Football (Soccer) 2013/2014 Season Discussion Thread

#1 Posted by Zuzuvela (2148 posts) -

Just because this board should have one thread on it at least

#2 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Germany qualified for the World Cup

#3 Posted by Zuzuvela (2148 posts) -

Yeah....being from Ireland, I cant care about it though

#4 Posted by GamerForca (7079 posts) -

OMFG Portugal GTFO. Always the same shit.

#5 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Good win for USA tonight against Jamaica. Seeing some good play out of the 2nd stringers.

#6 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Norway is out of the qualification for WC

#7 Edited by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

#8 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

That goal was beast.

#9 Edited by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

That goal was beast.

sigh...

Kinda funny that Panama is still alive even after this loss.

#10 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

That goal was beast.

sigh...

Kinda funny that Panama is still alive even after this loss.

You from Panama?

#11 Edited by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:
@Seabas989 said:

@Put_in_Kitna said:

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

That goal was beast.

sigh...

Kinda funny that Panama is still alive even after this loss.

You from Panama?

I'm half Panamanian and half Guatemalan (they are beyond garbage in futbol).

#12 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:
@Seabas989 said:

@Put_in_Kitna said:

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama!

EDIT: Oh well.

That goal was beast.

sigh...

Kinda funny that Panama is still alive even after this loss.

You from Panama?

I'm half Panamanian and half Guatemalan (they are beyond garbage in futbol).

You are a sick person.

#13 Posted by monkeytoes61 (8339 posts) -

Sounders are getting gaped bad right now

#14 Posted by mystic_knight (13801 posts) -

Germany qualified for the World Cup

Was there any doubt, they have been in great form the last 4 years!

Im surprised Australia made it through, their new coach is crap and our team is progressivley getting worse...We should be improving with the rise of the A-League yet, contrary to that belief we suck!

#15 Posted by killerfist (19812 posts) -

Ouch, Hungary got a spanking last night from the Netherlands.. 8-1.

I feel sorry for Dzsudzsák, he's always trying his best. Too bad pretty much everyone else sucks in the Hungarian team.

#16 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Ouch, Hungary got a spanking last night from the Netherlands.. 8-1.

I feel sorry for Dzsudzsák, he's always trying his best. Too bad pretty much everyone else sucks in the Hungarian team.

Hungary was such a powerhouse back in the 50s/60s. Sad to see a team with so much glory back then, fail to qualify in recent times.

You are a sick person.

Do you see Mexico taking the 3rd place position in CONCACAF?

#17 Edited by killerfist (19812 posts) -

@killerfist said:

Ouch, Hungary got a spanking last night from the Netherlands.. 8-1.

I feel sorry for Dzsudzsák, he's always trying his best. Too bad pretty much everyone else sucks in the Hungarian team.

Hungary was such a powerhouse back in the 50s/60s. Sad to see a team with so much glory back then, fail to qualify in recent times.

Yes I agree. Hungary needs a new Puskás

#18 Posted by CalamityO (13 posts) -

As always England makes a hash out of their group. Despite them winning comfortably against Montenegro, they still got Poland to beat. They should have won their group.

#19 Edited by CalamityO (13 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: Germany qualified for the World Cup

Not surprising really. What Jurgen did was nothing but phenomenal. To re-develop the national team in space of 2 years. Too bad England can't do that. Certainly not in that time frame.

#20 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

Germany qualified for the World Cup

Was there any doubt, they have been in great form the last 4 years!

Im surprised Australia made it through, their new coach is crap and our team is progressivley getting worse...We should be improving with the rise of the A-League yet, contrary to that belief we suck!

Yeah, but they have been so unlucky in tournaments when they have approached finals and semifinals the last 10 years, so i hope it will change this time and i hope they will win the whole thing this time

#21 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

@killerfist said:

Ouch, Hungary got a spanking last night from the Netherlands.. 8-1.

I feel sorry for Dzsudzsák, he's always trying his best. Too bad pretty much everyone else sucks in the Hungarian team.

Hungary was such a powerhouse back in the 50s/60s. Sad to see a team with so much glory back then, fail to qualify in recent times.

