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Welcome to /MLS! This community is for supporters of any and all levels of soccer in the United States & Canada, with an emphasis on Major League Soccer.
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2020.10.09 04:19 minamija Tattoos of Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has an important collection of tattoos that has been growing rapidly since she came of age (actually the first of them "Just Breathe" was done at the age of 17, with the permission of her parents). She has declared that all her tattoos have an important personal meaning, some are related to her relatives, her friends, her religious beliefs or universal concepts such as peace or love. She generally got her tattoos done on six parts. Here we do a quick review of all Miley Cyrus tattoos and their meanings.
1. Tattoos Around Miley Cyrus's Body: phrase “Just Breathe”, dreamcatcher pattern and Floyd memorial.
The tattoo which is under her left breast was Miley's first tattoo and was not without some controversy when she was only 17 years old although it was later learned that she had done it with her parents' permission.
2. Tattoo on Miley Cyrus's Right Ear: “ Love”.
This tattoo is inspired by her belief that you don't have to pay attention to the negativity in the world and only pay attention to what those people who love or care about you tell you . So Miley's tattoo would be a kind of personal charm.
3. Tattoos on Miley Cyrus's Fingers: heart, cross, peace sign, “Karma”, equal sign, evil eye, “bad”, tongue, triangle, alien and watermelon.
The equal sign means "All love is equal", a show of support for the rights of homosexuals and the LGBT community.
And the small tattoo of peace sign is located on the side of her middle finger, and represents the characteristic peace symbol of the 70s. The meaning of this tattoo is clear.

MORE IMAGES:

HALLOWEEN CARTOON SKULL
HALLOWEEN DECALS SKULL GHOST CAT GLOW IN THE DARK

4. Tattoos on Miley Cyrus's Wrists, Arms and Forearms: anchor, “Om" symbol, sentence “Love Never Dies”, Roman numeral, Theodore Roosevelt quote, crossed arrows, curved tooth bone, grandmother portrait, moon, “Love Yer Brain”, Wükong, cat, Yoshimi, Da Vinci heart drawing.
Miley got a tattoo with the Hindu “Om” symbol that symbolizes the universe. She got it done a couple of months after the karma tattoo and it shows the growing interest of the artist in oriental culture and its concepts.
In November 2013 Miley showed the world the latest addition to her body art gallery, a detailed tattoo of the portrait of her grandmother, Loretta Finley.
5. Tattoos on Miley Cyrus's Feet: sugar skull, and “Rolling $tone”.
During this last period Miley Cyrus has been cultivating a bad girl image and has proven to be quite rebellious.
And it is a small candy skull with two shinbones that looks on one of her ankles, the most remarkable thing about this tattoo is that it unites it with the one who was her partner for a time, Liam Hemsworth, since Liam wears an exactly the same tattoo on her ankle. Like many lovers, Miley and Liam decided to get a tattoo just as it would unite them.
6. Tattoo on Miley Cyrus's Inner Lip: crying yellow cat emoji.
Don't you want to be as fashionable as Miley Cyrus? Come and get some inktells’ tattoo stickers which are similar to stars!

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2020.08.29 18:04 firstname_shadesof Until I had to name a baby I never realized that I dislike almost all boy names! Help!

I’m having a baby boy in December and I’m stumped on names! I’m suddenly realizing that I dislike a LOT of boy names.
His last name will be Gray, and we currently live in the southern USA. I really like traditional names with one widely accepted pronunciation and spelling. I also like longer names that have short nicknames, where both names are pretty widely accepted/known. Both I and my partner are white, and while my family is of Italian origin, I’m not sure it’s a big enough part of our identity as a new family to justify using an Italian name.
If you want to help out, I’d mostly love to discuss the names we have on our “like” list but I’m also open to more suggestions! Tell me which ones don’t go with Gray, which ones do, which are too trendy, etc.
At the risk of looking totally insane, I’ll include all the names people have suggested that we don’t like in case it helps.
His middle name will be one of a few possible family names, we’ll choose it based on how well it flows with the first name.
 
We sort of like these: Adam Andrew Cameron Christopher Daniel Elijah Emmett Ethan Evan Everett Isaac Jonathan Jordan Joseph Levi Michael Noel Samuel
Like these but can’t/don’t want to use these: Adam Alexander Anthony Benjamin Bennet Conrad David Derek George Henry Jacob Joel John Julian Lee Leo Matthew Michael Nicholas Owen Thomas Victor
Don’t love: Aaron Abraham Aiden/Brayden/Jaden Alan Anton Arthur Ashton Barrett Bradley Beckham Brendan Caleb Calvin Carter Charles Charlie Clarence Colby/Cole Colin Cooper Curtis Dean Dexter Donovan Douglas Dylan Elliot Emerson Eric Flynn Francis Franklin Fredrick Geoffrey Harry Harrison Hudson Hugo Hunter Hyrum Isaiah Jackson Jason Jeremiah Johnson Jonas Judson Justin Kelvin Landon Liam Lincoln Logan Louis Lucas/Luke Mark Martin Mason Maxwell Max Mitchell Nash Nathan Noah Nolan Oliver Orion Patrick Paul Peter Phillip Richard Robert Ryan Sawyer Scott Seth Sebastian Stephen/Steven Sutton Thaddeus Theodore Timothy Todd Trevor Tyler Vincent Warner Warren Wesley Wesson William Wyatt Zachary
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2020.08.23 20:10 jamesthegill [Football video games] A Game Of Two Halves

Brief note to start with - football, in this post, refers to the code of “association football”: sometimes also called soccer. If you’re hoping for something about rugby, gaelic rules, NFL or other codes of football, this isn’t it. Sorry!
One of the most popular sports-based video game franchises of the last 30 years would not, at first glance, look like a successful game. The user has no control over the players on the pitch. There’s no chance of the user achieving the schoolboy dream of scoring a last-minute trophy winning goal. For many years there was no visual representation of the pitch at all; a 2003 update featuring circles with little feet was heralded as a major gameplay advance. Fans of competing football games that focus more on the on-pitch play have decried it as “looking like a complicated spreadsheet”. The user takes control of a football club and attempts to lead them to glory by controlling the transfers, the tactics, the style of play, the line-up, the substitutions, the press conferences, contract talks - pretty much everything except the performance of the eleven players that take the field for kick-off. All of the admin, none of the fun parts of playing football. Yet this game has been cited in divorce cases, claims of addiction, and created cult icons of players who never achieved glory in real life. Because of this game, to certain people Cherno Samba, Maxim Tsigalko and Tonton Zola Moukoko are bigger names than actual footballing legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and other household names.
The game is Championship ManageFootball Manager.

Taking it one game at a time

It’s 1992. EuroDisney opens to the general public for the first time amid much turmoil. Nirvana’s Nevermind is riding high in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. And two brothers are in a bedroom in England, close to the Welsh border, writing a primitive football management sim in a programming language unsuitable for a computer game. The first edition didn’t feature real players, nor the correct names for the English leagues (after the debut of the Premiership the month before release) but sold enough to justify annual releases, gradually becoming more realistic.
In 1995 the brothers’ company, Sports Interactive, partnered with Eidos who would publish the Championship Manager games. The games expanded their scope, the 97/98 edition featuring the ability to play three country’s leagues simultaneously (greatly increasing the number of clubs a player could move to and become manager of, as well as a larger scouting pool of players available to sign), and the 01/02 release becoming a popular cult classic.
Championship Manager 01/02 (CM 01/02) seems to have hit the sweet spot for many regarding the gameplay. It’s simple enough to pick up and start playing without the need to spend a good hour tweaking the minute details of your left-back’s player role, but detailed enough to be immersive. Since it was made freeware in 2008 a community has sprung up online providing updates to work on pretty much any operating system, and updating squad lists so that with the right database, you could start the game featuring accurate players from the current season all the way back to the 1980s.

He’s created something out of nothing there

CM4 broke first day sales records for a PC game when it was released in March 2003. (The naming of each release seemed to alternate between a sequential suffix (CM2, CM3), or the years of the season it preceded (CM 97/98, CM 01/02) with an inconsistency not seen since until the Fast and Furious franchise, but that’s neither here nor there.) It featured 39 playable leagues and introduced the “circles with feet” gameplay overview to the CM universe. It also featured several interesting bugs, such as unfashionable lower league clubs like Swindon being able to sign World Cup winning superstars, but these were ironed out with the next edition (CM 03/04) released eight months later. The games were well known among football fans around the world, to the point where Everton fans were excited about new signing Ibrahima Bakayoko due to his strong stats in-game. (Like a number of CM wonderkids, he unfortunately didn’t live up the hype.)
All seemed to be going well, so inevitably things went wrong.
In September 2003 it was quietly announced that Sports Interactive and Eidos were going their separate ways. Details are still somewhat vague, probably for legal reasons, but a few dribs and drabs have leaked out over the years. Sports Interactive presumed that Eidos had brought on another games studio (Beautiful Game Studio - “the beautiful game” is a common tagline for football) to gradually push SI out of the game that they’d created over a decade ago. Eidos tell a different story - they assumed that SI were looking to jump ship and brought in Beautiful Game so that they had a studio to make the next edition without little disruption. Like a good farce, miscommunication led to problems and a grudge.
The Managing Director of SI, Miles Jacobson, later said of the split:
“I’m sure there are two sides to this story, at the time we felt there was a lack of respect that we did for our work from Eidos. There seemed to be an attitude at the time in the industry that anyone could make games. Eidos wanted more control. We wanted more control. We were asking for high royalties. Eidos set up Beautiful Game Studios nine months before CM4 was due to come out. They told me that Beautiful Game were making a platform game. I thought our number was up.”
After the divorce, certain aspects of the game ended up divided between the two studios. Eidos retained the rights to the name and the graphical interface, but SI kept the database and the match engine. The following season saw competing games released by each studio, the first time in years users had a choice in football management simulations. Eidos released the next edition of the Championship Manager series (CM5), while Sports Interactive started over with a new brand name to build up, with Football Manager 2005 (FM05).

Never known that they’re beaten

All signs pointed to the big, moneyed studio crushing the smaller underdog, but like a good cup tie the form book goes out the window. The asset split worked out in SI’s favour - for the next release they just needed to provide a new front end user interface, and while that was no doubt quite a task, it was nothing compared to Eidos rebuilding the game from the ground up! This enabled SI to get in quickly and release FM05 first, in November of 2004. Not having to go head-to-head with their former employers worked in their favour as the inaugural Football Manager was a success everywhere (well, except China).
Eidos had to start from scratch with the player database and took a shortcut in hiring a firm to create their own, losing a lot of the realism and personal touch (SI had prided themselves in using fans of the game to scout and research both playing and non-playing staff of clubs) that fans had come to expect from Championship Manager.
Eidos stumbled out of the gate with their first non-SI release, releasing a delayed game still featuring a large number of glitches requiring a day one patch download of 75MB - adding an additional half hour of frustration before getting a working game. CM6, released the season after, addressed these issues but added others, with inaccurate player attributes plaguing the database and further undermining confidence. SI partnered with Sega Europe for future releases, and again made good use of the fans’ goodwill by releasing demos of the latest game and encouraging bug reporting before the full release. The demo would only allow the user to play the first six months of the new game, building hype for the release while preventing full blown addiction. (Certain users used to only play the demo to avoid losing entire weekends to the game.)
Football Manager went from strength to strength, and is now only challenged by the FIFA series in terms of annual football games. The latest release has expanded to include 118 leagues (if you’ve harboured dreams of leading a Belorussian second tier side to Champions League glory, it’s for you) and is synonymous with football management games. Users have leveraged success in the game to real life positions with football clubs. Those same clubs have used the extensive database as a scouting tool to find new players. Championship Manager's last PC edition was released in 2010, with an iOS version following a year later - meanwhile, Football Manager has had stage shows and books written about the game and how absorbing it is to play.
Bibliography: https://www.pcgamesn.com/championship-manager-series/championship-manager-football-manager-history-making-of https://www.pcgamesn.com/football-manager-2017/history-of-championship-manager-part-two https://champman0102.co.uk/ https://www.vg247.com/2012/06/28/sports-interactive-details-split-from-eidos-after-nine-years-of-silence/ https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/i_cm5_july04 https://www.pcgamer.com/the-history-of-championship-manager-and-football-manage
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2020.08.23 17:15 jamesthegill [Football computer games] A Game Of Two Halves

Brief note to start with - football, in this post, refers to the code of “association football”: sometimes also called soccer. If you’re hoping for something about rugby, gaelic rules, NFL or other codes of football, this isn’t it. Sorry!
One of the most popular sports-based video game franchises of the last 30 years would not, at first glance, look like a successful game. The user has no control over the players on the pitch. There’s no chance of the user achieving the schoolboy dream of scoring a last-minute trophy winning goal. For many years there was no visual representation of the pitch at all; a 2003 update featuring circles with little feet [insert image] was heralded as a major gameplay advance. Fans of competing football games that focus more on the on-pitch play have decried it as “looking like a complicated spreadsheet”. The user takes control of a football club and attempts to lead them to glory by controlling the transfers, the tactics, the style of play, the line-up, the substitutions, the press conferences, contract talks - pretty much everything except the performance of the eleven players that take the field for kick-off. All of the admin, none of the fun parts of playing football. Yet this game has been cited in divorce cases, claims of addiction, and created cult icons of players who never achieved glory in real life. Because of this game, to certain people Cherno Samba, Maxim Tsigalko and Tonton Zola Moukoko are bigger names than actual footballing legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and other household names.
The game is Championship ManageFootball Manager.

Taking it one game at a time

It’s 1992. EuroDisney opens to the general public for the first time amid much turmoil. Nirvana’s Nevermind is riding high in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. And two brothers are in a bedroom in England, close to the Welsh border, writing a primitive football management sim in a programming language unsuitable for a computer game. The first edition didn’t feature real players, nor the correct names for the English leagues (after the debut of the Premiership the month before release) but sold enough to justify annual releases, gradually becoming more realistic.
In 1995 the brothers’ company, Sports Interactive, partnered with Eidos who would publish the Championship Manager games. The games expanded their scope, the 97/98 edition featuring the ability to play three country’s leagues simultaneously (greatly increasing the number of clubs a player could move to and become manager of, as well as a larger scouting pool of players available to sign), and the 01/02 release becoming a popular cult classic.
Championship Manager 01/02 (CM 01/02) seems to have hit the sweet spot for many regarding the gameplay. It’s simple enough to pick up and start playing without the need to spend a good hour tweaking the minute details of your left-back’s player role, but detailed enough to be immersive. Since it was made freeware in 2008 a community has sprung up online providing updates to work on pretty much any operating system, and updating squad lists so that with the right database, you could start the game featuring accurate players from the current season all the way back to the 1980s.

He’s created something out of nothing there

CM4 broke first day sales records for a PC game when it was released in March 2003. (The naming of each release seemed to alternate between a sequential suffix (CM2, CM3), or the years of the season it preceded (CM 97/98, CM 01/02) with an inconsistency not seen since until the Fast and Furious franchise, but that’s neither here nor there.) It featured 39 playable leagues and introduced the “circles with feet” gameplay overview to the CM universe. It also featured several interesting bugs, such as unfashionable lower league clubs like Swindon being able to sign World Cup winning superstars, but these were ironed out with the next edition (CM 03/04) released eight months later. The games were well known among football fans around the world, to the point where Everton fans were excited about new signing Ibrahima Bakayoko due to his strong stats in-game. (Like a number of CM wonderkids, he unfortunately didn’t live up the hype.)
All seemed to be going well, so inevitably things went wrong.
In September 2003 it was quietly announced that Sports Interactive and Eidos were going their separate ways. Details are still somewhat vague, probably for legal reasons, but a few dribs and drabs have leaked out over the years. Sports Interactive presumed that Eidos had brought on another games studio (Beautiful Game Studio - “the beautiful game” is a common tagline for football) to gradually push SI out of the game that they’d created over a decade ago. Eidos tell a different story - they assumed that SI were looking to jump ship and brought in Beautiful Game so that they had a studio to make the next edition without little disruption. Like a good farce, miscommunication led to problems and a grudge.
The Managing Director of SI, Miles Jacobson, later said of the split:
“I’m sure there are two sides to this story, at the time we felt there was a lack of respect that we did for our work from Eidos. There seemed to be an attitude at the time in the industry that anyone could make games. Eidos wanted more control. We wanted more control. We were asking for high royalties. Eidos set up Beautiful Game Studios nine months before CM4 was due to come out. They told me that Beautiful Game were making a platform game. I thought our number was up.”
After the divorce, certain aspects of the game ended up divided between the two studios. Eidos retained the rights to the name and the graphical interface, but SI kept the database and the match engine. The following season saw competing games released by each studio, the first time in years users had a choice in football management simulations. Eidos released the next edition of the Championship Manager series (CM5), while Sports Interactive started over with a new brand name to build up, with Football Manager 2005 (FM05).

