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    navin_legend reacted to Didi in Official French Ligue 1 & 2 Thread   
    Re: French Ligue 1 and 2
    Corchia
    Transfer:
    Corchia has been up to a move to a big French club for 2 years now' date=' since he had a successful first season at Sochaux where he came to establish himself in Ligue 1 (not badly, as the young, inexpensive, and very attacking minded team played themselves to Europe). Couple of years ago he was solicited by likes of Inter, Juve and Bayern, but always stated that he wants to establish himself in a big French club first. Mature talk, imo. He has also shown maturity in that he has not forced a deal, but always done his best trying to keep his basically Ligue 2 level clubs, Le Mans and Sochaux, up in Ligue 1.
    A combination of bad luck, bad finances and Sochaux greed for an extra million have prevented him from moving on: There was an occasion when he was supposed to move to OL, but Sochaux wanted 1M or so more. Another occasion when he was already at Lille buying looking for a house, when DNCG ridiculously blocked the deal. Another showing of his maturity was that he returned then to Sochaux, played a strong end season and then didn't look at other clubs but returned to make the deal with Lille.
    [b']Style/skills:[/b]
    Corchia is a very balanced RB, but although he's perhaps primarily recognized for his defensive game, he is arguably better when allowed to come to attack more. Playing in the weakest sides of Ligue 1, he has often been restricted to a more defensive role, but towards the end of last season played as a right midfielder and that worked wonderfully. He is very fast and technically talented player with strong crosses and shot, and also has taken free kicks and corners to all his teams time to time. he has often been compared to Willy Sagnol.
    Prospects:
    Playing at Lille will allow him to get CL or at minimum EL football this season, and also to compete at the top of Ligue 1, and although Girard favourises ultra-defensive tactics, unlike his managers at Sochaux, he also tended to let his lateral defenders to get heavily involved in attack, so he should get chances to show his skills. Despite quite reduced squad, Lille might have better chances to even a relative success in Europe now, with Girard's hardworking counter-attacking defense-first underdog strategy, than with Garcia's joyful, glorious, beautiful but often suicidal attacking play.
    Corchia is former French youth international captain, with tens of matches on all levels, and the logical road for him is to take that RB spot in French A team. There are players ahead of him as for now, but they are significantly older than him and he has always been more talented prospect than any of them, and now that he's at Lille, he should finally advance to the l'EDF. As for now, many or even most pundits would expect him to be in the squad 2016, if a linear development continues.
    Disclaimer: Yes, in case you wondered, I like this player a lot.
    Edit: just noticed footie's reply, and mine is basically the same, just way more detailed and somewhat more optimistic about the kid.
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    navin_legend reacted to hubner in PORTUGAL – 1st and 2nd Division extensive thread - Discussion Thread   
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    navin_legend reacted to Mia San Mia in Bundesliga Ratings Discussion   
    Re: Bundesliga Ratings Discussion
    What I always find strange on that forum is that you can ask for the most obscure players and somebody always responds as if they follow every player closely and are able to form a detailed opinion. This isn't even directed at Raz or NDF or whoever but is just a general observation across the forum.
    I have watched Günter about 4 times in my life and that was ages ago at the U17 WC. And I didn't sit there with my notepad jotting down what he was like. So no idea if he is good or bad.
    In fact, there'd only be a handful of people who have actually seen him; local guys who go to the practice and watch reserve team games. Apart from the fact, that those reserve games aren't even broadcasted properly here in Germany yet alone abroad, they also collide with Bundesliga / other European top league games. Add to that, that the few people who actually watched him aren't likely to be frequenting English forums, and I have no idea how some people form their opinion.
    #rantover
    to the actual case here: as none of us have watched him, you can only take the numbers and interpret them.
    He has played 2 minutes of Bundesliga in his life. Considering Dortmund have / had so many injury concerns, it is baffling that he didn't get played. Hummels and Subotic are injured but still he can't get a look in. Instead they play either Bender out of position, play Friedrich who they signed on a free and who is hardly a world-beater or play Sarr who is even younger than Günter. In other words, he is at best CB #7 at Dortmund (Hummels, Subotic, Papa, Bender, Friedrich, Sarr). Hardly awe-inspiring for such a talent, is it..
    Now, I read up on him a bit on German forums and while some rate him others said he ain't gonna cut it at a very top level. He supposedly struggles with opening play and benefitted from his strong physis at youth level. Obviously the others caught up with him eventually there whereas he never seemed to have taken the next step in his development.
    To think he is gonna walk into Gala's team is rather foolish.
    Also, contrary to what transfermarkt says, Günter's contract supposedly does not expire this year. Source is ruhrnachrichten who are incredibly well informed when it comes to Dortmund
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    navin_legend reacted to Ricky Torrez in Shinji Kagawa - 20 years old Talented Japanese   
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    Found him 4 years back when he played in Japan 2nd league!!!! A superstar now!!!

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    navin_legend reacted to Jonaldinho in Official Manchester United Thread   
    Re: Official Red Devils thread
    Just swung by to give an update on Michael Keane.
    He's played 16 games for the club now over the course of a few months, and it's clear to see that he's a fantastic talent. He started off a little slowly but he's now playing some absolutely brilliant football and it's lovely to watch him progress and develop.
    The best thing about him is his composure. He's so composed with the ball at his feet, he has a cracking eye for a pass and it's this which will set him ahead of other CBs his age in my opinion. Very rarely does he just lump it or misplace a pass, he doesn't want to go long and it's great to see. He's improved in the air over such a short space of time, he still needs to put on some muscle but he's more than a match for the divisions best strikers. He's not that fast but positionally he's exceptional so is usually in the right place. Still gets turned too easily at times but that will come.
    His 3 goals also demonstrate a knack for goals, he's keen (hehe) to get his head on the ball at corners and could easily have added to his three.
    Overall, if he keeps up this rate of development then I really can see him becoming a regular for Utd and England.
    Peace out.

    Celebrating after his goal away at Cardiff yesterday.


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    navin_legend reacted to timesle in Bundesliga Ratings Discussion   
    Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013
    Some of you might know that I have been doing sometimes a bigger rating analysis in the past in which I compared the top leagues and the teams before and especially after the rating changes have happened. It often showed which teams were underrated and which were overrated in relation to other teams.
    However in the current changes I haven't done this as I neither had the time nor the desire. But due to some recent events, I decided to make a small comparison. The events I'm talking about are

    SM being quite kind to Juventus in the rating changes
    People asking in here if Dortmund players still will rise

    Before people now start arguing with me, saying that all the rises for Juventus have been fully deserved, I want to explain myself. For sure they might have been deserved - I don't watch the Italian league at all, so I can hardly argue against this. But I still think that SM have been pretty generous towards them and I want to prove that with facts by comparing them with Borussia Dortmund. Nevertheless I would also like to point out, that I'm explicitly not complaining about the Juventus ratings. It would be insane to complain about them now with Dortmund haven't been re-rated so far. I rather want to show what we need to expect from SM if they want to keep their ratings as fair as possible.
    First of all, I would like to compare the achievements of both teams in the recent past:


    This season Juventus is leading in the league quite sovereign. Last season they also became champion. And in 10/11 Juventus finished 7th. So you can say that they are dominating their league currently.
    Dortmund currently is 3rd in the league, what seems to be a bit disappointing after they have managed to become champion in 11/12 and in 10/11.
    In the domestic cup both Juventus and Dortmund reached the quarter finals this season so far. Last season both reached the final, where Dortmund won impressively against Bayern and Juventus lost against Napoli. In 10/11 Dortmund lost in the 2nd round already and Juventus reached the quarter final.
    Viewing the international cups, both teams have managed to survive in rather difficult CL groups this season and therefore both reached the round of the last 16. Last season Dortmund were eliminated in the group stage of the CL whilst Juventus haven't even played internationally. In 10/11 both have played in the EL but both were eliminated in the group stage already.
    So in conclusion I would say that there isn't much between both teams. Juventus is currently doing a bit better in the league but Dortmund won also the cup last season and played internationally. Using the argument that the Bundesliga seems to be a stronger league in the past (at least the UEFA country ranking shows this), it could be argued that Dortmund has achieved a bit more in the recent past.
    So it's time to include the SM ratings. The data I used is copied from SoccerWiki. I only have excluded Lucio (90) who still is in the Juventus squad on SoccerWiki though having moved to Brazil already.


