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Thread: July: The end of the Euros and.... friendlies?

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    July: The end of the Euros and.... friendlies?

    Baz has rightly reminded me how calendars so it's time for a new thread, which I suppose gives us one more chance to con some mugs into saying they thinking it's COMING HOME in a poll before England go out to the Danes on penalties, eh?

    And after that the miserable, barren wasteland of pre-season and the RL arguing with people in the transfer thread.

    And because I haven't posted it even once yet:

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    July 21 shall forever be remembered as the month Liverpool signed Mbappe.
    I'm a twit

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    Presumably a very sad Mbappe if he's had to end up choosing Liverpool over somewhere nice.

    I suppose the squillions of quid would make up for it.

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    Last edited by Shindig; 04-07-2021 at 11:52 AM.

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    I love that M*A*S*H is there.
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    We are winning it from here, and we will be a good side with a good manager if we do.

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    I see Yevrah has jumped on the England bandwagon. Isn't that the time it usually goes wrong?

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    Surely Italy can shit its way to it, no? That is their thing.

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    Let's be honest, England's probably joint third-favourites with the Danes. Italy look great, almost unstoppable. Spain winning would involve some chaos in both boxes. It's tight, though. Every team has something about them. I genuinely see these Italians as a fantastic tournament side.

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    Not sure the Danes have a semo upset in them so it's up to the big boys to bring the joy in the final.

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    Are there any big screen places in London for the final?

    Fancy going up to London for the day but would prefer a plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don View Post
    Not sure the Danes have a semo upset in them so it's up to the big boys to bring the joy in the final.
    Yeah, they looked knackered at the end of yesterday’s game. England are pissing it as the Italians will lose to Spain

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    Here's a rundown of the Olympic tournament.

    Group A
    Japan
    South Africa
    Mexico
    France

    Group B
    New Zealand
    South Korea
    Honduras
    Romania

    Group C
    Egypt
    Spain
    Argentina
    Australia

    Group D
    Brazil
    Germany
    Ivory Coast
    Saudi Arabia

    All gets underway on the 21st. As usual, it's an U21 tournament with some allowances for overage players. Straight forward format with the top 2 from each group going into the quarters. The women's tournament below has no such restrictions.

    Group E
    Japan
    Canada
    Great Britain!?
    Chile

    Group F
    China
    Brazil
    Zambia
    Netherlands

    Group G
    Sweden
    United States
    Australia
    New Zealand

    Top two go through and the two best third-placed lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
    Let's be honest, England's probably joint third-favourites with the Danes. Italy look great, almost unstoppable.


    Apart from being played off the pitch by Austria.

    Losing their leftback also potentially bad for them.

    England with the easier semi and home advantage are the clear favourites (by dint of being less likely to be eliminated in the semis than either Italy or Spain). Doesn't mean they're going to win it, but let's be realistic.

    Italy v England would be a good final. England's all out defence against Italy's high octane attacking. Welcome to backwardsland.

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    Played off the pitch by Austria is quite the stretch

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    Yeah, sure. Played off the park. Let's just ignore Italy's 27 shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waffdon View Post
    Played off the pitch by Austria is quite the stretch
    Perhaps, relative to what was expected.

    Couple of super marginal offsides bailed them out. Not really bothered by how many shots they had. Austria had 16 which seems like a lot as well.

    England had 10 shots last night. 6 on target. Same number as Italy managed from their 27.
    Last edited by niko_cee; 04-07-2021 at 02:42 PM.

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    Vieira confirmed at Palace.

    Good luck to him. Probably going to need it.

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    This may be the last we see of Palace for a long time (in the Prem)

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    What's gone on there? The release list is obscene. Someone pulled the plug?

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    I’ve just managed to buy tickets for an away game on Friday for the first time in 15 months. Proper football is back. Mon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellberg View Post
    What's gone on there? The release list is obscene. Someone pulled the plug?
    They appear to have let their entire defence leave on a free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScousePig View Post
    I see Yevrah has jumped on the England bandwagon. Isn't that the time it usually goes wrong?
    Well yes, England have never reached a final while Iíve been watching them.

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    The bloke who raised all that money the crying German child turning out to be a nonce is a great storyline.

