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In Topic: Real Madrid Transfer Rumor Thread - 2014 Post Gareth Bale Edition

23 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

I believe that Kroos can play anywhere in midfield, but I think it's a shame to use him there. When closer to the goal, he's deadly with his shot. He can shoot with both feet and is very smart in the way he moves forward. We'll see, very excited as well! 

The most dangerous runs are those ones from deep.  Just think back the past couple of seasons to all those times that Khedira has rampaged in from deep and not been closed down until he is a few steps from the box, but imagine instead of one of Khedira's lackluster shots, Toni comes steaming through and let's rip.  Or imagine the opposition rightly starts pissing themselves and collapses on Kroos which, surprise surprise, leaves our Croatian wonder in an easy passing lane with an even better look at goal.  Or the opposition just goes full retarded and leaves one of BBC with half a sniff on goal.

 

You know I just realized if we line up with Jese, James, Benzema, and Bale at some point we are going to have a BJ BJ.


In Topic: Real Madrid Players On International Duty

08 July 2014 - 11:25 PM

Alexi Lalas

 

Gus Johnson

 

Taylor Twellman

 

but the biggest mary poppin of em all is Phil Shcoen

Tight shirt Twellman is actually decent doing the color, especially when it is just something like an MLS game so you don't have to spend so much time considering what the fuck he is doing pretending to be a former player on th same level.  In contrast, I fucking hate it when Kasey Keller does them.  He was a fine keeper, but hearing him try to talk about soccer is just miserable.

 

Feel bad for Marcelo that he had to be a part of that. He actually didn't play all that poorly tbh although the fact that he refused to give in and kept attacking like a mad man undoubtedly left even more space for Germany to exploit later on in the match.

 

But Khedira showed that beast mode side of himself that seems to come out every now and again when he wears the Germany shirt. He may not be the most technically brilliant midfielder, but the guy brings a different skill set that can prove extremely beneficial to us. As I said before, no way this guy should be sold unless we replace what he can produce for us. We shouldn't be advocating for his stay simply because he performed well today. We should be advocating for his stay because he gives this team an option in midfield that we don't have otherwise.

I honestly think Casemiro gives us a similar physical presence in the midfield, with a higher upside due to his superior on ball skills.  That said, the coach doesn't have faith in him which is something a player like that has to have to make an impact in that sort of role... oh well.  Hope we don't lose him on a transfer and then have to watch him become massive somewhere else without a buy-back.


In Topic: Real Madrid Transfer Rumor Thread - 2014 Post Gareth Bale Edition

26 June 2014 - 03:43 PM

True, Bilbao just posted on their official twitter that Herrera has bought out his buy-out clause.

 

 

Darn. Well, in that case, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they force United to psy taxes on top of the buyout clause.

If Herrera has bought out his buy-out clause then they have forced United to pay the taxes.  Basically the way that works is: in order to trigger a buyout clause, the player themselves has to pay the clause which means the buying club has to transfer that fee to the player's bank account, and that payment is considered wages which has a very high tax rate, which of course the buying team is responsible for.  The gentleman's agreement to get out of the tax situation is that clubs will basically use the buyout clause as the "Ebay buy it now" price and process it like a normal transfer which is taxed at a much lower tax rate to my understanding.  Bilbao don't want to sell so they are being spiteful,  which makes sense I suppose; but then again if they agreed to sell they could probably get a slightly higher fee than the buyout clause.


In Topic: Real Madrid Transfer Rumor Thread - 2014 Post Gareth Bale Edition

17 June 2014 - 12:52 AM

Never thought of him as the mercenary type, but that quote kind of seals the deal.  Oh well, he is an adult and is of course free to do as he pleases, but like Mo I have lost any affection I ever had for him.  I am sure he will be crying all the way to the bank, but hey it gives me yet another opportunity to respect Barca less...


In Topic: Real Valladolid - Real Madrid

07 May 2014 - 08:43 PM

Funny game that we love...