Euroduds

 Morning,all.

It’s about thirty years ago that the Eurotunnel opened,the 50km tunnel beneath the English Channel connecting us to Europe. It heralded a new dawn for connectivity and  cooperation between the UK and the continent,especially as it coincided with the EU Maastricht Treaty. We have the opportunity to travel to various cities in Europe by train,on Eurostar. (I’ve not tried it myself,but friends tell me it is excellent.) There’s a lot happened since then,not least the UK deciding not to be part of Europe after all. 

In football terms,we could say that the era was an exciting time for the international  game with Denmark winning the 92 Euros,an excellent tournament in England 96 and rounded off by a host win in France 2000. And of course the two best World Cup tournaments in living memory,Italia 90 and USA 94. Thrilling times for football fans,on and off the pitch. Not least on 4/3/94 of course,for us Celtic fans.There’s been a lot of water under the bridge in those thirty years,and a lot of water flowing over the Chunnel! And if I have to be honest,I’d say that not all of it has brought the improvements in general well-being that we had grown used to since the war. But relax-this is not a political post on the eve of an election,for that would be terribly gauche. It’s about football,honest.

Since the nineties,I’ve noticed the standard of international football on offer slump dramatically. And it’s worth remembering that I’ve never been much of a fan of the genre anyway,so I approach the comparison from a low bar. 2002 was memorable for many reasons,especially getting a beer at 7am straight off a nightshift. That wasn’t new to me,The Eglinton in Irvine supplied that service for me and others in the late 90s. But think of the players from then-including the first time I’d ever seen the Côte d’Ivoire jersey. Or Jay-Jay Okocha,who was tailor-made for us at the time,our new Lubo. Think of the many memorable games,for there were plenty! 2006 in Germany was quality,start to finish. Spain were outstanding winners of three tournaments in a row from 2008-20012-and then a slippery slope as we travelled from South Africa to Brazil,Russia and Qatar. Least said,I think…

And so to the current competition. We are now into the quarter finals,and I still harbour those ludicrous hopes that most of the best players in the world,on a major stage,might give us something to remember. But most games have seen us just hoping for a good reason not to switch off altogether. It really has been that bad.The tournament comprises a total of 51 games,and 44 of those are completed. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of games that I’ve enjoyed,and I defy anyone to say that I’m in a minority in that view. Of the teams in contention,only Spain and Germany have occasionally impressed me. Italy were dreadful. Netherlands are again imploding,even if they were comfortable enough yesterday. France struggle to be a team rather than a loose confection of disparate elements. England does as England always does,which includes boring the nipples off us all,and Belgium have seen their Golden Generation wither on the vine,ageing visibly in front of their eyes. At least Croatia punched above their weight for a few years,but that too is a memory.

Please don’t misunderstand me on this,I haven’t approached this tournament from a negative standpoint. I always look forward to the two quadrennial events. I try as much as I can to enjoy them too,to watch as often as is possible. It is,after all,an opportunity to see the world’s best strutting their stuff,sprinkling their stardust. Who hasn’t marvelled at  Lewandowski over the last decade? Or Mbappé. Kroos and Modric at Real. Rodri strolling the spadework at City so that de Bruyne can do what he does best. VVD sauntering about with a cigar in one hand and a crossword in the other. Or Ronaldo. The only player to come close to Messi in the last fifteen years,with the myriad trophies and awards to prove it.

The number of top-notch individuals on display these last three weeks is probably unprecedented. Filled to the brim with big names,players with unsurpassed wealth and value. And it looks increasingly like all of them left all that behind them on the plane that they arrived on. Toni Kroos might not be the player of the tournament-though he is in the running-but he is probably the only player out of a whopping 626 who has lived up to the billing. More importantly,he seems to be the only player out there who is actually having a great time playing The Beautiful Game on one of the biggest stages of them all. It cannot be mere coincidence that he went into the tournament having announced that he will be hanging up his boots at the end of it.

