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  1. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    When Maxi Lopez and Icardi were at Sampdoria together they were good friends. But after Lopez cheated on his wife, she left him for Icardi. Mauro then went off to Inter and effectively adopted his children. Maxi didn’t take it well and has refused to shake Icardi’s hand whenever they have played and turned all his friends - including Messi, who was at Barca with him, and a bunch of other senior Argentina players against Mauro. That is why he went about five years without an international call-up, as Messi vetoed it, until Sampaoli restored him briefly.
  2. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Same issue for Icardi as Nainggolan. His face doesn’t fit in the national team - more due to the players’ rather than manager’s opinion though. That must suck for him given that it was Maxi Lopez who was in the wrong, but a sensible decision for team cohesion from Sampaoli with plenty of great strikers at his disposal.
  3. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Inter get the win they needed in the final day Champions League showdown with Lazio. They needed two goals with 15 to play, Inzaghi subbed off Immobile and went behind + lost a man all within five minutes. First of them came from a penalty conceded by de Vrij who is off to Inter this summer.
  4. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    This process has been going on for a while with Mourinho. Since leaving Inter, at best he has met expectations at every club. One La Liga title and no decima in three years at Real was a disappointment, his return to Chelsea went okay but left them in a giant hole and what he has done at United so far will not be enough to justify the meltdown precedent suggests will happen next year.
  5. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Delighted for Frankfurt and Kovac even if helped by that rather strange decision nit to give a penalty at the end (second round in a row they got the luck like that). In the long run that might be for Bayern’s good. Kovac might have been a little short of credibility had he gone to Munich having seen his side collapse out of a European place for the second year running and been beaten by the squad he was supposed to lead in their previous match.
  6. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Clearly I haven’t been paying enough attention. Liverpool can complain about Brewster going if he leaves, but not that Gladbach tapped him up - as the rules permit approaching a soon to be out of contract player. I don’t know if Sancho’s contractual situation was the same, but if it was then they probably wanted to keep relations with City sweet by paying a small fee or thought the legal battle to show they were right was not worth the effort.
  7. Horse of Kent

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    New thread as we reached 20 pages. I am not sure what grounds Liverpool have to complain about Gladbach approaching Brewster. He is out of contract this summer and the rules preventing English clubs making agreements before it expires don't apply internationally. Maybe they hope the threat deters them even if it is hollow.
  8. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    Pavard will be the French backup RB. More of a CB - so will lack Sidibe's attacking impact, but is a better defender than him. Would have liked to see Rony Lopes in Portugal's squad after 13 goals for Monaco this season.
  9. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    I guess so. I’m not sure they need that extra cover at wide forward so would have gone with Rabiot.
  10. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    France squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG) Defenders: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco) Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Adil Rami being there is pretty funny, especially when five other players are natural CBs. Lemar lucky given his poor season when Martial, Rabiot, Lacazette, Coman and Payet are absent - though the latter two struggling with injury.
  11. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    Five full-backs seems excessive. If Southgate wants Walker to play tucked in as a wide CB, why ignore Bertrand who played a decent amount there a couple of seasons ago? Did I ever tell you I'm Fredi Bobic?
  12. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    England rumoured to be picking Leon Bailey despite him being ineligible. At least if we are kicked out the tournament, we can’t lose on penalties.
  13. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    Ward-Prowse would be a good idea. I am not especially convinced by Shelvey either, but I had a space free in midfield and thought he would offer more than Cook. Lascelles is over Tarkowski only because he is a natural leader in an inexperienced squad.
  14. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    Who I'd take to Russia if I were Southgate: Pickford, Butland, Pope; Rose, Bertrand, Walker, TAA, Stones, Dier, Lascelles, Maguire, Henderson, Delph, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek, Lallana, Alli, Lingard, Sancho, Sterling, Rashford, Kane, Vardy. As for Hart, it would be nice if Shrewsbury win the play-off final for him to return home next season, as he will be unlikely to have any PL suitors. Would be a good place to rebuild where the fans would give him unanimous backing. Germany's outfield squad was pretty much what I would have gone for. Petersen was an astute selection. Whether it was him Wagner, Uth or whoever in Stindl's absence, they would be very unlikely to get a start ahead of Werner and Gomez - so taking the super sub was the right move, especially when he is a good penalty taker if required.
  15. Horse of Kent

    Football: CLeaning up

    I may have got that one ever so slightly wrong. Believe I said Tedesco was out of his depth and should have had a year or two at Aue before getting a big job too. He has had a tremendous year - voted into every single Bundesliga team of the season I have seen and a few continent wide ones. Also the top scoring defender across Europe and not just in meaningless games. A 94th minute equaliser in the Revierderby, another stoppage time equaliser to keep the unbeaten streak vs Frankfurt and a second goal to win the other derby against Dortmund. So he was. I was looking for him amongst the forwards. Drop Taison for somebody else then. I don't see the point in taking a 30-year old who no club in the big leagues has ever gone in for. Take a kid for the experience.
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