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  1. RESULTS What? Is that you Pyfish? Doing a results post ON TIME? Wow. @Viva la FCB, @Coma and @Lucas all trade for new teams with Germany, Spain and Italy beating their teams. Expected wins for @Rucksackfranzose (England) and @Bluewolf (Netherlands) means they stay put. @Stan moves to France to join @CaaC (John). @Tommy moves to Turkey. The shock result came for @nudge who's Romania team beat Ukraine. And here's the next set of matches! That screenshot has Tommy's last result on and I can't be arsed to redo it so.
    6 points
  2. Out: @RandoEFC, @Tommy, @MUFC, @Rick, @CaaC (John), @Redcanuck, @Viva la FCB, @Rucksackfranzose, @6666, @Michael, @Dan Through: @Pyfish, @...Dan, @Lucas, @The Palace Fan, @Bluewolf. Down to the last five after a selection of draws for Croatia, England and Switzerland! Belgium and Germany were the way to go. Please make your selections from the final set of group games.
    3 points
  3. First round is already complete! Of the 12 matches so far, only 2 real shocks as Romania thrashed Ukraine and Slovakia surprisingly got a 1-0 win over Belgium; while no-one opted for a Romania win, two players - @Beelzebub & @Redcanuck did wisely choose Slovakia victories. The stand-out performer though is clearly @Viva la FCB, gaining a big 24 points with 3 perfect scores to kick Round 1 off. He is clear by 4 points of @Pep Talk, while @Dan & @6666 both achieved 19 points. Average points scored for the round were 14.6. Only a minor difference of 6 points separates 5th to 18th... PREDICT FOR ROUND 2 HERE - deadline is 2pm (BST) TODAY PREDICT FOR ROUND 3 HERE - deadline is 8pm (BST) on SUNDAY 23rd JUNE.
    2 points
  4. I think there is definitely an element of wanting somebody to blame, but I also cannot believe there aren't managers out there who can get more from this. I think our squad is very imbalanced, something which he has contributed towards. This Trent in midfield business is starting to remind me of Hodgson doing the same with Rooney in 2016 just as an excuse to have him on the pitch. We make too big a fuss in this country of who is left out rather than about having a balanced team, and Southgate's fallen right into it. End this silly experiment now and start playing some round pegs in round holes. Another issue I think we have is Pep tax. It's not just him but arguably Arteta too. I think so many of these players look out of their comfort zones playing for England. Beneficiaries of a system built to maximise their abilities in a very particular style. Look at Rice earlier - looked an absolute fish out of water a lot of that game because he hasn't got the same runs and options around him that he has at Arsenal. In England the top teams have become massively about players fitting a system while individual flair is dampened somewhat, and I think this is why a lot of them look a bit off when playing for England. Could be talking total rubbish here but just a theory. This just isn't a team winning the tournament. I know we've often started fairly slow under him, but this isn't slow - we look frankly on a par with Slovenia at best. This group has been a massive much of a muchness. Three draws from the four games and a very tight unconvincing 1-0 win for England being the difference. I don't think he can play the percentages through this time. I think the heavy criticism he's had from the pundits is quite telling. I think we all deep down know we're doing nothing this time around. That reaction in the studio post match today I've not seen over England since probably Iceland in 2016 - I think a lot of it is it hitting people that were convinced we'd win it that we aren't going to. This just feels different. Rubbish in the build up. Rubbish in the tournament. You go away after not watching for a while and you think England's talent can carry us, but we offer so little. I think it's nowhere near a given we beat Slovenia either.
