English Football Discussion (Soccer for the Yanks)

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It's suprising there isn't a football topic on here, so I thought I'd start one. I love my football, and during the season my weekends tend to revolve around sport.

So who is your team, and how are they doing this year so far and what are your expectations??

I'm a Man United fan (and I'm actually from Manchester ) and looking forward to the big one tomorrow!

Currently watching Liverpool beating Bolton as I type this which is a bit of a let down for my weekend, but I'll be over it by tomorrow when we thump Arsenal .

So if this thread gets enough responses and interest I might create one each weekend to discuss the latest Premier League action. Or at least bump this up.
  • Profile picture of the author The 13th Warrior
    I'm a yank, don't get soccer.

    Imagine a circus juggler running around, except juggling with his feet.

    Or it's like doing an Irish jig dance, except with a ball.

    Had to look up Irish jig.., .....jesus christ...,







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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
    Yeah, it's hard being a 'real' Man Utd fan. Some of us ARE from there, and we supported United pre-Ferguson when things weren't so rosy.

    Re: Arsenal. Quite sad about their decline. I have a lot of respect for Wenger - a great footballing mind and a real gent. I miss the days when Highbury was the toughest away game of the season.

    And remember the '1-0 to the Arsenal' days and their offside trap?




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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Danielle, I am feeling a little sorry for Arsenal, just a wee bit, but it has been coming!! Wenger needs to get some big names in and sharpish otherwise they'll be struggle to finish above Spurs, Villa, Everton and any suprise packages!

      So what do you think for the top 4? I think we'll retain the title again, but it'll be close.

      1. United 2. City 3. Chelsea 4. Liverpool



      Originally Posted by Martin Luxton View Post

      Yeah, it's hard being a 'real' Man Utd fan. Some of us ARE from there, and we supported United pre-Ferguson when things weren't so rosy.
      Yes, some people may find it hard to believe but Manchester is split red and blue! It is in my town anyway. And I am actually too young to have supported United pre Ferguson (he became manager a month after I was born), however my dad has been there through the glory years, and I would have been too! lol.

      Gonna be a good, interesting season! And Barca still remain the team to aspire to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    I live in Darlington so I keep pretty quiet about football.
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Originally Posted by Pauline60 View Post

      I live in Darlington so I keep pretty quiet about football.
      LOL, probably for the best
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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        Aston Villa. Best team in the world. Pete slaps his thigh laughing.

        Seriously, we're going to whup your arses this year, the lot of ya! (Wishful thinking) - One can live in hope.

        Hey, at least we're always in the Premiership not like some of these teams that get relegated. Hey old man! Charlton Athetic, where are you these days? (Just having a dig at my father a football fanatic.)
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi Pete,

          Originally Posted by Pete Walker View Post

          Aston Villa. Best team in the world. Pete slaps his thigh laughing.

          Seriously, we're going to whup your arses this year, the lot of ya! (Wishful thinking) - One can live in hope.

          Hey, at least we're always in the Premiership not like some of these teams that get relegated.
          Oi!

          All I need now is for a Southampton fan to show up today. I knew we should have deliberately capitulated against Nacional and escaped from the nightmare called the Europa League - it's going to be humiliation all the way and it's going to cost us points in the Championship, but I suppose Hong Kong Fooey will manage to get some dough out of it to pay his fines.

          It's no fun for us blue-noses, watching a bunch of free-transfers trying to keep it together while last year's team shows up on MOTD each week, scattered around other teams in the Premiership.

          On the bright side though, at least Pete got lumbered with Big Eck
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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    6-1 now.
    It's a cricket score Lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Oh my word!! Never saw that coming!! Arsenal were extremely weakened, but 8 goals banged past them?? Rooney hat-trick, always nice to see! He's a great player, no one can deny that.

    Arsenal have some serious ground to make up. They're in a worse place than Liverpool were the other year, but I don't get the enjoyment out of seeing Arsenal in this trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author techlover
    Finally a thread in here!

    I sometimes feel like I'm the only football fan in the US, so I will come here a lot!

