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April 18th, 2018, 12:01 pm #51

Barcelona's schedule is particularly dry as it will see them travel from California to Texas to California in a week.
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April 18th, 2018, 12:47 pm #52

I hope the hotdog munchers boycott this out of shame at their previous actions.
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April 24th, 2018, 11:58 am #53

So they might be objectively terrible at badge design but at least Leeds United have some innovation in the post-season tour department...

Going to a relatively untapped (in football terms) area that's currently morally questionable and with fixtures lined up against both a League All-Star side and the local national team I can wholeheartedly say I half-agree with this entire thing...
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April 24th, 2018, 12:46 pm #54

mattsanger92 wrote:Going to a relatively untapped (in football terms) area that's currently morally questionable
Are you referring to Yorkshire?
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April 24th, 2018, 1:07 pm #55

Also I'm not sure that watching Leeds United is the best way to encourage people to play/like football.   it would be like trying to encourage people to drive by waching Car Crash TV.
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April 24th, 2018, 1:15 pm #56

nfm24 wrote:
mattsanger92 wrote:Going to a relatively untapped (in football terms) area that's currently morally questionable
Are you referring to Yorkshire?
Well, one person does not a region's morals make, but you know...
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April 24th, 2018, 1:18 pm #57

nfm24 wrote: Also I'm not sure that watching Leeds United is the best way to encourage people to play/like football.
Appears to be less of a 'bringing football to local fans' thing than it is 'part of owner's backroom business interests' thing. Any new Leeds fans emerging from this event will be a surprising bonus, but most of all just surprising...
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April 24th, 2018, 5:05 pm #58

I can't believe it's in anyone's interests (business or otherwise) to make Leeds play in Yangon.  

I wonder which was the last British team to play there... I recall Middlesex Wanderers in 1998.
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July 5th, 2018, 3:47 pm #59

After losing the UEFA Champions League rights to EA Sports, Konami decide the best response for Pro Evolution Soccer is to give the cynical marketing goblet of cash some money and legitimacy 😔.

Not sure whether I would or wouldn't "PES in their goblet", the situation created an obvious pun where the options are confusing...
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July 19th, 2018, 12:30 am #60

I never have watched a ICC match so far and i won´t do it. 
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July 19th, 2018, 4:45 pm #61

Phistra wrote:I never have watched a ICC match so far and i won´t do it.
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Can't lie I have before, but most of the time it was down to 3 simple factors:
  • Do I have the channel they're showing it on?
  • Is it on at a sociable hour?
  • Is my club involved in the game?
Factors 1 and 2 are very present this season so any overriding interest I had in factor 3 will have to be saved for the highlights (hopefully through an unofficial source, of course).
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July 29th, 2018, 6:38 am #62

Maybe not quite pre-season depending on your definition (it's a no for me), but nice to see the 'European clubs travelling out to Asia for moar moneh' trend cuts the other way as well - the Saudi Super Cup next month will be played at Loftus Road in London.

They've already done this a few times, oddly enough...
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August 12th, 2018, 5:22 pm #63

So the goblet is over for another season, and the blobfish returns to slumber for a while, presumably waking up now and then whenever an inciteful comment about the state of football needs to be made. But after seeing pictures of some of the games where there were plenty of empty seats, I decided to do a research and put it into numbers just how many there were.

Taking the attendance for each game and that game's stadium capacity (generously using the Wikipedia numbers for the latter), I found a total attendance over 27 games of 1,061,520 (something Wikipedia could've told me anyway), out of a potential 1,654,367 seats, leaving almost 600k unsold and a goblet fill rate of 64.16%.

Looking at each game individually, only 5 games broke 90%, while 3 had less than 30% attendance. An average of these individual percentages (to cross-reference with the totals), gives a 63.63% average fill, so a pretty clear picture of how much they failed in that department (although with their high prices they probably succeeded enough where it counts, especially for what they're putting out there).

So what does this teach us? Not much that I didn't already know (the goblet peaks high with it's 'big moments' but overall nowhere near reaches the self-created hype), but nice to put some figures to this thing's underperformance. It seemed a bit unfair to bring in some anecdotal evidence since the main source whines about everything anyway.

Also, the fact that Tottenham are the champions is surely an endtimes sign on it's own...
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August 12th, 2018, 6:27 pm #64

When you have so many large stadiums available, you can surely afford to overestimate the demand.  As the only ambition is to make money (and to grow a market for future money making) you'd probably rather have more seats vs punters than vice versa.  Also given that it was a World Cup year, and the teams were even more pre-seasonish than usual, even the hotdog munchers might have stayed at home.
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August 12th, 2018, 6:28 pm #65

BTW, wrong thread perhaps, but wtf are Burnley doing signing Joe Hart, and then actually fielding him in a real match?  Haven't they seen any football before?
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August 13th, 2018, 11:00 am #66

nfm24 wrote:BTW, wrong thread perhaps, but wtf are Burnley doing signing Joe Hart, and then actually fielding him in a real match?  Haven't they seen any football before?
It's one of nature's mysteries, but in their defence he's played 2 whole games against decent opposition and still not let anything in, so the worm-eater is justified for now.

What's baffling is they now have 3 English international goalkeepers on their first-team books (plus 1 Danish international and 1 other back-up), they were admittedly in a bit of an injury crisis the other week, but either they're just straight stockpiling that position or they were looking to ship one or more of them on this transfer window (still possible but not to another PL club).
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August 13th, 2018, 6:16 pm #67

Is it possible that Dyche didn't know that Joe Hart is a goalkeeper?
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August 16th, 2018, 6:14 pm #68

mattsanger92 wrote:So the goblet is over for another season, and the blobfish returns to slumber for a while, presumably waking up now and then whenever an inciteful comment about the state of football needs to be made.
They set their alarm early and did more than comment.

'Relevant Sports' teaming up with La Liga to play regular league fixtures in the USA. Apparently it was the first time the Spanish Player's Union had heard of the plan.
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August 17th, 2018, 1:41 pm #69

Can't see Barcelona or Real Madrid agreeing to play an important match in the USA, particularly if it is anywhere near a Champions' League fixture.  Possibly an end of season dead rubber, if they were already out of Europe, or the opening league fixture (i.e. just an extended pre-season).
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September 5th, 2018, 5:14 pm #70

La Liga are getting this thing moving pretty quickly, don't know what the actual clubs/players have to say about this though as they don't appear to have agreed yet. As had been predicted by some people, the fixture they plan to play in Miami will be Girona (who are giving up a home game, definitely a predictable part that the smaller club does this) v Barcelona in late January.

And tinfoil hat time, this fixture could be a convenient one for the Spanish government to see take place in a different country with a more 'touristy' crowd than the last time the two clubs met:

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September 6th, 2018, 11:26 am #71

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September 7th, 2018, 6:04 pm #72

And Spanish flags are, of course, not political symbols at all...
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September 7th, 2018, 8:25 pm #73

Extending my ongoing dislike of small flag icons, all flags should be banned in general.
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