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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #280 on: February 20, 2018, 06:34:35 AM »
Anthony Athletic is from that neck of the woods and might have something to report... And recover from.... 😁😁

Yes, I was hoping to inspire a contribution from him - perhaps a link to a YouTube video of himself singing the Will Grigg song...
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #281 on: September 28, 2021, 07:57:53 AM »
Do you appreciate beach soccer?

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #282 on: September 28, 2021, 03:31:58 PM »
https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58705912

Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of the great Champions League shocks as the competition's least experienced club upstaged 13-time European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Sebastien Thill snatched victory for the debutants with a stunning final-minute strike, sparking scenes of wild celebration from the Moldovan champions.

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #283 on: December 25, 2021, 12:02:06 PM »
https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/59696612 (with video)

Frank Mill must feel like Marty McFly, the main character from Back to the Future. Regardless of what he's up to, he is continuously being dragged back to the mid-1980s. To one day in particular: 9 August 1986.

It was Mill's first game for Borussia Dortmund. Just before half-time, he was played clean through. One pass split the Bayern Munich defence and, after dribbling past the keeper, he found himself in front of an empty goal. What happened next is often described in Germany as the 'miss of the century'.

Mill waited too long. With an open net in front of him, he took an extra touch to steady himself, slightly to the side of the six-yard box, delaying what seemed like the inevitable. As the keeper came rushing back, sliding in to make a hopeless attempt to block, Mill suddenly ran out of rhythm and the ball held up in his feet. When he finally did shoot, he hit the post. The ball bounced back to a waiting Bayern defender.

Even 35 years on, whenever anybody in German football misses a good chance, it doesn't take long for commentators to bring this story up. Reporters will call him asking for an opinion. The very act of failing to score from an open goal is known as 'a Mill'.

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« Reply #284 on: December 29, 2021, 10:16:54 AM »
Ah, but this miss is even worse (warning - very loud pounding music on soundtrack):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSY8hbmsNFM

Tomasson was practically on the goal-line, yet still managed to put the ball over the bar.

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #285 on: December 29, 2021, 02:11:30 PM »
Ah, but this miss is even worse (warning - very loud pounding music on soundtrack):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSY8hbmsNFM

Tomasson was practically on the goal-line, yet still managed to put the ball over the bar.
This is a case where it is much harder (in fact, almost impossible) to miss than to score.
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« Reply #286 on: December 31, 2021, 09:58:01 AM »
On the other hand, someone who probably wishes he could have missed is Lee Dixon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSo1aciPqU

I'm right in remembering that you're a Gooner, am I not, Springrite?  I was at that match - lifelong Coventry fan - probably the only time we ever won at Highbury (a few months earlier, on the last day of the season, you'd thrashed us 6-1 and lifted the league title).  Coincidentally, it was a match against Arsenal that first turned me into a Sky Blues fan - 1970, aged 10, at Highfield Road.  Highfield Road, Highbury - 2 famous old grounds, now both housing developments  :(
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #287 on: December 31, 2021, 10:25:31 AM »
On the other hand, someone who probably wishes he could have missed is Lee Dixon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSo1aciPqU

I'm right in remembering that you're a Gooner, am I not, Springrite?  I was at that match - lifelong Coventry fan - probably the only time we ever won at Highbury (a few months earlier, on the last day of the season, you'd thrashed us 6-1 and lifted the league title).  Coincidentally, it was a match against Arsenal that first turned me into a Sky Blues fan - 1970, aged 10, at Highfield Road.  Highfield Road, Highbury - 2 famous old grounds, now both housing developments  :(
Yes, your memory is correct. I am a gooner. I do miss Coventry in the premiership! Wasn't Gordon Strahan at Coventry when I watched? Yes, I think so. What an honest hard-nosed old-school player he was!
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« Reply #288 on: December 31, 2021, 12:15:34 PM »
From the Belgian championship about ten years ago  ;D

Goal-bound effort stopped... by mud! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqj0xO8Sk9s

