Mmerek Hamšzulíe

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  1. Football - #WengerOut

    I agree this makes very little sense, and I also find it infuriating when they announce Man of the Match with 5 minutes to go. We've seen hat tricks scored in that amount of time (or close to it), and even if that is an unlikely scenario, giving the MotM to a player in a 0-0 draw at 85 mins is surely ludicrous if someone then pops up to net a late winner? Watching the Europa League highlights, Besiktas' loanee Talisca looks like a star in the making. 23 years and 191 cm tall, he scored a belter with his right foot and then later a clinical header. Does anyone follow Turkish football and know whether he's the real deal or if he just had a one-off? Sisto also looked like a tricky customer in Celta's victory over Genk. Juve have drawn Monaco in their CL semi. That must be seen as a favourable draw. Maybe this is their year. Dybala has been scintillating at times this season, and the old guard in defense seem to be holding up.
  2. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    Are you not overlooking the obvious? We beat teams that don't tailor their tactics to defeat us. When teams park the bus and hit us on the counter, we struggle. Come out and play ball, and we'll go toe to toe with the best of them.
  3. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    With the caveat that I've only seen the highlights, I think calling this the greatest comeback of all time (or similar) is premature. From what I can tell, two of the goals were scrappy defensive errors and two were very cheap penalties. Maybe watching the game in its entirety would have given a different impression, and I get that scoring three goals after the 87th minute is crazy, but still.
  4. Football: fixture congestion

    Djimi Traore used to play for Celtic?
  5. R.I.P. George Michael

    One of the greatest singers of all time, and a fine songwriter to boot. One of the few people who could do Queen songs justice. Here is is rehearsing in front of Bowie.
  6. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    I just realised he's 29. That's probably a big reason. Still, 11 goals in 16 games from the wing. He's on very good form. Merry Christmas, footy fans!
  7. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Thanks for this. Maybe he could have a Lallana-like evolution or rediscovery of form under Klopp? It's hard to believe he's gotten worse at playing football. Get him at a cut-price now and get him back to his best. Wolfsburg sounds like a weird club. Also, going twice - anyone got any ideas as to why Mertens is not generating more interest/rumours?
  8. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    I've had a huge hardon for Rodriguez for years. Can whoever said he's regressed expound on that? To me, he'd be the ideal long-term solution for LB, especially as his passing, crossing and shooting are so good. That was great. Not sure I'd count a deflected free kick as a belter, though ;). Is anyone in for Mertens? He's been absolutely on fire recently, and looks like he'd potentially slot in well in a Klopp system, for instance.
  9. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Lessee... (from my possibly imperfect recollection) Mignolet - had practically nothing to do. One weak header from Williams is all I can think of. Did nothing to shame himself. Milner - hardworking as ever. Not his best game, but managed Valencia pretty well (maybe apart from the first 20 min, when Everton as a whole tore us apart) Klavan - Mostly great. Looked like he was going to be taken for a ride by Lukaku, but got in a critical block early on, and after that pretty much had Luke in his back pocket. Read the game well, kept his head cool and his passing tidy. Lovren - Really good (/Klopp). No horror mistakes. Everton gave him a lot of space on the ball, which meant that we saw him venture into the opposition half from time to time. Didn't split Everton open like Sakho (</3) would have, but neither did he give the ball away in dangerous areas. Clyne - Rock solid defensively, constantly contributes offensively. His crossing and final ball can be erratic, and his shooting boots (if he indeed owns a pair) were missing again, but he's still a constant creative outlet on the left flank. Feels like he's underrated by a lot of fans. Gini - Another faultless performance that will fly under the radar. His close control and strength on the ball is possibly only second to Dembele's (the Belgian Hotspur), and while you could argue that his passing could be more incisive at times, the value of someone who never fluffs a pass and never concedes possession is hard to measure. Never panics, plays his way out of trouble and keeps the team in possession. I think more goals and assists are only a matter of time. Hendo - Quiet, but strong. Was overrun with the rest of the team in the first half of the first half, but after that, he controlled the midfield. Barkley couldn't deal with him, and started lashing out. Lallana - Keeps doing the right thing, and you only really appreciate the full extent of his contribution to the team when he's out. Mané - Runs and runs and runs. Gets the all-important game-winner deep in injury time, after having run non-stop for 94 minutes. Will be sorely missed in January - let's hope Klopp has a plan (Pulisic?). Origi - Not really his day. Couldn't get the better of the Everton defenders, and was correctly taken off. Firmino - He's clearly not on top form, and is clearly missing Coutinho. Despite that, he had three out of our four shots on goal, and drew a couple of great saves from Robles/Stekelenburg. Another player that gets a completely undeserved amount of flak. Can - on in the 83rd (?) minute. Made a huge tackle on Lukaku when it looked like he was through on goal. Has a ridiculous amount of confidence, always tries to make things happen. Is the anti-Gini in some ways; will look to create more, whether through incisive through balls or running past players, but will also make more mistakes and suffer ball losses. Fascinating player. Sturridge - didn't do much, but what he did was crucial. Skipped past a couple of defenders and got away the shot that rebounded off the upright and into the path of a waiting Mané.
  10. Songs You Never Realized Were Covers

    Great topic! This one was embarrassing, but simultaneously vindicating. I'd been arguing with friends about Adele's merits as a songwriter. I think her songs are awful dross by and large, only reason people can't tell is because she's got a great voice. But, I conceded, she did have one song that I thought was genuinely great. Of course I should have known To Make You Feel My Love was a Dylan tune (although I've now discovered it was first recorded and released by Billy Joel - and shame on anyone who thinks Uptown Girl is a Westlife original, by the way). So while I was a bit ashamed to not know that it was a Dylan original, I was pleased that I had clocked its quality regardless. I was another one who heard Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah before Cohen's, so for a while I thought it was penned by the former. For a more recent example, I just found out that the incredibly beautiful and heart wrenching Be For Real from Cohen's 1992 album The Future was actually written by a guy called Frederick Knight (the song actually ends with Cohen saying "Thanks for the song, mr Knight", and first recorded (as far as I can tell) by Marlena Shaw, whose most famous song, California Soul, is also a cover (originally written by Ashford & Simpson ("Ain't No Mountain", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "I'm Every Woman" etc.).
  11. Whats your 10 favorite groups and 10 favorite albums ?

