Gareth Bale – The Enigma

Morning,all.

 

I think it would be about 2006 that I first laid eyes on Gareth Bale. Sitting there in a pub in Swindon wi my mate Jimmy,commenting that the young fella looked like a player.

 

In fact,Jimmy,if he was in trap six,I’d put a tenner on him!

 

Back then,he was being played at left back. What a waste. Never a left back in a million years. Southampton at the time had a reputation for developing youth players and selling them on at a rather impressive profit,£6m for Walcott as an example. They still do. £30m for Luke Shaw shows they knew how to wear a mask long before Covid restrictions came in.

 

Bale was a terrific player in his prime. I remember him destroying Scotland single handed around 2013 or 14. You couldn’t lay a glove on him. Left back,my arse,this was one of the most exciting attacking talents you can imagine.

 

He was a pleasure to watch,even when he was ripping your own team to shreds. In fact,most defenders could actually only do that,watch,as he ripped their team. Was he Ronaldo or Messi? No. Of course not. And anyone who suggests that a wee bit more application,etc,is missing the point. Bale was immense. But when you saw him at his best,that was peak Bale.

 

Now,we see a man who should be a legend at possibly the most iconic club in the world being shuttled out of the door because his boss doesn’t like him,and frankly neither of them care. Win four European Cups-two of them almost single handedly-and get yerself tae?

 

What?

 

Aye,and take €15m a year with you when you go,that’s how much we don’t want you here any more. Surely if there is a football manager,one who played The Beautiful Game in the most beautiful style,someone who can look at a player and go-aw,wow-it would be Zidane. If any player,a ball player,a lad who simply wants to make people go wow,wanted a manager,it should be Zidane-a man who made us jump for joy just by lacing his boots.

 

And who,btw,thanked Lubo Moravcik during his acceptance speech for his first major award. As he put it,I am only here tonight because Lubo made me the player that I am.

 

So now,Bale heads back to Tottenham. Real Madrid are still coughing up a fortune. And he’s playing for a manager who will probably turn him back into the left back that he was the first time I saw him! Aye,all the talent in the world doesn’t matter,not if your boss is winning either a title or a European Cup every year.

 

And particularly not if you cannot be bothered to learn the language,build up a wee rapport with the press. Sorry,Gareth. Love ya to bits. But,trap six? Naw. You slept in the box there.
See the title there’s a clue! This is it.

 

It took a genius to figure out Enigma at Bletchley Park,it took another one with a grudge to wreck one in Madrid.

 
 

The above by BMCUWP. As usual its sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wVLs8pAtaQ Gareth Bale-Top 10 Real Madrid Goals

Friesdorfer

Morning all.
A great footballer no doubt, but not to have learnt the language after 7 years in Madrid is shocking. All the money in the world cannot make up for social interaction. The optimum conditions for learning any language is immersion in the local community, and notwithstanding the medals and monetary benefits, I cannot help but think that Gareth Bale has lost out overall. Good luck to him at Tottingham.
HH

Coneybhoy

BMCUWP

Gareth Bale blatantly dived against Scotland more than once. Haven’t liked him since.

I agree that he developed some skills as time went on but I still see him as one of the first of the new era of superstars; an athlete first and footballer second

Garry

BMCUW
Whilst I can’t deny that Gareth Bale is an extremely talented football player, I have never quite liked him. As Coneybhoy alluded to, I have always thought that he likes to dive and play act a bit too much. Not making an attempt to learn basic Spanish whilst in Madrid, makes me doubt his mentality. His game seems to rely on pace and power. He certainly should improve a very poor current Spurs team.

Dubaibhoy

Gareth Bale has got more in common with Andy Carroll than just a dodgy, ageing pornstar haircut. Couple of work-shy chancers.

bada bing1

Bale has developed into a prima dona, happy to sit on the bench, and play golf,rather than get himself out of Madrid a couple of years ago,and play football.

Mahe

Morning folks,
Hope this finds all well.

Gareth was a fantastic player who won games singlehandedly and not only that is a physical specimen, as pointed out.
Lad lacked the correct application to be the very best but even with what he put in he did very well. Wasnt a regular when he scored that worldy in the big cup final.
I guess having 8 figures in the bank is about the highest reason for lacking that application.