    If we view the average rating of the whole squad of both teams we recognize the following:

    The whole Dortmund squad is rated almost 2 points lower than the whole Juventus squad. For sure we have to consider 2 things.
    Average ratings of whole squads may be falsified as in some squads there are lots of young players who mainly play in the second team and therefore minimize the average rating due to their low ratings. However here we have a similar number of players (27 Dortmund players and 30 Juventus players).
    Another thing to consider is that (as said before) Juventus already have been re-rated. But to adjust this huge gap fairly (as Dortmund has been at least equally in terms of performances) it would be necessary that every Dortmund player will rise by (almost) 2. Quite ridiculous to imagine.

    Due to the first point above it might be better to compare the average ratings of the top players only. So let's take the 11 best players of each team.



    Well, that hasn't changed much, has it? Still even by the top players there's a gap of almost 2 rating points. To phrase it in different words: In order to make the difference between Juventus and Dortmund fair it would be necessary that Hummels, Subotic, Götze, Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Piszczek, Bender, Reus, Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski will have to rise by +2 all (10 players = +20 ===> 20/11 = +1.81 on average rating of the top XI). Some might even get this but definitely not all.
    I think I already made clear, why I think that SM had been quite generous towards Juventus. However I have a final figure that conclusively shows that Juventus currently is rated far better than Dortmund.



    The graph shows the number of players rated 94, 93, ..., 89, 88 of both teams. After Pirlo rose to 94, Juventus has now 3 players with that rating whilst Dortmund has no player rated higher than 92. Has still anyone the opinion that Hummels might not rise to 93?
    Even if we would exclude the 3 94-rated players of Juventus, it seems that Juventus has more higher rated players. The only rating for which Dortmund has more players is the 90 rating.
    Quite insane if we compare both teams, isn't it? Especially considering that both have done more or less equal in the past. And also considering that none of the players have been bought with a high rating (e.g. how it would be at PSG). No, currently SM rates Juventus far better than Dortmund and I doubt that this will change much enough with the German ratings. However I will be pleasantly surprised if it would happen.
    I hope you enjoyed this write-up.
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    navin_legend reacted to Phil (GT) in Bundesliga Ratings 2011/2012 (II)   
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    navin_legend got a reaction from Dean89 in EC Anno Domini - Transfer/Match Report Thread, Predictions etc   
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    Sir Alex Ferguson's successor finally found




    In the early days of this new year the search for the successor of the emblematic and legendary manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has been at last found. The Glazers have appointed Navin as their new manager, and the latter can be seen below being presented to the press and most importantly the fans.




    "I do understand how big of a responsibility and demanding is this job, and I'm thankful to the owners, Sir Alex, and most importantly the fans for their warm welcome and I promise to the fans that I, with the help of the players, will continue the long running tradition of this club; that of winning", said the new man at the helm of MUFC for his public announcement.
    The manager is said to be meeting up with his squad tomorrow morning, despite knowing some of them personally and rumours are circulating that Vidic is set to remain as the club captain. However, the club's staff is set to be re-shuffled in the next few days as the new man in charge looks to fully stamp his arrival at the club.
    United confirm agreement with Leicester


    The first official decision of Navin was to confirm that an agreement has been reached with Leicester City's management on them becoming a feeder club to Manchester United. The deal is about MUFC's youth players going on loan to gain some invaluable first team action and also United will be having first refusal on Leicester's players. A press release is set to be scheduled ahead of the season's start.
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    navin_legend got a reaction from Stifler in SMEL Squads Thread   
    Re: SMEL Squads Thread

    AJAX

    Manager: Navin Ramkhelawon




    FIRST TEAM
    Goalkeepers:
    1. Salvatore Sirigu
    12. Wojciech Szczesny
    Defenders:
    2. Mattia Cassani
    3. Aleksandar Kolarov
    5. Per Mertesacker
    6. Rafael Toloi
    15. Marc Planus
    18. Cedric Hengbart
    23. Nicola Lombaerts
    28. Younes Kaboul
    31. Diego Contento
    Midfielders:
    4. Sven Bender
    7. Pablo Hernandez
    8. Miralem Pjanic
    11. Zoran Tosic
    13. Jakub Blaszczykowski
    16. Wilson Palacios
    21. Christian Noboa
    22. Simone Perrotta
    32. Thorsten Frings
    Strikers:
    9. Fernando Torres
    10. Andrei Arshavin
    14. Aleksandar Bukharov
    19. Patrick Helmes
    YOUTH TEAM
    20. Juan Cala
    34. Kyle Walker
    38. Chris Mavinga
    43. Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    17. Lars Bender
    35. Jerson Cabral
    37. Danny Rose
    39. Michael Hoyos
    41. Zhano Ananidze
    42. Gueïda Fofana
    27. Wellington Alves da Silva
    40. Alexandre Lacazette
    44. William Keane
    45. Nicky Ajose Draft Picks
    Year 1
    Round 1 (Pick 7): Fernando Torres
    Round 2 (Pick 58): Per Mertesacker
    Round 3 (Pick 71): Andrei Arshavin
    Round 4 (Pick 122): [Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 5 (Pick 135): Rafael Toloi
    Round 5 (Pick 149) [Acquired from Vitoria]: Miralem Pjanic
    Round 6 (Pick 186): Pablo Hernandez
    Round 7 (Pick 199): Aleksandar Kolarov
    Round 8 (Pick 250): Mattia Cassani
    Round 9 (Pick 263): Gianluca Zambrotta [Autopick] [Traded to Esperance]
    Round 10 (Pick 314): Sven Bender
    Round 11 (Pick 327): Salvatore Sirigu
    Round 12 (Pick 378): Wilson Palacios
    Round 13 (Pick 391): Simone Perrotta [Autopick]
    Round 14 (Pick 442): Aleksandar Bukharov
    Round 15 (Pick 455): Thorsten Frings[Autopick]
    Round 16 (Pick 506): Marc Planus
    Round 17 (Pick 519): Jakub Blaszczykowski
    Round 17 (Pick 533) [Acquired from Vitoria]:Zoran Tosic
    Round 18 (Pick 570): Patrick Helmes
    Round 19 (Pick 583): Wojciech Szczesny
    Round 20 (Pick 610) [Acquired from Young Boys]: Wellington Alves da Silva
    Round 20 (Pick 634): Diego Contento
    Round 20 (Pick 638) [Acquired from Esperance]: Lars Bender
    Round 21 (Pick 647): Juan Cala
    Round 22 (Pick 698): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 23 (Pick 711): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 24 (Pick 762): Zhano Ananidze
    Round 25 (Pick 775): Alexandre Lacazette
    Round 26 (Pick 826): Gueïda Fofana
    Round 27 (Pick 839): Cedric Hengbart
    Round 27 (Pick 852)[Acquired from Sparta]: Younes Kaboul
    Round 28 (Pick 876)[Acquired from Vitoria]: Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    Round 28 (Pick 890):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 29 (Pick 903):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 30 (Pick 954): William Keane
    Round 31 (Pick 967): Nicola Lombaerts
    Round 32 (Pick 1018):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 33 (Pick 1031):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 34 (Pick 1082): Christian Noboa
    Round 35 (Pick 1095): Nicky Ajose
    Round 36 (Pick 1146): Kyle Walker
    Round 37 (Pick 1159): Jerson Cabral
    Round 38 (Pick 1210): Danny Rose
    Round 39 (Pick 1223): Chris Mavinga
    Round 40 (Pick 1274): Michael Hoyos
    Trades:
    Year 1
    1. Ajax's Round 4 #122 for Vitoria's Round 5 #149 and Round 17 #533
    2. Ajax's Gianluca Zambrotta for Esperance's Round 20 #638
    3. Young Boys' Round 20 #610 for Ajax's Round 22 #698 and Round 23 #711.
    4. AJAX acquires 27th round pick (#852) and trades 28th & 32nd round picks (#890 & #1018) to Sparta.
    5. AJAX acquires 28th round pick (#876) and trades 29th & 33rd round picks (#903 & #1031) to VITORIA.
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    navin_legend got a reaction from NumberSix in SMEL Squads Thread   
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    AJAX

