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Now if only people paid more attention to our footy officials. Though for the most part, it's the league heads that are the crooks. Then again our current USSF (equivalent to your FA, more or less) prez is new so maybe she'll be alright.

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I should probably point out that I just made these up to see if anyone would believe me.

ITV have finally come to their senses and sacked Adrian Chiles.

Really interesting interview with Big Nev. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/04/neville-southall-flak-sex-workers-lgbt-issues  

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Can't be bothered to find the USMNT thread if there even is one, but apparently they have a friendly today that I only found out from the HFC prez tweeting that he forgot about it due to being busy with club stuff.

Anyone else watching it? How'd the first half go?

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Yeah, I flipped to it once I found out about it.

As a side note love how the coach's windbreaker partially hides the team name when the hood's down so it just says "States"

EDIT- Lol no wait literally does just say States love it

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11 minutes ago, OctoberRaven said:

Can't be bothered to find the USMNT thread if there even is one, but apparently they have a friendly today that I only found out from the HFC prez tweeting that he forgot about it due to being busy with club stuff.

Anyone else watching it? How'd the first half go?

Boring AF. 

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Well there were a couple good moments in what I saw but yeah this felt more like a warmup kickabout. Hopefully Monday's outing will be better.

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America vs Panama r/n

Panama scored early but the US answered with a quick double.

Make that a Triple!

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Is all this head injury stuff that Chris Sutton has inexplicably become the figurehead of new? The big study came out at least a year ago and while I'm sure @Gazz could confirm the details better than me at lower age groups they've banned heading for at least the last season.

I just don't want Chris Sutton on my telly...

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6 hours ago, Colly said:

Is all this head injury stuff that Chris Sutton has inexplicably become the figurehead of new? The big study came out at least a year ago and while I'm sure @Gazz could confirm the details better than me at lower age groups they've banned heading for at least the last season.

I just don't want Chris Sutton on my telly...

It's not banned, it's 'discouraged'. For example, I coach at U12, so we're allowed to do one heading practice per month, with a maximum of five headers, which is basically pointless for actually learning anything. Heading is not a massive part of the youth game anyway, even into the teenage years, there's generally not the anticipation and technique present to make headers an integral part of the game.

I'd be quite happy to see heading banned in the professional game, treat it akin to a handball but with indirect freekicks in any area of the pitch if the head comes in contact with the ball (purely because there's always going to be instances where a ball gets smacked at someone's head that can't get it out of the way in time and no one wants to see a penalty given for getting blasted in the face from five yards). There would be an adaptive phase, but eventually you'd see a much more technical and creative game emerge and one where players weren't pigeonholed into positions just because they're 6'4.

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My daughters team have just blanket banned it from U12s downwards, which is you say is largely because they barely know how to kick a ball.

I think it's quite a shout to suggest heading isn't technical and creative though, theres something lovely about a well played cross and a thumping header across the keeper that I'd really miss.

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Alan Pardew has joined CSKA Sofia as their director of football. The former Crystal Palace and Newcastle manager, who left ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands after his contract was cancelled in April, will take up his post with the Bulgarian side known as “The Armymen” immediately having worked as a media pundit in recent months.

“Army men, English football specialist Alan Pardew will henceforth be part of the big red family of the Army,” read a statement on the club’s website on Monday. “He will take the position of technical director and will help with his vast experience and contacts in the overall development of the club and attracting players to the representative team. The 59-year-old Briton has already signed his contract and started working immediately. Welcome to the Army, Mr Alan Pardew!”

CSKA, which stands for Central Sports Club of the Army, have won the Bulgarian title on a record 31 occasions but not since 2008, having finished runners-up last year.

They are third in the standings, trailing leaders Ludogorets by five points, and are bottom of Group A in the Europa League having picked up one point from three games. Bruno Akrapovic’s side face Swiss team Young Boys on Thursday knowing defeat will knock them out of the competition.

The former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov, who helped Bulgaria reach the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup, is among the club’s shareholders having spent six years at CSKA before moving to Spain. Pardew’s last job in England was at West Brom, where he left in April 2018 having guided them to just three victories in 21 matches.

 

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Here's a question for those of you with actual memories of football in the 1990s: When was David James at the peak of his career?

I ask because I just found out he made over 200 appearances for Liverpool between 1992 and 1999. Due to the fact that I don't really have any memories of football before the 2002 World Cup, I only really know him alongside Paul Robinson as competing for the England keeper's spot following Seaman retiring. I knew James was the more experienced of the two, already being in his 30s at the time, but I still think of him as a Man City or Portsmouth player, as opposed to Liverpool or, apparently, Aston Villa/West Ham.

For me, the period between David Seaman and Joe Hart is the era of England keepers being Premier League relegation or Championship-level, Robinson aside.

Back to the question; David James, when was he at his best?

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He was always a good shotstopper but had an error in him for a chunk of his early career (hence Calamity James), and don't forget that Liverpool in the mid 90s were not Liverpool in the 80s. He peaked late as he cut the errors out and made the England team, so yeah probably as he hit his late 20s/early 30s and was a steady hand throughout the rest of his career. I think relegation/Championship level is hugely overstating it though.

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