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The Community Round Up

With the World Cup fast approaching, international football dominated much of our community articles and hot topics, particularly with the introduction of a new World Cup game on the Scout, together a new team based community competition.

There was, however, still some Premier League chatter, with discussions turning to next season and the hopes for a far greater pool of players to help break the template. Elsewhere, we also saw a new entry to our glossary, as the “Fantasy Football limpet” was born.

The Community Submissions

Our community writers are continuing to impress, as previews of the World Cup continue to dominate the content being produced. Among the most eye-catching articles was Sarjeant’s handy list of all the teams’ top scorers and assisters during qualification. Be sure to bookmark this and have it on call when you come to select your World Cup squads.

Asquishypotato has also been busy warming up for Brazil with this comprehensive guide to Group A, which includes his analysis of the hosts. He’s also been eyeing up Brazil’s fierce local rivals Uruguay.

Another Group A side, Croatia, came under the microscope of Don Corleone The 1st One. Meanwhile, Etihad Engineer’s focus was on World Cup differentials as Fantasy managers scan for bargains to help shoe horn in expensive, better known targets into their squads.

When it comes to differentials, Iran’s players certainly fit the bill, as Innsie’s article was quick to point out. Selecting players from such unfancied teams will certainly help us plunder the Netherlands squad, with temptations like Robin Van Persie on offer. Pompeyfan’s analysis of the Dutch squad was on hand to look beyond the obvious targets and reveal an exciting out of position prospect that may fall under many a radar.

Domestic issues have also been analysed, with Bonz looking at the potential managerial merry-ground next season, as a host of clubs prepare to enter the campaign under the leadership of a new boss. Meanwhile, the upheaval of the Europa League was analysed in Triggerlips’ assessment of the potential impact of European football on some trusted Premier League sources.

Perhaps the promoted clubs could help fill the void? Jairzinho’s excellent analysis of the history of the promoted clubs gave us plenty to chew over. Elsewhere, Dino served up part two of his three-part feature on his own targets ahead of the new campaign.

Finally, John Terry’s Dog produced one of this week’s most entertaining articles with his rundown of ”Fantasy Football limpets”: poor performing players we all signed and just couldn’t shake. Lovely stuff.

We’ve got a whole array of articles penned by you and ready to go early next week, including further World Cup assessments of Nigeria, Greece and Italy.

If you have an article in mind, feel free to submit it via our Community Submissions form here.

The Hottest Topics

This week saw Fantasy iTeam arrive on these pages. Game representative Alan Davey was on hand to help explain the rules in this Q&A session and the subsequent discussion on the key strategies involved in Fantasy iTeam saw Rbcantona7, a veteran of the format, providing some crucial hints. His advice will prove invaluable for those getting on board and in the hat for the £500 prize for the Scout league winner.

As with our community articles, the Premier League’s changing cast of managers also dominated discussion, particulary after Louis van Gaal’s arrival at Old Trafford. Lionel’s Messy Boxers was among those to ponder how the United squad will perform under the Dutchman given his fondness of a 4-3-3 formation.

Full of beans after Arsenal’s first trophy in nine years, FACupArse pondered whether United’s defence was up to challenging the North London side and other Premier League heavyweights next season. Carrick Deserves More Mata was among many to point out that, with new recruits in the backline looking a certainty, United could be set to re-establish themselves in the title race next season.

Shifting focus to the other end of the spectrum, Burnley’s full-back Kieran Trippier earned some early attention as a potential target. Greenwindmill delved into his statistics and came up with a fascinating examination of how he may perform in the top flight.

For What the Heck, last season’s budget performers were of greater interest. He sparked a discussion about how well 2013/14’s breakout budget stars, such as Raheem Sterling, will fare next season.

The community also looked back at one of the Premier League’s long-standing top performers, Steven Gerrard. We asked whether he can he battle his advancing years and maintain heavy-hitter status. Giggs Boson certainly thinks so, although Aaron Ramessi has concerns that the Liverpool skipper may be priced too high after his achievements last season.

With Gerrard and other stars of 2013/14, such as Aaron Ramsey, set for a significant price hike, Saint Stevie-O wondered whether next season will see the best mix of heavy-hitters yet. Those looking for an end to the small pool of players that dominated 2013/14’s template team will certainly hope he is right.

