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hello everybody i am a big soccer fan but i wanna know who is also a soccer fan and what is youre favorite soccer club

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sharpe, what about you? What's your favourite team in Bulgaria? I know that CSKA and Litex are not anymore in the A PFG. Will Litex start in the B PFG next season?

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I'm a Slavia Sofia fan although not have been to a game for many years.
There's been a rumors that CSKA and Litex could be merged and by that way CSKA which is the most successful club to be back in A PFG (they playing in 3rd division now) but I guess that won't happen and CSKA will be in B PFG next season and about Litex no one could be sure when they will play next season I guess. As a whole I'm disappointed the way Bulgarian football hit the bottom in the last years and the way this sport is managed and I don't see any light in the end of the tunnel.

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6 April 2016 - 5:27pm
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Unfortunately Romanian football is on a descending line too. I think is a problem in this region because of the financial situation of the clubs. Ukrainian football is in the same situation.

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I don't think it's just that,.
I think there are too many foreign players in the clubs ()who are not cheap by the way instead of giving a chances to the local youth players. I think Serbia doing best job in the region with their young players and almost every year they sell some of them for a huge amounts to the European top sides. But just the pressure for results over the coaches is too big and they don't have the time to play the youngsters.
Also I don't like the atmosphere on the stadiums and attitude of the fans which is too vulgar and could be even dangerous sometimes.

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About the serbian teams you're right, they sell a lot of players for a lot of money but i dont know where all this money goes. Partizan have big financial problems now and anyway, i dont remember any good performance from a serbian team in the last 10-15 years in european competitions. About the foreign players maybe you're right, but this is the football nowadays. Romanian championship will adopt a new restriction next season that will require to have at least one U21 player in the first 11, will see if this is a good rule or not. Last season they also adopted a rule that does not allow teams to transfer players from outside EU (with a few exceptions) if they dont play regulary for their national football teams. When a romanian club will be able to transfer a brazilian or argentinian player witch play for the national team??? The clubs can transfer players from Malta or players that plays for the national team of Haiti, but they cant transfer a brazilian player from Serie A.

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There's not only Brazilians and Argentines at this world mate 😉
For sure all these changes will be for good of the local players I think,
Partizan made it into the groups of UEFA this season and beat Steaua in CL qualifying by the way, and I don't think to reach one more leg in European tournaments is more important than that to develop your team in a right way giving a chance to the youth academy players.

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I like the under 21 idea and the promotion of local players. It may lower the standard in the short term but long term the standard will improve. The restriction on only being able to sign non-EU internationals is pretty much exactly how the work permit system works in the UK for example. Unless the players have played a significant number of internationals for their country, the English clubs cannot sign them.

We have similar rules in Australia, although they are a little stranger than most places around the world. Each team has a salary cap of AUD $2.6 million per season which is designed to encourage responsible spending and prevent financial mismanagement. However each club can sign 2 "marquee players" whose salaries can be anything and don't count in the salary cap. That's how we got guys like Dwight Yorke, Del Piero, Marc Janko and Shinji Ono playing in the league. Each team can only have 5 foreigners in their squad. I think it is a pretty good balance and the quality of the teams has improved a lot over the past decade.

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Have a question Ed, why this and funny sport pics thread are not in sports forum 🤷 Take me some time to find it usually, that's why I'm asking that.
The Australian system is not a bad one, this makes the teams more equal and competitive to one another and of course it's useful for the local players who received more playing time. But for my biggest regret the thing looking a lot different here in Eastern Europe where there is a lot of talented players but as a whole the youngsters don't play too often because of the pressure over the coaches by the owners for immediate results.

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28 April 2016 - 1:06am
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Hmm good question. The forum is called "sports betting" and this thread isn't about betting so I guess its ok where it is.

I think that pressure for short term results is the same almost everywhere. Unless you're talking about the richest leagues where money is no problem, the owners need results so that crowds stay healthy so they can make money. I think that is fair enough.

I think a lot of young players make the mistake of going to a club they think is big and successful but then they hardly play. Instead they would be better off going to a smaller club or a lower standard league to get playing time. It is the only way they will improve as players.

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I agree with all that you saying Ed, here in Bulgaria the game hit the bottom years ago but nobody seems to do anything differently to change that. I'm not watching matches for years now because of the ugly scenes on and off the field and really poor quality of the play. Some of the clubs paying 30 000 EU and even more sometimes to a not very quality players mostly South Americans or Africans and bankrupt year or two after that. So it's not exactly absence of money just wrong politics I guess

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Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died aged 26 after collapsing on the pitch yesterday on a Romanian Liga 1 match against Viitorul. RIP Patrick Ekeng 😢

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Yeah I've heard about that, really tragic accident, there's been a while since the last such accident but obviously those kind of things still happens, which is so sad.

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There was another one today in Brazil, a player called Bernardo Ribeiro who played for a little while in Australia. It is very sad and strange to see such fit athletes dying like that.

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Yeah really strange Ed, obviously the overfatigue is big part of the problem but maybe today's recovering medicals are so good that in some cases these athletes don't even feel the tiredness and even the pain and that allows them to overload their bodies, or at least that's my version without beeing an expert of course.

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Does anyone read and have a link to the new FIFA football rules which I think are quite interesting and positive but I read just 13 of more than 90 who will be implemented soon.

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No do you have a link?

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No Ed, I've read an article in Bulgarian site but couldn't find it English, there was only 13 of the new rules there but most looked quite reasonable.

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Here's what I found but I think there will be more changes to the rules:

FIFA introduces NINE new rule changes ahead of the 2016/17 season

1) Yellow card not red if player commits Denial of an Obvious GoalScoring Opportunity inside area if foul was attempt to play ball

2) Refs can now show red cards to players before kick-off for, say, fighting in the tunnel. (Can be replaced, so teams start with 11).

3) IFAB may in the future debate changes to hand-ball laws, including on the line (Suarez v Ghana) which could be punished with a penalty goal.

4) Players who feint when taking penalty now punished with yellow card & indirect freekick. No retake. Stuttering runs still allowed

5) Injured player can get treatment on pitch for up to 20 seconds & stay on, i.e. not have to go to touchline & await ref’s nod to come back on

6) Player accidentally losing boot allowed to “continue playing until play next stops”. Under-shorts must be same colour as shorts – or the hem

7) IFAB: “At kick-off, the ball can now be kicked in any direction, including backwards so no team-mates allowed to stand in opponents’ half”

8) IFAB on throw-ins: “The ball must be thrown with BOTH hands and not thrown with one hand and ‘guided’ with the other’.

9) Water breaks permissible in “very hot/humid conditions”. Law changes applicable worldwide from June 1 (and for England’s two May friendlies)

Apart from these nine changes, FIFA is also working with 15 countries including England, Italy and Holland to go on a live trial of the video technology.

Workshop is expected to be setup in Amsterdam next week and pending on the results, we will know exactly when the video technology will be introduced in the game of Football.

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Very interesting. My reaction to each is something like this...

1) I thought this was the case already. i.e. it is up to the referee's discretion. We see them do it all the time where they give a penalty and a yellow instead of a red.

2) Again I thought they could do this if they wanted. They give reds to players after the game has finished so why not before? But then I just thought, how long before? What if a player sees the referee outside the ground before the game and insults him?

3) I like this one. If it is definitely going in to the goal and someone deliberately handballs, just award a goal. If the referee ins't entirely sure they can award a penalty. It would be extra special if they made the guy who handled stand in goals and be the goalkeeper for the penalty, no hands allowed!

4) Noooooooo. I love the paradinha! (look it up on youtube for many laughs). But seriously this was outlawed years ago. It must be the yellow card and no re-take part that is new.

8) This is already the rule.

5, 7, and 9 all make sense.

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2) Again I thought they could do this if they wanted. They give reds to players after the game has finished so why not before? But then I just thought, how long before? What if a player sees the referee outside the ground before

From what I've read on Bulgarian it was about pre match warm up so I guess this will count only if players are on and around the field.
I think many of these changes would be useful for the game but those are not all of the changes made.

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Surprised to see this thread moved here 🙂 but it's where this should probably belongs, thanks 👍

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Ah yeah I changed my mind. heheh

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I've all ready wrote about that in EURO 2016 thread but I'm curious what's your opinion Ed, seems to me that it's not normal team with just one victory in the 90 minutes from seven games to be able to won the cup.
I know these are old rules but probably some changes in the rules of these big events are needed, not only the way Portugal won the cup but in most of the games the play was really defensive,not attractive at all.
I think the rules have to be changed in order to make the game or at least stimulate the teams to play more attractive and attacking style, know that it's easy to say hard to do kind of thing but they have to start from somewhere.
Anyway when we know the way FIFA and UEFA been managed I'm not optimist that anything would be done at all in this direction.

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I just wrote a response in the Euro thread. I agree something needs to change if they are going to stick with 24 teams. It just doesn't work properly.

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Thanks Ed , I've commented there either.

Many people (especially the classic football fans) didn't like the way North American sports structure works, and maybe they are party right but I like that US sports have been managed and all the changes there being made with the only purpose of making the particular sport more entertaining for the viewers. Something which in Europe is more of additional than a main rule and this should be a priority I think.

I guess this is one of the reasons because of which I watch lot more NFL than football in the last couple of years.

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This is the letter of the new England boss toward the media, I guess the big question is would Big Sam be a better manager of England than his predecessors?
What you think Ed, I know he's not your favourite said softly, is he different than them?

Steve McClaren 2006–2007 18 9 4 5 50.0 2008 European Championship – failed to qualify
Fabio Capello 2008–2012 42 28 8 6 66.7 2010 World Cup – second round
Stuart Pearce 2012[note 4] 1 0 0 1 0.0 —
Roy Hodgson 2012–2016 56 33 15 8 58.9 2012 European Championship – quarter-final
2014 World Cup – group stage 2016 European Championship – Round of 16
Sam Allardyce 2016–present

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Sounds like he is trying to butter up the media so they don't get slaughtered if they don't play a perfect game. I think that is a very smart thing to do as the English media are one of the worst things that their team has to put up with.

I actually think he could make them into a very competitive team. He won't try to make them play like Barcelona which is good because they don't have players that are good or intelligent enough to do so. He'll just get them tight in defence and tell them to bang it forward to the big striker and go from there. It might be ugly but its simple and effective and probably easier to coach when you only have limited time with a team, as all international coaches do.

I am surprised that he didn't pick Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan though. 😉

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Yes I think Big Sam is a better manager than McClaren and Hodgson and they should do better,
you never know Andy Carroll might be back mate, or they just will look for someone similar 😀

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Ok I should have known better and I thought I might regret my last post but didn't expect it to come so soon. Now I take it all back! Allardyce has no backbone at all. Look at these hilarious quotes after England's last minute win against Slovakia where Rooney was mostly panned for his performance as a holding midfielder.

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"Today Wayne played wherever he wanted to. He was brilliant and controlled midfield. I can’t stop Wayne playing there,” he said.

“I think that he holds a lot more experience at international football than me as an international manager.

“Yes he played a bit deeper than he does at United, but Wayne’s comfortable, when I talk to him, about the position.

“This is the most decorated outfield player in England. He’s won everything at Manchester United, more or less, at Champions League and domestic level.

It’s not for me to say where he’s going to play. It’s up to me to ask whether he’s doing well in that position, and contributing.

“We’d like to get him into goalscoring positions more. He’s been a goalscorer all his life and I want him to do that again, but he reads a game as he reads it.

“I must admit, he did play a little deeper than I thought he’d play today, but I was pleased with his performance.”

Erm... I think it is for him to say where everyone plays as he is the coach and he picks the team. I'm sure that's in his job description. What a crazy bunch of things to say. Its as if he is in awe of the players and wants to let them run the team.

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Yes agreed Ed, sounds strange that Rooney could choose where he wants to play, in fact this sound even crazy. Maybe he has more free role behind the forward(s) back but anyway Allardyce should know where exactly Rooney or any other player should play.

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