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Gosens!!

just give them whatever they want for that dude
 

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Coutinho is such a ping pong man. Just he was blasting goals against Ter Stegen as a Bayern player, now playing against Bayern, lacklustre 0 shots on goal, no future performance whatsoever.

Barca actually look like they are done. But what a ride though. Pep, Tito, Enrique. Plenty of titles along the way.
 

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Barcelona have failed to register a shot on target in a Champions League match for the first time since at least the 2003/04 season

And another record for Barcelona they have now lost three consecutive home games in European competitions for the first time in their history
 

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It’s not really a surprise though Bayern have better players in every position and way more depth. You also look at the difference in physiques, goretzka , lewa ,Davies, upamecano etc are athletes, strong and dynamic. While Barca have small players like busquets and alba who look like they have the strength of a kitten.
 

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It’s not really a surprise though Bayern have better players in every position and way more depth. You also look at the difference in physiques, goretzka , lewa ,Davies, upamecano etc are athletes, strong and dynamic. While Barca have small players like busquets and alba who look like they have the strength of a kitten.
that's why football is not beautiful anymore. it's all about 20 men playing "shot and run" game and the team that has the most juiced up horses wins. That's why there will be more and more players like Mbappe, Haaland and less and less players like Pirlo, Xavi, Iniesta. I don't watch football much in recent years except for Inter's and some vibrant encounters between big teams but it seems like they don't score spectacular goals like it used to be in 2000s anymore. maybe it's just me...
 

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that's why football is not beautiful anymore. it's all about 20 men playing "shot and run" game and the team that has the most juiced up horses wins. That's why there will be more and more players like Mbappe, Haaland and less and less players like Pirlo, Xavi, Iniesta. I don't watch football much in recent years except for Inter's and some vibrant encounters between big teams but it seems like they don't score spectacular goals like it used to be in 2000s anymore. maybe it's just me...

I think to some extent that happens with all sports, but comparing football (soccer) and basketball it's like completely opposites. Basketball is amping up less physically dominating players that can shoot/pass (amount of 3 point shooters has skyrocketed), while soccer is just becoming about who can run the fastest and longest.

It's largely a cultural thing imo. To achieve the technical ability that guys like Maradona, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, etc... you had to live with the ball at your feet. They lived and breathed football all throughout their childhoods. Now there's too many distractions. So they compensate with "athleticism" (mostly PEDs).
 

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I think to some extent that happens with all sports, but comparing football (soccer) and basketball it's like completely opposites. Basketball is amping up less physically dominating players that can shoot/pass (amount of 3 point shooters has skyrocketed), while soccer is just becoming about who can run the fastest and longest.

It's largely a cultural thing imo. To achieve the technical ability that guys like Maradona, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, etc... you had to live with the ball at your feet. They lived and breathed football all throughout their childhoods. Now there's too many distractions. So they compensate with "athleticism" (mostly PEDs).
Pretty spot on.

Other factor is that kids are inducted to youth academies and like any schooling system that doesn't respect its tutees (hint; almost all), it sucks away the creativity. So all players are rather generic now, which is why you see that some countries keep producing better players while other keep producing a different breed, as they're not fully incorporated into this novel business.

In some "schools", higher degree of professionalism is promoted so you can see why French, Spanish and Portuguese "graduates" have flooded the European football leagues, usually at the expense of local talents.

And then there's the monetary factor. Which dominoes down to the effect of having smaller and bigger leagues and so on, as in the past you'd have high quality players almost everywhere, now they're all stacked within a few teams of even fewer leaguer. Having higher class teammates tends to elevate your playing level, so now that's also gone. And since teams just hire mercenaries, there's no room for growth for domestic talents. There's also no one local to look up to now for kids from roughly 40 UEFA nations with active leagues. There's a couple of one-season heroes, but they're quickly forgotten as they move to other teams and rare cases of foreigners who stick around long enough so that the next generation of fans (let's say 5-6 years, one school period) manage to also learn the player's name and face.
 

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They lived and breathed football all throughout their childhoods. Now there's too many distractions. So they compensate with "athleticism" (mostly PEDs).
I forgot about this, you are completely right. It's not only football, whole life has changed significantly. sigh...
 

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And then there's the monetary factor. Which dominoes down to the effect of having smaller and bigger leagues and so on, as in the past you'd have high quality players almost everywhere, now they're all stacked within a few teams of even fewer leaguer. Having higher class teammates tends to elevate your playing level, so now that's also gone. And since teams just hire mercenaries, there's no room for growth for domestic talents. There's also no one local to look up to now for kids from roughly 40 UEFA nations with active leagues. There's a couple of one-season heroes, but they're quickly forgotten as they move to other teams and rare cases of foreigners who stick around long enough so that the next generation of fans (let's say 5-6 years, one school period) manage to also learn the player's name and face.

another one is big teams from Europe recruiting earlier than usual from other countries, 10 to 15 year olds kids, especially South America. Hence now you don't see distinct styles, they are all trained for big teams. On top of that you also have "chain of clubs" like City group, players have same system.
 

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another one is big teams from Europe recruiting earlier than usual from other countries, 10 to 15 year olds kids, especially South America. Hence now you don't see distinct styles, they are all trained for big teams. On top of that you also have "chain of clubs" like City group, players have same system.
And you see Brazilian teams are also doing this kind of football training as well. The "street" game is gone. It's out of the professional sport.
 

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Sheriff 1-0. I think this is good.

Depends what Shakhtar can do versus Real Madrid. Or the opposite. Hopefully RM takes 6 points off of them this time so we don't have to worry.

Very nice goal btw
 

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Depends what Shakhtar can do versus Real Madrid. Or the opposite. Hopefully RM takes 6 points off of them this time so we don't have to worry.

Very nice goal btw
True it can't be worse than last year lol. But I trust Real will beat Sheriff twice too, that'd be perfect.

Provided it stays this way of course.
 
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