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In Topic: Midseason Transfer Review 2014/15

31 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

Popped back in for a moment since I missed everyone.

 

Best Buy: Kroos, 0 room for debate.

 

Worst Buy: Navas, although honestly I think it is a toss up.  We spent way too much on James and I don't think he added a vital component to the system, but Navas hasn't even got a chance to really shine yet while James has had some good moments.  I went with Navas since at the end of the day I am more concerned about winning football matches than winning the transfer market game and Navas' contributions haven't really helped yet, although I don't think that says anything about his quality.

 

Best Sale: Lopez.  I never really rated him highly where as I think the other 3 could have contributed to this team.  My wish is that Morata turns it up another seven notches, we buy him back, and then his sale/loan becomes the best outbound transfer, but that is far from happening at this point.

 

Worst Sale: Xabi, although with him requesting to leave you can't really blame the club for letting him go.  Having him here just one more season would have given us out-of-this-world depth in quality central midfielders.


In Topic: Córdoba vs Real Madrid

24 January 2015 - 04:47 PM

I honestly thought we weren't going to score that.

 

Also, C Ron was a total douche bag for that dusting off of the decima badge gesture.


In Topic: Real Madrid Players Thread

08 December 2014 - 12:49 AM

Depends what club you support or what level of football you're talking about, I suppose.

 

Obviously the clubs I watch most often is Spurs and I wouldn't agree that is the case, if anything there's been a decline.


...also I think some positions have improved, some have declined

Of course not every footballer is better than the previous one, otherwise these records would be broken every season or three.  The main idea is that the overall average continues to improve.  I'd say national teams are a great example: the 2014 edition of the Liechtenstein national team is going to suffer against say '74 Brazil, but you'd have to think 2014 Germany walks all over '74 brazil, or '94 brazil for that matter.  I mean you could probably argue Spain from 2-6 years ago beats the world cup winning German side, but I don't think that is firm evidence against the idea that on the macro-scale, football is getting better all the time.


In Topic: Real Madrid Players Thread

07 December 2014 - 10:11 PM

Is it really though?

 

Outisde of the elite clubs, maybe a dozen or so, I'm not sure it is.

 

It stands to reason that the stronger and larger the squads at the very best clubs (the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayern Munichs) then the weaker and more dilluted the talent will be amongst the rest.

 

Well yes and no.  Is the competition as balanced?  Certainly not, but across the board the players of today are better than the players of 10 years ago, which are better than the players 20 years ago.  My point was more that it is a cycle of reinforcement.  


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

07 December 2014 - 08:48 PM

I've always liked Casemiro since his first appearance in a pre-season friendly with the first team, I think the only thing he has lacked is the manager's confidence.  It is great that Flo loves him, but we need Carlo to want him.