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by Sanguine
20 Jun 2019 14:47
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 321
Views: 11165

Re: VAR

Probably coming across as a rugby-phile here that I'm not - but the stopped game clock is another feature of the game that I like. The referee pausing the clock for injury stoppages, substitutions and VAR would take a lot of the uncertainty and subjectivity out of additional time.
by Sanguine
20 Jun 2019 14:14
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 321
Views: 11165

Re: VAR

It is just being used wrong - and as a result cannot culturally 'bed-in'. As I said before, if used correctly, VAR can't be 'wrong'. - It should only be used to correct clear and obvious errors. - Those such errors should be defined by clear protocols. - Only where those protocols are satisfied shou...
by Sanguine
20 Jun 2019 13:27
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 321
Views: 11165

Re: VAR

I still think that there should be an element of "ref's call" with VAR. If you can't make a clear cut decision after a minute of watching slow motion replays from multiple angles then go with the on field decision. Illustrates where VAR is going wrong - things should only be referred to t...
by Sanguine
20 Jun 2019 00:55
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 321
Views: 11165

Re: VAR

Was against VAR before tonight but open to improvements in the system. But after tonight, I'm shocked anyone can defend it. So many errors in that 3rd goal, Scotland's sub problem, the retake of the penalty was ludicrous and the referee failing to add any injury time when it nearly took 10 minutes....
by Sanguine
19 Jun 2019 22:38
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 321
Views: 11165

Re: VAR

Well well. The exception that proves the rule, hopefully. VAR has had a nightmare at the Women's World Cup. Scotland were 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go, but Argentina pegged them back to 3-2, before winning a penalty in the final minute of the game, which the Scottish keeper saved. And then VAR got i...
by Sanguine
19 Jun 2019 12:17
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

BREAKING NEWS!!!! that I missed Forest Green sign former Reading superstar, legend and all round great chap Matt Mills. What a coup that is! He is one of the, if not THE, best centre backs to have ever pulled on a reading shirt. Player-coach, apparently. Had all the physical attributes, and ball-pl...
by Sanguine
18 Jun 2019 15:28
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

Rodri to Man City, apparently, after they agreed to pay his €63m release clause. Atletico Madrid released him in 2013, then 16 years old, as they felt he wasn't strong enough for the professional game. He went on to join Villereal, it quickly became evident that he was, Atletico re-signed him for €2...
by Sanguine
18 Jun 2019 10:25
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

Brief rumours that Benfica's wonderkid Joao Felix was on his way to Atletico Madrid, but that's now denied by his representatives. Apparently more than one European club willing to meet his release clause of €120m.
by Sanguine
17 Jun 2019 12:03
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round
Replies: 5785
Views: 300470

Re: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round

Quite a bit more I would imagine, being a club legend and all that. You'd think - only recent examples I can think of though are Dalglish returning to Liverpool, which was short and sweet, and Giggs' short stint at United, albeit as caretaker, which wasn't seen as a success. you can't think of a cu...
by Sanguine
17 Jun 2019 09:59
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round
Replies: 5785
Views: 300470

Re: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round

Sarri leaves Chelski Cannot blame him, he did well, but fear for their next sacrificial lamb Would be interesting how much extra slack, if any, Lampard got, were he to take the job. Quite a bit more I would imagine, being a club legend and all that. You'd think - only recent examples I can think of...
by Sanguine
17 Jun 2019 09:41
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round
Replies: 5785
Views: 300470

Re: The Manager Sack Race/Merry-go-Round

AthleticoSpizz Sarri leaves Chelski

Cannot blame him, he did well, but fear for their next sacrificial lamb


Would be interesting how much extra slack, if any, Lampard got, were he to take the job.
by Sanguine
14 Jun 2019 13:45
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

So where do you suggest "for footballing reasons"? Where I said 'from a footballing perspective', and referenced Ajax's style of play and club culture by reference to the polar opposite at PSG. Obviously. Is Ajax's style of play much different from PSG's? PSG play an attractive passing ga...
by Sanguine
14 Jun 2019 13:38
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

Would you have said the same if it had been Man Utd or Arsenal? PSG will be in the Champs League every season and one day might get their transfer dealings right and actually win it. Money is obviously a further significant consideration as well as living in a beautiful country like France.. No, be...
by Sanguine
14 Jun 2019 13:35
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

For the life of me I don't understand, from a footballing perspective, why a player would choose to join PSG. The club could hardly be a bigger contrast to Ajax. Would you have said the same if it had been Man Utd or Arsenal? PSG will be in the Champs League every season and one day might get their...
by Sanguine
14 Jun 2019 10:51
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Forest is Green!
Replies: 107
Views: 1715

Re: The Forest is Green!

The Enfield Royal71 Crushing blow to fgr as their wooden stadium has been cut down to size before it even grew.


Were there no objections to this on the grounds of a fire risk?
by Sanguine
14 Jun 2019 10:03
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7296
Views: 350627

Re: The generic transfer thread

For the life of me I don't understand, from a footballing perspective, why a player would choose to join PSG. The club could hardly be a bigger contrast to Ajax.
by Sanguine
11 Jun 2019 17:47
Forum: General Football
Topic: This Summer's Transfer Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: This Summer's Transfer Thread

It continues to astound me that Fred is a professional footballer.
by Sanguine
11 Jun 2019 16:02
Forum: General Football
Topic: This Summer's Transfer Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: This Summer's Transfer Thread

Interesting graphics here, I think. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48473708 Plots player's age against % of PL minutes played last season. Illustrates how Liverpool have a collection of players that should be in their peak, and have been performing well enough to get selected week in, week out...
by Sanguine
10 Jun 2019 12:17
Forum: International Football
Topic: The womens world cup
Replies: 40
Views: 4842

Re: The womens world cup

Was at a charity match at the weekend that included about half of the Fulham ladies team, mixed in with some (male) academy players and amateurs, was amazed at how well they held their own. Couple of worldies scored too.
by Sanguine
10 Jun 2019 12:13
Forum: International Football
Topic: Nations League & Friendlies
Replies: 261
Views: 27720

Re: Nations League & Friendlies

The continued discussions about VAR on here illustrate why, I admit, it might not work in the long-term for football. But that's not because the technology is crap, or the principles of its use, or for the most part how it is used. Why do I support VAR? Because it can't be wrong. When I say that, I'...
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