It’s maybe worthwhile dwelling on that last point for a bit. Players don’t make it to the top of the game nowadays unless they can deal with the mental and psychological stresses involved just to get there,and that intensifies when they arrive due to the difficulty of staying at the top. But there are other pressures too,and these are unavoidable in the game.  Few can say that VVD hasn’t been affected by that injury shocker at the start of the covid season four years ago. That Modric’s sublime talents aren’t reduced by the passing of time. Lewandowski has certainly lost his edge,and de Bruyne needs a watercarrier which he doesn’t get playing for Belgium-indeed,the other night saw him reduced to doing the watercarrying himself for the first 45 minutes,by which time he was out on his feet. Lukaku and Mbappe need either a supplier,or someone to feed off them. And Mabaw Ronaldo needs a ball of his own,because nobody else is getting a sniff of it. This is just skimming the surface of the top players who have underperformed at this tournament,for it is fair to say that none of them have enhanced their reputations during it. 
Is this fall from grace for tournament international football down to players being tired at the end of an arduous slog of club football? Well,there’s certainly some truth in that suggestion. Phil Foden has played almost 200 club games since the last Euros,as well as nearly 40 internationals. Same with Lewandowski. VVD has crammed in almost 170 in three seasons. Our own CalMac has crammed in over 400 club games in eight seasons,over fifty a season on a constant treadmill-as well as another 63 internationals.Others,like de Bruyne and Modric,have been missing for long periods due to injury or simply being rested,the amount of games being just too much for a weakening body. This is something which is happening now to much younger players than used to be the case. Bukayo Saka is only 22yo but has played over 220 times for Arsenal and nearly 40 times for his country. By contrast,CalMac had managed around sixty club appearances and zero caps at the same age. I dread to think what the stats will be like for Lamine Yamal in six years when he is that age,and I dread to think what might have happened to his body inbetween. 

Is there then a case for limiting the number of games that anyone can play in? Health and Safety concerns would certainly suggest that to be the case,but are almost by definition unworkable in football. Common sense dictates that no manager is going to risk selecting a player who isn’t 100% fit-the player could suffer further injury,his value undermined by that and the bad performances that come with carrying an injury. But common sense famously goes out the window when there is a lot riding on a particular game. It might be that there is a trophy at stake,or a relegation six-pointer. For the player,he might need to impress for him to get a new contract. Etc,etc,etc. Or the manager might just need a run of good results or face the sack.

There are a lot of reasons why people make bad decisions when under pressure. In that respect,international football is much worse,with pressures of its own. There are few meaningless matches,and even friendlies are important as a means of trying new players or formations. There are few opportunities in group or tournament stages to turn things round after a bad game or two. Fewer still to accommodate the maverick,the hit-or-miss player who can light up a stadium and a tournament with a brilliant performance-or get the coach fired. Quite simply,there is too much pressure at this level,for you have to get it right on the night. And as players are subjected to more and more games every season,it becomes more difficult for them to hit those highs every time. 

Get used to this happening at international tournaments. Get used to it happening at the new World Club Championship. Get used to settling down to watch what on paper is a terrific match,only to be a damp squib. To players going down with niggling injuries,repetitive strains,hamstrings and groin injuries. Soft tissue is the new cartilage for the modern era,for you can’t drive a machine past its design limits without improving and maintaining the components. Get used to seeing fewer eurostars and more euroduds,in fact.

Football isn’t just eating itself,it’s offering up the golden goose for ritual sacrifice. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 12:06 am

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July 3, 2024 12:06 am

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petec
July 3, 2024 3:04 am

Fav programme

Njoi

Rest in Peace Sean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRReD7ew1Yg

Unless Celric show Ambition this isnae the Celtic I can Fund. I’ll fund My Sons ST buys – he has a Bus Ticket for Work that gets him to Celtic Park – so it won’t Impact him too much……. Well apart from being let down.

I’m banned frae CQN but I can Read the utter drivel in the articles.

Annoyed disnae go Curtley Ambrose to how I feel.

Ange got the Players in in an instant.- To Work Extremely hard on Everything.

Chairman and a lot mair need to go – Seeing Aidan’s face efter Bodo/Copenhagen ( we have no divine right)..games.

