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  1. 1) I actually agree with this. Got no real problem with these things taking place in the northern winter. Don't see the issue. 2) Disagree. The constant drone at 2010 games made watching the game an awful experience. It's a genuinely horrible noise. 3) Literally no World Cup ever has been about the fans. None. 4) Seems reasonable, but related to point 3. What is sensible or desirable is irrelevant. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  2. Incredible to think that he got paid for that risible nonsense. The holes in it are so obvious as to not require pointing out. A bright high-school student of either political stripe could rip that article to bits. It's interesting that the unionist argument these days has become so flimsy as to endorse basic logical fallacies and denial of reality. I have no issue with people who are unionists because it's an emotional thing for them, but that's really all we see these days. Pre-2014 and pre-Brexit there was a reasonable poltical and social argument for being in the union. There's no longer even pretense at either of those existing now. All there is is obfuscation and denial of the shifting sands. There are questions for the Yes movement to answer. But it's hard to argue they're bigger than those that the union has shown it cannot answer.
  3. It would also mean a return to the worst format the World Cup has ever had. Madness.
  4. Scotland 0-0 England, 150 years ago today. The first officially recognised international match. If we'd got through the play-offs, the fixture would have been repeated at the World Cup 149 years, 364 days later. That would have been pretty cool, but life doesn't work like that. Scotland long held the upper hand in the fixture, with England only nudging into the lead in the head-to-head in 1983. They now lead by 48 wins to 41. International football caught on.
  5. As mentioned above, the 82 version of three-team groups worked well because of how they arranged the fixtures and the fact that only one went through. It's hard to see FIFA going for a model where only one goes through, so that would mean a huge number of groups having collusion over the final group result, assuming the 82 model, and even without implementing that fixture model it would still happen a lot. Any team losing their first game and drawing their second would easily be fucked out by the final game being a bore draw. The alternative is 2/3 teams going home after two games. It's just a really bad idea.
  6. Even worse in a shop aisle. When people feel the need to go to the supermarket as a whole family. It's completely stupid. f**k off.
  7. It does. Many thanks. Thanks for that. Don't hesitate to get in touch should you have any further questions. Best regards.
  8. I don't. But I have in the past. I hope this clears things up for you.
  9. Depends what you mean by 'anything like it'. The norm is three games a day in the group stage (four-game days in the third round of fixtures), which is something like four games a day. Then it's two games a day in the knock-outs up to the semis, same as at this World Cup.
  10. Travel vloggers and fitba vloggers should go in the same bin. Filming yourself at a football match shouting 'OH MY GOD!!!!' should be a one-way ticket to a government-administered bullet in the head.
  11. We get four derbies this season afterall, then. Can't complain about that as a draw. It's a similar feeling to the semi-final draw last season. There'll naturally be nerves and it might not go right, but we really should win. Two derbies are a real opportunity to give our season momentum. There's a big lift here if we go and win both. And I don't see why we shouldn't.
  12. I heard that Jesus went into the negotiations looking for one fish and he'd have signed right away, but the Rangers board offered him five loaves and two fishes right off the bat. Speaks volumes.
  13. Newcastle being bought by the Saudis was met with widespread revulsion, but what can we do about it? Man City's owners have faced a lot of criticism, and they get very arsey about it. What else can we do? The Russia World Cup was criticised, as was South Africa. Why do people keep acting as if these things just go on without comment? As for more personal things, I've never been to Dubai and would not holiday there. Indeed, I quietly judge those who do. I was once offered an interview for a job in the UAE that would have been very good financially for me and the missus, but we both agreed we didn't want any part of it. Fortunately, unlike the workers in Qatar, we weren't absolutely skint with a whole family relying on us, from a place with no social security net, with people lying to us about the conditions we'd be working in, before arriving there to find out we were essentially slaves.
  14. Obviously this has been rumbling on for a bit, but there has to be a collision coming on this. The clubs have recently bought in to the idea of a ten-game Champions League group stage, we've got the Nations League (possibly to be expanded/altered), and we've got FIFA working away to expand the Club World Cup and the World Cup. We can't have it all without sacrificing quality (loads of shite teams in tournaments) or just forcing players to play a hundred games all over the world every year. It feels like football is in a weird holding pattern just now.
  15. I think of all the 48-team proposals I've seen, this is the one I like most. Reward the group winners with a rest, which would also add a bit of spice to any games between sides who are clearly going to qualify as there would be a genuine reward for winning the group. 16 groups of three is fucking crazy. As much as anything else, who would be able to actually follow that properly? I'd forget who was in which group etc. I wonder when we get the first 64-team tournament.
  16. I agree with Craigkillie's view on those who don't rate Ferguson, but, to be honest, the same applies to those who don't rate McStay. A fantastic fitba player, and people who can't see that have no business watching the game. His ability to make space in crowded midfield on shite pitches with folk booting him up in the air all the time was incredible. He was on a different level to anyone else in Scotland at the time, and had he wanted to go and play elsewhere he could easily have done so and shone. That he chose to stay in Scotland is his business, but folk who don't rate him haven't got a fucking clue. IMO.
  17. And in both cases those with Roman leanings denied it had ever happened.
  18. I don't really disagree with this part. Bearing in mind that this guy worked for Rangers for years, I think what they know about him is much more relevant than whether QPR have had a good November or not. Football supporters (and often clubs) have a huge problem with how form is interpreted and how much weight recent performance is given.
  19. I know it's the Old Firm and nuanced discussion cannot be expected, but the fuss about QPR's recent form is a good filter for c***s that have no idea what they're talking about. In the EFL teams play a game every six hours or so, and teams swinging from good to bad runs and back is very common. Even in teams who go on to get promoted or relegated, good and bad runs just happen. It's an incredibly cut-throat environment with mad levels of fixture congestion. All of the top teams in the Championship have lost recently. It's that kind of league. Blackburn in third have lost 2 of their last five. Swansea are eighth but haven't won in five. It's just what happens. There's nothing to suggest that these teams can't go up. This bad run QPR have been on has taken in six games, but it's lasted less than a month. It's entirely insignificant in the discussion of whether this guy is a good coach or not.
  20. They could. But I think the reason it's standard to do this the day before a game is for two reasons. Firstly, to make it as fresh in the mind as possible going into the fixture and having been worked on with the actual team, which has probably been picked by then. Secondly, because you don't want to be doing your hard running and big physical exertion work the day before a game, so set-pieces and shape work for the game ahead makes more sense on two levels. I'm not against the change, but that's what coaches might argue.
  21. I don't really see the fuss about the statement. We complain when clubs don't communicate with fans, and in this case Hibs have simply been clear and up-front with the support about the situation. All this talk of the impact it will have on the deal in terms of bidding wars, drumming up interest etc is wild. His agent will have been working on this for ages and there aren't going to be clubs sitting reading the Hibs website suddenly saying 'f**k me, we can sign Porteous!'. Clubs who are in any way interested will have known about this way before Hibs did. In terms of what's happening behind the scenes in getting him a move somewhere, this statement makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. It's just communication with the fans and avoids the issue dragging out as a will he/won't he. They've clarified he won't, and that's fair enough.
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