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    Source?

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    Someone found what appears to be his moody xHamster profile, and everyone is lolling at a load of his suspect tweets that mention kids. I don't think he's actually a sex offender.

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    I haven't dug into it much but is it just him talking about his own kids in a mildly weird way? Or is it more bang to rights?

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    Nah he’s deffo a nonce.
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    Definitely a nonce. His Instagram is proper weird too

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    He does seem really, really, really keen to find the kid.

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    His tweets are protected now.

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    We'll be running a team of Yugoslavian and African regens.
    Last edited by Queenslander; 05-07-2021 at 09:06 AM.

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    Thursday, Friday and Monday booked off. It better be coming home.

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    Got to say that I'm coming across far too many people with otherwise no interest in 'the football' making plans for Sunday.

    In a way it's helping me come to terms with semi-final heartbreak maybe being the ideal ceiling for England. Nightmare scenario is final heartbreak, worst of all worlds right there.

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    I've booked Monday off. It's happening.

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    Monday off here as well.

    I've been sat on UEFAs site all afternoon trying to get tickets. It's breaking. Easy enough to get Italy v Spain though.

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    I've booked monday off but I agree with Niko, it is irritating the amount of people who know little to nothing about football suddenly swooping in looking to nick the good seats in the pubs.

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    There should be a ten question quiz at the door to let people in. 6/10 qualifies for entry. 8/10 if you want a more intimate night among connoisseurs.

    Q1. Who or what is a 'merking'?
    Q2. Former Leyton Orient manager John Sitton once encouraged one of his players to bring his fucking what?
    Q3. Which of these is a former Swansea footballer? a. Paul Dawdle b. Lee Trundle c. Craig Saunter
    Q4. Premier League referee Bobby Madley lost his job after allegedly fellating what animal?

    etc.

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    I'm nervous about tomorrow night, which I haven't been even remotely for England's previous games. None of the sides England have faced so far have a) been any good b) had momentum c) radiated good vibes, and Denmark tick all of those boxes.

    I think I'll be more confident about them winning the final than I am about them getting there.

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    Bless the optimists among you. I can't bring myself to do it.

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    You're shitting the bed now? Fuck me.

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    This is a more apposite time to do so, although I'm not sold on the pessimism.

    I've also come to the realisation in the last day or so that whilst hurt probably isn't the right term, I've had 30 (well 31) years of disappointment watching England, since the 1990 World Cup, which matches up well with, and was probably the real intention behind that particular lyric. So yeah, it's definitely on the cards.

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    I don't understand being nervous, it's not like you're playing. I would like them to win, as I would any England match, but my interest stops about five seconds after the whistle and win or lose it's on with the rest of your evening.

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    I'm more interested in who the scapegoat is going to be if it goes wrong although I can't see England ever having a better chance of finally winning something. It's shit but warming in equal measures, I guess.

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    England are at home in a full stadium, which will be all England fans, no? Against a team they have better players than, in every single position, except for Goalkeeper.

    The manager also has the players completely on side and behind him. If you are a pessimist now, you always will be.

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    The all home fans thing falls down when we give all the tickets to NHS workers and it turns out they're all foreign.

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    It wouldn't be the first time England have had a laundry list of reasons to be optimistic and still fucked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Fox View Post
    England are at home in a full stadium, which will be all England fans, no? Against a team they have better players than, in every single position, except for Goalkeeper.

    The manager also has the players completely on side and behind him. If you are a pessimist now, you always will be.
    I’d have fancied Denmark in the last 16 or quarters but they looked knackered at the end of the last game and England will freshen it up again tomorrow no doubt. Squad depth in the attacking areas and midfield is ridiculously good.

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    Making the points you were lambasting me for after we've looked alright - You fuckers are just winding me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco View Post
    I don't understand being nervous, it's not like you're playing. I would like them to win, as I would any England match, but my interest stops about five seconds after the whistle and win or lose it's on with the rest of your evening.
    I am a basically non-partisan when it comes to club football, but I do understand fandom as a concept and there's something different about international tournaments. It's quite nice actually.

    I'm not going to cry or batter anyone if they lose but winning a tournament would feel like quite a big thing.

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