Never known that they’re beaten

All signs pointed to the big, moneyed studio crushing the smaller underdog, but like a good cup tie the form book goes out the window. The asset split worked out in SI’s favour - for the next release they just needed to provide a new front end user interface, and while that was no doubt quite a task, it was nothing compared to Eidos rebuilding the game from the ground up! This enabled SI to get in quickly and release FM05 first, in November of 2004. Not having to go head-to-head with their former employers worked in their favour as the inaugural Football Manager was a success everywhere (well, except China).
Eidos had to start from scratch with the player database and took a shortcut in hiring a firm to create their own, losing a lot of the realism and personal touch (SI had prided themselves in using fans of the game to scout and research both playing and non-playing staff of clubs) that fans had come to expect from Championship Manager.
Eidos stumbled out of the gate with their first non-SI release, releasing a delayed game still featuring a large number of glitches requiring a day one patch download of 75MB - adding an additional half hour of frustration before getting a working game. CM6, released the season after, addressed these issues but added others, with inaccurate player attributes plaguing the database and further undermining confidence. SI partnered with Sega Europe for future releases, and again made good use of the fans’ goodwill by releasing demos of the latest game and encouraging bug reporting before the full release. The demo would only allow the user to play the first six months of the new game, building hype for the release while preventing full blown addiction. (Certain users used to only play the demo to avoid losing entire weekends to the game.)
Football Manager went from strength to strength, and is now only challenged by the FIFA series in terms of annual football games. The latest release has expanded to include 118 leagues (if you’ve harboured dreams of leading a Belorussian second tier side to Champions League glory, it’s for you) and is synonymous with football management games. Users have leveraged success in the game to real life positions with football clubs. Those same clubs have used the extensive database as a scouting tool to find new players. Championship Manager's last PC edition was released in 2010, with an iOS version following a year later - meanwhile, Football Manager has had stage shows and books written about the game and how absorbing it is to play.
Bibliography: https://www.pcgamesn.com/championship-manager-series/championship-manager-football-manager-history-making-of https://www.pcgamesn.com/football-manager-2017/history-of-championship-manager-part-two https://champman0102.co.uk/ https://www.vg247.com/2012/06/28/sports-interactive-details-split-from-eidos-after-nine-years-of-silence/ https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/i_cm5_july04 https://www.pcgamer.com/the-history-of-championship-manager-and-football-manage
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TIL a fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000.
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AOC challenges Trump to release his college transcript after he called her a 'poor student' on Fox News 'You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student. Loser has to fund the Post Office,' New York congresswoman tweets
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In case you missed it, AOC's second grade teacher tweeted her and she tweeted back. It was pretty touching. `*You've got this. Remember all those poems we recited together in 2nd grade? It was prep for this moment. You've got this.* ~ mjacobs` https://twitter.com/mjacobs324/status/1293679979935543297 AOC responded: `*Ms. Jacobs! Is that you?! Yes, I do remember the poems we recited in second grade! You prepared me perfectly for this moment. Thank you for teaching me, encouraging my growth, and believing in me as a child.*` https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1293681217330712578
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Hey Reddit! My name is Paolo Cattaneo. 5 years ago I quit my job, sold everything I had and embarked in a trip around the world on a motorcycle. Rode for almost 185000 km (115k mi). Still going! Here to answer question about self sustained living on the road and long distance solo travelling. AmA!
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This spike in crime is no doubt due in part to the quarantine and economic stress related to it. However, there is another aspect that people don't like talking about. That is the \"Ferguson effect\". When police in general are under sweeping suspicion of racism due to highly publicized anecdotes about police shootings of black people, they tend to back off of proactive policing, not wanting to risk their jobs or reputations. There is [some social science](https://www.nber.org/papers/w22399) data [which suggests](https://amstat.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2330443X.2019.1704330) that [police do not shoot blacks](https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/pandp.20191028) at rates [disproportionate to their](https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550618775108) involvement in violent crime, and in fact, sometimes less. `Harvard Professor Roland Fryer [just released a (non-peer reviewed) study](https://www.nber.org/papers/w27324.pdf) providing evidence that the Ferguson effect is real. What he found is that in 22 cases of police department investigations triggered by the weight of evidence showing that the department was poorly run, crime was actually reduced, and an average of 61 lives were saved in the next 24 months.` However, in five cases of departments investigated after a single high-profile incident (Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Timothy Thomas, Tyisha Miller, and Michael Brown), crime went up, and an average of 179 more lives were lost in the next 24 months. `Police also unjustly kill white people, but those don't fit into a narrative about American racism. I agree that police are heavy-handed in general, and that police brutality is a problem. However, we tend to assume that racial animus is involved when black people are killed, even when there is little actual evidence of that. I also know for a fact that there are racist officers. However, how can we reduce racial tension and tackle problems when we rely on a narrative that is shown to be false and exaggerated?` TL;DR - Police back off due to suspicion of racism over anecdotes, criminals are emboldened.
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Granted. For awhile there are jokes in the media before the novelty dies down and the various associated fetishes evolve. People seem mostly happier as the general state of everyone's sex lives improves. You notice your mom has started buying a lot of fresh produce and sugary foods, but whatever, your parents have needs too and the new spring in their step is cute. `Your father is extra happy, as you might imagine. His new extra-wide grin quickly becomes a personality staple. The Christmas gifts get better and he doubles down on his woodworking hobby. With confidence he does something he'd always want to do: quit his job and open a bakery. Jack's Frost quickly becomes the talk of the town. You and your siblings and cousins begin working for the company. Family wealth comes easy, and times are good. All because your father is getting more frequent bjs.` Over time, the extended family moves to your town to take up lucrative positions within the supply chain. As your prestige builds, you begin to feel powerful. Your father, who spent long days with your mother or in front of the oven, mostly lets his family run the business while he bakes cupcakes for the entire family. Each cupcake is decorated to the liking of each family member. The time your father spends baking makes him a beloved yet diminishing family figure. As he ages, your siblings begin vying for his baking empire. `Finally comes the night everyone has anticipated: your father plans to announce his successor at his retirement party. This catered event features a buffet of your father's finest work. A part of you wonders, once he's gone, if the brand's creativity will depart with him. Blackmail and backstabbing are rampant among your siblings. It's clear the announcement will rock the family and rent it apart. The plotting is put on hold and your siblings' plastic smiles snap into place as your father steps up to the podium. He clears his throat and says \"the conniving den of weasels that is my family shut me out of the business I built on my hands and knees using these two hands. The business will be dissolved by the feds because the secret flavoring ingredient is my jizz. Yes, my glazes and jellies and custards are entirely jizz-based.\" Then he runs out of the house, grabs hold of a rope ladder descending from a helicopter, and is never heard from again. The money he didn't drain from the business is not nearly enough for the needed legal expenses. Those in your family that avoid prison become destitute, as your father has placed dozens of videos of your mother blowing him on the hard drives of your computer and all your extended family, linking them to his crimes. The cloud backups randomly play at inopportune times. You might have narrowly escaped prison, but you can describe your father's junk and have evaluated your mother's technique and enthusiasm. Your father accidentally invents an entirely new pornhub category called Spermy Todd, which annoys you because his name isn't Todd. It isn't Jack, either. It's Rod.` But at least everyone still has their flavored bjs.
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=== **[Link to the petition to UK parliament 'Condemn the Belarus Government for harassment and detention of its citizens'](https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/548196)** (Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign) == `After Elon Musk asked [how can he help Belarus](https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1293848844266946561) belarusians came out with the banner [\"Маск падари ужо яму ракету\" (\"Musk gift him a rocket already\")](https://streamable.com/k568jd) (him - lukashenko)` **[Ambassadors of EU countries in Belarus came to lay flowers where protester was killed.](https://streamable.com/ix87k7)** `**Yesterday lukashenko called the protesters '[unemployed criminals](https://youtu.be/ZY35K7p4Mss?t=86)' all of whom needs to be inspected and 'given a job' (whatever that means), before that he called them 'sheep' and 'drug addicts' so lets have a look at who they really are:**` [Batman and Spiderman *drugging* protesting people on the streets](https://streamable.com/jcdzp0) `[Hundreds of *unemployed criminals* and *alcoholics* on the streets of Belarus.](https://youtu.be/Hv5iz09ZaZ4?t=28)` [Huge chain of *criminals* getting honked by *drug addicts* in their cars.](https://streamable.com/ozmmhd) `[Woman thanking young girls for coming out and showing solidarity.](https://streamable.com/r9c5f3) ` [Another group of *unemployed criminal* drivers honking in support of walking group of *drug addicts*.](https://streamable.com/z6cs1k) `[More *criminals*](https://streamable.com/3yhh5h)` [Whole street with drivers out of their cars showing solidarity](https://streamable.com/mo87cx) `[Some random *sheep* giving *drugs* masked as 'sweets' to women](https://streamable.com/89kghr)` [More *drug addicts* on the streets of Belarus](https://streamable.com/e63nfp) `[Another group of *obviously drugged* people came to the building of the government propagandic TV channel ОНТ chanting 'TRUTH! TRUTH! TRUTH!](https://streamable.com/1e8ihk)` You can see hundreds of other photos and [videos of these *criminals*](https://streamable.com/9zemr5) on telegram channels such as: `[NEXTA Live](https://t.me/nexta_live)` [Типичная Беларусь](https://t.me/tpbela) `[Выборы видишь?](https://t.me/vybory_smotri)` [Беларусь головного мозга](https://t.me/belamova) `[TUT.BY новости](https://t.me/tutby_official)` 100% of the videos and photos you see on reddit from Belarus are taken from these sources (and like dozens of other channels but they all pretty much the same) `---` `**Now a list of videos of police brutality in Belarus**` [14 min video of Minsk (11.08.2020)](https://youtu.be/uGh4Vs-zqQs) Videos listed below are not just from Minsk but also from other cities, just to give you some understanding of the scale. Videos from today (13.08.2020): `[Somone caught the moment where policeman, hiding behind buses arechanging their regular uniforms to OMON (its the special forces that you see in almost all videos, black helmets masks, black vests and uniform) so they can anonymously beat and detain people](https://streamable.com/x0mn82)` [(no brutality) army forces passing by standing protesters](https://streamable.com/i0tpq2) `[People fight with police for detained protester](https://streamable.com/46k0f2)` [Police beating off mirros from honking passing by cars, one of the drivers, old man in a cap (according to the people who filmed) stopped and decided to have a talk about his broken mirror, he gets beaten up and dragged into a random passenger bus by a group of police, one of them proceeds to sit into the old mans car (the laugh you hear in the background throughout the video is sarcastic)](https://streamable.com/domil0) `[a group of unmarked thugs in black with patrol policeman beating Yandex Taxi car. No context to the video.](https://streamable.com/tf1j2z)` Videos from 11-12 august 2020: [People protesting from their homes](https://streamable.com/tabfzh) `[Another example of exceptional police brutality, guy gets on his knees, getting kicked in the back from run up, people around sound outraged](https://streamable.com/qukwat)` [Police storming into local store and aiming at people's windows](https://streamable.com/fejoh1) `[Police detaining peacefully standing citizen, he tries to flee, gets beaten up, people go to help him escape](https://streamable.com/o53mng)` [**This is a footage from someone's apartament where you can see how detained people are being basically held hostages in police stations, they lying close together on the asphalt, people around Belarus say they are getting brutally beaten and kicked and tortured in police stations (not seen in the video, just reports from other places\)**](https://streamable.com/it96qx) `[**Police brutally murdering \(no other word for it\) random man on the street, the man is crying.**](https://streamable.com/39fkv0) ` [**Belarus police detains 15yo kid, to protect themselves from public outrage one of them threatens to pull the pin out of (flash?)grenade.**](https://streamable.com/g9m7xs) `**[NSFW visible injury]** [Random man gets shot for filming police brutality](https://streamable.com/i9nq65) (man telling his wife not to run and keep calm, they are walking their dog)` [Police using unmarked vehicle crashes into random driver on the road and tries to detain him](https://streamable.com/acfp1l) `[another angle](https://streamable.com/137zdg)` [Police stops a car marked with red cross (volunteer medical aid) and detains everyone inside](https://streamable.com/ywm1hc) `[Police shooting someone](https://streamable.com/z3tx8c)` [Police searching around the urban areas, outraged people yell from the balconies for them to go away, some of them shoot in the windows and lamp post](https://streamable.com/uyur1c) `[Another random driver detaining, the car is trashed by police \(the reason for most detains is simple honking to support walking protesters on the streets\)](https://streamable.com/7ajfx6)` [Another random drivers being detained you can see one of them being kicked](https://streamable.com/y1olr0) `[Police beating random biker on the road](https://streamable.com/465581)` [Random people being brutally beaten and arrested](https://streamable.com/69wy9k) `[One of the many examples of police using ambulance vehicles \(ill try and find other cases but there are so many videos to search through it takes time to find everything\)](https://streamable.com/l7kimd)` [Journalists getting bullied, kicked and smacked, forcing to give their memory cards away](https://streamable.com/v374vk) (you can hear endless car honking, its random drivers support of the protests and outrage of police brutality) `[Police aiming at random people's windows while shooting someone on the ground](https://streamable.com/bb6t48)` [Police hiting random cars on the road](https://streamable.com/9z77qr) `[Video has no comments from the uploader, but you can see police using unmarked vehicle detains a driver, shooting him inside his car](https://streamable.com/u75tc7)` [Some guy getting brutally beaten behind the gates by police, one of them behaves agressively towards the guy who is filming them, the guy says he is a journalist, policeman replies 'i don't fucking care who you are'](https://streamable.com/m8b3s0) `[Woman peaceful march today in Minsk](https://streamable.com/7w8q8n).` [Patrol police detains random group of bikers, one of them gets beaten up, immediate reaction of passing by drivers is heard in the background, people yell at the police and honk, one of the patrolers points a gun at someone (the one at the right at the end)](https://streamable.com/uo6yh9) `[Police shooting ambulance](https://t.me/nexta_live/7101)` [Detained people being taken out outside of police station and beaten up](https://streamable.com/c6is9z) `[People trying to take back detained protester with sticks and stones](https://streamable.com/o7rblc)` [People yelling 'shame! shame!' from their apartments all around the neighbourhood](https://streamable.com/b6xkdc) `[People yelling, booing and throwing stuff from their windows into the police who is chasing someone](https://streamable.com/4rhxe6)` [Another random driver gets detained in the middle of the day](https://streamable.com/0jls22) `---` `**Please bare in mind there are A LOT more horrible things to show, i can't possible include everything in this comment and im just one man and it takes a lot of time to search through it all, downloading, reaploading to streamable and linking here so again, im linking the sources for these videos for people who are interested and want to see more, because 99% of it is not shared on reddit. For more info, videos, photos including a lot of footage of peaceful protests you can follow these telegram channels and just scroll and look, no need to know russian or belarusian, most of the posts don't need translations:**` [NEXTA Live](https://t.me/nexta_live) `[Типичная Беларусь](https://t.me/tpbela) ` [Выборы видишь?](https://t.me/vybory_smotri) `[Беларусь головного мозга](https://t.me/belamova)` [TUT.BY новости](https://t.me/tutby_official) which also has [(youtube channel)](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC34JNOAjkpx4WLXKSRnUIwA/videos) ` These are the main sources of all the videos, there are hundreds and hundreds of them and it is really hard to link them all.`
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Cultural Reboot `Manchester United are on the right path despite what the media, the fans, the league table and the general public would have you believe. The term “Cultural Reboot” has been used by Ole Solskjaer since his appointment at the club - what does that actually mean? In football terms it simply means that the club needs to change the way it works and operates. If this term could be used for a small business it would be efficient to close the business short term, make all staff redundant, potentially rebrand and hire staff that would better suit the new image of itself. Of course, you cannot do that to a football club, not least the size of a club like Manchester United.` `So what does Solskjaer mean in his take on the term? It simply means that Manchester United in the last 6-years have spent big money, big wages on a merry-go-round list of previous manager demands all aimed towards immediate success - which hasn’t worked. It’s cost the club close to a billion pounds in player transfers, three failed managerial appointments all of which had the best intentions of taking Manchester United back to the top of the tree. In Solskjaer’ eyes, the fabric of what made Manchester United a dynasty and a world force has long been lost in amongst this expenditure.` `When he took over on a caretaker basis Utd went on an incredible run, some people put this down to a regular honeymoon period as most new appointments provide the data to back this up but in my view I think there’s a little more to it simply being a honeymoon period. The players ran further, hustled harder, competed in every area of the pitch and out-worked teams - this is Manchester United. I was fortunate enough to witness the change that sacked big Ron and appointed Sir, Alex. I saw the cultural reboot at the club which was the basis for long-standing success. Sir, Alex starting selling seasoned pros like Paul McGrath Jesper Olsen and Peter Barnes. Fergie starting investing in youth almost immediately, signing a young Ryan Giggs, David Beckham to early youth teams for development. Sir Alex wanted to mould the future of the club by teaching young players what it means to play for Utd and that they were the future provided they had 100% commitment to being a fabric of the club and over their years they learned that in order to make it here you had to work harder than everyone else, want it more. Sir Alex, culturally rebooted Manchester United from alcoholic journeymen to hungry, hard working leave everything on the pitch superstars which would filter through the next group of youth products and thus changing the ethos of the club resulting in sustained success.` Ole is in the process of culturally rebooting Manchester United in a very similar way to Sir Alex did. He’s removed the high earners, he’s refused bumper multi-year contracts to over-30’s and is bringing through whatever youth talent we currently have. Kids listen, they want to play and they’re easy to mould. Once you have their commitment to the cause you have longevity in that role, you don’t need to overpay in contracts and you have a role model for the next batch of youth 10-years down the line. `When Ole smiles into the camera at press conferences he means it. Why wouldn’t he be happy? He has very impressionable young players, he doesn’t have conflict from ageing players demanding immediate success or more money (There’s probably one left in this category that’s Pogba), his team is competing despite being so young and they’re running through walls for him and more importantly for the shirt on their backs. He can see what the next few years of this vision is and it’s the building blocks for sustained success in much the same vein as Sir Alex once did. Ole doesn’t want big time charlies in his squad (Paul Ince, David Beckham, Lee Sharpe / Lukaku, Sanchez, Pogba) he wants warriors and influencers (Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes / Rashford, McTominay, Maguire).` We can all argue that the board aren’t supporting him and their incompetence (different argument) but I think Ole is having a big influence in this and is being extremely careful with his targets which is why you won’t see Edinson Cavani or any other big name that thinks they’re bigger than the club - you can dismiss these almost out of hand immediately. £30m for a 16-year-old who is best in class for age? Absolutely what Ole wants and what Sir Alex wanted before him. If you think of it this way then it’s not then surprising that we have been linked with virtually every young English player that is showing potential because this is all part of the cultural reboot that we needed. We have invested heavily in academy players recently which don’t get enough love around here because we’re desperate for first team investment. What we’re not realising is if we heavily invest and rush to compete and challenge right away then the culture will never change. `When you have the likes of Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Fred, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Daniel James running through walls and through injuries for the shirt you have successfully changed the culture of the club. You do however need to supplement that ethos with fairy dust and luxury pieces - the ready made quality that you’re missing from a group that works harder than anyone else. Bruno Fernandes looks to be that type of player Ole has identified - not a big time charlie, works incredibly hard for a team he really doesn’t want to be a part of, especially since the training ground assault from their fans, modest wage and desperate to buy in to the new image of Manchester United - this is key. Way back during the ‘90’s and 2000’s you had to be a certain type of player to play for Man Utd. You didn’t just have to be good enough, you had to buy in to the culture and be prepared to work harder than anyone for your shirt, the club, the history and the fans.` We all love Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand because they bleed the club, even now - why is that? What is it about the club that makes them feel so strongly this way? They were bought to play for this club when the culture was set in stone, they bought into the ethos and the history of what it takes to be a Utd player, they lived it - it was their life - Manchester United was a way of life. The last 7-years we’ve lost that until Ole arrived. Rashford is living Man Utd, McTominay is living Man Utd and our transfer targets also need to live Man Utd. `This process cannot be rushed, unfortunately but it will ultimately reward itself with sustained success down the line which is always better than short term investment for short term and short-lived success. Ole Solskjaer is doing the right thing, he’s the right man to do it because he’s brave enough to do it just like Sir Alex was in 1986.` Stand by your manager, this one cares and he’s doing the right thing. The quality will come but like Ole says: “Will buy if the right ones become available”. ` Be patient - it’ll be worth it. Let’s get behind the boys and smash Burnley tonight.`
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Seriously. Light the beacons of Gondor. This is an absolutely unprecedented emergency. ` The President of the United States is intentionally sabotaging our own mailing system to improve his chances of re-election. Fuck Russian meddling, he's interfering with our electoral processes himself.`
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2020.07.27 20:02 digestives27 Reasons Why I Still Play FM08 – The First Five Years (Year 1, Part 2)