    Manager: Navin Ramkhelawon




    FIRST TEAM
    Goalkeepers:
    1. Salvatore Sirigu
    12. Wojciech Szczesny
    Defenders:
    2. Mattia Cassani
    3. Aleksandar Kolarov
    5. Per Mertesacker
    6. Rafael Toloi
    15. Marc Planus
    18. Cedric Hengbart
    23. Nicola Lombaerts
    28. Younes Kaboul
    31. Diego Contento
    Midfielders:
    4. Sven Bender
    7. Pablo Hernandez
    8. Miralem Pjanic
    11. Zoran Tosic
    13. Jakub Blaszczykowski
    16. Wilson Palacios
    21. Christian Noboa
    22. Simone Perrotta
    32. Thorsten Frings
    Strikers:
    9. Fernando Torres
    10. Andrei Arshavin
    14. Aleksandar Bukharov
    19. Patrick Helmes
    YOUTH TEAM
    20. Juan Cala
    34. Kyle Walker
    38. Chris Mavinga
    43. Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    17. Lars Bender
    35. Jerson Cabral
    37. Danny Rose
    39. Michael Hoyos
    41. Zhano Ananidze
    42. Gueïda Fofana
    27. Wellington Alves da Silva
    40. Alexandre Lacazette
    44. William Keane
    45. Nicky Ajose Draft Picks
    Year 1
    Round 1 (Pick 7): Fernando Torres
    Round 2 (Pick 58): Per Mertesacker
    Round 3 (Pick 71): Andrei Arshavin
    Round 4 (Pick 122): [Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 5 (Pick 135): Rafael Toloi
    Round 5 (Pick 149) [Acquired from Vitoria]: Miralem Pjanic
    Round 6 (Pick 186): Pablo Hernandez
    Round 7 (Pick 199): Aleksandar Kolarov
    Round 8 (Pick 250): Mattia Cassani
    Round 9 (Pick 263): Gianluca Zambrotta [Autopick] [Traded to Esperance]
    Round 10 (Pick 314): Sven Bender
    Round 11 (Pick 327): Salvatore Sirigu
    Round 12 (Pick 378): Wilson Palacios
    Round 13 (Pick 391): Simone Perrotta [Autopick]
    Round 14 (Pick 442): Aleksandar Bukharov
    Round 15 (Pick 455): Thorsten Frings[Autopick]
    Round 16 (Pick 506): Marc Planus
    Round 17 (Pick 519): Jakub Blaszczykowski
    Round 17 (Pick 533) [Acquired from Vitoria]:Zoran Tosic
    Round 18 (Pick 570): Patrick Helmes
    Round 19 (Pick 583): Wojciech Szczesny
    Round 20 (Pick 610) [Acquired from Young Boys]: Wellington Alves da Silva
    Round 20 (Pick 634): Diego Contento
    Round 20 (Pick 638) [Acquired from Esperance]: Lars Bender
    Round 21 (Pick 647): Juan Cala
    Round 22 (Pick 698): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 23 (Pick 711): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 24 (Pick 762): Zhano Ananidze
    Round 25 (Pick 775): Alexandre Lacazette
    Round 26 (Pick 826): Gueïda Fofana
    Round 27 (Pick 839): Cedric Hengbart
    Round 27 (Pick 852)[Acquired from Sparta]: Younes Kaboul
    Round 28 (Pick 876)[Acquired from Vitoria]: Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    Round 28 (Pick 890):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 29 (Pick 903):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 30 (Pick 954): William Keane
    Round 31 (Pick 967): Nicola Lombaerts
    Round 32 (Pick 1018):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 33 (Pick 1031):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 34 (Pick 1082): Christian Noboa
    Round 35 (Pick 1095): Nicky Ajose
    Round 36 (Pick 1146): Kyle Walker
    Round 37 (Pick 1159): Jerson Cabral
    Round 38 (Pick 1210): Danny Rose
    Round 39 (Pick 1223): Chris Mavinga
    Round 40 (Pick 1274): Michael Hoyos
    Trades:
    Year 1
    1. Ajax's Round 4 #122 for Vitoria's Round 5 #149 and Round 17 #533
    2. Ajax's Gianluca Zambrotta for Esperance's Round 20 #638
    3. Young Boys' Round 20 #610 for Ajax's Round 22 #698 and Round 23 #711.
    4. AJAX acquires 27th round pick (#852) and trades 28th & 32nd round picks (#890 & #1018) to Sparta.
    5. AJAX acquires 28th round pick (#876) and trades 29th & 33rd round picks (#903 & #1031) to VITORIA.
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    navin_legend reacted to Tom Erdenay in Tom's Library: Universal SMEL Analysis (TL: USMELA)   
    Re: Tom's Library: Universal SMEL Analysis (TL: USMELA)

    The Old, The Ugly and The Clumsy

    Profile: Simon's Wanderers
    Key Players:

    Pepe Reina - the experienced Pool' keeper will be one of the main men in providing success to the Wanderers.
    Javier Zanetti - the ever blooming player will have to be on his best to help his team to progress.
    Juan Roman Riquelme - Probably the only player in the whole squad who can provide that spark and be a consistent match winner

    Young stars: Yet again we are back to Riquelme and Milito.
    The Weak Link: Midfield and lack of pace. Stronger, younger teams may give a hard time to this aging team and key to victory should be exploiting this. Chemistry issues should also be addressed.
    Best Line-up
    Formation - 4-5-1 (or 4-4-2 Diamond)
    Reina
    Rat - Milito - Cordoba - Zanetti
    Makoun
    Babel ----------Joe Cole
    Riquelme-----
    ------Berbatov
    Kanoute
    Comparison

    Marc Bolan
    Simon, just like Marc Bolan, delivered such promised and had the potential to be one of the best ever, but because of the drugs, both gone down hill. His best years are truly well behind him.
    Tom's Prediction
    Well, with the right tactics and line-up, I could possibly see Wanderers at Top 8, but I'd guess they'll go out in a round before.

