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On 4/23/2021 at 4:09 AM, Tony Romo said:

I’m still an FSG guy, they brought us a champions league and a premier league title, sure they shouldn’t have signed up for the super league but I’m always down for leaders looking for change and innovation. 
 

I heard that every league but the EPL is really struggling financially. Bayern, PSG and Juve win 9/10 every years no? so something will have to change.


The idea of the super league and separating from UEFA and not being forced to to give UEFA like half the profits isn’t a terrible idea. 

it’s the guaranteed spot in the super league that can’t happen for me. 
 

Yep...stop paying obscene money for/to the players. Problem solved.

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2 hours ago, Tony Romo said:

I’m pretty sure the super league would have had a limit on that 

Yeah, I'm not so sure tbh...Real Madrid has always paid more + higher wages for players than anyone else, followed by Barca...

Used to be Italian teams, but they could not sustain this, and almost went bankrupt...

British teams could do the same with City and Chelsea leading the way. United definitely had the financial muscle to compete with Those teams, if not better them, but the Glaziers have milked the club over the years, by taking huge sums out for them selves...At least the other teams put the money back into their teams...

Real Madrid (Perez) is now crying, because he can no longer out bid the big clubs for every player in the world, and that means good bye to their monopoly on the best players available.... I don't feel the slightest bit sorry for him for that. 

 

In some way as a side note, its kind of funny to see all the UK media going bananas together with all the fans, as they never once reacted, to Rangers and Celtic trying to break free from Scottish football... not once...

The last 10-15 years the Old firm teams have tried everything to get into the better financed league south of the border, caring less about the league and teams in the country they represent...  Pot and Kettle...

 

Anyway I'm happy the Super league was stopped, as the European competision should be the reward for a good season, actually giving the teams something to fight for. 

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On 4/24/2021 at 7:29 PM, Tony Romo said:

I’m pretty sure the super league would have had a limit on that 

Which meant that the investors of those clubs get more money instead of UEFA. Hooray.

 

Don't get me wrong. I 100% agree on your UEFA take.

 

The only solution to more competition in my opinion is to give smaller clubs more from the pot than they are getting at the moment.

All Top 5 european leagues are ridiculously top heavy, including the EPL. The EPL however has the luxury of a billion dollar TV contract + 6 teams at the top and comically bad management in some of those clubs which makes for a more even playing field.

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All we needed was a super league to get this thread active again.

This place used to be bumpin' back in 2010, 2011.  Glad to see some familiar faces still around.

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https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/inter-milan-captures-first-serie-title-since-2010/

Inter Milan captures first Serie A title since 2010

 

MILAN -- Inter Milan won its first Serie A title in more than a decade after second-place Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo on Sunday.

The city of Milan erupted into a cacophony of car horns after the final whistle confirmed Inter as champion, and fans immediately started gathering in the main square in front of the cathedral to celebrate.

It was Inter's first trophy since 2011 and the first Serie A title since 2010, when it claimed the treble of the league, Champions League and Italian Cup.

Atalanta needed to win to avoid Inter mathematically clinching the title with four matches remaining and its chances of doing so diminished dramatically when goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was sent off in the 23rd minute leaving his side with 10 men for most of the match.

Robin Gosens scored for Atalanta nine minutes later but Domenico Berardi levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half. Atalanta had a penalty saved late on after Sassuolo also had a man sent off.

Inter ended Juventus' grip on the league crown. Inter coach Antonio Conte led Juventus to the first three of its nine successive Serie A titles but ended that run in his second season in charge of the Nerazzurri.

After Inter won 2-0 at Crotone on Saturday, Atalanta was the only team that could possibly catch Conte's side and needed to win to do so.

Atalanta was dominating until a moment of madness from Gollini saw him fly out from his area and barge over Sassuolo midfielder Jeremie Boga, earning himself a straight red card.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Atalanta took the lead when Ruslan Malinovskyi flicked a ball over the top and Robin Gosens let it bounce before volleying into the far corner from a tight angle.

Duvan Zapata thought he had doubled Atalanta's lead but his header was ruled out for an offside on teammate Berat Djimsiti.

Sassuolo levelled seven minutes after the interval when Rafael Toloi was adjudged to have pushed over Hamed Junior Traore and Berardi struck the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner.

Sassuolo also had a goal ruled out for offside shortly after, before also having a man sent off when defender Marlon was shown a second yellow card and gave away a penalty for a foul on Luis Muriel.

However, former Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saved Muriel's spotkick.

The result could also dent Atalanta's chances of qualifying for the Champions League. It is level on points with AC Milan and two above fourth-place Napoli, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Cagliari. Fifth-place Juventus is three points behind Atalanta and visits Udinese later.