Reasons Why I Still Play FM08 – The First Five Years (Year 1, Part 2)
WARNING: VERY LONG POST. READ AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.

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NB: This is part TWO of a TWO-part series. If you haven’t yet read part ONE, please click here.
Sunday 1st June 2008
The leagues are complete, the European competitions are decided, it’s time to see the damage done.
Premier League
We’ll start with the Premier League and, as expected, Man Utd held on to their strong advantage to retain the title, the top-scoring Reds finishing 1 goal and 6 points ahead of Arsenal. Liverpool and Man City claim the remaining Champions League places, whilst Portsmouth finished a point ahead of Everton to claim the first available UEFA Cup place.
Fulham would’ve needed a mathematical miracle to have survived relegation, and Middlesbrough were already related going into the final day so a draw with Wigan meant little to them, but Wigan were already safe thanks in part to what was essentially a relegation play-off match between Birmingham and Sunderland. A win for either team would see them survive but a draw would not be enough for Sunderland.
David Connolly stepped up and scored a highly contentious goal for Sunderland in a tightly contested game. Birmingham City couldn’t believe what they believed was an offside goal was allowed to stand and replays have since shown that they may have had every right to feel aggrieved about that goal. They did not, however, do enough to get back into the match and although an equaliser would’ve seen them survive, they could not muster one and now drop down into the Championship.
Kevin Doyle has the last laugh in his ongoing feud with Leroy, pipping him to the Golden Boot for Reading with 25 goals to Lita’s 24. Andy Johnson rounds off the top 3 with 23 goals for Everton. Cani’s 16 assists see him take the non-existent playmaker of the year award, 3 clear of John Carew. I shall forever call this the Playmaker Award now.
The league table is as follows:

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Overachievers: Man City, Derby County, West Ham
Underachievers: Tottenham, Chelsea, Bolton, Middlesbrough
West Ham seal European football through the Euro Vase, aka Intertoto Cup, by virtue of the fact that apparently neither Everton or Chelsea, nor Blackburn bothered to apply.
As we know, Portsmouth secured European football through 5th place but wait… Newcastle and Derby are also in Europe?!
This can only mean one thing…
FA Cup
Derby comfortably defeated Blackburn 3-1 at Wembley while Newcastle played out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Portsmouth. The game would be settled by penalties, with Portsmouth scoring their first 2 and Newcastle missing them both. Nerves got the better of the Pompey players as Newcastle scored their next 3 and Portsmouth missed all of them. Incredible scenes in the capital.

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Not to be outdone, Derby and Newcastle would contest a fierce final themselves. James Milner wins the header from the goalkeeper’s free kick to nod down to Barton who returns a through ball for Milner to slot home in the 22nd minute. However, Derby would hit back on the brink of half-time, in part thanks for a huge stroke of good fortune: David Jones’ free kick on the edge of the box taking a huge deflection off the wall to wrong-foot Shay Given.
Deadlocked at 90 minutes, the game moved into extra time. More free kick fortune for Derby as Ulrik Yttergård Jenssen’s freekick deflects off the wall as well and into the path of Daniel Fredheim Holm who lashed home high into the net. However with the clock pushing 122 minutes, Derby go on the attack instead of taking it the corner flag. They would be punished with a flowing Newcastle counterattack, Nicky Butt feeding Derek Boateng who flights a ball to the back post for an unmarked Claudio Caçapa to nod home a dramatic late equaliser.
The penalty shootout would be quick and painless. Derby’s players, mentally crushed from conceding such a late goal and dissolved of all confidence, missed all 3 of their penalties to concede the FA Cup to Newcastle United.

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Consolation for Derby is that, because Newcastle already secured European football through their League Cup victory, they will also be playing in Europe thanks to being FA Cup runners up. Incredible for a team that was predicted to be relegated this season.
Championship
Charlton return to the top division, hanging on to top spot despite losing to West Brom on a final day, as Sheffield United could only muster a draw at home to Southampton. Watford, West Brom, QPR and Southampton make up the playoff hopefuls whilst Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Colchester all drop down into League One. All three relegated teams’ fates were sealed before the final day, so Hull’s 2-0 win at home to Ipswich was in vain.
Stoke and Crystal Palace played each other in a play-off decider, with Stoke knowing that any win would secure them 6th place. Palace needed a win against Stoke and a favour from title-chasing Sheffield United against Southampton to leapfrog both Stoke and Southampton into 6th. As such, Southampton needed to better Stoke’s result to secure the playoffs. As it transpired, Crystal Palace’s dramatic 90th minute winner away to Stoke was not enough as Southampton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.
Massive credit to Scunthorpe who were predicted to finish rock bottom this season and defied all expectations by finishing 9th, just 3 points off the playoffs. Unbelievable effort from QPR too, who flouted their 18th place prediction by finishing 5th in the playoff places.
Marlon King would finish top scorer for Watford with 30 goals, well clear of second place István Ferenczi, Kevin Kyle picking up the Playmaker Award with 14 assists.
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 1
QPR 1 – 1 West Brom
Southampton 2 – 0 Watford
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 2
West Brom 2 – 0 QPR << West Brom win 3-1 on aggregate
Watford 2 – 1 Southampton << Southampton win 3-2 on aggregate
Playoff Final
Southampton 1 – 2 West Brom
A cagey 2-1 win for West Brom as Chris Brunt scores a late winner from a set piece. Sherjill MacDonald may well have offside for the opener as Zoltan Gera played a lovely ball in to the near post and Southampton may well have a right to be upset with referee Lee Probert. If the build-up to the equaliser was scrappy, the finish certainly wasn’t: a ball lifted over the top by Jason Euell is despatched exquisitely on the volley by David McGoldrick. Chris Brunt would have the last laugh in this one, sticking a 20yard free kick into the top corner to send West Bromwich Albion back into the Premier League.

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Overachievers: QPR, Scunthorpe, Barnsley
Underachievers: Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City, Colchester United
League One
Business as expected for the top two as Nottingham Forest win the league and Swansea City seal automatic promotion. Yeovil needed favours on the final day to usurp Swansea but did themselves none in the process by drawing in what transpired to be a dead rubber against Bristol Rovers. Doncaster needed to better Carlisle’s result to go up but instead both teams lost, and Carlisle held onto 6th place. Brighton could’ve taken advantage of that slip but lost to champions Nottingham Forest, whilst Oldham could’ve shocked everybody but ultimately lost to Southend instead.
All four relegated teams were already down going into the final day: Northampton, Leeds, Tranmere and Leyton Orient.
Frazier Campbell of Wallsall and Marvin Williams of Yeovil would share the Golden Boot between them with 32 goals, 4 clear of veteran striker Tore André Flo. Brian Howard’s impressive displays for Yeovil meant he claimed the Playmaker Award with 20 assists.
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 1
Luton 2 – 1 Walsall
Carlisle 1 – 3 Yeovil
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 2
Walsall 0 – 0 Luton << Luton win 2-1 on aggregate
Yeovil 3 – 1 << Yeovil win 6-2 on aggregate
Playoff Final
Luton 4 – 1 Yeovil << Luton promoted after extra time
An open-ended affair with chances aplenty for both sides, Luton taking the lead inside the first 5 minutes, full-back Alan Goodall whipping a lovely ball into the near post for Sam Parkin to tuck away. Yeovil would be reduced to ten me early in the second half, Terrell Forbes hospital pass clearance met by the head of Luton’s Chris Hackett who nodded into the path of striker Drew Talbot. Talbot was unable to get his shot away clearly as Matthew Rose stuck out a leg to bring Talbot down and was sent off for a professional foul, drawing large protests from the Yeovil players.
Still, Yeovil pressed and five minutes later they’d find an unlikely equaliser. Brian Howard, standing over a free kick 30 yards out, goes for the audacious and gets a huge slice of luck as the free kick clatters off the wall, sends the keeper the wrong way and flies into the empty net.
Brave Yeovil would hold out the 90 minutes but unfortunately, Luton would make the extra man count in extra time, substitute Sol Davis starting the procession with a delightful free kick on the edge of the box. Tidy finishes from David Edwards and Willie Gibson rounded off a fine performance from Luton as they sealed their place in next season’s Championship.

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Overachievers: Walsall, Brighton, Cheltenham, Yeovil
Underachievers: Leeds, Tranmere, Millwall
Maybe slightly harsh to put Leeds in there with a 15-point deduction, but without it they would’ve finished 10th which is still way below expectations.
League Two
Impressive Bury romped to a surprise League Two victory, 5 points clear of Peterborough who in turn were 6 points clear of Chesterfield. On-loan youngster Chedwyn Evans’ 24 league goals complementing striker partner Andy Bishop’s 22 league goals to good effect.
MK Dons’ Jemal Johnson would score 4 goals in a 5-2 away thriller at Brentford to snatch the Golden Boot away from Morecambe’s Michael Twiss, who must’ve hoped his two goals against Barnet would’ve been enough, Johnson finishing the season on 25 goals. Kevin McBride of Darlington wins the Playmaker Award.
Grimsby could’ve been relegated on the last day had they, as they did, lost to Hereford but in the end it mattered not as Barnet and Mansfield, who only needed a win to try and survive, both suffered heavy defeats to drop out of the Football League.
Playoff Semi Final – leg 1
Shrewsbury 1 – 2 Darlington
Macclesfield 0 – 2 Morecambe
Playoff Semi Final – leg 2
Darlington 1 – 1 Shrewsbury << Darlington win 3-1 on aggregate
Morecambe 3 – 2 Macclesfield << Morecambe win 5-2 on aggregate
Playoff final
An incredible event as teams predicted to finish 12th and 21st met in the playoff final. Morecambe’s firepower really should’ve seen them through here, but it was Darlington who took an early lead through Gregg Blundell.
Darlington must’ve feared the worst when top scorer Pawel Abbott was taken off injured after the half-hour mark. It took Morecambe until the 79th minute to get off the mark through, Jamie Forrester providing the breakthrough. Smart thinking from goalkeeper Steven Drench sees Forrester run through a gap the size of Jupiter between the two centre backs to collect the long punt forward and slot home.
Darlington would somehow have the last laugh though, Tommy Wright slotting him neatly 3 minutes later for a famous win, taking Darlington up to League One

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Overachievers: Morecambe, Macclesfield, Accrington Stanley, Darlington, Bury
Underachievers: Bradford, Rotherham, Brentford, MK Dons, Rochdale, Grimsby, Barnet, Mansfield
Honestly, take your pick. Crazy season in League Two.
Non-League
Oxford won the Conference Premier, 9 points ahead of the playoff hopefuls. Rushden & Diamonds steamrollered Stevenage 4-0 in the final, who themselves had reached the final via a 90th minute winner against Crawley, who themselves had an excellent season after being predicted to finish 19th and instead finished 2nd, even with a 6-point deduction. Simeon Jackson wins top goal scorer with 33 league goals for Rushden & Diamonds.
Overachievers: Salisbury, Histon, Crawley, Rushden & Diamonds
Underachievers: Exeter, York, Torquay, Ebbsfleet, Kidderminster, Burton

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Southport win the Conference North and Boston United win the playoff final, beating Kettering on penalties. Alfreton, Hyde and Vauxhall are all relegated.
Lewes win the Conference South and Dorchester Town win the playoff final, beating Braintree on penalties. Havant & Waterlooville, Hayes & Yeading and Fisher Athletic are all relegated.
League round-up. We’ve already talked about the overachievers and underachievers, so let’s quickly compare the media predictions to the teams’ actual finishing positions. Should we castigate the media? Or should be laud and slate the teams who, for better or worse, defied expectations?
The final position is denoted to the right of the team, with the change from the prediction one over.

What do the media know, eh?
The game also has its own season summary for each league which pretty much covers everything I’ve already shared but for those interested, see below:

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UEFA Cup
It seems like forever ago since we saw European competition. I will skip ahead, so here are the First and Second Knockout Round results.
First Round

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Second Round

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Gritty performances throughout. For those of you wondering why FC Bayern are in the UEFA Cup it’s because they finished 4th in the Bundesliga in 06/07 behind champions VfB Stuttgart, 2nd place Schalke and 3rd place Werder Bremen. They entered at the UEFA Cup first round, essentially a final qualifying round. In-game, they defeated FC Twente 5-1 on aggregate to reach the group stage. They finished 3rd in their group, behind Fiorentina and Bolton.

Quarter Finals
All relatively straight forward in the Quarter Finals too, Bayern and Tottenham progress comfortably whilst Porto and Fiorentina had to do a bit of digging in to get the job done.
FC Bayern (6) 3 - 0 (1) Werder Bremen
Dinamo Kiev (2) 2 - 2 (4) Porto
Tottenham (5) 1 - 1 (2) Blackburn
Fiorentina (3) 0 - 0 (2) Girondins Bordeaux

Semi Finals
Bayern and Fiorentina met again in the Semi Finals to relive their group match (which was a 1-1 draw). The Semi Final would prove to be hotly contested again, Bayern stealing the victory in the 90th minute through Bastian Schweinsteiger, although replays show he may well have been offside. Luca Toni and Adrian Mutu were the other goal scorers.
The second leg lived up to the billing as well, Bayern taking the lead mid-way through the first half through Miroslav Klose’s smart run and finish. Mark van Bommel added an unlikely second on the night through a sublime freekick which left Fiorentina needing 4 goals to go through. Adrian Mutu led a one-man crusade with a brace in the 63rd and 69th minute respectively before substitute Massimo Gobbi’s tidy 73rd minute finish set up a nervy finale. However, La Viola couldn’t add to their tally and Bayern reached the final.
A tight contest in the other match was lifted with Steed Malbranque’s goal on the stroke of half-time, simply sumptuous freekick from the corner of the box, lifted over the wall and into the back of the net on the near side. Some fine work from José Bosingwa down the right-hand side allowed him to whip a cross into the far post for Raúl Meireles to head in an equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared going into the second leg.
Robbie Keane scored his 25th goal of the season here with a cool finish, showing that you don’t need to blast the ball to score, Tottenham now sitting pretty knowing that Porto needed to score twice to progress. A moment of madness, however, from Didier Zokora left them in a spot of bother. Zokora was shown a straight red card on the brink of half-time, his second of the season, after catching Malkhaz Asatiani with his elbow, referee Stuart Dougal showing no hesitation in sending the Ivorian off. However, Porto were unable to even pluck out an equaliser, let alone a winner and Tottenham progress.
FC Bayern (4) 2 - 3 (4) Fiorentina << FC Bayern advance on away goals
Porto (1) 0 - 1 (2) Tottenham

Final
Bayern were utterly ruthless in the final, showing no mercy to Tottenham in a 3-0 demolishing, all of the goals coming in the first half courtesy of Luca Toni and a brace from Miroslav Klose. The lack of defensive cover in the midfield really cost them and Kevin-Prince Boateng had his work cut out trying to fill-in in Zokora’s absence, indeed getting himself sent off in the 79th minute for a second bookable offence.