    Profile: Kazzer's Vitesse
    Key Players:

    Sergio Aguero - Atleti forward will need to find his previous form in order repay the faith put in him.
    Alexandre Pato - if history goes anything to go by, he will be Vitesee's main threat.
    Diego Godin - Time will tell if he will adjust in Atletico (assuming the transfer does go through) and if he'll manage to lead Vitesse to glory.

    Young stars: Canales and Dzagoev will be ones to watch.
    The Weak Link: While the defence looks solid enough, it would have quite a few problems against world class midfielders and strikers (or just very pacey ones). Midfield options are also rather limited.
    Best Line-up
    Formation - 4-3-3
    Eduardo
    Assou-Ekotto - Godin - Subotic - Friedrich
    Mavuba
    Dzagoev ---Fletcher
    Aguero - Crouch - Pato
    Comparison

    Megan Fox
    Kazzer, is pretty much like Megan Fox - a bit clueless overrated public darling who's career is likely to go downhill.
    Tom's Prediction
    World class attack, but a bit weak elsewhere. A quite attacking, entertaining football should get a lot of fans, but a good defencive team with 2 DM's should do. An early exit and long bath afterwards.

    Profile: Nick's Sport Club
    Key Players:

    Yoann Gourcuff - Will need to be in top form if his team wants to have any chances to progress.
    Diego Forlan - Diego Forlan may be a lot of things, but one thing he knows and does best - puts the ball in the net.
    Keisuke Honda - Not everyone can buy a Ferrari or McLaren, so a lot of times Honda can be a perfect solution.

    Young stars: Alderweireld has the potential to be a world class defender.
    The Weak Link: Center defence looks increasingly worrying, but even without that almost any team should still be able to pull of a win, because this team is quite average.
    Best Line-up
    Formation - 4-3-3
    Adler
    Escude - Alderweireld - Fanni - Salcido
    Gourcuff
    Valencia - Boateng - Honda - Barerra
    Forlan
    Comparison

    Gary Busey
    I can't do anything to myself, but it just seems as Nick Justice and Gary Busey are the same person. Or, at the very least, it looks like Gary Busey is playing in SMEL.
    Tom's Prediction
    I'd be surprised to see this team from the 1st round. The only tactics that are suited for this team are parking of Busey and counter-attacks.


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    navin_legend got a reaction from DerbyPower in SMEL Drafting thread   
    Re: SMEL Drafting thread
    AJAX draft in reliable centre-back; Marc Planus.
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    navin_legend got a reaction from JinxMillion in SMEL Squads Thread   
    Re: SMEL Squads Thread

    AJAX

    Manager: Navin Ramkhelawon




    FIRST TEAM
    Goalkeepers:
    1. Salvatore Sirigu
    12. Wojciech Szczesny
    Defenders:
    2. Mattia Cassani
    3. Aleksandar Kolarov
    5. Per Mertesacker
    6. Rafael Toloi
    15. Marc Planus
    18. Cedric Hengbart
    23. Nicola Lombaerts
    28. Younes Kaboul
    31. Diego Contento
    Midfielders:
    4. Sven Bender
    7. Pablo Hernandez
    8. Miralem Pjanic
    11. Zoran Tosic
    13. Jakub Blaszczykowski
    16. Wilson Palacios
    21. Christian Noboa
    22. Simone Perrotta
    32. Thorsten Frings
    Strikers:
    9. Fernando Torres
    10. Andrei Arshavin
    14. Aleksandar Bukharov
    19. Patrick Helmes
    YOUTH TEAM
    20. Juan Cala
    34. Kyle Walker
    38. Chris Mavinga
    43. Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    17. Lars Bender
    35. Jerson Cabral
    37. Danny Rose
    39. Michael Hoyos
    41. Zhano Ananidze
    42. Gueïda Fofana
    27. Wellington Alves da Silva
    40. Alexandre Lacazette
    44. William Keane
    45. Nicky Ajose Draft Picks
    Year 1
    Round 1 (Pick 7): Fernando Torres
    Round 2 (Pick 58): Per Mertesacker
    Round 3 (Pick 71): Andrei Arshavin
    Round 4 (Pick 122): [Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 5 (Pick 135): Rafael Toloi
    Round 5 (Pick 149) [Acquired from Vitoria]: Miralem Pjanic
    Round 6 (Pick 186): Pablo Hernandez
    Round 7 (Pick 199): Aleksandar Kolarov
    Round 8 (Pick 250): Mattia Cassani
    Round 9 (Pick 263): Gianluca Zambrotta [Autopick] [Traded to Esperance]
    Round 10 (Pick 314): Sven Bender
    Round 11 (Pick 327): Salvatore Sirigu
    Round 12 (Pick 378): Wilson Palacios
    Round 13 (Pick 391): Simone Perrotta [Autopick]
    Round 14 (Pick 442): Aleksandar Bukharov
    Round 15 (Pick 455): Thorsten Frings[Autopick]
    Round 16 (Pick 506): Marc Planus
    Round 17 (Pick 519): Jakub Blaszczykowski
    Round 17 (Pick 533) [Acquired from Vitoria]:Zoran Tosic
    Round 18 (Pick 570): Patrick Helmes
    Round 19 (Pick 583): Wojciech Szczesny
    Round 20 (Pick 610) [Acquired from Young Boys]: Wellington Alves da Silva
    Round 20 (Pick 634): Diego Contento
    Round 20 (Pick 638) [Acquired from Esperance]: Lars Bender
    Round 21 (Pick 647): Juan Cala
    Round 22 (Pick 698): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 23 (Pick 711): [Traded to Young Boys]
    Round 24 (Pick 762): Zhano Ananidze
    Round 25 (Pick 775): Alexandre Lacazette
    Round 26 (Pick 826): Gueïda Fofana
    Round 27 (Pick 839): Cedric Hengbart
    Round 27 (Pick 852)[Acquired from Sparta]: Younes Kaboul
    Round 28 (Pick 876)[Acquired from Vitoria]: Thimothee Kolodziejczak
    Round 28 (Pick 890):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 29 (Pick 903):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 30 (Pick 954): William Keane
    Round 31 (Pick 967): Nicola Lombaerts
    Round 32 (Pick 1018):[Traded to Sparta]
    Round 33 (Pick 1031):[Traded to Vitoria]
    Round 34 (Pick 1082): Christian Noboa
    Round 35 (Pick 1095): Nicky Ajose
    Round 36 (Pick 1146): Kyle Walker
    Round 37 (Pick 1159): Jerson Cabral
    Round 38 (Pick 1210): Danny Rose
    Round 39 (Pick 1223): Chris Mavinga
    Round 40 (Pick 1274): Michael Hoyos
    Trades:
    Year 1
    1. Ajax's Round 4 #122 for Vitoria's Round 5 #149 and Round 17 #533
    2. Ajax's Gianluca Zambrotta for Esperance's Round 20 #638
    3. Young Boys' Round 20 #610 for Ajax's Round 22 #698 and Round 23 #711.
    4. AJAX acquires 27th round pick (#852) and trades 28th & 32nd round picks (#890 & #1018) to Sparta.
    5. AJAX acquires 28th round pick (#876) and trades 29th & 33rd round picks (#903 & #1031) to VITORIA.
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    End Of Season Review
    Division 2 Pre Season Prediction And Position At Game 20 and 37 of the Season

