Random Football Stuff


#1165

I think we have found Mustafi hiding on our forum!


#1166

:unai: :arteta:


#1167

FIFA’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21st and December 18th.


#1168

The World Cup is dead to me. Fucking money grabbers have ruined the best thing about the summers when it’s on


#1169

Never though I’d witness a world cup game on my birthday considering it’s late November…


#1170

Fucking ridculous.


#1171

#1172

Whoever wins the world cup this year is the last of a dying competition. Winning the competition won’t mean the same to me from 2022 onwards


#1173

So all the leagues are gonna be suspended. Big problem.


#1174

It’s an absolute disgrace, not even sure I will watch much of that world cup.


#1175

You people are crazy. There will be Christmas day and then competitive PL football a week after the World Cup final!

The worst thing about the World Cup is it makes you fall in love with football again and then makes you wait a month to see any.

Also all our players are from deprived countries like like Armenia and Wales so we’ll be fresh as fuck mid season!


#1176

And Gabon :slight_smile:


#1177

Wasn’t there a winter world cup before?


#1178

No


#1179

Hyde Park in November for the fanzone will be fun. Should have had Moscow for a winter world cup.


#1180

They’re some bunch of cunts. Two days before the final and we’re already talking about the next fucking tournament.


#1181

Well now Eric, Kieran and the rest of the boys are out the entire world no longer cares about the current world cup.


#1182

#1183

Ha, would have been great if the scorer celebrated the goal.


#1184

I like Valdano because he’s a true lover of football who also is about as erudite as it gets for someone involved in football, very much in the Wenger style (and tbh, I could see Wenger writing an article like this), but I’m not a fan of this article at all, tbh.

He’s not really offering any insight; what he “dispels”–that statistics alone, especially statistics like how much a player ran, are not useful without context, is really more of a platitude than what he’s trying to dispel.

Tbh, there’s a reason why people like he and Wenger have failed as managers in the modern game, it’s because beneath all that erudition and would-be open-mindedness there’s actually a real closed-mindedness, a resistance to change and evolution (which is what open-mindedness should be all about), and a basically old school mindset where you make a false dichotomy out of science/analytics vs. mystery/aesthetics/beauty. There are parts of the article that really read as kind of anti-science/advance, to the extent that it could be applicable to an argument about faith/science, another false dichotomy of course.

In short, he comes off a bit like an ornery @shamrockgooner when VAR or technology in football is brought up :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: