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The OLD Fútbol (soccer) thread. Arsenal supporters literally want to suck balls.

Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
There's a new thread now! Let's talk about watching guys kick balls in that one!

VIDEOS
SUPERB GOALS 08-09. Feast your eyes on these compilations of beautiful goals from the 2008-2009 football seasons so far. Included in these compilations are goals from many leagues, so there should be something for everyone.


DISCLAIMER: The music sucks on some of these videos. You have been warned.


Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
I will add more of these compilations to this OP as they are released, so stay tuned.


Wayne Rooney is a badass. Yes, I know... this is knowledge that is as common as 2 + 2 = 4. But let's take a look at how badass he is anyways.
Wayne Rooney's Brilliant Free Kick

BOOKS
Football is a beautiful game, and anything with such beauty deserves to have literature written about it. Luckily for us, there is. There are many books that one can read about football; however, here are a few that I highly recommend:


1. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
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Before it was adapted into a horrible film about baseball, it was adapted into an excellent film about football. But before it was adapted into a film about football, it was an internationally bestselling memoir. Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch is about Hornby's personal "love affair" with Arsenal FC. Keep in mind this was before Arsene Wenger's time as manager; before Arsenal was in the "big four" and playing beautiful one-touch football. Any football fan should read this book.


2. The Ball is Round by David Goldblatt
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Yes, it says "A Global History of Soccer" in the subtitle. This is because it is the American version. This book is a "Global History of Football" everywhere else in the world, so don't worry... it's credible. Although I have personally just started reading it, I find it a very interesting read and have trouble putting it down sometimes, which is quite a feat for a history book (even if it IS about football).


3. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
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This is a book that examines the importance of football in the cultures of many countries in the world. I wish I could say more on the book, but I admittedly never finished it before being distracted by Fever Pitch and The Ball is Round.


4. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
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How could a football thread be created without the mention of good ol' hooliganism? This book is about an American journalist who decides that he wants to see what football hooliganism is all about. Bill Buford decides to follow Manchester United, and finds a way into the hooliganism scene.


5. Bloody Confused by Chuck Culpepper
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Recommended by projectmayhem, oldmanken, and Arikado.

American goes to England, wants to check out "soccer," doesn't understand anything about the game. Hilarity ensues.


6. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinniss
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Recommended by Diarmund and oldmanken.


7. Seeing Red by former referee Graham Poll
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Recommended by Arikado.

8. The Damned United by David Peace
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Recommended by Ponge.

FILMS
1. Kicking It
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This is a film that I randomly stumbled upon while looking through Netflix's library. Released in 2008, Kicking It is a documentary about the Homeless World Cup. Yes, it is a documentary... that focuses on homeless people playing football. What more can you ask for?

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    evilbobevilbob RADELAIDERegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    omglol fuck yes I love that video.

    btw, quality op :^:

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I approve!

    Love seeing Bruce Djite... he's one of my strikers on FML.

    EDIT: I know I am being sucked in by the advertising, but I love the Joga Bonito videos.

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    Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Haha, I'm glad you guys like it. I'll try to keep the OP updated with the Superb Goals compilations, links to weekly highlights, and other OP-worthy stuff.

    I'll try to limit the amount of Gerrard love, too.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Hold on, are you Scum or Scouse? Because there is an awful lot of Scum in that OP...

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    Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'm a scouser. And yes, I realize that there's a lot of scum in the OP, but I really like Rooney and Berbatov.

    Just wait... some day you will see the OP covered with huge pictures Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, and Xabi Alonso.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Buddy Lee wrote: »
    I'm a scouser. And yes, I realize that there's a lot of scum in the OP, but I like Rooney and Berbatov.

    That's cool, as they are both good goal scorers (Berba is a tad on the lazy side though). Just had me confused...

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Having watched the first two parts of those goal videos, I have to say that Gerard's goal against Marseille (in part two) is easily my favourite.

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    DiarmuidDiarmuid Amazing Meatball Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    This is my favourite football book.
    The OP is definitely too Manc heavy, you need to scouse that up a bit. :)

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Diarmuid wrote: »
    This is my favourite football book.
    The OP is definitely too Manc heavy, you need to scouse that up a bit. :)

    That book is excellent, and very happy that WSD recommended it. I now have a copy of Bloody Confused, which WSD also recommended.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The footie books I can recommend are "Bloody Confused" by Chuck Culpepper and "Seeing Red" by Graham Poll. Poll's book is pretty long but very in-depth.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I've gone back and forth on picking up Poll's book... so it's good, eh? I've always liked him when he has been interviewed.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Lotta wit and very truthful.

    Plus, you get real insight into a lot of the press-created drama that surrounded him and a certain English captain.

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    PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You should add 'The Damned United' to the books list. It's about Brian Clough during his 44 days as manager of Leeds United and is a cracker. Just finished it last night.

    As half the book is flashbacks to his glory days at Derby it's perhaps pretty appropriate as his son is soon to be their new manager (and they just beat Man Utd... lol).

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Hmmm, I might look into that. Are there any other good bios of Clough? Something which may span his whole career?

