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    Shelbourne FC

    The Politics Thread

    Re: The Politics Thread ya maybe but i was smoking then, must have forgot
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    ruggermad

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread An 84 year old smoking alcoholic's sperm is more reliable than caughtoffside
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    Re: Official Spanish La Liga Discussion Thread Lets leave it at that guys before this goes of track as it has already slightly.
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    swanseajack

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread Well whilst you might live in Barnet, your not a Barnet fan so you don't really know what it feels like to support them or a lower league team. For you, yes they're happy just to win, but in recent years they've had the constant pressure of trying to stay in the division, of trying to find a new ground in Barnet and of course the financial troubles that are going to affect all League 2 teams. Now they have been relegated, they've reportedly lost about £1 million from next seasons income, a lot of their key players will leave and the Conference is one very tough division to get out of, with much bigger clubs than them like Wrexham and Luton being stuck in their for a number of years. Barnet fans don't get the pleasure of being able to visit 30,000 plus seater stadium on a regular basis, they don't get the pleasure of being able to see some of the best players in the world on a regular basis and don't get to see the quality of football that you do. They don't get any sort of media coverage in comparison to a side like Arsenal and their achievements don't get noticed any more than a side like Arsenal. Whilst you might not have a won a trophy in the last 8 years, you've won the Premier League, FA Cup and got to the Champions League final in recent memory and are the third most successful team in the country. The height of Barnet's achievements are promotion from the Conference, and survival in the football league. I don't see what sort of jokes and abuse aimed at Arsenal fans is going to be that bad, whilst I'm sure Barnet fans are constantly being reminded of their inferiority from mates of the bigger London clubs. Yes, you might get a bit of abuse on twitter about how you haven't won a trophy, but you should really be able to shrug that off with what you've achieved as a club, and what you're currently achieving as a club. Barnet's average gate is just shy of 2,500, whilst Arsenal sell out the Emirates every week despite ridiculous ticket prices and have a huge world wide fan base. That alone tells you supporting Arsenal is a more attractive proposition to the majority than supporting Barnet. I'm telling you as someone who's supported a League 2 team, that were struggling for survival at the foot of League 2 and currently supports a team that have won a major trophy, finished in the top half of the Premier League and will be playing in Europe next season. You don't know how easy you've got it as a football fan supporting a side like Arsenal.
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    braucieno

    Counter formations

    Re: Counter formations no probs arampage, i'll do that later and i'm not sure Hyina, maybe
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    Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread
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    ruggermad

    Brazil Série A Rating Predictions

    Re: Brazil Série A Rating Predictions Both good young players. Worth keeping hold of.
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    ray1981

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread
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    infernito

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread
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    arampage

    .:10000 bc:.

    Re: .:10000 bc:. Oh Lord..you must be depressed resorting to gifs eh.. http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/feeling%20sorry%20for%20yourself
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    Anri

    .:10000 bc:.

    Re: .:10000 bc:. Kiessling scored 1 goal per game, he's looking good despite our 'poor' form.
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    Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Dom..Afraid by me?You would stay 10 seasons to get promoted in Division 2.You're the dark side of 7046..you and your clueless Fulham ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!IGNORE ALL THE STUPID COMMENTS!I WON 2-0!!!PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL FOR SUNDERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!Best night on SM For me!!
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    Re: German Championship 7554 - Discussions,M/Rs & Transfers -Agüero makes the difference as Bayern humiliates Eintracht- 4 goals from Kün and 4 assists from Bale ... Der Rote Machinen is marching on!
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    Geoffrey

    Official Serie A Thread

    Re: The Official Serie A Thread Inconsistent. He has games where he's bossing then other times He's transparent.
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    Re: Available GC Teams (This is NOT a Discussion Thread) An excellent Monchengladbach in GC 5 Good older Gc side includes. Coutois Maxi Perriera Maxwel Montoya Touloulon Sissoko Ramsey Illaremendi Hulk Affelay Barkley Torres Plenty of good youth Be quick though accepted bids all over the place, shame to see such a good side raided
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    Like_A_Boas