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Miroslav Klose’s two goals in the final means he takes home the Golden Boot with 12 goals, edging out RC Lens’ Aruna Dindane and team-mate Luca Toni by one goal. Riccardo Montolivo of Fiorentina picks up the Playmaker Award with 8 assists.
Champions League
Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for – the Champions League!
We left you with the Quarter Final line-ups:

Get ready for mayhem...
None of the teams would disappoint in this round either. Liverpool beating Real Madrid 2-1 away in the first leg only to almost throw it away with a 2-1 loss at home, thanks for Raúl’s 90th minute goal. Liverpool may well have been questioning just why the final whistle hadn’t already blown, but Jamie Carragher would be the extra time hero though, scoring a scrappy goal after a corner was failed to be cleared by Madrid.
Inter Milan’s first leg away goal helped them on their way to beating Man Utd over two legs, Adriano powering home from an indirect free kick opportunity. Paul Scholes would level the tie up when they met again in Italy, but former Arsenal man Patrick Vieira would seal the tie for Inter with a wonderful 30-yard screamer into the top corner.
A contender for match-of-the-competition as Arsenal overcame Barcelona in a 10-goal feast. Thierry Henry’s sub 5-minute brace against his former club, including one after just 18 seconds, was pegged back by Robin van Persie’s own brace and the Gunners would lead 3-2 at half-time thanks to “wonderkid” Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner would be at it again shortly after half-time, thanks in part to even more craftsmanship from Francesc Fàbregas. A headed goal from William Gallas at a corner put Arsenal 5-2 up and looking comfortable but Barcelona went on the attack the corresponding kick off, Xavi Hernández sliding Ronaldinho in to make it 5-3, Jens Lehmann going walkabouts by all accounts.
Bendtner would complete has hattrick on 70 minutes though, slotting home after a neat turn in the corner of the box, sending Andrea Barzagli to another dimension. Barcelona would secure their 5th away goal though, Thierry Henry completing his own hat-trick after William Gallas failed to deal with a ball over the tip. Final score 6-4. And breathe.
The second leg was less entertaining, but Thierry Henry would put his former club to the sword again with two more goals and, despite Rafael Márquez being sent off for an astonishing elbow to Bakary Sagna’s face, Barcelona held out for the win on away goals. 2-0 on the night, 6-6 on aggregate. The most disgraceful part of the night was the players surrounding referee Thorsten Kinhöfer after the red card. Pundits are still perplexed as to what they were complaining about.
Finally onto Celtic, who produced the most breath-taking First Knockout Round ties against Valencia would continue to produce high entertainment value against PSV. Celtic held the advantage after a 1-1 draw in Eindhoven, but PSV would not go down without a fight. Rodrigo Palacio opened the scoring after Scott Brown needlessly lost the ball and some poor play from goalkeeper Artur Boruc, less than 45seconds into the match. Maciej Zurawski would dig his goalkeeper out of a hole 3 minutes later, beating Heurelho Gomes at his near post before Rodrigo hit back again on 8 minutes, capitalising on another poor error from Artur Boruc.
John de Jong would add to icing to a rich and wholesome cake, flicking the ball into the far corner of the net beyond Boruc’s reach and PSV looked comfortable leading 4-2 on aggregate, knowing Celtic now needed 3 goals to progress. PSV would lose key midfielder Edison Méndez to injury on 27 minutes but it would take until the second half for Celtic to take advantage, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink finishing off an attack before Maciej Zurawski would set up a frantic last 5 minutes after getting on the end of Lee Naylor’s inch-perfect cross. Celtic couldn’t produce one more moment of magic though and the tie would finish 4-4 on aggregate, PSV going through by virtue of away goals.
Real Madrid (3) 2 - 2 (4) Liverpool
Man Utd (1) 1 - 1 (2) Inter
Arsenal (6) 0 - 2 (6) Barcelona << Barcelona advance on away goals
PSV (4) 3 - 3 (4) Celtic << PSV advance on away goals

Semi Finals
Could the Semi Finals produce the same magic? Liverpool were paired up against Inter Milan and Barcelona were drawn against PSV.
Barcelona all but ended PSV hopes of an underdog victory, smashing them 4-0 in the first leg at home, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho both scoring braces, Ronaldinho’s both coming from penalties (and both when Henry was on a hat-trick so he can probably consider himself unlucky to be allowed to take one of them). With Edison Méndez still missing, Sebastián Battaglia was asked to step in but he was easily over-run by the Barcelona midfield.
PSV showed incredible fight immediately in the return fixture, going 2-0 up inside the first 7 minutes through Palacio’s lob and Ismael Aissati’s smart finish, but Barcelona soon calmed everything down, scoring 4 unanswered goals in return before half-time courtesy of Barzagli, two from Henry and a brilliant Ronaldinho free kick.. Gastón Fernández scored again late in the second half, but with the tie already done and dusted, it was more for pride than anything else. Barcelona win 4-3 on the night and 8-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool hosted Inter Milan at Anfield for the first leg of the other semi final and took a first half-lead through a stunning John Arne Riise free kick. Steven Gerrard forced Júlio César into an own goal after initially saving Ryan Babel’s long-range effort before Fernando Torres turned provider for Ryan Babel to breakaway and make it 3-0. Zlatan Ibrahimović gave Inter Milan some hope with a late away goal, pouncing on a rare error from Jamie Carragher in the 88th minute.
Liverpool were in good form going into the return leg, having battered fierce rivals Man Utd 4-0 at home at the weekend but it was Inter Milan who dominated this game for long periods, really putting the Liverpool team to the sword. Their dominance paid off in the 21st minute when Ibrahimović retrieved Maicon’s pinpoint pass and slotted into the bottom corner. Torres would ease the pressure on Liverpool with an equaliser at the start of the second half, his 20th goal of the season passed into the bottom corner; the keeper probably should’ve done better with it though. Inter claimed offside, but I’m not convinced.
Incensed, Inter went on the attack immediately, both literally and figuratively, injuring Torres before Ibrahimović fed Adriano who had the vision to pick out Esteban Cambiasso to restore Inter’s lead on the night. A great counterattack. Inter would make Liverpool pay once more for sloppy defending when Steve Finnan was beaten to the ball too easily by Adriano who cut it back for Maxwell to fire home. Pepe Reina will be disappointed when he looks back on that, as he really should be saving those kinds of shots. 3-1 on the night and unbelievably 4-4 on aggregate.
Extra time beckoned but Adriano was not interested in penalties, whipping a delightful ball around the corner for his strike partner David Suazo, clean through on goal to slot past a helpless Reina. Liverpool would go all out offensive from then until the final whistle but couldn’t muster one last goal to salvage the result and Inter go through to final, 4-1 on the night, 5-4 on aggregate.
Liverpool (4) 1 - 4 (5) Inter
Barcelona (8) 4 - 3 (3) PSV

Final
And so for the final. Inter Milan vs Barcelona. The world held high hopes after the last few rounds: they wanted goals.
They were not disappointed.

Strong.
Barcelona opened the scoring on 23 minutes, emerging “wonderkid” Lionel Messi slotting Samuel Eto’o through to score his 20th goal of the season. The lead wouldn’t last too long though, as Ibrahimović fed Suazo to equaliser on 31 minutes. Eto’o would restore the lead again soon after, Deco sliding a lovely pass through the defence for Eto’o to bury.
Controversy followed in the second half. Xavi loses the ball to Maxwell inside the Inter half who in turn goes on a mazy run towards goal exchanging passes with Cambiasso along the way. He is allegedly obstructed by Zambrotta outside the penalty arc, but replays show that it’s a blatant dive. To make matters worse, the referee inexplicably gives a penalty! Ibrahimović slots it without question. 2-2.
63 minutes and Puyol is needlessly dragged out of position to close down Stankovic who instead slips in Ibrahimović for his second of the game. Minutes later, a poor throw-in from Zambrotta gifts the ball to Ibrahimović to seal his hat-trick and put the game to bed, Inter holding out for a 4-2 win in the final against Barcelona!

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Despite the result, Ibrahimović would finish runner up to on 14 goals to Thierry Henry and Rodrigo Palacio in the Golden Boot race, the latter pair netting 15 goals a-piece. Andrés Iniesta would take home the Playmaker Award with 8 assists ahead of team-mate Ronaldinho’s 7. Despite an average rating of 7.83, Ronaldinho would also finish runner-up to Ibrahimović in the Champions League best player, with Henry rounding off the top 3.
Now, because does not save an accessible history of stats and results, they are essentially wiped as the season ends, so I decided to end each 4th game file on June 1st. The game resets around about the 24th or 25th but I wanted to stop the game after the season had finished and before any international competitions began.
But the year is 2008 so we all know what’s coming…

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This does mean I’m going to have to go into the game file for Year 2, but I’ll keep everything else a secret. Euro 2008 deserves to be inside the 07/08 season.
I do have all the results for the other international tournaments akin to this which make up the Confederations Cup competitors, so I will give a very brief oversight into those as well as they happen.
I’m not going to go into how each team qualified for the tournament unless you specifically ask about it in the comments. Let’s look at the groups, with the help of some expert MS Paint skills to display their current world rankings too.

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The most notable changes are that Denmark, England, Scotland and Finland all qualified for this edition and Spain, French, Russia and Poland, who all qualified in the real Euro 2008, miss out. Hosts Switzerland and Austria naturally have terrible ratings due to not playing many competitive internationals as they didn’t need to qualify for their own tournament. Group B looks tough, and the Scots may well fancy an upset in Group D.
Editors predictions: England. Not just because I’m biased, but because on paper they have the squad to do it. The Golden Generation may not have succeeded in real life, but this is stats-based fantasy. Football’s coming home! Failing that, and with France and Spain both missing, it’s anyone’s to take. I’m putting money on a Ronaldo-backed Portugal.
I will run through them Group by Group, even though it won’t strictly be in the order. All will be well again come the Knockout Rounds.
(editor note: a picture of all the groups is at the bottom. I had to cut back to 20 images)
Group A
Croatia and Sweden played out an entertaining 2-2 draw that didn’t get going until the last 30 minutes. Jurica Vranjes thought he’d snatched a late 87th minute for Croatia until Marcus Allbäck equalised 2 minutes later. Two early goals for Denmark were enough to see off Switzerland despite themselves pulling a goal back before half-time, a 2-1 finish.
The second round of fixtures produced even more drama, a Tranquillo Barnetta hat-trick for Switzerland helping to sink Sweden 4-3 in a back-and-forth game, Gelson Fernandes eventually settling the contest for the Swiss. An Eduardo-inspired Croatia took the game to Denmark and a late Nicklas Bendtner goal wasn’t enough to stop Croatia winning 3-1.
Any win for Croatia against Switzerland sends them through. A draw would also suffice. Switzerland need to win, although a draw would do if Sweden could beat Denmark. Any positive Denmark result paired with a Croatia win sees them progress, or even a win and a Croatia/Swiss draw. Sweden must beat Denmark and hope Croatia win. If the Swiss beat Croatia, they need to win and hope for a goal difference swing.
Drama all round as Sweden’s tournament hopes end with a 2-1 defeat to Denmark. Switzerland know they realistically need to win but can only muster a 2-2 draw with Croatia.
Denmark top the group, Croatia are runners up.

Group B
Czech Republic and Austria open the tournament with an entertaining 2-2 draw, Austria snatching a 90th minute equaliser through Steffen Hofmann after a mistake from Zdenek Grygera. Turkey and Portugal would step it up a notch by playing out a 3-2 game which, in truth, Portugal were always in control of. 3-0 up inside 21minutes, Turkey made a second half comeback but the 2nd goal in the 89th minute was too little, too late.
Goals from Deco and Tomas Rosicky in the first half ensured the spoils were shared in a game where the Czech Republic dominated Portugal for large portions of the game and will be disappointed to only draw 1-1. (editor note: the game seems to think Portugal completed 200% of their crosses in this match…) Turkey, on the other hand, turned their dominance into a 2-0 win over Austria.
Portugal need to beat Austria to secure top spot whereas Austria know they need a big win and some good fortune for a draw in the other game. Any winner of Turkey/Czech Republic will qualify, but a draw for Turkey should be enough, barring a miracle from Austria. It’s feasible that Portugal could still be knocked out, though very unlikely.
And as it happens, Portugal make light work of Austria, Maniche and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring first half goals to seal the tie 2-0 in an otherwise boring match. Czech Republic would be made to pay for not getting the winner against Portugal, being torn apart comprehensively by a relentless Turkey side with braces for both Nihat and Halil Altintop, 4-0 the final score line.
Portugal top the group, Turkey are runners up.

Group C
The last group to get going, but no lack of entertainment here, with Romania cruising to a 2-0 win against Greece. All of the drama came in the much-anticipated England/Germany match though and it met all expectations. Darren Bent’s headed opener was cancelled out by Miroslav Klose pouncing on Paul Robinson’s fumble, but Wayne Rooney would restore England’s lead halfway through the first half. Bayern’s Lukas Podolski pulled it level again before half-time before the teams seemed set to see out a 2-2 draw. However, deep into stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, up steps David Beckham to do what David Beckham does best – dispatch freekicks into the top corner. 3-2. There was still time after the restart for Steven Gerrard to be shown a straight-red for hacking down Klose with two-feet.
Germany would take their revenge out on Greece in the next game, securing a 4-2 victory, whilst England would maintain their good form by persevering for a late 2-0 win against Romania.
England are already through and Greece cannot qualify so their final game is a dead rubber, other than Greece trying not to finish bottom and England trying to assure top spot. The winner of Germany/Romania will go through, but a draw will be enough for Germany by virtue of Goal Difference.
England consign Greece to 4th place in the group with a routine 2-0 win, goals from Wayne Rooney and Shaun Wright-Phillips enough to see them off. A cagey first-half in the Germany/Romania match became a much more open-ended affair after Daniel Niculae’s brilliant 47th minute opener, a sublime solo run culminating in a lobbed finish. Miroslav Klose fired back 10 minutes later with 2 goals in quick succession to swing the tie but Romania, not prepared to lie down, equalised again through Eric Bicfalvi. Romania would do the unthinkable though, Adrian Mutu bending a delightful goal into the corner to secure a 3-2 victory for Romania.
England top the group, Romania are runners up.

Group D
Italy kicked off the group against Finland with a nervy win, having gone 1-0 down to a 60th minute penalty from Ari Nyman. Filippo Inzaghi pulled it level in the 82nd minute before Antonin Cassano’s stoppage time winner stole all the points from Finland. Scotland were less keen to roll over though and will be disappointed to have thrown away a 3-1 lead at the 85th minute, Wesley Sneijder and Roy Makaay with late goals to snatch a 3-3 draw.
Holland vs Italy was billed as the one to watch in this group, and rightly so, both teams amassing almost 30 shots between them, but with both keepers in good form, the match would be tied 1-1, Riccardo Montolivo cancelled out Robin van Persie’s first half strike. Scotland have certainly found their shooting boots at this tournament after putting 4 past Finland, but they were made to work for the victory with the Finns taking the lead and later equalising through Mika Ääritalo’s brace. James McFadden’s strike would retake the lead before Barry Ferguson put the icing on the cake of a 4-2 win.
Scotland need any result against Italy to go through. A loss through, coupled with a likely Holland win overly Finland, would send them crashing out. Finland cannot progress. Holland must win to go through, as must Italy.
Holland do indeed get their win against Finland, dominating from start to finish, although the score line should really have been bigger than 2-1. Scotland’s hopes of sneaking out of the group were dealt an immediate blow as they went 1-0 down to Alessandro Del Piero’s header inside 45 seconds. Alberto Gilardino would double the lead in the 20th minute and although Kenny Miller pulled one back in the second half, they couldn’t find a second goal to escape the group. Final score 2-1 to Italy.
Italy top the group, Holland are runners up.
Summary
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Quarter Finals
Turkey – Denmark
Croatia – Portugal
England – Holland
Italy – Romania
No real humdingers here as all of the teams tightened up a lot.
Turkey did away with Denmark 2-0 in a game that the Danes will be disappointed to have not scored in. Nihat and an own goal from Per Krøldrup sealed the game.
Portugal were perhaps the better team in their tie against Croatia but still had to work hard to secure a 2-1 victory, Eduardo’s first half strike cancelled out by Maniche and Ronaldo in the second.
More late, late drama in this one as Frank Lampard scored a trademark goal, arriving from deep to sweep home a Wright-Phillips cross. England must’ve thought that’d be enough but Robin van Persie struck early into stoppage time to level the tie up 1-1. But cometh the 94th minute, cometh the man: Holland do not deal with a long clearance properly and Wright-Phillips skips past his man on the wing to lay the ball into the path of the onrushing Lampard who buries it high into the far corner. Holland complain to the linesman but really, they should be looking at themselves for some shoddy defending.
Romania will be disappointed they had to take Italy all the way to penalties to beat them, having been arguably the better team throughout. 1-1 at full time but a comfortable 4-2 shootout victory as their excellent tournament marches on, the only sour point being Stefan Radu’s 121st minute red card for a horrific tackle on Antonio Cassano.
Turkey 2-0 Denmark
Croatia 1-2 Portugal
England 2-1 Holland
Italy 1-1 Romania << Romania advance on penalties
Semi Finals
Turkey – Romania
Portugal – England
One thing guaranteed in this tournament now is that there will be an outsider in the final. Turkey left it late, but a brace from Nihat would prove enough to put Romania to the sword and end their dream run. Romania might look back and feel like they could’ve done better with both goals though.
Manchester United teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney did battle in this one, both getting their names on the scoresheet with clinical finishes. There would be nothing to settle the two sides until the very end: penalties. Hugo Viana, Nuno Valente, Jorge Andrade all scored whilst Gareth Barry, John Terry and Steven Gerrard did likewise. After Miguel fired home, Michael Carrick would see his penalty saved by goalkeeper Ricardo. However, some Paul Robinson heroics against Ricardo Carvalho gave Rio Ferdinand a chance to get back into the shootout. The pressure was too much though, and he slammed his penalty against the inside of the post to see Portugal through to the final, a final which Deco will miss with suspension after hacking Wright-Phillips down with two feet in 120th minute for an early bath.
Turkey 2-0 Romania
Portugal 1-1 England << Portugal advance on penalties
Final
No Third Place Playoff in the Euros, straight into the final where Turkey meet Portugal, looking for an upset. Nihat and Mehmet Aurélio’s persistence forced the breakthrough on 20 minutes but a smart short freekick routine 2 minutes later from Portugal saw Maniche hit a bending daisy cutter into the bottom corner to equalise. Into the second half and Mehmet Topuz played one of the balls of the tournament from deep, around the defence and into the path of Nihat who didn’t need to break stride to hit an unbelievable shot on the half-volley. Rumour has it that Nihat lost Ricardo Carvalho so well, he is still searching for Nihat to this day. Turkey would hold on to their 2-1 advantage until the final whistle to become unlikely European Champions 2008.