The Community Tournaments

The FFS UEFA team have announced details of their World Cup community competition. Elninorules was on hand to explain that 32 team captains are needed for the competition by the deadline of May 29. Captains will be announced the next day when scouting begins for team members. Anyone interested can apply here.

Jonty Community manager, Scoutcaster and writer. Tweets stats and stuff via @FFScout_Jonty” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. Gravless are for Kinnear
    3 years, 6 months ago

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27538802
    Will this affect the way QPR behave in the transfer market this summer?

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    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
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      3 years, 6 months ago

      All this financial fair play lark is going to end up in a mess..a real mess.

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  2. Members Table - Touches in the box (Mids)
    Polka Wakey O'Dot
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    3 years, 6 months ago

    Touches in the box (mids) season long..always a good stat for players from open play (as oppose set piece duties).. http://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/4315/

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    1. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Thanks Wakey. And, of course, the man at the top will be on a lot of set pieces as well. Could prove essential? If he's still in the PL.

      Criptic.

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      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        Aye..could be. It's amazing how that stat is eventually like cream rising to the top from open play....add a few kicks and boom...

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    2. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      By the way, are you continuing with the same gameplan next season in terms of philosophy and transfers?

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      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        No..may do no hits at all...So the opposite.

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        1. MJ6987 (Denver)
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Can't you just do a middle ground! I don't think "no hits" is the way to go.

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          1. MJ6987 (Denver)
            3 years, 6 months ago

            That was meant to be a ? Not a !

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            1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
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              3 years, 6 months ago

              Dunno yet..something off the beaten track anyway, we'll see.

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        2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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          3 years, 6 months ago

          Think of Ian Drury!!! :-d

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          1. MJ6987 (Denver)
            3 years, 6 months ago

            It's nice to be a lunatic.

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Precisely. Hit me!

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          2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
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            3 years, 6 months ago

            mmm..Ian Dury, top..just top.

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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              3 years, 6 months ago

              There you go! 😉

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    3. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      😀 Yes ... 😉

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    4. 32chickens
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      3 years, 6 months ago

      bolasie-if only he could score..........

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    5. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      numbers 3 and 4 for shots in the box

      The Principle Conundrum,

      Top of the pile could be even better with decent CF in front of him.

      Nasri looks impressive on there

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    6. RedLightning - January to M…
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      3 years, 6 months ago

      Number two might be a bit useful after his transfer.

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  3. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
    3 years, 6 months ago

    cannot quite believe UKIP won these elections. devastated

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      1. Ginkapo
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        hasnt finished yet?

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 6 months ago

          How is the engineering going? :-0

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          1. Ginkapo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Not too bad, I'm going on site next month for a year in Milton Keynes. Client side for building a new roundabout and modifying two others. Include four pedestrian underpasses which is why I agreed to go.

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      They haven't, yet. BBC got the local elections horribly wrong.

      They are full of shit.

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      1. Parm
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        Who isn't full of shit these days?

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 6 months ago

          🙁 Not many.

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    2. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Just a protest vote. Many people want out of the EU. Would certainly make my job a lot easier.

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 6 months ago

        😯 The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse will make your job EASIER?

        What are you - a sloppy undertaker??? 😉

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        1. MJ6987 (Denver)
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Set up contracts for UK Government. We have to follow all the EU Directives. I don't mean having UKIP in charge, that would be ridiculous!

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          1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Ah. Thank goodness! 😀

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    3. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Unbelievable..I wonder how many UKIP voters even knew the name of the person they were going to vote for ?...or even..I wonder how many UKIP voters know the name of the person they have just voted for ?..I bet it's way less than 10%

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      1. BONZ
        3 years, 6 months ago

        what was the % turn out at the polls?

        Election process is dated and chas huge cost to taxpayers - it needs modernisation to provoke high votes.

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        1. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
          3 years, 6 months ago

          33%.

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          1. BONZ
            3 years, 6 months ago

            LOL - hardly true democracy.

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      2. RedLightning - January to M…
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        How many voters of any party know the persons they are voting for in the European elections?

        The European elections are all about voting for parties, not for individuals, even for those who bother to turn out and vote.

        Local and National elections are different - you are more likely to know who your local councillors and MP and candidates are, and they may even be able to help you if you have a problem, but would anyone expect one of their MEPs to help them?

