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August 24, 2014, 12:28:21 AM
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Dortmund Leverkusen kicked off at the same time as our game. Dortmund playing a rather strange lineup with a lot of important players on the bench or not in the squad. They're losing 0-1 currently after conceding in the first minute.

Edit: both the official BL website and Whoscored have Dortmund playing a diamond in midfield with Immobile and Aubameyang up front, with Reus in the hole.
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August 27, 2014, 02:50:50 AM
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Roma have sold Serie A's best defender Benatia to Bayern. That's not going to help their title hopes.

August 27, 2014, 08:12:47 PM
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great article detailing why Real selling Di Maria might be a big mistake. i think it could constitute another Makele moment.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/aug/26/angel-di-maria-manchester-united-real-madrid-lionel-messi


August 27, 2014, 08:53:42 PM
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Let's see if he as a big a success as ozil

Not suggesting he will be a success for Man Utd, but that Real Madrid are selling their most important player from last season: a man who played the role of two players and allowed them to accommodate Bale and Ronaldo. He gave them balance.

August 29, 2014, 01:24:11 AM
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Torres to Milan looks like a goer. Milan are ridiculous. They've become a parody of themselves in terms of acquiring past it players with massive wage demands. Serie A has a reputation as the league where players end up when they're not fit for the top level any more, but Milan are almost entirely responsible for it.

August 31, 2014, 01:44:30 AM
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Going to try and forget that ridiculous game by moving straight on to Fiorentina against Roma on the first Serie A weekend.

No Rossi or Gomez for Viola, and for Roma four debutants including Ashley Cole.
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August 31, 2014, 11:31:04 PM
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Watching Milan Lazio. The pitch at the San Siro is fucking massive! Like counter-productively so.

August 31, 2014, 11:43:36 PM
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Massive? Goodisons pitch is much bigger mate.

It looks huge. Both teams are struggling to get the ball from one side to the other because it's so long.

August 31, 2014, 11:46:31 PM
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Hill. Give us a 'team to watch' in serie A

Torino tickle my fancy a bit

Torino are good to watch but they've lost Immobile and are about to lose Cerci so it remains to be seen how they'll get on. They're on BT later against Inter who would be my bet to watch as they've got some interesting new signings and it will be good to see if they change their system to accommodate them.

The best teams to watch from a footballing perspective are probably Roma and Fiorentina, who played yesterday, and Juventus who might be more expansive now Conte's gone.

Edit: Also Udinese. They have an exciting young coach.
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August 31, 2014, 11:58:09 PM
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Wanna try to get into it as there's a lot of good teams in there. I know juve have blitzed it in recent years, but as you say, the likes of udinese, fiorentina, are good teams who could really achieve something.

Don't udinese have a 17 year old first choice keeper?

He's 18 now and been demoted to the bench. But they have very high hopes for him. Udinese are unpredictable as their playing personnel changes so much season by season.

Their new manager was a youth coach at Inter, won the youth CL and was hailed as the next big thing. He was given the senior job, they finished 9th and he was binned off. Perhaps it came too soon and away from the spotlight he might be able to get it to work.

August 31, 2014, 11:59:46 PM
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Was far too emotionally drained to watch Roma-Fiorentina yesterday. Roma pretty much dominated from what I did see.

Roma dominated the first half but Fiorentina rallied in the second. De Sanctis made two great saves to deny them an equaliser. Roma got a breakaway goal right at the end which killed it. Naingolan was unstoppable and if Gervinho could keep his cool in front of goal he'd score 30 a season in their system. He was very good last night.

September 05, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
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It was Gervinho's saved shot which produced the same goal IIRC.

Did Torino replace Immobile & Cerci?

They got Quagliarella from Juventus who I think was underused as he's a good player. Don't think they've got a Cerci replacement in but rather Larrondo has been given the chance to step up in to his place. Didn't help his cause by missing a penalty against Inter.

September 06, 2014, 05:10:43 PM
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Guiseppe Rossi out for another 5 months.

September 13, 2014, 05:43:11 AM
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Stolen from another forum:

This weekends European Football TV Schedule

Friday 12th September

7:55pm - Almeria vs Cordoba - Sky Sports 5

Saturday 13th September

5:00pm - Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao - Sky Sports 5
5:15pm - Empoli vs Roma - BT Sport 2
5:30pm - Borussia Monchengladbach vs Schalke - BT Sport 1
7:00pm - Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Sky Sports 5
7:00pm - Saint Etienne vs Caen - BT Sport 2
7:30pm - Juventus vs Udinese - BT Sport 1
9:00pm - Celta Vigo vs Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 5

Sunday 14th September

2:15pm - Fiorentina vs Genoa - BT Sport 2
2:30pm - Frankfurt vs Augsburg - ESPN
3:55pm - Valencia vs Espanyol - Sky Sports 5
4:30pm - Hannover vs Hamburg - BT Sport 1
5:00pm - Vitoria Guimaraes vs FC Porto - BT Sport 2
6:00pm - Sevilla vs Getafe - Sky Sports 5
7:45pm - Parma vs AC Milan - BT Sport 1
8:00pm - Granada vs Villarreal - Sky Sports 5

Monday 15th September

7:45pm - Eibar vs Deportivo La Coruna - Sky Sports 5
7:45pm - Verona vs Palermo - BT Sport 1


Big stuff that. Gonna spend the whole day watching football tomorrow. A good choice of games for after ours.

September 13, 2014, 06:26:47 AM
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Not watching the X Factor mate? ;)

Think I'll be doing the same:

Arsenal v City
WBA v Everton
Barcelona v Bilbao
Real v Atletico
Celta v Real Sociedad


You watching the Madrid derby or Juve?


Gonna go Juventus, but I'll likely watch Barcelona and Bilbao before hand.