    My team is Fulham, as I have always been a Clint Dempsey fan, all the way back to his early MLS days. He has proven himself as the best American footballer in the best league in the world, so I have supported Fulham ever since his transfer in 2006-7.

    I love the EPL because of the time difference for me; here in the US, I can wake up and start watching football right away.

    If anyone ever wants to talk EPL or MLS (yes I follow MLS lol, we are improving) Then hit menup on pm.
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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Bumping this back up now we have some Premiership football back after two weeks off for the internationals.

    Feel free everyone to discuss your delights or frustrations at your teams this weekend.

    Quite an interesting weekend given its the first lot of football since the transfer window closed and it was a busy deadline day!

    So how well will Arsenals new look side fair? Which Manchester club will score most goals this week? And will Joey Barton get sent off in his first game for QPR against his old team Newcastle.
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  • Profile picture of the author spotwing
    Lifelong Manchester United fan. Looking forward to going to Old Trafford later this year. Come on you Reds!
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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Great first half by all accounts, 3-0 up and Rooney bagging two goals! I love him!! haha.

    Good result today for Stoke beating Liverpool 1-0 amid some controversy about penalty decisions!

    As expected Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Spurs all get wins today whilst Everton and Villa play out a draw.

    Me and my mates' 6 match accumulator pulled up 4 winners and 2 draw! So right now I aint very happy with Sheff United and Bradford for letting us down!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      I'm a Bristol City man and we haven't been doing too good either. : (
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Lucky they were gifted that goal as well eh?

      Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post

      I was at the Emirates today where Arsenal managed to scrape a 1-0 win against newly promoted Swansea.

      Oh how the mighty have fallen.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    Rooney! Wow both Manchester teams setting the pace..Hope it continues.
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Rooney is at the peak of his powers right now! And long may it continue for the next several years please!! Hopefully he's going to lead our new young guns like Cantona did in the mid 90s!

      Originally Posted by sloanjim View Post

      Rooney! Wow both Manchester teams setting the pace..Hope it continues.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    yeah thought they would win that one about 4-0 or something.....

    I was at the Emirates today where Arsenal managed to scrape a 1-0 win against newly promoted Swansea.

    Oh how the mighty have fallen
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    Bye the way what about Ronneys new hair. It's great. £30k and from a baldie to a mop head. Just shows if you have the dosh..you can buy anything these days. Wonder if he's like that character who gets extra strength from hair? He can't stop scoring since his hair grew back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post

    Lifelong Gooner here, and them's fighting words!

    (Actually, I did start a thread with Top 4 2011/12 EPL predictions - and, sadly, I'm predicting Arsenal to finish outside the Top 4 this year. And, yes, I'm expecting to be well and truly THUMPED tomorrow. )
    I feel ashamed to support Arsenal at the moment after they closed their eyes and let 8 goals pass through!!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post

      In fact, the only consolation was that it wasn't Spurs.
      That might very well be the case later in the season :rolleyes: lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
        Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post


        Pistols at dawn, JToneyUK!
        Haha!!


        And to respond to SloanJim above, those teams need to watch out for Stoke I reckon. They could be a suprise package this year. Everton always manage to somehow find around 7th place even with their limited resources and despite losing Arteta still have some decent players in their ranks. And of course Villa may also pose a threat despite their poor campaign last year, they've got off to a decent start.

        Sunderland look like they will struggle following the loss of their top goalscorers lately (What the hell is Gyan going to the UAE for?? ). And I think QPR will just survive, but the other two promoted teams Swansea and Norwich will go back down with Wigan or Blackburn the 3rd team for the drop.
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      • Profile picture of the author codenaam
        Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post


        Pistols at dawn, JToneyUK!
        I love this conversation...

        Personally a big Van Persie and Van der Vaart fan (being from the Netherlands)... One of my best friends lives in London and is a Spurs fan... I think I start understanding his communications about the rivalry between the Gunners and Spurs supporters...
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    Arsenal will finsh 6th I reckon. The top are 3 are out by them-selves now with everyone else playing for 4th spot. Liverpool/Spurs/Arsenal will not challenge for the title for a long time I.M.H.O.
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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    I'm looking forward to tonights game.
    I wonder what the odds are for Joey Barton
    getting sent off
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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    So what's everyones thought's on this weekends action? Blackburn vs Arsenal could be a huge game for both managers, more so for Steve Kean than Wenger but you never know.