    2 points
  5. You get really good pundits who haven't even played football. As long as the punditry is good who cares.
    2 points
  6. Been to 3 independent shows recently. 2 revpro and one a local company. Was surprised by the quality of the local one as they aren't big at all. Seen a few Tna wrestlers, dani luna, Leon slater and josh alexander. Also seen grizzled young veterans. Orange casidy showed up for one event. Seen osprey as well. Spoke to dani luna at the bristol show and told her how good her match was at a previous show. Might go to the 12 year revpro anniversary show. Its the night before all in so will stay the night if I do
    2 points
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  8. Gameweek Two starts tomorrow so here's the state of play. @nudge and @Stan are out after Belgium flopped against Slovakia. @Viva la FCB, @Michael, @Pyfish, @Lucas, @MUFC, @Tommy, @CaaC (John), @...Dan, @Redcanuck, @Rick, @The Palace Fan have all qualified for Gameweek Two having backed either Germany, Italy or Netherlands. See the next set of fixtures below and make your next picks. @6666, @RandoEFC, @Bluewolf, @Dan, @Rucksackfranzose backed either Portugal or Turkey and therefore are yet to discover their fate. All are welcome to make their Gameweek Two picks now though in case you get through. Gameweek Two fixtures: Germany vs Hungary Scotland vs Switzerland Croatia vs Albania Spain vs Italy Slovenia vs Serbia Denmark vs England Poland vs Austria Netherlands vs France Slovakia vs Ukraine Belgium vs Romania Georgia vs Czechia Turkiye vs Portugal My pick for Gameweek Two is Croatia.
    2 points
  9. Reminder for Round 2 - deadline is WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE at 14.00 (BST)!! @Bluebird Hewitt @Viva la FCB @Spike @RandoEFC @Redcanuck @Rucksackfranzose @Bluewolf @Coma @Tommy @Devil @Michael @JoshBRFC @Lucas @Pyfish @LFCMike @OrangeKhrush @MUFC @Dan @6666 @Beelzebub @Panflute @Pep Talk @londonerlilie @The Palace Fan
    2 points
  10. The way Scotland's talent is spread out is extremely non-optimal for a small nation. The ideal setup seems to be having a decent spread of average, hard-working players, and then one or two quality creative or attacking players. If you have no glaring weak spots, and can produce one or two moments of quality per game, you can do reasonably well. Scotland have two elite left backs, several fairly good box-to-box midfielders, two promising but injured right backs, and a couple of decent centre backs. The rest of the squad is pretty much terrible. We are stacked in a couple of positions, but they are positions that don't really win games.
    1 point
  11. If this materialises ill be happy for him. Playing for a side expecting to challenge for major trophies every season is exactly the level he should be playing at. The hardest part about the model we committed to in 2021 is the selling aspect. If the first player we sell goes to a club as prestigious as Bayern, then that sends a very strong message to young players we attempt to sign about how well they can develop here.
    1 point
  12. 1 point
  13. Oh for fucks sake. Now I'm going to be extra grumpy the next time I visit Croatia.
    1 point
  14. 22 year old right midfielder. Can play as a ten if required. Technically very good, can take free kicks and skip past a man. He's really stepped up this season in terms of link up play and drifting unmarked in to the box. The only red flag is that he seems to have reoccurring hamstring problems but the improvement he's made given the limited number of appearances is really impressive. This video was made around the time we started our insane finish to the season: I think he will be a success at Bayern. There may not be instant gratification as he adapts to a new club but once he's settled I imagine you'll see him progress in to an all round very good right sided midfielder. I'd be surprised if he misses out on the France World Cup as long as he remains injury free.
    1 point
  15. If he had dived in that direction and Dumfries physically blocked him, of course give the offside. But he didn't move at all, he was totally wrong-footed (not by Dumfries) and was never going to save it. In which case, its just a case of referees looking for a reason to interfere with the game.
    1 point
  16. Reminder for Round 3 - deadline is Sunday 23rd June at 8pm (BST) @Bluebird Hewitt @RandoEFC @Redcanuck @Rucksackfranzose @Bluewolf @Coma @Michael @Lucas @LFCMike @MUFC @Dan @6666 @Panflute @Pep Talk @londonerlilie @The Palace Fan
    1 point
  17. Bozenik will be returning to the home ground of his former club. I bet he'll be pumped up to be back.
    1 point
  18. I did not have the intention of fishing. I just thought England was incredibly lucky to get a result against Serbia. Everyone I know said judging by the 2nd half, Serbia would have deserved a draw. Just checked the stats. Serbia did have even more shots on goal. You made me believe I was talking shit for a moment.
    1 point
  19. As much as I want to defend Gareth and not get carried away after one abject performance, he does make it hard when he makes comments like this. We have a lot of talent in this squad and he's hung up over The Yorkshire Pudding.
    1 point
  20. Thinking of reviving the game for the new season. Anyone interested? Tagging those who participated last time, everyone else is obviously welcome to express interest, too @Rick @Faithcore @Stan @Viva la FCB @Toinho @Tommy @londonerlilie @Rucksackfranzose @Michael @Coma @Pyfish
    1 point
  21. I think he would be honest yes. There are many managers who ask their teams to defend after they take the lead, it's not something shameful, it's just tactics.