    Man Utd Like Liverpool the year before have been far from impressive this season after the appointment of a far from ideal manager who has made some slightly suspect transfers and been awol from time to time but somehow managed to get the team to the verge of winning the division 2 title new manager has only been with the club a handful of games but has nudged them over the finish line to claim the title huge task for the manager to get them back to the level they were a few seasons ago
    Charlton could this be the year the nightmare of season 7 still lingers in the memorys of Charlton fans when the club threw away a 15pt lead eventually having to settle for a playoff place and failing this season they have come from behind and look to be on the verge of sneaking the last automatic promotion place on the final day of the season from Huddersfield will be a diserved promotion for the fans and manager Dean Bryant
    Huddersfield have at the helm a tactical genius and a manger who has the eye for young tallent in the footballing world has built up this Huddersfield side from nothing to one of the best squads to grace 106 and looked like making it into the 1st division at the 2nd time of asking however recent dip in form has seen Charlton pass them on goal difference will be torture for the Huddersfield fans come Wednesday
    Middlesbrough have been through all this twice before however have never looked at home in the playoffs squad does look at its peak however a recent bout of suspensions will have dented there hopes with the manager having to bring in an on loan right back for cover the odds are against them making it 3rd time lucky
    West Ham's new manager has made quite an impression in the short time she has been at the helm her aim was to get the club into the playoffs and she has pulled it off with an impressive run of 9 straight wins influential midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be key to West Ham's playoff hopes and could just edge them back into the top flight
    Birmingham finally seem to have found a manager that is able to get the most out of the team after nearly 3 seasons with Ultimate Warrior at the helm and 3 mid table finishes to show for it the fans were desperate to see there club back to there best which they have in recent months with 10 wins in there last 16 and with Diego Forlan in the team they look dangerous
    Aston Villa another near miss for Aston Villa and another disappointing season for there fans a strong squad of players once again letting them down a squad of players that should be good enough to be challenging for the division 1 title will it be third time lucky next season
    Crystal Palace Another season in the second division for Palace as always manager Paul Holt and his world famous youth acadamy promise so much but yet again fail to deliver the goods and to make things worth the world famous acadamy looks set to close with Crystal Palace Holding going into administration not a good time to be a Palace fan or manager
    Doncaster an amazing achivement from the Doncaster squad and manager in there first season in the second division and were pushing for a playoff place up until last Saturday when it was ended at the hands of Middlesbrough squad fans and there manager can be proud of what they have achived and will be worth watching for next season
    Cardiff in general have a weak second division squad however they have turned around there season after a snails pace of a start to the season which saw them lose 7 straight games but turned it around and had a slim chance of a playoff place at one point was not to be though still managed a good solid mid table finish
    Preston A hero to the nation is manager James Burrow for getting the national side to the world cup however in the league it has been another poor season for Preston North End who seemed to be off the pace for the playoffs for most of the season not helped by the lack of goals from Steven Jovetic who netted just 6 so far this season
    Plymouth have put in a much better performance this season after narrowly surviving last season when finishing 17th it could however have been a disaster after picking up just 6 wins in there first 20 games however they turned things around signing of Deco is a big boost the the squad for next season which will likely be another tough season for the south coast side
    Watford have impressed since returning to the second division with there small squad of players with not a single 90+ rated player in it solid 11th last season on there return not quite as good this season in 14th but they secured there division 2 status with some nice wins including a 2-1 win over Huddersfield
    Norwich are another team with big name players that have failed to impress this season with the likes of Kuyt,Anelka,Muntari and Grosso they have only managed 15th this season and are only 7pts clear of the relegation zone lack of input from the manager a likely cause of that only saved really after winning there last 2 games fans and manager must be hugely disappointed after two top 10 finishes in season 8 and 9
    Leeds have not looked the same this season after there fine performance last season when they reached the playoffs finishing 5th Leeds have looked inconsistent all season long and have only recently managed to pull out of the relegation battle
    Notts County were written off at the start of the season and were written off at the half way stage however they have managed to turn things around in the second half of the season with 7 wins which has been enough to open a 3pt gap to 18th placed Bolton with County having the far easier final game of the season again Leicester good chance that County will be playing division 2 football next season
    Stoke will want to put this season well behind them after there playoff final appearance last season things looked promising early in the season with Stoke in mid table however a run of 15 games without a win and just 7pts picked up has seen them slip into a relegation battle losing run ended in there last game with a shock win over West Ham tough final game against Doncaster positive for Stoke is Bolton also have a tough game against Aston Villa.
    Bolton are in danger of joining a exclusive group of teams one that has had back to back relegations after another dismal season that has seen them lose 20 games this season anything less than a win against Aston Villa will see them playing division 3 football next season against the likes of Rochdale,Port Vale and Brighton not what Bolton fans exspect.
    Cheltenham have finally run out of luck in the second division after two near misses during season 7 and 8 which saw the club narrowly survive last season they were seen as somewhat overachievers finishing 9th this season though they were back to form which sees them heading back to division 3 for the first time since season 4
    Leicester Were always going to have a tough time of surviving with only a small squad available there task was not helped by an abysmal start to the season which saw them pick up just 15pts in there first 20 games a good march gave there fans a glimmer of hope however just 3pts picked up in April sealed there fate



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    English Championship 106 Division Two
    Match Report
    Huddersfield Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic
    Radamel Falcao 40'
    Claudio Marchisio 75'
    Charlton denied two penalties by referee blunder

    Radamel Falcao scoring his eleventh league goal this season
    Dermot O'Brien maintained his unbeaten league run in March courtesy to Claudio Marchisio's second half equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic. Radamel Falcao had given the visitors the lead five minutes before half time but impressive Italian midfielder Marchisio headed home the equaliser in the 75th minute. Charlton were denied two penalties as they were forced to settle on a single point. Dean Bryant steered the Londoners to a comfortable third place after a fine run this month with a 3-0 over Preston and a 5-1 thrashing at Birmingham City. With a point at Galpharm Stadium further evidence of their progress, it does little for the Terriers' top spot as Manchester United leapfrogged them after a comfortable 2-1 win over Stoke City.
    Charlton defender Alessandro Gamberini saw his twenty-five yards shot smashed against the crossbar as the visitors carved out the game's opening chance. Santi Cazorla then fired a half volley into visitors keeper Marco Amelia's arm. Charlton almost got the lead in the eighteenth minute with Eduardo's shot but Gutierrez Juanito managed to clear the ball off the line. Both sides created numerous chances in the next twenty minutes, particularly the host, who were clearly high on confidence. Charlton, however, were very diciplined at the back and got the first breakthrough five minutes before break through on-form striker Falcao. Addicks skipper Nigel De Jong released a defence-slitting pass to Falcao who beat the offside trap before sliding the ball under the advancing Handanovic.