Not good enough and Old Firmism – I cannnae dae it any mair.

We have a Bloated Board that is way too old and Do not care as they are getting Dividends (IMHO)

This MUST be changed.

The R2ngers huv made a Euro Final;Rangers mauled Manchester as well

After this Season, no more. I’ll buy Aodans Seat.

I cannae Support anyone that disnae Support the Magnificent Celtic Support,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I know I probably will.

Cost of Living Crisis – Bang anither 40 pound on to the ST -(So out out of touch and Frankly Mr Shankly – you are Scavengers)_Brilliant ye huv that Money in the bank.

The sooner Dermot leaves the Club the better.Thanks for the Flawed policy – No policy.

Change needs to be Root & Branch.

A thing of beauty
July 3, 2024 6:26 am

McCaff,
Fantastic story. You had a lucky escape there pal. I also filled out the survey. No complaints about the staff at the ticket office but the system got a hammering. Any chat of the season ticket being linked to your phone is a no go for me. Like Mahe said, it’ll be too complicated. Mind you it might stop people on the away scheme passing on their ticket to others they know rather than letting it go for general sale. Rest assured any membership scheme will be designed solely to fleece the support. I am not interested in giving them any more of my money.

Chairbhoy
July 3, 2024 6:57 am

Good Morning Sentinels…

Relieved hugely for McCaff & Son…

For a bit I thought he was writing another verse of…

…because a’ got high! Because A’ Got High!! BECAUSE A’ GOT HiGH!!!

Great Photo Of CliftonHill from SolKitts

If he turned around the photographer could have taken a photograph of the houses in Albion Street where my Dad was born…

No not Glasgow – Lanarkshire

However, his Grandad and Great Grandad came over from Derry and settled in Anderston…

Then his Grandad moved out to build a business in the Monklands…

Here’s the catch though, in those days Anderston was actually part of Lanarkshire and so, since alighting from the docks on the Clyde, the family were always in Lanarkshire…

Ancestry.Com.CSC

Hail Hail

Jimbo67
July 3, 2024 7:55 am

Morning all

I filled in the survey and mentioned the toilet facilities/hot water ( lack thereof) where I could but mostly it felt like the surveys I fill in at work- not really asking what really pisses me off and also knowing nothing good will come of it.

As for these Euros I have given up on them. Scotland being rubbish, Italy in some ways being worse, Croatia, past it and VAR I can sort of live with but the actual football after the first Saturday has been really boring. All the teams seem to play the same way- except Scotland and Italy both of whom are stuck playing in ways that were mostly crap 30 years ago. Possesion for possession’s sake and one striker only with teams filled with players who are too familiar with each other.

I will also love Celtic – at times in an almost Jack and Vera Duckworth manner perhaps- but I think I’ve fallen out of love with football.

Jimbo

Fan
July 3, 2024 8:00 am

Last night was a decent game at Euros.
Turkey defending in well rehearsed patterns but showing threat on counter.
Big defender in opponents box attacking ball got the rewards.
Austria another possession obsessed team with little threat.
When will these side to side coaches learn that all they’re doing is giving opponents ample time to set defensively?
Plus hard to score when most of your movement is lateral.
Once the rain started pelting I expected the Austrians to start firing low fast balls across box which in those conditions are difficult for defenders.
But inexplicably they continued with their zero threat side to side recycling pattern.
And unfortunately for them the one time they hit a decent cross the goalie made a world class save.

Fan
July 3, 2024 8:04 am

Jimbo67
Exactly how I feel.
The game is in a perilous state when old fogies like me are giving up on it.
When the young and fickle crowd find better sources of entertainment the game will face real trouble!

