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2020.09.20 09:05 Melbournish 26 [M4F] Melbourne, Australia - I'd like to meet new people but we're locked down so...

Here I am! 2020 has been a wild ride and I figured I may as well put myself out on the market while we hopefully near the end of stage 4. As tough as the year has been, it has also been amazing for introspection and self growth. It has helped me figure out, for the most part, what I would like out of life and hopefully 2020 ends with someone to join me on that journey.
I'm a very straightforward guy, so to be upfront about it this; I am looking for my partner in crime. Danny Ocean had Rusty, Timon had Pumbaa, and hopefully we'll have each other. I'm a 26 year old fella, shaved head, short beard, super emotive eyebrows, and I'm in okay shape despite gyms being closed for what feels like eternity. But more importantly than keeping physically healthy, I'm huge on mental health and keeping emotionally healthy.
Born and bred Melbournian with a European background so of course I am naturally really into coffee... almost to a wanky degree. I really believe in supporting the little guy, so I love things like weekend markets and cafe hunting. I love cooking/baking, and trying new recipes and techniques (really big on sous vide). Dancing around in the kitchen while playing tunes anywhere from big band, to rock, to house, to hiphop, I'm pretty cruisey. Into my board games and video games, futbol, movies (heists/comedies/actions are the go to but romcoms are a guilty pleasure). Look I have a weird thing where I can answer "about me" questions really easy and love to have a yarn, so I'll leave it at that before I get too carried away!
If that tickles your pickle, flick me a message, tell me 3 things about yourself, even if you feel that they're mundane, and lets get the ball rolling!

Also I suppose this is where it gets a bit real. This year has affected everyone in one way or another. Even if you don't fit the bill for what either of us are looking for but just want to connect with someone for a bit of conversation, support, or even just to vent about life, feel free to reach out for a chat. Always happy to listen.
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2020.08.26 13:56 codespyder Messi Watch - Aug 26, 2020

Not sure if any of you have heard about this, but there's apparently an Argentinian bloke who is causing a bit of a ruckus down in Barcelona and apparently our pokey little club may be involved.

Please note that only posts about Messi from City's Tier 1 sources will be kept up.

That means links from other sources (reliable or otherwise) will be collected in this thread. This includes Barca's Tier 1 sources insofar as any news about the disagreement between Messi and their board.
This is also where you can have your discussion/shitposts/a good old moan.

News From England/English Language Media

Source Tier Message
Sam Lee Tier 1 New Messi story here. Full disclosure: City’s line is the same as ever: it’s not happening. My info: the next few days are decisive. City are ready to sign Messi if he does leave Barca on a free. David Ornstein’s info: Messi’s already spoken to Guardiola
Sam Lee Tier 1 The Messi story is sprawling now eh? The reports were very similar last night, but now it’s chaos! I’ve done a lot of Argentinean media today and the consensus there is that it’s all done and dusted to City, but in Barcelona things look a little harder. In Manchester we wait!
Sam Lee Tier 1 From what I know, Jorge Messi isn’t in Manchester. He’d go to Barcelona first, to sort things out there.
Sid Lowe and Fabrizio Romano Tier 2 Manchester City believe they have a chance of signing Barça's Lionel Messi
Sid Lowe and Fabrizio Romano Tier 2 Barcelona President Bartomeu would Resign to Keep Messi
Fabrizio Romano Tier 2 Juventus and Bayern Munich will not be going after Lionel Messi
ESPN Tier 3 Man City's Messi contract could include New York City FC clause - sources
Guillem Balague Tier 4 Messi Hands in Transfer Request
Daily Mail (via TyC and RAC1) Tier 4 Messi’s Dad in Manchester Negotiating with City
Tolmie (Blue Moon ITK) Tier 4 Pep wants him on a plane next week!!!! This could get very ugly in the next 48 hours. The contact in Abu Dhabi says he is ours. Absolutely zero reason to doubt him either.

News From Spain/Spanish Language Media

Source Tier Message
Alfredo Martínez Barca Tier 1 Messi has made an irrevocable decision. Not even Bartomeu’s resignation would stop Messi from leaving. He will not wear the Barcelona shirt again.
Alfredo Martínez Barca Tier 1 Bartomeu would indeed resign and take a step beside the presidency if Leo Messi publicly said that he would stay if Bartomeu left.
Alfredo Martínez Tier 1 Barcelona will not facilitate the departure of Messi because they do not want him to leave. Messi can ask for the transfer that frees him but then the courts will decide the amount that the club he goes to has to pay Barça
Gerard Romero Barca Tier 2 City have offered Messi a two year deal with a salary matching what he makes at Barcelona. Messi also wants Pep to extend his contract
Cat Radio Tier 2 Bartomeu is willing to step down as Barça President if Messi publicly agrees to stay at the club.
Julien Laurens Tier 2 Neymar & Di Maria have contacted Messi asking him to join PSG. ManCity are offering Messi a 5yr contract, which would see him move to partner club, NYCFC, after 3yrs in the PL.
Mohamed Bouhafsi Tier 3 PSG are keeping an eye on the Messi-saga. PSG will be seeing if the signing is economically viable. Neymar is also speaking a lot with the argentinian
Moises Llorens (via HagridFCB) Barca Tier 3 Manchester City will do everything possible to sign Messi on a free transfer, but would contemplate paying between €100M-€150M. City are also open to including players such as Eric Garcia and Angelino in the deal.
La Nacion (Argentina) Tier 2 or 3 Messi has decided to continue his career at Manchester City
Francesc Aguilar Barca Tier 4 Manchester City have told Messi's entourage that they will pay whatever it takes to land him
Francesc Aguilar Barca Tier 4 Bartomeu has stated that if Messi publicly announces that he will stay, Bartomeu will resign🚨
Jorge Nicola, ESPN Tier 4 Prior to asking Barcelona for a termination of his contract, Lionel Messi phoned Neymar inviting him to join him and play for Man City.
AS Tier 4 Messi's contract excludes FIFA and UEFA from legal conflict. FC Barcelona and the player originally agreed that if there was a dispute over the buy-out clause then it would be resolved by a court of law.
Veronica Brunati Tier 4ish Manchester City will meet with the Messi family in Barcelona next week
TyC Tier 4 PSG have offered a better contract to Lionel Messi than City, as well as a and a compensation to the Catalans that the English club could not pay due to Financial Fair Play.
Sport (via RMC Sport) Tier 4 Manchester City are said to be working on formulating an offer for Messi: Catalan press mentions possible sum of 100m € + 3 players, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia.
Barca Theory IG Tier 5 The fax that was supposedly sent through (not confirmed to be real.)
El Pais Tier ??? Messi is confident that he can activate a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free this summer, and if it comes to FIFA, he will win the case. FIFA sources have stated that there is no precedent in the last fifteen years that would stop Lionel Messi being able to leave on a free.

Other Bits and Bobs

Messi Megathread from Aug 25, 2020
Liam Gallagher
Aguero has changed his @ on instagram from @10aguerosergiokun to @kunaguero... many months ago
“Thiago is a better signing for Liverpool than Messi to Man. City” claims OAP benefactor Wayne Rooney
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2020.08.23 20:02 --Kaiser-- Barça Legends Thread: Ronald Koeman

As we all know by now Barcelona has a new coach and after a long time onto the pitch of Camp Nou will once again step Ronald Koeman, one of Barça’s greatest ever players. The man who changed the history of two clubs and one nation will again try to turn perpetual losers into winners just like he did so many times before. We can only wish him good luck and remind ourselves of what makes Koeman a beloved icon in the world of football and an eternal Barça legend.

It runs in the family

Ronald Koeman was born on March 21st 1963 in Zaandam. His father Martin was a football player and spent most of his long career at Groningen amassing over 500 games for the club while playing against legendary Dutch players of that era. Following in their father’s footsteps both Ronald and his one year older brother Erwin became football players and they were both raised in Groningen’s youth system.
In 1980/81 season, Groningen returned to Eredivisie after 7 years and at the age of just 17 Koeman was promoted to Groningen’s first team and debuted against NEC Nijmegen in a 2:0 victory, becoming one of the youngest ever players for the club. He went on to play nearly every game for the three years of his stay at Groningen, scoring 35 goals in 98 games for the club, while being deployed as a midfielder or a defender due to his extreme versatility. During his stay at Groningen they went from lingering above relegation zone to qualifying for Europe in just a couple of seasons. His talent surely caught the eye of the big 3.

Learning from the great man himself

In 1983 Koeman was the hottest prospect in Eredivisie despite being mostly a defender. Ajax made sure to acquire his signature and he soon found himself in Amsterdam. It didn’t take long for Koeman to establish himself as an essential part of the starting XI and to form a strong partnership with Frank Rijkaard. The two would single handedly carry Ajax’s defense, but despite that the league title was anything but easy to win with eternal rivals Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord always trying to overcome each other. It would be Feyenoord’s impenetrable defense that won Eredivisie that year, with Ajax winning the 1984/85 edition on Marco van Basten’s wings and PSV establishing dominance in 1985/86, but despite losing the Eredivisie, a crucial thing in Koeman’s career happened that season with the arrival of Johan Cruijff as the coach of Ajax.
Immediately upon his arrival Johan started implementing his ideas and soon Ajax started playing with the now famous 3-4-3 diamond. Despite not looking like one on paper, this was a major change to, then typical, 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 diamond. Finally Koeman was not bound to either being a creative force from the midfield or a central defender, the new formation allowing him to play both roles at the same time as the playmaking sweeper while Rijkaard covered for him as a holding midfielder.
Ajax only managed to win the Cup that season and in the summer of 1986 Koeman made a very controversial move when he switched to PSV who were on the rise at that time, a decision that would prove to be perfect as Ajax soon sold off the rest of their star players and were severely weakened.

The unimaginable treble

When Koeman arrived at PSV they were already incredibly solid and were on a high after winning Eredivisie. The team contained a mix of experienced players like Willy van de Kerkhof the member of legendary 1974 squad, captain Eric Gerets, Søren Lerby, Frank Arnesen, Ivan Nielsen, Hans van Breukelen and Berry van Aerle combined with up and coming talents like Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Wim Kieft, Edward Linskens and Gerald Vanenburg. The key moment came in early 1987 when, after a series of bad results, assistant coach Guus Hiddink took over the squad. PSV were behind Ajax, but with Hiddink they swiftly rose up to win another league title.
Next season they achieved the unthinkable. They smashed the Eredivisie scoring 50 more goals than Ajax and won the KNVB Cup by barely beating Roda in the final after a late equalizer and an extra time winner. But, their biggest achievement came in Europe. They started off by easily dispatching Galatasaray and Rapid Wien. The real challenge came in the quarters against a strong Bordeaux team, but PSV’s defensive solidity and pragmatism meant that after a 1:1 in France they managed to keep the game goalless in Eindhoven and so they came face to face with Real Madrid in the semis. Déjà vu struck as they conceded an early penalty at Santiago Bernabeu only for Linskens to score the equalizer. Even without suspended Koeman PSV’s defense were impenetrable at home and so PSV again went through on away goals. The big final against the eternal losers Benfica was a dull affair with both teams playing it as safe as possible. The real excitement came in penalty shootouts, as player after player scored, including Koeman who was given the biggest responsibility of taking the first penalty, until finally Benfica’s right back missed meaning that PSV had just won a treble, only the third club to ever manage such a feat after Celtic and Ajax.
The following season saw PSV continue their successful period, although the goalscoring feats from the previous season were halved, despite the arrival of Romário. They narrowly won the double again, but crashed out of the European Cup in quarter finals, as Real Madrid got their revenge, barely beating them in extra time at Santiago Bernabeu to set the aggregate score at 3:2. Madrid’s win came at a cost as they got utterly crushed by Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan 6:1 in the semis, but still, PSV felt disappointed and Koeman started thinking about a new challenge.

Forming the “dream team”

In 1988 after the Hesperia mutiny Johan Cruijff came at the behest of president Núñez to save the club from total collapse. Despite criticism he received at Ajax for not being able to win the Eredivisie while having the best player in the world in van Basten, Cruijff was determined and knew what he wanted. The sad state of the club allowed him to achieve that full control he never truly had at Ajax, but with only a couple first team members not getting sacked he had to work wonders with subpar players. While the attack was somewhat salvaged by Julio Salinas and Robert Fernández, the defense was subpar, especially when it came to creativity which is what Johan wanted from his defenders. The only technically superior defensive player was captain Alexanko, already 33, so after one season Johan decided that he needed a reinforcement, a creative defender with impeccable technical ability and football IQ and, seeing as he coached one before, he knew where to look.
Koeman signed for Barça for 1.2 billion pesetas and Cruijff found the key players who could carry his team to the very top. That season Barça fell short in La Liga, but got their revenge in Copa del Rey where they beat Real Madrid 2:0. The game was tough and dirty with Hierro receiving a red card after nearly breaking Robert’s leg and Salinas getting booked for faking an injury after being punched in the stomach by Ruggeri. Thankfully after Koeman’s perfect shot from 30 meters the ball was deflected by Buyo and Amor opened the game up with Salinas setting the final score afterwards. Koeman already established himself as the heart of Barça’s backline while also scoring 19 goals that season.
In 1990/91 season he started strong once again, only to suffer a serious injury against Atlético Madrid in late October, an injury that would rule him out for nearly the rest of the season. Alexanko held things together until the end of the season, when Koeman returned as well and Barça finally celebrated the long awaited La Liga title. The season didn’t end on a high note as Barça lost the Cup Winners’ Cup final to Alex Ferguson’s United side with ex-Barça player Mark Hughes scoring twice. Koeman played the game as a midfielder and managed to score a wonderful long range free kick after Barça was 2:0 down, but Barça’s equalizer was ruled offside and Laudrup’s shot was cleared off the line. Despite the disappointing loss Barça were preparing themselves for the big one, the 1992 European Cup.

One goal to rule them all

The 1991/92 season didn’t start as well as everyone expected with Barça having horrible away form. That was a blessing in disguise as it forced Cruijff to change up his midfield in search of that perfect holding midfielder that he was still struggling to find at Barça. Thankfully one was already there, waiting for his chance and he would finally get it. Pep Guardiola became a starter almost immediately and developed a fantastic partnership with Koeman both on and off the pitch, which allowed Barça to shine. It was a tough season with Barça, Real and Atléti being separated by just a couple of points. In the end Real faltered on the final day to Tenerife and Barça defended their La Liga title. Koeman dominated that season with 16 goals, just one shy of Hristo Stoichkov, while also keeping his defense solid. He salvaged the league title by scoring in both Clasicos, both of which ended 1:1.
In Europe Barça had a tough schedule with both German champions, western ones Kaiserslautern proving to be a much tougher challenge than their eastern compatriots Hansa Rostock. Bakero’s last minute winner in Germany meant that Barça proceeded to the group stage and were drawn with Sparta Prague, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv. Barça won that group thanks to their away win at Ukraine where other teams fell, in combination with usual victories at the Camp Nou. The final against Sampdoria was on. Barça had previously only competed in the European Cup four times, reaching the final twice. Losing both of them while being a superior team on the pitch, in combination with other relatively poor results in Europe, especially in the UEFA Cup, meant that Barça were considered a loser club. While the loss against Manchester United the year before didn’t provide much confidence, Barça’s victory over that same Sampdoria squad in 1989 Cup Winners’ Cup final did, especially when you consider that Barça massively improved over the three years that had passed.
The match was exciting with chances on both sides, Italians missing theirs, while Pagliuca saved most of Barça’s attempts. It was a tough, physical game and a tactical game of chess between the two coaches. It looked like Barça were on their way to another penalty shootout which definitely wasn’t what fans had hoped for after the trauma they suffered in 1986. But one man put an end to Barça being losers and started a new chapter for the club. It took that one shot, one magical shot. It was minute 112th, you could see the nervousness from Sampa’s players after they made a foul on Sacristán so close to the box. They knew who they were up against. Commentators were already discussing how Ronald should shoot from that position. Stoichkov made a small pass to Bakero who stopped the ball and a few moments later Koeman blasted it low to the goalkeepers side. It was a bullet that not even the best goalkeeper in the world Pagliuca could stop and just like that Barça were champions of Europe, after all those years of waiting. It was done.