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread Congrats boys and girls, you deserved it after the run you went on.
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    Duncan

    Brazil Série A Rating Predictions

    Re: Brazil Série A Rating Predictions Keep' date=' for me Adryan is the better of the two [/color']
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    Re: English Champ 28308 - Looking for forumers!! Gaz, this reminds me of you "accidentally" voting for yourself in the foty last year lol ... Perhaps time to get glasses?
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    Didi

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread You are not there yet, though. The fourth place entitles you to play the CL playoffs, not to go there directly.
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    Hancock

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Schmelzer Chiellini Draxler El Sha Ox
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    Raz.

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Give 30 for Schmelzer..You need a top LB
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    Hazard

    Official Tottenham Hotspur Thread

    Re: The Official Tottenham Hotspur Thread This fella below would be a perfect replacement for Bale.
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    Matt72

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Official Arsenal Thread Difference is this is the Arsenal thread sunshine not the Newcastle one. Nobody knows better than me how awful we are/were this season. At least I am loyal and support my local side' date=' for some reason I doubt either Man Utd or Borussia Dortmund are yours. [/color']
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    Re: Premier League Discussion Thread You should know by now. 4th place is their trophy. Every season. Period.
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    Hyina

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... 1. El 2. Draxler 3. Ox
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    young boy

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Fernadooo !!! El shaa Draxler OX
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    Hazr

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Draxler El Shaa Ox So tight between Drax and Shaa' date=' but j'adore Draxler, so went for him![/center']
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    arampage

    The Official Cricket Thread

    Re: Official Cricket Thread Stuart Broad took seven wickets in 11 overs to rip through New Zealand and inspire England to an astonishing 170-run win in the first Test at Lord's. Chasing 239 for victory, the Black Caps were bowled out for 68 in 22.3 overs after lunch on the fourth day as Broad finished with Test-best figures of 7-44.
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    arampage

    The Politics Thread

    Re: The Politics Thread True especially the ones with cars..:p Yup-but always a trip to re-hash the past, and dealing with the Elephant in the Head Shop.
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    Venk.11

    Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread
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    arampage

    The Official Cricket Thread

    Re: Official Cricket Thread
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    ruggermad

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Isco - class young player Pelle in my opinion Definitely Javi Martinez. Wonderfully elegant player
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    Franklyn

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Riferimento: Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Pellè was a great talent when he was 21-22yo but he seems like he caught his best possible rating. Sobiech is another good prospect from Poland, quite good for Hannover, I'd go for him.
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    tia.freestyler

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Riferimento: Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... pellè for me
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    ashtini

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Feyenoord Pelle? If so, him - goal machine.
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    Hyina

    Buy, Sell or Keep Thread?

    Re: Buy, Sell or Keep Thread? Make that 4th time in 24 hours
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    ruggermad

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Riferimento: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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    Mia San Mia

    Bundesliga Ratings Discussion

    Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013 Rarely played this season. Mostly injured. I personally wouldn't keep him.
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    KYQS

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Riferimento: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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    Ghora

    The Official Cricket Thread

    Re: Official Cricket Thread And that too after doing the 'Bhangnam' (Bhangra+gangnam) dance following bhajji's wicket of his own bowling! Easily the most attractive(and destructive) wicketkeeper-batsman the game has seen.
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    Re: Financial Fair Play 2- We Care About Money Only What a lovely squad
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    Matt72

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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    Ghora

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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    ZazzaAsRoma

    Official Serie A Thread

    Riferimento: Re: The Official Serie A Thread
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    ZazzaAsRoma

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Riferimento: Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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    Re: Official Spanish La Liga Discussion Thread I thought Real Madrid are your passion... BVB too?
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    ashish.