Auldbhoy67
July 3, 2024 8:37 am

BMCWP

Thats some interesting reading this morning Bobby. Mostly I agree with what you say but I also think it all goes back to the sponsorship deals each player -club – league and even international teams have that is causing the amount of football played. If a guy plays 50 games a year its one a week or take away the close season and its maybe closer to 2. These so called top players some who are on astronomical wages are meant to be athletes and I personally dont see any reason outside of injuries where they cant play this amount. Thousands and thousands of people throughout Europe and afar work under pressure daily not just for 2 hours at a time and dont get paid this kind of money. Thats what has changed our game. The game we grew up loving and wishing one day we would be that good to pull on a big club jersey. Peer pressure and media pressure adds to the mix. Managers being sacked is a regular occurance but doesnt stop another club hiring them . Look at the top manager revolving door. In EPL some have managed 5 and 6 clubs.
Do they care if they are sacked.No. Because they have made their money and are only topping it up. Same in Europe. They just jump countries .Mourinho being the prime example of that.
Its a sad fact that by putting more money into the game to attract more support and improve some of the stadiums the end result is that the actual game is suffering from it.
I wont go into VAR auto system or the recently completed Celtic survey as it just rips ma nittin to say the least.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 8:40 am

JIMBO67

Blinkin’ flip,old bean. You’re on an even worse downer than me re football. At least mine is mainly focused on international stuff. Allow me to remind you that the man who is tired of football is tired of life. Not that I find too much to disagree with you about,mind.

McCaff
July 3, 2024 9:09 am

ATOB, Chairbhoy et al…acid reflux and stomach knots for 4 days is not good for the old nervous system! Kudos to the ticket office for sorting it, massive kudos to the guy willing to give up the seat! The girl was unable, naturally, to divulge any details about him but I was so thankful he was so understanding! I appreciate how fortunate I’ve been.
Hopefully no more verses, Chairbhoy!! 🤣🤣😂

Jimtim
July 3, 2024 9:19 am

Good morning bhoys . Spent a hour on some celtic blogs there , the new name on the block is dara oshea , listening to the boy we have more chance of signing Peggy oshea . But looking at the lad he looked just what we are looking for , big , strong , fast .but he has just arrived at Burnley , I think we have missed the boat there and besides the quoted price over £ 7million .no chance lawwell will sanction that , which is a pity as he looks a player .

A thing of beauty
July 3, 2024 9:32 am

Good article Bmcuwp,
find myself agreeing with the general consensus that we are falling out of love with football. I love Celtic, I was born to support Celtic and that will never change but the game that really hooked me on football was Brazil v Italy at the 82 World Cup. I was 11 years old and I was transfixed. Imagine being an 11 year old and tuning into the euros. You would be bored after 15 minutes of most of the games. I have never seen so many players walking with the ball. Teams move forward in a crab like fashion and teams retreat in the same way. I have watched less than 30% of games yet only 5 years ago I would have taken a week off at least and watched as many games as I could. The game is dying. There is nothing new, we know all the players that are playing due to wall to wall coverage. The coaches know how the other teams will play due to all the analysis. There are no surprises any more. I don’t see how we can pull it back. It saddens me. We are all adjusting to the new normal and that is watching Celtic in a parochial bun fight with the Huns and getting our yearly pat on the head and boot in the arse from the big teams in Europe.
As for the fans survey. Totally agree with Jimbo 67. I wanted to answer even more negatively but the club were careful not to offer me the chance.

Drew67
July 3, 2024 9:45 am

Chairbhoy

My Mothers from Anderston and my late Father from Airdrie..Albion Rovers was his team..tho he had a soft spot for the Celts too.

My Mother has often told me of her Father greeting Irish folk of the boats in Anderston and helping them get accomodation.

San Luis
July 3, 2024 9:53 am

Best WC , for me, 82 and 86.

Best Euros, 2008 and 2012.

Jimbo67
July 3, 2024 9:54 am

BMCUWP/ATOB

I’ll never not love the memories of Brazil in 1970, Gunter Netzer, Cruyff, Archie Gemmill’s goal v the Netherland, Brazil v Italy in 1970 and 1982, Socrates and Falcao, the French midfield of Platini, Giresse and Tigana, Diego in 86, the great club sides of Ajax , AC Milan and of the Cantona side of Man U as well as being in Australia in 2006 watching the World Cup at 3 in the morning. These are as treasured parts of me as any album, gig, book, movie, Ali fight or Seve win or Andy Murray triumph I have savoured. But…

The game is run by crooks and idiots ( probably always was) , the rules around penalties and offside were always contentious but now there is VAR making things worse, poster boys like Neymar, Ronaldo and Mbappe I cannot warm to as I could those mentioned in the previous paragraph and, since about 2011 an increasingly turgid actual sport to watch.

