Its A Conspiracy,I tell ye!

Morning,all.
 
It’s a conspiracy,I tell ye. Buggers are doing everything in their power to ruin my birthday on Sunday for me. Or alternatively,they might just manage to make it a birthday to remember!
 
I know what I’m hoping for…
 
Firstly,some of the football at this tournament has been bloody awful. That is to be expected at big tournaments,it happens all of the time. But generally,the football this time around has been of the highest quality. A subjective view of course,but the last time I enjoyed a Finals tournament this much was the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea. Very impressive in general,and one of the factors which may have allowed the football to flourish was the light hand of the referees.
 
Sure,they blew the whistle for the free kicks when they happened. But they have been far from card happy this entire tournament. This has allowed players the freedom to express their skills for the entire ninety minutes,rather than have to play within themselves after an early nothing booking.
 
There will be plenty of candidates for Man of the Tournament,but I think a mention should go to the overall head of refereeing policy too.
 
Another mention should be given too to whoever decided the parameters on the application of VAR. This has been a blight on the game since it was introduced,and nowhere more so than in England since its introduction two seasons ago. I remember going to a Hibs v Celtic game about 35 years ago,and it was damn near 6pm by the time the game finished,what with one thing and another.
 
Including a bliddy CS canister being thrown into the crowd. Sure takes a while to clear that stuff-by design,of course.
 
A few VAR decisions at a game in England can push a match to some ridiculous durations as they spend five minutes or more drawing fine lines across the screen. It certainly has not enhanced the game down here,I can tell you.
 
This tournament seems to have gone back to first principles on the scheme,which were for use in the case of a clear and obvious error missed by the referee and his assistants. The tournament has been all the better for it,matches have been allowed to flow-yet there has barely been a controversial decision!
 
Go figure. VAR clearly works as a technology. It’s the muppets in charge that have led to its misapplication,and every jurisdiction can learn from this tournament.
 
But back to the football. For me,the eventual winner of the tournament was going to be whoever won at the weekend between Belgium and Italy at the weekend. Frankly,I stand by that-though they will be exhausted after chasing the ball for 120+ minutes against Spain on Tuesday night. Almost 1000 passes they played during that match,which works out at roughly a pass for every three seconds they had the ball.
 
Spain were very impressive indeed that night. In midfield. Not so much upfront. Playing with two false nines gave them more options in midfield,but left them limited upfront. Italy played on the break as they tried to contain Spain,and the game was rewarded by two terrific goals,a match that no-one wanted to end,and a heartbreaking penalty miss in the shootout.
 
Sure left a lot of tired legs though to play the winners from last night.
 
A lovely free kick early on from Denmark gave us some hope but if I’m honest,England deserved their victory via an own goal and a penalty rebound. Jammy basterts maybe,but difficult to deny they were worthy winners.
 
And so it goes down to Sunday,there is little doubt that the crowd will be on England’s side. But this Italy squad have impressed the neutrals throughout with some fine displays right throughout the team. Maybe Spain have been better after the return of Busquets,who missed their first two matches,but over the piece I’ll stick my neck out and say that the best team at the tournament overall has been Italy.
 
But that means nothing if they don’t win on Sunday night. Few people remember the losers,fewer still a gallant and talented loser. And while this England team have been functional,they haven’t had us on the edge of our seats the way Italy have.
 
I believe they still call it The Beautiful Game,and this tournament has given us plenty of reminders why that is. I hope Italy can give us another one on Sunday night.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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fan-a-tic

BMCUWP
I cannot call it the Beautiful Game anymore with the endemic corruption.
Sterling and Kane both emphasise everything that is wrong in the modern game as though both are clearly talented they consistently dive/cheat to seek an advantage and their antics are justified.
TV has destroyed any notion of it being a sporting game as refereeing is now slanted on what brings their paymasters the most money.
The tolerance of cheating in the financial end justifies the means landscape has ended any semblance of sporting integrity.
It’s starting to be as much of a sport as the WWE is with predetermined outcomes ,pantomime villains and faux good guys.
There are of course beautiful moments but for me the Beautiful Game does not exist.

Sol Kitts

Just saw the English players after the game singing Sweet Caroline…….quelle surprise 😡

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends.
Whilst I agree with you, Bobby that England were the better of the 2 teams last night, I share your opinion and hope that Italy will gub them in 90 minutes on Sunday. Currently the bookies only have Engurland as slight favourites – 7/4, with Italy 15/8.

Garry Postecoglou

That ref last night was at it.
There was only one team going to Wembley on Sunday, and it wasn’t Denmark.
English defence were allowed to foul and get away with it.
Maguire and Shaw should both have received red cards. Sterling and Kane are diving cheating bastards.
That game was a fix.