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #289 on: March 14, 2022, 02:04:55 AM »
Not a dry eye in the house! Top scorer for Ukraine the enigmatic Andriy Yarmolenko although a hero in his own country has not worked out for West Ham. Important game yesterday against Aston Villa, closely matched first half and then into the second period the football Gods took control! Our striker Antonio went down injured and on came Yarmolenko from the bench. The whole 60,000 crowd rose, including Villa fans applauded, not for the player but for his country. With the score still even a split second of sublime skill and Yarmolenko scored! A surreal moment with tens of thousands of lumps in throats and for poor old Andriy, it was too much.   
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #290 on: March 14, 2022, 06:12:37 AM »
Not a dry eye in the house! Top scorer for Ukraine the enigmatic Andriy Yarmolenko although a hero in his own country has not worked out for West Ham. Important game yesterday against Aston Villa, closely matched first half and then into the second period the football Gods took control! Our striker Antonio went down injured and on came Yarmolenko from the bench. The whole 60,000 crowd rose, including Villa fans applauded, not for the player but for his country. With the score still even a split second of sublime skill and Yarmolenko scored! A surreal moment with tens of thousands of lumps in throats and for poor old Andriy, it was too much.
I saw that on the news this morning (CNN)---great story!  Loved to hear about the support for him and his country.  I also read that he had just come back from "compassionate leave" too.  He apparently still has family in Ukraine.  Must be unbelievably stressful for him.

PD

p.s.  I immediately thought of you when I was watching the news.   :)

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #291 on: March 14, 2022, 09:12:03 AM »
I saw that on the news this morning (CNN)---great story!  Loved to hear about the support for him and his country.  I also read that he had just come back from "compassionate leave" too.  He apparently still has family in Ukraine.  Must be unbelievably stressful for him.

PD



p.s.  I immediately thought of you when I was watching the news.   :)

The Premier League is watched worldwide as you prove, PD. Every story like this helps the cause, hopefully. The West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is Polish and reportedly involved in facilitating some of Yarmolenko's family to leave Ukraine into Poland.

The Chelsea/Abromovich connection is sending unprecedented shock waves through English football.
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #292 on: March 14, 2022, 12:11:26 PM »
Not a dry eye in the house! Top scorer for Ukraine the enigmatic Andriy Yarmolenko although a hero in his own country has not worked out for West Ham. Important game yesterday against Aston Villa, closely matched first half and then into the second period the football Gods took control! Our striker Antonio went down injured and on came Yarmolenko from the bench. The whole 60,000 crowd rose, including Villa fans applauded, not for the player but for his country. With the score still even a split second of sublime skill and Yarmolenko scored! A surreal moment with tens of thousands of lumps in throats and for poor old Andriy, it was too much.
Yes, this was very moving.
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #293 on: March 14, 2022, 12:50:14 PM »
Not a dry eye in the house! Top scorer for Ukraine the enigmatic Andriy Yarmolenko although a hero in his own country has not worked out for West Ham. Important game yesterday against Aston Villa, closely matched first half and then into the second period the football Gods took control! Our striker Antonio went down injured and on came Yarmolenko from the bench. The whole 60,000 crowd rose, including Villa fans applauded, not for the player but for his country. With the score still even a split second of sublime skill and Yarmolenko scored! A surreal moment with tens of thousands of lumps in throats and for poor old Andriy, it was too much.

A touching story, thanks for sharing!  :)

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #294 on: March 15, 2022, 12:32:29 AM »
Yes, this was very moving.

What is your view of the situation at Chelsea, Jeffrey?

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #295 on: March 15, 2022, 01:33:28 AM »
What is your view of the situation at Chelsea, Jeffrey?
It's a shambles Lol. Did you see the Panorama about Abramovich and corruption? I didn't but intend to do so on catch-up. As a Chelsea supporter it's all very dispiriting, but good for Tuchel for maintaining his integrity and holding the team together. It was shameful for a section of the Chelsea fans to chant Abramovich's name at a recent match.
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #296 on: March 15, 2022, 03:00:32 AM »
The Premier League is watched worldwide as you prove, PD. Every story like this helps the cause, hopefully. The West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is Polish and reportedly involved in facilitating some of Yarmolenko's family to leave Ukraine into Poland.

