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Locke Lamora
Posted on: Apr 27 2011, 10:28 PM


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I think that's about it, folks, try not to cry your eyes out. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Cheers.
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Locke Lamora
Posted on: Apr 27 2011, 09:52 PM


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QUOTE (acid911 @ Apr 27 2011, 10:28 PM) *
Agreed. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) Never once has been Barca's run into the final without controversy (from the time that I have been following it). Either it's Milan, Chelsea, Madrid, anybody really. The "Save Barca" project has been going great, gotta commend UEFA for this. I reckon there is massive amounts of money involved in this, worldwide Barca fan base is immense.



Yeah, because Real's fanbase isn't. Not at all. I swear, there's hardly a single big match thread in here where people supporting the losing team don't throw conspiracy theories around as soon as they've lost.

Sooner or later, there's going to be made a serious case for Pep Guardiola being the chairman of the Illuminati.
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Posted on: Apr 24 2011, 11:52 PM


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QUOTE (kurtsimonw @ Apr 24 2011, 04:07 AM) *
I agree with the others but the problem with this is that games would last forever. I imagine the ball is only in play about 60% of the time maximum.

Oh, one thing I'd like to take from rugby is how they do the injuries. If somene is injured on the field, so what? The trainer comes on and treats him and the game continues. If you run into him, that's your own fault. It cuts out time-wasting on injuries so there's no point in diving around, you're just leaving your team a man down.



Hmm, well, maybe not during throw-ins and free-kicks, but for injuries, straight after goals etc (ie, when the ball is out of play for at least a minute) I think it would be a vast improvement.
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Posted on: Apr 24 2011, 02:10 AM


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1. Abolish the ridiculous rule of yellow-carding a player for removing his shirt after scoring.

2. Video monitor at the side of the pitch, each manager gets to challenge the referee's decision thrice during each game.

3. Failing to do implement the above, use video evidence to ban divers and other cheats after matches.

4. Scrap the away goals rule in European competitions.

5. Change the CL format. Every champion from every league should qualify for the group stages automatically, wether they're from Spain or San Marino. And a maximum of three entrants per country.

6. Effective playing time, ie. instead of added time, simply stop the clock whenever a team is preparing to take a free kick, a corner etc. In other words, as long as the ball is stationary, you stop the clock. As soon as it's kicked into play, the time resumes.
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Posted on: Apr 24 2011, 12:48 AM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Apr 24 2011, 12:57 AM) *
Naah, I dislike him more then I like Kaka. Plus I don't like RM. So, it's decided for me.


And I don't like any of them, so I guess I'll be in the Barca camp for this one, even though I've had it up to here with the Catalans since the world cup.
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Locke Lamora
Posted on: Apr 23 2011, 10:45 PM


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QUOTE (acid911 @ Apr 23 2011, 09:40 PM) *
Yeah, that was a little too over-the-top comment. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) What can I say, I am a sucker for underdog stories, and champions making their return to prove they still have it in them. I was overjoyed last year for Diego Forlán, maybe this year it could be Kaka's turn.


Nah, I just found it absolutely hilarious. Kaka has never been and will never be a favourite of mine, but when he's really on fire... bless.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2011, 08:31 PM


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QUOTE (acid911 @ Apr 23 2011, 09:24 PM) *
Oooo, I love posts dipped in sarcasms. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/innocent.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) But this I agree with, it will take another good showing from the guy in this year or next year's CL to win over lost fans. Me? I've never been Kaka's biggest fan (God bless his socks), but smack me right in the kisser if I ever said that I did not enjoy watching him play.

Used to love his runs when he was here in Milan, did not want him to leave, and now equally enjoy his RM stint.



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Posted on: Apr 15 2011, 10:32 AM


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QUOTE (Bluesummers @ Apr 14 2011, 11:18 AM) *



REally? And here I thought the absence of Lucio and Samuel for the first leg might have something to do with it...
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Posted on: Apr 11 2011, 09:32 AM


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QUOTE (kurtsimonw @ Apr 11 2011, 04:58 AM) *
I've not seen any games but the Villa one to be honest, so can't really comment on Arsenal. What exactly happened that was so bad?



We won the game... @MilanAreBrilliant, how the hell am I supposed to argue against something like that? If you really believe Almunia either injured himself or feigned an injury because the club feels safer with a semi-retired 41-year old at the back than a 33-year old who recently put in a MOTM performance against Barcelona, then obviously nothing I say is going to change your mind.

It's a bit like the Spurs fans who think we poisoned them before the last game of the 05/06 season, people believe what they want to believe.
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Posted on: Apr 11 2011, 12:35 AM


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QUOTE (Milan Are Brilliant @ Apr 11 2011, 01:27 AM) *
You did get a goal against Everton that shouldn't have counted though right? I thought it was onside too but it isn't all luck against Villa, though I guess we both know where these conversations go!

