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  1. This is also where a peek into the very murky world of football finance can show workings that are... morally dubious at best. Chelsea's monetary generation is propped up in no small part by their business model of purchasing young players and loaning them out for fees. Here's a report on how they broke rules in obtaining minors on 26 separate occasions. https://www.ft.com/content/e5226086-3695-11e9-bb0c-42459962a812 Last season they had over 40 players on loan, all generating fees, along with the increase in asset value that would come once they were sold. https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/the-41-chelsea-players-out-on-loan-this-season-hoping-for-a-chance-next-season/ Edit: The FT article is behind a paywall, so here's the BBC article about 150 rule breaches involving 69 players. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50261117 These are children we're talking about too.
  2. If you think Bournemouth are bad wait till you hear how the top 6 have been run. It'll blow your mind.
  3. Dammit. 8 years ago today was Aguerooooooo.
  4. Seven years ago today. Odd to think now that Watford finished this season in 3rd, missing out on automatic promotion by only 2 points. To put it another way, 2nd placed Hull won 24 and drew 7, while Watford won 23 and drew 8. One match that could be said to have made the difference - their December home game against Hull was a 1-2 loss, in which they hit the post. Given they ended up with a far superior goal difference than Hull... Oh for the fine margins of football. Leicester on the other hand scraped into 6th, one point ahead of 8th placed Nottingham Forest, and on equal points but with a better goal difference than Bolton who finished 7th. Their 3-2 win over Bolton in April included a Chris Wood goal that cannoned in off the underside of the bar and a Craig Davies effort for Bolton that cannoned back out. Oh for the fine margins... etc. Watford went on to lose the playoff final to Crystal Palace. The following season they spluttered to a midtable finish, while Leicester were promoted as champions, racking up 102 points and captained by Wes Morgan, who would also be captain when they pulled off the greatest sporting achievement ever and won the premier league. God I miss Championship football.
  5. Alright lads. Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you all after getting tagged in here. And let's be honest, it's not like I don't pop in and keep an eye on this thread once or twice a week anyway. So! I haven't played in months. With the combo of the above, and my friend's little boy getting into Fifa and them challenging me to a couple of games, I thought I'd test out the old 'you get good picks if you don't play for a while to entice you back in' theory. I had some packs knocking around, and did some SBCs here and there quickly to rustle up 22 packs. And what a haul! 3x83 1x84 1x85 That was it. That was everything I got of note. We can probably knock that old theory on the head then.
  6. Football Manager is free to play until Wednesday. https://www.footballmanager.com/news/football-manager-2020-play-it-free-right-now So if you've ever felt like trying it, now's your chance. And if you never have, you absolutely should try it because it's fucking brilliant. Anyone who gives it a go and wants some guidance, I'm happy to jump on a stream and walk you through stuff.
  7. I know no-one likes the 'Premier League ruined football' guy, but instead of working out if Liverpool play Man City in the summer or not to clarify mathematically that they should be granted the title (just give them the title I mean, come on), I'd much rather there were plans being put in place to save the clubs that will go under due to this. A lot of teams outside the prem barely cling on as it is. Losing these gate receipts will see them plunge into administration and cease to exist.
  8. It's a whole thread and it made me laugh*. *Your mileage may vary.
  9. Narrator: It wasn't. In other news, utter scenes in Germany as Bayern & Hoffenheim spent the last 13 minutes of their match just... passing the ball between each other. https://streamja.com/kW6rm The game was postponed for 20 minutes while authorities removed an anti-Hopp banner, in protest of the Hoffenheim owner's majority stake in the team. Hoffenheim are only one of three teams who aren't fan-majority owned, and it's caused huge debates about the future of the game there.
  10. Heading out of the CONCACAF cup on away goals? Send the keeper up. https://streamable.com/pkw4x
  11. And a club owned by two American hedge fund billionaires definitely wouldn't know how to use creative accounting.
  12. There's this under the definition of an offside position: A player is in an offside position if: any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/football-11-11/law-11---offside
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