    The Official Cricket Thread

    Re: Official Cricket Thread so adam gilchrist also retires after his 24 years of service.thank you gilli:)
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    ezsmith

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Give away Diaby. His career is over and he never had a game that last more than 5 games. Now he's out for another 9 months. Injured again and again. I can't see him getting back to his best even if he somehow manage to got over his injuries. What a shame, he could have been one of the best midfielder. Monreal on the other hand is probably the 2nd best LB for Spain right after Alba. I don't think it's wise to give away Monreal. He is a good player and you will regret giving him away.
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    Re: Official Aston Villa Thread ! * no spoilers * The MOMS Scouting Report: Six Summer Signings to Improve the Aston Villa squad The MOMS Scouting Report By Shelley Osbourne Lambert’s Summer After the drastic initial overhaul of the Aston Villa squad and the bottom-line of survival achieved, Paul Lambert, will be the first Villa manager since Martin O’Neil to have the chance to continue building a squad for a consecutive season. We’ve already looked at merits of the current squad, so now with the summer transfer window on the horizon, we look in more detail at the possible additions it may bring. Of course, as we’ve already experienced, it’s folly to second-guess Lambert, who’s signings have had many a Villa fan heading straight to Google to gain insight into his transfer purchases, but, hey, there’s no harm in trying. The summer break was usually a somewhat tedious affair for Villa fans under the Martin O’Neill regime as the manager only usually signed players during the last week of the transfer window. Paul Lambert, thankfully, has not inherited this maddening habit from his former mentor and ‘gaffer’. Talks with the likes of Weimann and Benteke, regarding their futures at the club, will take place over the next few weeks, and then, having been forced to use the beginning of last season effectively as an extended preseason, Lambert will ideally bring in any new acquisitions as early as possible in order to join the pre season tour and have the team bedded down for the season ahead. Six positions have been identified which Lambert may look to reinforce and strengthen the squad before the beginning of the 2013 / 2014 campaign. Those positions are centre back, left back, defensive midfielder, attacking midfield, winger and striker. For Your Consideration Below we evaluate various transfer options for each position and recommend a signing for each position. Centre Back Former Arsenal target Aleksandar Dragovic will hopefully have his pal Weimann twisting his arm It’s a position most supporters were crying out for reinforcements in the January window, so the most eye-catching transfer link in recent weeks has been Andreas Weimann’s Austrian team-mate, Alexsandar Dragovic. The 22-year-old FC Basle centre back has enjoyed an impressive season. This isn’t the first year that Dragovic’s performances have caught the eye, but Basle’s extended cup run in the Europa Cup has focused attention more keenly on the commanding young centre back. Dragovic wants to move to the Premier League and is good friends with Weimann. Time to pick up the phone, Paul? Another centre back link to Aston Villa in recent weeks has been James Chester. Lambert was previously interested in James Chester during last summer’s transfer window, and some reports suggest that Lambert’s interest in the ex-Manchester United academy centre back dates back further. The stumbling block is Steve Bruce’s steely determination to hold onto the boy, and Hull’s promotion to the Premier League. Now that Chester is a Premier League player, an inflated transfer fee could scupper any further moves. Marcelo is a 25-year-old centre back who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven. 6ft 3, quick, strong and athletic, he might be an option Lambert has considered due to the fact that there are reports that Lambert has again been scouting players in Holland and Belgium. Verdict: Dragovic. Quality player and potentially a great investment for the Lambert project. Left Back Is Lambert still interested in the Aaron Cresswell, the young Ipswich left-back? Aaron Creswell has enjoyed rapid progress in recent seasons and deservedly won a transfer from Tranmere to Ipswich in 2011. Lambert showed an interest in Cresswell in the summer of 2012, but Cresswell had only been at the Ipswich for one season at that stage. Cresswell now has another season under his belt and could be more amenable to a transfer to the