A disappointing end

Barça finally carried the title of European champions, but there was no time for celebration as another season was about to start. La Liga was a two horse race with Real Madrid, which in the end finished the same as the last one, with Madrid losing the title against Tenerife on the last matchday. Fans who expected Barça to become a consistent powerhouse in Europe however were about to be brutally disappointed. Barça barely overcame Norwegian champions Viking just 1:0 on aggregate and crashed out in a catastrophic manner to Russian champions CSKA Moscow. After a great 1:1 score in a usually tricky away game in cold Russia and a 2:0 lead at Camp Nou, fans were already thinking about the next stage. However, Russians came back and mauled the dream team with 3 goals which left the fans at the stadium utterly shocked.
Redemption season in Europe had to happen next year and it started off great. Barça drew Dynamo Kyiv and lost 3:1 in Ukraine. People feared another loss to a eastern team. Barça were up 2:1 at Camp Nou when Koeman made an assist from a free kick, after which he scored from another free kick to turn the tie. Next knockout round was much smoother against Austria Wien. In group stages Barça was drawn with Monaco, Galatasaray and Spartak Moscow. Barça’s Camp Nou form returned and was again a decisive factor in the group stage, with a crucial win away in Monaco and typically bad results far away in Moscow and Istanbul. Barça would play in the semifinals against the second team from group B, which was Porto. Another easy 3:0 win at Camp Nou sealed the deal. Koeman propelled himself to the top of Champions League goalscoring charts with 8 goals, the only defender to ever manage such a feat. Barça would go to play the big final once again, but this time against an experienced Italian powerhouse Milan.
Milan was the strongest, most stacked team in the world and while people considered Barça to be the best due to a great system and gameplay, Milan had superstars in every position. However, Milan were rattled with injuries to Marco van Basten and Gianluigi Lentini and suspensions for Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta. The 3 foreign player rule seemed to hurt Milan more as they had a very international squad, while Barça had to discard just one player. Despite that Milan’s coach Fabio Capello made smart choices. Cruijff didn’t. Capello easily eliminated Romanian striker Răducioiu and Danish Brian Laudrup, but to everyone’s surprise also eliminated Jean-Pierre Papin, the Ballon D’or winner, in favor of Yugoslav Dejan Savićević (who would go on to be the man of the match), with his other two foreigners being Marcel Desailly and Zvonimir Boban as was expected. Cruijff seemingly had a much easier choice, he had to eliminate one person. Koeman was irreplaceable thus out of the question which left three choices - Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov or Romário. Perhaps foolishly underestimating injury ridden Milan defense, perhaps having other ideas, Johan eliminated Michael Laudrup who joined his brother in watching the game from the stands. Laudrup was the person who was usually the centerpiece of Barça’s play. Before the game Cruijff downplayed Milan’s squad numerous times despite their quality, which enraged them and gave them extra motivation. Johan also experimented a lot that season when it came to lineups, often ignoring his 3-4-3 diamond in order to play formations he often criticized like 4-4-2 diamond or even 4-3-3, which he also picked for the final. It was a poor choice as Barça got overrun from the first minute and soon Milan found themselves ahead. Barça started playing better football after the first 25 minutes, but Massaro added a second one in stoppage time. Second half saw Savićević score one of the best goals in European history to make it 3:0 and Marcel Desailly dealt the final blow. A 4:0 loss, a disaster to end what was a redemption season in Europe and a wonderful historic season for Koeman.
After a disaster like that there needed to be a rebuild. Laudrup was furious with Cruijff and left for Real Madrid immediately. Romário was also sacked mid season due to unprofessionalism and partying. Key players were getting older, including Koeman, and younger players, apart from Johan’s son Jordi, failed to deliver. Barça ended the 1994/95 La Liga season in third place, far away from Real Madrid. There were promising results in Europe including a 4:0 victory over Manchester United in group stages, but in the quarterfinals Barça bottled it yet again, crashing out to PSG by conceding two goals in the last 15 minutes in Paris. At the end of the season Koeman decided that the time was right for him to leave Barça, at the age of 32. He said his farewells and departed for Feyenoord, the only one of the big three Dutch clubs he never played for.

Retirement and learning the managerial trade

Koeman arrived at Feyenoord who have seen better days, being consistently behind either Ajax or PSV with some success in the KNVB Cup. During Koeman’s first season at the club they were still far behind Ajax and were eliminated after extra time in the Cup semifinals. His second season however almost gave him a glorious farewell. Ajax had a horror season after they controversially lost the Champions League final to Juventus. PSV was the only club who stood in Feyenoord’s way, but Rotterdam's finest just didn’t have the manpower to overcome their rivals and ended up second. Koeman decided that it was time to retire, at the age of 34.
He wasn’t the man to sit around and do nothing though. Immediately after he retired he got a job offer. Guus Hiddink was the coach of the Dutch national team and he wanted his old superstar to join his staff, along with other Dutch legends Frank Rijkaard and Johan Neeskens. Koeman accepted and helped guide Netherlands to the semifinal of 1998 World Cup which they unfortunately lost to Brazil on penalties. Hiddink resigned afterwards so Koeman found himself helping another Dutch coach in a job that would see him return to the club he loved, to Barça. Louis van Gaal was chosen as the next coach in hope that he could replicate what Cruijff did and turn Barça into a European powerhouse once again. Despite winning two La Liga titles and a Cup, van Gaal ultimately disappointed in the big stage and was, like many others before him, sacked by ever unsatisfied Núñez who finally stepped down as president just a few months later. His last decision however was to appoint Llorenç Serra Ferrer as the coach which disappointed Koeman who hoped that he might have a chance at his dream job of coaching Barça, despite not having much experience, especially since he had a major fallout with van Gaal over tactics. He left for Vitesse who offered him his first job as a coach.

National team career

After their glorious period of Total Football under Rinus Michels and later Ernst Happel, Netherlands fell into a giant slump, failing to qualify for the 1982 World Cup after a disastrous qualification group and also for the 1986 World Cup after losing the play-offs against rival Belgium. They also failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship after having the exact same number of points and goal difference as their rivals Spain, but two fewer goals scored.
Rinus Michels who had previously returned in 1984 failed to produce results in his World Cup qualification group and was thus sacked one year later. After Netherlands continued to underperform he returned to try and qualify for the 1988 Euros. He succeeded and finally 10 years after they lost the World Cup final to Argentina, Netherlands were back on the big stage.
Koeman received his first cap for the national team in 1982. After that he became a regular member of the starting XI under many managers and in many tactical formations. Michels had used Koeman like he previously used Ruud Krol, as a creative sweeper in his 4-3-3. The 1988 Euros started poorly as Netherlands lost to USSR and everyone already wrote them off as failures due to their previous results. But they weren’t, they crushed England and squeezed a late winner against Ireland to qualify as second in their group which led them straight into their boogey team, Germany. Fourteen years had passed since Germany defeated Michels’s clockwork orange, also on home soil. It was time for Total Football to once again clash with German pragmatic mentality. After Lothar Matthäus scored the penalty it looked like history would repeat itself, but van Basten won a penalty of his own. Koeman was given the responsibility and he didn’t disappoint. With the scores leveled van Basten ended the German curse in the dying minutes and Netherlands went into the final. “This was the real final for us and we all know it”, said Michels. Koeman infamously used the shirt he got from Germany’s Olaf Thon to wipe his ass in front of German fans, causing a controversy. After the USSR scrapped an unexpected victory against tournament favorites Italy, Netherlands were again facing the same opponent. But this time they would come out victorious. In a tough match between two all time great coaches Rinus Michels and Valeriy Lobanovskyi, it took a header from Gullit and one of the best volleys ever scored by van Basten to beat the Ukranian based soviet team. Van Breukelen gave away a penalty, but also saved it. Netherlands were finally champions, the curse was broken. Michels stepped down after finally achieving his life goal and remains the only coach to win a trophy with Netherlands to this day.
Koeman was named into the team of the tournament as the perfect centre back together with his partner Frank Rijkaard, over players like Franco Baresi and next to Paolo Maldini and Giuseppe Bergomi. He would continue leading Netherlands into the 1990 World Cup in Italy where they returned to their losing form against Germany in the round of 16. They lost 2:1 with Koeman scoring the only goal for Netherlands. In 1992 Euros they came with vengeance, taking out Germany 3:1 in the group stage and qualifying for the semis against the heavy underdogs Denmark who didn’t even qualify for the tournament, but were rather invited due to sanctions to Yugoslavia. Denmark continued their fairytale tournament though and beat Netherlands on penalties and then Germany in the final. Koeman’s last tournament was the 1992 World Cup in USA. One last hurrah from the great Dutch defender was ruined again by poor luck, this time when it came to draws as Netherlands faced perhaps the only team strong enough to challenge their monstrous attack - Brazil. In one of the best games in World Cup history Brazil came out victorious 3:2 and Netherlands were sent home in quarter finals. Perhaps not a bad game to end your national career after all.

Koeman as a player - tactical analysis

From a very young age Koeman was moulded to be a total footballer. Due to his qualities he was often deployed as a defensive midfielder, centre back or a sweeper. His versatility coupled with his quality, personality and quick understanding of tactics made him a dream player for every coach.
He played mostly as a midfielder for Groningen because he was actually one of the team's top goalscorers. When he came to Ajax he continued in his midfield role while also playing in a CB pair with Rijkaard. Once Cruijff came, everything changed. A defensive master like Rijkaard was perfect to be Cruijff’s holding midfielder and covered for Koeman as he ventured forward to create or shoot on goal.
Ajax squad under Cruijff
A change came when Koeman transferred to PSV, Hiddink played the usual 4-4-2 or 5-3-2. Hiddink was a lot more pragmatic, he didn’t like possession and claimed that it was the most overrated part of the game. His main concern was tactical and defensive solidity, as well as absolute discipline. Attack quickly and with purpose, a couple of passes should get you in position to shoot on goal. Koeman would still venture forward as he was usually deployed as a sweeper in 5-3-2, but only when PSV had possession and were venturing forward. He, again, often played as a midfielder which gave him more freedom. Only the coming of Romário forced the formation to switch to 4-3-3.
PSV squad under Hiddink
Coming to Barça meant a return to Cruijff’s famous 3-4-3 diamond. That formation was based around fluidity and technicality with a high risk offensive mentality. The main principle is what we know today as Juego de Posición or Positional Football, an evolution from Michels’s Totaal Voetbal or Total Football. The main 3 principles were the 3 P-s : possession, position and pressing. In his first season Koeman struggled to form a partnership with a defensive midfielder as Cruijff changed multiple players in that position. He often played both Alexanko and Koeman to gain as much creativity as possible while keeping the defense stable. The major change came in the 1991/92 season when Pep Guardiola broke through the ranks of Barça B and instantly became a starter. He was also Koeman’s roommate and friend off the pitch which helped solidify their partnership. Koeman played a more fluid role in the central area between the two defenders. WIth the ball, he would either push up when there was space available or play a diagonal ball to the wingers. He would also push up with 1-2 passes in order to release his cannon of a shot which could either be a goal or deflect to lurking attackers. He would often interchange roles with Pep and be a nuisance to the opposition. In defense he was flexible, either marking the key opponent or operating freely between the other two defenders. Later in his Barça career when he slowed down, Koeman was again relegated to being “just” a centre back together with Nadal. As he got older he remained mostly withdrawn, relying on set pieces to score, while still providing assists with his trademark long balls from defense.
Barça squad in 1992
Barça squad in 1994

Legacy

Ronald Koeman achieved what only a few players did. He became the champion of Europe for the first time with two different clubs and won his nation its first silverware. That is especially impressive considering that PSV, Barça and Netherlands were all labeled as losers up to that point. He was the Dutch Player of the Year in 1987 and 1988.
His main qualities include perfect technique, incredible passing range, precise and quick passing, quick thinking, solid defensive positioning which made up for what he lacked physically as he was neither fast nor tall. He was one of the greatest ever leaders on the pitch, very vocal, a great motivator and a big personality in the dressing room. He was also a big game player, as Guardiola noted: “I have never seen him play badly, in a big game, in Europe, against Madrid, never. He was always top class”.
Koeman has one of the best and strongest long shots in the history of the game. He is also famous for his long diagonal balls that cut through defenses. He is also one of the best penalty takers in history with over 95% conversion rate. He holds the La Liga record for most converted penalties in a row. Next to penalties, he is one of the best free kick takers ever, if not for the number of free kicks scored (35), then for his versatility as he scored free kicks from 17 up to 35-40 meters and from both sides with very narrow angles.
Koeman is the highest goalscoring defender in history, one of the highest goalscorers in Barça’s history and the only defender to be the best goalscorer in a season of Champions League. He scored 35 goals in 98 games for Groningen, 30 in 114 for Ajax, 63 in 130 for PSV, 88 in 264 for Barça, 23 in 79 for Feyenoord and 14 in 78 for Netherlands, totaling 253 goals in 763 games. Insane.

The successes and failures of Koeman as a manager

Koeman’s first season as a coach was spent at Vitesse who impressed during the previous campaign with a 4th place finish. Koeman and his assistant Jan Jongbloed (the 1974 goalkeeper for Netherlands) managed a 6th place finish which still meant Europe. He would quickly get a promotion.
Koeman was appointed the manager of Ajax in 2001 after the club had a disappointing season. Koeman got off to a successful start, winning a domestic double in 2001/02. He also nearly eliminated the eventual winners Milan in the quarterfinals of 2002/03 Champions League. After losing the 2002/03 league title by a single point to his old coach Hiddink and regaining the title in 2003/04, Ajax had fallen eight points behind rivals PSV in the Eredivisie in 2004/05 season. This situation, coupled with Ajax being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by underdogs Auxerre, 3:2 on aggregate, led Koeman to resign the following day on February 25th 2005. Some of the players that were given chances and improved under Koeman at Ajax are Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Steven Pienaar, Christian Chivu and Nigel de Jong.
Koeman came back from unemployment quickly, taking up the vacant position at Portuguese champions Benfica following the departure of legendary Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. In Benfica, against whom he won the 1988 European Cup Final as a player with PSV, Koeman only won the Portuguese Super Cup. The team finished the league in third place (behind eternal rivals Porto and Sporting CP) and was eliminated from the Taça de Portugal in the quarterfinals. This, along with an offer from PSV, meant that Koeman left Benfica before the end of his contract. Under Koeman Benfica did reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League however, eliminating Manchester United in the final game of the group stage and Liverpool in the first knockout stage, before coming back to Camp Nou to meet Barcelona and his old partner in crime Rijkaard, who eliminated him and ended up winning the trophy. Despite Koeman’s disappointing stint in Portugal, a lot of his players would go on to win the fourth place in the 2006 World Cup that summer.
In the 2006/07 season, Koeman served as head coach of PSV, symbolically as successor to Guus Hiddink. The squad contained a mix of international talent as well as veteran Barça legends Cocu, Reiziger and Kluivert. PSV dominated the first half of the season, keeping competitors AZ Alkmaar and Ajax at a reasonable distance. It looked like PSV were destined to become champions again. PSV, however, suffered in the second half of the season due to an injury crisis, with injuries to Jefferson Farfán, Alex and Ibrahim Afellay. AZ and Ajax could smell blood and were coming closer every week. The finish of that Eredivisie season was perhaps the most exciting in history with all three teams tied at 72 points before the last competition day. AZ played a relegation side Excelsior in their final match, but managed to lose 3:2. Ajax played Willem II and had more goals scored than PSV as well as slightly better goal difference, which was even better after they won 2:0. PSV needed a goal difference of at least 4 at home against Vitesse. In a crazy game they won 5:1 and thereby became Eredivisie champions, one goal ahead of Ajax. For the second consecutive season Koeman guided his team to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, this time defeating Arsenal in the first knockout stage, before failing to avenge Barça, also losing to Liverpool. He decided to leave on a high note.
Koeman soon decided to return to Spain, but was about to face the first major failure of his career. On October 31st 2007, Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia after Quique Sánchez Flores got sacked. With Valencia, he won the 2007/08 Copa del Rey, their first since 1999. In La Liga however, his tenure at Valencia would prove disappointing. The team would fall down to 15th position, only two points above the relegation zone, as well as finishing bottom of their Champions League group. A 5:1 defeat to Athletic would prove the final straw for Koeman's time with Valencia. He was sacked afterwards for the first time in his career. Despite his poor results with Valencia, his Copa title would be the last silverware for the club until 2019.
Back to the Netherlands it was as Koeman took over van Gaal’s title winning AZ side in summer of 2009. After a horrific start however, losing 7 games out of 16 played, he was swiftly sacked and found himself no longer in demand after two failures in a row.
Koeman waited until 2011 when he finally took the job at Feyenoord. The club was in serious financial trouble and were close to bankruptcy. After being forced to sell Castaignos, Wijnaldum and Fer for peanuts, he was faced with an impossible task of rebuilding with no budget. Departing from his usual 4-3-3, Koeman’s 5-3-2 formation brought an immediate change in results. For the first time in over a decade, Feyenoord finished as runners-up, the goals of John Guidetti bringing Champions League football back to De Kuip. Next year Koeman again finished third in the league and then second again. Fans were thrilled despite the fact that Koeman failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage. He built his team around academy talents and cheap loanees like Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij, Terence Kongolo, Daryl Janmaat, Ron Vlaar, most of whom would be the key members for van Gaal’s 2014 World Cup squad that finished third with van Gaal even implementing Koeman’s 5-3-2. After three years Koeman departed for another challenge, this time in England.
Koeman replaced Mauricio Pocchetino as the manager of Southampton. In Southampton, he used a 4-2-3-1 system flexing into 4-4-2 or 4-5-1. With players like Dušan Tadić, Sadio Mané, Nathaniel Clyne, Graziano Pellè and Virgil van Dijk he achieved fantastic results. Saints finished 7th in the 2014/15 season. In his first six Premier League games in charge of the club, Koeman managed four wins, a draw and a defeat which meant that Southampton moved to second place in the league standings and resulted in Koeman being named Premier League Manager of the Month for September. In January 2015, Southampton won all three of their matches, including a first win at Old Trafford since 1988, and Koeman was again named Manager of the Month. Next season Koeman won his third Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2016. Southampton finished the 2015/16 season in 6th place, their highest ever and also had the highest ever Premier League points total, 63. They also qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. Koeman would again depart after a major success in search of a new challenge. He would take on the big boys Everton.
On June 14th 2016, Koeman was confirmed as manager of Everton, signing a three-year contract. His brother Erwin was again hired as his assistant. In their first season, the Koemans led Everton to qualification for the Europa League as they finished 7th, an improvement over the 11th place from the previous season. Romelu Lukaku was unstoppable and Koeman built his team around him to utilize his exceptional form that season. Next season Everton sold Lukaku to Manchester United and Koeman was left with no striker and a ton of money. Everton gave him full freedom during the transfer window, hoping that he would replicate his masterclass from Feyenoord. Koeman made some questionable decisions however, opting against buying any strikers and going into next season with no real consistent source of goals. In Europa League group stages Everton was barely third, far from Lyon and Atalanta who crushed them in both games. In the Premier League, Everton were falling down towards the relegation zone with the least amount of goals scored out of any non-relegation level club. Koeman was sacked on October 23rd 2017. He later talked about his mistakes, admitting that he failed to obtain a new striker and partially blamed his failure on Everton’s inability to buy Giroud.
On February 6th 2018, Koeman was appointed manager of the Dutch national team on a four-and-half-year contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup. He replaced Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup. Just like when he started his playing career, the Dutch national side looked hopeless after a great generation had moved on. Koeman had a lot of work to do. After promoting new and talented youth players and phasing out some veteran players, Koeman’s Netherlands looked like a completely different team. Together with his assistant Ruud Van Nistelrooy Koeman revitalized the squad and results came soon after. Netherlands managed to beat Germany twice, world champions France as well as the English. In June 2019, Netherlands finished runners-up in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League after an undeserved 1:0 defeat against Portugal in the final.
It seemed that Koeman was on his way to replicate the likes of Michels, Happel and van Gaal by leading his nation to glory. But as we all know, that won’t happen. Whether due to personal reasons, Koeman reportedly suffereing a heart attack earlier this year pushing him to reach for his dreams, or due to his pure love for Barça which he expressed many times before, Koeman left the Dutch national team to wear the blaugrana colors again, now as a coach. Koeman admitted many times that coaching Barça is his dream job. It is, however, the dream of many. Whether Koeman will achieve what his great compatriots did or will he suffer another failure as a coach, is about to be seen. We can all wish him luck and show him support, if not for his previous great coaching results, then for what he did for Barça and for how he forever changed the future of this club.

