You've always got a chance with refs like this LOL.
No doubt England will be bleating about some ref come next year when they're knocked out but they probably get more decisions than the rest of the top teams put together.
That has to be one of the most ridiculous penalties ever. Rooney rips the jersey off the guy and nearly breaks his ankle and he gets the penalty and get's the guy booked..............LOL.
I wish you could find the pill that stopes paranoia for Celtic fans.
About England, just read a brilliant column by Simon Kuper in FourFourTwo...the much hyped England under Capello have exactly the same percentage of wins as under the much maligned Mc laren, only with weaker teams as opposition.
Kuper points out in that article that England's percentage of wins has barely changed the last 40 years...he concludes that England are far from world beaters, but are overhyped by the media.
Of course they are not exactly a weak team...the yare perhaps among the 10 best national teams in the world, but not among the absolute best...
I doubt if that stat is wrong, the column was an excerpt of a book Kuper just published with one of the world's leading statisticians. It's a book about football statistics...
Anothe statistic from James Richardson's podcast: every time England won all his matches in the qualifiacation stage of a big tournament, they never came further than the first round.
What i want to say: England is good, bot not quite as good as most English people think....look at thebright side...i'm Belgian...Belgium is bad, but much more bad than even we think.
This is completely false Gerd, The media big up our chances every tournament yes but this "English fans think their going to win the world cup now" isn't true in the slightest and probably the opposite. Whenever our national team does well its "ow don't get carried away now" or "its only against *insert team*" We the English are extremely negative because of that generalization.
We actually need to start being more positive and start believing our national team can do well.
Rooney and Gerrard seem to working great together, Both switching up from the left to play behind Heskey.
What do you mean by Michel Platini, Frank ?
Are you serious? Atletico were a Saint Steve starfish away from winning at Anfield last season and nearly beat them at home had it not been for the width of the post.England and their fans are adamant that Platini has it in for English teams.
Stuff like the amount of teams getting through to the CL from various countries, it's all about the big four in English saying he has it in for them. Other countries would be impacted too and to be honest joke teams like Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina should never be in CL.
I like how the recent draw was done to ensure lesser teams got in the tournie.
I tend to agree with FD (not sure about Fiorentina and Atletico though).
English pay more for one player than the entire budget of some Belgian teams.
Look at Standard: they almost eliminated Liverpool, lost 3 players because they were that good.
Yesterday they played (a weakened) Arsenal and Arsenal only managed to win because of a blatant hands ball...
I will repeat what i am saying for years:; despite the fact that English clubs are progressing till the semi's in the CL, i still think they are underachieving in Europe. With the budgetary gap they have with other clubs they should have 4 teams in the semi-finals eacht and every year...
What Platini wants is fair competition...and that is a good thing. Besides if nothing changes, in a couple of years most English fans will agree with Platini...i'm quite sure that the Russian clubs will take over as the best clubs/league in 10 or 15 years...
fd1972uk said:and to be honest joke teams like Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina should never be in CL.
fd1972uk said:Teams 3rd and 4th shouldn't be in the CL, at the most top 3. If that means the team 2nd in Scotland don't qualify, then so be it, it should have more champions of their leagues in it.
I agree with the second part of your post (CL needs underdog stories...).
But not with the first: Chelsea was eliminated by Barca and earlier on by AS Monaco...
There must be other examples...