2018/19 Premier League & General Football Discussion

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Liquid, May 28, 2018.

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Does football need video referees?

  1. Yes - VAR is a success

  2. Yes - The principle is needed but VAR has been badly handled

  3. No - VAR was horrible and should not be continued

  4. No - Mistakes are part of football

  5. Undecided

  6. Other (please state)

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  1. Liquid

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    PREMIER LEAGUE


    Current Champions: Manchester City

    Competing In Europe
    Champions League:
    Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool
    Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley

    New Teams
    Came Up:
    Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Fulham

    Arsenal
    Bouremouth
    Brighton & Hove Albion
    Burnley
    Cardiff City
    Chelsea
    Crystal Palace
    Everton
    Fulham
    Huddersfield Town
    Leicester City
    Liverpool
    Manchester City
    Manchester United
    Newcastle United
    Southampton
    Tottenham Hotspur
    Watford
    West Ham United
    Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    CHAMPIONSHIP

    Current Champions: Wolverhampton Wanderers

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Swansea City, Stoke City, West Bromwhich Albion
    Came Up: Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham United

    Aston Villa
    Blackburn Rovers
    Birmingham City
    Bolton Wanderers
    Brentford
    Bristol City
    Derby CountyHull City
    Ipswich Town
    Leeds United
    Middlesbrough
    Millwall
    Norwich City
    Nottingham Forest
    Preston North End
    Queen's Park Rangers
    Reading
    Rotherham United
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Sheffield United
    Stoke City
    Swansea City
    West Bromwich Albion
    Wigan Athletic

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    LEAGUE ONE

    Current Champions: Wigan Athletic

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Barnsley, Burton Albion, Sunderland
    Came Up: Accrington Stanley, Luton Town, Wycombe Wanderers Coventry City

    Accrington Stanley
    Barnsley
    Blackpool
    Bradford City
    Bristol Rovers
    Burton Albion
    Charlton Athletic
    Coventry City
    Doncaster Rovers
    Fleetwood Town
    Gillingham
    Luton Town
    Oxford United
    Peterborough United
    Portsmouth
    Plymouth Argyle
    Rochdale
    Scunthorpe United
    Shrewsbury Town
    Southend United
    Sunderland
    Walsall
    Wimbledon
    Wycombe Wanderers

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    LEAGUE TWO

    Current Champions: Accrington Stanley

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Bury
    Came Up: Macclesfield Town, Tranmere Rovers

    Bury
    Cambridge United
    Carlisle United
    Cheltenham Town
    Colchester United
    Crawley Town
    Crewe Alexandra
    Exeter City
    Forest Green Rovers
    Grimsby Town
    Lincoln City
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    Milton Keynes Dons
    Morcambe
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    Newport County
    Notts County
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    Swindon Town
    Stevenage
    Tranmere Rovers
    Yeovil Town
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    Current Holders: Arsenal

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    FA CUP

    Current Holders: Chelsea

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    FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP

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    FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY

    Current Holders: Lincoln City​

    MANAGER WATCH

    A log of all managerial departures from the top 92 because sackings are all too quick to happen these days.

    *MANAGER WATCH IS SUSPENDED UNTIL THE OPENING LEAGUE GAME OF NEXT SEASON*
     
  2. MUSC4EVER

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    Lets start with Fabinho joining Liverpool.

    Move was announced earlier for £43 million plus £5 million add-ons, He is a Brazilian centre midfielder how can also play right back, he joins from Monaco and signed a five year deal.

    This deal came out of nowhere tonight, he was heavily linked with Man United, who reportedly didn't bid for him.
     
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    On the VAR issue. It is needed but with a system where time doesn't really stop. Where the guy in London can tell the ref the decision he feels is just.
     
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    Ivan Strinic will be leaving Sampdoria and heads to AC Milan on a free transfer. Pepe Reina also joins AC Milan on a free transfer from Napoli and Milan are in talks with Fiorentina captain Milan Badelj on a free transfer.

    The transfer strategy looks a bit different than last season after they spent €200 mil. only to finish one place better in the league and get hit with FFP sanctions.
     
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    Arsenal reportedly close to signing Dortmund defender Sokritis Pathasosupolousaisousis....

    Not his real surname but it is long!
     
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    Italian Serie C side Rimini has offered to take Loris Karius on loan for a season so he can regain his calm.

    Karius of course is still in Kiev, as he couldn't even catch his plane.


    Edit: First inter-season manager swap. Shrewsbury lost the EFL Trophy final to Lincoln... and the League One playoff final to Rotherham... and now their manager, Paul Hurst, to Ipswich.
     