Anyway I better get back to work

Jimbo

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 10:05 am

JIMTIM

Just on the bare reading of his wiki page,I would be inclined to sign O’Shea. 25yo,so probably approaching his peak. Captain of WBA at 22yo and pretty much a regular for them and then Burnley.

Problem is that those stats don’t say if he is left or right sided. And they don’t tell us about his pace,increasingly important in a centre back and especially in a side like ours which is frequently caught on the break.

Wages shouldn’t be a problem,as Burnley are notoriously poor payers-under Dyche,only two seasons ago,their top players were on no more than £40k pw. If wage and fee demands are realistic,I’d be happy enough (subject to above caveats) to sign him.

Speaking of centre backs,the SMSM have been touting Goldson all over the place,and especially for Saudi Arabia and the big bucks. Now,it seems that Birmingham City are his ideal side. Yes,the Birmingham City of eternal financial struggle and recent relegation to the third tier. Not much chance of them affording a fee or matching his wages,and given that those are the highest in Scotland,not much chance of the deal happening either. Still,it might pay for a fortnight’s crane hire.

16 roads
July 3, 2024 10:06 am

There’s every chance that the two most boring teams in the competition,(France and England) could contest the final.

One observation watching the Euros and Copa America – there seems to be a lot less stoppage time,compared to Scottish and English domestic football.

The standard of refereeing at the Euros has been excellent I think.

It would be interesting to know how much money has been wagered on these tournaments,worldwide?

People don’t seem to realise how influential the gaming industry is nowadays in football, and most other sports for that matter.

Sponsorship revenue must be phenomenal.

VAR?

Main beneficiary of said nonsense is the gaming industry, could be why the footballing authorities persist with it.

Vast sums of money and gambling involved make football as susceptible to corruption as anything else.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 10:11 am

JIMBO67

Mexico 70 was just too early for me,as I was only 6yo. Netzer was probably the first foreign player I took notice of,other than Cruyff. His performance at Wembley as Germany won 3-1 was awesome.

16 roads
July 3, 2024 10:12 am

Best World Cup – Mexico ’86.

Best Euros – Germany ’88.

Reading about Eddie Gray and Joe Jordan – should have been Celtic players, would have been Celtic legends.

Laters. 🍀

JimDom
July 3, 2024 10:13 am

Will probably go against the grain here, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Euros to date. Every match played in a fantastic atmosphere and no reports of any serious trouble. Thankfully.

Some teams (England) performing as less than the sum of their parts, and others (Scotland) performing in line with expectation. The joy on the faces of the less fancied nations when they progress to the knock outs was uplifting. If you are a Celtic fan you will need a very long memory to be minded of beating a team we really shouldn’t have. Expectation management and all that nonsense.

My own Euros enjoyment comes from watching proper footballers at work, a huge contrast from the SPFL dross we witness every year between August and May. And as Celtic fans, we pay top dollar to watch the dross.

There are dozens of players at the Euros who would greatly enhance the current Celtic squad, physically strong, endless energy, and no little skill. Loads of them. Whether they would view pulling on a Celtic jersey, and playing in the backwater of the Scottish football, as a career advancement, is an entirely different matter.

If Celtic need to pay a bit over the odds in both salary and transfer fee, then this is the summer to do so. Or is it all just about continued domestic dominance and staying ahead of R2ngers ?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 10:14 am

DREW67

In my neck of the woods,Irish immigrants disembarked at Ardrossan,not Anderston! Back then,sailings took place from both Belfast and Dublin. Seems the Catholics stayed put,while the Protestants could afford the bus fare to Kilwinning.

