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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Amol » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:19 pm

Did Martinez read my earlier post? Brings on Mertens on for Dembele and sticks him on the RW and pulls De Bruyne into the AM role.

This should work.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Amol » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:35 pm

Alright - c'mon man. Why is Fellaini on the wing or on the pitch at all?
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Amol » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:55 pm

Martinez outfoxed by Deschamps.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Orange14 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:07 pm

Belgium go out conceding a goal off of a corner as Feilani lost his marker. I thought both Alderwiereld and Vertonghen had good games. Toby had a nice off foot shot that Lloris had to do a good job saving as he saw it late. 43% of the goals in the whole tournament have come off of free kick situations.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby SPL » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:31 am

Just back from a very hot Jersey Channel islands. I did not bother to watch England v Sweden on Saturday but knew the score from the bar in the little harbour where we were.

I have to admit on Saturday I really did not feel like celebrating football. The 8th was Sunday but I could only think of
what happened on that Saturday last year.A beautiful sunny day Cricket in Arundel Castle ,came home via another cricket game to see my son's team win and then home. And the headline The World Prays for Appie.Football,even for an Ajax nut like me ,has not been the same since.

I will never apologise for going on about this kid so last Saturday when every other English fan on Jersey was going mad my thoughts were on this beautiful kid. I just raised my glass to Appie and hope he will someday awake and know his family.

He touched my heart, silly old sod that I am.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby souras84 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:12 pm

Last night France pulled a Mourinho plan, similar to that of ManU against us in the Europa League Final in 2017. Belgium did slightly better than us and are out. I can't stand the cynical approach, such as France these days, Italy in past etc
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Amol » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:44 pm

souras84 wrote:Last night France pulled a Mourinho plan, similar to that of ManU against us in the Europa League Final in 2017. Belgium did slightly better than us and are out. I can't stand the cynical approach, such as France these days, Italy in past etc


I was just thinking of that this morning. I think positional switching is definitely required to overcome this. ManU did this to us by blocking out all outlet passes out of defense and leaving Sanchez open. France did the same thing by blocking all outlet passes from defense and letting Chadli have all the possesion.

Zonal Marking says it much nicer than I did - https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-2018-france-vs-belgium-analysis-nacer-chadli-exposed-defence-attack-tactics-a8441666.html
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Orange14 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:53 pm

Zonal Marking is spot on as usual. 11tegen11 also shows that France had some slight advantages: https://twitter.com/11tegen11?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I think Martinez made some tactical blunders in this match but in part he had no choice because Meunier was suspended. I didn't think the suspension would be so important but Chadli really was not as dangerous a player. de Bruyne and Lukaku could never get into the game. Pogba was really important defending.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Cruijff » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:54 am

'You are coming home, but without the World Cup'
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby SPL » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:27 pm

England had an easy draw and overachieved.Last night they had chances but Croatia were the better side and had more quality in midfield.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Amol » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:25 pm

IMHO, Colombia with James Rodriguez would've beaten England.

This was the first strong midfield which they faced and their 3-3-2-2 (which to me really is a 3-5-2/5-3-2) was over run in midfield once their wingbacks were pegged back by Crotia's wingers. Also since the wingbacks were pinned back, the Croatian wingbacks had the entire touchline to run up and down on.

Of course, zonalmarking and 11tegen11 write about it much better than I do -
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-2018-england-vs-croatia-gareth-southgate-tactics-tactical-immaturity-final-a8443526.html

https://twitter.com/11tegen11/status/1017321123166474241
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Cruijff » Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:02 am

Took the train to Belgium this Saturday to experience some of their World Cup atmosphere during the game against England.

Good to see that Toby Alderweireld is highly appreciated.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby rjf1 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:06 am

Toby made what was at the time a game saving incredible clearance off the goal line in the win vs England. Another cool thing about that game was that Toby, Jan Verthongen, and Thomas Vermaelen were all on the pitch for the final thirty minutes.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby SPL » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:47 am

I am still a big Vertonghen fan,hope he returns home in the next couple of years.

A Belgium v France final would have seen the 2 best sides playing.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Orange14 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:28 pm

Don't know where to put this but the US sports website fivethirtyeight.com has statistical projections for the current Eredivisie season as well as rankings of all Global football teams. Ajax are ranked #37 in the global ranking: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/gl ... id=irpromo and are projected to win the league this season: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/so ... redivisie/

We shall see if this holds up.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby rjf1 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:17 pm

Orange14 wrote:Don't know where to put this but the US sports website fivethirtyeight.com has statistical projections for the current Eredivisie season as well as rankings of all Global football teams. Ajax are ranked #37 in the global ranking: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/gl ... id=irpromo and are projected to win the league this season: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/so ... redivisie/

We shall see if this holds up.

I bet they didn't watch the Heracles match before reaching their conclusion.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Orange14 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:45 pm

Ajax women advance to the round of 16 in the UEFA ladies Champions League, knocking out Sparta Prague. First time they have made it this far.
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Re: General Football Discussion

Postby Orange14 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:19 pm

Marcel Keizer has taken over as manager at Sporting in Portugal. The club was in turmoil at the end of last season with supporters in open revolt against players and management. Club is in third place right now a point above Benfica.
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