    The big match of the weekend is Manchester United vs Chelsea on Sunday. Chelsea will be determined to show that it's not just the Manchester clubs battling for the title come the end of the season. United will want to continue their dominance.

    So give us you're thoughts, and that goes for the lower leagues too if you follow a team down there.

    Will Steve Kean still be in a job this time tomorrow? Will Wayne Rooney score a third hat-trick in a row? And who will win between Spurs and Liverpool to stamp their mark on the European Cup places come end of season?
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    • Profile picture of the author codenaam
      Originally Posted by JToneyUK View Post

      So what's everyones thought's on this weekends action? Blackburn vs Arsenal could be a huge game for both managers, more so for Steve Kean than Wenger but you never know.

      The big match of the weekend is Manchester United vs Chelsea on Sunday. Chelsea will be determined to show that it's not just the Manchester clubs battling for the title come the end of the season. United will want to continue their dominance.

      So give us you're thoughts, and that goes for the lower leagues too if you follow a team down there.

      Will Steve Kean still be in a job this time tomorrow? Will Wayne Rooney score a third hat-trick in a row? And who will win between Spurs and Liverpool to stamp their mark on the European Cup places come end of season?

      Crossing my fingers for David De Gea... He doesn't look as solid as Edwin (yet)...
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  • Profile picture of the author codenaam
    My God, this is going towards a crisis...
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    Ireland beat Australia, a real upset, in the real football world cup
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  • Profile picture of the author NathanBai
    Gunners all day but we are playing rubbish at the minute
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  • Profile picture of the author NathanBai
    And wenger needs to go
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by NathanBai View Post

      And wenger needs to go
      And who would you replace him with then?
      There are only 3 managers that might fit the bill,
      but they all have jobs, and are unlikely to leave them.
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  • Profile picture of the author techlover
    Fulham with the draw against Man City today!

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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Great result for Fulham that! Happy with United's win but Chelsea had so many chances!! Still, Nani came up with some magic and boom, what a goal that was!!

    Watched the Arsenal-Blackburn game, was great to watch and a result Kean was desperate for and has probably saved him losing his job!! Worrying times for Arseanl fans though :-\
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by JToneyUK View Post

      a result Kean was desperate for and has probably saved him losing his job!!
      For now at least.
      He must surely still be favourite to be the next
      to get the tin tack.
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      • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
        Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

        For now at least.
        He must surely still be favourite to be the next
        to get the tin tack.
        Yeah he is, with Steve Bruce also under a bit of pressure.
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  • Profile picture of the author MCoulby
    New to the forum and a lifelong Blade...cue the sniggering!
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    8 - 1 thrashing of Arsenal is unheard of, but Manu need to raise their game for the likes of Barca
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post

      Okay, I'm the first to accept that the Man Utd game a coupla weeks ago was one of the darkest days in Gooner history.

      However, the score was 8-2. Let's not make it even more ignominious than it actually was!
      Clutching at straws
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      Manu need to raise their game for the likes of Barca
      Agreed, but I feel we're getting that bit closer! At least this season our football has been free-flowing and attractive. People last season were saying we wasn't playing good football, just grinding out the wins. This year we're demolishing everything in sight!! Total stark contrast.....and all with a bunch of kids!
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    The word Football makes an illusion of a spherical ball with black and white check print.Football was founded in England in 1863, then the rules of this game was evolved by the mentioned year and these rules are perfect till now no changes were made in these rules. This game is the most famous and loving game around the world, though it is been watched also across the globe.
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    • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
      You know, I expected what is happening with Liverpool, but i didnt think Arsenal would deteriorate in performance so much.. :confused:

      Its a shame really..

      But hey, its all good times for MU fan like me
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by bryancaster View Post

      Football was founded in England in 1863,
      Yep, we taught the whole world football back then.
      These days it's the other way round.
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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    OK who's watching Tottenham and Arsenal right now?
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