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8 minutes ago, thedestroyerofworlds said:

 

 

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/inter-milan-captures-first-serie-title-since-2010/

Inter Milan captures first Serie A title since 2010

 

MILAN -- Inter Milan won its first Serie A title in more than a decade after second-place Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo on Sunday.

The city of Milan erupted into a cacophony of car horns after the final whistle confirmed Inter as champion, and fans immediately started gathering in the main square in front of the cathedral to celebrate.

It was Inter's first trophy since 2011 and the first Serie A title since 2010, when it claimed the treble of the league, Champions League and Italian Cup.

Atalanta needed to win to avoid Inter mathematically clinching the title with four matches remaining and its chances of doing so diminished dramatically when goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was sent off in the 23rd minute leaving his side with 10 men for most of the match.

Robin Gosens scored for Atalanta nine minutes later but Domenico Berardi levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half. Atalanta had a penalty saved late on after Sassuolo also had a man sent off.

Inter ended Juventus' grip on the league crown. Inter coach Antonio Conte led Juventus to the first three of its nine successive Serie A titles but ended that run in his second season in charge of the Nerazzurri.

After Inter won 2-0 at Crotone on Saturday, Atalanta was the only team that could possibly catch Conte's side and needed to win to do so.

Atalanta was dominating until a moment of madness from Gollini saw him fly out from his area and barge over Sassuolo midfielder Jeremie Boga, earning himself a straight red card.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Atalanta took the lead when Ruslan Malinovskyi flicked a ball over the top and Robin Gosens let it bounce before volleying into the far corner from a tight angle.

Duvan Zapata thought he had doubled Atalanta's lead but his header was ruled out for an offside on teammate Berat Djimsiti.

Sassuolo levelled seven minutes after the interval when Rafael Toloi was adjudged to have pushed over Hamed Junior Traore and Berardi struck the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner.

Sassuolo also had a goal ruled out for offside shortly after, before also having a man sent off when defender Marlon was shown a second yellow card and gave away a penalty for a foul on Luis Muriel.

However, former Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saved Muriel's spotkick.

The result could also dent Atalanta's chances of qualifying for the Champions League. It is level on points with AC Milan and two above fourth-place Napoli, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Cagliari. Fifth-place Juventus is three points behind Atalanta and visits Udinese later.

Nice to see a team not named Juventus win.

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6 hours ago, thedestroyerofworlds said:

 

 

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/inter-milan-captures-first-serie-title-since-2010/

Inter Milan captures first Serie A title since 2010

 

MILAN -- Inter Milan won its first Serie A title in more than a decade after second-place Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo on Sunday.

The city of Milan erupted into a cacophony of car horns after the final whistle confirmed Inter as champion, and fans immediately started gathering in the main square in front of the cathedral to celebrate.

 

Wonder how AC Milan fans react to this.

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United make it to the Europa League final. Villarreal will be their opponents. So happy for Ole and the team. Semis have been tough for the team to overcome in all competitions but the curse is broken. It’s time for Ole to get his first trophy as Utd manager! Let’s get it! Go United

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1 hour ago, Beary Sweet said:

United make it to the Europa League final. Villarreal will be their opponents. So happy for Ole and the team. Semis have been tough for the team to overcome in all competitions but the curse is broken. It’s time for Ole to get his first trophy as Utd manager! Let’s get it! Go United

And Arsenal will miss out on European competitions next season for the first time in 25 years.      :sadno:

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3 minutes ago, UnkNuk said:

And Arsenal will miss out on European competitions next season for the first time in 25 years.      :sadno:

Definitely sucks for them. Arsenal are usually a team you see and expect to be in a European competition. It’s shocking how they’ve been ever since Wenger retired. They’re like the Canucks now lol

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4 hours ago, Beary Sweet said:

Definitely sucks for them. Arsenal are usually a team you see and expect to be in a European competition. It’s shocking how they’ve been ever since Wenger retired. They’re like the Canucks now lol

Ahem.  As a Canucks fan and an Arsenal fan I see nothing humourous in that statement.    :P

 

(Truth, maybe, but no humour.)

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Arsenal's decline is...something.

 

The scary thing is that things can (and likely will) get worse.  We're closer to pulling a Villa/Leeds/Forest than we are Liverpool/Inter Milan.  We no longer have the excuse of the stadium debt or frugal spending or anything like that, either.  I can't even begin to think of a realistic solution (beyond sacking Arteta and replacing him) that could turn this team around.  So many average players, so many expensive players, a hierarchy that shuffles through personnel every year it seems, an ownership that does the bare minimum and is otherwise lethargic and disinterested.  The list just goes on.

 

Depressing (pathetic, really) stuff all around with this team.

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