Koeman as a coach - tactical analysis

In his early years as Manager , Koeman would use the famous 4-3-3 with fluctuating success in Ajax , Benfica, PSV and Valencia. The Dutch invented the 4-3-3 formation and over the years many small subtypes evolved. Koeman is known to not shy away from trying new tactics, with mixed but mostly positive results.
He adapted to the situation however and started using 5-3-2 with Feyenoord, showing extreme tactical flexibility when given a limited squad and nothing to work with.With Southampton he also started implementing 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 as well as 4-2-3-1. The peak of his versatility in a tactical sense came when he took over Netherlands. After 20 years of coaching he collected enough experience and knowledge to implement numerous tactical variations. In friendlies he started using 3-5-2 to capitalize on the strong Dutch centre backs. By the time the Nations League had rolled around they were playing the Dutch classic 4-2-3-1. Under Koeman, the most general shape they would use would be a 4-2-3-1 which translates as 3-5-2 in possession and 5-3-2 out of possession.
With de Ligt and van Dijk as two centre backs , Dailey Blind and Denzel Dumfries would start as wingbacks with Dumfries playing very high. In Midfield , Frenkie de Jong and Marten de Roon would start as the double pivots with Georginio Wijnaldum or Donnie van de Beek as the box to box advanced midfielder. Forward line would consist of inside forwards Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes with Ryan Babel appearing sporadically in the middle.
The front 3 would often fluctuate with Depay acting as a false 9 at times with Steven Bergwijn occasionally acting as an inside forward.
Usually Koeman would use Wijnaldum as the most advanced midfielder , the talented midfielder helps with the counter pressing from the front and being a vital resource in tight spaces between the lines.
Frenkie de Jong is the team's main playmaker. Playing deep but often running into spaces , creating passing lanes , receiving the ball from the centre backs van Dijk and de Ligt and starting the build up. Blind and Dumfries are tasked with providing width because of the team’s lack of natural wingers.
The general approach is a pragmatic one against better teams but, against similar or inferior teams, Koeman is happy to let his team dictate the ball. They usually play an aggressive man to man high pressing system trying to maintain a compact shape between the defense and the midfield line. With the ball, the Dutch usually take a possession based approach, the general shape varies from a 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 to 3-5-2.
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2020.08.20 15:13 skywardsword596 [OC] The European Resurrections of Ever Banega

Hi soccer! Ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final I wanted to write this as a little tribute to Ever Banega, who will be playing his last game in European competition for Sevilla against Inter. Please note that as I wanted to focus on his European career, I did not cover a lot of his time in Argentina with Boca and Newell's. Hope you enjoy!
 
It seems fitting that Ever Banega’s final bow in European competition will be in the Europa League. Regardless of the result, and barring a surprise reversal in the future, the 2020 Europa League final will be Banega’s last match ahead of a move to six-time champions Al-Shabab in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He will depart Europe after playing for 3 different Spanish clubs, spending just over a year at Inter Milan, winning 2 Europa Leagues , and a Copa del Rey triumph. But it very nearly didn’t turn out that way...
 
A Crazy Goat’s Valencian welcome
Fresh off of Boca Juniors’ 2007 Libertadores triumph, where he started both legs of the final against Gremio, the 19-year-old, shaggy-haired Banega was Ronald Koeman’s first January signing at Valencia, making his debut as a half-time substitute at Atletico Madrid in a 0-1 defeat.
Valencia wasn’t an ideal scenario. Banega did manage to win a Copa del Rey, assisting Juan Mata in the quarterfinals against Atleti, but Koeman’s tenure was defined by his attempt to clear the veterans out of one of Spain’s biggest clubs (does this sound familiar?) After the Dutchman was sacked for Voro (not for the last time), Banega didn’t make the substitute’s bench until the last two matchweeks.
Banega was far from blameless, either. It wasn’t too long ago that he was one of the Argentina U-20 internationals who celebrated their World Cup win by trashing their hotel and intelligently deciding to video it (other names in that squad, by the way: Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Papu Gomez) He had his first encounter with Spanish police only a few weeks into his stint at Valencia, leaping a red light at 3:30 a.m. while over the limit, and his already under-pressure club had to deal with the small matter of a webcam and some indecent exposure from his time at Boca. A TV segment found a fridge full of beer and nothing else, and he managed to short-circuit his Ferrari 458 Toro, setting it on fire.
Valencia decided that their young midfielder would be best served in someone else’s care, and that someone else was Atletico Madrid, who picked up Banega on loan a day after they made it to the Champions League group stages. Banega’s contract contained 2 clauses: an option to buy, and a no-going-out clause.
Unfortunately, clauses had no effect on Banega, whom Atleti insiders would refer to as a cabra loca, a crazy goat. He hit the town five nights in a row, got sent off twice in 5 league games (becoming Atleti’s season leader in red cards), and despite getting more games than he had in Valencia, he became decidedly second-choice behind Paulo Assuncao and Raul Garcia in the Atleti midfield. His Champions League debut was nothing special either - only completing one full game, a goalless draw against Marseille, and not even being named in the squad for Atleti’s round-of-16 elimination at the hands of Porto.
 
The First Resurrection
Banega returned to the Valencia squad, still headed by Koeman’s replacement Unai Emery. Valencia had a series of stars they wanted to keep hold of, including David Silva, David Villa, and Juan Mata, but Banega was not among them. As Sid Lowe put it:
"Forget Madrid and Barcelona and Juventus, the teams that came for Banega were Napoli and Stuttgart and Marseille. And forget €40m, or €20m, or even the €10m buyout clause on his contract. The offers that came for Banega weren't much higher than €8m. Yet when it came to the Argentinian, Valencia decided to say yes."
But the midfielder refused to leave, and his intensity in training, and indeed his first few matches of the 2009-2010 La Liga season, caused Marca columnist Jose Luis Hurtado to declare that Valencia’s wild child “had a facelift - in his brain.” Banega’s return, against his future club Sevilla, saw him tee up Juan Mata’s first goal at the top of the area, before a bursting run through midfield and a slick pass set up Pablo Hernandez for the second. He grabbed his first goal for Valencia, 2 years after signing for them, in a Valencian derby against Villareal, set up by Villa and Silva.
Ever Banega debut goal(apologies for the quality, mid-2000s La Liga clips are hard to find)
In the space of a season, Banega made himself indispensable to the club that wanted him out only a few months before. He became Valencia’s top assist provider, the creative pivot at the base of Emery’s midfield next to Carlos Marchena, and the team finished 3rd with 71 points, something of an achievement when the top 2 were pushing 100.
So what changed? Some credit his girlfriend, whom Lowe described as a “sergeant major,” for getting him to knuckle down. And perhaps he really didn’t want to go to Everton, where Valencia had been trying to offload him on loan. But Banega had his own take:
"This year, I'm starting from scratch," he said. "I arrived at 19 and made mistakes. I wasted two years and have thought about things. Now I hardly ever go out."
It should be noted that this indiscipline never quite left; Banega was reprimanded for showing up drunk to a Valencia training session later on, and only a few months ago was photographed breaking lockdown with a few of his Sevilla teammates to hold a pool party.
Banega’s 2010-2011 season was a little less lustrous; though in fairness, Valencia themselves were a little less lustrous after the departures of Villa and Silva. The club managed to end up with the exact same points total and position as the season before, though following the departures it became Juan Mata’s turn as chief creator, with Banega now partnering Hedwiges Maduro, club legend David Albelda, and new signing Mehmet Topal in midfield. The Argentine missed the start of the season, including Valencia’s opening Champions League matches, with an ankle injury, and his overall contributions were also on the downward from the season before.
Banega would probably like to forget his 2011-2012 season, but unfortunately, the cause of his many absences is the unforgettable stuff of legend among self-inflicted injuries up there with Enrique Romero playing snake charmer and Cani drinking piss. To make a long story short - Banega got run over. By his own car. With no one at the wheel!
In fairness, it looked quite painful, a season-ending tibia-fibula break and ankle fracture, and Valencia duly only told the minimum to the press. But they found out anyways: Banega had forgotten to set the handbrake at the gas station, and when his car ended up rolling, he reacted the only way a young man in the street would when he sees something rolling at him: by attempting to stop it with his foot. At least, unlike Canizares, Banega wouldn’t miss a World Cup for miscontrolling this pass.
No, he would miss it for other reasons. Emery departed, with the ire of Valencia fans at his back, to be replaced by Mauricio Pellegrino, who barely utilized him until matchday 11. It wasn’t until Pellegrino’s replacement, Ernesto Valverde, that Banega was able to perform to levels approaching his 2011 form, and a side featuring Roberto Soldado, Jonas, Sofiane Feghouli, and a young talent named Aly Cissokho managed to claw their way back to 5th place.
But off-field issues began to set in at Los Che. Valverde would not return for the 2013/2014 season, due mostly to issues with the club’s unstable finances, which in turn triggered the resignation of longtime president Manuel Llorente. Successor Miroslav Dukic’s reign sent the club plummeting towards the relegation places. His replacement Juan Antonio Pizzi was able to restore some dignity to Valencia’s season, bringing them to 8th place and the Europa League semifinals, where they fell to eventual champions Sevilla. But Banega would not be there, having returned to his native Rosario to play for Newell’s Old Boys on loan. Banega would miss out on another World Cup, watching from the sidelines as Argentina finished 2nd.
 
Resurging in Seville and European success
Shortly after that international heartbreak, Banega returned to Europe, and more importantly to Unai Emery, whom he credited as the driving factor to move to Seville. The 26-year-old was usually installed in the attacking role his old Valencia teammates Silva and Mata occupied, surrounded by speedy attackers Carlos Bacca, Gerard Deulofeu, and Vitolo and braced by sturdy defensive midfielders Gregorz Krychowiak and Stephane Mbia. With the newfound freedom that this role provided, Banega was able to demonstrate some of his now-trademark plays, such as dropping deep almost to the defensive line to pick up and distribute the ball, and running the midfield as its engine.
Sevilla’s sturdy home record and inconsistent away record led the club to 5th place, while they captured their second consecutive Europa League - and Banega’s first - against Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. In the following season, he was not able to impact the Andalucian’s hopes in the Champions League, although he did grab his first goals in the competition, 7 years after his debut, against Gladbach en route to a 3rd placing in the group and a return to the Europa League.
 
Life in Lombardy
Despite claiming his second European title, Banega would not remain at Sevilla beyond the season. President Jose Castro Carmona wanted more progress in Europe, and his choice of manager, Jorge Sampaoli, sanctioned Banega’s departure to Internazionale on a free transfer.
Banega arrived once more to a club in turmoil. Roberto Mancini, who had authorized his arrival, had departed before the season began. Frank de Boer, his replacement, would lead Inter through a torrid Europa League campaign before his early departure and replacement by Stefano Pioli.
For his part, Banega’s adaptation to Italian football wasn’t the worst. Despite a silly second yellow against Juventus, he was able to set up Mauro Icardi’s equalizer before Ivan Perisic grabbed the winner, and he got his own first goal in a defeat to Roma. Both de Boer and Pioli maintained him in the #10 role, again surrounding him with runners in Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic, and Antonio Candreva. Still, his place in the starting XI became less consistent due to the presence of Brozovic and Joao Mario as the season went on, barring a short period where he grabbed 4 goals and 3 assists in 2 thrashings of Cagliari and Atalanta, with the latter being his first career hat-trick.
 
The Third Resurrection in Seville
The homecoming hero was Sevilla’s first signing of the 17/18 season, with compatriot Eduardo Berizzo securing his services for 9 million euros. He made his return to Spain in the best possible way, receiving a second booking after telling the referee exactly what he thought of his first: https://youtu.be/epUTbp6UMyI?t=94
As with Emery, Berizzo opted to use Banega either as an attacking midfielder or as one of the two advanced midfielders in his 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 systems. However, when Vincenzo Montella took over in December, Banega was moved into a role similar to his old role at Valencia, where he set the tempo next to Steven N’Zonzi, while Franco Vazquez and Pablo Sarabia took his place as advanced creators. Consequently, Banega was not able to register as many goals or assists as he contributed for Emery’s Sevilla, but was able to steady a team that was dealing with the upheavals of a new squad and coach.
Banega did have perhaps his finest hour in the Champions League yet, as Sevilla made it all the way to the quarterfinals. In the round-of-16 match against Manchester United, Banega and N’Zonzi effectively overran Jose Mourinho’s midfield, and the Argentine was involved in the buildup to Wissam Ben Yedder’s goals at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese took some time to deliver some praise in classic indirect style:
“I cannot name them. If I name them their agents will jump with happiness and they will say: ‘Tag, tag, price’, this and that. In Sevilla, there are many players who would play in my team.”
Unfortunately for Banega and Sevilla, they could not deliver on this promise in the following season. Pablo Machin took the reigns at Sevilla but proved unsuited to do so. Despite Banega putting up career-best numbers, with 8 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Sevilla fell early in the Copa del Rey and Europa League, and were only able to limp to 5th place under Joaquin Caparros. Banega also had his worst season in terms of on-field discipline, picking up 2 yellow-card-accumulations, and 2 sendings-off, the latter of which saw him miss the final 3 games of the season.
 
The Lopetegui era
Julen Lopetegui, eager to rebuild some of his reputation following his sacking from both the Spain and Madrid jobs in a calendar year, signed on at Sevilla in the summer of 2019. The club would sell on Wissam Ben Yedder to Monaco and Sarabia to Paris Saint-Germain, but as is life under sporting director Monchi, new blood arrived to partner Banega in midfield, attack, and defense, such as Lucas Ocampos, Joan Jordan, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde. After an inconsistent beginning, Lopetegui quickly figured out his best team, and the Andalucians became one of the toughest teams to beat in La Liga, returning to the Champions League via the league for the first time since 2017, though Banega will not return for that campaign.
Banega is not the kind of midfielder to astonish you with a dribble or a long range goal, or to lead the goalscoring charts, but watching him run Sevilla’s midfield shows all the talent that led Boca Juniors to declare him the heir to Fernando Gago, that has Unai Emery desperately trying to sign him everywhere he goes, and why both Guardiola and Mourinho have marked him as the opposition man to beat. In Lopetegui’s system, he has license to roam from just in front of the back line to the edge of the opponent’s penalty area, though he tends to favor the left side, where he can combine with Ocampos and Sergio Reguilon, as demonstrated in the match against Roma. A set-piece specialist, he will also be Sevilla’s main threat when they win fouls or corners. No Sevilla player creates more shooting actions per 90, and only 4 La Liga players in general created more this season. And when it comes to passing under pressure, only Jesus Navas outdoes him (both are top 10 in La Liga for this metric).
Ever Banega 19/20 heat map (via SofaScore)
Banega will not imagine a sweeter send-off than a third Europa League. A player whose European career nearly ended before it started by his own doing was able to reform and return to the game’s biggest stages. He might not have reached the heights his Boca midfield predecessors did when they came to Europe, but he has certainly written his name into Spanish football history.
 
Sources (other than linked):
FBref and Transfermarkt for stats
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2020.07.29 13:30 leccioo El Cor Blaugrana, a group of socis, are preparing to launch a vote of no confidence against the board

Here is their twitter page, ElCorBlaugrana. Here is their twitter page specifically for the motion, MociaCensura. Here is their website where you can register interest to help whether you're a soci or not.
A member has spoken with Cadena SER where he said: ''The management of the directive is unacceptable. We have more than 2,000 supporters, but less than 5,000''.
The group of members Cor Blaugrana has announced on the program Què t'hi jugues !, on Ràdio Barcelona, ​​that they intend to present a vote of censure against Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Futbol Club Barcelona, ​​through a platform that carries by name "More than a Motion." Member Josep Cremades has acted as the group's spokesperson and has assured that they have between 2,000 and 5,000 support signatures, although they are far from the required 18,000.
“The management of the board is unacceptable,” Cremades said. Cor Blaugrana has also appeared on Twitter and have claimed to be a cross-cutting group of partners, with no visible or famous face behind them. Subsequently, the same group has shared a statement through the user Universo FCBarcelona, ​​where they explain that they consider the elections "necessary", because of the "social and economic mismatch". Cor Blaugrana are aware of the difficulty of the censorship vote in times of coronavirus and therefore want to promote it digitally.
The platform More than a motion has continued to develop the reasons why they want to promote this vote of censure against Bartomeu. On their social networks they have explained that the case of I3 Ventures and BarçaGate is the main cause, but they also consider that the problems with the signing of Neymar are serious enough to carry out this attempt to provoke the resignation of the board current directive.
source.
I will edit the thread with more info as it arrives.
This is not the first time a vote of no confidence is launched against the shame of Barcelona, in 2017 previous presidential candidate Benedito launched a vote that failed with 12.5k votes out of the 16.5k necessary.
1) In accordance with the article 55.2 of the Club Statutes, the holding of a no-confidence vote requires an application of 15% of the members who meet the requirements to be electors.
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2020.07.11 16:38 gmaldo18 Looking for a coach/teammate in the Orlando, FL area

Hi futbol friends! I am looking for a coach/training partnesmall group around the Orlando, FL area to do some training. I am a 24 yr old female that graduated college a year ago, played D1, and for the Colombian U17 and U20 national team. I am in ok shape but have been thinking about pursuing going professional and really want to boost up my training. I am looking for someone who would want to get together to do some drills, I am tired of passing against the wall. Any ideas? Know anyone that is in a similar situation?
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2020.06.24 22:37 HarleyKWen Waluigi's Ongoing Identity Crisis: Get Your Tinfoil Hats Ready

https://www.reddit.com/SmashBrosUltimate/comments/he8vek/pov_you_request_for_waluigi_to_be_put_in_smash/
So, I ended up in a discussion in the comments of the above post concerning the development of Waluigi as a playable character. Namely, I suggested that Sakurai isn't including Waluigi yet because he doesn't have a real understanding of who Waluigi is as a character. Understandably, others argued that Waluigi is more developed than other characters included in the roster, like Mr. Game & Watch or Piranha Plant.
At the same time, though, I couldn't help but wonder: Do we really even know who Waluigi is?
Like, baseline, in a meta sense, we know he was originally designed simply as a doubles partner to team up with Wario in Mario Tennis (2000). At the same time, that's 20 years of showing up as the sixth ranger to Mushroom Kingdom's human cast without getting a main game of his own. He's showed up more than Pauline and Prof. E. Gadd, but he doesn't really have anywhere he fits in the story.