@Put_in_Kitna said:

You are a sick person.

Do you see Mexico taking the 3rd place position in CONCACAF?

No. See them taking 4th and beating New Zealand.

#22 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

@CommanderShiro said:

Do you see Mexico taking the 3rd place position in CONCACAF?

No. See them taking 4th and beating New Zealand.

For some reason, I think that New Zealand will be more difficult. Mexico really screwed around during these qualifiers.

#23 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:

@CommanderShiro said:

Do you see Mexico taking the 3rd place position in CONCACAF?

No. See them taking 4th and beating New Zealand.

For some reason, I think that New Zealand will be more difficult. Mexico really screwed around during these qualifiers.

They stunk it up. Well deserved.

#24 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Looking forward to the next games in a few days

#25 Posted by marcheegsr (2528 posts) -

Forza Italia. I hope Balotelli can keep his mouth shut.

#26 Edited by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

Happy that England qualified and have even managed to play really well in the last 2 games! There are few teams could live with the way we played in the first half tonight and Townsend in particular looks a very exciting prospect! Hopefully providing he stays fit Hodgson continues to select him in future games. Its good to see the manager giving some young players an opportunity to impress.

That said I still feel we have no chance of winning the tournament but hopefully we'll put on a more impressive showing than at the Euros or the last World Cup. I'd personally be happy if we managed to get past the quarter finals, but the fact we'll only be second seeds could mean we may get a very difficult draw!

#27 Posted by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

Go Panama and go Costa Rica.

#28 Edited by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama and go Costa Rica.

wtf Panama!? U.S.A. y u help Mexico?

#29 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama and go Costa Rica.

wtf Panama!? U.S.A. y u help Mexico?

What a disgrace Mexico is. They got lucky as hell. It sucks to be Panama right now, what a choke.

#30 Posted by themajormayor (25712 posts) -

#31 Posted by insanegame377 (332 posts) -

Happy that England qualified and have even managed to play really well in the last 2 games! There are few teams could live with the way we played in the first half tonight and Townsend in particular looks a very exciting prospect! Hopefully providing he stays fit Hodgson continues to select him in future games. Its good to see the manager giving some young players an opportunity to impress.

That said I still feel we have no chance of winning the tournament but hopefully we'll put on a more impressive showing than at the Euros or the last World Cup. I'd personally be happy if we managed to get past the quarter finals, but the fact we'll only be second seeds could mean we may get a very difficult draw!

While I agree with most of your points, I do feel you have to take into account the quality of opposition. We had a few lucky breaks against a poor Montenegro side, despite playing well and the Dortmund players make Poland sound like a much better team than they actually are.

Agree about Townsend, and its good that Hodgson is having some faith in the youngsters, but again I'd question whether he'd have the same faith against the bigger sides.

As for the tournament itself I'd just be happy if we gave a good account of ourselves, which hasn't happened for a long time. We'll be nowhere near actually winning the trophy. I know nothing about the seeding structure but if what you say about us only being 2nd seeds is true, we'll face a struggle to even get out the group as we'll be guaranteed to face at least one of the big-hitters. I'd imagine some of the 3rd seeds will be decent sides as well and would relish the chance of causing an upset against us.

#32 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Germany managed to win 3-5 against Sweden :D

#33 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

@Seabas989 said:

@Seabas989 said:

Go Panama and go Costa Rica.

wtf Panama!? U.S.A. y u help Mexico?

What a disgrace Mexico is. They got lucky as hell. It sucks to be Panama right now, what a choke.


Kinda actually wished Panama won.

#34 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

Arsenal and Bayern Munchen both won their games, and i am really happy. Winning 4-1 against Norwich and Mainz. Özil has to be the best buy this season for any team

#35 Posted by insanegame377 (332 posts) -

Arsenal and Bayern Munchen both won their games, and i am really happy. Winning 4-1 against Norwich and Mainz. Özil has to be the best buy this season for any team

Arsenal will inevitably bottle it when the big games come around at the end of the season, Bayern on the other hand are looking awesome and wouldnt be surprised to see them retain the Bundesliga and Champions League.