    1 point
  22. 1 point
  23. Turns out he was lying, and he's a nonce not just someone done for assault! https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/13930528.jason-oldacre-45-repeatedly-molested-girl-7-swindon-court-hears/
    1 point
  24. Comunio always seemed clunky to me but I figured it out after trial and error. Kickbase was nice but since it was only an app it excluded some folks (Rucksack/Michael). I'd be up for trying the official game or going back to Comunio.
    1 point
  25. Yeah basically what @Michael said is spot on. I would also add that in the last few years there has been a big shuffle of players with the new coach that brought a lot of young and technical players and wanna switch from the 'defensive' mindset that the national team had for like 2 decades. We missed not being in the competition because of a tough group and like 2 bad results that costed us which could have been easily avoided. Also because the coach was very stubborn and didn't picked for a couple of games a few of our best players just to show some 'discipline'. I think there are key positions that the team lacks good players (especially in center midfield), we are very good with attacking wide players if they are getting picked like Konstantelias who has been fantastic for the past 2 years and is very young, probably our most talented and biggest threat. I do think in 2026 we will be fine as long as we won't suddenly change coaches and staff in the last second.
    1 point
  26. We've booked here for April next year. If you do go, let us know how it is
    1 point
  27. Had a great time in Cala Milor last month. I think this was recommended to me on here by @Tommy a year or 2 ago. Great place anyway and thoroughly enjoyed it, would happily go back there. Our hotel was lovely - Marins beach club, and it was 2 minute walk from the beach. Next up is going to be Slovakia again in August and then i'm thinking Gran Canaria in October. Neither are booked yet.
    1 point
  28. Scotland don't have to finish second though. 4 points will probably get them through as one of the best third placed teams. Apart from their goal difference being minus 4 I think most Scots would have taken this before the tournament began
    1 point
  29. Can se him rest those players, who already received a yellow card. Don't think there will be much more of a rotation, of course only my opinion.
    1 point
  30. Normally if find anti woke people are basically saying they want to be allowed to be racist, sexist etc. Sure sometimes the movement goes to far at times but a lot of it makes sense. And most movements go to far at times. I find it quite ridiculous when people point out things which are clearly racist or something and they are called woke. If that what woke means I'm happy to be woke.
    1 point
  31. @Bluebird Hewitt @Viva la FCB @Spike @RandoEFC @Redcanuck @Rucksackfranzose @Bluewolf @Coma @Tommy @Devil @Michael @JoshBRFC @Lucas @Pyfish @LFCMike @OrangeKhrush @MUFC @Dan @6666 @Beelzebub @Panflute @Pep Talk @londonerlilie @The Palace Fan @CaaC (John)
    1 point
  32. I get that route one football isn't the way to go, but not pumping the ball into the box to arguably the greatest aerial forward of all time is borderline incompetent. Every corner that Portugal took was short and ironically on one of the few occasions that they did put it into the mixer, Ronaldo hits the post and Jota scores (albeit offside). Not that it matters much. Portugal were absolutely shit the year they won the competition in the group stages and then clicked when it mattered. Like England, it's three points and that's literally all that matters in Game 1, given that the 3rd placed team may go through, Portugal are already all but in the knockouts. They're still 2nd favourites for me behind France and you just know the deeper we get into the tournament the more clutchness Ronaldo will become.
    1 point
  33. It'll go unnoticed because a lot of focus on Ronaldo, Fernandes, Silva etc but Vitinha is having a quality game on the ball and defensively.
    1 point
  34. 1 point
  35. Ukraine’s best player is Zinchenko ffs, Romania’s is ????. Alway go with what you know.
    1 point
  36. The legend that is Kante is back to his best. Man is everywhere.
    1 point
  37. 1 point
  38. I'm guessing a lot are hoping for captain Mbappe to deliver.
    1 point
  39. Foden was rubbish, usually is when he puts on that shirt. Start him on Thursday, but if he has another one these games, I’d drop him for Gordon.
    1 point
  40. There is a difference, though. Palestine never existed as a souvereign state contrary to Lithuania.
    1 point
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