I believe he speaks way more Espanol than he let’s on, but yeah he gives off the impression of an outsider, never settled never tried, yet stayed long time.
My theory is the weather held him.
He hadn’t lived in the sun and it can do wonderful things to the soul. The benefits of the sun such as al fresco dining, great golf courses, real vitamin D, bikini clad ladies everywhere, a lot of bbq/grilled food etc make for a great lifestyle.
One which the young man clearly enjoyed.

He is back in gloomy London now, with a gloomy for the most part boss, and a heap of expectations. Playing and being central to the team might he enough, but I wouldnt be surprised if he doesnt settle or fails to impress.
He will jack footie early and head back where nice and warm and his pastime of choice awaits.

While we can judge him, ultimately if a man enjoys his life then I tend to think he has done well. On that front, perhaps he has done very well. If he wasnt enjoying himself he wouldnt have stayed for a long long time.

Zizou the wrong guy for him? Aye looks that way. When he seen a player not integrating with the group he just said this guys not for me.
Steve MacManaman speaks of the lifestyle for instance group meals at ten PM are the norm as you’ve had a siesta. Steve says eventually loved it but very strange. With things like that Gareth said no, and I can totally understand as one who is in bed for nine most nights. I certainly dont eat at ten.
ZZ could have seen he didn’t want that aspect but would play. Wasnt enough for Zidane who wants total buy in so a personality clash.

Fries, happy belated anniversary.
“All the money in the world cannot make up for social interaction”
That’s an interesting point, especially now in Covid times. It can help avoid social interaction though, which many are just fine with. I think he was fine with his social life, that’s why he lasted so long. Just didn’t wanna talk to the workmates it seems, wont be the first wont be the last. Roy Keane barely said a word to the crew. Just no interest in that side. Do job, go home.
I’ve heard that being described as arrogance but I think it’s just the modern world.

Hail Hail

bada bing1

Blojo with a list of restrictions, that we have been doing up here for weeks, which means Wee Nicola’s new measures will be stricter than England, she’s on TV at 2.20

McCaff

Mahe, a great antidote to our sometimes improbable and unrealistic expectations of our heroes and icons! And fitba is made up of all the same personalities and idiosyncracies of everyday life…there’s some strange feckers out there!!! Btw it’s not unusual for us to eat at 10pm, we were known as the Govan Yuppies back in the day! 🙂

Mike in Toronto

so…tremendous potential … won more then a few medals…. but the feeling is that many of those were as much to do with where he plays …. would describe the last ten years as ‘decent record on paper, but could have done so much more if he had really tried, but seemed happy to do the bear minimum .. didn’t really care much what the supporters thought …’

Obviously not ambitious or hardworking enough for ZZ, but sounds like Mr Bale would have fit right in at Celtic….

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Howdy,folks. Preen,preen…

By that,I mean that it looks-even from the initial feedback so far-as though I managed to call the article about right. I know it’s a Celtic blog,but sometimes it’s worth having a wee glance at the wider world.

To paraphrase Marc Antony,I come NEITHER to praise nor to bury Gareth Bale. By that,I mean that the article includes his flaws as well as his brilliance. I genuinely think that he should have elevated his career to that of an all-time great,but his latter time at Real Madrid prevented that.

And yes,he was far from blameless. That infamous Wales Golf Madrid banner,if you’ll pardon the pun,was like a red rag to a bull. That was the behaviour of someone who clearly couldn’t give a XXXX for his club or their fans. His refusal or inability to learn the language hardly marked him as someone who is interested in being a team player either,and the resultant inexistent media profile hardly made him a darling of a very powerful sports press.

But as one of the best players over much of the last decade,when he was on his game he was a pleasure to watch-and a nightmare to play against. He had burned his bridges,largely through his own fault,partly via an equally intransigent Zidane. He could sit on the bench or take his chances-and a huge pay cut-elsewhere.

Spurs are probably a good fit for him. It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will be.

Gordon64

Game against Riga live on Premier Sports

Weet weet weet

Was it not the case that Naka didn’t learn English because he didn’t want his interpreter to lose his job

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WEETWEETWEET

Haha,probably true! And maybe if Bobby Robson had learned the language at Barcelona,we would never have heard of Mourinho.

Oglach

The new Covid rules in Englandshire just look like a last desperate attempt to rein in the spread of the virus. Yup opening pubs and clubs again while medical advice was there could still, and likely will, be another spike was an absolute belter of an idea. But never fear you can still get pished in your socially distanced bar/club/ restaurant (LOL😏) but you’ll need to get it down yer neck before 10pm. Just WTF is the point!

