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English Premier League thread

Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
Is there a better player in the EPL than Kevin De Bruyne? Liverpool will be the deserved champions, but KDB is by far the best player in the league. He should leave City. Would be a shame if he would never win the CL and City will not win it.
 

Chuny

GFX MOD
Staff
11 December 2007
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Is there a better player in the EPL than Kevin De Bruyne? Liverpool will be the deserved champions, but KDB is by far the best player in the league. He should leave City. Would be a shame if he would never win the CL and City will not win it.
I agree.
You don't see playmakers like that anymore.
But he's not just that. He also scores. He also comes back and helps defensively.

He's definitely on my top 5 players in the world.
 

Chris Davies

Chief PESsimist
Staff
14 May 2003
Tranmere Rovers
New ball for the EPL (and other top flight leagues across Europe) revealed...


What do you guys think?

Really divided opinion amongst friends and colleagues.

Some say it's going to be a classic due to the fact that it's so simple (with the huge tick), and monochrome.

Others say it looks like it's been left on a hot radiator for a month - and it looks like it's cream-coloured rather than pure white, which is really odd.

I think it looks shrivelled and weird, don't like it at all!
 

Isslander

Gordon's alive!
3 August 2003
Iceland
Liverpool
something about this design (or maybe the shadow) makes it look uneven, not completely circular. Apart from the look, it seems like it could be a genuine revolution in designing a ball, but yeah they could have made it look a bit better. Nike balls are usually so poor imo compared to Adidas, but I am intrigued to see if this thing actually is any different to play with.
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
Looks a bit weird to me. 30% truer flight but then it says engineered for precision flight, so which is it? Well whatever it is like, it can't possibly make the Premier League games any more boring than they have been since the return.
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
Firstly, yes they are correct decisions by the current handball law, but the two late goals that were disallowed tonight for Tottenham and Man City were just absolutely ridiculous. They surely have to do away with this stupid handball rule for attacking teams. It's a complete and utter farce. First one rolls over Foden's arm as he's laying on the ground about 50yds from the goal at the start of the move and the second one Moura stumbles over under a challenge and falls down and the ball touches his arm as he lands.
 

Chris Davies

Chief PESsimist
Staff
14 May 2003
Tranmere Rovers
Firstly, yes they are correct decisions by the current handball law, but the two late goals that were disallowed tonight for Tottenham and Man City were just absolutely ridiculous. They surely have to do away with this stupid handball rule for attacking teams. It's a complete and utter farce. First one rolls over Foden's arm as he's laying on the ground about 50yds from the goal at the start of the move and the second one Moura stumbles over under a challenge and falls down and the ball touches his arm as he lands.
Completely agree. Love VAR, hate rules that are against the spirit of the game (by organisations against the spirit of the game).

Found this interesting...


Also, the most highly featured comments are all in disagreement...
 

Flipper the Priest

Hellow Mum
15 July 2003
As far as rule changes goes, the make up of Ifab only muddies the water.

Fifa only takes up one of the five seats, the UK FAs the rest. That means the Northern Irish FA (I pick them out as the smallest nation by population) does, in theory, have more power than France, Germany, Italy and Spain combined, to pick the rest of the so-called 'big five'. (How's that European trophy count going, France?...)

Why would the FAs of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales be for such convoluted rules, which require VAR to be implemented correctly, when they can't afford VAR? And the 171 other Fifa nations that don't use VAR, predominantly for financial reasons?

Fifa will be exerting undue influence and we all know why. The stakes are so high that in a frenzied pursuit of fairness the decision makers are losing the spirit of the game. Despite their claims:

"The Laws cannot deal with every possible situation, so where there is no direct provision in the Laws, The IFAB expects the referee to make a decision within the ‘spirit’ of the game – this often involves asking the question, “what would football want/expect?”"

From Ifabs Laws of the Game. What a pile of shite.

Not sure what it's like in your respective nations but referee training is brilliant and cheap. Pretty sure it was £30 two years ago for 14 hours of learning, an accredited qualification from the SFA and equipment (kit, cards, whsitle, the lot!). Was only doing it cos I'm a nerd. So I'm a qualified ref who's never reffed. Arsed being bullied by 22+ hungover blokes on a Saturday morning.
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
I think what makes the handball rule worse is that it is effectively a rule that has been put in place because of VAR. Surely that cannot be right? In the majority of cases there is no way a referee on the pitch can even see these types of handball so in 90% of the games across the world those two goals last night would have stood anyway making a mockery of the rule. Also in those two cases and it seems the majority of these types the handball has no direct bearing on the goal that was scored anyway!

This isn't what VAR is supposed to be for surely?
 

Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
About Spurs goal, as a Spurs fan and as a fan of good football, i'm glad it was disallowed. Watching Spurs under Mourinho hurts my eyes and my heart. Sack that man. He drags the club down with his miserabilistic approach to football.
The way he uses substitutes to underrmine certain players is a disgrace.
Why on earth would you bring Jan Vertonghen on when you are 2-0 down with 10 minutes to play? Jan is a club monument and who signed for a month because he is a true gentleman and because he loves Spurs. Ndombele never starts a match, yesterday when the team played abysmal, he let him play...
Mister Levy, please sack this monster....NOW.
 
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