Anyway, Arsenal at it again, clearly lost faith in Almunia so like I called a few weeks back it now looks like Lehmann will play quite a part in the run in due to a mysterious warm-up injury suffered by Almunia. If this was United everyone would be calling foul play (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

Not only this but he should have been off, though because the Blackpool player scored it was fine? Yet the ref went back and booked Wilshere for a previous challenge? Then Koscielny clearly to anyone inside the stadium takes the guy out in the box, but no penalty? Officiating has absolutely no consistency, not even in the same matches anymore.

I'm no fan of Blackpool, especially Holloway but refereeing decisions cost them in this, absolutely no doubt.



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Posted on: Apr 6 2011, 09:40 PM


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Manchester rules in effect again, Chelsea denied a clear penalty.
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Posted on: Apr 5 2011, 10:13 PM


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Seriously, what the hell was Ranocchia even trying to do on the own goal??? He slides in, stretches out a leg and connects with the ball, what did he think was going to happen?
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Posted on: Apr 5 2011, 09:38 PM


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Damn, I was hoping Raul wouldn't get on the scoresheet today. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)
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Posted on: Apr 5 2011, 07:43 PM


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No, of course they were looking to expand their evil empire (all orchestrated by the vile Zionists, of course) and steal all their oil, just as they did in East Timor and the Balkans... makes perfect sense doesn't it? Except that you still have all your work still ahead of you in actually proving any of this, let alone make it sound convincing to those of us who don't subscribe to Michael Moore for how to view the world.

All this seemingly stems from the notion that America, or any other NATO country, can never be a moral agent, ever. I take it you would have seen 'ulterior motives' if they had intervened to stop the massacres in Sudan and Rwanda as well?
Anyways, do you think Kuwait and people like Rossoneri7 would have been better off under the Hussein regime? Do tell.
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Posted on: Apr 5 2011, 07:25 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 5 2011, 02:38 PM) *
Just for the record, I have been debating you over issues involving the Arab world on many occasions, and your views are always skewed to your perceptions and your insights on THE matters for which I have been living with on a day to day basis. You have a right to your opinion, as I do my own, so to make things clear from where I stand here's my last 2 cents and you can make whatever you want of it.

I do not share allegiance with a Libyan/Egyptian leader .. Just for your reference then, the reason I dislike Mubarak/Qaddafi is the fact that they are not patriotic to their respective countries. The majority of the Arab world's modern day rulers are no different, yet the US-Allied coalition support them blindly until they expire, as what happened. This is a FACT that we in the Arab world have to endure, not necessarily something you need to agree on. There are tones of articles & statistical figures furnished on Amnesty International & the Human Rights Watch which shed light on the miss conduct of those two regimes for 30 years now. Did they just turn into bad guys over night?

There are millions in this region and they are all created from flesh & blood just like you, they all have ambitions and they all have dignity .. Yet, the mainstream media suppress this and it is easy to manipulate the masses of onlookers who do not have first hand exposure to the Arab world. Of course this was further supported by the weakness of Arab countries due to a 'divide & conquer' policy which was a direct result of our colonization.

And if you think that after the dust settles in, there will be a brighter future for Libya/Tunisia/Egypt? Then you have to understand one thing .. presidents/rulers/monarchs are appointed first by the blessings of those who have a direct/indirect interest in this region's strategic resources, this being said you have a lot of double-standards in the US-Allied coalition's foreign policy.

No? OK, why did the US-Allied coalition back a Saudi army to enter Bahrain and tame protesters, something the mainstream media seemed to miss out on, while pointing fingers and bombarding Egypt/Libya ?

My background, to better understand why I perceive matters as highlighted above:
Finally a brief background on my native Kuwait; a tiny democratic country with a parliament and whose members are elected by the people, with a constitution formally approved by the Emir of Kuwait dated Jan-1963. The same was drafted by the British, who dictated Kuwait's foreign policy from the time of signing an agreement in 1899 which pledged Kuwait's foreign affairs to be dealt strictly with British consent.

The reason for the democracy that was instilled was due to the circumstances of the time, where there were rising tensions across the Arab world, post the 'Balfour Declaration' .. At a time where the Nasserism movement against the imperialists who colonized North Africa and the Middle East. Hence democracy was drafted by the British Protectorate, under HH the Queen, in order to maintain stability in an oil producing nation (which represents 3rd largest exporter of oil under OPEC) and not to cause a revolt against the ruling family who have 'signed agreements' of commitment/safety/understanding with the British.