Luigi's Rival? Didn't show up during the Year of Luigi for so much as a curtain call. Most of Waluigi's bios in the Mario Sports games suggest that his title as Luigi's Rival is self-imposed. Some of those bios also suggest that Waluigi trains intensely in private to surpass the Mario Bros at sporting events for popularity and accomplishment's sake, but the Mario Brothers barely acknowledge him as even a threat, let alone a rival.
Wario's... Brother? Wario's Cousin? Wario's... Partner in Crime? We have bios that can't give a clear statement or even contradicting statements on their relationship, and the closest we really get to Wario and Waluigi being friends are some cutscenes where they are buddied up together from Power Tennis and the "good chemistry" they have with each other in some sports games. Otherwise, we haven't seen Waluigi show up in any Wario Land/Wario World games (though the last one of those was Shake It back in 2008... Wow, they need to revisit that franchise), and the closest we get is in WarioWare is one of Wario's lame drawings uncovered by use of an amiibo in WarioWare Gold, only the most recent game even acknowledging they so much as know each other. No other easter eggs, quips, or character models present. Only Obligatory Teammates.
And concerning his relations with the other characters, the best clues we get are from the interactions in Fortune Street, a rather niche title unto itself that isn't well-marketed in the west, and the team names from Mario Party 5, 6, 8, and DS. And the best we can really get from that is that Waluigi's become friendlier over the years, going from having team names like Anti-Couple and Unhappy Dinosaur in Mario Party 5 & 6 with Peach and Yoshi, respectively, to Black Peaches and Purple Dinos in Mario Party DS. Bland, but not as hostile. The one interesting note is that Waluigi's team names with Toad and Toadette in Mario Party 5 & 6 are the bizarrely amicable titles of Tall'n'Small and Diabolical Duo, suggesting the Toad people never took issue with him and maybe an underground friendship with Toadette. But that's circumstantial evidence at best.
So, if not Luigi's official rival or Wario's best friend, the two titles we can best define Waluigi as, who is he? Even when he gets glimpses of the limelight, he's overshadowed by someone else. In Mario Party 3, after whomping Bowser in a 1-on-1 fight, he gets upstaged as the final boss by the false Millenium Star. In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, where it starts out as his scheme, he's only the introductory boss and is soon written out of the story. Even when he wins, he loses.

Okay, maybe we're going about this all wrong. After all, if we simply define Waluigi by his relationships, we merely follow the meta definition of him being developed as Wario's call to Mario's Luigi and that's it.
So, if we were to describe some of Waluigi's abilities, we have the nature of Whirl-luigi and the ability to swim through the air from the Mario Tennis franchise and Mario Hoops special abilities, creating small tornadoes and changing the water vapor in the air into a swimmable substance, I suppose? I guess that might make him something of Luigi's rival, if we were to say it's the wind and rain elements to Luigi's lightning powers to complete the storm, but that's a bit of a stretch as they aren't consistently used abilities.
We're informed he's proud of his cheating abilities, but as party games need to be fair, of course we don't see any real cheating mechanics in-game. The closest is his Liar Ball from the Mario Sluggers series, but saying he's cheating there is kind of like complaining about Dick Dastardly cheating in Wacky Races. Mario lights the Baseball on fire, whether he's pitching or hitting, and Daisy can grow a spontaneous garden. Wario and Bowser literally use bombs! Saying Waluigi using mild slight of hand while pitching is scarcely close to cheating.
Physically speaking, he has powerful legs but otherwise seems to focus on finesse as opposed to any type of power, making him proficient in tool-based games. Otherwise, given his regular appearance in Mario Party and sports games, it can be deduced his physical skills are at least on par with the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom cast.
He also has an affinity for plants, as shown by him wielding a Piranha Plant initially in duels from Mario Party 3, having the Whiskered Eggplant as a food and a tool to poison batters in Mario Sluggers and his ability to conjure briar plants en masse in the Mario Strikers games. Honestly, with the affiliation with noxious plants, he almost feels more like a male Wadaisy than a Waluigi.
Granted, Daisy is the only other character relationship we haven't discussed. Waluigi is supposedly infatuated with Daisy, but it's difficult to tell if he's really interested or if it's just a part of his rivalry with Luigi as the info only comes in bios, not cutscenes where Waluigi flirts with Daisy. It could be conjectured that he comes from Sarasaland as well, due to their early tan/sunburn compared to the pale skin of the other humans in their early appearances. The team name transition from Awkward Date in Mario Party 5 to Skinny Stars in Mario Party DS suggests that he might have gotten over the infatuation and agreed to be more of a friendly rival with Daisy, but that's still only conjecture.
Speaking of information from bios, despite his affiliation with plant life, Mario Kart Wii says that he owns Mushroom Kingdom's largest Motor Oil refinery, and Stadium Arena and Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 suggests he has an interest in mechanical attractions like animatronic dinosaurs, further compounded by the suggestion that he designed and built the Waluigi Pinball courses in other Mario Kart games.
Machines, plants, elements... There's not really a pin on a theme with Waluigi. Sure, there's his drive to be Number One, the Superstar, and otherwise just defeat the competition, but that's the only true drive we see from him: beating others. Not Daisy, not gold, not some material value. Just being the winner and possibly the adoration that comes from being the center of attention.

I guess we have to turn to the last source of evidence we have for Waluigi's identity: the fandom. I have been able to isolate at least four strains of Waluigi from the fandom consensus, so let's discuss those a moment:
And I feel really stupid, because while I'm sure there are plenty of people who would suggest that this is Waluigi's personality and that's why he's popular, but do any of these really define who the wannabe villain is? There are those who suggest Waluigi can just have a moveset based off of the sports games, but between Wii Fit Trainer's side-B and Peach and Daisy's smash attack, what sport aspect isn't being represented? That's golf, tennis, and soccefutbol. It feels like suggesting that Waluigi could have a Mario Party-based moveset with throwing a die as a Side-B that's a combination between Mr. Game & Watch's hammer and Link's bomb where the explosion effect depends on the die's result and having a Final Smash that is just using an invincibility star that lasts twice as long to just let Waluigi be Waluigi and no one else can do a thing about it. Sure, he has a wide range of tools and powers that could fill a moveset, but which one would be the essence of Waluigi?

Okay, time to get the point across. Fan of Waluigi that I am, I have to admit that Waluigi has never been given an official role besides "Wario's Luigi". Granted, I don't think Aoki and Iwata originally expected the purple powerhouse to be as popular as he's come to be.
Like, let me get his across, if it weren't for the black overalls, white gloves, and purple cap, I might not have even guessed Waluigi was a Mario character. If he wasn't in his cloned costume, I might have guessed he was a Wayforward character just looking at him, like a beta model for Bolo. Granted, it's due to his relatively normal proportions compared to the Mario Bros, but I think I would have thought he was related to Shantae, like, using Wreck-It Ralph/Roger Rabbit logic, he was Shantae's younger brother who got lost at the Nintendo convention, wandering around the N64 pavilion while looking for the Game Boy Color platform, when Wario grabbed him and signed him up for the Mario Tennis roster, further suggested when Mario Tennis was released on Game Boy Color about a year after the N64 release.
I wouldn't even be surprised that, if Waluigi ever got his own game, there was a running gag that Waluigi is just a pseudonym he uses to play himself up as being the Mario Bros' equal. Not his real name. Just a title he took for Wario's sake. He could be just a member of Wario's billionaires' club who was just humored at the idea of a game of tennis before he realized how insane the Marioverse was and had to step up his game. An oil baron who got in over his head which led to him becoming the Mushroom Kingdom's poster child for Psychosis Awareness Month.

And that's the thing, suggesting that "Waluigi isn't Waluigi" stems to almost being a matter of titling this post "Your tinfoil hat must be this tall to read this article".
This is why Waluigi needs to be in a proper game to define himself before he can join Super Smash Bros. He needs a proper identity!
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2020.06.24 22:33 HarleyKWen Waluigi's Ongoing Identity Crisis: Prepare Your Tinfoil Hats

https://www.reddit.com/SmashBrosUltimate/comments/he8vek/pov_you_request_for_waluigi_to_be_put_in_smash/
So, I ended up in a discussion in the comments of the above post concerning the development of Waluigi as a playable character. Namely, I suggested that Sakurai isn't including Waluigi yet because he doesn't have a real understanding of who Waluigi is as a character. Understandably, others argued that Waluigi is more developed than other characters included in the roster, like Mr. Game & Watch or Piranha Plant.
At the same time, though, I couldn't help but wonder: Do we really even know who Waluigi is?
Like, baseline, in a meta sense, we know he was originally designed simply as a doubles partner to team up with Wario in Mario Tennis (2000). At the same time, that's 20 years of showing up as the sixth ranger to Mushroom Kingdom's human cast without getting a main game of his own. He's showed up more than Pauline and Prof. E. Gadd, but he doesn't really have anywhere he fits in the story.

Luigi's Rival? Didn't show up during the Year of Luigi for so much as a curtain call. Most of Waluigi's bios in the Mario Sports games suggest that his title as Luigi's Rival is self-imposed. Some of those bios also suggest that Waluigi trains intensely in private to surpass the Mario Bros at sporting events for popularity and accomplishment's sake, but the Mario Brothers barely acknowledge him as even a threat, let alone a rival.
Wario's... Brother? Wario's Cousin? Wario's... Partner in Crime? We have bios that can't give a clear statement or even contradicting statements on their relationship, and the closest we really get to Wario and Waluigi being friends are some cutscenes where they are buddied up together from Power Tennis and the "good chemistry" they have with each other in some sports games. Otherwise, we haven't seen Waluigi show up in any Wario Land/Wario World games (though the last one of those was Shake It back in 2008... Wow, they need to revisit that franchise), and the closest we get is in WarioWare is one of Wario's lame drawings uncovered by use of an amiibo in WarioWare Gold, only the most recent game even acknowledging they so much as know each other. No other easter eggs, quips, or character models present. Only Obligatory Teammates.
And concerning his relations with the other characters, the best clues we get are from the interactions in Fortune Street, a rather niche title unto itself that isn't well-marketed in the west, and the team names from Mario Party 5, 6, 8, and DS. And the best we can really get from that is that Waluigi's become friendlier over the years, going from having team names like Anti-Couple and Unhappy Dinosaur in Mario Party 5 & 6 with Peach and Yoshi, respectively, to Black Peaches and Purple Dinos in Mario Party DS. Bland, but not as hostile. The one interesting note is that Waluigi's team names with Toad and Toadette in Mario Party 5 & 6 are the bizarrely amicable titles of Tall'n'Small and Diabolical Duo, suggesting the Toad people never took issue with him and maybe an underground friendship with Toadette. But that's circumstantial evidence at best.
So, if not Luigi's official rival or Wario's best friend, the two titles we can best define Waluigi as, who is he? Even when he gets glimpses of the limelight, he's overshadowed by someone else. In Mario Party 3, after whomping Bowser in a 1-on-1 fight, he gets upstaged as the final boss by the false Millenium Star. In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, where it starts out as his scheme, he's only the introductory boss and is soon written out of the story. Even when he wins, he loses.

Okay, maybe we're going about this all wrong. After all, if we simply define Waluigi by his relationships, we merely follow the meta definition of him being developed as Wario's call to Mario's Luigi and that's it.
So, if we were to describe some of Waluigi's abilities, we have the nature of Whirl-luigi and the ability to swim through the air from the Mario Tennis franchise and Mario Hoops special abilities, creating small tornadoes and changing the water vapor in the air into a swimmable substance, I suppose? I guess that might make him something of Luigi's rival, if we were to say it's the wind and rain elements to Luigi's lightning powers to complete the storm, but that's a bit of a stretch as they aren't consistently used abilities.
We're informed he's proud of his cheating abilities, but as party games need to be fair, of course we don't see any real cheating mechanics in-game. The closest is his Liar Ball from the Mario Sluggers series, but saying he's cheating there is kind of like complaining about Dick Dastardly cheating in Wacky Races. Mario lights the Baseball on fire, whether he's pitching or hitting, and Daisy can grow a spontaneous garden. Wario and Bowser literally use bombs! Saying Waluigi using mild slight of hand while pitching is scarcely close to cheating.
Physically speaking, he has powerful legs but otherwise seems to focus on finesse as opposed to any type of power, making him proficient in tool-based games. Otherwise, given his regular appearance in Mario Party and sports games, it can be deduced his physical skills are at least on par with the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom cast.
He also has an affinity for plants, as shown by him wielding a Piranha Plant initially in duels from Mario Party 3, having the Whiskered Eggplant as a food and a tool to poison batters in Mario Sluggers and his ability to conjure briar plants en masse in the Mario Strikers games. Honestly, with the affiliation with noxious plants, he almost feels more like a male Wadaisy than a Waluigi.
Granted, Daisy is the only other character relationship we haven't discussed. Waluigi is supposedly infatuated with Daisy, but it's difficult to tell if he's really interested or if it's just a part of his rivalry with Luigi as the info only comes in bios, not cutscenes where Waluigi flirts with Daisy. It could be conjectured that he comes from Sarasaland as well, due to their early tan/sunburn compared to the pale skin of the other humans in their early appearances. The team name transition from Awkward Date in Mario Party 5 to Skinny Stars in Mario Party DS suggests that he might have gotten over the infatuation and agreed to be more of a friendly rival with Daisy, but that's still only conjecture.
Speaking of information from bios, despite his affiliation with plant life, Mario Kart Wii says that he owns Mushroom Kingdom's largest Motor Oil refinery, and Stadium Arena and Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 suggests he has an interest in mechanical attractions like animatronic dinosaurs, further compounded by the suggestion that he designed and built the Waluigi Pinball courses in other Mario Kart games.
Machines, plants, elements... There's not really a pin on a theme with Waluigi. Sure, there's his drive to be Number One, the Superstar, and otherwise just defeat the competition, but that's the only true drive we see from him: beating others. Not Daisy, not gold, not some material value. Just being the winner and possibly the adoration that comes from being the center of attention.

I guess we have to turn to the last source of evidence we have for Waluigi's identity: the fandom. I have been able to isolate at least four strains of Waluigi from the fandom consensus, so let's discuss those a moment:
And I feel really stupid, because while I'm sure there are plenty of people who would suggest that this is Waluigi's personality and that's why he's popular, but do any of these really define who the wannabe villain is? There are those who suggest Waluigi can just have a moveset based off of the sports games, but between Wii Fit Trainer's side-B and Peach and Daisy's smash attack, what sport aspect isn't being represented? That's golf, tennis, and soccefutbol. It feels like suggesting that Waluigi could have a Mario Party-based moveset with throwing a die as a Side-B that's a combination between Mr. Game & Watch's hammer and Link's bomb where the explosion effect depends on the die's result and having a Final Smash that is just using an invincibility star that lasts twice as long to just let Waluigi be Waluigi and no one else can do a thing about it. Sure, he has a wide range of tools and powers that could fill a moveset, but which one would be the essence of Waluigi?

Okay, time to get the point across. Fan of Waluigi that I am, I have to admit that Waluigi has never been given an official role besides "Wario's Luigi". Granted, I don't think Aoki and Iwata originally expected the purple powerhouse to be as popular as he's come to be.
Like, let me get his across, if it weren't for the black overalls, white gloves, and purple cap, I might not have even guessed Waluigi was a Mario character. If he wasn't in his cloned costume, I might have guessed he was a Wayforward character just looking at him, like a beta model for Bolo. Granted, it's due to his relatively normal proportions compared to the Mario Bros, but I think I would have thought he was related to Shantae, like, using Wreck-It Ralph/Roger Rabbit logic, he was Shantae's younger brother who got lost at the Nintendo convention, wandering around the N64 pavilion while looking for the Game Boy Color platform, when Wario grabbed him and signed him up for the Mario Tennis roster, further suggested when Mario Tennis was released on Game Boy Color about a year after the N64 release.
I wouldn't even be surprised that, if Waluigi ever got his own game, there was a running gag that Waluigi is just a pseudonym he uses to play himself up as being the Mario Bros' equal. Not his real name. Just a title he took for Wario's sake. He could be just a member of Wario's billionaires' club who was just humored at the idea of a game of tennis before he realized how insane the Marioverse was and had to step up his game. An oil baron who got in over his head which led to him becoming the Mushroom Kingdom's poster child for Psychosis Awareness Month.