#37 Posted by EvilSelf (3619 posts) -

Excellent win by Arsenal over the weekend. Top quality goals! We have been so consistent since January, that i am hoping and praying there won't be any key injuries for the run-in.

#38 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

@EvilSelf said:

Excellent win by Arsenal over the weekend. Top quality goals! We have been so consistent since January, that i am hoping and praying there won't be any key injuries for the run-in.

I hope so aswell

@The_Last_Ride said:

Arsenal and Bayern Munchen both won their games, and i am really happy. Winning 4-1 against Norwich and Mainz. Özil has to be the best buy this season for any team

Arsenal will inevitably bottle it when the big games come around at the end of the season, Bayern on the other hand are looking awesome and wouldnt be surprised to see them retain the Bundesliga and Champions League.

We'll see. Manchester United hasn't been up to par, City has been a little up and down. Tottenham lost to Arsenal without Özil, Liverpool is looking good though and Chelsea has been up and down with their form aswell

#39 Edited by GamerForca (7079 posts) -

France vs Ukraine
Portugal vs Sweden
Greece vs Romania
Iceland vs Croatia

Some surprisingly good matchups right there.

#40 Posted by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

France vs Ukraine

Portugal vs Sweden

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

Some surprisingly good matchups right there.

I'd go for France, Portugal, Romania and Croatia to qualify. Portgual will have to work hard to go through however and I actually think Iceland could give Croatia a scare or two! They have a couple of decent EPL players in their team (Sigurdsson doing well at Spurs at Gunarsson at Cardiff) and wont want to just roll over. Hopefully most of these games will be on TV when the international break comes as they all look like good matchups!

Looking at club football, I'm surprised to see Arsenal doing so well right now and that first goal against Norwich is definitely the goal of the season so far! I'm not sure they'll keep it up all season though and I think Man Utd will eventually come good, and hopefully Chelsea will become more consistent.

Some great games in the week coming up too, Arsenal/Dortmund, Chelsea/Schalke and Barca/Milan all on tonight, with Real/Juventus on tomorrow, El Clasico on Saturday, and Chelsea/Man City on Sunday it should be a great week for football fans around the world!

#41 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

France vs Ukraine

Portugal vs Sweden

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

Some surprisingly good matchups right there.

Good matchups, it could go either way with all of them

#42 Posted by EvilSelf (3619 posts) -

Two great games today in the UCL:

Arsenal Vs. Dortmund

AC Milan Vs. Barcelona

Good luck to my Gunners!!!

#43 Edited by Put_in_Kitna (2618 posts) -

That Portugal vs Sweden will be good. Sucks that 1 of the best players in the world won't be in Brazil however, Ibra or Ronaldo.

#44 Posted by marcheegsr (2528 posts) -

Good match up today between Barcelona and AC Milan. That group is tight now with celtic beating ajax.

#45 Posted by EvilSelf (3619 posts) -

What a naive loss by Arsenal! Dortmund are a great side though, really good technically and physically. Very appealing team, managed by an excellent coach in Klopp...

#46 Edited by Aljosa23 (24777 posts) -

Omg what a day of matches

#47 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

@EvilSelf said:

What a naive loss by Arsenal! Dortmund are a great side though, really good technically and physically. Very appealing team, managed by an excellent coach in Klopp...

Arsenal lost because of Ramsey and Sagna to be honest. They made huge mistakes.

Bayern trashed Victoria Pilzen

#48 Posted by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

Great game by Barca today.

#49 Edited by Arach666 (23020 posts) -

France vs Ukraine

Portugal vs Sweden

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

Some surprisingly good matchups right there.

Yeah,pretty balanced,could go either way for all,Portugal x Sweden should be great.

#50 Edited by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

Chelsea v Man City was a great game yesterday, as a Chelsea fan I was very happy with the late winner, and it was good to see Torres come good at such an important time. Also everyone said Man Utd had a terrible start but City are only 2 points ahead of them now, and nobody is saying anything about them, and Utd also had a tougher set of fixtures on paper! I definitely think Pellegrini is getting off lightly!