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The Soccer Thread (Version 7.0)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TrooperBari, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    The Olympic tournament is over, European leagues are starting again and there's a USMNT friendly next week. Seems as good a time as any for a new thread.

    Playing at home in its season-opener, Paris Saint-Germain is down 2-0 at halftime to Lorient. Considering that Antoine Kombouare got the sack while PSG was in first place, I wonder how long Carlo Ancelotti has to get France's answer to the Death Star fully operational.
  2. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Ibrahimovic's brace (one a 90th min PK) gets PSG the 2-2 draw.
  3. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Signs of progress, I suppose. PSG lost last year's season opener 1-0 at home to Lorient.
  4. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Interwebs are buzzing with RVP going to Old Trafford.
  5. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    One week till the season starts and Michael Owen is still tweeting about the Olympics. Come on dude, sign with Stoke and get to work.
  6. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member


    Soccer's version of "The Expendables" open their FA Cup run with a 3-2 win over Langford FC.
  7. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Langford Town scored two? Time to sign a few recently retired defenders, Wembley.

    And WTF was Derek Rae doing calling a glorified rec league match?
  8. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    The power of Budweiser...

    Oh, and it's the Bud FA Cup...so that might have a "teeny" part of it as well.
  9. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member


    Not sure if this story was touched on in the last thread...but now it looks like up to 9 Newcastle players could be headed to newco Rangers

    And a recap of Game 1 as a 4th tier squad, a 2-2 draw with Peterhead: http://www.scottishfootballleague.com/football/third/results/3539383/
  10. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Forgot to post this last week. We saw a little-used rule enforced in the USA-Canada women's game, there was another one enforced in the US Open Cup championship game.

    Sporting KC and Seattle went to PKs. Tied 2-2 in the fifth round, Sporting's Paulo Nagamura's shot was saved by Seattle GK Michael Gspurning. Immediately, the referee and assistant pointed at Gspurning and called him for moving off the line before the shot. Nagamura made the re-kick and Eddie Johnson blasted his kick to Nebraska Furniture Mart, giving Sporting the win.

    The controversy spilled into postgame, where Sigi Schmid insisted nobody wanted Seattle to four-peat. While I am an unabashed Sporting fanboi, photos of the PK in question showed Gspurning completely off the line by about a foot before Nagamura's successful PK. Still, you hardly see that called. After, Nagamura said he reminded the ref about Gspurning moving too soon, and I guess Kei Kamara did too.
  11. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    It's hardly called, but it should be called more often. I've seen keepers take three full steps forward once the shooter approaches the ball and get away with it. You can question whether or not a team gains an advantage from encroaching on the penalty area before a PK is struck, but there's no question on whether a keeper gains an advantage from coming off his line too soon.
  12. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    If there were powers that be, they couldn't give the furst crap whether Seattle wins 4 straight USOCs.
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