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  4. laGan1n1
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Akinfeev

    Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Kolasinac, Uchida

    Nani, Kovacic, Dzagoev

    Balotelli, Messi, Benzema

    excel wc fantasy*

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    1. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Don't like it at all. Although, I don't know the format so you may be limited by budget.

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      1. laGan1n1
        3 years, 6 months ago

        100/100m

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        1. MJ6987 (Denver)
          3 years, 6 months ago

          This is my latest draft for the Telegraph game

          My latest Telegraph WC team

          Akinfeev
          Zabaleta Luiz Ramos Schar
          Di Maria Pjanic Oscar Rakitic Okazaki
          Neymar

          40 transfers to use throughout the tournament so I will rotate the striker regularly through the group stage. (Neymar > Sanchez > Suarez > Messi > etc). No idea how your format works though.

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          1. Ludo
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            3 years, 6 months ago

            Okazaki as a midfielder - nice pick!

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  5. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
    3 years, 6 months ago

    UKIP took 33% of the votes. Turnout was only 33%. So... UKIP is 11% of electorate? We need more sensible people to vote. Your vote does mean something!

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    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      I don't vote because I don't feel I know enough about politics to make an informed decision, even after trying to read up on the parties. And even then I don't know what is true and what they are lying about. Even the seemingly 'bad' parties have some decent policies. If I were to vote it would just be for the sake of it and I may as well roll a dice.

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      1. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
        3 years, 6 months ago

        will be easier in the general election as you will have manifestos to go off. i know I am more of a liberal/left political person so it was a choice between labour and green party for me. went green as they will protect the NHS and deal properly with the greedy bankers

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  6. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    I really think I need to brush up on my politics. No idea what's going on. Bad I know...

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    1. Somalion
      3 years, 6 months ago

      No different to the politicians.

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  7. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    What is this voting for?

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    1. Robareid
      3 years, 6 months ago

      MEPs

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  8. Hubert
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Doos for PM!

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    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Source?

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      1. Hubert
        3 years, 6 months ago

        HP ?

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    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Gawd no. He'll make it law that we all have to make 250 transfers each season 🙁

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  9. Enzo the Baker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Is it against FFS posting policy to discuss (non Paddy Power) World Cup betting odds here ?

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    1. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      No.

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    2. Malcolm Tucker for Bolivia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      As long as you clarify that paddy's odds will be much shitter in comparison you'll be ok

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  10. Sleep Talk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Just came back to Isla Vista after a weekend trip in San Diego. Have been reading about the drive-by shootings that happened just up the street here. Horrifying stuff. Could have gone much worse also, I'm fortunate that no one I know were victims.

    The story if you haven't heard: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/shooting-isla-vista-uc-santa-barbara-260505021.html

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    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      See Bowling for Columbine. Americans won't change their gun laws because of the money. Not sure they have any more arguments tbh.

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      1. Billy Gilmore
        3 years, 6 months ago

        They really don't have any relevant arguments. I found these videos on gun control rather amusing...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pOiOhxujsE

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  11. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Anyone alive?

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    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Nope, they're all dead Jim.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0yXqU-w9U0

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    2. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Dead

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  12. r0nh
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Do you think the government disregard some peoples votes, like this site does?

    I read Mark's generic response to my post...

    Wasnt even slightly relevant to the two examples I mentioned...

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    1. r0nh
      3 years, 6 months ago

      PM: "Although 6000 people voted for the other party, we removed their votes, as they voted for that party in the last 3 elections. We felt they were spamming the elections."

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      1. thetinkerman
        • Has Moderation Rights
        3 years, 6 months ago

        What makes you think this is a democracy? 😉

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        1. thetinkerman
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          3 years, 6 months ago

          Seriously though I think you misunderstood Mark's comment. He just wanted to say that mods have the opportunity to down-vote in order to remove up-votes from up-vote spammers (i.e. people who basically up-vote every post), but perhaps the exact use of this wasn't made clear to us mods (we are only doing it to help out after all and it's natural that we make mistakes).

          I do worry that you're taking the whole episode a little too seriously my dear teddy bear.

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      2. MJ6987 (Denver)
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Is that the same 6,000 people in my comment below?