The Chelsea/Abromovich connection is sending unprecedented shock waves through English football.
Wonderful to hear about the help from the goalkeeper!

And, yes, I've read a bit about Abromovich wanting to sell the team and that he said that he would donate the proceeds to aid--less his net costs (which folks have been wondering what that all includes).
It's a shambles Lol. Did you see the Panorama about Abramovich and corruption? I didn't but intend to do so on catch-up. As a Chelsea supporter it's all very dispiriting, but good for Tuchel for maintaining his integrity and holding the team together. It was shameful for a section of the Chelsea fans to chant Abramovich's name at a recent match.
They were chanting his name?!  :(

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #297 on: March 15, 2022, 10:10:01 AM »
It's a shambles Lol. Did you see the Panorama about Abramovich and corruption? I didn't but intend to do so on catch-up. As a Chelsea supporter it's all very dispiriting, but good for Tuchel for maintaining his integrity and holding the team together. It was shameful for a section of the Chelsea fans to chant Abramovich's name at a recent match.

I did watch the Panorama programme, Jeffrey. The corruption in Russia is off the scale and Abramovich was and is a main beneficiary. I had not realised he was the first foreign owner of an English football club. My view of him is conflicted because in all honesty I know if an owner of my club - the joint owners of West Ham built their fortune from the pornography industry so cannot claim the moral high ground - invested in my club anything approaching what Abramovich did in Chelsea I would be delighted and take little interest the source. Dirty money built something good and special. The Chelsea training ground at Cobham is ten minutes from where I live and it is beautifully equipped and landscaped. Abramovich built something that will serve the club for generations. The chanting thing although crass I sort of understand. A well known saying amongst football supporters " He may be a ---- hole but he is our ---- hole" but the enormity of the situation in Ukraine stifles the chants and I don't think they will persist. I agree with you concerning Tuchel, a likable chap, humble and charismatic. Chelsea need to hold on to him.         
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« Reply #298 on: March 15, 2022, 12:58:23 PM »
There was an argument raised by some Chelsea fans in the last few days that "if Abramovich has always been so bad news and dodgy, how in hell did the authorities/FA allow him to buy a Premier League club in the first place"? Which is a fair query to some extent, similar to how did we allow Russian oligarchs to have such power over London/UK government over the last few years.

Very nice story about Yarmolenko. The only Ukrainian currently playing in the French league (Danylo Ignatenko) signed for my club (Bordeaux) right at the end of the January window, with his family initially remaining in Ukraine. After the war kicked off, there were reports that our chairman (who salvaged the club from liquidation last summer) was pushing his contacts in Eastern Europe to bring the family back to Bordeaux asap. He managed to bring them to France during last week, just a couple of days before the player's birthday.



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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #299 on: March 15, 2022, 01:10:01 PM »
I did watch the Panorama programme, Jeffrey. The corruption in Russia is off the scale and Abramovich was and is a main beneficiary. I had not realised he was the first foreign owner of an English football club. My view of him is conflicted because in all honesty I know if an owner of my club - the joint owners of West Ham built their fortune from the pornography industry so cannot claim the moral high ground - invested in my club anything approaching what Abramovich did in Chelsea I would be delighted and take little interest the source. Dirty money built something good and special. The Chelsea training ground at Cobham is ten minutes from where I live and it is beautifully equipped and landscaped. Abramovich built something that will serve the club for generations. The chanting thing although crass I sort of understand. A well known saying amongst football supporters " He may be a ---- hole but he is our ---- hole" but the enormity of the situation in Ukraine stifles the chants and I don't think they will persist. I agree with you concerning Tuchel, a likable chap, humble and charismatic. Chelsea need to hold on to him.       
Oh yes, there's no doubt that without Abramovich the club would not have been nearly as successful as it has been in recent years.
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