DarthMath wrote:Ah, finally a good place to speak about good football between gentlemen !!
Strange things over there ...
I bet on Manchester-Barcelona and the last one for the trophy !!
Sorry Hobbes ...
Oh, and I almost forgot : Olympique de Marseille as France champions. I know that I speak about low-grade football, but I'm waiting that for such a long time !!! arty:
DarthMath wrote:Oh yes, always with Barcelona.
It was not a very good game yesterday, as a lot of first match in home-away confrontations. The two teams didn't want to take a goal against, at no cost, and they play a really close game.
In this connection, I think only two yellow cards for Chelsea is rather well paid. Don't you think so ? And the suspension of Carles Puyol is a really bad thing for the next game. But I'm sure that Barcelona will score at Stamford Bridge, and then ... ompom:
For Marseille, the problems aren't gone, unluckily ... We are in a good position for the title, with 5 games to play, but it seems pretty sure that we are going to lose our Coach, who had brought serenity, confidence and strictness
in a group of players who esily lost concentration. So, I wait and see ... and hope, of course !!
Oh, by the way, Go ManU, Go !! And before all, a good game.
Hobbes wrote:Not sure Chelsea were lucky to have only a couple of yellows - but I am rather partisan
DarthMath wrote:I believe you are ...
Thanks for the luck, I think we are going to need it a little ...
For the next season, Champion's League participation is pretty sure, but like this year, I think we are no match for the european top 12. A qualification
for the 1/8 will sound as an exceptionnal performance, depending of the draw
of course, but as a third group team, it seems to be quite difficult for us.
For ManU-Arsenal, you must admit that a re-match of the last year final would be very interesting between Manchester and Chelsea. And despite Fabregas, Arsenal lacks talent and experience for this level of play, IMHO of course !!
Have a good game, Chris.
DarthMath wrote:Or it could be me !!
Paris had had a very good team in the middle of the 90's, the 94/95 and 95/96
seasons were very good, with two finals and a victory in the C2 (Cup Winners' Cup - I precise because I'm not sure it's the same name in English ), and memorables victories against both Barcelona and Madrid in the two seasons. Since, they are in the same doldrums than Marseille. A victory or two in National cups in the beginning of the 2000's, but bad league positions one year or another. These two clubs are the most popular in France, but the executive circles couldn't answer to the high expectations, despite strong financing.
As all the French football, they made mistakes in the recruitement cell and in the clubs' structuration. That's why there is so much differences between us and the other great european championships, and that increases. Long term vision doesn't exist in the french clubs I believe ...
St-Etienne was the most popular club of an other generation, like Reims in the 50's. St-Etienne was the club of the 70's, with the memorable final in C1 against Bayern München in 76 and the famous right-angle post which had repulsed a strike which could be in with the modern posts. That's a bad memory for an entire generation of supporters !!
Since their good times, the club swings between first and second divisions, after the move of Michel Platini to Juventus. As the others "great" clubs, stability isn't their best quality. This year, there was also great expectations for them, but finally they are in great danger of relegation.
DarthMath wrote:I think a little "Yurk yurk" or "Gniark Gniark" is expressive enough !!
No more needed, my dear fellow Englishman ...
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