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    2. Malcolm Tucker for Bolivia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Thank you for your input. Your opinion is valued and will be investigated momentarily...

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  13. Christina.
    3 years, 6 months ago

    I'm going to look like a Ronald McDonald if my article on upcoming friendlies only get published later this week, considering the friendlies start today.

    :???;

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    1. Christina.
      3 years, 6 months ago

      😳

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    2. Malcolm Tucker for Bolivia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      You'll look like a fiddling clown?

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      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Frantically fiddling fairly furiously over friendlies..

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    3. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Not everything gets published does it. You must have been sifted out!

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      1. Christina.
        3 years, 6 months ago

        *organizes that puppy gets delivered to Jonty's office at FFS towers.

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        1. MJ6987 (Denver)
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Ask the puppy to retrieve your article from Jonty's waste paper bin....

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          1. Christina.
            3 years, 6 months ago

            It took me long enough to teach him to pee on a computer keyboard.

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  14. The Machine
    3 years, 6 months ago

    No TM, No Jonty, No modness

    Let's vandalize!!

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    1. MJ6987 (Denver)
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Who's on shift?

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      1. The Machine
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Not a soul, thats the point

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      2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        They probably think there aren't enough of us to wreck TOO much...

        https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PxfS56aA9GY/TX48ahWfXAI/AAAAAAAAAfE/xoyLmPga95A/s1600/Marley.jpg

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        1. thetinkerman
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          3 years, 6 months ago

          😆

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      3. thetinkerman
        • Has Moderation Rights
        3 years, 6 months ago

        There's always one of use lurking 😛

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        1. GreenWind101Million
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Usually more 😉

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  15. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
    3 years, 6 months ago

    About to set off for Wembley to see Burton vs Fleetwood.

    Come on Burton!

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    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Best of luck! Enjoy it 😀

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    2. Lanley Staurel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Home town club? Good luck.

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  16. Scotty B
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Who do we think will win the world cup/golden boot?

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    1. Hubert
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Argentina

      Messi

      Things will get ugly

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    2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Brazil

      Neymar

      Things will get SAMBAAAAA

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    3. Wilshere Knowledge
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Spain

      Muller

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    4. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Spain
      Messi

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    5. aussie-trav
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Australia
      cahill 🙂

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  17. MJ6987 (Denver)
    3 years, 6 months ago

    The most up voted comment on the Dail Mail website over the last 24 hours...

    "Well most people I know voted UKIP. Every one is fed up with lies."

    More than 6,000 up votes!

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    1. thetinkerman
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      3 years, 6 months ago

      That's what happens when you give people democracy! 😉

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    2. Wilshere Knowledge
      3 years, 6 months ago

      More worrying is, why are you visiting the dailymail? 😯 😉

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      1. MJ6987 (Denver)
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Literally to see what they are saying about the UKIP success!

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    3. Ginkapo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      I'd rather thats why people voted than any companionship with the party leaders.

      Alas these forums are not for discussing politics, even in the off season

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  18. Moin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    QPR has put a 8 million Pound price tag on Remy...Quite a bargain for any team..

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    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Yup, 27 years old, proven goalscorer, PL experience, would sign for anyone in the top 10 if the right offer came in.. He'll be an interesting prospect next year if he finds the right club!

      *cough* Spurs *cough*

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      1. thetinkerman
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        3 years, 6 months ago

        he's basically just a French Jermaine Defoe

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        1. Wilshere Knowledge
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Defoe cost £15m when he was 27. That is before inflation and te excessive narket inflatiom. £7 is a bargain, although I dont think he is top 4 quality.

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          1. thetinkerman
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            3 years, 6 months ago

            Agreed

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        2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
          3 years, 6 months ago

          I think he's a much more improved Jermaine Defoe and even if he was just a French Defoe, he's still well worth 7 million with the money that's in the game nowadays.

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          1. thetinkerman
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            3 years, 6 months ago

            Yes, my comment came across negatively. I agree, I think he would be an excellent acquisition for any club outside of the top 4

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            1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Haha calling someone "basically just Jermaine Defoe" can be understood as an insult in most cultures, but calling someone basically just a French Jermaine Defoe? Remy never warranted such abuse 😉

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              1. Moin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Defoe is a quality striker (when he was in form)..he has those bullet shots..why would one take him as insult?

