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  1. bosox4283

    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    I'm happy for Morata -- he seems rather miserable in Spain, and because his wife is Italian, it is certainly possible that he ends up feeling more at home in Milan and finds the Italian soccer culture to be more welcoming and forgiving to him. Plus, there was no way Atletico was going to offer...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Real Madrid’s return to campus is going to be a bit awkward after Carvajal knocks out three French teammates and, if this result holds, Bellingham.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Watching this match has made me wonder if Mbappe is actually the best player in the world. He’s fast and he can be electric but there seems to be something missing — finishing? the ability to take over a match? making others much better? — that I can’t put my finger on.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I'm a huge Oblak fan (obviously), so I feel for that guy. He was close to putting together an amazing run for Slovenia.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Oh, man. This is trouble for Slovenia.
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    A disappointing result, and a sad way to end the year. Espanyol was the better team today wnd the two first-half goals allowed Espanyol to played a controlled second half. I read a comment on the Oviedo Instagram page that the team played for the tied — which I assume means less offensive and...
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    I didn’t know this. From what I read, a tie would result in Espanyol winning and gaining promotion — so, you’re right that Oviedo needs a result.
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    Oviedo takes a 1-0 lead into the second leg, and was about one foot too far to make it 2-0. Oviedo looked strong, so I like their chances next Sunday.
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    I’m rooting for Sporting — a final between Oviedo and Sporting would be perfect drama and such an exciting way for one of the two to get back to Primera.
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    I'm a bit surprised that Carvajal and Nacho made the squad, beyond my anti-Madrid bias as an Atletico fan. Are they really the best two, or was it debatable that they took spots from younger or more promising players?
  11. bosox4283

    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    I have to assume that Atletico makes a run for him, especially if it is a free transfer. Atletico needs someone to support Koke, and while I'd prefer a younger player who has space to grow and become a foundational piece for the future, I'd rather Atletico save its limited transfer money on a...
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    Incredible. Oviedo was about to walk away with a tie, but blew the lead in the last 10 minutes. I think Éibar and Espanyol have the advantage, but I’m rooting for an all-Asturias final.
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    The Special Ones (manager talk)

    I didn't follow closely Xavi's success with tactics and game-planning, so maybe Flick will indeed do more there. Instead, from afar, I thought Xavi's strength was giving young players a chance, building their confidence, and creating the foundation for the future. He seems to have truly launched...
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    It’s wonderful drama — Eibar has the chance to twice get a result that hurts Oviedo, and Sporting has a chance to pass Oviedo on the last day. It’s a fun time for football in Northern Spain — Eibar, Racing, Sporting, and Oviedo are all in contention for getting into playoff. I read that...
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    The Special Ones (manager talk)

    Either AS or Marca was attempting to make the case that, because Xavi promised the club that he would not be a problem, there is a chance that he would waive the buy-out that he and his staff are owed. Right...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    It was also a mystery to me that Veiga chose Saudi Arabia. I mean, I assume it was a financial decision, but he grew up in what seems to be a small town close to Vigo and was at a growth point in his career, not a "move to get the money" phase.
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    April 24. 2024 Beat the Heat

    I’ve watched like 10 minutes of the Celtics this year and I know Tatum is one of the top-10 players in the league but those two missed shots are really hard to understand.
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    Return of the Galácticos? Spanish Fútbol 23-24

    @rguilmar Oviedo is likely going to lose today, which puts them out of the top 6 and makes the next six games basically must-win. Yikes.