2023/24 Premier League & General Football Discussion

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Old up, in the Women's World Cup, there is a transgender athlete, that doesn't even identify as woman? Is this a free for all now, you can identify as whatever you want, as long as you don't identify as a man, to participate in a major tournament like this?

For 270k to each player of the winning team, I'm pretty sure it's worth identifying as non-binary for a chance to earn that money (equivalent of 20 years of work here, for the average person), and even the 30k per player just for participating in it, makes this a win-win scenario.

Feel bad for the woman that had to stay out of the Canadian national team, to give place to the non-binary player that doesn't even considers herself (himself? themself? itself?) a woman.
 
Old up, in the Women's World Cup, there is a transgender athlete, that doesn't even identify as woman? Is this a free for all now, you can identify as whatever you want, as long as you don't identify as a man, to participate in a major tournament like this?

For 270k to each player of the winning team, I'm pretty sure it's worth identifying as non-binary for a chance to earn that money (equivalent of 20 years of work here, for the average person), and even the 30k per player just for participating in it, makes this a win-win scenario.

Feel bad for the woman that had to stay out of the Canadian national team, to give place to the non-binary player that doesn't even considers herself (himself? themself? itself?) a woman.
Nonetheless, Quinn is biologically female and had several caps (and goals) for Canada before they came out as non-binary.
 
Old up, in the Women's World Cup, there is a transgender athlete, that doesn't even identify as woman? Is this a free for all now, you can identify as whatever you want, as long as you don't identify as a man, to participate in a major tournament like this?

For 270k to each player of the winning team, I'm pretty sure it's worth identifying as non-binary for a chance to earn that money (equivalent of 20 years of work here, for the average person), and even the 30k per player just for participating in it, makes this a win-win scenario.

Feel bad for the woman that had to stay out of the Canadian national team, to give place to the non-binary player that doesn't even considers herself (himself? themself? itself?) a woman.
Does this person have a biological advantage? The answer seems to be no based on @Famine's post. I don't see an issue with it. This isn't like cycling where you can compete in an open gender category, if you want to play you either have to play men's or women's, at least until there is some critical mass of non-binary players large enough to form their own league...highly doubtful that will ever happen. I think it's worth reiterating that people identifying as non-binary aren't doing it out of bad faith or to loophole themselves into a big payday, just to keep some perspective here.
 
Getting tickets = IMPOSSIBLE.
It's impossible to get Wrexham tickets these days. I see it as a healthy problem; we're massive and people really are flying from North America to watch us play Boreham Wood and Torquay.

...I'm glad Messi went to the MLS instead of the Middle East.
 
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Talking of Messi, he scored a couple and made an assist in his first start for Miami.

Messi was substituted in the 78th minute to a standing ovation, with a number of fans leaving the 20,000-seat DRV PNK Stadium shortly afterwards.

"Fans"
 
Jordan Henderson has joined Saudi side Al Ettifaq for £12 million. He spent 12 years at Liverpool winning the Premier League and Champions League.
Brighton have signed Brazilian centre-back Igor Julio from Fiorentina for £14.5 million.
Wilfried Zaha has joined Galatasaray on a free.
Nottingham Forest have signed Anthony Elanga from Man United for £15 million, and they look closer to signing Dean Henderson from the same club on loan with option to buy.
Raul Jimenez has joined Fulham from Wolves for £5.5 million. Fulham's Mitrovic row continues.
Harvey Barnes has joined Newcastle from Leicester for £40 million.
Aston Villa have signed Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen for around £50 million. Breaking the clubs transfer record.

Away from transfers, former Man City playmaker David Silva has retired, he suffered a serious knee injury in pre-season for Sociedad and decided to call it a day, he won four league titles for City and won the World Cup and Euros twice for Spain, he is regarded as one of the best players to play in the Premier League.
 
I mentioned in a previous post that when the news first broke about the move about a week ago that it got fair bit of criticism...and that's why.
 
Man United have agreed a deal with Atalanta for their young Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, its for £72 million though which is a lot for a 20 year old! Happy that we are finally getting a striker though.

More Saudi stuff over the weekend as well, this time its Riyad Mahrez and Alain Saint-Maximin both joining Al-Ahli, Mahrez has joined from Man City for £30 million and Saint Maximin has joined from Newcastle for undisclosed fee.
 
Man United have agreed a deal with Atalanta for their young Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, its for £72 million though which is a lot for a 20 year old! Happy that we are finally getting a striker though.

More Saudi stuff over the weekend as well, this time its Riyad Mahrez and Alain Saint-Maximin both joining Al-Ahli, Mahrez has joined from Man City for £30 million and Saint Maximin has joined from Newcastle for undisclosed fee.
Does every Saudi club include Al in the name?
I'm still waiting for someone to sign for Al-Anshira... ;)
 
Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has retired aged 45, he had a 28 year career and is the most-capped keeper of all time with 176 appearances for Italy, for which he won the World Cup in 2006. He also won 10 Serie A titles with Juventus and one Ligue Un title with PSG, undoubtedly one of the best keepers to ever play the game and certainly one of the best in a twenty year period (maybe longer!) He ended his career where it began with Parma who are now a Serie B club, he still made 19 appearances for the last season...and had a contract until next year!
 
Well, apparently with an Apple TV+ subscription you still can't get MLS unless you pay $80 for the season pass. Figure Messi is getting like $10 from each purchase. That's already like $17 million so far. 10 years to go lol. The crowd is so Miami lol. Cheering like crazy for winning against scrubs. The goals have been pretty awesome though. Great game vs Orlando.
 
Fantasy League is open to join.
 
I'm not totally sure what's going on at Hillsborough, but one of the two weird rumoured signings just signed...

