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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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15 October 2017 - 4:26pm
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Saw Juventus - Lazio yesterday and it was heck of a game...drama till the very end, fist time that I saw the video replay system in action for a really vital decision in the stoppage time of the game and in the end penalty missed for Juventus.
See the highlights of the game if you missed it Ed, it's worth it, Lazio keeper with a really sloppy clearance first half that I still don't know how the hell didn't go in after the bounce in Iguain I think it was.

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I saw it. Wasn't it weird seeing the referee off the side of the field watching a TV screen? We've had the video replay here in Australia since last year so I've seen it used a few times now.

Did you see Inter beat AC Milan with Icardi getting a hat trick? If you haven't seen it watch the replay of the winning penalty. One of his team mates runs into the box so early that he has to stop otherwise he was going to run past Icardi before he kicked it, but still the referee allowed it.

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16 October 2017 - 7:58am
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I just saw the situation you're talking about, didn't noticed it in real time, yeah in fact there are 3 or 4 players in the box in the time of the kick but you're right the Icardi team-mate was like he has the intend to kick that ball himself... 😂
If you ask me that penalty was ridiculous, there is a rule in the American Football called uncatchable ball, in other words if the ball can't be reached by the receiver there's no foul against him even if there is violation of the rules. I think they should think about that in football, which of course dosen't mean Rodrigues act wasn't really stupid.
In the end Inter won that game with the higher class of the separate players - GK(which I think is really top level),Perisic and Icardi (who's in form of his live obviously) but Milan was the better team 80% of the time and only lack of experience didn't allow them to even win the game (plus the fact I've had a stake on draw or their win of course 😉 )

As a whole Seria A looking great this season and the games are really entraining so from that perspective should be great to see Juventus dominance ends..but who knows.

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23 October 2017 - 7:40am
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Juventus and Bayern again looking the hardest favourites of winning their respective leagues after the slow start by their standards.

Season after season I'm thinking Dortmund would be a match for Bayern and they could win the league but they deny me in a hurry.
There's a big game this upcoming weekend Bayern - Leipzig which could answer the question if there would be any race trough the season.

Seems to be pretty interesting in Italy though, Napoli and Inter not making themselves a favour drawing at 0-0 which is really Juventus favourable result.
I think if there's any real compedtition for Juventus this season it would be from Napoli or Roma not Inter or Lazio but at least on the start it's pretty interesting.

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25 October 2017 - 3:29am
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Yeah Italy is looking much more competitive this year. Inter have had a great start. I watched them beat AC Milan last week and it was an entertaining game with some great goals. Hopefully it continues long into the season.

I haven't been seeing much of Germany or anywhere else for that matter lately. Too many other things to do. I noticed that Feyenoord have not made a good start to the season in the Netherlands and look unlikely to repeat their success of last year. Maybe playing in Europe is causing them issues like other clubs without near limitless resources.

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25 October 2017 - 7:05am
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Yeah really great start for Inter, maybe even better than what their fans expected but I kind of think would be tough for them to compete all season long, they were lucky to win even that Milan derby, but let's see...I think Napoli and Roma would be better match for Juventus this season...if any...

And yes obviously it would be the classic duel Ajax v PSV this season in Holland, not surprising at all...

So what keeping you so busy these days Ed, if I may ask...do you need any help?

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Actually would you believe I have been studying for a football coaching course outside of my normal work time. It is two nights a week for 3.5 hours each night, plus reading and homework. Doesn't sound so fun does it? I was not expecting it to be this much work!

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1 November 2017 - 7:34am
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Great to hear Ed, I guess not so great for you with all that work 😛

Do you have a real intentions in that profession? I mean, do you think of practice it after the course ending?

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1 November 2017 - 7:48am
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Actually would you believe I have been studying for a football coaching course outside of my normal work time. It is two nights a week for 3.5 hours each night, plus reading and homework.

Do your homework boy, no excuses 😛

I've been always interested in the psychological part of the coaches job, think it's pretty vital if not more than all the schemes and tactics on the world, but that just an amateur opinion, you're soon be a professional 😛
So do you study anything about that Ed? I'm just curious, would be glad to read anything about it, if you have any spare time of course. About tactics and schemes too by the way.

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No I don't want to be a professional coach or anything. I don't think I could take the stress! I am only coaching my son's team, so not much psychology involved as for youth it is more about technique and planning, and management of workload so they don't get overworked and have growth problems and injuries when they are teenagers and in their early 20s. This is especially a problem for players with the hardcore parents that think they can teach them to be a pro player from the age of 8 and up.

I used to have a youth coaching qualification from many years ago when I helped coach at the club I was playing at. But recently I found out it expired. So I went to renew it and have found that the course is far more hard work these days. Anyway it is all good, I am learning heaps as the course is much more professionally run and better planned.

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6 November 2017 - 8:08pm
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Think you're right Ed, it should be really stressing to be a professional in that job, I suspect it's not easy with the kids either, if not tougher 😉 but that sound as a too much effort for just a hobby, you're a good man 👍 Better than me anyway 😉

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21 November 2017 - 10:51am
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Seria A getting more and more interesting this season.

Sampdoria played really well against Juventus and just before stoppage time the score was 3-0! but a sloppy penalty and another last seconds goal made the score more consolation for the visitors.

Anyway with Napoli, Inter and Roma all winning we could expect a tough challenge for Juve, finally.

Doesn't seems that way in Germany though.