    @Joe Pesci Legend by Bob Marley is incredible. It's funny, I really, really, really, really, really, really don't like reggae - but I fucking love Bob Marley. I guess it's an instance of transcending genre.
  12. Whats your 10 favorite groups and 10 favorite albums ?

    Artists, composers, bands: JS Bach Leonard Cohen Michael Jackson Neil Young The Beatles Marvin Gaye Prince Lillebjørn Nilsen Bruce Springsteen Aretha Franklin Albums: Fionn Regan - The End of History, Catriona McDonald & Ian Lowthian - Opus Blue M83 - Hurry up, we're dreaming Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Bon Iver - Bon Iver Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years Jan Johansson - Jazz på Svenska Donald Fagen - The Nightfly Daft Punk - Discovery The National - Cherry Tree
  13. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    I think Leicester would rather face Sevilla than PSG, Bayern, Real or Man City (well, maybe not Man City after last week), so on that account, it's a pretty good draw for them. I know Sevilla are favourites, but Leicester are not strangers to the odd upset.
  14. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    As for the rest of the matchups: Manchester City v Monaco - should be doable for City. Could have been a lot worse. Real Madrid v Napoli - Tough draw for Napoli. They're on good form, though, especially Mertens. Shouldn't be completely discounted. Benfica v Borussia Dortmund - Dortmund look too strong for Benfica. Bayern Munich v Arsenal - Although maybe this will finally be Arsene's year Porto v Juventus - Juve should win this. Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid - Don't think Leverkusen stand a chance here. Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona - PSG arguably not the same force they were a couple of seasons ago. Sevilla v Leicester City - Pretty good draw for Leicester, although Sevilla have had a very good season in Spain. European teams don't seem to have discovered the antidote to Leicester's playing style yet.
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  16. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    It's really not. It's a much better Liverpool. It took us 21 games to get to 31 points last year. If we lose the next six games, you can say same old Liverpool. The truth is, of course, we're massively improved, but still have issues to sort out (primarily Lovren and Karius). Scoring two goals at home should be enough to win the game, and scoring three away likewise. It's a mixture of error-prone defending and goalkeeping and maybe a bit of bad luck with opponents often having a very high conversion rate.
  17. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Fuck that game right in the dick.
  18. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Another goal for Origi.
  19. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Well, I can't help you with a lack of comprehension Seems like Rashford and Walker are not the best of friends.
  20. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Well, that was an old post. Anyway, for more up-to-date stuff: Guardiola is getting a ridiculous amount of criticism. I haven't seen Conte get much, not that there's been much to criticise since the first few games, and Klopp seems to be pretty loved by the media as well. I wish McAuley had just booted that ball over the sidelines. Trying to ride off a Costa challenge is foolhardy at best. Speaking of Costa, it's remarkable how much less of a cunt he is under Conte. Here's to Spurs and Utd playing out a draw.
  21. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    So after an away game in which we scored three (3) goals, and in a season where we're the league leading goal scorers, you think a proper striker is the biggest miss in the squad? Wow. Origi should have put away that first chance, but the goal he scored was far from easy. He also has three goals in the last three games. What would he have to do to satisfy your criteria? Hat trick in every game? I agree that everyone looked sluggish, and we were unusually effective today / Boruc was a joke. 3 goals from 3 shots on goal. Bournemouth had 8 shots on goal, and were deserved winners. It's not one poor game, mate. He has yet to put in a stellar performance. We've played so well in several games this season that he sometimes will not even face a shot in 90 min. He's better than Mignolet with his feet, if only marginally, but apart from that, they seem to have the same weaknesses: clueless/petrified on crosses, they are terrible at not giving rebounds and they both seem prone to blunders. As Lord Friendzone said, 2nd and 4th goals were eminently preventable. Maybe he'll do a De Gea and suddenly become the best keeper in the world, but from what I remember, De Gea's biggest problems were howlers, which he's managed to weed out from his game. With Karius it seems to be a wider array of problems. Not convinced. And as much as I love Klopp, surely there's a pretty strong case for pardoning Sakho now? I don't think it's gonna happen, but it's the one thing Klopp has done since he took over that I really disagree with. Obviously I don't know all the details, but the rumours just sound so innocuous. Being late for a couple of trainings and saying some dumb shit on Snapchat? I get that he needed to be disciplined, but just banned forever? Seems incredibly harsh and unforgiving, which isn't my general perception of Klopp.
  22. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    Props to Alexis for not going Delle Alli and scoring goals by staying on his feet.
  23. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    They just made one of those their president.
  24. Footy: Yaya Ascendant

    God damn, Swansea look shit under Bradley. Under Guidolin they at least looked good, even if they didn't get many points. Delle Alli is a dirty diver, and Moss is a shit ref.
  25. Chess - the world in black and white

    Yeah, I mean, I think this is an actual instance of political correctness gone mad. The Blank Slate theory is just prima facie ridiculous, and has no credible empirical evidence supporting it. I get why it's potentially inflammatory knowledge, and it should be handled with care, but just denying reality is inevitably going to backfire at some point.