Post by bansheebeat on May 6, 2015 20:18:54 GMT -5
What a game. That 2nd goal from Messi was some of the most beautiful football I've seen in a long time. He was in monstrous form tonight. I'm not daft enough to say the tie is over, but I'm feeling really good going into the second leg.
Barca is very much alive in the running for a treble and that's amazing considering where the team was in January. Hopefully Liga get's their issues with the government sorted out so there is no rescheduled games.
Post by bansheebeat on May 12, 2015 7:34:48 GMT -5
Super nervous about tonight. Odds are in our favor, but I don't doubt Bayern's scoring power for a second. Hopefully Barca can score a quick goal which would effectively end the tie. Bayern is going to have to play a very offensive game and they'll be exposed to the MSN counter-attack.
Post by whereispassionpit on May 27, 2015 12:41:11 GMT -5
I doubt they'll show any sporting events besides the NBA Finals in the Cinema. On the topic of soccer, can't wait to see my favorite team Valencia CF play a friendly against the Columbus Crew tonight! Been a fan since I can remember and this will be my first time seeing Los Che live
Post by bansheebeat on May 27, 2015 20:07:03 GMT -5
Oh my this FIFA news is quite literally the best thing to happen to football in sooo long. UEFA is now calling for a boycott. If UEFA is on board everyone else will follow suit. One can only hope this is the beginning of the end for not only Qatar, but also all things shady in the world of football.
In lieu of (actual) football, I'm going to discuss my FIFA 15 managerial exploits. And ask for a bit of advice.
So I started out as the manager of the Chicago Fire. In the middle of the winter transfer period, I took a job as the LA Galaxy manager, and proceeded to win two MLS Cups with them.1 After winning my second MLS cup, I went to River Plate in the Argentinean 1st division. It didn't go as smoothly as I wanted, but I won a championship, and it got me a job with English League One side Brentford. Upon arrival, I decided my goal would be to take Brentford to the BPL.2
I won promotion to the Championship (and turned a South African side into World Cup champions after beating the Belgians, Dutch, Germans, and Spanish in the knockout stages), but was stuck there for two seasons. I used the transfer windows during my seasons at Brentford to build a team largely from the prospects of larger teams, including:
Chuba Akpom, (ST, now 73 overall) and Jon Toral (CM, 74); both transferred from Arsenal Ryan McLaughlin (RB, 74) from Liverpool Emiliano Velasquez (CB, 71) from Atletico Madrid Paolo Pelle (LM, 68) from Southhampton Nikita Rukavytsya (ST, 72) from West Sydney Wanderers, later transferred to QPR from $4 mil At the same time I found Nikita, I signed free agent Wander Luiz do Nascimento (ST, 75) for $10k/wk; he and Akpom now form the front of a 4-4-2 Jannik Bandowski (LB, 68) from Borussia Dortmund Vincent Pillot (GK, 71) from Saint Etienne Abner (LB, 71) from Real Madrid Stephen Gatt (LM, 71), and Stephan Lichtsteiner (RM, 68) from Juventus Markus Gersbeck (CB, 71) from Bayern
I accomplished this largely from the sale of three players: Rukvytsya, CM Dilly Cochran (sold for $9 mil. to Aston Villa), and Jota (sold for $12 mil to Liverpool).
I also had multiple homegrown players. And I took this team to the BPL. After three games, I am sitting in first after dismantling Swansea, Man City, and Man United.
But there is trouble brewing. Partially out of my own stupidity. Gatt and Gersbeck were each $1.4 mil + players, but they are expensive as all fuck to pay wage wise (Gatt costs $35k/wk, Gersbeck $40k/wk). This nearly depleted my wage stash; I could barely pay for those two plus a raise for McLaughlin. Now Pedro Acala (another CB I picked up on transfer) is asking for a raise, and more troublingly, Nascimento is asking for a raise to $25k/wk.
Which I cannot pay. His (Nascimento's) contract runs out at the end of the season. I could probably eke $7-8 million out of him on the transfer market. Do I transfer him to the highest bidder come winter, switch to a 4-5-1 and utilize more of my CMs (of which there are plenty), or bite the bullet and sign him to a contract come summer in the hopes the board is generous with its money?
1Staying for the second MLS cup was probably a bad move. There were multiple Liga MX jobs open, and I would've landed at least one of them. 2 Offers from Juve be damned.