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And so that concludes the first season back of Reasons Why I Still Play FM08, also unofficially called What Could Have Been.
This grew to be significantly longer than I expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it, even if it did take me well over 15 hours to do so.
If anybody has any specific questions about any aspects of this particular game, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them, whether it’s information about non-league clubs, club finances, world rankings, wonderkid regens etc.
I will also happily run through competitions like the African Cup of Nations and the Olympics, although competitions like the Asian Cup, Gold Cup, Copa América have yet to happen on this file.
I have at least 5 seasons worth of game files now, and seasons 2-5 are all structured the same in terms of save dates: September 1st, December 1st, March 1st and June 1st.
Congratulations if you got this far, I applaud your perseverance. I hope you enjoyed it. See you soon for Year 2.
~ dige
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2020.07.15 18:02 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-frolicks-on-yacht-with-mystery-147496).
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?event=5b3ef4fb9f92906676446c21). In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1200044576947556352.html). Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-nick-jarecki-attend-gucci-hosts-a-news-photo/591605562).
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: https://threader.app/thread/1162148078981394432). Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source: https://www.the-sun.com/news/85818/epstein-madam-ghislaine-maxwell-milked-billionaire-dad-and-threw-lavish-parties-with-beautiful-women/)
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?person=5b3ef50c9f929066764df255).
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9818190/prince-andrew-pictures-cast-doubt-epstein-sex-slave/) and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/bright-night-for-china-white-6299739.html). Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster).
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maid-harassment-suit-claims-ad-exec-leo-arthur-kelmenson-madman-pervy-mad-men-wannabe-article-1.156915). Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjbqg4/andrew-cuomo-received-dollar25000-donation-from-harvey-weinsteins-law-firm). Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/cnn_cuomo_lets_not_get_caught_up_in_the_intrigue_of_who_was_friends_with_jeffrey_epstein.html). Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source: https://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/the-nth-word-and-m-theory).
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/). His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231043/How-serial-cheater-Bobby-Kennedy-Jr-strutted-family-home-exposing-private-parts-demanded-m-nage-trois-wife-Mary-went-public-Cheryl-Hines-telling-Mary-things-easier-killed-herself.html).
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7283825/Jeffrey-Epstein-injured-jail-cell-following-possible-suicide-assault.html). It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: https://www.ft.com/content/46393280-d9f9-11da-b7de-0000779e2340). Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sarah-ferguson-the-duchess-of-york-sol-kerzner-chairman-and-news-photo/83768272), Naomi Campbell (https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/naomi-campbell-and-sol-kerzner-pose-backstage-during-the-news-photo/82869744), and Bill Clinton (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8144647/As-Sol-Kerzner-dies-aged-84-RICHARD-KAY-looks-riotously-louche-life.html). Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/in-hiding-for-years-epstein-accomplice-ghislaine-maxwell-spotted-in-l-a-burger-shop). If you click around the PDFs on this website (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05340072/filing-history), you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-beckham-nspcc-party-jemma-kidd-106882170.html). Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source: https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/jodie-kidd).
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (https://isgp-studies.com/pilgrims-society-membership-list), a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270735/Jeffrey-Epstein-Trumps-closest-advisers-Wilbur-Ross-Rudy-Giuliani-Steve-Mnunchin.html). Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.reddit.com/KochWatch/comments/dcjth3/david_koch_ghislaine_maxwell_getty_images/). Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life (https://nypost.com/2000/10/03/coping-with-class-this-model-patient-suffers-in-style/). John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/07/12/simon-le-bons-accuser-sex-assault-claim-speaks-out-awful/777106002/).
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article238351108.html).
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-endeavor-schools). They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-fusion-education-group). Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/12/teachers-named-in-presentation-high-sex-investigation-kept-working-as-bay-area-educators-for-years/). This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” (https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Fusion-Academy-RVW21260629.htm). In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/) and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (https://nypost.com/2016/09/14/colin-powell-wont-vote-for-her-because-of-bill-clinton/).
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/ex-miami-beach-mayor-philip-levine-listed-13-times-in-jeffrey-epsteins-black-book-11242116)!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school (https://www.spenceschool.org/2017---news-detail?pk=999120). Her husband, Roger, is the founder of beauty.com and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-anton-katz-and-robin-katz-attend-sloan-news-photo/619921016 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/donald-trump-melania-trump-sloan-barnett-and-roger-barnett-news-photo/619921180).Other guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/property/spheres-of-influence-72014.html).
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-robert-locascio-attend-osklen-spring-news-photo/1169681572).
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, Vivre.com and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (https://hauteliving.com/2010/11/doris-world-eva-lorenzottis-dinner-party/105102/).
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/news/leonardo-dicaprios-convicted-ex-money-manager-denies-bryan-050000120.html). He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dana-giacchetto-dead-stockbroker-stars-902383).
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 (https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/guinness-heiress-spoke-out-about-predator-harvey-weinstein-7-years-ago). She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. Onya Icha Ndambi

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video).
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason Onya Icha Ndambi

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.06.27 11:30 asacove Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon. He's a professional blogger. Onya Icha Ndambi manages the main websites in Cameroon. Onya Icha Ndambi
is a project to collate all the best Man Utd blogs and news channels together in one place. So there’s no need to search around for the best news and opinions about United, you can find them all here.

Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. Onya Icha Ndambi

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video).
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason Onya Icha Ndambi

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.06.27 11:29 asacove Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon. He's a professional blogger. Onya Icha Ndambi manages the main websites in Cameroon. Onya Icha Ndambi
is a project to collate all the best Man Utd blogs and news channels together in one place. So there’s no need to search around for the best news and opinions about United, you can find them all here.

Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. Onya Icha Ndambi

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video).
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason Onya Icha Ndambi

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.06.27 11:23 asacove Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon. He's a professional blogger. Onya Icha Ndambi manages the main websites in Cameroon. Onya Icha Ndambi
is a project to collate all the best Man Utd blogs and news channels together in one place. So there’s no need to search around for the best news and opinions about United, you can find them all here.

Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. Onya Icha Ndambi

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video).
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason Onya Icha Ndambi

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.06.23 08:07 Snoo_38726 Onya icha ndambi manchester United season - Fan of manchesters United

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon. He's a professional blogger. Onya Icha Ndambi manages the main websites in Cameroon. Onya Icha Ndambi
is a project to collate all the best Man Utd blogs and news channels together in one place. So there’s no need to search around for the best news and opinions about United, you can find them all here.

Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. Onya Icha Ndambi

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video).
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason Onya Icha Ndambi

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
Onya Icha Ndambi
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.06.22 20:31 Snoo_38726 Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon; Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

Onya Icha Ndambi from Cameroon. He's a professional blogger. Onya Icha Ndambi manages the main websites in Cameroon. onyaichandambi.blog.com is a project to collate all the best Man Utd blogs and news channels together in one place. So there’s no need to search around for the best news and opinions about United, you can find them all here.

Reasons Soccer Is the Best Sport in the World

The USA and Australia are probably the only countries left in the world where soccer is not one of the top-three most popular sports. As an Australian now living in the U.S., this has proven to be rather vexing over the years.
It wouldn't be a stretch to go all John Lennon and say that soccer is more popular than God. But soccer is not just the most popular sport in the world, it is also the best. Like, objectively. Here's why. onyaichandambi.blog.com

Simplicity

A few games are so overwhelmingly complex that it can take long periods of patient examination (or patient clarification from a specialist) to get your head
around it. I love NFL, baseball and cricket, however I'll likewise acknowledge that they are somewhat substantial on language, subtlety and profoundly specialized technique that can discourage the easygoing watcher.
Hello even the NFL officials themselves get somewhat befuddled here and there (see appended video). onyaichandambi.blog.com
Soccer, then again, is the sort of game you can get your head around after around two minutes of viewing. When you've made sense of the offside standard, that is about it.

Consistency in the Rules

A game has central issues if specialists need to change some part of the guidelines before each new season. The NFL is a steady offender, as of late wiping out its profoundly disliked fold rule while additionally every now and again adjusting rules overseeing physical contact (presumably to maintain a strategic distance from a claim one day).
Rugby is much more terrible.
Since the time the definition of the "back-pass" rule in 1992, soccer hasn't required any progressions to its standards, notwithstanding what a few numbskulls guarantee.

No Timeouts

Watch the most recent five minutes of any b-ball game and you realize that the break thing has turned crazy. It takes what feels like hours to overcome with the two groups freezing the clock at whatever point they have their hands ready, or deliberately fouling their rivals when they don't.
onyaichandambi.blog.com
Notwithstanding dealing with the clock, breaks are additionally over and over again used to end the energy of your rivals, rather than compelling groups to happen of their funk. They're likewise used to give proficient competitors a rest that they truly shouldn't require in any case. Goodness, and they're likewise only a reason for sponsors to interfere with games all the more much of the time. Give me the free-streaming steadiness of soccer quickly

Poor Countries Beat Rich Countries

I despite everything left the Ghana versus USA round of 16 games at the 2010 World Cup and reciting with a portion of the nearby fans "Bye, bye, USA!" It struck me that just in soccer could a geopolitical and financial powerhouse like the USA be overwhelmed by an African country with very nearly 300 million less individuals and around 80 spots beneath it on the GDP list.

It Will Never Have a PED Problem

The Tour de France might be a wonder of physical continuance, however do any of us despite everything trust it any longer? So as well, it's difficult to appreciate a superhuman exhibition in numerous games in the Olympics without that bothering thought in the rear of one's head: "I wonder in the event that they're on something..."
There is no medication for expertise and judgment under tension, the twin precepts of any soccer champion. Maradona and Pele never had an indicator close to their name; rather we can simply kick back and make the most of their ability without stressing whether they were getting an unjustifiable substance advantage (in light of the fact that Maradona just took drugs for no particular reason). onyaichandambi.blog.com

Internationality

200 and three countries endeavored capability for the 2014 World Cup. There are less nations in the United Nations. Soccer is played completely all over the place; it crosses each national partition.
Is there another group activity wherein in excess of 20 countries are reliably serious? More than 10? Most likely not, which is the reason sports like the Rugby World Cup wind up being somewhat of a joke, as countries like Namibia scratch together a group of 15 individuals to get beat 142-0 by Australi

Magnificence

Soccer possesses a great deal of it. There is the undeniable magnificence of an all around planned bike kick, the jumping header, the 30-yard screamer. However, for the idealists, Spain's "tiki-taka" has been an update that dynamic cooperation can be as delightful as individual trapeze artistry. It genuinely is "the wonderful game."

Absence of Formula or Preordained Structure

While each game beginnings with two groups on either side of a line, starting there on it is a free-streaming meeting of capriciousness. Aside from set pieces, there's almost no predetermined structure.
Indeed, even the development of each group is not entirely clear from mentors, rather than fitting a set format. While NFL mentors must be aware of not handling an "unlawful development," their partners in soccer are allowed to pick a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2, or even a 9-0-1 in the event that they're playing Brazil.

There Is No Physical Size Advantage

The best player on the planet right currently is a weedy Argentinean remaining at 5'7". Aside from goalkeeping (where you'll in any event need to stand 6' to make it to the top), all men are made equivalent with regards to soccer. There are a few games where you'll never make it to the top without inclined hereditary focal points in regards to measure; soccer isn't one of them.

You Can Play Anywhere with Minimal Equipment

Have a go at mounting a vocation in any winter sport without forking out a weighty wad of money only for hardware.
In soccer, all you need is a ball (or any round article will do). In addition to the fact that this gives less fortunate countries all the more a possibility, some would contend it gives them a favorable position, with numerous a lifelong fashioned from the crude play of city ghettos.

Scale

In each nation, a group. What's more, inside those alliances, once in a while a few divisions (the Estonian third division, as should be obvious from the video, is as yet paid attention to very by a few). Furthermore, a huge number of beginner rivalries.
Soccer is played at each expertise level, age and sexual orientation (that's right, them two). In each nation on Earth. That is scale.

Physicality

Proficient soccer players are fit as a fiddle, because of a game which goes on for an hour and a half (and once in a while two hours) with no breaks. But at the same time it's the scope of wellness they need to show: cardiovascular perseverance, solid continuance, quality, adaptability, speed. While wellness needs can change from position to position, reasonably you have to have them all.
It's hard not to wonder about the physicality of a competitor who should have the option to run for two hours, wrestle an adversary at a corner and ace the bike kick week in, week out.

Energy

This is a twofold edged blade, obviously. For each brilliant festival of being a fan or national pride, there is frequently an appalling end product which shows through group viciousness.
onyaichandambi.blog.com
Be that as it may, enthusiasm produces energy and shading, as a matter of first importance. Soccer fans care more than aficionados of whatever other game, which delivers brilliantly serious live encounters. In basically some other game, the fans can be exceptional, however nobody's returning home also crushed if their group loses.

Strength

Some physical games definite a silly physical cost for their members, both by the harshness of the play and the way of life of playing through injury.
While a few yippees may contend those games are consequently prevalent, it's a disgrace that we can just appreciate a few competitors at their top for such a brief timeframe before injury dulls their capacities.
Then, some soccer stars don't arrive at their top until their 30s and can keep playing at the top level well past that. Furthermore, at the novice level, you can keep playing the game you love a ways into your sundown years.

Soccer Players Are Better Looking

Shallow, I know, however there's small denying that David Beckham and Alex Morgan wouldn't have made numerous magazine covers in the event that they were proficient fighters, making efforts to their gigantic cheekbones all the time.
Also, soccer players grow more appealing physical make-ups than most different games due to the requirement for balanced wellness, while any semblance of Prince Fielder can stack on the pounds since they don't should be trim to do what they do.
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2020.05.20 14:14 impatientlywaiting17 Celebrities In Quarantine Part 2

Question: How do celebrities and other narcissists react to rules and restrictions?
Answer: Rules? What rules? We’re famous! We don’t need no stinking rules!
Here are an assortment of celebrity liars and fakers and hypocrites and attention seekers who just can’t help being themselves right now.
Please pay attention to them! They can’t live without attention!
  1. This actress told everyone to “Stay home and stay safe.” Then she and her family went to a park – with locked gates and signs that clearly indicated it was closed – and broke in. The rules clearly don’t apply to her. Someone should take away her green card.
  2. This singer and her athlete partner told everyone, “We’re staying home for those on the front lines.” They hope that you didn’t notice that they hopped in the car and went to a gym. A gym with a sign on the door that said, “This gym is not open. Stay home.” She is a blockhead and he has always been a cheater, so their behavior is not exactly surprising.
  3. This actress chose to emphasize the terrible side effects of the drug treatment she took rather than how she felt before she took the drugs. There was a very intentional political motive behind her doing that.
  4. This singer wants everyone to know that she had it, too, and that it was all President Trump’s fault. However, she left out the part where she never actually got tested. Her doctor told her that, based on their conversation, she probably had a common cold. That wouldn’t have gotten much attention, though, would it?
  5. This other singer has a similar story. Lots of publicity about how they are sure they had it. However, in this case, they admit that they didn’t get tested. They also didn’t try to blame President Trump. But they got lots of attention anyway. They, they, they.
GUESS: 1. Actress: Andie McDowell?
  1. Singer and Athlete: David and Victoria Beckham?
  2. Actress: Rita Wilson?
  3. Singer: Madonna?
  4. Other Singer: Sam Smith?
https://blindgossip.com/insufferable-celebrities-part-1/
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2020.04.05 05:42 Final_Smash /r/NFL_Draft 4/3 Community Discord Mock Draft Browns Results + Explanations

Just finished a seven-round Discord mock. Was GM, assisted by pooplouge for Rounds 1-2 and chronoquairium for the rest.
Full results can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/NFL_Draft/comments/fv730i/4344_community_mock_aftermath/

Goals

We set out to fill our biggest starting needs and accumulate playable depth. We valued rotation on the DL and in the secondary.

