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9 May 2016 - 10:53pm

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Since we have EPL and CL topics all ready I thought it could be a good idea to have one thread for all of the other top (or not) domestic football leagues.

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22 November 2016 - 1:08am
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Hated or not they're first place team now three points clear of Bayern, finally there is some intrigue in the Bundesliga and after years of domination I hope Bayern would be dethroned (not particularly buy RB Leipzig)

It's too early but it starting to look like it could be Real's year in Primera after another slip by Barcelona...

Sydney could only draw this time Ed, any thoughts of that?

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26 November 2016 - 8:04pm
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Saw Eintracht Frankfurt - Dortmund game earlier today, home team was very well organized obviously thanks to the head coach Nico Kovac and despite the early pressure for the favourite in that game they manage to sustained and fought back. So they are deservedly third in the tables and I guess you're glad to see that Ed Smile

In Spain Real M had really tough one against Gijon under the heavy rain in Madrid, guests played really good in the last quarter hour and they were on the verge of a big upset but they missed a penalty around 10 minutes before the end of regulation. I just wonder how Sporting Gijon is in the relegation zone after that final minutes display.

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28 November 2016 - 11:58pm
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Barcelona drew at Sosiedad and they even been lucky to get that point I think, they should probably loose the game, Real M were quite lucky too because Gijon missed a penalty close to the end of the game but in the end managed to win and extend their lead at the top.

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29 November 2016 - 12:19am
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I haven't watched much football this past week with a load of other stuff on. My team Sydney FC have had two draws in a row now. They are still unbeaten but everyone else is slowly catching up to them. They have the cup final tomorrow night against Melbourne City who are the club associated with Man City group, so I'm sure you'll be supporting Sydney in that one! Wink

Eintracht Frankfurt are having a good season. I've only seen them play a couple of times and to tell the truth they are not very exciting to watch but they are very organised defensively and they are certainly punching above their weight. RB Leipzig are still top, 3 points clear. I saw their game last week where they came from behind to win 3-2 against Leverkusen. They too got lucky in that one after Leverkusen missed a penalty. I agree it is nice to see a club other than Bayern on top. They haven't played each other yet so it should be a good game when they do (December 22).

Barcelona seem off the pace a little this year. Its hard to live up to the high standards they have set in previous years and they just don't look up to it this time. Real now have 6 points on them which is going to be difficult to pull back and it sounds like the luck is with Madrid at the moment.

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29 November 2016 - 11:27am
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Yes of course I'll support Sydney in that one Ed Smile more so It's a cup final and a chance for a silverware...

I doubt Leipzig could keep up the tempo with Bayern trough the season but let's see...

Have to be Real's year in Primera, Barca looking shaky, Atletico nowhere near their best and Real M not been a champions in the last 4 seasons...

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30 November 2016 - 9:49am
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Very sad news about the plane crash carrying the Brazilian team Chapecoense on their way to their cup final in Colombia. Its this generation's equivalent of the Munich disaster that Manchester United suffered in the 50s. The fact that a few people survived after you see the pictures of the crash site is almost unbelievable. The saddest thing was the picture of three team mates who weren't selected sitting and looking shattered in an otherwise empty changing room back home: https://t.co/acgTMar1oC

I'm watching Sydney's cup final now. They held a minute's silence before the game to pay respects. So far it hasn't been a very good game. Very competitive but scrappy and not a lot of chances yet.

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30 November 2016 - 6:42pm
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Yes I hate when those things happen especially to a young guys in their prime, you couldn't be more lucky than every of those 3 guys who stayed out.

Your team finally lost Ed, I guess in the worst possible time - on the final...that Tim Cahill... still a good player, isn't he?

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30 November 2016 - 11:51pm
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Yeah Tim Cahill, he's a champion. He's at the stage where he doesn't do much and in many matches he only comes on as a sub for the last half an hour. But he just knows how to get into the right place to score. He got a bit lucky last night as he clearly pushed his defender in the back to make space for the header but still you take what you can get away with. Sydney were a little unlucky after a goal line clearance saved a goal and later Brosque was through on goal in the final minute with only the keeper to beat and was pulled down from behind by a chasing defender and the referee quite incredibly waved play on. Aside from that it was a pretty poor match, high on effort but low on quality.

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Seems like they using him the right way, not too many minutes on the field, and that could probably even lengthen his career..by the way we didn't mention anything about Gerrard ends his career, can't calculate how many times I cursed him Angry over the years (mostly in MU games) but I havehuge respect for him, he was example for commitment and professionalism on the field and of course a great talent.

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Gerrard retiring just makes me feel old. When you start seeing players retire that are younger than you and you saw them play through their entire career... its the beginning of the end! lol

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Gerrard retiring just makes me feel old. When you start seeing players retire that are younger than you and you saw them play through their entire career... its the beginning of the end! lol

You won't believe me probably...but this is exactly how I feel, I can't believe this above is not my post.

