Recent content by Demyanenko_square_jaw

  1. What is more impressive: goals or assists?

    Goals are unarguably more important, a great creative through ball will often be more technically challenging than a goal scored from inside the box, but more impressive regarding assist or goal is still a case by case thing. Plenty of assists are not challenging at all and only one because of...
  2. The relative strength of the Premier League

    The top leagues are mostly set in stone now. Supporters from England, Spain, Germany, Italy talking about being on the decline, not as good as we were 5 years ago and so on is usually just for dick measuring about fairly small differences at the very top of the sport, who is going to get the...
  3. Champions League Round of 16 (18th Feb - 18th Mar)

    He was actually a step down in quality from the previous Zenit CM orchestrators Zyryanov and Shirokov, good but not really the level of player you would watch and think he's wasting his career here. Then again i suppose you can easily say they should have moved too.
  4. Footballers rated higher when active than after

    He at least seems to still be considered a great player by most that mention him nowadays, it probably affected him more in the short-term. His old strike partner Rebrov is the Ukrainian player from that time who lost the most in reputation imo. Understandable as he didn't adapt outside Dynamo...
  5. RedCafe's Top 20 by Position | Please check out the last threadmark

    I believe Veron would be considered an 8 by most argentinian supporters? Even someone like Brindisi was often in that category there from what i've read and he has a lot more attacking threat than Veron had. Overath, Netzer and Brady as midfield playmakers. I don't think the concept of the 10...
  6. Manchester City banned from CL for 2 seasons and fined 30 million euros

    FFP as the rules are currently set, was just the elite at that time trying their best to pull the ladder up behind themselves. It's not about bringing any ideas of "financial fair play" for all , being fundamentally against state ownership, sugar daddies and making sure clubs can't go...
  7. Footballers rated higher when active than after

    Good post though i'd disagree with Kanchelskis at Everton. His first season there was the best of his career imo, 16 league goals from wide right midfield a great output, took a poor team that previously finished 15th to 6th. I've a good friend from Liverpool that has supported Everton since...
  8. Pele at his peak (Santos) and his best/optimal position

    Ponta De Lanca seems a like a footballing phrase that doesn't translate well into English. I'd guess that in English speaking world being the spearhead/tip of the spear would be interpreted as being the furthest forward, first into contact etc.. That probably added confusion for people trying...
  9. How good was peak Kaka?

    I thought Seedorf and Pirlo were the inconsistent ones in that Milan midfield rather than Kaka. Kaka did have a couple of seasons where you could argue he didn't score as much as he should have in the league considering his role, but he almost always played excellently. The other two, i remember...
  10. Beckham & Neymar talk about their careers

    The discussion about league strength and Neymar throwing his career away in France got me interested enough to look up what the coefficients were for English league during Beckham's time there. It was slightly lower than i thought it would be for the '90s from 5th for 1995 to 7, 7, 6, 6, 5 then...
  11. AC Milan - The most successful sugar daddy club of all time?

    It's always been my instinct that of the most successful European countries at club level, the Italians and Spanish are the ones that owe the largest pecentage of that success to financial advantage over other leagues and padding out squads with elite foreigners to really make the difference...
  12. General discussion thread

    A very good footage i just watched on the 3rd man of German 70s playmaking Heinz Flohe, often forgotten behind Netzer and Overath but he's a great footballer worth watching too.
  13. Bruno Fernandes | Signed

    It's the foreign imports that make the Premier League as strong as it is. Writing off entire leagues, especially ones long established as just outside the top 5 in quality is a fools game.
  14. Top 10 Support/Second-Strikers of All-Time

    Italy had a great run of producing this sort of forward with Mancini-Zola-Baggio-Del Piero-Totti. Despite that they often seemed to have lots of difficulty integrating them into the national team.
  15. Top 10 Support/Second-Strikers of All-Time

    Brazilian Ronaldo is a striker-a 9 for me. Could definitely easily do the wide-forward role too if that been the role asked of him, but he didn't have too much playmaking or supporting another forward as a primary aim in his game imo. Usually if he was alongside a forward who did, they played...