And that's the thing, suggesting that "Waluigi isn't Waluigi" stems to almost being a matter of titling this post "Your tinfoil hat must be this tall to read this article".
This is why Waluigi needs to be in a proper game to define himself before he can join Super Smash Bros. He needs a proper identity!
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2020.05.11 20:54 throwawayshygirl13 How much do you factor in health & lifestyle choices in a partner?

I was recently in a situationship with a guy and he seems healthy for the most part, he exercises, he is in good shape. But one thing that stood out that I had a hard time understanding was thinking he drank more than usual.
For instance, he DJs at a bar next to my place on the weekend, and the bar gave him unlimited drinks, he would have various drinks, beer, cocktails, shots etc.
I saw he has beer cans in his room, so he drinks when watching a movie or after a frozen pizza etc.
Most of his outings with friends involve drinking (esp covid time, he goes to his neighbors place and drinks)
once we had come from pizza/beer place, we had walked around the baseball field seeing the neighbor kids for a bit and then i went to buy a toothbrush at the store, he already had two large beers and buys boxed wine..as we walk to his place about .5 mile away
hes a big fan of a futbol league and would be a loyal fan and without fail go to a bar in the city that shows the game and would watch the games and drink...(what even irked me more was how he complained our city was showing super tuesday election stuff vs playing his beloved futbol teams game...thats for another day lol)
He also got a DWI when he was 28 and he’s 30 now
he also mentioned once he felt he drank so much that his side hurt so bad, his dad rushed him to the ER and they said he drank too much...this was in his early 20s.
I kept thinking, hes funnier, friendlier when hes drunk. He is not the drunks I grew up around, where they were angry, falling over and couldnt hold down jobs, b/c they were drunk at 11am. I think I kept thinking hes doesnt have a problem..he has a job and just unwinds.
lately i have been thinking alot about health, and long term health esp. in a partner. I accept people drink or wind back after a hard or long day, or its a fun occasion to celebrate, happy hour, but even though he was a funny friendly drunk I just cant help to foresee health problems that come from drinking.
For example, i keep hearing about how there is actually "no healthy amount" of drinking. I keep hearing about liver damage, alcohol related hep, young ppl needing dialysis or transplants because of alcoholism.
I feel like if i invest in a partner, i want them to be healthy and not just exercise and have a great body, but actually invest in health. because health is wealth, I dont want to be your caretaker in 15 years when your body gives into your unhealthy choices, or have our child donate part of their liver to save you bc of your habit, be a widow, I didnt sign up for that.
Am I over thinking this, am I being too paranoid or making a big deal of this?
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2020.02.12 19:13 pauadrian Chivas partner up with Alianza De Futbol

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2020.01.27 07:42 Caxamarca MLS Formalized Expansion look back and look forward, and other predictions

In December of 2016 MLS laid out it's formal process and criteria for expansion spots 25, 26, 27 and 28 https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/15/mls-announces-expansion-process-and-timeline . All applications were required to be submitted by Jan 31, 2017. Teams 25 and 26 were to be announced in the second half of 2017 and teams 27 and 28 sometime after that. Miami was still referred to as team 24 at that time and was on it's own expansion track dating from 2014, nearly 3 years before the formalized expansion push began. By Jan 31, 2017 twelve markets submitted applications.

Charlotte was formally announced as the 30th team in December 2019, though entering in 2021 as team 28 chronologically to be paired with team 27 Austin FC (previously reported here as likely). Garber is vacillating between this being "the last announcement" and potentially growing to "32 teams". Therefore it seems timely to look back at what began as a formal MLS expansion process to 28 teams and grew to 30 teams (with the Miami overlap and an Austin surprise) and to look forward to what may be a continued expansion of the league.

Below then is a brief look back at how things have played out for all 12 applicants, plus Miami and Austin, and a look forward to the possible continued expansion of MLS. The look back includes the Beckham Miami bid and the subsequent opening of the formal expansion round. The look forward will include predictions on the number of expansion markets, future expansion fees, the future value of media deals, the developing collaboration with Liga MX, a mention about probable future challenges, and finally what markets MLS may expand to.

Looking back

Accepted Expansion Markets

Nashville considered a long-shot, this bid moved up perhaps due to the failures of others but also on its own merit: local billionaire owner- John Ingram (later adding billionaire Zygi Wilf); soccer success hosting international competitions; strong support of the NFL and NHL in Nashville; the acquisition of lower-division side Nashville SC; political support; and a strong soccer specific stadium plan. Nashville was announced as a final four contestant by November 2017. Chosen in December 2017 as team 25 and for a fee of $150m, Nashville ended up being the only market picked within the original timeline (which by summer 2017 MLS reserved the right to modify). Nashville SC will begin play in 2020 at the Tennessee Titan's Nissan Stadium until their SSS is complete. As of now, there continue to be delays in that project due to legal and political wrangling. Nashville introduced their new badge and colors in Feb 2019 to mostly negative reactions.

Miami In 2014 David Beckham announced that he was exercising his option to purchase an MLS expansion spot for $25m and that he would launch in Miami. Garber was clear that MLS would not give its official go ahead until there was a plan in place for a SSS in Miami. Beckham's ownership group began with partners Simon Fuller and Maurice Claure, who had earlier teamed with Barcelona FC in an abandoned bid to launch an MLS team in Miami in 2009. In 2015 Tim Lieweke joined the group. Several potential stadium sites were pursued- Port Miami, a boat slip next to the Miami Heat arena, a site at the old Orange Bowl next to Marlins Park, all fell through for one reason or another. The group began to purchase land in 2016 in the Overtown district of Miami, finalizing the acquisitions in June 2019. Back in December 2016 Garber stated that Beckham's Miami MLS bid had a shelf-life without relating what the expiration date was. Beckham was also actively looking for more investors. Todd Boehly entered as the additional, and lead, investor in April 2017. However, there were hints from the beginning that the addition of Boehly did not sit well with some MLS owners. There were grumblings that he was attempting to join MLS at a deep discount, implying that he wasn't coming to invest into the league at levels MLS now expects. MLS delayed any Miami Beckham United announcement, first expected in the summer of 2017 and then by that fall. By Dec 2017 Boehly and Lieweke were out, the Mas brothers, with Jorge Mas as the clear leader, and Masayoshi Son were in. Then things began to happen- quickly: MLS awards MBU a spot in Jan 2018; June 2018 MBU begins to pursue a development at the Melreese golf course; Sept 2018 the team releases their name, badge and colors (to mostly rave reviews)- Club Internacional de Futbol Miami; Nov 2018 Inter-Miami wins a public referendum to negotiate with Miami for the Melreese development; June 2019 Inter-Miami finalizes purchase of land at Overtown after winning lawsuits blocking the purchase; July 2019 Inter-Miami wins a 50 year lease agreement with the city of Ft Lauderdale to construct a stadium to be used by Inter-Miami (temporarily) and by their 2 side permanently, there is also a training center. As of now Inter-Miami will begin in their new stadium in Ft Lauderdale in March 2020, own land in Overtown for a stadium if needed and are still working through the process to finalize the site at Melreese.

Cincinnati from their 2016 launch Futbol Club Cincinnati had checked several boxes that would be included in MLS' formal expansion criteria: great fan support; big moneyed ownership in Carl Lindner III; favorable demographics (though many thought that the Crew situation would negatively affect the Cincinnati bid if they stayed in Columbus- this proved unfounded). In November 2017 MLS announced that FCC was in the final four for one of two spots. Early on some in Cincinnati government wished to see the team play in Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL Bengals, others saw no reason for the team to leave the U of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. MLS went to the length of holding a conference call with team, city and press representatives in which it clearly stated that these were non-starters. For FCC a SSS was not negotiable. With three potential sites in play the stadium situation was considered a strength of the bid, it ended up being the factor that delayed MLS' blessing. The Newport site, though said to be a "done deal", was in Kentucky across from Cincinnati's downtown and FCC and MLS always seemed cool to it. Oakley seemed to be attainable, but was not ideally located. West Side, the most desirable location, seemed to be the most difficult to obtain, but the city and team partnered together and made it happen. Futbol Club Cincinnati which floated the idea of changing the name to Fussball Club Cincinnati (this is now a formal, legal name of the team and it's business units) then settled on Football Club Cincinnati which was awarded a spot as team 26 in May 2018 for a fee of $150m, however it would begin play in 2019 as team 24. In Nov 2018 the team introduced it's new badge to mixed reviews. The team began play at the beginning of the 2019 MLS season.

Austin this market was not an applicant to the formal round of expansion but from early on Garber spoke of it as a potential market. The verbal activity was reported here as a curious development, as Austin was not an expansion applicant and close-by San Antonio was. However, attention was not paid to Garber's prominent pronouncements. In August of 2017 MLS trademarked the Austin FC and Austin Athletic names, still little note was made. In October of 2017 Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew announced that he would explore a move to Austin pending a SSS plan. It was also revealed that when Precourt purchased the Crew in 2013 there was a clause preventing the team from moving for 10 years, unless it was to be moved to Austin. The Crew played the 2018 season in Columbus under the specter of it being it's last in Columbus. Precourt pursued several sites in Austin, each falling through for various reasons. As the Austin pursuit continued there was a movement in Columbus of fans, government, business community, and the team's doctor- Dr. Pete Edwards- aimed at keeping the team there. Precourt's Austin efforts took on a name and badge- Austin FC in August 2018. That which Garber had termed a "parallel path", paid off for Crew fans as it was announced in Oct 2018 that the Crew would remain in Columbus to be bought by the Haslam family, owners of the Cleveland Browns of the NFL and Dr. Pete Edwards, this was finalized in Dec 2018 for a reported $150m (the price of expansion). Austin and Precourt came to a stadium site agreement in Dec 2018 and MLS formally awarded spot 27 on Jan 15, 2018 to Austin FC to begin play in 2021. Reportedly, Precourt's original $67m buy-in to MLS covers his Austin FC entry.

Saint Louis this was a market MLS wanted to be in badly, it was a clear league-darling and front-runner to be awarded a spot in the first round. SC STL, as the bid group was known-by, checked the ownership and geographic boxes. Also, as St Louis had recently lost the NFL Rams, MLS was keen to fill that void. St Louis is also viewed as the historical and spiritual home of soccer in the US. Ultimately St Louis, with an ownership group led by Paul Edgerley and Jim Kavanaugh the CEO of Saint Louis FC, lost a public vote over $60m in funds to help with the SSS project in April 2017. The bid was effectively dead and remained dormant until it was announced in Oct 2018 that new investors- the family that owns Enterprise and including Kavanaugh, a bid dubbed MLS4theLou- had come forward with plans to build a SSS at the same site as the first bid group had proposed. In April 2019 MLS entered into negotiations that it termed as exclusive with St Louis and Sacramento for what would be spots 28 and 29, prompting MLS to acknowledge that the expansion process was now to at least 30 teams. MLS4theLou satisfied all of MLS' requirements, including the $200m expansion fee, and was announced as team 28 on Aug 20, 2019 and to begin play in 2022, chronologically as team 29.

Sacramento began in 2014 in the USL with strong attendance, had a solid stadium plan back in 2015, and founder Warren Smith and Joe Waggoner added to the investor group with the 49ers' Jed York and the Kings' Kevin Nagle. These facts gave the sense to most that this market was a lock. Garber visited and said as much, declaring that Sac's entry into MLS was a matter of "when, not if" in 2015 and 2016. Then the formalized round began and things got weird. First Nagle presented the formal bid in Jan 2017 without the Republic, as he and Smith had not finalized the terms of the sale of the team for the MLS phase. Sac's Mayor then stepped in and negotiated the sale. Sac's bid was announced as a final four contestant for one of the two spots as it ostensibly checked all the desired boxes, but again things went weird- Meg Whitman had been announced as a key investor, then vacillated all the way up to final presentations and was ultimately out. It was also learned that York was never to be a lead investor. MLS informed Nagle that financial heft was required. For over a year Sac searched and then negotiated with a lead investor, who turned out to be Ron Burkle, owner of the NHL Penguins. In April 2019 MLS announced that St Louis and Sacramento, which both retooled their ownership groups, were in exclusive negotiations to be teams 28 and 29. It was also announced that the expansion fee had grown from the $150m that teams 25 and 26 were to pay to $200m. This impacted the Sac bid to a point that Burkle's commitment was not a given until early fall of 2019 with Sac finally being announced as team 29 in October of 2019 to begin play in 2022 (chronologically as team 30).

Charlotte an ownership group led by Marcus Smith of Speedway Motorsports Inc proposed renovating Memorial Stadium in Charlotte and seemed to be a front-runner early on. However this bid never got off the ground as money to be contributed from the county and city was never approved. This bid was dead. However in July of 2018 David Tepper bought the NFL's Panthers and immediately began talking about his desire for an MLS expansion team. Proposals to renovate BofA Stadium for soccer upgrades and investment into training grounds allowed this bid to quickly check all of the boxes. MLS had already committed to expanding to 30 teams at the point that St Louis and Sacramento entered into negotiations to be teams 28 and 29. Charlotte was announced in December 2019 as team 30 having reportedly paid between $300-$350m. However in reality it will enter in 2021 as team 28 alongside Austin FC.

Former Expansion Bids- now inactive

Detroit billionaire NBA owners Gores (Pistons) and Gilbert (Cavaliers) entered a bid with a SSS-plan centered at a partially constructed jail-site downtown. The group worked out a land-swap plan to build the jail elsewhere and construct their stadium at the unfinished jail-site. All seemed to be going pretty well, but in November of 2017 the ownership group changed gears, proposing to use the NFL Lions' domed stadium while including the Firestone-Ford family in the ownership group, adding an additional moneyed partner. Though MLS reiterated that it preferred SSS it still included Detroit as a final four candidate going into December 2017. Earlier in 2017 MLS had modified its SSS-stance with recognition that certain arrangements could also work as in Seattle and Atlanta in multi-use stadiums. Detroit was told that the stadium was an issue holding it's bid back, it was agreed that a retractable roof could be a solution. In September 2018 the Detroit bid group informed MLS that a roof was not feasible while also verbally committing $95m dollars towards a training facility and 100 fields across Detroit. The switch to Ford Field and the subsequent lack of action on opening the roof effectively killed this bid. By April 2019 Garber said that he was in contact with "the Mayor" excluding the mention of any ownership group. At the 2019 All Star game, representation from Detroit was conspicuous in its absence.

San Antonio this bid was considered among the most ready- with an existing, expandable stadium, a team in the USL, a strong ownership group in the NBA Spurs, and a market that had been considered for MLS in the past. Then in October of 2017 it was announced that the Columbus Crew were planning a move to Austin. Garber said directly that San Antonio and Austin would not both have teams. San Antonio effectively ended its bid while considering legal action against MLS which it did not pursue. Though the Crew stayed in Columbus, Austin was awarded an expansion spot.

Tampa Bay MLS2StPete was a bid that was a seeming front-runner from a preparedness standpoint: an existing stadium that won voter approval in May 2017 allowing it to expand to a capacity of 18k; a successful team in the NASL then the USL; committed local ownership; favorable geographically and demographically. Bill Edwards' negative business baggage in the form of lawsuits always raised doubts about the attractiveness of this bid. The Miami expansion was also mentioned regularly as a dynamic that would negatively affect the Tampa Bay bid as well. Garber seemed to confirm this when he said after the Nashville and Miami announcements that "MLS is done expanding into the Southeast for awhile". Though MLS did expand to Charlotte a couple years after Garber uttered that sentence, Tampa Bay's bid did not make final four and Edwards sold the club to the MLB Devil Rays who are not pursuing an MLS spot at this time.

Expansion Bids with some activity (bids that Garber termed "inactive" but that attended the All Star Game)

San Diego this market, along with St. Louis was a league darling and a lock if all had went well, it did not. Early city government support and partnership with SD State went away. Ultimately the stadium site competition between Soccer City and SDSU was put to public vote. The SDSU proposal won easily. Though there have been public overtures (and probably private overtures) from SDSU to MLS there has not been reciprocity- publicly anyway. Nick Stone of Soccer City did attend the All Star game, signaling continued interest. Landon Donovan, Soccer City's hype-man, is now a partner with a new USL team, San Diego Loyal SC that includes Warren Smith of Sac Republic start-up fame. It is not hard to see the makings of a near-future push to MLS in the SD market by the aforementioned. Perhaps a deal with SD State is possible, if not then maybe another site could be proposed- this market would be an instant front-runner.

Indianapolis of all the original 12 bids of the formalized round, this one was the first to fall off. State government never included consideration for funding towards a stadium plan. Indy XI, though well-supported and funded, does not have an ownership group with today's MLS money-requirements. Indy XI has done well adding investment to the ownership group and now has a stadium plan forming that has gained some government approval, not contingent on MLS entry.

Raleigh much like Indy, Raleigh never had a solid stadium plan approved. A lack of deep-pocket investors to Steve Malik's ownership group also held this bid back. Most believe that the Charlotte bid, successful in its second iteration, would effectively kill this city from future MLS consideration. However, as we have seen with Columbus and Cincinnati, when many believed a successful Cincy bid relied on the Crew vacating Columbus, a bid with all the boxes checked can and will get in if the timing is right.

Active Expansion Bids (according to Garber before team 30 was chosen)

Phoenix new ownership, a rebrand, a stadium site, favorable demographics and geography propelled this bid- that had been openly solicited by MLS- to status of front-runner. Rising FC also enjoyed strong fan support. However, going into Dec 2017, it lacked the big-money investment that MLS requires and the stadium plan to beat the desert heat was not complete. Billionaire Alex Zheng joined the ownership group in Feb 2018 and in March 2018 stadium renderings with proposed solutions to cool the stadium were presented. Again, Phoenix seemed to vault to front-runner status. Then Austin, a non-bidder was awarded a spot and St Louis had re-entered the fray, becoming once-again, a league darling. The Rising bid seemed to go silent. St Louis and Sac pushed the league to expand to 28 and 29 (and consequently to 30) giving hope to the Phoenix bid. PHX attended the All Star game, but by then a new Charlotte bid had already become a favorite of MLS. Garber announced that Phoenix was a contender for "30" alongside Charlotte and Las Vegas, with Charlotte ultimately winning out.