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                1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  When he was in form, back in 2009-10 when he scored 18 goals, but apart from that season (where he did look like a great striker) he hasn't ever played like that, everyone attributed that to him going to the gym that summer and getting en extra yard of pace and power in his shots, but he then lost that again and only scored 4 goals the following season in 22 games as one of the main strikers for a top 6 club..

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                  1. Robareid
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    He looked pretty good on the way out of Spurs too.

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          2. Camp No No
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Agreed. While I have nothing in particular against Defoe, I think these fellows here are valuing Rémy way wrong. Firstly because of style issues: Defoe is a poacher and a pure scoring centre forward. Rémy has played a large part of his career on flank, and is much more of a creative player. In short: if Arsenal got a Defoe, it would be a backup Cf and that only. If they get a Rémy, they will get a player who can also play on flank, with Giroud upfront.

            Secondly, on quality, because while Defoe is a good forward, Rémy is better in every single respect. You can start from his shooting: Defoe who, though has a strong shot, tends to take about 10 shots to get one in, whereas Rémy can add that power to shots that are actually very accurate. Secondly, Rémys skills and creativity are more remarkably above Defoe's: whereas Defoe is a guy to run for a ball put in open space and just shoot, Rémy, although he is no Eden Hazard, can actually dribble past the defender, and knows how to pass and cross. Finally it is worth noticing that Rémy is also tougher, more physical forward.

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        3. Moin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 6 months ago

          taller*

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    2. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 6 months ago

      would be a nice addition for us

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      1. Moin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 6 months ago

        who are Arsenal's main targets this summer?

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        1. Wilshere Knowledge
          3 years, 6 months ago

          2 goalies, right back, centre back, striker and a defensive mid are needed.

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          1. Moin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 6 months ago

            okay..lets see who Wenger gets..

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            1. Wilshere Knowledge
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Probably just a midfielder 😀

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              1. Robareid
                3 years, 6 months ago

                And an attacking one at that.

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                1. Camp No No
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  They sure could use a fast and creative wide player in attack.

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          2. Robareid
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Two goalies?

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            1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
              3 years, 6 months ago

              well we lose fabianski and viviano...you need 3 gks...although a youth gk could be our 3rd choice so only 1 is definitely required

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              1. Camp No No
                3 years, 6 months ago

                You also need a better no. 1 GK.

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          3. Camp No No
            3 years, 6 months ago

            "2 goalies" 😆 Have to agree, unfortunately. But no need for a centre back, if Verm stays.

            Right back is obvious, if you go with Jenks only, you can say good bye to CL football. The 4th place title will be lost. If you don't get a new RB - Aurier would be good choice, btw - you're doomed and everybody knows it.

            Defensive mid is likewise bit unneeded if you just get your folks back fit again. In that case, you would have a plenty. Unless you offload Arteta, which could be a good move. Your neighbours seem to have an abundance of DM's and there might be summer sales there, so maybe you should buy one of those. They would have a top GK too. 😉

            Another striker is necessity, unless Wenger thinks that Sanogo can step up to play more regularly. Not impossible if he can get back fit again first, but seems like a true Arsenal quality atm. Also, when you lead by 2 or more after an hour of game, Wenger should always take Pod or Wally in for Giroud and start playing counter attack, because they can be functional in that and he would avoid exhausting Giroud. A versatile striker who could rotate with Giroud upfront but also play on flank with Giroud in the middle would be great. That would solve also the wide AM issue.

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    3. Saint Steve-O
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Fit in at Everton? (If Lukaku don't stay)

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      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Was Traore's move to Everton just a loan one? Or is he there permanently? As Remy and Traore could see the return of a little + big striker combo, and they're both actually talented!

        Think Jelavic + Shane Long but about 73 times better.

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        1. President John F. Keninnsie
          3 years, 6 months ago

          'Twas a loan move mate.

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          1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Damn, I like Traore, hope he comes back to the PL some day.

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            1. President John F. Keninnsie
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Don't think I saw him in an Everton shirt once! I think he's got potential too, he was injured most of his time at Everton sadly.

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              1. Wilshere Knowledge
                3 years, 6 months ago

                He scored that cool backheel in his first game, i think that was that.