Trade block

RB Kareem Hunt – Hunt is a great player but he’s proven to be immature and can’t be used to his full potential while Nick Chubb, who is better and an adult, is here. Didn’t get any serious offers (wouldn’t have moved him for less than a 4th) so he stays here for one more season and then is gone.
OL Chris Hubbard – I know we just restructured his contract so he’s much easier to stomach rostering now but I still would be fine dealing him (was able to get a 6th from the Giants for him last year lmao). No takers.
DT Sheldon Richardson – He’s a good player but he’s also making a lot more than he’s worth. No one was interested however.

Round 1

1.10 – Andrew Thomas, LT, Georgia We were hoping one of Thomas, Jedrick Willis, or Tristan Wirfs would fall to 10, and with the Dolphins taking Wills and the Cardinals going Wirfs, my ideal scenario presented itself. I will never get off the Thomas train. He’s been my OT1 since the beginning of the college season and I never thought in a million years we’d be in position to get him.
He started at RT for Georgia as a freshman in 2017 and played well. Took over at LT for Isaiah Wynn in 2018 and played well. And was absolutely dominant in 2019. Go watch his game against LSU in 2019. https://youtu.be/2MszTxrJxe8 Aside from one play where his stance got lazy, Thomas treated projected top-15 EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson like a little child.
Thomas has prototypical size, insanely long arms, and tested very well at the Combine. He isn’t 6’8” 360lbs and didn’t run a legendary 40 time, but he was solid all-around and even bested Tristan Wirfs in the agility testing.
Thomas has the best tape of any tackle in the class and is just solid. He just doesn’t get beat. He’s a powerful run blocker and has the athleticism to excel in our zone scheme. He already plays LT so he doesn’t have to switch. He needs to improve his stance and his footwork can be sloppy at times, but that fact that he’s so young and already so good is awesome.
Not a perfect prospect of course, but he’s the best OT I’ve ever personally evaluated (take that for what it’s worth). He may not be flashy, but when you don’t notice your OL, that’s a good thing. How many times did we notice or think about Joe Thomas during games? We just knew he was going to do his job. Andrew Thomas is a worthy successor and will protect Baker Mayfield’s blindside for the next 15 years.

Round 2

2.41 – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota We explored moving down here, but didn’t get any good offers, so we happily stayed put and took Winfield. He doesn’t have great size, and he does have an injury history, but his medicals at the combine reportedly came back great and he did really well in on-field tests. He’s got excellent instincts and field vision, great ball skills, and is a willing and able tackler. He can play single high, SS, or in the slot. Joe Woods wants safeties that can cover like corners and we got him one. Is he going to be a superstar? No, but he’s extremely versatile and reliable and he just makes big plays.

Round 3

TRADE
Browns send 3.74 to NYJ, receive 3.79, EDGE Jordan Willis
This was a no-brainer deal for me. Basically picking up an extra mid-rounder to move down five spots, and none of our targets went in those five picks.
Willis was a third-round pick by the Bengals in 2017 and the Jets claimed him off waivers prior to last season. He’s a rotational player (only 162 total snaps) but he graded out solid against both the run and pass, and generated 11 pressures on 105 pass rush snaps which is good. He’s on a one-year deal and makes basically nothing so there’s no financial commitment (can always extend him if we want, shouldn’t cost much at all), and he’ll at least be a playable upgrade over Chad Thomas and Porter Gustin. Even with the Adrian Clayborn signing we wanted to add some EDGE depth and Willis gives us that.
TRADE
Browns send 3.79 to N), receive 3.88, 5.169
Due to the Wyatt Teller trade we were left without a fifth-rounder, and I wanted to add one (it ended up paying off later, stay tuned). We moved down nine spots with the Saints for a mid-late 5th, which is fine value. We wanted to get a starting-caliber LB here in the third and there were still plenty available at this point.
TRADE
Browns send 3.88 to NE, receive 98, 5.172
We moved down here because we were targeting LB with our next pick, and liked all three of Jordyn Brooks, Logan Wilson, and Akeem Davis-Gaither. The latter two were still on the board at this point, so we felt comfortable moving down. Picking up another fifth gave us more options later on to either move up for someone we liked or add more depth somewhere. We now owned picks 97 and 98.
In hindsight, this was our only “mistake” of the draft, because both Wilson and Davis-Gaither were gone within four picks. We still had two LB targets in Troy Dye and Willie Gay Jr., so we were disappointed but not panicking.
3.97 – Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
With Dye gone, Gay was our final LB target in this area of the draft. Disappointing, and risky, but it could end up paying off big-time.
Gay is big, physical, and crazy fast and athletic. He is by far the most talented LB in this class not named Isaiah Simmons. His Combine ranks among LBs:
40-yard dash: 4.46 – 2nd
Vertical jump: 39.5″ – 2nd
Broad jump: 136″ – 1st
20-yard shuttle: 4.3 – 7th
3-cone: 7.08 – 8th
Pretty great stuff. He has true sideline-to-sideline range and earned elite (90+) PFF coverage grades each of the last two seasons. He’s great at shedding blocks and blitzing as well. What he’s not good at is playing between the tackles. Don’t want him at MIKE. He doesn’t have great instincts and doesn’t always trust himself either. He also takes poor pursuit angles to the ball (this is at least something that can be fixed).
Gay doesn’t have much experience or production. He played in 28 games over three years and started only 12 of them. He also made just 99 total tackles during that time.
The reason why Gay wasn’t on the field much is because he has character concerns. He was involved in an organized academic fraud scandal which involved a tutor filling out tests for students. He also got into a fight with his QB at practice and punched him in the face, breaking his orbital bone.
None of this is DV or anything of that nature which is why I didn’t write him off completely for the Browns, who are now moving in the opposite direction of John Dorsey’s view on character. Could this pick backfire? Absolutely. But Gay is a first-round talent at our biggest position of need now. On the field he’s basically everything people want/wish Mack Wilson to be.
3.98 – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
We were put in a bit of a tough spot here given how the board fell, so we made a bit of an unorthodox pick, but I like the fit quite a bit.
Duvernay is 5’10” 200lbs, built like an RB with a thick lower half. He tested very well at the Combine including a 4.39 40-yard dash and a 35.5” vertical. He played in the slot at Texas and will alternate with Jarvis Landry there for us. He has great hands and is dangerous after the catch. His route running needs improvement but he has the potential to be the perfect third option in this passing offense.

Round 4

4.115 – Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia/St. Louis Battlehawks
We had some discussion about moving this pick but didn’t find the right deal.
Robinson was dismissed from WVU for academic misconduct and instead of transferring (Alabama and Oklahoma were interested), he joined the XFL to earn money to care for his cancer-stricken mother.
He was targeted eight times and picked off two of those passes after intercepting seven in college. PFF loves him and just watching his tape it’s obvious he’s an NFL player. He is 21 but has more/better experience than any other DB in the class. He was great against college guys and dominated in the XFL. He’s a true ballhawk centerfielder FS with range, instincts, and ball skills for days. Put him deep and let him go to work. You can never have enough good DBs and after starting the offseason with safety as a barren wasteland, it’s now one of our best position groups with Sheldrick Redwine, Karl Joseph, Andrew Sendejo, Winfield, and Robinson.

Round 5

At this point we were simply looking for good depth players. We had four picks left and knew that we probably couldn’t roster four more rookies, and that not all of those four would even be worth rostering. We wanted to snag Charlotte EDGE Alex Highsmith but he went in the late 4th.
TRADE
Browns send 5.169, 7.244, 2021 7th to SEA for 5.162
Quite a bit to give up to jump seven spots in the fifth round, but it was worth it.
5.162 – Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
Ranked 95th on PFF’s big board, we didn’t get Highsmith but Gipson is an amazing consolation prize. He’s earned an overall grade of 87+ each of the past two seasons and his pressure rate is excellent. He’s a good run defender and has good size at 6’3” 261lbs. He didn’t work out at the combine but he’s extremely athletic on tape and has insane bend. It may take a year for him to adjust to the NFL but he could very well be the pass rushing partner we’ve been looking for to pair with Garrett. And yes he’d be better than Chad Thomas right away.
5.172 – John Reid, CB, Penn State
Reid majored in data sciences at PSU and was part of a super complicated research project involving machine learning so obviously the Browns are going to draft him, fing nerds Kidding aside, Reid isn’t a great player, but he’s solid in pretty much every area. He can do a lot of different things, although I’d probably put him at slot CB. He finished with a 3.97 short shuttle which paced every single player this year. He’s got great feet. You can never have too many good DBs and Reid is great value here.

Round 6

6.187 – Bravion Roy, DT, Baylor
We were thrilled to get Roy this late. He is ranked 119th on PFF’s big board despite being 6’1” 333lbs and looking like your typical run stopping two-down nose tackle. Not so fast. He is a very good run defender, yes. But he led all FBS DTs last year with an incredible 51 pressures. He has an unusual amount of pass-rush moves and was great at the shrine game. He has short arms and plays with high pad level so that’s something he needs to fix, but his pass-rush production at his size is almost unheard of. No one is saying he’s going to be the next Aaron Donald, but he will provide playable depth this year and should be a good starting nose/1-tech down the road.

Round 7

No picks. Just as well since this player likely wouldn’t have made the team anyway. This roster is talented enough to the point where even sixth and fifth round guys are by no means guaranteed a spot. Eight rookies is plenty.

UDFAs

These guys are in no way guaranteed a spot and certainly won’t be counted upon to start week one (cough, Desmond Harrison, cough)
QB Nate Stanley, Iowa – he wasn’t good in college but he ran the zone scheme and has a big arm. Camp body.
WR Benjamin Victor, Ohio State – Victor is tall, athletic, and has good technique but he’s super skinny. Camp body with the chance to make the roster.
WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida – Didn’t draft Ezra so we need to bring in Tyrie. He’s a speed WR with good size. Needs to show better route running if he wants to make a team.
OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte – small-school guy with good size, athleticism, and tape. Worth a flyer to see if he can stick as developmental guy.
DT/EDGE Robert Windsor, Penn State – really good college pass rusher but is undersized for the NFL at DT. Will either need to move outside or play inside only on 3rd down. He has talent though and I would like to stash him on the PS.
EDGE James-Smith Williams, North Carolina State – looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Doesn’t have good bend, very strong but doesn’t play physical. Has all-word potential as a run defender but hasn’t shown it yet.
EDGE Christian Rector, USC – Another guy who looks like he should be really good but isn’t. Sort of like a current Browns EDGE…
EDGE Bryce Huff, Memphis - Huff might end up being another Genard Avery but has the size to stay at EDGE – he’s a good rusher and run defender who could definitely make the team, but will be at least a PS guy.
LB Dante Olson, Montana – he was a good college player and had a really weird combine with an insane 42” vertical but a slow as molasses 4.88 40. Would need to show he can hold up in coverage both dropping back in zone and covering backs out of the backfield but would have a shot at making the team.
LB Clay Johnston, Baylor – undersized and unathletic but he’s super smart and good in coverage. Another guy who could potentially stick around.

Depth chart and future needs

Bold indicates starter, italics indicates rookie
Offense
QBBaker Mayfield, Case Keenum
RBNick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Dontrell Hilliard
FB (😊) – Andy Janovich
WROdell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Devin Duvernay, two of Taywan Taylor, KhaDarel Hodge, Damion Ratley, JoJo Natson, J’Mon Moore, D.J. Montgomery, Benjamin Victor, Tyrie Cleveland
TEAustin Hooper, David Njoku, Stephen Carlson
LTAndrew Thomas, Kendall Lamm
LGJoel Bitonio
CJ.C. Tretter, Evan Brown
RGWyatt Teller, Drew Forbes
RTJack Conklin, Chris Hubbard
Defense
EDGEMyles Garrett, Adrian Clayborn
EDGEOlivier Vernon, Jordan Willis, Trevis Gipson
1TAndrew Billings, Bravion Roy
3TSheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi
WILL LBWillie Gay Jr., Mack Wilson
MIKE LBB.J. Goodson, Willie Harvey Jr.
SAM LBSione Takitaki, Dante Olson
CBDenzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Tavierre Thomas
CBGreedy Williams, Donovan Olumba
SCBKevin Johnson, John Reid
FSAndrew Sendejo,Kenny Robinson Jr., Sheldrick Redwine
SSKarl Joseph, Antoine Winfield Jr.
KAustin Seibert
pJamie Gillan
LSCharley Hughlett
Biggest needs for next year are studs at LB and DT. Other than that, this is a pretty complete roster that, knock on wood with competent coaching should be a playoff team, assuming Mayfield can prove he is the guy.
Let me know how I did and why I made the right choice by devoting two evenings to this activity and writing this 2600+ word summary instead of writing my philosophy paper due tomorrow night.
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2020.01.30 21:20 questingthebeast The Ultimate List of NHL Puppies

As some of you may know, many NHL teams have partnered with organizations who raise puppies to become working dogs. Some of these organizations include CNIB, America’s Vet Dogs, and other worthwhile foundations.
I’ve compiled a list of teams and puppies so more people can:
a) be aware of the awesome work being done by these organizations,
b) see how great it is when our favourite players hang out with the puppies,
and c) generally be overwhelmed with cuteness.
Below is the list of puppies and their Instagrams, where you can find out more information about the organization they are being raised by, and follow along with their training!
EDIT: We now have a second list for unofficial animals and puppies belonging to players.

"Official" NHL Puppies

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes puppy, Luna (doesn't have her own insta but is featured on the team's page)

LA Kings

LA Kings puppy, Ace

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens puppy, Flambo

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild puppy, Breezer

Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators puppy, Lord Banner of Smashville aka Smash

New York Islanders

New York Islanders puppy, Tori

New York Rangers

New York Rangers puppy, Ranger *Ranger has graduated and is working with new best friend, a young man with autism

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators puppy, Rookie *Has graduated from the Sens but still active on Insta

San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks puppy, Finn

St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues puppy, Barclay

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning puppy, Bolt

Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals puppies, Captain (the OG pup) and Scout

"Unofficial But Still Worth Sharing" Puppies Creatures

Anaheim Ducks

Josh Manson's pup, Moose
Richard Rakell's pup, Stella

Boston Bruins

Brandon Carlo's pups, Winnie and EmmyLou
Charlie Coyle's pup, Bodie
Torey Krug's pup, Fenway

Buffalo Sabres

Brandon Montour's pup, Libby

Carolina Hurricanes

Bryan and Amanda Bickell's foundation for working with abused children and rehabilitating pit bulls, Bickell Foundation
Carolina Hurricanes therapy pig, Hamilton

Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat's pup, Ralph
Dylan Strome's pup, Wrigley

Colorado Avalanche

Philipp Grubauer's pup, Leo
Samuel Girard's pup, Tornade

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets BYDTWD (bring your dog to work day)
Elvis Merzlikins's pup, Koby
John Tortorella's foundation has Bear's Angels, a program to help rescue dogs

Dallas Stars

Mike Moodano, last year's Dallas Stars official pet
Stephen Johns's pup, Chief *Note, he loves: sticks
Tyler Seguin's 3 pups

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid's pup, Lenard
Leon Draisaitl's pup

Florida Panthers

Noel Acciari's pup, Thor

Los Angeles Kings

Anže Kopitar's pup, Gustl
Drew Doughty's pup, Reggie
Dustin Brown's pup, Milo
Jeff Carter's pups, Mack, Bo, and Miley
Martin Frk's pups, Winston and Gigi

Minnesota Wild

Jarrett Stoll's pup, Howard

Montreal Canadiens

Max Domi's diabetes service dog, Orion *See Domi's stories for an Orion-specific photo reel

Nashville Predators

Matt Duchene's pup, Paisley

New Jersey Devils

Connor Carrick's pup, Hoagie
Will Butcher's pup, Olaf Mashed Potatoes

New York Islanders

Anders Lee's pups, Gordie and Howe
Matt Martin's pup, Jax
Scott Mayfield's pup, Odis

New York Rangers

Artemi Panarin's puppy, Riziy
Igor Shesterkin's pup, Simba

Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux's pups, Harvey and Charlie
Oskar Lindblom's pup, Tage
Shane Gostisbehere's pups
Travis Konecny's pup, Ruby

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Dumoulin's pup, Roo
Jared McCann's pup, Cheddar *not just some common bitch
Matt Murray's pups, Beckham and Leo

San Diego Gulls

San Diego Gulls sell a Pucks & Paws calendar *In support of Shelter to Soldier program

San Jose Sharks

Evander Kane's pup, Penelope
Jo Pawvelski, San Jose Sharks official sass cat *This cat takes a strong stance on some controversial Tweets
Marc-Edouard Vlasic's pups, Kelly, Nicky, and Macy *More content on his wife's page

Tampa Bay Lightning

Blake Coleman's pup, Wyndham
Pat Maroon's pup, Bernadette

Toronto Maple Leafs

Freddie Gauthier's pup, Stella and video
Mitch Marner's pup, Zeus
Travis Dermott's pup aka statistician, Niylah
Tyson Barrie's pup, Ralph

Vancouver Canucks

Bo Horvat's pup, Gus
Chris Tanev's pug, in a box
Troy Stecher's pup, Phoebe

Vegas Golden Knights

Bark-André Furry, therapy dog
Mark Stone's pups, Olive, Lu, and Eldrick
Shea Theodore's pup, Brucie
Sir Winston, therapy dog
William Karlsson's pup, Obi-Wan

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin's pup, Blake
Nick Dowd's pup, Arlo
Ovie, Washington Capitals unofficial pup *Also, official mascot for the Washington Ice Dogs Special hockey team
TJ Oshie's pups, Charlie and Sandy
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2020.01.27 07:42 Caxamarca MLS Formalized Expansion look back and look forward, and other predictions

In December of 2016 MLS laid out it's formal process and criteria for expansion spots 25, 26, 27 and 28 https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/15/mls-announces-expansion-process-and-timeline . All applications were required to be submitted by Jan 31, 2017. Teams 25 and 26 were to be announced in the second half of 2017 and teams 27 and 28 sometime after that. Miami was still referred to as team 24 at that time and was on it's own expansion track dating from 2014, nearly 3 years before the formalized expansion push began. By Jan 31, 2017 twelve markets submitted applications.