Las Vegas this market did not have a formal bid, though the city was desirous of MLS. In 2015 Garber put Las Vegas on hold, not to be considered until "2018". Beckham openly advocated for a stadium for the Raiders in April 2016 which could partner with MLS, which led to the belief that LV was likely Beckham's Plan B in case his Miami venture never came together. There are now two bids from LV- Bill Foley of the NHL Golden Knights ownership using the Raiders' new stadium. The other bid from Seth Klarman is negotiating a land deal for a SSS where Cashman Field exists. If successful Klarman would purchase the USL Las Vegas Lights FC- contingent on acceptance into MLS. Of the two bids, most believe that the Cashman/Lights/Klarman bid checks the most boxes as it includes a SSS that MLS prefers. In the case of the Golden Knights/Foley bid they would be a secondary or even tertiary tenant at the Raiders' stadium.

Looking forward (predictions)- the prediction here is that MLS expands to 32 teams before or by the 2026 World Cup, provided two markets check all the boxes. This will include higher expansion fees, the prediction here being well north of $600m, say up to $750m. MLS will then check it's expansion. MLS will also further its collaboration with Liga MX with the possibility of a Super-League with meaningful competitions continuing to develop rapidly as we approach the '26 WC. Also look for the league to sign new domestic TV/media deals at quadruple the dollar value of the present deals. The USL will not remain satisfied as a D2/D3/D4 operation and will look to launch a Premier league at D1, focusing on the plentiful markets that MLS will never expand to (with a couple head-to-head situations). This will include some form of pro/rel between their D1/D2/D3, perhaps a model that begins similar to the J League pro/rel implementation and then continues similar to Liga MX while working within, and pushing to modify, PLS demands. Wrapping-up, here are some predictions about the competition for the final two markets:

Phoenix right now this appears to be the most prepared bid/market. However the new development proposed at the Salt Pima Reservation, though it includes a stadium, does not feature either a SSS or PHX Rising in the renderings. Something is amiss with this bid. I do not believe that Alex Zheng has fully committed his financial resources- evidenced by the fact that the stadium solution proposed was "innovative" rather than just a domed stadium with a retractable grass pitch. MLS also indicated that this bid still needed a stadium site, which furthers the doubt about the Reservation site being acceptable. This city also has teams in the Big 4 sports and MLS may be wary of the competition for the fan $$$ while alternative markets exist without the same pressure. Prediction: Phoenix does not ultimately enter MLS but will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

Las Vegas though there are two active bids in this market, only the Klarman/Lights FC bid would check all the boxes. Prediction: the land deal being negotiated between Renaissance Cos., the agent of Klarman's Baupost Group, and Las Vegas is successful, Las Vegas to be awarded one of two expansion spots.

Raleigh this market continues to move forward with a stadium plan forming that is not contingent on MLS entry. Though most (myself included) have said that Charlotte's entry into MLS effectively killed any chance that this market ever enters MLS, growth to 32 teams could be a life-line if Raleigh develops into the market that checks the most expansion-criteria boxes. Prediction: NCFC becomes an important team in a future USL Premier.

Indianapolis another market that will have to complete a SSS plan and add to $$$ to its ownership group, if this happens Indy XI can enter MLS. Prediction: Indy XI becomes an important team in a future USL Premier.

San Diego either a retooling of the bid ownership with a SSS plan, or a new group with a SSS plan or either of these in collaboration with the SDSU stadium plan would launch this market back into front-runner position. Prediction: a retooled San Diego bid forms with a new SSS plan, culminating in San Diego joining MLS.

Detroit needs a new bid group with a SSS plan. Prediction: an ownership group will arise, but will ultimately enter USL Premier.

San Antonio burned by MLS, not likely to bid again. Prediction: will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

Tampa Bay still has a stadium plan approved, however the Devil Rays stadium/city saga is the organizations priority. A new MLS bid could be in the future. Prediction: the Tampa Bay Rowdies will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

With possibly two or more spots available into MLS, expect other bids/markets to enter the competition.
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2020.01.23 02:03 Logic_Sandwich JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OC Tournament #4: R6M4 - Demis Roussos vs. M.I.A.

The epilogue is in for Match 3...
The winner is Gioia Arancini, with a score of 74 to Yuigahama Kaito’s 73!
Category Winner Point Totals Comments
Popularity Tie 20-20 After a harrowing period under the low turnout threshold, we ended the match off with a 5-5 tie!
Quality Gioia Arancini 28-25 Reasoning
JoJolity Yuigahama Kaito 26-28 Reasoning
With that, we must now sadly bid goodbye to Team Jupiter, the Civil Disobedients, the fifth team to be eliminated from Tournament 4. They started off strong, and had some of the most memorable matches in the first half of the tournament. In that spirit, even as their numbers dwindled, their impact didn’t in the slightest.
Let’s take a moment to remember…
8th/7th Place: Djimon Ejigu and Lyra Wishly - These two were swamped against the Fairy Fellers in a 2v2 near the end of the first round, but that wasn’t the end of their stories! Djimon went on to found Uncivil Umbra and even defeated Electric Grapevine, another RETIRED competitor. As for Lyra, it’s said she took up Cryptid Hunting...
6th Place: Tom N. Place - The snake-tongued sleazebag made a pair of very impressive showings, even if he didn’t quite come out victorious in either. It started with a stalemate in Venice, and his partner in that same match fell victim to a bodyswap the next round, earning his RETIREment and abandonment.
5th Place: Baroness Malka - The boisterous Baroness had a pair of heated battles in very cold places. She shocked the competition with her adaptability in a ski chase worthy of a spy thriller, but even her adaptability couldn’t hold up against that of the ‘trout’ of Tierra del Fuego.
4th Place: Prince Johnny - The Prince came to Urban Uprising hoping to find love, but the people he encountered weren’t quite suited for that… First he came across a painter who rejected him, a figuratively two-dimensionally evil psychologist, and a literally two-dimensional image of God Himself; then he tested his athletic talent against a dog and a bull; and finally he seemed to find someone his age, but the middle-aged man who’d just stolen the body of a girl in her early twenties ultimately spelled his doom… Or did it?. Things like this tend to be more complicated than they seem.
3rd Place: Michelle Xu - The mysterious girl with a Strange Power was just as mysterious and strange to the rest of her teammates as she was to everyone else. Against the odds, she survived a plane crash, won a cooking competition, and then was never heard from again…
2nd Place: Donovan Ito-Rogers, better known as Fighter Jet - I guess even your heroes can have feet of clay. Sentai hero, or murderous vigilante? Looking at his matches, you might have seen the signs. Even when protecting a citizen, he caused some collateral damage, but still, that’s to be expected in the course of heroism, right? And there weren’t any red flags in a friendly futbol game against some farm animals, right? Yeah, he was a little rough with Prince Rupert and caused some collateral damage to Helena Beat’s garden, but really, his true colors weren’t revealed until Alarm Call forced the truth into the open and beat the vigilante down.
1st Place: Yuigahama Kaito - This hot-blooded rebel embodied the Civil Disobedients to a T. We’ve already mentioned his stalemate in Venice, and while he may have lost a battle overseen by the Mollusk, his body and Stand were on the winning side. When Tom abandoned him, Kaito ended up teaming up with an old adversary to take down a major member of Lyte and begin to bring out the truth of what was really happening. Back in Urban Uprising, he was able to win through ring-out a match worthy of Smash Bros or Shoal Calibur. After this, the sole Civil Disobedient left, Kaito reconnected with Djimon, and as a part of Uncivil Umbra he defeated Tom Alcove a second time. But even his streak had to end, and ultimately, it was another Fairy Feller, from the team that had bested him and brought out the best in him, who managed to do both in his final showing.
Location - Detroit, Michigan:
The familiar click of wheels on the sidewalk were muddled beneath the hustle and bustle of the city, but the crowded streets were no obstacle to Mylo Xyloto.
He took a deep breath, his view panning around the skyline. “Ahh… it’s been too fuckin’ long! I missed this place.” he spoke to himself, rolling through the streets with ease, at the deficit of the unfortunate passerby in front of him that he paid no mind to.
It had been quite a while since he had been in his hometown of Detroit, having been swept up in all the serious business of the tournament. With Nate Selleck dead, much to Mylo’s pleasure, he could take a break from that Horde he was a part of, and take some time to “relax” in his own special way; though, he was still on call.
Mylo spotted an alley breaking off from the sidewalk. Perfect, he thought. Prime territory for his next tag! He grabbed one of the spraycans off his bandolier and began eagerly shaking it, genuinely excited to make his mark on yet another dark and dirty wall. This city just wasn’t as lively with his murals painted over!
As he rounded the corner, however, he noticed a distinct noise. The shaking of cans. The spraying of aerosol. No mistaking it, someone else was spraying in this alley. And there he saw them.
Two people, a young man and a young woman were snickering to each other, wearing matching hoodies and spray-painting a wall. He looked up in anger, and he saw it: a large, messy, bubbly piece of graffiti reading "21S."
Mylo gritted his teeth, advancing on the two. "Hey! What the fuck are you doing, you pieces of shit?! Look at that mess!"
The man turned towards Mylo, glancing towards the woman. He smirked, and stepped up to Mylo. “Ehhhhh? What, you talkin' to me chump? What, you got a problem with art?!'
Mylos face remained unchanged, pointing to his bandolier. "You fuckin' blind, dipshit?! I don't got a problem with art, I got a problem with you not only tagging on my turf, but being a fucking amateur! What, did you look up 'how to graffiti'' online this morning and buy the cheapest can of spray paint at the store, you prick?!"
Mylo reeled his head back and slammed his forehead into the bridge of the man's nose, knocking him to the ground. Mylo rubbed his head.
"'21S, huh… you're like a piece of shit swirling around a clogged toilet. I thought I fuckin' flushed you already!"
The man whimpered, backing up on the ground. He got up quickly and tapped the woman's arm. "T-This guy's a real asshole! Let's go and tell the boss!"
The two scurried away, Mylo watching them, and glancing back at the graffiti. He sighed, beginning to trail them.
"I'll deal with this shit later… for now, let's figure out why these fuckers are still kicking."
Location - Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan:
Passengers in various states of wakefulness went to pick up their bags from the conveyor belt, stepping forth and retreating in an ebb and flow. A bit away from this traffic, M.I.A. stood against a wall. Her eyes flitted between the electronic doors which travellers streamed through and the monitors on the wall. Despite the early time of day, she bounced on the balls of her feet. She had long gotten used to flights at this point, but she wasn’t watching the baggage claim.
The past few months had been busy for the de facto leader of the Youngtown Mysteries & Curiosities Association, or what was left of them. Milo and Man had moved on to bigger and better things, while Vanita and Jinsoo pursued the smaller mysteries that interested them. Baba returned to reporting with the influx of news regarding the death of the Governor of California. Urban Uprising and its mysteries had unravelled, and its threads had sent the team in its various directions.
In M.I.A.’s case, this meant jetting between Ohio, California, and the rest of the country and following the various leads she had picked up, with Flint and Vic holding down the homefront. Uncivil Umbra may have fulfilled its purpose—Sides using the wealth of evidence gathered to prosecute those whom the team had arrested—but there was still clean up to do in the wake of Selleck’s conspiracy. Punishment had to be meted out: Riko was tried and found guilty of assault of Aesop Rock, and Lauryn’s arrangement with Sides came to an end. She frowned, unhappy with Lauryn deciding to go back, even if it was just for a few weeks.
But justice had to be restorative as well, for M.I.A.’s sake as well as theirs. She had been willing to kill the one responsible for sandstorm in Mexico City, only to discover that it was just a bird in the throes of XPLICIT—Hunger, Lauryn said his name was. The drug, the ARG had riled up Stand users all over; if she could deescalate them, then she would. She had to deal with many of them—some aggressive, some scared, all managed easily enough—in her promise to get rid of the last of XPLICIT wherever it may be by her own means and by her own hands. It wasn’t the fastest way to deal with the dregs of XPLICIT, but it was one she had chosen.
Nonetheless, she would need a hand.
She perked up as a young man in a bomber jacket took stepped out of the door. As he looked around, a small paper bird flitted into his field of view before resting on his head, pointing out its user from its newfound perch. Demis’s frown of confusion quickly tilted to a smile as M.I.A. waved him over and pulled him into a hug. There was much to debrief him on, only having given him a brief phone call, but for now it was good to see an old friend.
Demis pulled back, adjusting his jacket and stretched. Niceties had been exchanged, but they had a busy day ahead of them. “Nice hat,” Demis nodded. M.I.A. beamed up at him, tipping her Detroit Tigers cap as she turned to lead him to the parking lot.
“Nice haircut,” she called over her shoulder, the Paper Wing hopping off his head and flitting after her, ruffling his hair in the process.
Mylo sneered, typing in the phone number he’d been given. The ‘Khan’ had been decent enough to bother sticking with, and Mylo didn’t mind how annoying he and the painter bitch could be enough to bounce.
The kid picked up on the second ring. “Salutations, Mylo, he whose paint will blot the sun and terrify legions! How is your visit to the lands of your youth?”
Mylo paused and blinked. Ok. “Uh. It’s cold as shit.” Not that he’d cover up his badass tats. “Most of the people here still give me respect, but… man, there’s some of the assholes I used to run with still sticking around, and being a damn nuisance. Like dog shit stuck to my skates.”
“The… what was it, ‘Twenty One Savages’?”
He cocked his head up, sneering. “Heh, yeah. Those chumps are still using the same name and title that I came up with. Like they’re still in my crew. Thinking I’d go around and beat the shit outta them, so their stink of Loser doesn’t stick to my good name. Their leader… can’t fuckin’ believe it.”
“Indeed!” Niyaz declared, with the emphaticness that he very much understood Mylo. “Who, pray tell, are they being led by.”
Mylo chuckled, and muttered an answer.
“...Sincerest apologies, Mylo, but you’ll have to speak louder.”
Mylo repeated himself, louder.
There was staticy silence on the line, and Niyaz burst out laughing. A raucous cackle that was normally only reserved for his most grandiose of self-congratulatory speeches. “That’s who they’re led by? By the Buddha….”
“My good man, there’s no need to bother teaching them a lesson. These people aren't worth your gaze."
Mylo nodded, rubbing the back of his neck. It wasn't entirely typical of him not to just do what he wished and go in without a care, but… "Yeah… Guess you're right, those dipshits ain't worth the effort. Let em tear each other apart, they don't have the fuckin' loyalty to stick around too long."
After a short exchange of goodbyes, Mylo hung up the phone, and sighed. Loyalty. Even if he didn't always mesh with La Horde, at least he could say he had that in them. Having people to rely on like that really made him think. Maybe, given some time, he could settle down, start thinking seriously about where he wanted to go with his life and—
A passerby accidently bumped his shoulder into Mylo as he walked past. Mylo growled.
"WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING, DIPSHIT! YOU WANT ME TO BUST YOUR FUCKING FACE OPEN?!"
The man screamed and began running, Mylo giving chase, until they were both out of sight.
Their destination was a bit of a drive away, most of it silent. The rental car cruised through the city streets, foot and vehicle traffic thinning out as they entered the more abandoned part of the city. M.I.A. had given the rundown on how the 21 Savages had regrouped in their home turf, trying to grow their numbers and their XPLICIT supply, and how they just needed to clean them out. Since then, they had sat in silence, electronic crooning from the radio.
“Sooooo,” M.I.A. hazarded as the radio station cut to commercial. She pursed her lips in thought as she looked for something to start a conversation. “How’ve you been? How’s, uh, Autumn?”
“She’s been good, yeah.” Demis rubbed the back of his head, unsure how to proceed on the topic. “We’ve mostly been just relaxing back in town, really. Spend time with Millie, explore more of the town with Nico....‘Go back home’ as Sides put it.”
“...Yeah, I feel that.” M.I.A. nodded slowly, eyes on the road. The silence crept back, Demis calm but M.I.A. twisting her lips. “So why did you agree to help me?” She blurted out.
Demis was quiet for a moment. “It managed to reach us.”
“I’m sorr—”
“Don’t worry, don’t worry,” Demis reassured. “We dealt with it easily enough. Honestly, the dude was more scared than anything. No more can be made so the worst is over.”
M.I.A. exhaled. They were almost there now, at least. Her expression softened as Demis gave her a hesitant pat on the back. “You said you’re trying to do that on a broad scale, right?” He continued. “That’s a lot on one person. I couldn’t just let you do that on your own.”
“...We’re not dealing with scared kids this time,” M.I.A. placed a hand on a revolver. Her usual set was replaced to shoot rubber bullets, but the point was made. “These guys tried to raid a Black Beetles warehouse and still didn’t call it quits....you can still back out now if you want.”
Demis shook his head resolutely. “All the more reason to help you out. Uncivil Umbra was founded to deal with dangerous Stand users, and you’re not gonna carry that by yourself.”
M.I.A. opened her mouth to protest, but Demis’s expression interrupted that before words could. She shifted awkwardly in her seat as the music started playing again. They were almost there, and yet...“So you left home again to help me?”
“What are friends for?”
M.I.A. blushed, locking her eyes on the road and firmly gripping the steering wheel. She exhaled. They had a mission to complete, and they would.
“Thanks, Demis.”
An ornate throne sat out of place in a musty warehouse, home base of the 21 Savages. Cloaked in darkness, mostly because of the poor lighting of the building, was a man, clearly grinning even through the shadows. What little light that streaked through seemed to glisten off his teeth, he rested his elbow on the arm-rest, his hand resting confidently at his cheek.
Two figures approached the throne, Anthony Song and Abraham, two members that had been there with the group since its inception.
“Boss… You asked to see us?” Anthony said, smiling.
“Ehh? ‘Boss’?” The figure leaned forward, his grin not dropping, but his tone stern. “Nigga, I told you what to call me. Try again!”
Anthony sighed, clearly annoyed. He forced his smile harder.
“...Ruler of Heaven, Uro Sho. You wanted us to meet with you?”
Uro Sho leaned back in his throne and cackled. It was shrill and grating, his shark-like teeth chomping at the air. After a moment, he regained his composure and leaned forward once more.
“Yea, I did! Took you fuckers long enough, I was about to come drag your asses in here myself! KUKUKUKUHIHIHIAHAHAHAHHHH!”
Abraham and Anthony chuckled mildly along, exchanging awkward glances with one another. Uro Sho rose from his throne.
“I asked you to come here because, word on the street is, your ratty old fucking boss is running around! He even broke one of the Skrrt Twins’ noses and sent him packing! Why didn’t you fuckers tell me he was still running around?!”
Abraham’s eyes widened, and Anthony began rubbing the back of his neck, laughing nervously. “Err… we didn’t know he was! Eheh… After our last run-in with him we figured he’d probably uh… lost interest. He was busy with that tournament thing…” Anthony muttered.
Uro gritted his teeth at the mention of the tournament. He remembered… not one, but two rap battles he got absolutely cheated in. It wasn’t fair!
“Dammit, fuck that tournament bullshit! Rigged fucking matches, I should have won that! I spat nothing but fire in that rap battle, and yet they gave it to that kid! Whoever won that shit, I bet they just asked for something dumb like money or a fucking date with that alien bitch.” Uro’s ground his teeth, the metal of his grills making a grating scraping noise. He clenched his fists.
“If I won that shit, I’d be smart, ask for something good! I’d have power…power the fucking Ruler of Heaven deserves! I was a better rapper in that match, the best fuckin’ player in the tourney, a better leader than that stupid roller-skating, ratty-ass bitch Mylo! I’m at the top of the fucking world! I deserved that shit!”
Abraham begrudgingly nodded his head. "Yeah, yeah you totally deserved that."
Uro shook his head. "Ugh, I almost forgot what I called you here for! With that shithead running around the city, who knows if he'll try to bust in here? We need all the Savages in the city back here to hunker down and defend the warehouse.” Uro gestured behind him, a large variety of containers stacked behind his throne. “Especially to guard our supply."
"Are you sure we want to deal in that XPLICIT stuff, boss…? I’ve seen what it does, it makes people go psycho, and even your Stand goes nuts…" Abraham muttered.
Anthony swiftly nodded. "Yeah! I heard a dude had a stand that could blow stuff up, and when he took XPLICIT, his Stand made nukes and leveled a whole city, killed him instantly!"
"Don't be stupid!” Uro growled. “It's not a fuckin' steroid! It gets you high! We can make a ton of money off this shit!"
Abraham sighed. It wasn’t his job to babysit Uro, if he really wanted to mess around with that stuff, that was his prerogative.
While Abraham and Anthony moved to rally the 21 Savages, M.I.A. and Demis were nearby as well, converging on the warehouse together. They had anticipated a fight, but far more individuals than they thought would be there immediately had filed into the base; the result of Mylo’s poking around.
“Ah, that’s a lot of people...” Demis said, discreetly scaling the outside of the warehouse via a spring to reach the second floor unnoticed.
“Yeah,” M.I.A. muttered, climbing right behind. “Of course, they’re holding a meeting right when we get here.”
Hoisting themselves up through a window onto the dark, musty second floor of the warehouse, they were just in time to watch seemingly all of the remaining 21 Savages huddle around their new leader.
“That’s all of them? I feel like it’s less than the last time I saw them…” M.I.A. scanned the gathering below. “And who’s that guy with the gaudy throne?”
“No way…is that that dude from the rap battle? He got stomped back in Round 1!” Demis muttered surprisedly. The two of them advanced forward behind the cover of a variety of junk, spying on the gathering below.
“Anyway, how did you want to do this? It seems like even if they’re less than before, we’re still outnumbered…” Demis said.
“The way I see it, we have the element of surprise. We want to get this done as quick as possible…So I say we, uh, jump down and go in Stands blazing.” M.I.A. said, looking down firmly at the crowd.
Demis had fought a lot before, but he still couldn’t help but feel nervous at the prospect at fighting the lot of them. He exhaled, his key silent. Demis nodded, glancing over at M.I.A. Working together, they could get this done. “On 3, then?”
M.I.A. took Demis’s hand. Paper Wings fluttered from her, cutting out the glass and setting it aside. “One.”
「Starmachine 2000」 manifested behind both of them, springs manifesting in their soles. “Two.”
“THREE!”
The two leapt forward, diving into the room. They landed securely on their feet, bounding once before gaining more secure footing. Uro turned from the stockpiles of cough syrup to face the intruders. “Who the fuck are you?”
「Angel’s Thesis」 shimmered into view as M.I.A. drew a revolver, making a show of loading it. “Surprised your crew hasn’t talked about me. Ran into them at an XPLICIT warehouse in LA, thought I stopped them from doing this stuff–” She gave a pointed glance around the room before her gaze softened upon dropping back onto Uro. “Oh, and we won Urban Uprising. Andromeda congratulated me herself. Where did you place?”
"You, won? That's…." He shook his head, a vein throbbing on his temple. "That's enough, who the hell do think you're talking to!?" Uro screeched.
Demis had the feeling that it would be best to not answer the question. 「Starmachine」 took a protective stance beside him, springs jangling from its shoulder. "Uh–"
"That's it! Savages! In position, let's take these jackasses down!"
"Yeah!" They whooped, getting into a ragged formation.
He smirked as his Stand climbed out from behind him. "Let's show these assholes what happens when you mess with the Lord of Heaven, Uro Sho!”
"And the 21 Savages!" Anthony added.
M.I.A. and Demis shared a glance, wordlessly getting ready for what would come next. They were certainly more than prepared to handle the group, so they'd clean this up as quickly…and as cleanly as possible.
With a burst of movement, The Savages sprung into action, as Uro called from his throne:
"OPEN THE GAME!"
Location: An abandoned warehouse in Detroit, Michigan that currently houses the 21 Savages.
The area is a 50 by 50 meter with tiles that are each 5 by 5 meters. The 21 Savages are shown on the map, each with their own color that will be stated in additional information. The players are represented by their character tokens in their respective team colors.
The warehouse is a fairly open space with a 30 meter ceiling, 4 support columns represented by gray squares, mattresses represented by light blue rectangles, a TV represented by a light purple rectangle, a snowmachine represented by a dark blue rectangle with a large pile of snow to its left, 2 porta-potties represented by green rectangles, a table and 7 folding chairs as represented by the brown rectangle and triangles, a half-pipe represented by the purple curve, and a pile of miscellaneous stolen junk as shown by the red area. The place in general has some trash strewn about such as empty cans, used cigarettes, and wrappers.
The pile of stolen junk has things ranging from cough syrup bottles, a walker, a bike, some purses, and other things that the 21 Savages decided to take with them.
Goal: Knock some sense into the 21 Savages! You're working together on this one, so attacking the other is right out. But the 'winner' of this match will be who manages to more effectively style on the Savages and convince them they aren't cut out for this life! Shows of Stand ability, defeating them, shrugging off their Stands, and overall styling on the Savages will count for this. In other words, contributing the most to defeating and embarrassing them from the Savages’ point of view is the victory condition.
Additional Information: The 21 Savage members have a baseline on 222 Physicals, a 2 in 21 Savages (they really are a standard gang of hooligans, have some experience with vandalism, running from the cops, spray painting, mugging, and some degree of street smarts), and 5 in Thick-Skulled (They don’t know when to quit and will definitely keep fighting well past when they really should. This is both a slight downside and a massive endurance plus pain tolerance buff. There is a really good chance they will try to get back up after getting seemingly Retired once or twice)
The 21 Savages have their own stands and general fighting styles that will be outlined here:
  • All 21 Savages: If you get into close range situation with one of them where they can’t retreat, they will try to fist fight you directly on top of any attacks their stands can do. In general they will avoid each others attacks and friendly fire to a degree, but their coordination is a mess.
  • Uro Sho (Magenta), with 「Modal Soul」: 「Modal Soul」 has A Power, A Speed, C Range, B Durability, and B Precision. There are three Stand bodies, which all have these stats. If there are no Savages within 5 meters, he will throw an incendiary bomb, which breaks into C POW burning liquid on contact with something and an A POW burst from the shell after 3 seconds. If a player gets within 10m of him, he will throw a gravity bomb, which creates a 5m radius gravity zone of 2x Earth gravity for 3 seconds. If attacked, he will throw a flashbang, which the other Savages will not know to look away from. He will stay on his throne no matter what, and will get back on it if pushed off. He cannot use the bombs in close range. (Within ~2m) All bombs travel at C Speed.
  • Anthony Song (Light Blue), with 「ball w/o you」: 「ball w/o you」 is an E power, B speed, A durability, B Range, and C Precision punch ghost that can control the texture and meltedness of snow in its range. Anthony will be running for the pile of snow and snow maker at the start of the match. From there he will gather up snowballs, and chuck them at the players. If they hit, Anthony will turn the snow to ice, effectively forming an ice sheet on the player where they hit. 「ball w/o you」 will be used to block attacks and throw snowballs as needed.
  • Joseph Bin (Dark Gray), with 「Gunsmoke」: 「Gunsmoke」 is E Power, C Speed, D Durability, A Range, and B Precision. It forms as a cloud of smoke of up to 5 cubic meters in volume that can obscure vision. It is rather viscous and can slow any projectiles thrown at it somewhat. It resists movement with D Durability and burns your lungs a bit if you breath in too much. It will be used to try and distract orr suffocate the player nearest to the user, while he uses the bulk of it to protect himself, hiding behind what cover he can find while jeering loudly.
  • Dennis Coles (White), with 「Ghostface Killers」: Made of thirteen masks, this is a massively long ranged Stand that can create simulacra forms of whoever wears the mask (always Dennis). The masks are functionally indestructible and defeating simulacra transfers no damage. Once a simulacra is defeated, the mask itself can still fight by shoving into you with D POW and D SPD, but they will not be able to reform their body. Dennis fights by surrounding opponents and attacking them…with one clone at a time. The simulacra will stop attacking if an ally goes in to attack and will resume directly after. Six will try to surround either player.
  • Tyler Wayne (Dark Blue), with 「Ocean Drive」: 「Ocean Drive」 takes the form of a model battleship that is about thigh high and half an arm long. It has C Power, Speed and Precision, and B Durability and Range. It comes with three anglable cannons, one at the front and one on either side and can fire 360 degrees around itself and shoot in high arcs. When the cannonballs come in contact with the ground or players, the cannonball will burst into a 2 meter tall spray of salt water that both stings and does blast impact damage. The cannonballs will pass through objects–including Stand objects–as if it was water. All of 「Ocean Drive」’s attacks also seem to be locking in on players to a degree, even if its shots are a bit inaccurate. Its user will be trying to stay at range and shoot from afar.
  • Abraham Skrrt (Orange), with 「King Zoo」: 「King Zoo」 has effectively no special abilities for a match: it’s just a Punch Ghost with C stats across the board. Abraham is reactive, and will attack anyone who goes to attack him or his twin Rachel with standard stand punch rushes, shoulder tackles, and simple physical attacks. He will otherwise simply trash talk. However, if you ignore him and try to run past him, he will start attacking you.
  • Rachel Skrrt (Purple), with 「break da law」: 「break da law」 is a skateboard with the ability to defy physics, which Rachel uses to ride on walls, have sick air time, and spin on people's heads. She will stay mobile and try and avoid prolonged confrontation, attacking by hitting her opponents with her board or a drive-by punch if she has an opening. She will start off combat by riding up the half-pile, getting unnecessarily high in the air and do a diving attack on the players. That attack will be done any other opportunity she gets the chance to do so using one of the walls, columns, or the half-pipe. The skateboard is unbreakable and relies on her strength for damage. It is impossible for her to fall off the skateboard or have the board taken out from under her.
  • Extra Note: Most of these stands not being used to their full potential. They will be used as proficiently as stated above, even if there is more to them. Only the included information is relevant.
MIA has taken rubber bullets to this match. Inventory normally used for her bullets is entirely replaced with them. They are nonlethal, but will hurt badly, heavily impairing use of what they hit.
Team Combatant JoJolity
Sweetwater Visitors Demis Roussos “Yare yare daze….” You're really tired of these people. This isn't any sort of leader, this is a fool. Make a special effort to discredit Uro Sho as a leader!
YMCA: GIT GUD M.I.A. “Yare yare dawa….” You're trying to get these people to stop this… utter silliness. But that's impossible while they still have faith in their leader… right? Take responsibility! Make a special effort to discredit Uro Sho as a leader!
Link to the Official Player Spreadsheet
Link to R6 Match Schedule
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2020.01.18 19:29 lonesomecrowdedmouse OTTAWA EXPANSION MEGATHREAD