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I'm no longer following the serie a, and it seems like it's really a tough challenge for juve, why juve should bow in the hand of sampdoria, I'm sad because I am a big fan of juve, hopefully they quickly get back to a good position

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30 November 2017 - 11:14pm
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Well that's after 6!! straight titles for them mate, not exactly a crisis isn't it?!

But yeah this season Juventus looks more vulnerable than ever in the past years so that makes it really interesting..
I've just started watching Seria A games after many years and I think it's more entertaining than it's been in the past 15 years probably.

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1 December 2017 - 6:58pm
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Bayern lost last week in Germany which is a headliner by itself but just saw that incredible score between Dortmund and Schalke 4-4, Dortmund lead 4-0 till 25th min, 4-2 till 86th!!
That must of been hurt! How more ridiculous this team could become..I just wonder.

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Well that's after 6!! straight titles for them mate, not exactly a crisis isn't it?!

But yeah this season Juventus looks more vulnerable than ever in the past years so that makes it really interesting..
I've just started watching Seria A games after many years and I think it's more entertaining than it's been in the past 15 years probably.

Perhaps this is the time when the champion is not juventus, it does not matter that juventus are not suspected of running "calciopoli" as it did a few decades ago, but I still hope that juventus can rise from such a bad condition like now

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3 December 2017 - 5:19pm
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Yeah they already won at Napoli away in Friday so once again they are the top favourite of winning the title.

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It was the beginning of a very important action for the juve, if against napoli they did not look good or lose it will be very difficult for juventus to complete the next game, therefore I think the initial step to catch a few points from intermilan, saluto juve ...

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3 December 2017 - 9:49pm
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Juventus are just two points behind Inter so that's literally nothing with more than half a season ahead, for me Juventus are the top favourites again.

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Yahhh ,, I think so because juve are very productive in scoring goals, but they are a bit weak in the defense sector compared to some of their top rivals in the leaderboards, interesting enough to watch serie A trips, because the top competition point achievement in the leaderboards is relative difference very close,

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After 6 straight titles they are favourites even by default man, the race is long and no other club have the wideness of Juventus squad to keep up at the tempo for so long, so for me they really have to under-perform or another team to be quite perfect (don't see that coming) to be in front of Juventus in the end.
Yeah they have maybe some more weaknesses this season but squad is pretty much the same from last years, plus the fact the other Italian clubs looking like an amateurs compared to Juventus when it comes to organisation and management off the field.

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Actually a team that can slightly weaken the juve is a team from the city of milan, both teams from milan really make juve a bit worried when the fierce competition is going on in the Italian league, because only teams from milan are able to withstand the obsession of juventus, or if under conditions both teams from roma city are also able to do the same,

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6 December 2017 - 11:27pm
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We'll see mate, Milan grands struggling for years, Inter looks good at least till now,Milan is just a joke despite the expensive selection, I think Roma is the team who could stop Juve but not too likely still.

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The milan golden age is when their chefs are carlo ancelotti, and some of their star players are perfectly suited to the style of game instructed by ancelotti, and when it is a period of intense competition between ac milan, intermilan, roma, and juventus, which is so hot when some teams of them are competing, be it a milan derby, or big match against juve, I really enjoyed the moment, but now the Italian league has only dominated the team from the city of turin in the last few years, and it's really good for me as a juve fan.

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Not good for anyone else thou that Juventus domination, I don't think it's good for the competition and quality of the league either.
Milan golden years are way behind and Roma never managed to win the league despite they're always one of the top teams in the last decade or so, I guess not only other teams fans but neutrals too want to see another team lift the title.

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The big derby in Italy took place today, it was a feisty 0-0 draw, not a boring game though.
I think Inter should be happy with that result, Juventus certainly had the better scoring chances but in the end maybe a fair result which would make the title race even more interesting I guess.
Napoli should be happy about it too.

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But Napoli couldn't won their game so their title ambitions looks to be more and more illusive now despite being just 1 point from the top. Inter and Juventus looks the main title contenders right now, at least for me.

Seems like we will have a race...for the second place in Germany for yet another season, all teams who suppose to bother Munich fail to win last weekend, can't believe how sloppy Dortmund are in the last weeks.

There was a big derby in Holland as Ajax defeated the leaders PSV 3-0, to retain their title hopes although 7 points from top looks like a huge margin right now. Hope Alkmaar could be in that title battle too as they lying second in this moment.

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Huge upset in Italy with that Inter loss but from what I saw it was quite deserved and even comfortable win for otherwise struggling Udinese.
Napoli back to top but Roma could be just a point adrift cause they have game in hand.

Saw spectacular 4-4 draw at Germany between Hanover and Levekusen, Dortmund back on winning ways but too late for them for any title dreams, the difference between second and ten in Bundesliga is just 6! points.

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26 February 2018 - 5:19pm
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Yesterday's game in Italy between Atalanta and Juventus have been postponed because of the snowy weather. The ref and the two skippers have inspected the pitch and I thought these were an excellent playing conditions 🙂 The ball was able to spin good enough, I've missing the times when 3cm of snow weren't enough for a game to be cancelled, in fact a lot more than 3cm.
By the way it's quite snowy here too, but it's normal winter weather really, I've enjoyed playing football in such conditions but obviously the professionals are not so exited...too cold for them!?

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Oh yeah I always used to love seeing a game where they had to dig the snow up along the lines so you could see them, and the orange ball of course! Now that I think of it I haven't seen one of those in years. Maybe it happens in the Russian league?

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