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    Willy-Bob GracchusWilly-Bob Gracchus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    There's a couple, the one I read was "Provided You Don't Kiss Me", cracking read.

    God I miss the crazy wonderful old bastard. Best bit of punditry ever, from, I think, Italia '90:
    Mick Channon: "We've got to get bodies into the box! The French do it, the Italians do it." Clough: "Even educated fleas do it."

    One of the true greats, in every sense.

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    PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It's being made into a film also:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226271/

    Micheal Sheen (from Frost/Nixon) as Clough.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Is it prnounced "claf" or "clow"? I've heard both pronunciations numerous times and I am confused.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It's 'clow'... EDIT: and I am wrong, apparently it is 'cluf'

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'm just looking at Brian Clough's wiki page (here), and as a player he scored 251 goals in 274 appearances! That is a fantastic strike rate, yet he was only ever called up to the England squad twice. Is there an explanation for that? As in Middlesbrough and Sunderland, the two teams he played for, not being in the top division or something?

    *scratches his head*

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    PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The book goes into it, I think he was pretty angry about the situation. I think he got badly injured quite early on in his playing career so he only managed 7 or 8 years as a professional.

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    Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Hey, have any of you ever watched the documentary Kicking It? It was released in 2008 and it's about a yearly world cup with teams made up entirely of homeless people. I just recently started watching it and it looks very, very interesting.

    Netflix subscribers can watch it instantly, if they so choose.

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    Oh, and by the way, I'll plan on updating the OP every Sunday or Monday with different videos and stuff, so keep your eyes open for that if you dig what I'm shovelin' up there.

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    Lord Of The PantsLord Of The Pants Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    MY BABY IS DEAD!

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    ValVal Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    yotes wrote: »
    Vàl wrote: »
    I dunno, mabbe because they were half decent before Southgate became manager?

    Under Steve McLaren they finished 14, 12, 11, 11, 7, now 14, 12, 13 under Southgate. It's not like he's dragged them down bigtime. Downing signed the extension after Southgate had been in charge for two years, probably should have known better.

    They also qualified for Europe via The Carling Cup under McClaren and came damn close to winning the thing. And to be fair to Downing the big money signing of Alves seemed to point to better days for Boro which probably influcenced his decision a bit.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You guys fail... second page? Pitiful!

    So Gallas and Sivestre are out for three weeks... I predict a CB signing for Arsenal is definitely going to happen now.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I dunno why Arsenal really need a big signing in the midfield. Their entire backline is very schizophrenic. They need to sign consistent players no matter what.

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    DraevenDraeven Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Tagging this thread now, with 2 months, 12 days tell mls kick off.

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    evilbobevilbob RADELAIDERegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8msoiuqdTQ

    Well words fail me...

    words fail me...

    stunned Newcastle fans...

    joyous United fans...

    and if this is the last A-League goal we ever see, well it'll rank with some of the greatest ever scored.

    He just bobbed and weaved and kept going, and when he needed a finish, my god did he give us one.

    What a strike, after beating 1, 2, 3 players.

    Wonderful, wonderful, fit to win any football match.
    obviously not as good a build up as giggsy's but a near identical finish :D

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    DraevenDraeven Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So Dafoe back to tottenham for an absurd amount of money. Lets hope this works out for them.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Well Defoe's problem at Spurs before his move to Pompey had little to do with form, and more to do with Jol not really playing him. He's a handy little striker, and that's what Spurs need.

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    yotesyotes Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So this is where the footy thread went.
    oldmanken wrote: »
    Well Defoe's problem at Spurs before his move to Pompey had little to do with form, and more to do with Jol not really playing him. He's a handy little striker, and that's what Spurs need.

    And people who are saying he can't succeed without a big striker like Crouchie can shut their little cunty mouths.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Fuck yeah!!!! Bendtner that bastard, about time he showed something!!!

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    ...and now the defense falls asleep and the nail biting begins.

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    yotesyotes Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Yatta!

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    See, I was about to mention how shit Bendtner was playing before he scored the goal, but the goal wiped the slate clean somewhat. He made some pretty shit turnovers though, but nowhere near as bad as Diaby. Diaby was dire!

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    DraevenDraeven Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    ok, so hull was rolling in the first coiuple months and now their luck has run out, it seems their defense is shit and people have figured otu how to exploit it, wich then leads to king and co not getting a good shot on goal. it will be interesting to see if they get relegated at the end of the year.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I prefer that teal kit over that grey training kit Liverpool is using.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I mean it still looks bad, but it is way better than the grey kit.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Liverpool were lucky to get out of that with a draw. Kitson should have had a goal for Stoke about half way through the second half.

    So, five draws in eight matches for Liverpool... is this the mid-season hiccup for them, or are they just not good enough to win this title?

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So get a load of this one, guys:

    Aston Villa. 5 points off the top of the table.

    We're done with Arsenal. Now we're coming for everyone else.

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    oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Gosling wrote: »
    So get a load of this one, guys:

    Aston Villa. 5 points off the top of the table.

    We're done with Arsenal. Now we're coming for everyone else.

    Yeah, sure. Notice that Man U has three games in hand... you best be happy with battling it out for 4th.

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