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3 December 2016 - 1:17pm
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El Clasico today in Spain, I rarely watch that game but certainly many in Europe and across the world would be exited about it. I think usually home team have the upper hand in that derby plus the fact that Barcelona are 6 points behind would make them more eager for the win than Real probably.
So I think Barcelona would push hard for a win despite their poor form..but the draw is also a possibility I think.

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6 December 2016 - 9:10pm
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The draw is of course a good result for Real and they will hold on to their 6 point lead at the top...it's early but it's looking very likely that it going to be their season in Primera...finally.

Once again Roma looking to be the only team to challenge Juventus trough the season...if there's any challenge at all..but nevertheless a great win for them in the derby.

Not many upsets at all in the Bundesliga this week with all the top sides winning their matches and RB Leipzig still at the top..

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Well Leipzig finally lost and would you believe it - it was against rock bottom Ingolstadt who I think hadn't won a single game all season before that. Normal service resumed... Bayern back on top.

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13 December 2016 - 1:33am
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You know Ed, strange things happen when first and last meets, it's always that way...still should be a tighter race this season..I guess.

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19 December 2016 - 10:59pm
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So Sydney FC still doing very good Ed?
I've missed checking the result for couple of weeks but just saw they winning convincingly once again and keeping their lead at the top at 7 points which is solid. As much as you trying to preserve them from a curse with safety takings the better they perform Wink
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Yes Sydney FC are on fire. They have now played every team in the league and are still undefeated. They won 4-1 away to Perth which is difficult as the two cities are on opposite ends of the country and its a 5 hour plane flight to travel there. I think it might be the longest away trip in world football within the same country. Wellington vs Perth is definitely the longest away trip in the world but they are in two different countries.

There's a big game coming up tonight - Bayern vs RB Leipzig. I'm not sure who to cheer for. I don't want either team to win and my boys Frankfurt won 3-0 last night and are in third place so a draw with 3 or 4 red cards would be ideal! lol

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Yes Sydney FC are on fire. They have now played every team in the league and are still undefeated. They won 4-1 away to Perth which is difficult as the two cities are on opposite ends of the country and its a 5 hour plane flight to travel there. I think it might be the longest away trip in world football within the same country. Wellington vs Perth is definitely the longest away trip in the world but they are in two different countries.

I'm not sure that in Russia there isn't a greater distance between two cities but even if there is somewhere it's still a very long flight.
NBA, NHL, and MLB teams who flight all over the continent are the biggest specialist in that I guess, but especially in Baseball, there's 150 games regular season with half of them away and some Canadian teams so these guys literally live on the road I guess.

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There's a big game coming up tonight - Bayern vs RB Leipzig. I'm not sure who to cheer for. I don't want either team to win and my boys Frankfurt won 3-0 last night and are in third place so a draw with 3 or 4 red cards would be ideal! lol

I don't mind a draw too, at least some intrigue will be saved, if Bayern win convincingly it could be the end of the race. There's not a dilemma for me, I hate Bayern all my live almost so Leipzig not even at the same page.

It sound like you believe in miracles Ed Wink Frankfurt to chase the title Surprized I don't know

I watched just one of their games this season against Dortmund and I was really impressed the way they playing, Nico Kovac really doing great there, they playing (or at least in that game) very tight in defence, on counters which is quite effective style if the players have the discipline.
But I didn't saw too much class in their squad and that should be a problem during the season I think, but is even more impressive for the work Kovac doing there, they looks like Atletico M to me without too much class but the right setting for their cast.
Anyway, probably they have a good chance and I don't know nothing, in the end saw them in just a single game and by the way all my stakes have been losing for months I probably really don't know anything.

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Yeah to be honest from the few games I have seen this year Frankfurt are pretty boring to watch. They keep things tight and play on the break and have a lot of low scoring matches. Only one team in the top half of the league has scored less goals than them, but only Bayern have conceded fewer. So it isn't pretty but so far it has been effective. You never say never but I think it would be a miracle if they caught either of these two teams playing tonight. If either wins they will have a 10 point lead over 3rd place. I would have thought that a top four place is a realistic aim at this stage though.

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21 December 2016 - 8:42pm
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I think it's exiting for Eintracht fans that their team is 3rd in table and winning that's why I don't think they should change their style.
It's the old dispute - efitiency v entertaining in sport and I don't think these are the exact opposites, you could play football which catches the eye and it 's efficient in the same time.
Let's take Dortmund from last years for example or even Liverpool before the current season, these are teams which always want to play attacking football but that's not always possible and sometimes even completely wrong approach. But I respect those teams because they want to succeed their way, but it's hard, Dortmund is nowhere near Bayern last seasons, they were almost relegated! under Klopp.
But for Frankfurt would be disastrous to try playing thats style because they don't even have the same potential and class of players as Dortmund or even Leipzig.

