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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:28 pm

Gotta say I enjoyed hearing reports last season from Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Sweden etc etc. So I say we do it gain.... :)

Any team, any league, any where - why not share your thoughts on the coming 2011-12 season........
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:40 pm

... or even post a prediction or two from your league to checkout at the seasons' end?

TEAM: Birmingham City
LEAGUE: Championship (English 2nd tier)
HOPES: 6th place, somehow grabbing a playoff place
FEARS: Go into administration, points deduction, downward spiral continues!!! :eeko:
OTHER: West Ham to take the Championship title.

To say we've had a turbulent close season would be an understatement. Following relegation from the top tier, our manager deserted ship, the premiership pirates raided our best players, and our owner Carlson Yeung, having manoevered his 18-year son onto the board of directors, is now looking decidedly dodgy on bail for money laundering. With the 'a' word in the air, the club sponsors have pulled out amid talk of a firesale of players to balance the books, and the replacements are all transfer freebies. Can it get any worse!!!??? On the plus side our new manager, Chris Hughton, seems just the right man for the job and a thoroughly decent guy. Our season kicks off the coming weekend and realistically it'd gonna be a massive re-building operation for the new manager so a season of consolidation/mid-table finish actually feels quite an achievement right now! We'll see......

It looks an extremely challenging league ahead with two clubs boasting former England managers, Sam Allardyce in charge of West Ham, attack-minded Blackpool, along with the perennial promotion contenders like Norwich, Cardiff, Reading and Leeds. I'd be interesting to hear from other Championship fans out there too....

Anyway, here's the opening day fixtures....

Friday, 5 August 2011
Hull v Blackpool, 19:45
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Coventry v Leicester, 12:30
Brighton v Doncaster, 15:00
Bristol City v Ipswich, 15:00
Burnley v Watford, 15:00
Derby v Birmingham, 15:00
Middlesbrough v Portsmouth, 15:00
Nott'm Forest v Barnsley, 15:00
Peterborough v Crystal Palace, 15:00
Reading v Millwall, 15:00
Southampton v Leeds, 17:20
Sunday, 7 August 2011
West Ham v Cardiff, 13:00
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby Tripod » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:44 am

Sorry to hear the situation in Birmingham has become so dire. Best of luck for the new season!

Hertha is back in the Bundesliga and our manager Markus Babbel, former Bayern player, seems to think that our best chances are playing with former Bayern backup players. We now have young Kraft in goal (van Gaal replaced Butt in goal with Kraft last season but that was a mistake, old Butt was better) and two players from Bayern's youth ranks who stayed at the club for years but never really broke into the squad, Lell and Ottl. The latter two definitely aren't bad, the new goalie will be very important, though, because last year's starter was our weakest position.

I'm mildly optimistic, I hope for a place in midfield without having to fight against relegation, but the Bundesliga is tough, next to no weak clubs left except for the club that was promoted with us, Augsburg. Hertha has some good players, Hubnik is a good centre back, Ramos an excellent striker, Raffael a very skillful midfielder, plus we have four interesting options for the two wings, Ebert, Ronny, Torun and Rukavytsya are all fast and nimble. So probably looking for fast counter-attacks.

Rest of the league is difficult to judge, Bayern is looking strong, though they haven't brought in many new players. Can Dortmund play as well as last season? Leverkusen still has many good players though Vidal left for Juve.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:30 am

Thanks Alex and good luck to Hertha too in their return to Germany's top tier.
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I see like Birmingham your opening day began with a defeat but we both picked up our first points yesterday. :) Hertha's draw and a victory for us. Birmingham 1-0 Coventry City. Feels good to finally get back to winning but much work still to do.

I see the premiership kicked off yesterday but not sure if other european leagues are up and running now - be interested to hear a few words on other teams....
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby Tripod » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:53 am

Four matches played in the Bundesliga. Hertha started with a terrible performance at home, not a single shot at goal, very worrying. But thankfully the team just had a bad day. Away in Hamburg we looked much better - and Hamburg looks like a real relegation contender - and should have won, got a draw at least and another one in Hannover and then were fortunate to beat Stuttgart with a late goal.