Premier League. Similar in style to Leighton Baines (rather than Bennett who is more of an Clichy type of left back), he would offer a great option in the squad when considering that two players are needed for each position in the squad. Victorino Antunes is a Portuguese left back who was previously linked to Aston Villa in 2007. He is now 26 years old and is on loan with Malaga (previously on loan at Roma). Antunes returns to his parent club Pacos Ferreira at the end of the season and will be looking for a new club. Antunes has stepped into the Malaga team to replace Nacho who moved to Arsenal and has played some very impressive games recently including scoring a great goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in a 3-2 defeat. Ryan Bertrand may find himself short of games next season if Chelsea proceed with the potential transfer of Luke Shaw from Southampton. He fits the Lambert profile, but it is likely that he would want to remain at Chelsea and work under Jose Mourinho if/when he returns to Chelsea this summer. Verdict: Cresswell. Competition for places is vital. Cresswell is a better defensive player to Joe Bennett and would be a great addition. Defensive Midfield Time for Brighton’s Liam Bridcutt to join the Premiership? James McCarthy is a player Aston Villa should have sought to sign two seasons ago. The immense potential he is showing now was all too obvious as a younger player. Wigan’s FA Cup win has increased McCarthy’s value immeasurably, and James’s admirers have grown in numbers. McCarthy has been strongly linked to Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, but it may be worth finding out what his plans are anyway. More than a defensive player, he is a leader, a driving force in midfield, creative and capable of finishing off moves too. Comfortably worth the £10m transfer fee touted. Raoul Loe is an imposing 23-year-old defensive midfielder developing nicely at Osasuna. Loe may be a much cheaper option for Lambert than McCarthy. Osasuna are a team in financial administration and simply must sell players this summer. Loe is arguably their best midfielder and has room to develop further. Loe notably scored a good goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou this season to suggest he has goals in his locker too. Liam Bridcutt, as Villa fans will know, has been linked with a move to Villa throughout the season. Following Brighton’s failure to gain promotion and Gus Poyet’s recent resignation, the opportunity to sign Liam Bridcutt presents itself kindly to Paul Lambert this summer. Fulham and Norwich have also expressed an interest. Verdict: Bridcutt. Part of the same Chelsea academy team as the very impressive Jack Cork, Bridcutt has the potential to add much needed steel to the Aston Villa midfield. Attacking Midfield The Serbian teenage talent Filip Jankovic Crewe’s Luke Murphy recently revealed that he is ready to step up to a higher level. So far, Celtic have shown a considerable interest in the Crewe youngster, as have Stoke. Luke may however prefer to joinAston Villa due to his previous successful partnership with Ashley Westwood. Luke is more a goal scoring midfielder than a creative advanced playmaker, but Luke’s tally of 21 goals from centre midfield at the young age of 23 is certainly impressive. Lambert appears to be a huge fan of Luke and has scouted him many times before. It would be a safe bet to assume that a bid will be made to Crewe for the player in the summer. Another goal scoring midfielder option is the in-form Valladolid central midfielder, Oscar Gonzalez. Oscar is this seasons ‘Michu’ in La Liga. He has scored 12 goals from midfield this season and has an impressive 7 assists. At 30- years of age he may not fit Lambert’s profile of player, but he would probably be a cheap addition to the squad. A younger and incredibly talented youngster Aston Villa were linked to last summer was the 18–year-old Serb, Filip Jankovic who currently plays for Red Star Belgrade. Jankovic is more of a creative midfielder, although he also scores a fair amount of goals similarly to Luca Modric. Being 18 years of age would not put Randy Lerner off as we have seen from the signing of Fabian Delph, but Villa might face stiff competition from Parma for his signature. Verdict: Murphy. Lambert seems very keen to sign this player and other options may only be pursued if the player decides to move elsewhere. Winger Basles highly-rated winger Valentin Stocker scores against Spurs in the Europa League Aston Villa have arguably played the entire 2012 / 2013 season without a single wing option. This position of the pitch must surely be high on the list of Lambert’s priorities to strengthen. Jefferson Montero is a 