Charlotte was formally announced as the 30th team in December 2019, though entering in 2021 as team 28 chronologically to be paired with team 27 Austin FC (previously reported here as likely). Garber is vacillating between this being "the last announcement" and potentially growing to "32 teams". Therefore it seems timely to look back at what began as a formal MLS expansion process to 28 teams and grew to 30 teams (with the Miami overlap and an Austin surprise) and to look forward to what may be a continued expansion of the league.

Below then is a brief look back at how things have played out for all 12 applicants, plus Miami and Austin, and a look forward to the possible continued expansion of MLS. The look back includes the Beckham Miami bid and the subsequent opening of the formal expansion round. The look forward will include predictions on the number of expansion markets, future expansion fees, the future value of media deals, the developing collaboration with Liga MX, a mention about probable future challenges, and finally what markets MLS may expand to.

Looking back

Accepted Expansion Markets

Nashville considered a long-shot, this bid moved up perhaps due to the failures of others but also on its own merit: local billionaire owner- John Ingram (later adding billionaire Zygi Wilf); soccer success hosting international competitions; strong support of the NFL and NHL in Nashville; the acquisition of lower-division side Nashville SC; political support; and a strong soccer specific stadium plan. Nashville was announced as a final four contestant by November 2017. Chosen in December 2017 as team 25 and for a fee of $150m, Nashville ended up being the only market picked within the original timeline (which by summer 2017 MLS reserved the right to modify). Nashville SC will begin play in 2020 at the Tennessee Titan's Nissan Stadium until their SSS is complete. As of now, there continue to be delays in that project due to legal and political wrangling. Nashville introduced their new badge and colors in Feb 2019 to mostly negative reactions.

Miami In 2014 David Beckham announced that he was exercising his option to purchase an MLS expansion spot for $25m and that he would launch in Miami. Garber was clear that MLS would not give its official go ahead until there was a plan in place for a SSS in Miami. Beckham's ownership group began with partners Simon Fuller and Maurice Claure, who had earlier teamed with Barcelona FC in an abandoned bid to launch an MLS team in Miami in 2009. In 2015 Tim Lieweke joined the group. Several potential stadium sites were pursued- Port Miami, a boat slip next to the Miami Heat arena, a site at the old Orange Bowl next to Marlins Park, all fell through for one reason or another. The group began to purchase land in 2016 in the Overtown district of Miami, finalizing the acquisitions in June 2019. Back in December 2016 Garber stated that Beckham's Miami MLS bid had a shelf-life without relating what the expiration date was. Beckham was also actively looking for more investors. Todd Boehly entered as the additional, and lead, investor in April 2017. However, there were hints from the beginning that the addition of Boehly did not sit well with some MLS owners. There were grumblings that he was attempting to join MLS at a deep discount, implying that he wasn't coming to invest into the league at levels MLS now expects. MLS delayed any Miami Beckham United announcement, first expected in the summer of 2017 and then by that fall. By Dec 2017 Boehly and Lieweke were out, the Mas brothers, with Jorge Mas as the clear leader, and Masayoshi Son were in. Then things began to happen- quickly: MLS awards MBU a spot in Jan 2018; June 2018 MBU begins to pursue a development at the Melreese golf course; Sept 2018 the team releases their name, badge and colors (to mostly rave reviews)- Club Internacional de Futbol Miami; Nov 2018 Inter-Miami wins a public referendum to negotiate with Miami for the Melreese development; June 2019 Inter-Miami finalizes purchase of land at Overtown after winning lawsuits blocking the purchase; July 2019 Inter-Miami wins a 50 year lease agreement with the city of Ft Lauderdale to construct a stadium to be used by Inter-Miami (temporarily) and by their 2 side permanently, there is also a training center. As of now Inter-Miami will begin in their new stadium in Ft Lauderdale in March 2020, own land in Overtown for a stadium if needed and are still working through the process to finalize the site at Melreese.

Cincinnati from their 2016 launch Futbol Club Cincinnati had checked several boxes that would be included in MLS' formal expansion criteria: great fan support; big moneyed ownership in Carl Lindner III; favorable demographics (though many thought that the Crew situation would negatively affect the Cincinnati bid if they stayed in Columbus- this proved unfounded). In November 2017 MLS announced that FCC was in the final four for one of two spots. Early on some in Cincinnati government wished to see the team play in Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL Bengals, others saw no reason for the team to leave the U of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. MLS went to the length of holding a conference call with team, city and press representatives in which it clearly stated that these were non-starters. For FCC a SSS was not negotiable. With three potential sites in play the stadium situation was considered a strength of the bid, it ended up being the factor that delayed MLS' blessing. The Newport site, though said to be a "done deal", was in Kentucky across from Cincinnati's downtown and FCC and MLS always seemed cool to it. Oakley seemed to be attainable, but was not ideally located. West Side, the most desirable location, seemed to be the most difficult to obtain, but the city and team partnered together and made it happen. Futbol Club Cincinnati which floated the idea of changing the name to Fussball Club Cincinnati (this is now a formal, legal name of the team and it's business units) then settled on Football Club Cincinnati which was awarded a spot as team 26 in May 2018 for a fee of $150m, however it would begin play in 2019 as team 24. In Nov 2018 the team introduced it's new badge to mixed reviews. The team began play at the beginning of the 2019 MLS season.

Austin this market was not an applicant to the formal round of expansion but from early on Garber spoke of it as a potential market. The verbal activity was reported here as a curious development, as Austin was not an expansion applicant and close-by San Antonio was. However, attention was not paid to Garber's prominent pronouncements. In August of 2017 MLS trademarked the Austin FC and Austin Athletic names, still little note was made. In October of 2017 Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew announced that he would explore a move to Austin pending a SSS plan. It was also revealed that when Precourt purchased the Crew in 2013 there was a clause preventing the team from moving for 10 years, unless it was to be moved to Austin. The Crew played the 2018 season in Columbus under the specter of it being it's last in Columbus. Precourt pursued several sites in Austin, each falling through for various reasons. As the Austin pursuit continued there was a movement in Columbus of fans, government, business community, and the team's doctor- Dr. Pete Edwards- aimed at keeping the team there. Precourt's Austin efforts took on a name and badge- Austin FC in August 2018. That which Garber had termed a "parallel path", paid off for Crew fans as it was announced in Oct 2018 that the Crew would remain in Columbus to be bought by the Haslam family, owners of the Cleveland Browns of the NFL and Dr. Pete Edwards, this was finalized in Dec 2018 for a reported $150m (the price of expansion). Austin and Precourt came to a stadium site agreement in Dec 2018 and MLS formally awarded spot 27 on Jan 15, 2018 to Austin FC to begin play in 2021. Reportedly, Precourt's original $67m buy-in to MLS covers his Austin FC entry.

Saint Louis this was a market MLS wanted to be in badly, it was a clear league-darling and front-runner to be awarded a spot in the first round. SC STL, as the bid group was known-by, checked the ownership and geographic boxes. Also, as St Louis had recently lost the NFL Rams, MLS was keen to fill that void. St Louis is also viewed as the historical and spiritual home of soccer in the US. Ultimately St Louis, with an ownership group led by Paul Edgerley and Jim Kavanaugh the CEO of Saint Louis FC, lost a public vote over $60m in funds to help with the SSS project in April 2017. The bid was effectively dead and remained dormant until it was announced in Oct 2018 that new investors- the family that owns Enterprise and including Kavanaugh, a bid dubbed MLS4theLou- had come forward with plans to build a SSS at the same site as the first bid group had proposed. In April 2019 MLS entered into negotiations that it termed as exclusive with St Louis and Sacramento for what would be spots 28 and 29, prompting MLS to acknowledge that the expansion process was now to at least 30 teams. MLS4theLou satisfied all of MLS' requirements, including the $200m expansion fee, and was announced as team 28 on Aug 20, 2019 and to begin play in 2022, chronologically as team 29.

Sacramento began in 2014 in the USL with strong attendance, had a solid stadium plan back in 2015, and founder Warren Smith and Joe Waggoner added to the investor group with the 49ers' Jed York and the Kings' Kevin Nagle. These facts gave the sense to most that this market was a lock. Garber visited and said as much, declaring that Sac's entry into MLS was a matter of "when, not if" in 2015 and 2016. Then the formalized round began and things got weird. First Nagle presented the formal bid in Jan 2017 without the Republic, as he and Smith had not finalized the terms of the sale of the team for the MLS phase. Sac's Mayor then stepped in and negotiated the sale. Sac's bid was announced as a final four contestant for one of the two spots as it ostensibly checked all the desired boxes, but again things went weird- Meg Whitman had been announced as a key investor, then vacillated all the way up to final presentations and was ultimately out. It was also learned that York was never to be a lead investor. MLS informed Nagle that financial heft was required. For over a year Sac searched and then negotiated with a lead investor, who turned out to be Ron Burkle, owner of the NHL Penguins. In April 2019 MLS announced that St Louis and Sacramento, which both retooled their ownership groups, were in exclusive negotiations to be teams 28 and 29. It was also announced that the expansion fee had grown from the $150m that teams 25 and 26 were to pay to $200m. This impacted the Sac bid to a point that Burkle's commitment was not a given until early fall of 2019 with Sac finally being announced as team 29 in October of 2019 to begin play in 2022 (chronologically as team 30).

Charlotte an ownership group led by Marcus Smith of Speedway Motorsports Inc proposed renovating Memorial Stadium in Charlotte and seemed to be a front-runner early on. However this bid never got off the ground as money to be contributed from the county and city was never approved. This bid was dead. However in July of 2018 David Tepper bought the NFL's Panthers and immediately began talking about his desire for an MLS expansion team. Proposals to renovate BofA Stadium for soccer upgrades and investment into training grounds allowed this bid to quickly check all of the boxes. MLS had already committed to expanding to 30 teams at the point that St Louis and Sacramento entered into negotiations to be teams 28 and 29. Charlotte was announced in December 2019 as team 30 having reportedly paid between $300-$350m. However in reality it will enter in 2021 as team 28 alongside Austin FC.

Former Expansion Bids- now inactive

Detroit billionaire NBA owners Gores (Pistons) and Gilbert (Cavaliers) entered a bid with a SSS-plan centered at a partially constructed jail-site downtown. The group worked out a land-swap plan to build the jail elsewhere and construct their stadium at the unfinished jail-site. All seemed to be going pretty well, but in November of 2017 the ownership group changed gears, proposing to use the NFL Lions' domed stadium while including the Firestone-Ford family in the ownership group, adding an additional moneyed partner. Though MLS reiterated that it preferred SSS it still included Detroit as a final four candidate going into December 2017. Earlier in 2017 MLS had modified its SSS-stance with recognition that certain arrangements could also work as in Seattle and Atlanta in multi-use stadiums. Detroit was told that the stadium was an issue holding it's bid back, it was agreed that a retractable roof could be a solution. In September 2018 the Detroit bid group informed MLS that a roof was not feasible while also verbally committing $95m dollars towards a training facility and 100 fields across Detroit. The switch to Ford Field and the subsequent lack of action on opening the roof effectively killed this bid. By April 2019 Garber said that he was in contact with "the Mayor" excluding the mention of any ownership group. At the 2019 All Star game, representation from Detroit was conspicuous in its absence.

San Antonio this bid was considered among the most ready- with an existing, expandable stadium, a team in the USL, a strong ownership group in the NBA Spurs, and a market that had been considered for MLS in the past. Then in October of 2017 it was announced that the Columbus Crew were planning a move to Austin. Garber said directly that San Antonio and Austin would not both have teams. San Antonio effectively ended its bid while considering legal action against MLS which it did not pursue. Though the Crew stayed in Columbus, Austin was awarded an expansion spot.

Tampa Bay MLS2StPete was a bid that was a seeming front-runner from a preparedness standpoint: an existing stadium that won voter approval in May 2017 allowing it to expand to a capacity of 18k; a successful team in the NASL then the USL; committed local ownership; favorable geographically and demographically. Bill Edwards' negative business baggage in the form of lawsuits always raised doubts about the attractiveness of this bid. The Miami expansion was also mentioned regularly as a dynamic that would negatively affect the Tampa Bay bid as well. Garber seemed to confirm this when he said after the Nashville and Miami announcements that "MLS is done expanding into the Southeast for awhile". Though MLS did expand to Charlotte a couple years after Garber uttered that sentence, Tampa Bay's bid did not make final four and Edwards sold the club to the MLB Devil Rays who are not pursuing an MLS spot at this time.

Expansion Bids with some activity (bids that Garber termed "inactive" but that attended the All Star Game)

San Diego this market, along with St. Louis was a league darling and a lock if all had went well, it did not. Early city government support and partnership with SD State went away. Ultimately the stadium site competition between Soccer City and SDSU was put to public vote. The SDSU proposal won easily. Though there have been public overtures (and probably private overtures) from SDSU to MLS there has not been reciprocity- publicly anyway. Nick Stone of Soccer City did attend the All Star game, signaling continued interest. Landon Donovan, Soccer City's hype-man, is now a partner with a new USL team, San Diego Loyal SC that includes Warren Smith of Sac Republic start-up fame. It is not hard to see the makings of a near-future push to MLS in the SD market by the aforementioned. Perhaps a deal with SD State is possible, if not then maybe another site could be proposed- this market would be an instant front-runner.

Indianapolis of all the original 12 bids of the formalized round, this one was the first to fall off. State government never included consideration for funding towards a stadium plan. Indy XI, though well-supported and funded, does not have an ownership group with today's MLS money-requirements. Indy XI has done well adding investment to the ownership group and now has a stadium plan forming that has gained some government approval, not contingent on MLS entry.

Raleigh much like Indy, Raleigh never had a solid stadium plan approved. A lack of deep-pocket investors to Steve Malik's ownership group also held this bid back. Most believe that the Charlotte bid, successful in its second iteration, would effectively kill this city from future MLS consideration. However, as we have seen with Columbus and Cincinnati, when many believed a successful Cincy bid relied on the Crew vacating Columbus, a bid with all the boxes checked can and will get in if the timing is right.

Active Expansion Bids (according to Garber before team 30 was chosen)

Phoenix new ownership, a rebrand, a stadium site, favorable demographics and geography propelled this bid- that had been openly solicited by MLS- to status of front-runner. Rising FC also enjoyed strong fan support. However, going into Dec 2017, it lacked the big-money investment that MLS requires and the stadium plan to beat the desert heat was not complete. Billionaire Alex Zheng joined the ownership group in Feb 2018 and in March 2018 stadium renderings with proposed solutions to cool the stadium were presented. Again, Phoenix seemed to vault to front-runner status. Then Austin, a non-bidder was awarded a spot and St Louis had re-entered the fray, becoming once-again, a league darling. The Rising bid seemed to go silent. St Louis and Sac pushed the league to expand to 28 and 29 (and consequently to 30) giving hope to the Phoenix bid. PHX attended the All Star game, but by then a new Charlotte bid had already become a favorite of MLS. Garber announced that Phoenix was a contender for "30" alongside Charlotte and Las Vegas, with Charlotte ultimately winning out.

Las Vegas this market did not have a formal bid, though the city was desirous of MLS. In 2015 Garber put Las Vegas on hold, not to be considered until "2018". Beckham openly advocated for a stadium for the Raiders in April 2016 which could partner with MLS, which led to the belief that LV was likely Beckham's Plan B in case his Miami venture never came together. There are now two bids from LV- Bill Foley of the NHL Golden Knights ownership using the Raiders' new stadium. The other bid from Seth Klarman is negotiating a land deal for a SSS where Cashman Field exists. If successful Klarman would purchase the USL Las Vegas Lights FC- contingent on acceptance into MLS. Of the two bids, most believe that the Cashman/Lights/Klarman bid checks the most boxes as it includes a SSS that MLS prefers. In the case of the Golden Knights/Foley bid they would be a secondary or even tertiary tenant at the Raiders' stadium.

