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  1. SocrManiac

    International Break Game Thread (September 19-27)

    That Messi goal was pretty, but who the fuck is giving him yards of space behind?
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    I love the smell of burning oil in the morning - The Formula 1 2022 season

    Once the decision was made to let the cars unlap themselves, all of them must do so. They couldn't all have made it before the end of the race. The objective error in rule application was to only allow the cars between Lewis and Max to unlap. That shouldn't have happened.
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    Global Football Odds & Ends

    Oh man... I noped out of FIFA when it was free on PS Plus but that could draw me back.
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    The folks in Monza tend to be focused on another sport to disappoint them, so I tend to agree that they’re going to grab on to this one. They dominated, too. Juve had two shots on goal and 40% possession. Di Maria‘a red didn’t cause this by any stretch (though I hope he misses the World Cup...
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    dirtynine's Digest - The Thread for Kits

    That’s really, really bad. Did they forget about the badges when making the design? I assume FIFA mandates where the WC badges have to sit. It would have been nice to find a more balanced location. Maybe the number will go on the left to hold it together? It’ll get awfully busy on the chest...
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    Juventus handed Monza their first Serie A win. Ever. Di Maria lashed out with an elbow because he’s fucking stupid. He didn’t connect with any force but got sent off anyway. That’s exactly why I didn’t want him on the team. Whatever talent he has, he’s got no self-control whatsoever and gets...
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    The ref should add five minutes every time a keeper theatrically falls on a ball for no reason.
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    Everton players are spending an awful lot of time on the floor these days.
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    Footy broadcasting - What do we have?

    Customizing ad boards for the audience has felt inevitable for awhile. It’s not hard to do with the technology available. Many European ads are wasted on US viewers, why not target appropriately?
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    Holy shit, that was brutal. Now Wolves need a yellow for simulation, a beautiful goal, and teammates coming to blows to complete the Portuguese soccer bingo card.
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    It’s hard to tell at times what is knocking the Wolves players over. Breeze? Ground vibration from other players running? It’s baffling.
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    GW 8: 9/16 - 9/18 game thread

    Just give Citeh the league now.
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    dirtynine's Digest - The Thread for Kits

    I built a proton pack. It's 45 lbs. They aren't running around hiding one under their shirt.
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    Liverpool 2022/23: We Go Again

    I’m fine, even happy, that Klopp waves the question away. Trent looks like he might be a head case right now and he needs his manager’s support. That said, Klopp is responsible for the results. He clearly needs to do something. Trent is being targeted successfully by virtually everybody they face.
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    Liverpool 2022/23: We Go Again

    Arthur becomes the wildcard here. If he can be even fractionally effective it will open things up significantly. As it is, Klopp essentially needs to tinker to plan around having only one effective box to box guy. TAA as a midfielder probably needs to be expedited.
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    UCL Group Stage MW 2: The Balls Are Frozen

    I never considered this before, but you’re 100% correct. Nobody is going to encroach if they lose the penalty altogether. I love this.
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    Liverpool 2022/23: We Go Again

    In a word, very. He doesn't look that different than what we saw in his highlight videos at Benefica. He'll score, but he's wasteful. He makes good runs and finds space, but his first touch can be bad. The most worrisome thing to me is that whatever magic dust Klopp sprinkled on Diaz to reign...
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    UCL Group Stage MW 2: The Balls Are Frozen

    We benched a defender on my beer league team for not following runners. VVD’s form is getting particularly worrisome.