As some have already alluded to i expect Wee Nicola’s new covid guidelines (or will they become law as in Englandshire?) will be just a wee bit stricter than bumbling Boris’s – got to maintain the pretence that there is method in all the madness.

As far as fans back at football games in the foreseeable future – can’t see it all.

Mike in Toronto

BMCUWP

I had thought that Simeone would have moved on from Atletico by now, and that Mourinho would have taken his spot there. Under Simeone, Atletico seemed to have become the masters of the dark arts…have a bit of a chip on their shoulder… and, with RM and Barca close by, not expected to win all the time…. seemed like the perfect place for Jose to see if the old (black) magic still has its charms…

Oglach

Italy introduces Covid 19 testing at border with France. Go on Nicola – you know you want to do it —
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OGLACH

The presence of the fans at all this season,the financial meltdown likely to result,is the subject of tomorrow’s article,which I’m currently working on.

I think it unlikely in the first place that the lower division teams will survive it without a major whipround by their fans,and I can see a few fatalities or at the very least,long term wounded,among the top teams.

At the moment,even the article title points out that in the above scenario,everyone who paid for their VST should be worthy of the praise accorded to Fergus in the past for saving our club.

PS-the one suggested last night by a comment from CALTON TONGUES,put off for a week-though I’ve made a start on it too. Wouldn’t want him thinking I had forgotten!

timhorton

Gordon 64
Great goals.Thank you.

Mike in Toronto

Celtic announce a deal with Dahua – big video technology company.

Hopefully, will improve Celtic TV services, which are a bit outdated.

A worry, however, is that they also do lots of security/facial recognition stuff … for use on Celtic fans? GB?

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MIKEINTORONTO

Maybe been coming,as a lot of VST holders have given their details to family or friends. Of course,each VST only entitles one device to use it at a time. If that is the reason,it is very shortsighted,as there is no guarantee of fans even this time next year gaining admission.

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BTW,been reading a lot of stuff over the last few days about RBG,mainly in the NY Times. £2 a month,best buy ever!

Quite unseemly from a political point of view,but some of the more personal articles about her are amazing. And the one about her personal friendship-despite their ideological differences-with Antonin Scalia was just a pleasure to read.

Mike in Toronto

BMCUWP

Dahua have had a few high profile security issues, where they have been hacked for attacks. Also, in one incident a few years ago, there was spyware installed, which, when caught, they apparently didn’t delete but just moved to a different space. Raises questions of who they are working for, and who we are working with.

bada bing1

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BADABING

Thanks for that info,mate. Will pass it on to one or two who might be extremely interested!

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Quite draconian restrictions just been announced by Sturgeon. Worse even than the ones that made me decide a week ago against booking a flight to Scotland in a fortnight.

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bada bing1

Kerr McEnroy to Dunfermline, season on loan

Oglach

Bobby @ 2:54 pm

Indeed it may come to pass that those, maligned, supporters who bought the VST actually save Celtic – ala Fergus and the Rebs in the 90’s. It would be interesting to know how much money, if any, the major shareholders have handed over in order to protect their investments – and i am not taking about accepting lower returns on their shares. Players & senior staff took a temporary deferred cut in salary payments. However they will still see all the money owed in their bank accounts at some juncture if it hasn’t been paid already. Again i wonder just how many of our very highly remunerated staff would agree to a permanent 30 – 50% cut in wages in order for the club to ‘hopefully’ continue to exist. Imagine only earning £15k a week rather than £25k. Just how would they manage to survive 🤔

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OGLACH

Difficult one. I agree with your point about the shareholders,of course. Absolutely right,their pound of flesh is cast in stone.

Unfortunately,so are the contractual obligations to the players.

However,there is a precedent for taking a short term hit for the greater good,and for colleagues who would otherwise lose their jobs due to costcutting,and in a most unlikely place.

JCB. Faced with 10% redundancies about 2008,the workforce decided to take a 10% wage cut for a year. Problem is,if no fans next year,it will be more than a 10% cut that’s needed.

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OGLACH

” those, maligned, supporters who bought the VST”

Pretty much everyone was delighted at the take up. And even the few who derided them for it knew that it was the only option.