    De Jong argue with referee Arredondo for a penalty
    Marco Amelia put a magnificent save to denied a shot from Dani Guiza as Huddersfield continued to search for the equaliser in the second period. But the second half proved to be more controversy when De Jong was brought down twice in the box but referee German Arredondo failed to witness the two incidents. Emiliano Moretti made a clumsy challenge on De Jong and later Juanito was in clear contact, blocking De Jong with an elbow. Their fustration saw Gamberini booked for a dangerous play. Both sides made three changes to their team in the 75th minute as they prepared for another frustrating fifteen minutes. Charlton defence struggle after the change and concede a goal from a fine play from Mauro Camoranesi. Camoranesi raced clear down the right and curled a fine cross across the face of the goal, but Amelia appeared to freeze as Marchisio headed home the equaliser. Amelia put in fine performances late in the game as the game ended with a draw.


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    WEEKEND REVIEW PART 2
    Leeds United 3-1 Cheltenham Town
    A Cheltenham side without a win in five travelled to a Leeds side who had lost five on the bounce but it turned out to be quite an entertaining game at Elland Road. The Yorkshire club took a 1-0 lead into half time courtesy of a delightful lob from the prolific Bafetimbi Gomis - it was the Frenchman’s 9th goal for Leeds following his loan switch from Arsenal. An early goal in the second half from Aleksandr Ryazantsev brought Cheltenham level against the run of play. Leeds fortunes weren’t about to get any better when just five minutes after the equaliser they went down to ten men. Andriy Rusol didn’t take too kindly to the challenge from Helder Postiga and the Ukrainian’s head butt was right in front of referee Nicolai Vollquartz who had no option but to send Rusol off. If anything the sending off seemed to spring Leeds into action and they nudged in front again on 64 minutes. Juan Vargas rounding off a great run with a neat finish inside the box. As Cheltenham pushed for a second equaliser they left spaces at the back, spaces which were exploited two minutes from time. Gomis with his second of the game as he ran unopposed on goal, rounded Galinovic and stroked into the unguarded goal. The win for Leeds keeps them in 17th while the Robins slip to 14th.
    Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City
    The Tigers only had one win all season and were down in bottom place with just 8 points from 15 games. In stark contrast, their opponents Crystal Palace were flying high in the Championship and surely had too much for Leicester. Gokdeniz Karadeniz’s 3rd minute volley gave Palace the lead but they were unable to add to it until the second half. Two goals in two minutes from Ruben Cani and Fernando Morientes gave the hosts a commanding lead, and Mats Hummels 63rd minute strike put the win beyond doubt. There was still time for Cani to add his second of the game and heap more misery on Leicester whose poor run of form doesn’t look like ending. Thanks to other results, the Eagles climb the league table to 5th place while Leicester are now 9 points from safety.
    Doncaster Rovers 4-2 Watford
    The Hornets seemed to have put their bad form behind them with recent wins over Stoke City and West Ham United, but they were faced with a tough trip to the Keepmoat Stadium to tackle a Doncaster side with promotion hopes. Things didn’t look good for the away side as they gave away the lead just seconds into the game. Pavel Pogrebnyak’s long range effort was too good for Stipe Pletikosa and the ball flew into the top corner. Jorge Teixeira and Alejandro Alonso gave the hosts a 3-0 lead with not even half an hour gone. Kevin Mirallas pulled one back for Watford to give the travelling fans something to cheer about before the break, and when Brazilian striker Jo got their second on 50 minutes a comeback looked like it could be on the cards. Pogrebnyak had other ideas and he poked home his 8th of the season on 55 minutes to take the wind out of Watford’s sails. Doncaster climb from 11th to 7th following last night’s results and Watford are in 15th place, just three points separate them and the drop zone.
    West Ham United 0-3 Norwich City
    Both sides were in somewhat indifferent form going into this meeting at Upton Park. West Ham were one point ahead of Norwich but they were undone by some good finishing from the Canaries. The first half was a fairly even contest and they looked to be going into the break level, but Thomas Kahlenberg’s deflected effort ensured that wasn’t to be the case. Young Ukrainian forward Artem Kravets doubled Norwich’s lead early in the second half to give West Ham an uphill struggle, and it was a struggle they couldn’t overcome. Kravets with another goal late on to seal the three points that send Norwich into the play-off positions, and move West Ham down to 9th.
    Stoke City 1-3 Middlesbrough
    Two promotion hopefuls met at the Britannia Stadium but there was no doubt who was in the better form. Stoke made a strong start to the season but a run of 6 winless games had taken their toll, while Middlesbrough had won four in a row. Orlando Engelaar broke the deadlock for Boro on 26 minutes with a side-footed finish after some neat footwork, but their lead was short-lived. Fabrizio Miccoli was the first to react to Victor Valdes’ parry and he couldn’t miss. Gonzalo Bergessio quickly put the away side in front once again with a world class strike which two goalkeeper couldn’t have stopped. After a crazy six minutes the game settled down slightly with neither side really going for it. As Stoke went in search for a second goal they were caught out at the back, and Cameron Jerome was gifted all the time in the world to compose himself and curl a great shot past Tim Howard. Boro deserved their win and they stay in 4th place, six points behind leaders Huddersfield. Stoke drop to 10th.

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    Third Division Weekend Round Up



    Reading and Tranmere Rovers continue to blaze the trail for Second Division football next season with away wins against lowly Hull City and Leyton Orient respectively.



    League leaders Reading travelled to Hull City and never looked in any danger as they completely dominated the match. Two first half goals from Menez (34) and Misimovic (39) was enough to take all three points and stay top of the league tonight. 0-2



    Tranmere Rovers, hot on the heels of Reading, had a much trickier game to overcome a resolute and robust Orient side. Agbonlahor's strike 4 minutes from time was enough to separate these two teams in a very close match that keeps Tranmere Rovers one point behind the league leaders. 0-1



    Q.P.R and Third placed Sheffield Wednesday battled out a 2-2 draw at Loftus Road with all four goals coming in the first half. A 13th minute goal from Petric put the home team in front but the Yorkshiremen struck twice in the 14th and 15th minute through Pique and Ilsinho to restore their lead only for Barrios to pull the teams level on the 22nd minute. Sheffield Wednesday had more of the play but Q.P.R. refused to yield and kept their own promotion hopes alive. 2-2



    Crewe Alexandra moved into 4th place with a fine two goal win over Brighton. A goal in each half from Pazzini (29) and De Camargo (56) was more than enough for the home team who outclassed their opponents in a one sided affair. 2-0



    Port Vale moved into the sixth place play off position with a 2-2 home draw against Barnsley. The visitors were unlucky not to take all three points when they went ahead in the 12th minute through Bramble and Johnson put them two up just after the break but Port Vale refused to lie down and Erding (65) and Bendtner (78) pulled the game back from the abyss to take a share of the spoils. 2-2



    Shorpe Utd, who started so well, continue to drop points and they came away from Bradford City empty handed. Cassano put Shorpe Utd ahead in the 27th minute but two goals from Dunn (40) and Oliveira (83) gave the home side a deserved win. This loss drops Shorpe Utd out of the top six. 2-1



    Derby County and Ipswich Town fought out a middle of the table match with the visitors edging it 2-1. Goals from Obasi in the 4th minute gave the home crowd something to smile about but Boateng (8) and Muslimovic(51) replied for Ipswich Town to seal all three points. 1-2



