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A place to discuss sports, especially if you are just learning the game. Our focus is international football. Must have good sportsman like behavior, and definitely a sense of humor. "Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman's game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts." --Henry Blaha

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  2. Meera of Tarth

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    For this match, the supporters of Girona will receive a compensation bc Girona-Barça is an important derby (Girona are newbies rockies in the 1st. league, two years ago the only Catalan derby was Espanyol-Barça, apart from the classic "derby" Madrid-Barça), the anthem of Spain will have to be heard (that doesn't happen in the matches in Spain), and 40000 Spanish flags will be given to people. Any other flag (especially independentists flag, given that both cities are Catalan, and thus, statistically have independentists supporters amongst them) will be intercepted. Girona is very happy to be in the US but apparently not exactly happy with the conditions and Miami is not completely confirmed, https://en.as.com/en/2018/09/06/football/1536258259_732071.htm http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fokdiario.com%2Fdeportes%2Fbarcelona%2F2018%2F09%2F06%2Ftebas-obligara-barca-girona-escuchar-himno-ver-40-000-banderas-espanolas-3082990
  3. Meera of Tarth

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Oh apparently the Spanish League has said that in January Girona-Barça will take place in Miami.
  4. Meera of Tarth

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Welcome to the world of Football earnings Neymar was not bad at Barça but now he earns too much...there.
  5. kissdbyfire