Hoop hoop hooray
July 3, 2024 10:30 am

So Rocco is off to Watford 

Yang played 24 times for us last year. Either starting or as sub. He scored once and had 3 assists. I can only remember one good game against Dundee. What if vata had had that game time

Vata has played a total of 69 minutes for us and has the same number of goals as Yang

All I will say is that you feck up those crucial years where the bridge between youths and first team are then it’s hard to come back from. Just like we have fecked up a lot of potential by signing them and not playing them. Holm? Lagerbielke? For example. 
You have a kid like vata who gets rave reviews for his performance in the youths and rather than say ok let’s get you involved with the first team in our development potential’ slot, we will go to Asia Australia and South America and sign tilio yang palma so you will be 7th in line for a wing position. That ok with you? 
We have a left back who came on as a sub in a CL game and did well and hadn’t been sighted since. We have a midfielder who came on as a sub in a couple of games and did really well and hasn’t been sighted since. 

Hopefully our scattergun transfer strategy has been abandoned and we will start signing players according to the needs of the team. Get that right and start using our own in the ‘potential and development’ slots in the first team squad.

Ronnie gave Calmac and KT their chance. He also gave Jack aitchison his chance in the last game he ever managed and the boy scored. 
Karamoko clearly let his frustrations get the better of him to his own detriment in Lennys time and having his attitude questioned.
I know there’s a big step up to the first team but compare the risks to the amount of dross we have brought in from all over the world at times and I genuinely don’t think we work hard enough to find a proper pathway for these guys.

Auldbhoy67
July 3, 2024 10:34 am

Over the last few weeks I have browsed over a couple of books full of old photos . Over the turnstile #1thru 3.
Some great photos of various grounds throughout Scotland that we have all visited at one time or another. A decent look back at our game through the decades on a dreich day when Arran isnt in view.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 10:37 am

Best wishes to Ann Wilson of Heart,recently diagnosed with cancer.



Google this to find out the background to the track,a nauseating tale of a sick industry.

Drew67
July 3, 2024 10:43 am

BMCUWP

Both Ardrosaan and Anderston are even better places because of the Irish im sure.shame about Kilwinning tho😃😃

Drew67
July 3, 2024 10:53 am

Remember 74 world cup but was only 7 so pretty vague apart from tv replays..great memories of Kempes bursting thru defences in 78 and Tardelli celebrating his goal in 82 final.was on my first lads holiday in Bevidorm in 86 when Maradona gave the best individual i ever seen at a World Cup.

Drew67
July 3, 2024 11:01 am

Wee World Cup teaser

Which team in 78 World Cup in Argentina had to borrow a strip from a local team as they had brought the wrong strip?

Bada Bing
July 3, 2024 11:05 am

Peru?

Jimbo67
July 3, 2024 11:07 am

Drew67

Hungary versus France?

Jimbo

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 3, 2024 11:08 am

I wrote about this in Saturday’s article. Expect the EPL to clamp down on similar deals in future,though how they go about that is still up in the air.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league-psr-everton-nottingham-forest-chelsea-b2572708.html

Drew67
July 3, 2024 11:11 am

No mate

Drew67
July 3, 2024 11:13 am

Well done mate

France had to borrow a strip, which was green and white stripes, as due to mix up both teams had brought their white tops

Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 11:20 am

Have to agree with those saying they are bored stiff watching this summer’s fitba.
I gave it one last go with the France – Belgium game, I lasted 20mins and ended up watching old games on Ytube!
That’s now international and Champions league football I’m giving a wide-berth.

Triple H,

Given the very strong position we find ourselves in now, I just don’t understand why we can’t be introducing at least one of two young players into the team, or at least permanently into the squad.

Instead it looks like we are gonna continue to lose these lads to teams who will actually give them what they want at their age – first team football.

On Anderston – Had to go there this morning and was wondering about the history of the place, as it’s a place I knew very little about. Just reading that the land was granted to the bishop of Glasgow by king James II in the 15th century 😯 for such a small place, it certainly has a long and interesting history.

Drew67
July 3, 2024 11:26 am

Jimbo67

It was you who was right mate..if i didnae make that clear😃

Óglach
July 3, 2024 11:46 am

Click bait sites reporting Southampton are looking to take yet another of our ‘top’ players on the cheap. £20 mill bid for MO’R being made- -‘allegedly’🤔😏

Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 11:51 am

Speaking of strips ..