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      2. Moin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 6 months ago

        I read Everton were Looking at Demba Ba, if Chelsea want to offload him..

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        1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
          3 years, 6 months ago

          "Ba doesn't want to leave" was the latest I read into that, apparently José is willing to potentially give him another chance next season..

          Torres must be off though.

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          1. Moin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Torres could do well in another PL team..lets see who buys him..

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            1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Not sure if he has the pace or intensity for it anymore tbh, not sure where he'd fit in.

              Can he play lone striker effectively by himself anymore? Would he get close to 15 goals a season? Or does he have to try a slower league?

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              1. Camp No No
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Sporting Lisbon?

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                1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  I'd see him going to the MLS sooner than Sporting Lisbon but you never know!

                  He'll go to someone willing to pay him high wages for his massive reputation (which would still be hero-like in some parts of the world even if we all know he's broken and out-of-warranty)

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                  1. Camp No No
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Yeah. That was mostly a joke, but the first team that came to mind that could use him. 😆

                    Seriously, he would still have the level to Portuguese league. 😉

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                  2. Camp No No
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    MLS has become quite good league and they have money and big stadiums filled often. Players who have gone there usually tell that it has been a great experience. Could be good for both Torres and football if he took that direction as well.

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  19. Captain Shirokov
    3 years, 6 months ago

    yo

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    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Word.

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  20. President John F. Keninnsie
    3 years, 6 months ago

    10 hour pages 🙁

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  21. President John F. Keninnsie
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Transfer rumours I've seen today:

    Welbeck to Spurs
    Lallana to Liverpool
    Lampard + Ferdinand to QPR
    Lavezzi to Chelsea
    Benzema/Super Mario to Arsenal.

    I can see the first two happening... Others don't seem to make sense or aren't realistic in my opinion.

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    1. Wilshere Knowledge
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Lavezzi maybe if Mou wants rid of the dissenting Hazard.

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      1. President John F. Keninnsie
        3 years, 6 months ago

        As a Chelsea fan I'd be distraught if Mou let's Hazard go. Haven't seen much of Lavezzi tbh, but I don't think we need him.

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        1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
          3 years, 6 months ago

          You'd need him if you were Hazard-less 😉

          Can't see it happening though.

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          1. President John F. Keninnsie
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Willian, Oscar, Schurrle, Salah, Ramires, Atsu, Piazon, Thorgan... That's enough attacking mids for me.

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            1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Yup but none would be as good as Lavezzi or Hazard, Willian is good and athletic but he doesn't have the creative flair of Hazard and Oscar has the flair but not the athleticism it would appear after he disappeared halfway through the season, although that might have been World Cup induced..

              Schurrle is good but I dunno if he'd be good enough to replace Hazard.

              Salah, Ramires, Atsu, Piazon, Thorgan.. You won't win the league with one of them starting on the wing. They're either squad players or future players.

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              1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                3 years, 6 months ago

                I always come across as so sharp when I write comments like this, its not my intention, just my thoughts of those particular players' respective abilities and an honest insight into your team..

                You could (probably do) know far far more than me, (I know nothing of Atsu), I'm just offering an opinion on them 🙂

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                1. President John F. Keninnsie
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Always good to hear others opinions 🙂

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              2. Demí
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Willian has no flair 😯

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                1. President John F. Keninnsie
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Yep, go watch his goal against Norwich IM 😛

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                  1. President John F. Keninnsie
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Probably doesn't showcase his 'flair' to be honest, but I still love that goal 🙂

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                  2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    That was a quality goal but it wasn't creative, it was a first time shot in the box 😛

                    I mean I can't see Willian doing this on a regular enough basis:
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUoU63yDGRI

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                      1. Camp No No
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Sorry. For a skills video this was very unconvincing. A bunch of tricks in training and in matches only a couple of simple one player dribbles, in some he didn't even get past.

                        Precisely an argument for IM 10's position.

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                      2. President John F. Keninnsie
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        😆 it was just the shortest skills video I found of him on youtube. Obviously he's no way near as good as Hazard at dribbling and ball control, but he does have some flair about him.