3-0 Bayern by the way near the end of the game, don't even have to even bet any more to curse a team...

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We have a race in the Calcio now after Juventus loss last weekend, Roma just a point behind although the leaders have a game in hand..but still that's a big progress for this League I think.

In Spain Sevilla made a great comeback against Real M and now the Spanish League getting really interesting with top 3 in two points although Real also have the game in hand.

I saw your team still doing great Ed, Sydney didn't lost a game in 15! although there's still a race with Melbourne Victory, I guess you're delighted about that performance mate?

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Sampdoria - Roma was an exiting clash, I was able to see just the last 15 min of the game but there were really great chances in front of both goals, Roma missed couple of times to level the score and home team could it score 4th, anyway it was 3-2 in the end which means Juventus are again comfortable leaders with 4 points distance and game in hand in front of Roma who always missing something to be a league winners.

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I think that its interesting that Juventus have not drawn a single match this season yet. Do you think this is because of the way they are playing or just statistical aberration? Most sensible people would rather win one match and lose the next (3 points) than draw both (2 points) but some managers don't seem to always agree with that!

Here in Australia, Sydney FC's unbeaten streak has continued and on Thursday they beat the 2nd placed team Melbourne Victory. Yes I know, they have a crazy sounding name but they are from a state called Victoria so its a bit of a play on words. At least it is not as bad as the Brisbane Roar or Perth Glory. We have teams that can rival American teams for the dumbest sounding names! Anyway Sydney is now 11 points clear with only 10 games to play, so it would take a monumental choke for them to not win the league from where they are now. Fingers crossed they don't "do a Liverpool!"

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Yes it's strange that they didn't make a draw so far but I think it's more of a coincidence than anything else, in the end Juventus playing with such confidence in Seria A and probably rightly so after 6 straight titles that they maybe keep very much attacking after loosing in score which might be the reason for that but I still think it's more of a coincidental fact Smile
Yes the draws could be deadly, I remember when there was only 2 point awarded for a win -back then the draw wasn't a bad result (most of the times) and only in England(possibly UK) it was a 3 point win, then the whole world accepted that(and rightly so) like most of the other positive changes in the game that always come from the Albion first.

Congrats for Sydney's performance Ed, yes they should do something incredibly stupid to loose that first place, yes there's a bunch of stupid names in the American sports leagues like the statement Redskins it supposed to be offensive, if it's true probably Cowboys should be considered as offensive either.
But in fact Victory - I like, that was my favourite brand of cigarettes when I use to be a smoker Cigarette

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The main problem with calling your team "Victory" is the endless laughs from supporters of other teams when you don't win. Speaking of crazy names and now that I think of it, before they were bought by the Manchester City group and renamed to Melbourne City, that team used to be called Melbourne Heart. How sweet eh? Red Rose

That Redskins nickname is still a shocker. I guess we have to be thankful no-one else decided to name their mascot using the N-word.

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The big news here overnight is that in the Asian Champions League qualification play-off, Brisbane Roar have knocked out Shanghai Shenua from China. They are one of the big spending Chinese clubs who have Gus Poyet as their manager, and players such as Obafemi Martins and Carlos Tevez who they recently made the highest paid player in the world in another bout of stupid Chinese football clubs over-spending. He earns more in a month than the entire Brisbane team does in a year. To be fair Shanghai are still in pre-season but they were playing at home. It is all quite hilarious.

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Yes I've heard some of the Chinese clubs spending huge lately, some very decent footballers going that way lately but I've had never understand that, OK there's a marketing side of things if you bring player of such calibre I guess, but isn't it be a smartest move to spend this money for the youth academy, build a base, trading grounds and such stuff...and in the end they are not so good team even with Tevez up front obviously...

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So what a fiasco for Barcelona after the mighty comeback against PSG, they've had probably been either too tired or too exited after the CL game but in both cases it's a big failure.
I've had always thought it should be a Real season this in Primera and it looks like this way now...?!

Any reactions from Juventus - Milan match Ed, there was a late penalty which decide it but I never managed to see the highlights or read about it, just heard some things...
It's never a good sigh for the league when the leaders won in the 97th min with penalty ( there's also a red card for Milan in the stoppage time) so probably that’s why the Calcio is where it is at the moment...Juventus lead is 8 and they didn't even need that.
Saw many of those back in the day and that's why I thought Juventus suspension was the right decision although it's another team if there should be another team thrown out from Seria A.

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Bah Barcelona ... I am never including them in a multi again! And who knows with Italian football, anything could be possible. There is always the feeling that it is crooked as a dog's back leg.

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So I just saw there's elimination phase in the A-league Ed and I'm bit confused, didn't know that, so is there any value in being first in the regular season? or just that means a higher place in the play-offs just like the American system? if there's a grand final I guess it means exactly that?

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