    Swansea City travelled to bottom of the table Gillingham and against the run of play the home side were 2-0 down at the break through goals from Ca (26) and Wisgerhof (31). a late strike from Didot in the 86th minute was not enough as the home side fought tenaciously for a much merited equaliser. 1-2



    Carlisle Utd and Colchester Utd fought out a 2-2 draw at Brunton Park. The visitors were 2-0 up at the break through Pliatsikas (2) and Manolev (17) but a brave fight back in the second half with goals from Gray (50) and Berger (84) was enough for a share of the points. 2-2



    Oxford Utd and Rochdale tangled in a relegation battle and the introduction of Ronaldo, one time best footballer in the world, dominated the news before the match.
    Santos Weldon stole the limelight from his fellow countryman Ronaldo when he scored his 5th goal of the season in the 17th minute to put Oxford Utd in front. Boyd levelled the scores in the 26th minute assisted by the Brazillian legend Ronaldo and a Fabian Delph strike in the 76th minute, again assisted by Ronaldo put the visitors in front. An acrobatic overhead kick in the dying minutes from the Brazillian maestro proved that at the age of 33, he can still play a bit. This result pushes Rochdale one place above Oxford Utd, who drop to second from bottom in their fight for Third Division status. 1-2



    So, Reading and Tranmere Rovers stay first and second following their away wins with Sheffield Wednesday slipping up slightly but stay close on the leaders heels in third place.



    Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale look more threatening as they move up the table following today's results with Q.P.R tucked in there neatly in 5th place.



    At the other end of the table, unlucky Gillingham still search for their first win that will hopefully get their season going. Oxford Utd drop to second bottom after their home defeat to fellow strugglers Rochdale.


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    Transfer Update: Argentinean Star Joins In





    Servette FC have completed the signing of 22-year old striker, Gonzalo HIGUAIN from Real Madrid. The Argentinean international has signed for the next five seasons. He is the highlight transfer in the history of the club, coming in for around £22M. Goals, goals and goals are expected from him, and the manager is really delighted to have such a talented striker available. He is going to be instrumental for the title push this season.
    On other news, Luca ANTONINI the Italian full-back has joined in this morning for a fee of around £3.6M. He is believed to have been signed to provide cover for the defence.
    Another high profile player who has joined in is Danijel PRANJIC the left midfielder from Bayern Munich, who has replaced the departing Michel Bastos. The manager has already said that Danijel is going to be an integral part of the squad this season.





    With all these players coming in, a few players are being rumoured to be shown the exit. And the most likely candidates being Carvalha AMAURI, Clarindo ANDRÉ SANTOS and Claudio PIZARRO And as a finishing note the manager has hinted that another high profile striker may be joining in the next few days, but he hasn't given any more hints on this forthcoming deal. The team tonight face Aucas in the league.
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    The Russian league currently runs from March through November, but all that is going to change...
    It's still being discussed, but apparently starting in the 2011 season the Russian Premier League will align its season with the majority of other European leagues and operate on a Winter schedule (Aug-May).



    Why the Change...?


    Well the official line from the Russian Premier League bosses is that by aligning with the other European leagues, it will enter European competitions under the same conditions as teams from other leagues. You can make the argument that Russian teams in these competitions (and international competitions) are at a disadvantage to other European teams because their current season starts in March, which is at the same time most other European teams are hitting their peak. They are blaming this on why the Russian teams don't fare well in the later rounds of European competitions or international matches.
    It makes some sense.
    However, that is not the real reason.

    The real reason is because all of the Russian teams make the majority of their revenues from television rights contracts and from sponsorships. Not from the stadium gate. And you can expect an increase in both the tv rights contracts and sponsorships if the Russian Premier League ran on a winter schedule rather than during the summer.
    Why Would They Make More Money with a Winter Schedule...?
    It's the same reason why a new season of television shows on the BBC or Sky aren't introduced during the Summer. Because nobody's home. Everybody is enjoying the weather and is away from the living room.
    With a Winter schedule they get a captive audience. And with a captive audience comes:

    (1) many many more subscribers
    (2) and higher advertising prices for commercials, etc...
    (not to mention that the service provider can likely charge the customer more) For example, it's just like on Sky. Generally speaking, during the Winter months, advertisers like Coca Cola will pay more for a commercial during "24" than they would during the Summer months. Why? Because more people are likely seeing the commercial while they are cooped up in their homes during the Winter.
    Why did They Decide to Go Forward with This Plan Now, When It's been Talked About Since 2005...?
    Money Money Money... The current TV rights contract for the Russian Premier League is up at the end of the 2010 season.
    Who is Going to be Against This Plan...?
    The Russian supporters who attend the matches obviously. But guess what.. they are the only ones who will oppose this move. It's a win for everyone else involved.
    What those supporters don't understand just like the majority of futbol fans who attend matches in England/France/Spain/Italy/etc... is that the time of Big Media has entered the realm of futbol.
    Futbol Clubs would rather take a higher margin dollar from a subscriber via a tv set or from a corporate sponsor than they would from some lifelong supporter in the stadium who brings with them lower profit margins and higher-risk. Welcome to the 21st century European sports fans.... Get used to it cause it's only going to get worse.
    Based on Precedent It's Difficult to Say How Much a New TV Contract could be Worth to the League, but a Fair Starting-Point is £20-25M Per Year
    Back in 2007, NTV (which is owned by Gazprom) purchased the exclusive rights to broadcast live futbol matches on a pay-per-view basis. It was a 4 season deal worth $100M (£65M back then). Considering that every match was watched on average by 250K people minimum, it was a decent deal for NTV.....and for the Russian Premier League teams too.
    However.....Then the shady stuff started happening...
    Putin, who was well aware of the deal and whose buddy runs Gazprom (which again owns NTV) stuck his nose in and said that he was displeased that "simple fans" wouldn't be able to watch soccer for free.
    His decision was that all live matches from the Russian Premier League were to be broadcast free for the 2008 season. Who knows what happened to the $25M that the League was supposed to get for that year. It's likely collecting interest in a Swiss bank account as I type this.
    Anyway...Throw some sort of multiplier on that previous deal and a new deal could easily be 4 years for $125-150M (£75-100M). Not bad for all involved.Those are the types of numbers that we are talking about for a TV deal for the League from the likes of ESPN or Sky. Even those numbers might be a stretch, but it's a starting point.
    Just So We Understand Why the League, the Broadcasters, and Advertisers are Licking Their Chops... Here's Some Simple Math

    100,000 : This is the total number of spectators who attend Russian Premier League games any given weekend.


