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Old 05-02-2009, 09:09 AM   #1601 (permalink)
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I don't know man. Torn thigh muscle 4 times and a broken metatarsal; that's 5 relatively serious injuries and the guy hasn't even hit 22...

Heinze= Judas. Shame, because he was actually a fan favorite at one point.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:52 AM   #1602 (permalink)
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I dont even remember the last time he was injured. And you are the first person I have heard calling him injury prone so really, I think is weird calling him that.


I have no idea about this one, but wasnt Manchester the one that got rid of Heinze?
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:36 PM   #1603 (permalink)
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I've heard plenty of commentators and analysts comment on his long-term health. This is a pretty good (year old) article that highlights the injuries he's had and possible causes.

Lionel’s injuries - a Messi report

United got rid of Heinze because he publicly came out and said he wanted a transfer to Liverpool. There's no way Ferguson was keeping him after he pulled that ish. And pretty much no United forgives Heinze for it.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:23 PM   #1604 (permalink)
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:44 PM   #1605 (permalink)
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yeah. ouch.

The best thing about the Barca Madrid match for me personally was having to listen to the (i think) Scottish old guy doing the commentary. I'm sure some others here have heard him.... the dude is always rambling on and on about how some players are "Gods among men on the pitch." The guy who always goes way overboard and gets carried way talking about Gods, Mount Olympus, etc... Yesterday he kept on reffering to Messi as the "little wizard". His commentary is so over the top ridiculous, it becomes just as entertaining as the match.
If anyone knows who i'm talking about, tell me his name.

but yeah, Bel. Shit game from your point of view.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:06 PM   #1606 (permalink)
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I think I know who you are talking about, my cousin told me he hates Messi because this guy that comments Barsa games is massively annoying about him.

The game was painful, first time someone has scored 6 at Bernabeu. The good thing is that it will finally make the team trully shake things wich is why I wasn't that sad about losing. Some of my friends were beyond pissed though. And seeing their face after one of my friends whos a hardcore barcelona fan appeard later with a Messi jersey singing Barsas Anthem was hillarious.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:31 PM   #1607 (permalink)
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It's Ray Hudson fancy. He's kind of annoying imo. No offense to any Geordies on here, but that accent is just painful to listen to.

Barca are just scary. Puts into perspective how good Chelsea were defensively at the Nou Camp.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:41 PM   #1608 (permalink)
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And how coward Hiddink was.
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haha, cowardly yes but tactically it was the right thing to do. The tie would have been over if he'd gambled. United did the same thing last season and got to the final- boring but effective.

I'll give Hiddink a pass since his teams usually play some brilliant football.
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well, I understand trying to play defensevely but that was just not trying to play football. As a fan of football for me thats not how it should be done. One week before, Valencia tied 2-2 to them attacking a lot. And If Real did something like what Chelsea did I would be pretty pissed at them. For me its not only about winning, its also about pride and enjoying the beauty of well played football.
Again, I say this as a fan of the game, not of a team.
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soooo.... Ryan Giggs win's this year's PFA player of the year award.

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complete and utter nonsense.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #1612 (permalink)
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well, I understand trying to play defensevely but that was just not trying to play football. As a fan of football for me thats not how it should be done. One week before, Valencia tied 2-2 to them attacking a lot. And If Real did something like what Chelsea did I would be pretty pissed at them. For me its not only about winning, its also about pride and enjoying the beauty of well played football.
Again, I say this as a fan of the game, not of a team.
Was it the beauty of the game when the phoenix suns were running up and down basketball? maybe... but you consider a beautiful game to be something offensive... there are 2 sides about a game... and taking pride in your defence is part of the sport as well. In the end it's all about winning. I was happy with Chelsea not doing anything offensively that game... they wanted to get out of there with a tie.. and Drogba had a great attempt he missed. To me... being the best offensive team in the world and not being able to score a single goal @ home.. takes a little life out of your game. Barcelona were probably not happy with that result and Chelsea has the mental advantage right now (ie.. the .. take your best shot approach).

I'm pretty sure you would've been happy with a 0-0 tie and gone into shootouts rather than a 6-2 smashing of your favourite team Bel.
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MADRID, May 3 (Reuters) - Real Madrid fans and officials were waking up to face one of the darkest moments in the club’s history on Sunday after the champions suffered a record 6-2 humiliation at the hands of arch rivals Barcelona.

It was the first time in the 80-year history of “El Clasico” that Barca had knocked six past Real in Madrid and the stunning victory for Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday put them within touching distance of a first league title in three years.

Barca fans partied into the early hours of the morning on the streets of the Catalan capital and thronged the city’s airport to welcome back their heroes, seven points clear at the top of the table with four matches left.
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“The best team in the world is leaving the Bernabeu as champions,” said the headline in Madrid-based sports daily Marca, alongside a photograph of Barca captain Carles Puyol kissing his armband in the colours of the Catalan flag.