Tough times for betting man John, it's very hard to predict anything in the Bundesliga these days. Bayern is looking strong at the moment, Leverkusen and Dortmund so far haven't impressed much. Bremen and Schalke have terrible seasons behind them but started well. Bremen again likes to score and concede a lot of goals, but the team doesn't look as strong as it used to. While Schalke went the ways of fierce rival Dortmund, now have a really young team with bags of potential, only worry for them is that three central players could leave the club next season: Raul for age reasons alone, Farfan's contract is running out and a lot of teams have declared interest and Huntelaar might not be prepared to play another season without Champions League.

Hertha ex-coach Favre is doing well with Gladbach so far, thanks to him they avoided relegation and now look very solid, tough to score against. Hannover made next to no squad changes in the last two years: After barely avoiding relegation in 2010 they qualified for the Europa Cup this time round, they drew a tough opponent for the first round, Sevilla, and beat them and have started well into this season, too. So it looks like it'll be a very interesting season again.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby Tripod » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:19 am

Yes, a sweet, unexpected and not even undeserved victory away in Dortmund, the reigning champions! To celebrate in style I'll bore you with the long match summary from my club's homepage:

We said in our pre-match preview that something had to give at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and it did! Two second half goals by Raffael (49.) and Peter Niemeyer (81.) respectively gave Hertha a sensational 2-1 win over reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, in front of over 80,000 (!) at the Signal Iduna Park, in a round five Bundesliga clash on Saturday afternoon. It was The end of an 18-game unbeaten home run for the Bundesliga champions, and the first away win of the new season for the capital city visitors.

Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp replaced his suspended Germany shooting-star Götze with Blaszczykowski. That was the only change to the side which drew 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in round 4 before the break for international games. Klopp's Berlin counterpart Markus Babbel also made just the one change to his side which recorded a 1-0 win over Stuttgart in the nation's capital last time out. New signing Torun got the nod over unlucky Lasogga.

As expected, the home side began at a furious pace, pinning Hertha back in their own half, where they defended with at times ten men behind the ball, while waiting and hoping for a chance to give the champions a dose of their own medicine - lightning quick counter attacks. The Hertha defence looked solid early on and Dortmund became frustrated, as the visitors flew into tackles with the kind of determination needed to survive in Dortmund. Stoic defending kept Dortmund at bay for most of the time, much to the annoyance of the majority of the huge crowd.

Hertha sometimes tried to catch their collective breath as the home side went searching for that elusive opening goal. Strangely though, it was Torun who was holding his head in disbelief as he watched his shot hit the outside of a post with home keeper Weidenfeller beaten (16.). Kagawa missed two half chances for the home side first with his foot (18.) and then a header (22.). Apart from that the Champions League participants could not find a way through the well-organised Berlin defence. It is hardly surprising that set pieces became almost the only threat to the goal being kept by Thomas Kraft.

On 28 minutes the Hertha keeper did well to keep out a direct free kick by Gündogan. The resulting corner was nodded into the grateful arms of Kraft from only seven metres out. Dortmund struggled to find an answer to Hertha's massed defence and their at times lightning quick counter attacks. The home side lacked ideas in midfield, and nobody was able to produce a pass which would split the Berlin defence. Late in the first half Dortmund created half chances for Lewandowski (37.) and Großkreutz (41.), who failed to round off the best move of the game thus far. The game was goalless at halftime.

Dortmund came out for the second half with da Silva on for Gündogan. The better start though was enjoyed by the visitors. Raffael upped the tempo in midfield and went on one of his trademark runs, during which he first outraced the sliding efforts of Hummels, before then beating Subotic with pure speed. On his own with only Weidenfeller to beat his shot failed to beat the keeper. Luckily though the rebound off Schmelzer found Raffael again. This time he kept his cool and slid the ball into an empty net (49.). The 3,400 travelling Hertha faithful went ballistic and rightly so!

Borussia threw everything forward but lacked creativity in most of their attacks. Hertha remained solid at the back and determined in the tackle. On 56 minutes Hertha could have scored again. An Ebert cross gave Raffael a chance to get behind the poorly organised home defence for a moment at the far post. The Brazilian was left with his head in his hands as he saw his shot hammer the crossbar from only five metres out and unmarked to boot!

