Weird feelings of football

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Alan Shearer has been a pundit on match of the day for 20 years but he only retired from football about 5 years ago. Therefore he must have analysed his own performances on motd.
 

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Alan Shearer has been a pundit on match of the day for 20 years but he only retired from football about 5 years ago. Therefore he must have analysed his own performances on motd.
5 years ago was 2019 my guy, Shearer retired before HD
 

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I know football is technically "better" in every way these days.
But you couldn't beat those proper 4-4-2 days in the mid 90s, where you'd have pacy wingers who actually tried to cross it on their strong foot, and actually had 2 strikers to hit.
This is probably a topic for its own thread but it makes me very pessimistic for the direction football (and other sports) are going.

I realize I'm going to come off as a complete Luddite, but anyway... Optimization is great in theory, but in practice it turns the game into a predictable and robotic affair, and removes the spontaneity, improvisation, and variety that make it special.

The worst part is, I think we're only scratching the surface currently, and the overall consequences of this "data & analytics revolution" won't be seen for another generation, at which point most top-level players will have been trained in this manner their entire lives.
 

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Always makes me chuckle when internet fans have a go at superfit premier league players' physiques.
To be fair I don't think any fan is comparing themselves with the players. They are probably making as 'informed' comments as they possible can having watched 100's of games on a player's fitness/physique compared to other footballers. I mean I get it, some people are definitely over the top but I don't think for example criticising Shaw, Rooney or Lukaku's physical condition is controversial.
 

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This is probably a topic for its own thread but it makes me very pessimistic for the direction football (and other sports) are going.

I realize I'm going to come off as a complete Luddite, but anyway... Optimization is great in theory, but in practice it turns the game into a predictable and robotic affair, and removes the spontaneity, improvisation, and variety that make it special.

The worst part is, I think we're only scratching the surface currently, and the overall consequences of this "data & analytics revolution" won't be seen for another generation, at which point most top-level players will have been trained in this manner their entire lives.
I'm not that pessimistic. What's predictable can be defended relatively easy, so there will always be a place for the unpredictable element. It's likely that over time it changes in which area and which way managers will allow their players to be creative, but creativity will always exist.
 

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It seems to me that in Penalty shootouts, the teams that were dominant and missing the most chances in regulation time most time end up losing in shootouts
 

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It seems to me that in Penalty shootouts, the teams that were dominant and missing the most chances in regulation time most time end up losing in shootouts
I get the same feeling. I thought Madrid would win their shootout vs City. And then when Conventry missed 2 chances in extra time and had their goal disallowed, it felt inevitable United would win the pens.
 

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Crystal Palace are terrible for 90% of every season but have upticks in form just in time for each game against Utd, before going back to being terrible again.
 

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Luton have valiantly battled all season long and picked up enough points that they deserve to be safe.

Burnley have shit the bed and get smashed every week and were relegated back in December.

2 points in it.
 

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Mikael Silvestre was only at Manchester United for 3 years, yet somehow managed to play 9 seasons during that time
 

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City's inevitable procession to the title every year is partly because they ALWAYS have a couple of games in hand on the teams around them.

I'd go as far as to say the only reason Guardiola bothers with the FA Cup is to bank a few league games in hand for the run-in.
 

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When a current player is invited to be a pundit on Sky Sports when his own team are playing they will inevitably lose by a minimum of three goals.
 

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Sander Berge plays for all three bottom PL teams plus the top 3 in the championship at the same time.
 

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No matter results, Palace are always between 11th and 14th on the table. That part of the table is reserved for them before season starts.
 

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Some Sunday League refs are fecking wankers, I made a save, sliding out, I got the ball and the striker booted me on the head. Ref gives them a penalty, saying it was "dangerous play".

At halftime I had seizure and conked out for about 20 minutes. Woke up with the paramedics, who took me to hospital where I am now, ref amd linos didn't even check to see if I was ok.

Wanker
 

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Some Sunday League refs are fecking wankers, I made a save, sliding out, I got the ball and the striker booted me on the head. Ref gives them a penalty, saying it was "dangerous play".

At halftime I had seizure and conked out for about 20 minutes. Woke up with the paramedics, who took me to hospital where I am now, ref amd linos didn't even check to see if I was ok.

Wanker
What the actual feck?
 

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City could have half their team injured for half the season, Arsenal and Liverpool and whatever other title contenders in flying form, Haaland could score 0 goals all season and they’d still manage to climb back to the top come the end of April/beginning of May
 

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Some Sunday League refs are fecking wankers, I made a save, sliding out, I got the ball and the striker booted me on the head. Ref gives them a penalty, saying it was "dangerous play".

At halftime I had seizure and conked out for about 20 minutes. Woke up with the paramedics, who took me to hospital where I am now, ref amd linos didn't even check to see if I was ok.

Wanker
In a cup game I played in last season we had a 16-year-old in midfield. Big lump of a midfielder on the other team sprints in and hits him with two feet off the ground.

Leg snapped, was in a full leg cast for months, has had three surgeries since and his leg is now full of metal. He's not played since and might never play again.

Ref didn't even book the guy who did it, but we were forced down to 10-men as we couldn't make any more subs.
 

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In a cup game I played in last season we had a 16-year-old in midfield. Big lump of a midfielder on the other team sprints in and hits him with two feet off the ground.

Leg snapped, was in a full leg cast for months, has had three surgeries since and his leg is now full of metal. He's not played since and might never play again.

Ref didn't even book the guy who did it, but we were forced down to 10-men as we couldn't make any more subs.
Jesus Christ. That poor kid has probably had his career ended before it even began, but the thug who injured him didn’t even get punished. He doesn’t just deserve a red card, he deserves a black card. Reminds of Moreno injuring Shaw back in September 2015.
 

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When I hear the Anfield crowd singing their song before a game, I get a weird feeling that I want to hit someone in the face with a spanner.
 

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Andy Cole and Ruud Van Nistelrooy played together - which feels like it shouldn’t be the case
 

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Every attacking player who plays for Spurs has Son or on in their surname.
 

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The balder the referee, the better the referee.

Example; Pierluigi Collina - couldn't possibly be any balder. Cuneyt Cakir in 2013 - full head of hair.

Shaving your head doesn't count, as proven by Paul Tierney.
 

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Italian coaches take the Prem by storm in their first season and then inevitably flame out in their second.