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Fucking hell, € 1 + per freaking second!!!!
  6. Changes to the game. What makes sense? What you dislike? Why? Just going to post a little history here to get started... but speak freely about any other changes. * * * Football has come a long way since its first laws were drawn up in London in 1863. That historic meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern led not only to the foundation of the Football Association but, moreover, to the game's inaugural set of common rules. Although undergraduates at Cambridge had made an earlier attempt to achieve a uniform standard in the late 1840s - albeit still allowing the ball to be caught - it was not until 1863 that football, a sport played down the centuries in often-violent village contests and then embraced in the early 1800s by the English public schools, had a fixed rulebook. One club represented at the Freemasons' Tavern, Blackheath, refused to accept the non-inclusion of hacking (kicking below the knee) and subsequently became a founder of the Rugby Football Union. However, the 11 others reached an agreement and, under the charge of one Ebenezer Cobb Morley, 14 laws were soon penned for a game that would, in the following century, become the most played, watched and talked about activity on the planet. Original offside rule The offside rule formed part of the original rules in 1863 but it was a far remove from the law as we know it today. Any attacking player ahead of the ball was deemed to be offside - meaning early tactical systems featured as many as eight forwards, as the only means of advancing the ball was by dribbling or scrimmaging as in rugby. In the late 1860s, the FA made the momentous decision to adopt the three-player rule, where an attacker would be called offside if positioned in front of the third-last defender. Now the passing game could develop. Despite the unification of the rules and the creation of the FA in 1863, disputes, largely involving Sheffield clubs who had announced their own set of ideas in 1857, persisted into the late 1870s. However, the creation of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) finally put an end to all arguments. Made up of two representatives from each of the four associations of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland), the IFAB met for the first time on 2 June 1886 to guard the Laws of the Game. Then, as today, a three-quarters majority was needed for a proposal to be passed. Gradual changes In those early years, the game gradually assumed the features we take for granted today. Goal-kicks were introduced in 1869 and corner-kicks in 1872. In 1878 a referee used a whistle for the first time. Yet there was no such thing as a penalty up until 1891. In the public schools where modern football originated, there was an assumption that a gentleman would never deliberately commit a foul. Amid the increased competitiveness, however, the penalty, or as it was originally called 'the kick of death', was introduced as one of a number of dramatic changes to the Laws of the Game in 1891. Penalties, of course, had to be awarded by someone and following a proposal from the Irish Association, the referee was allowed on to the field of play. True to its gentlemanly beginnings, disputes were originally settled by the two team captains, but, as the stakes grew, so did the number of complaints. By the time the first FA Cup and international fixture took place, two umpires, one per team, were being employed to whom each side could appeal. But it was not the ideal solution as decisions were often only reached following lengthy delays. The referee, at first, stood on the touchline keeping time and was 'referred' to if the umpires could not agree but that all changed in 1891. Referees introduced From that date a single person with powers to send players off as well as give penalties and free-kicks without listening to appeals became a permanent fixture in the game. The two umpires became linesmen, or 'assistant referees' as they are called today. Also during that meeting in Scotland, the goal net was accepted into the laws, completing the make-up of the goal after the introduction of the crossbar to replace tape 16 years previously. With the introduction of rules, the features of the football pitch as we know it slowly began to appear. The kick-off required a centre spot; keeping players ten yards from the ball at kick-off, brought the centre circle. It is interesting to note that when the penalty came in 1891, it was not taken from a spot but anywhere along a 12-yard line before 1902. The 1902 decision to award penalties for fouls committed in an area 18 yards from the goal line and 44 yards wide, created both the penalty box and penalty spot. Another box 'goal area', commonly called the 'six-yard-box', six yards long and 20 wide, replaced a semi circle in the goalmouth. However it was not for another 35 years that the final piece of the jigsaw, the 'D' shape at the edge of the penalty area, FIFA joins IFAB Football fast became as popular elsewhere as it had been in Britain and in May 1904, FIFA was founded in Paris with seven original members: France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain (represented by Madrid FC), Sweden and Switzerland. There was some initial disquiet in the United Kingdom to the idea of a world body governing the sport it had created rules for, but this uncertainty was soon brushed aside. Former FA board member Daniel Burley Woolfall replaced Frenchman Robert Guérin as FIFA President in 1906 - the year the FA joined - and in 1913 FIFA became a member of the IFAB. In the restructured decision-making body, FIFA was given the same voting powers as the four British associations put together. There remained eight votes and the same 75 per cent majority needed for a proposal to be passed, but instead of two each, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland now had one, while FIFA was given four. On the field of play, the number of goals increased aided by the 1912 rule preventing goalkeepers from handling the ball outside the penalty area and another in 1920 banning offsides from throw-ins. In 1925, the three-player offside rule became a two-player one, representing another radical change that propelled the game further forward. Rous rewrites the Laws By the late 1930s it was felt that the Laws of the Game, now totalling 17, required a makeover. The original Laws had been penned in the language of Victorian England and since then, there had been more than half a century of changes and amendments. Hence the task given to Stanley Rous, a member of the IFAB and the official who first employed the diagonal system of refereeing, to clean the cobwebs and draft the Laws in a rational order. The Englishman, who would become FIFA President in 1961, did such a good job that not until 1997 were the Laws revised for as second time. Despite football's phenomenal popularity, there was a general agreement in the late 1980s that the Laws of the Game should be fine-tuned in the face of defensive tactics. If fan violence was a serious off-the-pitch problem during that period, then on it the increasingly high stakes meant a real risk of defensive tactics gaining the upper hand. Hence a series of amendments, often referred to as for the 'Good of the Game', which were designed to help promote attacking football. They began with the offside law in 1990. The advantage was now given to the attacking team. If the attacker was in line with the penultimate defender, he was now onside. In the same year, the 'professional foul' - denying an opponent a clear goal-scoring opportunity - became a sending-off offence. Back-pass rule changed Despite these changes, tactics during the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ suggested something more needed to be done. The IFAB responded in 1992 by banning goalkeepers from handling deliberate back-passes. Although the new rule was greeted with scepticism by some at first, in the fullness of time it would become widely appreciated. The game's Law-makers then struck another blow against cynicism in 1998 when the fierce tackle from behind became a red-card offence. With a new century approaching, the commitment to forward-thinking football could not have been clearer.
  7. The Fattest Leech