There then followed a quarter of an hour of one way traffic towards the Berlin goal, but by no means menacing. Hertha looked the more dangerous side on the break, at least until the 71st minute, as Bender nailed a rocket shot onto the Hertha crossbar. That was the final piece of the action for the midfielder who was then replaced by Zidan.

The Egyptian forward failed to make any kind of mark on the game. Hertha missed two gilt-edged opportunities as first Raffael hit a post and then Ebert missed the target (78., 80.). The division two champions of last season were not to be denied and continued to get forward as often as possible. The Berliners won a corner which was taken by Ebert. Mijatovic got his head to the ball and forced a partial save from Weidenfeller who could only clear as far as Niemeyer, who the ball hit before crossing the line. 2-0 to Hertha (81.)!

Was that it? No, not quite, because Lewandowski nodded the ball home at the near post (88.). The remaining minutes plus four minutes of time added on were survived by Hertha, who recorded their first away win of the new season and based on their second half performance well deserved.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:03 pm

Excellent result for Hertha and fully deserved, judging by the report. Must be a real confidence booster not only to be back in the top flight but to beat the champions too!
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby hogstrom » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:36 pm

http://www.livescore.com/soccer/italy/

Todays round in Italy serie A, check these results:

FT Cesena 0 - 0 Fiorentina
FT Atalanta 0 - 0 Udinese
FT Cagliari 0 - 0 Siena
FT Chievo 0 - 0 Juventus
FT Genoa 0 - 0 Lecce
FT Novara 0 - 2 Bologna

?? Lazio ? - ? AS Roma

Last fixture in Rome between Lazio and Roma = another 0-0?

Anyway, i doubt i have ever seen similiar. 5/6 games ends 0-0.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby hogstrom » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:41 pm

Can we hope for a rewiew from the match Bayern M vs Herta as well, Alex? :lol:

They (Bayern) really seem to be a class above the others this season. Watched Bremen vs Dortmund and Dortmund were lucky winning that fixture, i doubt they´ll repeat last season.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:19 pm

Incredible series of 0-0s in Italy!

Birmingham got lucky today too against the Championship big-spenders but we're not complaining that the better team lost.

Birmingham 2-0 Leicester. KRO!
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby hogstrom » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:16 pm

gdh82 wrote:Birmingham got lucky today too against the Championship big-spenders but we're not complaining that the better team lost.
Birmingham 2-0 Leicester. KRO!


Mediocre start for Leicester so far, 4-4-3 just cant be good enough considered the amount of £ they´ve spent.

Bham - Leicester
7 Shots On Target 2
3 Shots Off Target 3

Are you sure it was only luck, Garry? :)

Otherwise im pleased to see my two bets having a good start, actually i was able to match a few £ on Peterboro to odds of 470,00 (not just over 100,00) to win this disision. Also happy in general for Peterboro (beat Cardiff 4-3 last night ) when they have a great attacking approach, not only leaking plenty (as Forest) but scoing even more.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby gdh82 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:33 pm

hogstrom wrote:Mediocre start for Leicester so far, 4-4-3 just cant be good enough considered the amount of £ they´ve spent.

Bham - Leicester
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Are you sure it was only luck, Garry? :)


You're right, John. I was being a bit harsh on my team. Leicester controlled large periods in the game but as the commentators said, this game was a lesson in winning a footy match.
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Re: Any Team, Any League, Anywhere! (The Club Footy Thread)

Postby hogstrom » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:57 pm

Garry (or Steve) what kind of team did Bham field vs Club Brugge? Was it good/decent? It´s interesting to see how club threat this eurol. way different. Imo it´s a big cup and clubs like Bham should really give it a go. This is their chance in Europe, if too many cups this is not the one to waste. One must realise they likely wont enjoy Chl. fortunes, at least if not one arabic guy steps in.

Eriksson out after 5-4-4. Maybe a bit harsh, even if i can understand they must be very happy getting in their old succesful manager O´neill.
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