23-year-old Ecuadorian left winger who recently played in La Liga for Real Betis during the 2011 / 2012 season. Montero is incredibly fast and extremely strong. The young winger has a low centre of gravity at 5’7 inches and memorably played two very impressive games during the 2011 / 2012 season. Chiefly, his performance for Betis against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu was a standout game, whilst Montero then played an equally impressive match against Leo Messi’s Argentina for his native Ecuador. Available from Morelia due to the fact he wishes to return to Europe, Montero may be available for as little as £2m – £3m. Montero has the potential to be worth ten times that figure and would be a worthwhile addition to the squad. Valentin Stocker is another player who has impressed for FC Basle this season in the Europa League. Part of a Swiss under-21 team that produced extremely attractive football, Stocker is a creative, intelligent winger compared to the pace and power of the athletic Montero. Lambert’s signings have leaned towards players with noticeable football intelligence and Stocker possesses this attribute in abundance. Albert Adomah is a winger at Bristol City who recently represented Ghana in the African nations tournament this January. Rumoured to have been scouted by Lambert, he is 25 years of age now and is also being tracked by Crystal Palace, who have a habit of accumulating promising wing talents such as Victor Moses, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie. Adomah has played some impressive games for Bristol City this season and has scored some vital goals for the ‘Robins’. Verdict: Stocker. Villa need a player to break down teams from the wide positions when teams sit back at Villa Park. These skills are not currently possessed in the play of Agbonlahor or Weimann, who rely more on their pace and counter attacks. Striker Iago Aspas – could he be Villa’s answer to Luis Suarez? Following Darren Bent’s likely departure this summer, Lambert maybe looking to add another striker to the squad. Having brought in two target men (Benteke and Bowery) during the previous summer transfer window it is unknown what kind of player Lambert would be looking for in a new forward. Iago Aspas is a forward who currently plays for Celta Vigo in La Liga. Aspas is an extremely skillful and creative player and he is perhaps most similar in style to Luis Suarez. Aspas is not really a number 9 or number 10, he prefers to drift into positions Suarez occupies in the inside left and Inside right forward position. Aspas is an extremely intelligent player and would link up brilliantly with Benteke in my opinion. Aspas was set to join Valencia this summer, but the Valencia President Manuel Llorente quit last month and the new President was allegedly far from impressed by Aspas’s red card against Deportivo for a ludicrous (although out of character) headbutt. The proposed signing appears to have therefore fallen through. Aspas would be available for around £6m – £7m and he would more than justify this transfer fee as he is a quality, quality player. The Times football journalist Duncan Castles recently linked Aston Villa to a move for Thievy Bifouma who is owned by Catalan club Espanyol. The young French striker has played his football this season for Las Palmas in the Spanish second division and the under 21 international’s biggest career achievement to date was a hat trick against (an admittedly weak) Barcelona in the Copa Catalunya final. Lambert’s thinking may be understandable in this regard. Established young French players have demanded sizeable transfer fees in recent seasons due to Arsene Wenger’s successful exploitation of the French market. Therefore young French players who have made the move to Spain, such as Bifouma, often prove to be better value. Another forward plying his trade in the Spanish lower divisions is wing forward Federico Vico who plays for Cordoba. At 18 years of age, Vico is a young Spanish prospect who would be an exciting addition to the Aston Villa squad. Vico has represented Spain at under 17, 18, 19 and 20 level and has been dubbed as a future Cristiano Ronaldo. Still rather early to see if he develops to the level hoped, the transfer may be a gamble Lambert would be willing to take. Verdict: Aspas. Unbelievable talent and a player who would add extra dimension and guile to the Aston Villa squad
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    Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread You have 3 accounts? I had 14 then I forgot all of their passwords Mike H built a nice squad I see, shame he doesn't come on here that much..
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