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Lawwwd jeesus! There is a breakdown to show what he is paid by the second Neymar earns an astonishing €36.8 million a year at Parc des Princes, which works out at over €700,000 a week. That dwarfs the €300,000-a-week deal he signed with Barca in 2016 and moves him comfortably ahead of Ronaldo and Messi, even if we take into account the pay rise the latter is said to be receiving in the new deal at Camp Nou he signed last November. Tevez cashed in on the gold rush in the Chinese Super League in 2017 and was, for a time at least, the only player who topped Neymar's salary. He was said to be earning €38.4m a year at Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Boca Juniors in January 2018. Timeframe Earnings Per second €1.16 Per minute €70 Per hour €4,200 Per day €100,821 Per week €707,692 Per month €3.07m Per year €36.8m
  8. kissdbyfire

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    I wonder how much he's gonna be making by 2022? http://www.goal.com/en/news/neymar-net-worth-salary-contract-psg/1kvfsexg0npxf15gn60ol0zknl and is he single?
  9. Meera of Tarth

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    The last news was that about the agreement between Spanish La Liga for 15 years, that could begin this year unless there's that new deal with the Captains of the Spanish League. (Otherwise they will go on strike). If only it went well, I mean, it would just be two matches. I saw that on the news!
  10. kissdbyfire

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Yeah, quite likely. Still, FIFA does stand out in regards to corruption and all sorts of shady stuff.
  11. The Fattest Leech

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    I have heard this over the years. I guess this happens with any large organization after a while?
  12. Lady Fevre Dream

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    The BwB US Footballers? I LIKE IT!!
  13. kissdbyfire

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    The US did host a WC before. Like ages ago... I wanna say 1994 but that could be wrong... Also, FIFA = thieving corrupt mobsters, all of 'em.
  14. The Fattest Leech

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Aah, I see. Going all Brotherhood without Banners rogue on me, eh? Absolutely. Go for it. I expect to see some revenue from this Ownershipnessthingy.
  15. Lady Fevre Dream

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    @The Fattest Leech Your Dear Ownershipness, I was thinking of EVENTUALLY starting a US Football thread thingy, if that's ok.
  16. Lady Fevre Dream

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Hi Everyone, Just checking in, wanted to see if there's any news on the playing of European football on the fields of the US. Oh, that made me realize...........I wonder what they would look for in stadium usage here in the US? I'd think they'd want a big venue, perhaps the Pro USA Football stadiums?
  17. The Fattest Leech

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    The 2022 WC will be in Qatar. Now that I think back, I do remember that being mentioned on my tv channels here during the recent WC game. It didn't click with me back then that I should actually remember this information https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/qatar2022/index.html
  18. The Fattest Leech

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    That's what I thought, too. Number 5 sport is still a "top" sport. I had to look up who Infantino is because I am learning all of this from the ground up (I kinda recognized the name): Giovanni Vincenzo "Gianni" Infantino (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni vinˈtʃɛntso iɱfanˈtiːno]; born 23 March 1970) is a Swiss–Italian[1][2]football administrator and the current president of FIFA. He was elected President of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016.[1]
  19. kissdbyfire

    FIFA vows "open" World Cup 2026

    Isn't #5 considered "top"? Anyway, no idea who Infantino is but then I haven't been following anything football in a good while. So, 2026 in North America... what about 2022, where's that one gonna be? ETA: I wish someone had red-carded Trump instead of presenting him w/ a red card!
  20. Big plans for football in the US. I guess we should shine up the ol'cleets. From the article: Two and a half months after FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to North America, Infantino and Cordeiro headed a delegation visiting President Trump at the White House to celebrate that success and begin laying the groundwork for hosting 60 of the tournament’s 80 matches in this country. (Mexico and Canada will stage 10 apiece.) The group spent about an hour with Trump, presenting him and family members with jerseys and, for the president, a set of yellow and red cards. Asked what legacy he would like the World Cup to leave, Infantino said: “I would definitely like to see soccer in the U.S. becoming one of the top sports, not number five.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2018/08/28/fifas-gianni-infantino-visits-trump-vows-an-open-world-cup-in-2026/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4246c64d92fc
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