Garry Postecoglou

The only thing that I liked about Leigh Griffiths, were his goals for Celtic. Have always thought that he was a lowlife despicable wee ned.
I would chase him out the door.

Sol Kitts Hygge

Saw this on Twitter…

Last time I saw Sterling dive like that was the day after the Brexit vote.

Ooft.

auldheid

I fancied Italy after their first game.

Still do..

Garry Postecoglou

Both teams who made the Final, dived and cheated their way there.
Pity both cannae get pumped.
Will be finding something else to do on Sunday night.
Not only in Scotland is fitba corrupt and bent.

fan-a-tic

Gary
I have been saying for a while now that Griffiths negatives outweighed his plusses.
His unprofessionalism in showing up unfit and unprepared yet still being given game time set a terrible example to the rest of the squad.
His off-field loutishness was always going to impact the club in a negative way.
Celtic have been more than tolerant with him for some unknown reason.
If the allegations have substance terminating his contract should be no financial loss to club.
Time to take steps in being a professional well run club.

fan-a-tic

Gary
We will have a final with a country who have around 60 million of a population against another with approximately 56 million.
That’s a satisfactory result for UEFA in drawing in maximum audience and revenue from tv and advertising.
Denmark with its small population of just over 5 million was not acceptable as it was too much potential lost revenue.
The tournament may have had many games but it was never about sport.

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AULDHEID

I fancied them before the tournament,they’ve been on a great run. On Sunday,I expect us all to be Italian for a couple of hours!

Admittedly,I wish they were playing Denmark. Or anyone but England. In a one-off game,anything can happen.

Rebus67

The arrival of England in a final of a major tournament for the first time in decades underscores a paradox. Here we have a collection of players from one of the richest leagues in Europe and it takes them this long to get to a final! Compare this performance with that of the other nations that have prominent leagues. France, Spain, Germany and Italy have dominated both European and Global tournaments over recent decades. Whereas England has made up the numbers. By contrast, English clubs have performed well in European club tournaments. The conclusion is clear, much of the quality of the EPL is delivered by non English players. It has been this way for decades. Yet in spite of having quality filtered throughout their clubs, the nation as a whole has failed to improve the quality of domestic players consistently.

England may or may not win the tournament but either way it will not herald a golden generation or even a generation of dominance. Anyone can seen that they had a favoured pathway towards the final, both in selected opponents and in number of home games. Unfortunately for the home team, this is only a manufactured blip in their trajectory. When Spain conspired to eliminate themselves, I lost interest. I was more interested in a meaningless game involving Sheffield Wednesday. But wait! There was lots of meaning in that game. Ask the youngsters.

Rebus

Garry Postecoglou

Fan a Tic
If there was a cheat of the tournament award, it would be between, Immobile, Sterling and Kane.

Rebus67

Fanatic,

I am leaning more and more towards your view that the beautiful game is vanishing. Although I naturally fight against such cynicism. I recall the excitement in the dressing room(so called!) of pulling on my boots and looking forward to the personal challenges ahead. Would they be more skilled than us and if so, could we out compete them through grit?

There was no thought of fixed games, bent refs etc……only what I could do for my team. Ahh, the glory of nostalgia.

On the LG matter, it is wise to remember that the changing room was a mirror reflection of life. It contained all sorts…….some fine human beings, others less so. Playing for the team merely focused everyone for that 90 minutes, it rarely changed personalities.

Rebus

Leggy

Bobby,

Excellent article.

You mention the Hibs v Celtic game where a CS canister was thrown.

Remember afterwards Hibs fans started singing the Shakin Stevens number

“ What do you want to throw tear gas at me for” 🎵🎵🎵

A classic one liner !!!!!

Ahh Memories HH 🍀🍀

fan-a-tic

Rebus67
Bent refs sounds more like a mafia plot.
If only the nostalgia included the wonderful Brazil World cup team of 1970?
Modern refs are merely well paid employees who understand that certain decisions are wise career moves.
No one wants to cost their employers money so they always err on the side of who generates most income.
In the best wee country there are other reasons.
I am an ice hockey fan and as teams jostle for final play off spots it’s always pretty apparent that refereeing changes and becomes more favorable to large market teams and in the playoffs it becomes obvious.
In 2019 when the Blues won the Stanley cup with a big physical team it was noticeable how the interference rules that had been enforced all season were suddenly abandoned enhancing the Blues defensive ability.
It was a great storyline that the Blues finally won their first cup despite having a good history since inception in 1967 so great for audience and advertising.
The tv and advertising revenue is now the main factor and as we know corporations have no concern with morality or ethics merely profit for shareholders.
It’s a double edged sword as tv has now made games accessible to a far bigger audience but has destroyed any notion of it being a true sport.