I read someone who was saying that the Lisbon Lions strip had 6 green stripes and 7 white, and it was just written in the stars for us to win the big cup that year.

I so wanted that to be true! 🍀🍀

SteveNaive
July 3, 2024 11:58 am

Jay Jay Ococha brilliant individual but not in the same ballpark as Lubo team player wise.
Brazil ‘70, something about that crackly commentary from Coleman.
Impossibly exotic.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 12:01 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if the window closed and Matt was still here. Not sure why I feel that, other than .. A) He has lots of time on his side.. B) He may want to play in the Champions league proper.. and C) He lacks the one thing all top teams are looking for – speed.

That should put the board in a jolly mood! 😕

SteveNaive
July 3, 2024 12:04 pm

Rosemary Burns RIP.

Madmitch
July 3, 2024 12:06 pm

BMCUW

Not with you regarding Euro24 — it has been an absolute masterclass in tactics / set up and shape / team cohesion / transition / corners …

Just a shame that Clarke wasn’t up for it and we looked lost.

Plus all this progress from second string nations highlights our own poor form last season.
That so many national teams with few resources can play in this manner shows us the way.
Hopefully BR has been watching and learning and is up for the challenge.

So all in all the Euros have been a success so far.
There was a dip during the third round of group games.
But you would need to be some sort of grinch not to enjoy last night’s game.

One issue though has been the MIB performances.
First up they are in the way far too much — they seem to run to the ball.
Second the level of physical contact allowed seems to increase depending on the media market of the team involved — very variable.
Third how will this affect our own Ludge VAR next season?
VAR / VAR trawls after a goal — exception rather than the rule.
Big change compared to the SPL.
Will it last?

Plus over 630 players on show — surely our scouts are / were watching.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 12:14 pm

Some teams from your youth just stay with you.

France 82 for me.

Platini, Giresse, Tigana, Tresor, Battiston, Rocheteau and Didier Six.

Changed days, as Six was the only player in the squad to play his football outside of France.

You might remember them, mostly, for the way the German keeper (Schumaker) attempted to decapitate Battiston, as he went through on goal. ⚽ 🏃

Craig 76
July 3, 2024 12:30 pm

Celtic 7 The Rangers 1

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Fan
July 3, 2024 12:40 pm

BAD
Our transfer strategy depends on selling MOR so don’t think he will remain.
Speed of thought not speed of foot more important to his midfield position.
While he has improved under BR this season he needs to go to a league where coaching and style of play can take him to a European level.
Simeone obviously saw something he could work and improve upon.
Matt’s choice should be taken with whole career in mind.

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Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 12:54 pm

Fan,

Hard to argue as that is our board’s mo normally.
I can see him still being here if whatever is on offer doesn’t turn him on.
Having said that – If I had to bet on who will end up closer to the truth, my money would be on you being correct.
As long as this board are still sitting in the comfy seats, we will NEVER be able to build a lasting side.
When you and I were young we had multiple players who played for us for over a dozen years!
That has always been my big bugbear, even though I understand we need to be able to generate our own income.
I just wish we could find a better balance.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 3, 2024 1:09 pm

Brendan watching the Euros? Nah, hopefully he is somewhere recharging the batteries in preparation for delivering another treble.

It’s what the man does – WINS!

Treble kings 🏆🏆🏆

Drew67
July 3, 2024 1:17 pm

How do you post an image?

Bada Bing
July 3, 2024 1:20 pm

Rocca Vata to Watford for £273,000

The Real McCoy
July 3, 2024 1:24 pm

Sad news Steve Naive 🥲
Requiescat In Pace Rosemary Burns 🙏🏻
HH💚🍀

The Real McCoy
July 3, 2024 1:27 pm

Drew 👋🏻
There is an icon very far right at the bottom of your input box.
Click on that and it should allow you to upload an image. Hopefully 🤷🏻‍♂️
HH💚🍀

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