I think this is probably necessary at this point. Will be updating the OP as new updates come in.
Tuesday, January 28
19:00 EST - @CPLsoccer: #CanPL 17:48 EST - @jobinjo: Plusieurs sources me mentionnent qu'une annonce aurait lieu demain matin pour une nouvelle équipe de la @CPLsoccer à #Ottawa. Personne ne confirme en Espagne pour le moment toutefois. À suivre ! #soccer #Ottawa2CPL 15:03 EST - @jfplante_Droit: Je sais que l'annonce officielle de l'arrivée de la @CPLsoccer à Ottawa dès 2020 tarde à venir, mais tout vient à point à qui sait attendre. Jeff Hunt est encore en Espagne pour régler les derniers détails. #patience ⚽️🇨🇦
January 25, 26 & 27
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Friday, January 24
1:19 EST - Jeremy Filosa: 👟⚽️ - Selon ce que des gens me disent, l’Atletico Ottawa débuterait son aventure lors de la deuxième portion de la saison 2020. Ils ne joueraient pas le championnat canadien cette année. Par ailleurs, Lyon aurait de l’intérêt pour lancer un projet semblable à Québec. - THREAD
Thursday, January 23
16:16 EST - @CplTransfers: Can confirm from a source that #Ottawa2CPL will be announced this upcoming Monday or Tuesday. What a start to the #CanPL this year & they haven’t even kicked a ⚽️ yet! - THREAD
Wednesday, January 22
https://i.imgur.com/eAahxg2.gif
Tuesday, January 21
13:42 EST - Thomas Nef: ✈️🇪🇸🤝 The latest on Ottawa. Jeff Hunt & the CPL are flying to Spain this weekend for a 3 day trip to finalize the deal with Atletico Madrid. Should be made official and announced early next week. I have reached out to the league for comment and have yet to hear back. #CanPL - THREAD
12:15 EST - apt613: Professional soccer returns to Ottawa in a BIG way - THREAD
Monday, January 20
https://i.imgur.com/ND2LVhZ.jpg
Sunday, January 19
18:00 EST - CBC: Redblacks owner aiming to resurrect pro soccer in Ottawa - THREAD
Saturday, January 18
8:14 EST - Ottawa Citizen: Jeff Hunt the Ottawa businessman involved in bid to bring pro soccer team - THREAD
Friday, January 17
18:53 EST - National Post: LOCAL HERO: Jeff Hunt could add Ottawa touch for new pro soccer team - THREAD 18:45 EST - leDroit: L'équipe d'Ottawa dans la CPL serait liée à l’Atletico de Madrid - THREAD 1 - THREAD 2 18:25 EST - AJ Jakubec: Jeff Hunt is the local frontman behind the proposed new Canadian Premier League franchise in Ottawa. Hunt is working to bring pro soccer to TD Place in 2020 with a major club from La Liga (all signs point to Atlético Madrid). A deal could be finalized by as early as next week. - THREAD 16:27 EST - Calcio e Finanza: L’Atletico Madrid acquisterà un club in Canada - THREAD 15:47 EST - as: El Atlético aterriza en Canadá - THREAD 14:09 EST - Marca: Atletico Madrid work on expanding their portfolio in Canada - THREAD 9:38 EST - Sports Pro Media: Reports: Atletico Madrid to buy Canadian Premier League franchise in Ottawa - THREAD 5:50 EST - MLS Soccer Italia: CPL EXPANSION: DA MADRID L’ATLETICO OTTAWA - THREAD 3:45 EST - Palco23: El Atlético de Madrid ultima la compra de una franquicia en la Canadian Premier League - THREAD
Thursday, January 16
9:50 EST - Duane Rollins: Been told that the Ottawa #CanPL team would take the name Atlético Ottawa (in line with @atletienglish ’s LigaMX team, Atlético de San Luis) and the preference would be to also replicate the iconic strips of Atleti, perhaps with a little black added to reflect Ottawa colours. - THREAD 6:35 EST - Northern Starting XI: Atletico Madrid look to bring CanPL to Ottawa - THREAD
Wednesday, January 15
20:19 EST - Ottawa Citizen: Group looking at possibility of fielding Ottawa CPL club for the 2020 season - THREAD 19:57 EST - Duane Rollins: Additionally, it’s “highly unlikely” the Fury brand will remain. - THREAD 19:24 EST - Dan Riccio: #CanPL is coming to Ottawa, and a source in Spain tells me the team will be backed by La Liga club Atletico Madrid. - THREAD 14:57 EST - Northern Tribune: Rumour: Ottawa On Fast-Track To CPL Expansion - THREAD 14:30 EST - Duane Rollins: All signs point to real Madrid being the team (note the capitals and say it in English), but I have not been told that directly. #CanPL - THREAD 14:16 EST - Duane Rollins: It just confirmed to me by Ottawa sources that the group involved in NOT Espanyol, but that it would be "huge" for the league if it goes through. #CanPL - THREAD 14:05 EST - AJ Jakubec: A lot has to be done before Ottawa to CanPL in 2020 is a done deal. Do I think it’s going to happen? Yes. A source tells me it’s ‘headed in the right direction’ but far from complete. Be patient. Deals of this magnitude take time. Hope to have more definitive news shortly. - THREAD 13:45 EST - Stuart Mac: Hearing from at least two sources the club from La Liga investing in #Ottawa2CPL is... Drum roll please... This is a big one.... @Atleti @atletienglish - THREAD 13:02 EST - Thomas Nef: Update: Ottawa in 2020 is now official. Confirmed. Done deal. Clarification: The La Liga club is not Espanyol. This is why I said “could be”. It’s much bigger. All is left now is the announcement which is expected to happen this week. #CanPL - THREAD 1 - THREAD 2 8:50 EST - Duane Rollins: No one will confirm who the Ottawa #CanPL investment group is, but the rumour (and it’s really just a rumour, as far as I can tell) is that it’s the Rastar Group, a Chinese manufacturing company that is the majority owner of Espanyol. - THREAD 8:34 EST - Duane Rollins: I spoke to an Ottawa source yesterday and confirmed what has been widely reported: the #CanPL and a foreign investment group with ties to La Liga are in the advanced stages of negotiations to bring the CanPL to Ottawa for this season.... - THREAD
Tuesday, January 14
19:46 EST - Thomas Nef: The 8th CPL Team in Ottawa could be announced as early as this week. Not official yet, but very close. I heard the La Liga club behind the ownership group could be Espanyol sources tell me. #CanPL - THREAD
Monday, January 13
21:03 EST - Andrew Uttaro: Finally my source says former Ottawa Fury FAs have been holding out for the opportunity to remain there. Moreover, as many have pointed out, the 🇨🇦 capital has the #Soccer infastructure in place from the USLC days. - THREAD 20:11 EST - Andrew Uttaro: #BREAKING: I have an anonymous source corroborating that an Ottawa #CanPL club is in the works with the help of this foreign investment. - THREAD 17:13 EST - Stuart Mac: BREAKING: Can report that it the foreign investors involved in #Ottawa2CPL are from Spain, a well known club from La Liga behind the backing. #CanPL #LaLiga - THREAD 14:51 EST - AJ Jakubec: Hearing there’s a strong possibility Ottawa could have pro soccer in 2020. Some big hitters - locally and abroad - interested in a Canadian Premier League franchise that would play at TD Place. Stay tuned. - THREAD 10:11 EST - Kurt Larson: Ottawa has jumped to the front of the pack, from what I've been told. #CanPL @onesoccer - THREAD
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2019.12.28 19:34 Hell_Inc [Spanish article] Andrés Iniesta turns down MLS offers from LA Galaxy, Inter Miami and Montreal Impact to stay with Vissel Kobe