Margaret McGill

Take pin out of grenade and throw……..
Whats good for Connolly is good for Donnelly
Tims paying for Old Firm season tickets are contributing to corruption of the beautiful game.

Garry Postecoglou

Tune for Mags.
Much ripped off bassline.

https://g.co/kgs/mq3dah

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REBUS67

“I am leaning more and more towards your view that the beautiful game is vanishing”

In general,I am inclined to agree with you. The game has become a chore to watch far too often. People put it down to too much TV exposure,but my belief is that it is down to the increased emphasis on fitness and tactics etc which have conversely led to a drop in the quality of the actual football.

Ten years ago,we wouldn’t have missed a Classico-or really any game involving Barcelona. 25 years ago,Tommy Burns gave Celtic supporters their best football in a generation. Last season,we had Mourinho,Allardyce,Bruce etc playing football the way only they can. And strangling the beauty of it.

This tournament,honestly,has been a breath of fresh air for me. And the game on Tuesday night especially.

Restored my faith,even if there were one or two minor incidents that we could have done without.

Margaret McGill

The Copa America was brutally reffed to make sure it was a classic american capitalistic final between Neymar v Messi. Thats what you get these days.

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LEGGY

At that game,the fans flooded onto the pitch. Wrong move. CS gas settles,it is heavier than air. We went up the way. Can’t remember why we were in the Hibs part alongside the pitch. Must have met some Hibs fans in the pub beforehand,as usual.

We usually met Hearts fans before their matches too,few beers in The Haymarket-but no chance of us going into their end!

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MAGS

I’ve not watched any of Copa America,but I have a day off on Monday so am hoping to watch the final. Must admit,I thought Chile might have got further,but as you say…

Rebus67

Bobby,

On the beautiful game, one thing I have noticed is the coaching emphasis on do not lose the ball. As a result, players who might have taken on a player, now do not risk it. When confronted, they pass sideways or backwards. The more a player does this, the lower is the confidence to beat a man. Taking the ball past a couple of players is exciting to watch. An example of it is the two Sterlings…….the swash buckling England performance and timid MC player. Different coaching is probably behind it.

Rebus

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REBUS67

Couldn’t agree more. About twenty years ago,I heard an interview with Swallex about the importance of keeping the ball in Euopean games. He was happy to allow his players to express themselves domestically because they were likely to get it back before much damage was done. Not so in Europe-lose the ball,and they were on the back foot immediately.

Given that Fergie was known for an expansive game,that is actually quite a worrying admission to make.

Thetic

I posted this July 1 didn’t realize how soon it would come to pass
Leigh will be a great signing until he meets his next new girlfriend. Then the domestic liabilities that go with a broken relationship kick in and mess with his footballing mind
When character flaws show up early they will multiply
When I saw a picture of Leigh on a boat with his partner drinking a beer in Dubai where he was supposed to be getting fit for the second half of the season I thought he does not get it. All he had to do was put the beer aside , get a nice photo , showing him relaxing before some serious training, but no he had to flaunt the beer bottle , that was immature and a slap in the face to Celtic fans.

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THETIC

His brains are not in his feet,that’s for sure.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Not one known for use of crudity in normal circumstances but the LATEST in a long line of ‘aberrations’ has evoked a non CCB response!
Griffiths is a prick and should be summarily dismissed!
‘ Send not for whom the bell tolls.It tolls for thee, ya wee nyaff’
Get tae f..k!

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COSYCORNERBHOY

Hope yer wee break sweetens ye up a bit,ya crabbit oul’ bugger!

Thetic

The biggest advantage Italy have over England is the English Goalie

Rebus67

Thetic,

The biggest advantage Italy have is they dive better! Hope it is decided by a penalty to Italy, with or without the assistance of a laser.

Rebus

ASWGL

Afternoon all, another fine leader Bobby, I missed the Spain Italy game (game of the tournament from what I hear) as my daughter took me out for a meal for renovating her bathroom, probably to take the bad taste out of my mouth 🤣

I’m for supporting Italy too (no surprise there) this sunday, and hope you enjoy your 21st birthday (again) 😎 .

As for Griffiths, I said before, that I hoped Lawwell would have taken him with him. When you think of the model Professionals we’ve had at the club, Henrik, The Maestro, even in today’s squad Callum, you wonder where Griff gets this attitude from.

He needs a check-up from the neck up.

