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Offline Irons

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #300 on: March 16, 2022, 08:03:03 AM »
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.

At least there was not a precedent, Olivier. The same could not be said of the Saudis who mass executed 81 poor souls on Saturday and are the new owners of Newcastle United.

Leaving aside issues of fit and proper owners how can it be right on competition terms that a state owns a Premier League club. As the co-owner of West Ham, David Gold once said "I own 140 sex shops (Ann Summers), Sheikh Mansour (owner of Manchester City) owns 140 oil wells." 
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« Reply #301 on: March 17, 2022, 02:28:32 PM »
114 minutes on the clock.

I assume Irons/Lol is in the West Ham crowd right now going berserk, shirtless, after Yarmolenko's goal.

Give us a wave, Irons !!  :laugh:
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #302 on: March 17, 2022, 02:36:13 PM »
Forever blowiiiiing buuuubbles...  :laugh:

*steady on, Lol !!*
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #303 on: March 20, 2022, 07:00:22 AM »
Forever blowiiiiing buuuubbles...  :laugh:

*steady on, Lol !!*

What a night! The tension and atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Arrived home 12.45 am exhausted, didn't sleep really and then watched a recording of the whole game, after which viewed the quarter/semi final draw live. Well Olivier, the next step on the cockney boys European tour is from your home country, Olmpique Lyonnais. I have my ticket already, home not away sadly. If by some freak of nature we get past Lyon, who is waiting in the wings? Barcelona! Little old West Ham walking out at the Nou Camp. 8)
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #304 on: March 20, 2022, 08:55:42 AM »
What a night! The tension and atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Arrived home 12.45 am exhausted, didn't sleep really and then watched a recording of the whole game, after which viewed the quarter/semi final draw live. Well Olivier, the next step on the cockney boys European tour is from your home country, Olmpique Lyonnais. I have my ticket already, home not away sadly. If by some freak of nature we get past Lyon, who is waiting in the wings? Barcelona! Little old West Ham walking out at the Nou Camp. 8)
Sounds like you had quite the night Irons!  ;D

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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #305 on: March 20, 2022, 11:23:25 AM »
What a night! The tension and atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Arrived home 12.45 am exhausted, didn't sleep really and then watched a recording of the whole game, after which viewed the quarter/semi final draw live. Well Olivier, the next step on the cockney boys European tour is from your home country, Olmpique Lyonnais. I have my ticket already, home not away sadly. If by some freak of nature we get past Lyon, who is waiting in the wings? Barcelona! Little old West Ham walking out at the Nou Camp. 8)

What a great draw for you guys. Please walk freely over Lyon, I won't mind, they are not in a great phase in the league at the moment.  :laugh:
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #306 on: March 22, 2022, 12:58:23 AM »
What a great draw for you guys. Please walk freely over Lyon, I won't mind, they are not in a great phase in the league at the moment.  :laugh:

If it wasn't for a Frenchman we would be quite possibly out of the competition and not playing Lyon. With the score at 0 0 El Nasri, the Saville striker hit a shot from point blank range. How Areola saved it is beyond belief. A turning point deflating Saville and inspiring us. It has to be said, Alphonse Areola is one cool guy. 
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Re: The football (soccer) thread
« Reply #307 on: August 07, 2022, 01:17:06 AM »
We watched the "Arsene Wenger - Invincible" documentary last night on AMZ prime (also available on DVD).



Had high expectations of this one as a generally Arsenal supporting household, this turned out somewhat disappointing overall actually.

Stylishly done but too much of the documentary was spent on the already re-hashed "Invincibles" 2004 season while really brushing over too briefly on some lesser known parts of his life which would have been of greater interest: His formative years in Alsace, his spell in Monaco, his spell in Japan, how he revolutionised the approach to football, etc.

The players intervening were OK (Henry, Wrighty, Bergkamp, Dixon, Keown, Pires, Petit, etc..).

The major positive aspect for us was the valuable input they got from Alex Ferguson, making it very clear that beyond the rivalries and the tabloid headlines, there was (or at least is now) a massive respect between both those "dinosaurs of the games" as he calls it. His perspective was worthy of its time.

Wenger's own view on the latter "difficult" years was a good insight but it could also have been expanded on.

Sadly, it didn't make up for the eventual lingering feeling of seeing a 90-min motivational speech on the after-dinner speaking circuit...     
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