The success of the same was later implemented in other British protectorates within the Arabian Gulf States through semi-democratic councils, such as in Saudi Arabia's 'Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia' .. With the rest of the Arabian Gulf States following in a similar mold.

With that said, let it be noted that if the US-Allied coalition instructed the Arabian Gulf States rulers to stick their thumbs up their asses, rest assured that is what will happen.

In closing .. History is the mother of all teachers, a little research from unbiased sources can portray a better picture of the time-line of events since the establishment of the Ottoman Empire to-date; depicting the history of this region, its people and the geo-political changes that have occurred. As an onlooker, it is easy to be manipulated to think; Muslims=Barbarians=Arabs=Terrorists=Justified Extermination. Which will indefinitely add credibility to any form of foreign-intervention into the region.


P.S. My intention is not to point fingers, but to portray the actual consensus from the heart of the Arab world. And to each his own opinion thereof.


Funny thing is, I actually agree with most of what you're saying. But you've obviously made up your mind about how I think about everything already, so I see no point trying to respond. Let's just say I'm not a big fan of holier-than-thou attitudes and the sort of caricatured, nonsensical smears like the "equation" at the end of your post (bolded).
If you are seriously saying that's what "we" think, then the discussion ends right there.

But I do applaud you on managing, in a post about the Middle East spanning 41 lines, not to even mention the fact that your own country would be a part of Iraq right now if it wasn't for the cynical, opportunist, oppressive double moralists that is the USA.
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Posted on: Apr 4 2011, 11:16 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 5 2011, 12:12 AM) *
And did I ask for your opinion ?


Apart from the fact that I wasn't giving you my 'opinion' (incidentally, I asked you about yours)... you do realise this is a forum, right? Opnions are kinda sorta the name of the game here. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/innocent.gif)
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Posted on: Apr 4 2011, 02:45 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 4 2011, 07:23 AM) *
Why would I support a ruler of a different country? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)


I have no idea, that's why I asked...
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Posted on: Apr 3 2011, 11:10 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 3 2011, 10:06 PM) *
That tie is eligible to be tipped a decisive tie .. Milan have some tough fixtures ahead;

Fiorentina(A) - Has a good chance to achieve Europa League, with 42 points - last EL chair is 50 points.

Sampdoria(H) - Potential relegation dog-fight, with 32 points - lowest is 20 points.

Brescia(A) - Potential relegation dog-fight, with 29 points.

Bologna(H) - Has a good chance to achieve Europa League, with 40 points.

Roma(A) - They are motivated to make the Champions League, especially with a new owner. They currently occupy the last EL chair, with 50 points - lowest CL chair is 56 points.

Cagliari(H) Last game of the season anyways .. If we keep racking up the points, it wouldn't matter anyways (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)


So yeah, but who knows how the table will evolve, inter could just free-fall, with upcoming CL & Coppa games thrown in the fixture list.

But I think Italy found a very hungry Napoli, whom most likely will secured CL qualification. This team is the revelation of this season in my opinion, the South need a team that can deliver something meaningful .. And what is more meaningful than a CL tie at the San Paolo.

/Rant
2011 - After all the sh1t that you have brought with you; the Che esque revolutions that has shaken the Arab world, the World Cup going to Qatar, the Tsunami that hit Japan .. and finally I hope you allow Milan to win this Scudetto or else I will be shelving you right behind 2010,2009,2008, & 2005 !
/Rant


P.S. Juventus scored an amazing goal .. Just a side note, Juventus were 5 points away from Roma, now if the result stays as is, Juve will be 2 points within EL qualification.



PLEASE don't tell me you're a Mubarak/Ghaddafi supporter?
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Posted on: Apr 3 2011, 02:08 PM


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QUOTE (kurtsimonw @ Apr 3 2011, 03:03 PM) *
Blackpool are not a Premier League team. They think it's playground football where they can all attack and get away with it, Holloway is not cut out for this league. If we finish below these, we deserve to go down.


Give me that over the "Hoof it to the big lads"-tactics employed by Blackburn, Bolton and Stoke any day of the week.
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Posted on: Apr 3 2011, 03:22 AM


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Where's Blue, by the way?
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Posted on: Apr 2 2011, 11:32 PM


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QUOTE (Zed.D @ Apr 3 2011, 12:30 AM) *
There goes the excitement of El Classico (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)



There's still the excitement of seeing how many goals Barca will put past Casillas (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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Posted on: Apr 2 2011, 07:09 PM


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Seems like our Blackburn matches are either 6-2 victories or rugby matches like these. The spirit of Allardyce lives on...
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Posted on: Mar 31 2011, 08:24 PM


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Anyone got any news on how the tax evasion allegations against him are going?
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Posted on: Mar 27 2011, 09:45 PM


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Come on people, you really think that kick hurt?
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