    250,000 : This is the MINIMUM number of people who watch any 1 match on TV any given weekend


    2,000,000 : This is the MIMINUM number of people who watch all 8 of the matches on TV any given weekend


    20 to 1 : This is the MINIMUM ratio between those who watch the matches on TV and those who attend

    This 20 to 1 ratio is abysmally low compared to other leagues in Europe. Why...? Because it's during the Summer. Move this league to a Winter schedule (Aug-May) and I bet the the first year you see a doubling of that ratio. Then throw some marketing dollars behind it and who knows where it could go.
    THAT is the opportunity that the Russian Premier League and the broadcasters and advertisers are excited about.
    It will be interesting to see if ESPN or Sky make a play @ Russia or if they just deem working with Putin to be toxic.
    In Case You were Wondering About the Average Attendances in Russia, Here's a Look :
    (sorry, but I had to limit this to 11 images)

    Check out the stands in these pictures. These depict average attendances.
    Russian Premier League 2009
    Average Attendance - 12,517




    1. Rubin Kazan (63pts)
    Avg. Attendance - 14,726
    City Size - 1,105,000
    Stadium - Central Stadium
    Stadium Capacity - 30,000

    2. Spartak Moskva (55pts)
    Avg. - 25,253
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Luzhniki
    Capacity - 84,745
    (same as CSKA's stadium, except double the crowds)
    3. Zenit Saint-Petersburg (54pts) Avg. - 18,910
    City Size - 5,600,000
    Stadium - Petrovsky Stadium
    Capacity - 21,725

    4. Lokomotiv Moskva (54pts)
    Avg. - 15,288
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Lokomotiv Stadium
    Capacity - 28,800

    5. CSKA Moskva (52pts)
    Avg. - 13,687
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Luzhniki
    Capacity - 84,745

    6. FK Moskva (48pts)
    Avg. - 4,940
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Streltsov Stadium
    Capacity - 13,200

    7. Saturn Moskva (45pts)
    Avg. - 7,173
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Saturn Stadium
    Capacity - 16,726
    (think Brunton Park)
    8. Dynamo Moskva (42pts)
    Avg. - 7,752
    City Size - 15,000,000
    Stadium - Dynamo Stadium
    Capacity - 36,540
    (lame stadium with zero crowds)
    9. Tom Tomsk (41pts)
    Avg. - 11,833
    City Size - 500,000
    Stadium - Trud Stadium
    Capacity - 15,000

    10. Kryliya Sovetov (36pts)
    Avg. - 15,873
    City Size - 1,160,000
    Stadium - Metallurg Stadium
    Capacity - 33,220

    11. Spartak Nalchik (35pts)
    Avg. - 9,793
    City Size - 275,000
    Stadium - Spartak Stadium
    Capacity - 14,400
    (the size of The County Ground in Swindon)
    12. Terek Grozny (33pts)
    Avg. - 8,020
    City Size - 200,000
    Stadium - Sultan Bilimkhanov
    Capacity - 10,200
    (the size of Crewe Alexandra's stadium)
    13. Amkar Perm (33pts)
    Avg. - 12,073
    City Size - 1,000,000
    Stadium - Zvezda Stadium
    Capacity - 19,500

    14. Rostov (32pts)
    Avg. - 11,597
    City Size - 1,100,000
    Stadium - Olimp-2
    Capacity - 30,000

    15. Kuban (28pts)
    Avg. - 18,467
    City Size - 650,000
    Stadium - Kuban Stadium
    Capacity - 32,000
    (relegated)
    16. FC Khimki (10pts)
    Avg. - 4,881
    City Size - 185,000
    Stadium - Arena Khimki
    Capacity - 18,000
    (trust me, it's empty)
    Anyway.... 3 takeaways from looking @ that those are:

    1. Nobody attends these matches (even for the likes of Zenit or Spartak or CSKA)
    2. Any spectator will freeze their *** off in those stadiums during the dead of winter
    3. The vast majority of those stadiums are antiquated by any modern measure. No heating systems for the pitches let alone the stands. Completely open to the elements. And if All That wasn't Bad Enough, Check Out the Current Weather Where Newly Promoted Sibir Novosibirsk is Located :




    That's the exact temperature at the same time that a handful of EPL games kicked off today.
    Their 12,500 seat stadium was built in 1927 and has no covering whatsoever.
    Aside:
    I ripped the format of the stadium photos from an architecture website that I saw that deals with the design of stadiums.
    Another Aside:
    I can see that it could potentially be a problem to recruit good players to play there during a notorious Russian Winter. One could argue that over time it would mean a degradation of the League as a whole. I don't think it will come to that. I think the revenue opportunity for the players will far outweigh any frostbite, not to mention that the schedule won't be all that bad (i.e. they'll take the dead of winter off just like they do in Germany)
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review





    At the start of the season, expectations were quite high for the gaffer, Navin. The board expected the team to at least make the play-offs, following disappointment the previous year. And in a stunning and awesome performance, Doncaster Rovers finally gained promotion from a highly competitive Division 3 by clinching second place. The manager and players will feel however a little disappointment at not having won the coveted title despite being leaders for quite some time. Nonetheless considering the quality players and managers involved in this Division, second place has been welcomed by both the Board and the unwavering fans. The players and fans have voted for the best performers of this season and the results have been published.
    Defender of the Year
    John PANTSIL





    This choice was quite easy as the Ghanaian was a constant figure in the manager's match day squads. He has started 30 league games this season for Doncaster Rovers. Despite their defence being leaky all through out the campaign, Navin has come out and applauded John for his hard work on the pitch that has contributed to the team's promotion. Moreover, John PANTSIL has started 5 times for the Ghana National team in their World Cup qualifying matches. The manager has hinted that John PANTSIL will be and important component for Doncaster's maiden season in Division 2.
    Midfielder of the Year
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    It had to be the Brazilian magician of the team. He is the creative spark of Doncaster Rovers, his rampaging runs across the midfield to get the ball up the field have immensely contributed to all the goals scored this past season. Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER is considered by the manager as a certain first team member for the next season. Despite being injury prone he has managed to start 24 times and has contributed with 8 goals and 5 assists; moreover bagging MoTM 6 times. This has only been his second season with us, but the fans already adore him, and various chants can be heard at every match we play.
    Forward of the Season
    Mbaye LEYE





    This has to be undoubtedly Mbaye LEYE. He has been simply IMMENSE this season with some awesome performances and scintillating scoring record. The Senegalese has scored a massive 24 goals and contributed 15 assists this campaign: what more he has bagged 12 MoTM awards. He has been the key performer for Doncaster this season, and large credit for promotion goes to him. He has bagged top scorer for Division 3 and has furthermore, been the player who has scored most goals across the setup. And the cherry on the cake came when he was awarded The Overall Player of the year by the EC106 managers, where he has outclassed several other quality players and pipped them to the prize. This rightly highlights the season of Mbaye LEYE, which has been his best till now in a Doncaster shirt.
    Young player of the Year
    Aaron RAMSEY





    It has been awarded to our on-loan Welsh starlet. He has been omnipresent this season, amassing 26 league starts and contributing 4 goals and 6 assists. He was on loan from Preston North End, and Navin has tipped this boy for wonders in the next coming years. The gaffer has said that Aaron has a great potential and under the guidance of James Burrow, he is gonna set the world of football on fire. The kids at the academy have taken him to be their role model and quite rightly so the manager has said that Aaron is forever welcome here at Doncaster Rovers.

    In his end of season press conference, Navin has expressed his gratitude to Huddersfield Town's and Preston North End's gaffers for their helpful loans throughout this season. These have greatly helped our cause this campaign, with us being a relatively small club with limited funds at our disposal. In what has been a great overall season the manager has turned to give his special thanks to the fans who have supported us all year long and has asked them to come in increasing numbers for next season Doncaster are going to compete in Division 2. Concerning the transfers side, Navin has informed the fans that some important signings will be done, but he will privilege the team structure above all and that they should not expect any star signing next season. Lastly, Navin wishes the EC106 community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010.
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