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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Today at 10:44:10 AM »
Grealish to Man City for £100m reportedly close. Opens up the prospect of Pereira to Villa for decent money.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 10:21:27 PM »
Favre appears to have opted against Palace.

Meanwhile  Spurs are going for Nuno after initially deciding against him and saying they wanted an attacking manager.

Premier league clubs making a meal of their recruitment.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:04:39 PM »
Have a look when they posted it and then compare it to when Falk from Bild said it. I expect they are copying him.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:49:27 PM »
Christian Falk from Bild reporting Ismael now our manager

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: League Cup 2021/2022
« on: Yesterday at 03:42:52 PM »
And then they tell us we have a bye to the 2nd round  :P

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: League Cup 2021/2022
« on: Yesterday at 03:41:58 PM »
It’s also on Sky sports news

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West Bromwich Albion FC / League Cup 2021/2022
« on: Yesterday at 03:41:42 PM »
https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ZkJzeeDmERGv

For those who are interested, here is the link for the 1st round draw that is on now

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL EUROPEAN FOOTBALL THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 03:11:52 PM »
UEFA announce the away goals rule has been scrapped in all of their competitions.

Was really pro getting rid of it until it was pointed out this is likely just a commercial decision and a pre curser to them taking the old two leg games away from clubs fans and sticking them in host cities who bid the most (usually ones with questionable human rights records).

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General Football & Sports / Re: The big sports thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:16:30 PM »
Tennis is s****  :D

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General Football & Sports / Re: The big sports thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:56:19 PM »
The weather’s s*** this weekend, but never fear, the TV schedules are bursting with sport over the next 4 days - with more sport on terrestrial TV than I think I’ve seen outside an Olympic Games in my adult life.

Tonight, the BBC are showing the second T20 international against Sri Lanka, following on from our win last night. 1830 start.

Tomorrow on Sky Sports, England Rugby League have an unofficial international against a Combined World side made up of Super League players, as preparation for this Autumns World Cup. Sam Tomkins captains England.

On Saturday, The British and Irish Lions have their first warm up match vs Japan, before heading down to South Africa for the main tour. I might be wrong but is this the first ever lions game onhome soil? The game will be on Channel 4 at 14:15.

Finally, on Sunday, England A play Scotland A in the Rugby Union, also on Channel 4 at 1pm, but with so many players away with the Lions and so much else to watch, I’ll probably just check the score after.


In addition to the above and the obvious Euro last 16 games, this weekend is the start of the All Ireland Football and Hurling championships. It starts off with the provincial championships and progresses to the All-Ireland main later in the summer.

On Sky on Saturday there is a double bill of Gaelic Football with Sligo facing Mayo at 4:30 pm and traditional giants Kerry looking to bounce back against Clare at 7 pm following a poor loss to Cork last year. I know a lot of Kerry and Mayo fans who head over every year so would like them both to get a win.

If you have no Irish familial links, you might be more interested in Sunday’s offering when BBC Northern Ireland show the Ulster championship with a game between Down and Donegal (who for my money are probably the most exciting team to watch in Gaelic football)

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: OUT ON LOAN THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 11:31:21 AM »
Gloucester local media linking Morton with a loan move to Cheltenham

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: Yesterday at 08:07:45 AM »
I haven't got an Athletic subscription, but Steve Madeley has said that Wolves- who are likely to sell Rui Patricio this summer - are looking at Sam.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 06:31:31 AM »
Just saw the EFL statement - incredible. The powers that be in the EFL really want to relegate them, you can see that. How quickly can they assess Derby's account submissions though? Especially given Derby's right to appeal.

Can they get the appeal out of the way, can Derby submit years worth of accounts, the EFL review them and then make a decision on relegating Derby all in the space of a few weeks? Seems really tight, I just don't see how they can.

Wouldn't be shocked if Derby get a big points deduction this season instead.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:30:28 PM »
In last tournament we were tested v Croatia and failed!!!!!