Our seventh signing of the summer is 22-year old Dutch U21 winger Anthony Musaba from AS Monaco. He's played exactly no games for Monaco, but has made 74 appearances on loan in the Belgian and Dutch top leagues over the past three seasons... and is a permanent transfer

The other weird rumoured signing is Colombian international (squad) goalkeeper Devis Vasquez on loan from AC Milan... Again, no games for Milan since signing on January 2023, but... weird. Seems he's in Sheffield right now.

For the other six we've signed Bambo Diaby from PNE on a permanent, Chilean international Juan Delgado from a Portuguese second division team, Jamaican international Di'Shon Bernard after he was released by Manchester United, Pol Valentin on a permanent from Sporting Gijon, Ashley Fletcher on loan from Watford, and brought Reece James (not that one) back on a permanent from Blackpool.


Would have been nice if we did that slightly sooner than Season Eve, like.
 
I'm not totally sure what's going on at Hillsborough, but one of the two weird rumoured signings just signed...

Our seventh signing of the summer is 22-year old Dutch U21 winger Anthony Musaba from AS Monaco. He's played exactly no games for Monaco, but has made 74 appearances on loan in the Belgian and Dutch top leagues over the past three seasons... and is a permanent transfer

The other weird rumoured signing is Colombian international (squad) goalkeeper Devis Vasquez on loan from AC Milan... Again, no games for Milan since signing on January 2023, but... weird. Seems he's in Sheffield right now.

For the other six we've signed Bambo Diaby from PNE on a permanent, Chilean international Juan Delgado from a Portuguese second division team, Jamaican international Di'Shon Bernard after he was released by Manchester United, Pol Valentin on a permanent from Sporting Gijon, Ashley Fletcher on loan from Watford, and brought Reece James (not that one) back on a permanent from Blackpool.


Would have been nice if we did that slightly sooner than Season Eve, like.
You are going to get relegated anyway so I wouldn't worry about it :lol:
#MOT #ALAW
 
Fabinho has left Liverpool to join Al-Ittihad for an undisclosed fee.
Chelsea have signed French defender Alex Disasi from Monaco for £38.8 million and Lesley Ugochukwu from Rennes for £23.2 million, Chelsea have also had a bid accepted to sign Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for £25 million.
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is having a medical at Man City ahead of a £77 million move.
Spurs are in advanced talks to sign Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven for £34 million.
Newcastle have agreed a deal with Southampton to sign Tino Livramento for £40 million.
Sadio Mane has joined Al Nassr from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.
 
Fabinho has left Liverpool to join Al-Ittihad for an undisclosed fee.
Chelsea have signed French defender Alex Disasi from Monaco for £38.8 million and Lesley Ugochukwu from Rennes for £23.2 million, Chelsea have also had a bid accepted to sign Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for £25 million.
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is having a medical at Man City ahead of a £77 million move.
Spurs are in advanced talks to sign Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven for £34 million.
Newcastle have agreed a deal with Southampton to sign Tino Livramento for £40 million.
Sadio Mane has joined Al Nassr from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.
Gvardiol and Guardiola on the same pitch. That should be interesting :lol:
 
Spurs have rejected a third and 'final' offer for Harry Kane from Bayern Munich.
Southampton have rejected a third bid from Liverpool for Romeo Lavia, latest offer is thought to be in the region of £45 million.
Chelsea are in talks to sign Leeds Tyler Adams, he has a release clause of £20 million.
West Ham are close to signing Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez for £34 million, West Ham are the only Premier League team yet to make a single signing so far this window.
 
Bit silly from Spurs really. If they don't start the season well then he'll just sign a pre contract with Bayern in January and leave for free. They're literally losing 100m in 4 months.
 
EFL Cup Match Report
Wednesday goalkeeper Devis Vasquez then saved two penalties in the shoot out before Lee Gregory scored the winner for the hosts.
Go On King GIF by Amazon Prime Video


Also the balls on Bannan to hit a panenka in a shoot-out.
 
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Julien Lopetegui has left Wolves by mutual consent for a nine-month spell in charge, this is because of the FFP situation at the club. Wolves have had to sell this summer and the likes of Neves, Collins, Jimenez and Coady have all left and they haven't really brought anyone of note in, Lopetegui came in last season when Wolves were bottom of the League and almost ended up with a top half finish, he is a top class coach so its a blow for them, Gary O'Neill is favorite to take over and they face Man United in their opening game on Monday, this season is going to be a struggle for them.

Premier League are investigating Chelsea over financial breaches during the Abramovich ownership era, they haven't been charged or made a comment.
 
No sextuple for Man City but can still possibly end the year with 5 trophies.

fifa club world cup will be in its last year in its current format as the expanded tournament will begin 2025. Club world cup has been always critised for being a useless tournament where usually UEFA destroying the competition another scheme of Fifa to make money alongside its sponsors.
 
Wolves have appointed Gary O'Neill as new manager on a three-year deal.
West Ham have agreed deals with Man United and Southampton for Harry Maguire and James Ward-Prowse.
 
Tottenham and Bayern have a deal. Anyone think Harry Kane will actually stay? Kinda sucks that he won't get Shearer's record.
 
Apparently it looks likely that he will stay and I think he will. We all know that he won't sign a new deal at Spurs so he can talk to clubs in less than six months, he is 50 goals away from the record and he can get that in two injury free seasons easy. I think Levy will do all he can to push him out and get the money but Kane is in control.
 
Be interesting to see what happens. At least Tottenham have come to their senses and accepted the bid now. All about whether Kane thinks it's worth staying with Spurs or going and winning some trophies.
 
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