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  1. Re: New Finances (Loans / Contracts) While the general theme of the changes is belt-tightening, one thing I would like to see is increased cup and end-of-season awards, maybe 2x or 3x what they are now. While 10m for winning a domestic cup would still be a pittance for a big club, good rewards for deep runs and promotions would enable smaller clubs to grow without having to tinker with flexible stadium sizes and whatnot, while increasing competitiveness throughout the game in general.
  2. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:. SMFA CHAMPIONS CUP GROUP G BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0 - 1 AC MILAN Borussia Dortmund slump to defeat away at San Siro, in a nervous back and forth match that belied the slim scoreline. There were opportunities aplenty, but the finishing was lacking on both sides, perhaps due to early season jitters. The only goal of the match came at 69 minutes from a Kevin Constant free kick, that somewhat fortuitously looped over everyone and bounced in off the post. Immediately following resumption of play, Dortmund were awarded a penalty that was taken by De Rossi, and stopped by Abbiati. Little else of note occurred in the rather tepid display by both sides. While the match was close and it was an away fixture, Dortmund are disappointed in not earning a win against Milan's second team. They will be looking to improve dramatically before Wednesday's league match away at Freiburg. Dortmund top of the match: Yaya Toure The big midfielder did well in bullying the opposition defenders, and made space for himself to create several well struck efforts at goal. Dortmund flop of the match: Laurent Koscielny and Joleon Lescott The two centre-halves struggled to keep pace with Milan's attackers, and each picked up needless yellow cards after losing out on pace. Next up : SC Freiburg
  3. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:. Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Matchday #1. With a fixture against a powerful AC Milan side two days later, and the starting eleven not yet having all arrived in Dortmund, the manager decided to bite the bullet and start the entire B-team in the season's opener. In truth, the final scoreline is very flattering to the losers, and they were completely outmatched by the full-strength Leverkusen side. Astoundingly, they almost salvaged a draw but for Julian Koch's appalling skying of a penalty in the early stages. Anyhow, on to Europe!
  4. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:. BORUSSIADORTMUND Following an intensely active transfer window in which the manager had declared Dortmund's intent to move youth for experience in order to win trophies now, the club's starting 11 has finally been settled. GK - Petr Cech In from Chelsea for Piszcek,cash, and a season long loan of Roman Weidenfeller. While Dortmund had initially hoped to bring in Lyon stopper Hugo Lloris, they remain delighted with the capture of a keeper with the track record of success that Cech boasts. RB - Sergio Ramos In from Madrid for Hummels and Gundogan. While the price was certainly high, Sergio Ramos is an elite performer that regularly plays at the highest levels of club and country, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, and brings a new level of class to the Dortmund side. CB - Laurent Koscielny In from Arsenal along with Carlos Vela, in exchange for Sven Bender. While this deal was done primarily for depth, Koscielny has been steadily improving as a defender at Arsenal, and looks to be a future fixture in the France starting eleven. CB - Joleon Lescott In for Kevin Grosskreutz. A solid defender who has been consistency improving in quality and minutes over the past few years, his ability to cover at LB makes him a valuable asset to the depth-strapped Dortmund side. LB - Ashley Cole In for Schmelzer and Bittencourt. While Ashley Cole isn't getting any younger, he remains the most relevant of the Chelsea geezer crew. He is unlikely to lose his place for club and country in the coming year, and this combined with the notorious dearth of quality left fullbacks makes this a bit of a steal for Dortmund. DM - Daniele De Rossi In from Roma for Mario Gotze. Giving up one of the world's top youths is never easy to do, but realistically, it would be a job well done for Gotze should he ever reach the level of De Rossi. Dortmund have named De Rossi captain of the squad, and will look to him to provide the leadership, versatility, and energy that he's known for as they quest for European glory. DM - Sebastien Kehl While on paper he seems the obvious weakest link in the new-look Dortmund side, Kehl is a relatively youthful 32 that plays a style that could easily be at least maintained for a few more years. Still, he's among the more likely candidates to be binned off alongside Weidenfeller at season's end. RM/Wing - Ramires In from Chelsea for Lewandowski and Perisic. The Brazilian midfielder was among the few Chelsea players that were consistently good last season, and showed several flashes sheer inspiration and brilliance that hinted at the possibility of his becoming a true elite. With his international career expected to take off over the coming years, Dortmund are thrilled to have been able to capture him in exchange for the somewhat over-rated Lewandowski. LM/Wing - Carlos Vela In from Arsenal with Koscielny for Bender. Originally intended to provide cover on the wings for Dortmund, due to some last minute transfer reversals and desperation moves, he now finds him in the starting eleven. While his natural talent is plain to see, he has to be considered more likely to revert to a support role in the future, rather than remain as a long-term starter for the Dortmund side. CM/AM - Yaya Toure In from City for Subotic and Leitner. A bit of a late bloomer as footballer's go, Toure certainly seems to be saving the best for last. Last season, the 29 year old's play made a serious argument for his being the best all-around central midfielder in the world, and he will be afforded every opportunity to build on that in the coming year. Dortmund plan to play him in a somewhat advanced role behind the striker, where they hope that opportunistic vision he displayed for City will be on display once again. CF - Falcao In for Reus and Kuba. If pure talent was the only factor in determining a player's quality, Falcao would be near the top. While he did not come cheap, the sky is truly the limit for the Colombian international striker. Dortmund plan to play him as a lone target man up front, and fully expect him to give the opposition defenders many sleepless nights before gameday. In conclusion, the Dortmund manager is nothing short of thrilled with the squad he's put together. While he's shipped out a wealth in future stars, he is of the opinion that the majority current stars he's replaced them with still have plenty of opportunity for further growth. Time, however, will be the judge, as will the trophy count over the next 3-4 seasons.
  5. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:. We have Milan in Champion's Cup tomorrow, and I want to make sure I have a full strength side for that match. Forgot to change set-piece taker away from 83 rated Julian Koch though...oops. Anyway, I just discovered the forums and this seems fun, I might have to do some write-ups for my side as well!
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