The original article is in Spanish, here's a translation:
Andrés Iniesta has 35 years but still the quality is worth to him to receive interesting offers. Without going any further, in recent days it emerged that the Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina wanted to sign him. A move confirmed by Juan Sebastian Veron, president of the Argentine club, which still appeals to the magic of Andrés. However, this is not the only one the 'manchego' crack has received. In recent months, Andrés has heard - and turned down - offers from three clubs of Major League Soccer, the American Football League.
Specifically, crack has received interest from Los Angeles Galaxy, the Montreal Sounders and Inter Miami. The Galaxy are the club where militated Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who needs a new benchmark once and it was clear that the Swede would not return. Meanwhile, Miami Inter club president David Beckham and thought of other media players such as Luis Suarez and even Leo Messi to be strengthened and launch its new franchise in its first year in the American League.
From La Plata to Iniesta came a call from an old friend, Javier Mascherano , now at Estudiantes after completing their experience in the Chinese league. On his return to Argentina, the 'little chief' contacted Polling Iniesta and know first hand if there was any option to have his former partner in his new adventure in that country.
However, Andrés Iniesta has it very clear. He has two more years of contract with Vissel Kobe and has no intention of breaking that link. He's very settled at the club and the team and his family is having a pleasant experience in Japan. Therefore, both Mascherano and the emissaries who have made it by the interest of the clubs said Americans have been given the same answer: that Andrés won't move from his current club.
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2019.12.28 19:24 Hell_Inc [RUMOR] Andres Iniesta turns down Galaxy, MLS offers to stay at Vissel Kobe

If true it's at least interesting to see the type of player we might be targeting to replace Ibra. The original article is in Spanish, here's a translation:
Andrés Iniesta has 35 years but still the quality is worth to him to receive interesting offers. Without going any further, in recent days it emerged that the Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina wanted to sign him. A move confirmed by Juan Sebastian Veron, president of the Argentine club, which still appeals to the magic of Andrés. However, this is not the only one the 'manchego' crack has received. In recent months, Andrés has heard - and turned down - offers from three clubs of Major League Soccer, the American Football League.
Specifically, crack has received interest from Los Angeles Galaxy , the Montreal Sounders and Inter Miami. The Galaxy are the club where militated Zlatan Ibrahimovic , who needs a new benchmark once and it was clear that the Swede would not return. Meanwhile, Miami Inter club president David Beckham and thought of other media players such as Luis Suarez and even Leo Messi to be strengthened and launch its new franchise in its first year in the American League.
From La Plata to Iniesta came a call from an old friend, Javier Mascherano , now at Estudiantes after completing their experience in the Chinese league. On his return to Argentina, the 'little chief' contacted Polling Iniesta and know first hand if there was any option to have his former partner in his new adventure in that country.
However, Andrés Iniesta has it very clear. He has two more years of contract with Vissel Kobe and has no intention of breaking that link. He's very settled at the club and the team and his family is having a pleasant experience in Japan. Therefore, both Mascherano and the emissaries who have made it by the interest of the clubs said Americans have been given the same answer: that Andrés won't move from his current club.
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2019.12.15 19:17 pradeep23 [Post Match Analysis] Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

Post Match Analysis : Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

 
Date: 14 December 2019
League: La Liga (Round 17)
Venue: Reale Arena (Donostia-San Sebastián)
Attendance: 36,639
Referee: Javier Alberola

Highlights:

Real Sociedad Score Barcelona
Mikel Oyarzabal 12' (pen.) [1]-0
1-[1] A. Griezmann 38'
1-[2] L. Suárez 49'
A. Isak 62' [2]-2
Barcelona penalty shout vs Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad Barcelona
7 Fouls 8
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Offsides 1
8 Corner Kicks 5
2 Saves 3

Lineups

Real Sociedad Notes Barcelona Notes
Manager: Imanol Alguacil Manager: Ernesto Valverde
1 Álex Remiro 1 M. ter Stegen
20 Nacho Monreal 3 Piqué
2 Zaldúa 18 Jordi Alba SUB 74'
3 Llorente 20 Sergi Roberto
21 M. Ødegaard 15 C. Lenglet
8 Mikel Merino 4 I. Rakitić SUB 79'
5 Zubeldía 5 Busquets SUB 73'
16 Guevara 21 F. de Jong
7 Portu SUB 59' 10 L. Messi A 49'
10 Mikel Oyarzabal PG 12'; SUB 85' 9 L. Suárez A 38'; G 49'; YC 74'
19 A. Isak G 62'; SUB 66' 17 A. Griezmann G 38'

Substitutes

Real Sociedad: A. Januzaj (SUB 59'), Willian José (SUB 66'), Barrenetxea (SUB 85'), M. Sagnan, Gorosabel, Sangalli, Moyà
Barcelona: Aleñà (SUB 73'), Nélson Semedo (SUB 74'), A. Vidal (SUB 79'), S. Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Carles Pérez, Neto

Timeline

12': Goal! Mikel Oyarzabal scores (Penalty) — Real Sociedad [1]-0 Barcelona .
38': Goal! A. Griezmann scores [L. Suárez assist] — Real Sociedad 1-[1] Barcelona .
49': Goal! L. Suárez scores [L. Messi assist] — Real Sociedad 1-[2] Barcelona .
59': Substitution for Real Sociedad: A. Januzaj in, Portu out.
62': Goal! A. Isak scores — Real Sociedad [2]-2 Barcelona .
66': Substitution for Real Sociedad: Willian José in, A. Isak out.
73': Substitution for Barcelona: Aleñà in, Busquets out.
74': Yellow card shown to L. Suárez ( Barcelona).
74': Substitution for Barcelona: Nélson Semedo in, Jordi Alba out.
79': Substitution for Barcelona: A. Vidal in, I. Rakitić out.
85': Substitution for Real Sociedad: Barrenetxea in, Mikel Oyarzabal out.

Real Sociedad

LAST FIVE GAMES RESULT DATE COMPETITION
Real Valladolid 0-0 Real Sociedad D Dec 8, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 4-1 Eibar W Nov 30, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad L Nov 23, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 1-1 Leganes D Nov 8, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Granada 1-2 Real Sociedad W Nov 3, 2019 Spanish Primera División

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES RESULT DATE COMPETITION
Internazionale 1-2 Barcelona W Dec 10, 2019 UEFA Champions League
Barcelona 5-2 Mallorca W Dec 7, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona W Dec 1, 2019 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 3-1 Borussia Dortmund W Nov 27, 2019 UEFA Champions League
Leganes 1-2 Barcelona W Nov 23, 2019 Spanish Primera División
At risk of losing their lead at the top of La Liga, Barcelona battled to a tough 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad on Saturday. Here’s what we learned from the tie.
Ernesto Valverde was not bluffing
When he said that these three points were as important as those in El Clasico. This meant he put out pretty much the same team that will face Real Madrid in the Camp Nou-held edition of the world’s biggest derby on Wednesday.
Jordi Alba is evidently match fit
Which explains why a flat Junior Firpo was dropped and the Spaniard was slotted straight back into the starting lineup following a lengthy absence through injury.
There was early pressure from La Real
Waking up from their siesta, Barça were forced to soak it up with Mikel Oyarzabal a particular threat. From the fifth minute onwards, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie de Jong attempted to steady the ship but couldn’t find the final ball into the box.
Barcelona were stunned by an early penalty
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen sloppy when beaten by the corner, Sergio Busquets had been spotted pulling Diego Llorente’s shirt which paved the way for Oyarzabal to convert from the spot in the 12th minute. Many found the decision soft, but in any event, Valverde’s men were again an early goal behind on the road.
Suarez almost came up with an immediate response
Latching on to a scrappy Griezmann header into the box, the Uruguayan’s full ball volley was more or less straight at Alex Remiro.
Alba’s return gives Barça what they have missed down the left flank
And Messi knew it. Time and again, the swinging long ball in behind Joseba Zalufa or through ball past him was attempted by the Ballon d’Or winner, whose influence on the tie other than that had been minimal.
Griezmann’s goal came out of nowhere
Barcelona had been on the back foot for most of the first half, but for the fifth time this season, he scored his side’s opening goal with a cool chip over Remiro after having met Suarez’s pass to run on to. Starting his career at Anoeta as a 13-year-old, his celebration was minimal but the strike was a lifeline seven minutes prior to the interval.
Busquets redeemed himself with his part in the comeback goal
Playing a delightful chip over the backline to Lionel Messi, the captain merely had to square the ball for Luis Suarez to tap into a more-or-less open net. The comeback was complete, a mere three minutes into the second half.
Barcelona had finally found the way to break La Real down
On their next move, it was again the ball over the top that put Griezmann in a goalscoring position. He couldn’t double his tally, but the La Liga leaders had found a way to get at their foes.
It was Pique’s aerial threat that almost made it 3-1 however
Geri had been fantastic the whole match while keeping Real at bay almost single-handedly in the first half. Close to the hour mark his header was blocked on the line.
Frenkie de Jong’s slackness that was perhaps to blame for the equaliser
Nacho Monreal playing one against the box, the young Dutchman, who was having a rare off day, watched Alexander Isak smash the leveller past Ter Stegen from close range.
Barça then spent the rest of the match on the backfoot
Or so it seemed, time and again, the spaces opened up for Martin Odegaard to work his magic and try and locate Willian José.
Valverde’s substitutes failed to make an instant impact
Nelson Semedo brought on for Alba while Carles Alena replaced Busquets and Vidal substituted Rakitic, the trio could not find their way into the action at first.
But then, as he had against Inter Milan midweek, Alena began finding ways to distribute to the flanks and make Semedo more involved.
In stoppage time, Vidal’s cross found Suarez at the back post and there was then a penalty shout when Pique was brought down trying to head home in the six-yarder.
Barcelona can now lose their lead in La Liga
Picking up just a point in the Basque country, they will drop two points behind Madrid if Los Blancos beat Valencia tomorrow evening.
As mentioned however, there is a chance to settle the score in El Clasico in five days’ time.
Tom Sanderson

Players Ratings

Ter Stegen (5)
Real Sociedad didn't have an excessive amount of shots on goal but the German looked uncomfortable. For the second goal, he palmed the ball straight to Isak.
Sergi Roberto (5)
The home side targeted his wing which prevented him contributing further forward. Lacked support at times.
Pique (8)
A very strong performance and could have scored, too. Had a header cleared off the line and wasn't awarded a penalty when pulled down in the box in stoppage time. Good in defence, too.
Lenglet (6)
Did what he had to and kept his focus for the whole game.
Alba (5)
Making his first appearance following an injury, he did OK but played within himself. The good news is he came through the game and that will benefit him going into the Clasico.
Busquets (4)
Wanted to press high but could find his space and left a lot for La Real behind him. Gave the penalty away, too, although he did help set up the second goal.
Rakitic (4)
The promising performances since he returned to the team were not on show here. Couldn't keep up with La Real's rhythm and left Monreal for the second goal.
De Jong (6)
The best of the midfield three, trying to create and move the team up the pitch. Strong physically but lacked partners to build play.
*Messi (6) * Appeared sporadically but whenever he did you got the sense of danger. Set up the second goal for Suarez.
Suarez (7)
Worked hard and was intense, while also being involved in the key moments. Set up the first goal and scored the second.
Griezmann (6)
Had the tough task of defending with Alba as well as being expected to attack. Scored the first goal with a great finish against his former side.
Substitutes
Aleña (5), Semedo (5), Vidal (5)
 
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2019.12.14 01:32 elf_erik Clash Royale players are like soccer players.

In soccer, or futbol for non Americans, players embellish pain majorly. They get lightly tapped and they act as if a shark ate their face off.
In Clash Royale, players will completely give up if you are slightly ahead of them on damage done. In 2v2 they will throw the game, hurting their partner. They act as if they already lost the match.
These reasons are why both are getting increasingly boring, exaggeration. It's fun to win, but not when your opponent hands you the win on a silver platter.
What are some ways the dev team can change the game to punish people who intentionally quit or throw the game?
For sake of argument, let's just say there is a guaranteed way to know who intentionally quits vs accidentally loses connection.
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2019.11.09 12:44 pradeep23 Pre-Match Thread: FC Barcelona vs Celta Vigo (La Liga)

Pre-Match Thread: FC Barcelona vs Celta Vigo(La Liga)

 

Match

FC Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Competition: La Liga
Date: SATURDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2019
Time: 21:00 CET - Convert to local time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain -
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
 

Lineups and Squads:

F.C. Barcelonma
GK: Ter Stegen, Neto
DEF: Semedo, Umtiti, Piqué, Todibo, Lenglet, Wagué, Alba, Firpo
MID: De Jong, Arthur, Sergi Roberto, Vidal, Busquets, Aleñá, Rakitić
ATT: Messi, Suárez, Dembélé, Griezmann, Ansu Fati
 
Celta Vigo
GK: Sergio Álvarez, Rubén Blanco, Iván Villar
DEF: Hugo Mallo, David Costas, N. Araújo, L. Olaza, Jorge Sáenz, Juncà, J. Aidoo, Sergio Carreira
MID: O. Yokuşlu, Denis Suárez, Fran Beltrán, S. Lobotka, Brais Méndez, Pape Diop, Sergio Bermejo
ATT: Iago Aspas, P. Sisto, G. Fernández, Iker Losada

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Firpo; Vidal, De Jong, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé
Celta Vigo (4-3-3): Blanco; Mallo, Aidoo, Araújo, Olaza; Méndez, Lobotka, Cheikh; Aspas, Gabriel, Denis
 
STAT ATTACK Bogey team?
Griezmann favourite
Debut goals
 

LAST FIVE GAMES

BARÇA (WWWLD)
CELTA (WLLLL)
Preview
Following a depressing, pathetic performance and result against Slavia Prague in the Champions League Barcelona return home to Camp Nou for one more game before the final international break of 2019.
As much as we all hate the international breaks, this is actually good for Barça fans because we won’t have to watch this team for two weeks. This has been really bad lately, and it’s still mind-boggling that Ernesto Valverde hasn’t been sacked yet. Maybe the board is waiting for a loss this weekend, or in El Clásico in six weeks, or maybe they’ll stick with him until the end of the season. Whenever he does finally leave, it will be too late, and it’s become increasingly boring and annoying to watch and support this team.
Barça face a tough game this weekend against a Celta team in the relegation zone and in desperate need of points, and the Celeste know how to make it tough for Barça in the Greatest Stadium on Earth. Denis Suárez returns to Camp Nou looking for revenge, Iago Aspas always scores against us, and our defense is really easy to score against right now.
But hey, who knows: a big win on Saturday followed by a coaching change during the break and we’ll be really excited two weeks from now. Hard to see any of that happening, though. It’s that bad.
OPTIMISM!

CeltaVigo/

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2019.08.16 17:14 bad-ass-motha Attending game at El Campín as a Tourist

Hola,
I'll be visiting Bogata next weekend with my partner and was interested in attending a futbol game while there. I saw that Millionarios will be playing Deportivo Cali on the evening of the 24th and was looking for some general advice on going to a game at El Campin. Whats the best way to buy tickets? What's the best section to sit in? What's the atmosphere like at these games? How is the experience for tourists?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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