Looking forward (predictions)- the prediction here is that MLS expands to 32 teams before or by the 2026 World Cup, provided two markets check all the boxes. This will include higher expansion fees, the prediction here being well north of $600m, say up to $750m. MLS will then check it's expansion. MLS will also further its collaboration with Liga MX with the possibility of a Super-League with meaningful competitions continuing to develop rapidly as we approach the '26 WC. Also look for the league to sign new domestic TV/media deals at quadruple the dollar value of the present deals. The USL will not remain satisfied as a D2/D3/D4 operation and will look to launch a Premier league at D1, focusing on the plentiful markets that MLS will never expand to (with a couple head-to-head situations). This will include some form of pro/rel between their D1/D2/D3, perhaps a model that begins similar to the J League pro/rel implementation and then continues similar to Liga MX while working within, and pushing to modify, PLS demands. Wrapping-up, here are some predictions about the competition for the final two markets:

Phoenix right now this appears to be the most prepared bid/market. However the new development proposed at the Salt Pima Reservation, though it includes a stadium, does not feature either a SSS or PHX Rising in the renderings. Something is amiss with this bid. I do not believe that Alex Zheng has fully committed his financial resources- evidenced by the fact that the stadium solution proposed was "innovative" rather than just a domed stadium with a retractable grass pitch. MLS also indicated that this bid still needed a stadium site, which furthers the doubt about the Reservation site being acceptable. This city also has teams in the Big 4 sports and MLS may be wary of the competition for the fan $$$ while alternative markets exist without the same pressure. Prediction: Phoenix does not ultimately enter MLS but will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

Las Vegas though there are two active bids in this market, only the Klarman/Lights FC bid would check all the boxes. Prediction: the land deal being negotiated between Renaissance Cos., the agent of Klarman's Baupost Group, and Las Vegas is successful, Las Vegas to be awarded one of two expansion spots.

Raleigh this market continues to move forward with a stadium plan forming that is not contingent on MLS entry. Though most (myself included) have said that Charlotte's entry into MLS effectively killed any chance that this market ever enters MLS, growth to 32 teams could be a life-line if Raleigh develops into the market that checks the most expansion-criteria boxes. Prediction: NCFC becomes an important team in a future USL Premier.

Indianapolis another market that will have to complete a SSS plan and add to $$$ to its ownership group, if this happens Indy XI can enter MLS. Prediction: Indy XI becomes an important team in a future USL Premier.

San Diego either a retooling of the bid ownership with a SSS plan, or a new group with a SSS plan or either of these in collaboration with the SDSU stadium plan would launch this market back into front-runner position. Prediction: a retooled San Diego bid forms with a new SSS plan, culminating in San Diego joining MLS.

Detroit needs a new bid group with a SSS plan. Prediction: an ownership group will arise, but will ultimately enter USL Premier.

San Antonio burned by MLS, not likely to bid again. Prediction: will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

Tampa Bay still has a stadium plan approved, however the Devil Rays stadium/city saga is the organizations priority. A new MLS bid could be in the future. Prediction: the Tampa Bay Rowdies will be an important team in a future USL Premier.

With possibly two or more spots available into MLS, expect other bids/markets to enter the competition.
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2020.01.25 16:58 TotalBasturd What's the consensus on the Make-up Fallacy, the Zero vs One Fallacy and the Model Fallacy?

So I realized there's a certain amount of women who don't understand why don't men just get fit already. The idea is that men's ideal bodies aren't hard to obtain, and that as long as you're lean you're already fine. They don't understand why don't guys simply do it and get laid.
Well there's three problems, that apply to both sexes, which I wanted to discuss and you tell me if I'm making good points.
The THIRD point is more important and you really need to read it before commenting, so jump straight to that one if you don't like reading.
1 - The Make-up Fallacy
Almost all men have no idea how long a woman takes to get ready for a date with her crush/most desired acquaintance. Doing her hair, doing her make-up, choosing the right clothing... takes much more time and much more effort than the men think.
Even the daily or almost-daily routines are much longer than men's, which makes many women mad at their partners or coworkers when they complain or laugh at how long they take to get ready.
Same thing applies to men's fitness. Most women have no idea how often and how hard you need to work to get a good male body. Many women think a man can get pretty muscular and pretty ripped from playing basketball twice a week. "Isn't that how guys work? They got testosterone and all that stuff, right? What do you mean they don't accidentally turn into Ronnie Coleman if they work out one more day a week?"
Guys take more care of their diets than you think. They work out more and harder than you think.
2 - The Zero vs One Fallacy
Another one is the "I just want a guy that works out a bit, like he's in shape but nothing too crazy" and then they use a picture of a competitive swimmer as an example. Don't use elite-level athletes to describe your "normal, realistic" body.
The usual problem with this one is that they're not aware half the celebrity bodies they find attractive are either walking labs (PEDs are waaaay more common than you think even among regular people, the UK government even had to declare steroids "an epidemic" for how common and accessible their use had become) or they spend an insane amount of time and resources on fitness and dieting.
The equivalent would be to look at Emilia Clarke or Scarlett Johansson and go "See? That's an easy to attain body that men want, not like those supermodels that look like walking chopsticks."
Yes, the supermodels are skinnier than the women mentioned, but... that doesn't mean the models are overweight. On a body fat scale from one to ten the models are Zero fat, the actresses are One.
3 - The Model Fallacy
Now THIS is the main point. Another case is when they grab a picture of Brad Pitt or David Beckham and go "See? This guy's simply lean, not huge shoulders or anything. Why don't you try being like this guy?"
Because those dudes are more handsome than 99,999% of men. In bodybuilding communities there's plenty of guys getting the same bodies as the celebrity they want to be like, and none look even close to the celebs. They get the same physiques, but it's completely unremarkable and no one will ever pay attention.
The female equivalent would be to wonder "Why don't women try to get a body like Gal Gadot? She's super skinny, is flat everywhere, has barely any muscle and no fat. Why don't girls just get skinny and become supermodels? It's super easy to just be skinny."
The problem is that Gadot has a world-level face and a world-level height. Millions of women could get the same exact physique and it wouldn't do shit for them. They're just shorter and uglier than her, this advice isn't going to work. She's a MODEL, the rest are not.
Most people just CAN'T make big differences to their SMV unless they undergo cosmetic surgery. Don't fall for the Pull-yourself-out-by-your-bootstraps mentality.
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2020.01.24 16:50 RedLazyBear An (unofficial) analysis of modern Paris Saint-Germain: how a football club wants to become a global brand [Part 3]

It's me again soccer. This time, I invite you to follow me through the least-known aspect of Paris Saint-Germain (at least in this sub) : the brand and business side.
Disclaimer : yes, Paris Saint-Germain still is and remains a football club. I think - and many experts agree with me - that this business model is actually the future of big sports franchise, like it or not. I am not saying I like it, just that following the NBA model, big clubs are "trying to enter more and more aspects of the football fan's lives" (Marc Armstrong, PSG sponsoring director). This is how.
  1. You can find the first part, about how and why QSI bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, here .
  2. The second part, that underlines how PSG became both the biggest French club atm and a much-mocked contender for European greatness, is here.
  3. The business side : Paris more than Saint-Germain.

As we previously said, QSI did not buy Paris Saint-Germain out of love for the Hechter shirt or just wanting to have a new, shiny toy. It is a question of survival for the Middle-Eastern emirate, confronted to the growing militarized power of some of its neighbors and the eventual shrinking of gas and oil revenues. Football fans being able to place the country on the map is vital so that it cannot just disappear one day without anyone caring.
As such, the Qatari owners not only developed a strong team able to sway the heart of wins-attracted fans; it tried to implement itself in fashion, lifestyle medias, and the daily life of as many people as possible.



You may have seen recent Deloitte and KPMG reports that placed Paris Saint-Germain as the fifth club in the world ranked by annual earnings. They are also second in Europe in terms of salary mass and seventh in the world in terms of followers on social networks. How did that come to be for a club that, a decade ago, was only the second-best followed team in France, a high second-tielow first-tier football country?
Well, dear reader, they invested a lot of money from Qatar, yes, that is true. But they also played a good game of partnering up with the right people.
The most flagrant example of this is the partnership between Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan Brand. This was absolutely unheard of, but we can only guess that the marketing PSG team understood that the NBA was trying to enter the European market at this point and that the help of a well-known football club could only be welcome. Thus, they were the first to propose an association to His Airness Mikael Jordan. This led to official shirts, sneakers and clothing lines baring the two logos side by side, as is illustrated by the new fourth shirt they released just this week. This, plus the regular participation to the ICC in the summer, opened new markets to Paris Saint-Germain, but we’ll go back to that later. The thing about an association with Jordan Brand is that not only is your logo on every specialized website/shop in the world, but also that very known people will take notice of you. Queue to Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and several NBA stars being seen, photographed and advertised wearing the Paris Saint-Germain colors. People who never heard of European soccer now recognized the round, Eiffel-Tower logo. It’s done. You just became a world-known brand.
But that is not all! For there are others places you must go. You are rich, famous, get to the round of sixteen of the UCL every year. What do you do? You ask people much, much more money for the right to put their brand on your shirt. Nike’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is nowadays the second highest rate that the “swoosh” brand plays a club to equip it. For a good reason: PSG sold a million shirts worldwide just last year, 200 000 of which were “Jordan” ones. Two birds, one stone for Nike. You might also have noticed that the PSG shirt arbors an “ALL” mention. This is the logo of Accor Live Limitless, a huge international hotel chains. In every one of their hotels in the world, you are able to find PSG merchandising. They also pay a handsome sum to be able to put their name on the chest of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Oh, by the way, do you know who is the president of ALL? Sébastien Bazin. That’s right, an old president of Paris Saint-Germain from 2009 to… 2011, when the Qatari buyout happened.
You might also notice that ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy (from 2007 to 2012, rumored to be very close to the Qatari emir Al-Thani) is a huge fan of Paris Saint-Germain and has more or less his own seat in the VIP section of Parc des Princes.
This success means that now, people are eager to partner up with the Paris Saint-Germain brand more than the other way around. To be an official partner of PSG these days is estimated to cost around 1.5 million euros. And partners they have: from sweets and Japanese collection figures to electric vehicles, denim pants, and even Rwanda. That’s right, the country of Rwanda paid around 10-20 million bucks to have a “Visit Rwanda” mention on the training shirts of Paris Saint-Germain, the right to sell “Made in Rwanda” products in the Parc des Princes and maybe have a few stars visit the country and post in on Instagram. And then sometimes you get lucky, like when a well-known rapper sings a song named after your captain and it becomes viral (check it out, it’s glorious); but you have more chance of that happening when your captain is Thiago Silva than when it is Zoumana Camara.
Speaking of stars, do you remember who PSG signed at the beginning of the wild Qataro ride? That’s right, star players. The Spice Boy David Beckham; the punchline-giver, in-the-newspapers-once-a-week Zlatan Ibrahimovic; more recently, the legend Gianluigi Buffon and two Ballon d’Or regulars: Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. As their glory rises, PSG rises at the same time. The important thing is to be seen, especially in an era where broadcasts are trying to find new, not-picked-a-team-yet publics in Asia.



As we have seen earlier, the new version of Paris Saint-Germain has attracted a much larger public than the old one did in France. But that is not enough. One has to go big, go wide, go global.
The first step is, as we have seen, to get yourself on foreign markets. They won the USA and Canada thanks to the Jordan partnership. They won Japan by their many lifestyle and gadget creations, plus the opening of two high-ends PSG-themed coffee shops in Tokyo (very pricey, do not recommend). They got into China through the e-Sports scene, which we will talk about later, and through summer tours in the country.
But that is not the only way. Of course, every club practices that, but maybe PSG, who we often accuse of putting its players on a bit too high of a pedestal, does it more than others. It’s simple: you buy star players from every country. The Italian press talks about Paris Saint-Germain each time they have something to right about one of the players the club bought in Italy: Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Salvatore Sirigu… The Spanish press CANNOT stop to talk about the players it wants but that PSG keeps like it’ll make them win the UCL: Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. The Brazilian/South-American press follows its players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Christiane Endler, Leandro Paredes… same with Senegal (Idrissa Gueye) or Germany (Julian Draxler, Kevin Trapp and coach Tuchel). Plus, Nasser al-Khelaifi is also president of beIN Media Group, a TV broadcaster that spans all of Middle East and Europe and is seeking to expand. I wonder if that might help Paris Saint-Germain to get prime-time.
What’s more, to ensure its future, Paris Saint-Germain opened PSG Academies in dozens of countries, football schools with very good teachers and practice kits, where more than 13 000 children all around the world can learn to appreciate the colors of the club (and maybe one or two of them will be able to become professional, which could be nice). Nowadays,



It appears that the young generation may not be as invested in football as the previous ones were. Videogame and other hobbies are eating up more and more screen time and available brain attention. This is one of the reasons that led Paris Saint-Germain to cry and create an identity and a brand that is not only linked to football but also to luxury, modern technologies and the City of Paris.
You may have heard that, for the second time, Paris Saint-Germain’s colors appeared in Paris’ Fashion Week. That is absolutely right. The club signs more and more partnerships with young clothes designers, clothing brands and others luxury societies: jewels, perfumes, electrical cars. The goal is to appear desirable, and to encroach the logo in the mind of high-class people that wields cultural power. We’ve seen what that can do in the Jordan paragraph.
Paris Saint-Germain is also one of the clubs that chose to form a partnership with Socios.com, a society that proposes an app where you can find (like in Pokemon Go) or buy “tokens” that will lead you to be able to participate in some of the decision-making in details of the club’s life. That means that at any moment, your phone can remind you that you have an available PSG token somewhere around. Their new training center is also at the heart of the long-term project. While using every modern available technology, it tries to be as eco-responsible as possible: electrical vehicles will be the only ones on site, renewable energy will be collected and they even planted trees that produces a pear juice they will sell in the Parc des Princes. Finally, they tried their hands at VR and created a huge arcade room next to the stadium where you can play with the legends of the club and an escape game inside the stadium on days without games. Diversification, baby.
They also invested in the eSports scene. I’ll admit I don’t know much about it, so maybe some others redditors can complete it. I do know, though, that the PSG.LGD DOta 2 team is considered one of the best in China (so, part of those with the most followers) and that Paris Saint-Germain is one of three football clubs in France to run and finance an official eSports team.
Finally, PSG uses the image of the city of Paris. It is renown all around the world as the city of love, luxury and bad servers; and as Paris Saint-Germain is its only top football, handball and feminine football club, the collaborations between the two are numerous. The club obtained an authorization to light up the Eiffel Tower for the arrival of Neymar at the club, for example. Now, every touristic tour of Paris is punctuated by a game at Parc des Princes, which is a landmark of the city. They also, in the early years of the Qatari administration, suppressed the crib that was on the old versions of the logo, a symbol of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye city and Stade Saint-Germanois, the ancestor of PSG; to make more space for the Eiffel Tower.



CONCLUSION: See what we've become .

So, yeah. Paris Saint-Germain pretty much leapt from a third-/fourth-tier European team, with a brief moment of glory in the 90s, to a giant football club that ambitions to rival the top 10 of the continent; plus a brand that starts to be more interested in the Chinese market than in its French fans.
For me, who has been a supporter since I was a kid in the end of the 90s, and many others, it has been a wild ride. I think I will always remember the words of a journalist I read once: “Paris Saint-Germain has become an insufferable club; I still cannot help but support it”. I guess many of you know the feeling somewhat, when your club is not in its best days. Well, multiply that feeling by around ten, mix it with hopes of previously unattainable victories, and you get my state of mind.
I do not condone, nor do I agree with, the acts of Qatar as a country. If you have never heard of it, well:
So yeah. Not a great sponsor. But one that got my club on the top of Europe, despite the remontadas. So, mixed feelings?
This allows me to end on a personal note. Yes, we, as PSG supporters, know about Qatari atrocities. Yes, we feel hurt when you hurl them to our face. No, it will not make us stop supporting our club, because we heard it a lot before, and yes, it will make us dig out dirt about your own club because “if you don’t support Sankt Pauli and boycott the world cup you can’t tell me anything, the mote and the beam blah blah fracking blah”.
We get it. You get it. I understand the sentiment. Yes, we lost part of our identity in the buyout - I personally think that we lost more in the “plan Leproux” that precedes it by a year, but that’s open to debate. Yes, it’s unfair that not everyone gets that much money. Yes, we are also quite convinced that some people in the European football institutions (Hi Javier Tebas) try hard to bring down “new” dominant clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Yes, my club has become something WAY out of my imagination and control.
But it’s still my club.
So, go ahead with the banter, guys and girls, but be respectful and be funny. Love football, always. Hope you learned a thing or two about modern PSG and the football world. Do not hesitate to add any content and ask any question you want in the comments. This is u/redlazybear signing out.
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2019.12.28 19:34 Hell_Inc [Spanish article] Andrés Iniesta turns down MLS offers from LA Galaxy, Inter Miami and Montreal Impact to stay with Vissel Kobe

The original article is in Spanish, here's a translation:
Andrés Iniesta has 35 years but still the quality is worth to him to receive interesting offers. Without going any further, in recent days it emerged that the Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina wanted to sign him. A move confirmed by Juan Sebastian Veron, president of the Argentine club, which still appeals to the magic of Andrés. However, this is not the only one the 'manchego' crack has received. In recent months, Andrés has heard - and turned down - offers from three clubs of Major League Soccer, the American Football League.
Specifically, crack has received interest from Los Angeles Galaxy, the Montreal Sounders and Inter Miami. The Galaxy are the club where militated Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who needs a new benchmark once and it was clear that the Swede would not return. Meanwhile, Miami Inter club president David Beckham and thought of other media players such as Luis Suarez and even Leo Messi to be strengthened and launch its new franchise in its first year in the American League.
From La Plata to Iniesta came a call from an old friend, Javier Mascherano , now at Estudiantes after completing their experience in the Chinese league. On his return to Argentina, the 'little chief' contacted Polling Iniesta and know first hand if there was any option to have his former partner in his new adventure in that country.
However, Andrés Iniesta has it very clear. He has two more years of contract with Vissel Kobe and has no intention of breaking that link. He's very settled at the club and the team and his family is having a pleasant experience in Japan. Therefore, both Mascherano and the emissaries who have made it by the interest of the clubs said Americans have been given the same answer: that Andrés won't move from his current club.
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