A Thing Of Beauty

CCB,
I take it you’re not impressed!!
I am also not impressed and agree that he should be gone. We have went above and beyond anything we needed to do as a club to support Leigh but he cannot seem to help himself. We need to move on. It’s probably around 3 years since he was a fully functioning member of our squad. That’s enough support now, time to get a player in that wants to act in a professional manner. He may not have the skill or instinct of Griffiths but equally we won’t be waiting for the next disaster to strike.
None of this btw should detract from the fact that it is 2 weeks tomorrow since deadline for season tickets and two weeks yesterday from our first competitive game and we have not signed one player who is ready to improve our first 11. That is unacceptable. I watched ralston yesterday and the fear that boy gives me if he is our starting right back is off the scale. I also watched his replacement O’Connell in the last third of the game and he is not anywhere near ready. That’s just one position. There are at least two more that need filled with starters. Shocking state to be in.

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Bit unfair to play O’Connell at right back. He is more of a holding midfielder and “quarterback” from the reports we got about him initially. Maybe AP had had enough of Ralston and just put on a replacement,any replacement. I wish the latter well,but he has had years to show he is good enough.

He isn’t.

SFTB

A good case for the Hard Border

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BTW,re Griffiths.

Let’s not forget we haven’t heard “the case for the defence” yet. Don’t be too hasty at donning the black cap. There is a history of misinformation regarding our players,and showing them in a bad light.

That’s not to say I’m excusing him,just that everything at the moment amounts to allegations.

Having said that-at 30yo,his excuse of daft boayishness is about a decade past its sell by date.

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SFTB

That is hilarious.

I genuinely felt his pain…

SFTB

I have registered a closed pool on the Superbru site, which is a Score Predictor game for the SPFL fixtures in 2021/22.

This could be used as a fund raising medium if someone is willing to take on the burden of setting up a pay-in site and setting the prize money and charity donations percentages, or it could be used as a bit of fun for bragging rights.

Either way, the site exists and might replace the much-missed Jobo competition of last year.

The site is http://www.superbru.com

and the code for joining is roomuser

Please use your CQN or Sentinel log in name for identification. First fixture is 31st July and your predictions have to be in before kick off on the day. If you fail to make a pick you get the default pick, so you get to play even if you forget.

Join CQN Sentinels, my Scottish Premiership league on Superbru! You can find my pool here:

https://www.superbru.com/scottishpremiership/pool.php?p=12367961

or by downloading the Superbru app and searching for the pool with code:

roomuser

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SFTB

I’ve forwarded that to MAHE to make sure he doesn’t miss it.

bada bing1

SFTB- Well done,what is the buy in?

A Thing Of Beauty

I’m in SFTB. Seems you need to get the app to join. Is that right or was that just for me?

Prestonpans bhoys

Griff used to pick up his daughter at our local nursery, always struck me as a wean in a man’s body but not an unpleasant sort.

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Blinkin’ flip,quiet on here today. Was it something I said?

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
Mibbes aye, mibbes naw. 😎😎😂
I would have been on earlier, but I took the opportunity to go to the gym while Mrs K watches Emmerdale. The leg muscles are getting back into shape, still a bit to go though.

jimthetim53

I was just watching the Antiques Road Trip there. They visited the home of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band in Yorkshire. They told the story of how the band nearly went out of existence, like dozens of other colliery bands after Thatcher’s destruction of the coal industry. I was nearly in tears. So many of the miners and their families were barely getting by. A lot of communities have never fully recovered.
And just to be clear, she didn’t do it because of new, modern environmental concerns re. the use of coal.. She did it because she hated the miners!

Garry Postecoglou

Prestonpansbhoy
There is a very inappropriate joke in your post. 😊

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SOLKITTS

That getting fit stuff sounds like too much hard work. I’ll pace masel oot till Sunday and crack open your gift.

Need to nip down to Poundland though to get a case knife. You can square me up the next time ye see me.

Garry Postecoglou

JTT53
That witch destroyed Communist voting Clydebank too, because she hated us and could destroy our community.
Many more communities in Scotland too.
Rot in hell wicked witch.

jimthetim53

Garry, I nearly had a fit when it was rumoured Tony Blair was going to give her what was almost a State Funeral! Thankfully some folk must have made him see sense!

Prestonpans bhoys

Garry Postecoglou

Jings right enough and totally unintentional, I’m no that funny😂😂

SFTB

https://sentinelcelts.com/2021/07/08/its-a-conspiracyi-tell-ye/#comment-173118

Bada- No buy in agreed as yet- It is free to enter at the moment. I was suggesting that it could be used as a fund raising exercise if someone was free to handle that side of things.

We will decide before it starts but nobody will be forced to pay anything if they want to opt-out of a charity donation/prize money arrangement but just be in it for the craic.

I paid a very small fee to set it up so its free to join