“The best Barca team of all time was on display yesterday and led Madrid a merry dance they will never forget,” said daily El Pais below a photograph of Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o celebrating one of the Frenchman’s two goals.

“Guardiola’s side put on a exhibition on the most challenging of stages against its only rival for the league, who were like putty in their hands,” it added.

Barca’s victory evoked memories of a Johan Cruyff-inspired 5-0 win in February 1974 and took their goal tally for the season to 100 in 34 league matches, seven short of the record set by Real in 1989/90.

It was sweet revenge for players like Puyol, Xavi and Samuel Eto’o, who had to applaud their rivals, newly-crowned champions for a second straight year, on to the pitch before last year’s match at the Bernabeu which Real won 4-1.

With the Spanish league title all but secured, Barca are still in with a chance of adding the Champions League and the King’s Cup to this season’s trophy haul.

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El Pais columnist Ramon Besa praised Guardiola for his courage in sticking with Barca’s attacking philosophy and picked out midfielder Xavi as the key to their recent success.

“The movement of the Barca players is clean and elegant, like tap dancing,” Besa wrote.

“Barcelona mark out the rhythm of their attacks so precisely that they function like a Swiss watch in terms of precision—exact and on time.”

The Barcelona-based sports papers were ecstatic.

“Goalfest, Humiliation and Champions!,” screamed the headline in Sport. The day Barca knocked six past Real in Madrid would never be forgotten, it added.

“This time the good guys won,” said El Mundo Deportivo columnist Fernando Polo.

“The team that was playing better than anyone the whole season, scoring more goals than anyone, giving exhibitions day after day and destroying records was Pep Guardiola’s Barca. Sometimes life is fair.”

Marca took the chance to look forward and said the “scandalous goalfest” had brought to a close a black period for Real Madrid.

It slammed sporting director Predrag Mijatovic for a series of poor signings and said the institutional chaos wrought by former president Ramon Calderon, who was forced out in January in a vote-rigging scandal, had culminated in “the greatest of humiliations” on Saturday against Barca.

“And what now?” asked columnist Miguel Serrano. The time was ripe for former president and construction magnate Florentino Perez to return to the club and stand in the presidential elections due in mid June, he wrote.

“We have to rebuild this house, which is a ruin.” (Editing by John O’Brien; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)
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hey you guys here about this?

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well, I understand trying to play defensevely but that was just not trying to play football. As a fan of football for me thats not how it should be done. One week before, Valencia tied 2-2 to them attacking a lot. And If Real did something like what Chelsea did I would be pretty pissed at them. For me its not only about winning, its also about pride and enjoying the beauty of well played football.
Again, I say this as a fan of the game, not of a team.
you play to win the game
no team is going to outgun Barca at Camp Nou
especially an offense reliant on Drogba to put the ball in the net

I want to see Hiddink implement the Dutch style in Euro 08 with quick counter attacks
but Chelsea doesn't have quick the midfielders needed
too bad he won't be coach next year
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hey you guys here about this?

Zidane & Friends Tour 2009
i've heard about this for a while. I'd love to go personally, as Zidane is probably the greatest player i ever got to watch play, but the tickets are really expensive. I think the cheapest is $55.

A little too much for my liking.
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There are no style points in soccer. Goals are the only currency that counts.

But if there was ever a team deserving of extra reward for its verve and fluidity, it is the current incarnation of Barcelona, a club steeped in technical tradition and now blessed with perhaps the best blend of talent it has ever had.

Barca’s 6-2 thumping of hated rival Real Madrid on Saturday was the victory that effectively wrapped up the La Liga title. Yet the way the Catalan stars marched into the cauldron of the Santiago Bernabeu and dismantled their closest Spanish challenger was a world removed from the sort of tense performance that might be expected in such a pivotal game.

Pep Guardiola’s troops recovered from going a goal behind to humiliate Real with a display of superiority that defied belief. Even if Chelsea can make home-field advantage count in the teams’ UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg Wednesday, it is hard to make an argument against Barcelona being the best team in Europe.

Certainly, it is the most exciting. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry are three of the most devastating attackers on the planet and it makes for compulsive viewing.

Whatever your allegiance, if you love soccer, you’ll get in front of a television screen for whenever Barcelona plays. This is a team for the ages and rarely have the lines between the athletic and the artistic been so blurred.

In an era when money rules soccer and results are the only thing that counts – because it translates most directly into cold hard cash – the sport is lucky to have this fluent band of stars who prove that style and substance can go hand in hand.
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And so it begins, Ribery given 62.5 M Pounds.

Ridiculous.
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huh? which team?
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^ by Bayern?
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