Garry

BMCUW
The latest Scottish Government restrictions has no effect on me. Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire have had these restrictions in place for 3 weeks. It is now being wheeled out for the whole of Scotland, an indication that the restrictions have worked locally.
If supporters are not allowed to attend matches this season, I can see a vastly reduced uptake of Season Tickets for next season. Sadly, our club will suffer, but a few clubs could go out of existence.

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

Mike in Toronto Dermot Desmond is the major shareholder in Daon one of the leaders in the biometric and facial recogntion fields.

Mahe

One of Dermots companies awarding another of Dermots companies contracts should be illegal.
Just another way to make money from the club.
He sounded very Trumpian the other day, condescending.
Embarrassing these days.

Oglach

So i can’t visit a friend at their home but we can meet up in a pub where strangers are also meeting where, lets be honest, once a few libations are taken social distancing protocols are soon forgotten and according to anecdotal evidence landlords are turning a blind eye to distancing rules in order to boost revenue . Seems to be a very strange logic at play.

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

I enjoyed the interview with Desmond in the Athletic its so rare to hear his view on things. Although I would have had the straightjacket out for him when he mentioned the present team were almost as good as the Seville team. Although I think that was more of him talking up or present team than really believing that.

CaltonTongues

Evening All

HH

Mahe

Good evening CT.

Can someone just sew Charlie Nics lips together. Now we should have got the Don’s defender because hes the same level as Duffy.
I wish we didn’t have to read or hear the eejit
ever again.

jimthetim53

Hiya Packy, what’s the news today?

Mahe

Tim the Jim,
The Cheshire Cat is out on the prowl it seems.
How’s yerself?

big packy

HI JIM, not much to report only wee joan nearly having a nervous breakdown because of that horrible woman next door, anyway pal thanks for your concern, we had a good long talk this morning at one point she said to me tell the builders to stop ive had enough, i said to her joan we cant let this woman rule our life we have the law on our side, eventually after a lot of soul searching she came round,,we will keep going jim ,we have spent a lot of money on this if it goes pearshaped im dreading the outcome ,anyway pal there are a lot of people worse off than us, take care buddy luv ya to bits.H.H,

jimthetim53

Hiya Mahe. Been dead busy today. New curtains to be hung (and ironed first!). Then fit a new land line phone.

Mahe

BP, if the operation is legit with council approval the woman can take a running jump.
Gets the certificate and dont worry about it?

Jim, idle hands are the devils work its better to be busy tbh.

Hail Hail

jimthetim53

Packy, it makes you wonder what kind of life that neighbour of yours has, to be so annoyed about this. From a personal point of view, I would love seeing a couple of folk coming most days with their dogs. Even if only for the ‘before and after’ look of the dogs!

Oglach

What ever happened to the £10 mill the Dons were looking for McKenna? Quite a bit of a drop in value over a season. Heading off to Forest for a paltry £3 mill apparently.

big packy

JIM YES,but this woman thinks she can do what she likes, she is a scouse bully and all the women round here are scared of her, im not id floor her right now, but what would that get me brought up for gbh against a woman, jim we are going down the legal route no matter how long it takes, once again thanks for your concern ,you as well mahe, and everyone else,H.H.

jimthetim53

Good neighbours are a God send Packy. I don’t think she will ever realise that. She will be a lonely auld woman. Hell mend her by the sounds of it.

big packy

JIM, you never said a more truer word ,even her 2 children have never seen her for years, she has grandchildren she has never seen and they are teenagers now, yes she is a lonely old woman, speak tomorrow buddy,h.h.

jimthetim53

GNAGB Packy.

Mahe

Good neighbors are a Godsend indeed.
Just last night got a pumpkin and a homemade cranberry bake from mine.
In saying that his home security system is soo good, I placed his empty container at his front door for him to find when he comes home from work. By the time I got back to my door he had texted thanks, alerted instantly by the motion and any motion video goes straight to the screen of his phone, which he was looking at.

Remember most houses just left their door open? My granny’s door was open once she was dressed until time for bed.
Theres modern technology can turn black and white photos into colour photos now, the real actual colour ot course, and I think I’ll get one of the grandmother converted .
A Christmas gift idea perhaps for some, give that old but cracking pic a new lease of life.
Talking Christmas already 😉
It is my favourite holiday.

Silver Bells,,,