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    Paul Hurst left Boston for Grimsby via an illegal approach, which ended up in a court case which Hurst lost and ended up paying out to Boston. Then he left Grimsby for Shrewsbury in equally acrimonious circumstances and again now for Ipswich.

    I've read some glowing endorsements of his contract conduct on Twitter this morning.
     
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    £50 Million for Arnautovic to United? No thanks, good player but not United calibre.

    John Terry's left Aston Villa.
     
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    Not EPL, and cross-posting from last season's Champions League thread, but Zidane quits.
     
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    Not sure this should surprise anyone. Real Madrid has very strange expectations when it comes to their managers and I personally have no doubt they've driven the conversations which has lead to Zizou leaving.

    Although the president has said they 'didn't see it coming'...
     
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    Donnarumma reportedly rejected a move to Liverpool after the clubs agreed on a €60m move. Liverpool now turn their sights to Alisson of Roma. They want to sign him before the World Cup because a good performance there would see his evaluation go up even higher than the €90m it is currently believed to be.

    Real Madrid have offered €65m to Juventus in an attempt to sign Pjanic but Juventus claimed they will take no less than €80m for the player. In response, Real Madrid proposed €30m plus Modric.
     
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    How very Real Madrid.

    Fabio Capello was dismissed at the end of the 1996/97 campaign despite winning La Liga; not winning the Champions League was too little.
    Jupp Heynckes was dismissed at the end of the 1997/98 campaign despite winning the Champions League; 4th in La Liga was too little.
    Vicente del Bosque was dismissed despite winning two La Ligas and two Champions Leagues in just four seasons.
    Capello was dismissed again at the end of the 2006/07 campaign despite winning La Liga; not winning the Champions League was too little.

    Surely the club run by the most fickle senior management team?

    I did have my own musings over why Zidane's Madrid side haven't quite been there domestically but you absolutely cannot fault winning the European Champions League three times in a row. It's an astonishing achievement which will, in future, go down as one of the greatest achievements of our time.
     
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    Starts the big manager merry go round. Zidane could walk into any big team now. Juventus would be his next big move IMO.
     
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    Shrewsbury are looking for a new manager.
     
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    So potentially, Real Madrid could start the 2018/19 season without Zidane, Bale and Ronaldo. But they could be getting Neymar.

    Napoli's Sarri to Chelsea has seemed like a given but his €8m release clause doesn't expire until today. Could that leave time for Real Madrid to swoop in?
     
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    Derby must be kicking themselves. Moved too soon...
     
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    Arsenal.
     
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    PSG.
     
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    Zidane leaving before VAR implemented. Smart move.
     
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    So are St. Mirren - and they look a bit like Juventus (when they're not playing football anyway..)

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    Chelsea have shelved plans for the development of Stamford Bridge citing 'the current unfavourable investment climate' (...like the man with all the money can't get back into the country!)
     
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    How about this for a merry-go-round?

    Quote from article.
    "Plans were under consideration to move Chelsea matches to Wembley stadium for the four years it would take to redevelop Stamford Bridge."

    Chelsea always had trouble to buy some house,s but that looks like they sorted that one, But hey Wembley looks like its for sale. Me not happy with that at all. But thats another story. :(
    So Chelsea slam in a nice offer for some competition for Wembley against the Fulham bloke who wants to buy it.
    Save them in the long term since they have a ready built stadium bigger than what they have and thats why they are looking to be building a new one anyway. (Or wanting too)
    In the mean time Spurs look like they might have to play a few more games at Wembley so why not rent them Chelseas ground for a while then sell the thing (Chelseas stamford Bridge) to Fulham since the bloke who wants Wembley just wants somewhere to play his american footy thing?
    All that could happen a lot quicker than the years it would take to build a new stadium for Chelsea.
    And all the FA talking crap about pumping money back into grass roots football. Sounds more like lining some pockets than owt else? But who knows?

    EDIT: Fulham Bloke am on about. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/04/26/fa-talks-sell-wembley-fulham-owner-shahid-khan/
     
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    Heckingbottom sacked. Well that didn't last long. Thing is him leaving Barnsley may have added to Barnsley's demise (maybe not). Leeds are still in the same position but now morally worse in my view of Leeds United.
     
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    New longest serving manager champion (football league): Jim Bentley of Morecambe, 7 years
     
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    Man, it only feels like yesterday that Jim Bentley was player-caretaker manager. He's been there 7 years now?!
     
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    Sir Alex Ferguson has been discharged from Hospital and is now recovering at home. :tup:
     
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