The players in the 17-22 age bracket didn’t play in that tournament so that doesn’t really class as a test.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:23:33 PM »
You talk about as if it's just a football match.  It's not its about being mentally tough.

We have a load of pampered primadonna's.

It is about being mentally tougher at times yet, but this team have in the last 3 years won 2 penalty shoot outs - as far as I am aware we have only won 3 in our entire history - which suggests a level of mental toughness. It’s also a very young team with a number of players in the 17-22 age bracket so we don’t actually know how mentally tough they are - they haven’t been tested yet.

As for the pampered primma donnas comments, that just sounds like a tabloid cliche. Why are we all so desperate to get personnel about this team?

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:03:48 PM »
Even with home advantage I make Germany slight favourites, however a couple of things to consider.

1, This is an out of form, ageing German side. Their average age is 29, their oldest average age since the disaster of Euro 2000 that preceded the great German football reset. Spain thumped them 6-0 in Spain 8 months ago while they lost in Germany to North Macedonia in World Cup qualification 3 months ago.

2, They have struggled so far this tournament in the 2 games where they have faced a side who sat back against them - France and Hungary - despite home advantage. Their only win came against an unusually shaky Portuguese side who have conceded 6 goals in the group stages.

We will likely deploy the same tactics that Germany have struggled against 3 times already in competitive games this year. If we can improve our counter attack, they can be beaten.

It’s Youth vs Ageing Experience.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 10:03:18 PM »
So, our route.

Germany in the last 16

Quarters vs Sweden or Ukraine

Semi vs Netherlands/Czechs/Denmark/Wales

Tough but could have been worse

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 09:53:57 PM »
Just because i'm struggling to keep up...are we at the point where you're getting what you asked for here?

Not quite, I wanted Hungary, but I'd take Germany over Portugal or France and that's who we currently have.

Sweden did however give us a lift - Spain have gone into the other side of the group.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 09:37:39 PM »
Praying for another France goal now.

Sweden have already done us a favour, now come on France and the route looks a lot more palatable.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 05:40:10 PM »
For those who haven't seen the Slovak own goal, give it a look.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Fixtures 21/22
« on: June 23, 2021, 04:58:33 PM »
I will look out for Blues and Coventry - we do seem to have fun vs the Sky Blues.

Nothing else stands out to me really. I can't see me travelling away next season so probably just the 2 derbies

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 02:48:53 PM »
You could cite favourable draws so far at both Euros and World Cup as being benefited from. Maybe that should lighten any excuses about getting a tough draw in the Second Round.

It's only a small point, but I'd push back on the idea we have had a favourable draw in the Euro's. Taking out the stacked group F, the groups were all much of a muchness, however we were in a group with 3 other sides who will all contest Tier A in the Nations League next season and the 4th was a local derby vs Scotland. Only half of the groups had 3 Tier A sides in them and we were in that half and if you add in the derby factor plus the awful knockout route for the qualified teams, I'd argue ours was probably the 2nd toughest group to be drawn in.

We did have home advantage,  but at 20% or so capacity even that is limited a bit.

The World Cup was a different story mind, I guess we have to take the rough with the smooth in that respect.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: June 23, 2021, 12:12:12 PM »
Hiring Ismael doesn’t all of a sudden make us a well run club BB74. Let’s see what structures we put in place to replace Dowling. Facts are, we have all acknowledged that so far we have looked very short term which is no good for the football club.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 12:09:05 PM »
https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/status/1407638658988097537

Opta confirmation that the stat I mentioned post Croatia (our speed at moving the ball up the pitch) has played out in the final 2 group games.

We move the ball up the pitch on average less than a metre a second - the slowest of any team in he tournament and our record last night of 0.7 was a tournament low.

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General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 23, 2021, 12:07:02 PM »
Happens the world over immediately after tournaments why on earth are we any different?

Because the FA have a clock at St George’s park that has been counting down to the Qatar World Cup for 6 or 7 years. They see it as a long term project and Southgate is part of that project.

I agree that I don’t think he is the answer, but hardtobeat is right - I just don’t see a scenario now where Southgate gets sacked.

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