to the tv viewers. They want more of the tv pie which is why they are pushing for a Super League.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    The problem is though, such a „European Super League“ wouldn’t be big enough for all of the so-called „Top Six“.

    For balance there has to be more than one team per country, but how do you do it?

    Who else in France has the finances of PSG?

    In Spain, you take Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Atlético might have something to say about that?

    And in Italy, Juve, yes, but which Milan club? Which one from Rome?

    Bayern and Dortmund maybe, but what about moneybags Leipzig? Red Bull wouldn’t be happy having their prized marketing project shuffled off into a second tier competition.
    They don't need balance.

    Have a look at the European Cup these days. It's possible to have five clubs from England in the quarter finals and none from the whole of Eastern Europe.


 

 

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