Friday, December 7, 2012

Euro 2020 will be a multi-nation - UEFA are fools!

A lot has changed in football down the years, but nothing more so than when it comes to the politics that take place behind closed doors as well as the influx of money that has taken over the sport. Yesterday that was demonstrated in abundance. UEFA and the lovely geniuses (sense the tone) that run the organization decided that Euro 2020 would be held in numerous cities across cities.

These half-brained money-grabbing morons have decided that Michel Platini's idea is a good one and will be used. Here's why it's a ridiculous idea:

  • Normally the host nation of an international tournament is automatically qualified for the tournament. So what happens when 10 countries are hosting it? How the hell do they all qualify? Or will ALL nations have to qualify?
  • Europe 2020, followed by Qatar 2022. This just sounds wrong. What next? Asia 2026 for the World Cup after that?
  • If I'm not mistaken, the original format of the Euro Championships was like this. Games of the first phase would be played all over the continent and then (I think) the Semis and Finals would be in one nation. But if they changed it back then, there must have been a reason.
  • Apparently this was done to avoid having Turkey as a host nation (since they're apparently going to be hosting the Olympics in 2020). Don't know about you guys, but firstly Turkey would have made a great host - their stadiums are awesome as is their country.
  • Basically it's just the Champions League format but for international teams. It kills all the excitement.
  • How will fans just keep travelling between countries in Europe over a month? The only ones who can afford that are the wealthy fans and we all know what having wealthy fans (only!) at a stadium can do to the atmosphere.
  • The whole charm of an international tournament is the fact that fans go to 1 country (hear that UEFA, ONE country) and grasp its culture and mix with other fans during the month. This just kills that.
  • I don't see how this can be good for smaller nations. If they have to qualify (which they won't), but games take place in their countries, how rubbish would that be?
  • It sounds like a roadshow more than a football tournament: "coming soon to a City near you - Europe 2020". Ikh....
  • Now just wait for the bidding war over who's going to host the semi-finals and finals. UEFA doesn't care about money. Ha ha ha.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Champions League predictions for the last 16

Let's try and predict who'll face who in the next round of the Champions League. The draw takes place on the 20th of December 2012 in Nyon, Switzerland. All the runners-up of the group stages will play the first leg at home. The rule is the runners-up cannot be paired with teams from the same association or the team that finished above them in the group.

AFrance Paris Saint-GermainPortugal Porto
BGermany Schalke 04England Arsenal
CSpain MálagaItaly Milan
DGermany Borussia DortmundSpain Real Madrid
EItaly JuventusUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk
FGermany Bayern MunichSpain Valencia
GSpain BarcelonaScotland Celtic
HEngland Manchester UnitedTurkey Galatasaray

Obviously this is based on nothing besides my personal preferences of what I would like to see happen, or what I think will happen. So here go my predictions with a little sentence explained why I'd like to see some of these games happen:

PSG vs AC Milan: Just to watch Zlatan arrogantly hurt Milan and see if he would "not celebrate".

Shalke 04 vs Valencia: for no reason at all.

Malaga vs Shakhtar Donesk: so that one of these underdogs can make it to the quarter-finals.

Borussia Dortmund vs Celtic: I bizarrely want Dortmund to do well and go as far as they can. They have a good squad and play some fantastic football.

Juventus vs Arsenal: To see Wenger whine (again) about an unfair draw happening, but not realizing that it's because of his decision-making.

Bayern Munich vs Porto: The sort of fixture that comes up and we all say "it's a normal champions league tie".

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: So that most people start talking about UEFA being "fair" to Barcelona and a lot of other nonsensical comments.

Manchester United vs  Real Madrid: the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford. That should be enough.

What do you all think?

By the way, has has nobody mentioned or said anything about:
- 3 German clubs finishing top of their group.
- The Champions of Europe knocked out at the group stage
- All 4 Spanish clubs qualifying
- And only 2 English clubs going through

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sexy Managers Calendar 2013

As the year nears its end (and the world too apparently), James Husbands has decided to come up with one of the funniest, offensive, calendars the football world is likely to see. Have a look at the pictures below for more. This is brilliant and is already out of stock!

Many of these images are inspired by scenes from famous movies. For those who might get offended by these pictures, you have no sense of humor.