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  1. Just wondering, who here is from England (or the rest of Europe). Think perspectives depend a lot on where everyone is currently in terms of location. I for example am in Finland
  2. I think they have a chance. It's still very hard all things considered, but the Chinese market is very different from the previous money markets in the Middle East (LOL) or America (they don't care about soccer, at least not yet) Just noticed the link to your scout reports and it looks interesting. I'll certainly have a look when I can.
  3. The government is really trying to make their league happen though, they see it as an issue of national interest. Their economy is growing in gangbusters so they obviously have the money to make it happen and become the next giant league. I have the highest doubts about the state of their current infrastructure but it's not for the lack of resources and will. That infrastructure can be developed in a number of years but it might still be too early for them to reach their goals now. They are trying to sell their league as the next Paris St-Germain project, which senior top players (not the best but just the tier below) who'd like to be the main man would absolutely consider. There is a desire to feel important and to be a part of a giant project with huge potential of revolutionary transformation, and creating a top league out of thin air would certainly fall under that description. Their geographic location makes it very hard, but that does not mean they will not try. And to be fair to them, no other league has ever had this level of finances available to them, where they not only compete with European top clubs for free agents, but have shown an ability to massively outbid European clubs in transfer fees that are added on top of an inflated wage.
  4. SM is far from the game it once was Ratings don't depend on real performances anymore but the hype that it brings. It's become this joke of an institution ran by 18-year old marketing majors
  5. I think if you put Mourinho on truth serum he would admit himself that he made a big mistake deviating from what made him a winning manager and trying to become someone he was not. Now of course he can never admit that publicly in an alpha-dominated sport of football but you get the point.
  6. It was always about slowness of play and not just tracking back. Mourinho just can't say it publicly so he said something indirectly related but not really relevant. If Mata was quick but lethargic about tracking back, he could be protected like Ronaldo. This is why Blind is also being axed and Blind obviously isn't criticized for never playing defense. All of Mourinho's successful strategies have relied so heavily on speed on play. He is not Guardiola and will never be the master of slow play. He tried at Chelsea to borrow something from Guardiola but that ended up breaking him and getting him sacked. I don't think he's going to be so stupid again and try to become somebody he is not. He and the big team behind him have had lots of time to analyze why he failed and how to never allow that to happen again. Mourinho does fast counter attacks and Guardiola does slow 80% possession and smothers his opponents and that's just the way it is (this is infinitely better than Van Gaal with slow 50% possession). Neither will become the other.
  7. Thought exercise on Rashford price. 50m? +/-/?
  8. Yego and Abdelrahman in javelin and don't know if Swedes are dominant in high jump anymore lol He's 34, he should see how this as his last chance and just go for it
  9. Yeah I know it's a bit much Anyways, I hope Ibra comes, he could be pretty annoying to defend in a U-23 competition It's also not often Nordics have dominant summer olympics athletes
  10. Homie I'm kidding, referring to the behavior part anyways - that's why I mentioned Laine rather than some Albanian lol If you go to hfboards Leafs forum it's the biggest Laine hatefest ever
  11. Lol. Does his name have to be Peter Svensson and behave more Swedish for you to accept him? I like it that there are some Nordics with some attitude now. You know about Patrik Laine?
  12. What are you talking about homie Yeah I support Man United probably as my #1 team at the moment, closely followed by Liverpool. Addressed that curiosity a few pages back If they play each other though it's Man United first, apologies to Klopp who I like a lot
  13. We're not in the Champions League though - for the next season the main emphasis is on making the top 4, and preferrably top 3. Winning would be a great bonus but the squad requires significant upgrades for that to be realistic.
  14. I just read some fan opinions, apparently fast and was able to beat Neymar etc in a footrace but also some Roma fans weren't that impressed by him and called 40m way overpriced
  15. Wonder which new genius hotshot's idea it was to "revolutionize" the game for promises of "massive growth and monetization"?
  16. The contract has been signed Time for some wine
  17. Either way, I hope Arsenal take someone from abroad Let Mahrez stay in Leicester
  18. I'd think the bonuses from UEFA or Premier League should cover those expenses
  19. It's been many summers now where there's been a lot of talk about a big name striker coming in, but not a lot of actual business being done - and so I'm being quite conservative in my estimates
  20. Anyone here know the story of Runescape and their EoC update? I'm afraid the same has happened to SM
  21. It's quite normal really for things like this to take some time Not really ridiculous at all
  22. Yeah I figured out instantly it's some misread, thought it was obvious enough to not have to point it out 50 goals in 51 matches last season I think sounds reasonable
  23. Did not even realize he scored 50 goals this season - well in that case he's more than welcome to come in and with a red carpet too Anyone who scored that many goals - even in a league such as the one in France - obviously can still be a top contributor
  24. They're still young players and not ready to be dominant (leaving aside discussions on potential for the moment) I think Hazard was quite dominant in Chelsea's title season, and Ronaldo of course back in the day
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