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                    1. Camp No No
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      That is just lovely. And the great thing about Hazard is that he can bring ball up like that - well, maybe not precisely that long dribbles, but anyway, to beat 3-4 players and create a real attack - few times every match.

                      that's why Blanc wants him to PSG, too. He made quite a compliment to Hazard in that interview. Was probably very disappointed to see them wasting those €50M to Luiz instead.

                      Cavani - Hazard swap still on papers though. 😉

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                      1. President John F. Keninnsie
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Absolutely. I'd still prefer Hazard over Cavani though 🙂

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                      2. Robareid
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Remember when Cavani was thought of as somebody who was going to be one of the best in the world.

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                      3. Camp No No
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        And he still is.

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                      4. Camp No No
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        At this point, this discussion is about to become difficult to follow.

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                      5. Robareid
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        His stock has fell a lot since going to PSG.

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                      6. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Might be something to do with everyone comparing him to the greatest player to ever come out of Sweden, and I don't mean Henrik Larsson 😉

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                      7. Camp No No
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Not really. Only for those who haven't followed Cavani's games there. On transfermarket value estimations, his stock has risen by some €10M, and he obviously is wanted by plenty of clubs (including the one where he plays) so there's reason why that price would be high as well.

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              3. President John F. Keninnsie
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Willian, Oscar and Schurrle behind Costa would do well IMO. Give the other guys a few more years and I think they'll be future important players for us. Piazon in particular is one who impresses me a lot.

                But, Hazard won't leave (atleast that's what I keep telling myself :?) so we'll be fine 🙂

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                1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Yep, Hazard probably won't leave, not this year anyway.. Piazon is quality for me in my FIFA career so I have a soft spot for him (that's how things work in my world!) but I think he's more of an heir to Hazard's "throne" than Thorgen or Salah are..

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                  1. President John F. Keninnsie
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Oh I'm the same, someone recommended Drmic to me for Fantasy iTeam but I'm the manager of Switzerland in my FIFA career and he's been terrible for me, so that's put me off him. 😆

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                    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      😆 Gotta love some rational thinking eh? 😀

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                      1. President John F. Keninnsie
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Absolutely. FIFA always helps with fantasy decision making 🙂

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            2. Mr Sarcastic
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Piazon....if I'm not wrong he was supposed to be the next big thing few years ago - never happening?

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              1. President John F. Keninnsie
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Pretty impressive stats at Vitesse, but yeah he hasn't lived up to expectations. Yet.

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        2. Camp No No
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Lavezzi is a great player. Relentless, untiring and pacy runner, who is packed with skills and does whatever the coach asks him to do in attack. Tactically very wise, Mou would love that guy and probably wants him.

          The problem is, so does Blanc, and Lavezzi seems to love it in Paris.

          The bad side of Lavezzi's game is that he is also very inefficient, tactical wisdom of his movement is matched by his stupidity in decision making when he gets to those chances, and he seems to take the wrong decision more often than not when he gets the ball in the box. He wastes huge amount of attacks for that. But when he takes the right decision, it's usually pretty sweet.

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          1. President John F. Keninnsie
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Cheers for the insight. I'll watch him closely at the WC.

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            1. Camp No No
              3 years, 6 months ago

              You'll be watching Argentina's bench a lot then, unfortunately. 😉

              No, actually if their manager is in his senses, he is going to sacrifice one of his star forwards and play Lavezzi instead, because that way he can have a tactically more functional team.

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              1. President John F. Keninnsie
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Ha, wasn't sure if he started or not. Will hopefully get to see atleast a few good cameos then.

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          2. Mílanista
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 6 months ago

            I remember a period of games between Milan and Napoli when Lavezzi was there and it was always a tough game. Then Lavezzi missed a match between the clubs due to injury/suspension and it was an easy 3-0 win.

            The guy certainly causes problems for the opposition though it normally ends with relief after he ruins the attack.

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            1. Camp No No
              3 years, 6 months ago

              ^exactly.

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  22. Sporting ABG
    3 years, 6 months ago

    My neighbour thinks I'm flirting with her but I really just want to trade Panini World Cup stickers with her son.

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    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Flirt with the son instead then.

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      1. Camp No No
        3 years, 6 months ago

        😆

        So called "good advices"

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    2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      "I just wanted to see your son's shiny Panini"

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      1. Camp No No
        3 years, 6 months ago

        😆

        Checkmate, jail mate.

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    3. Christina.
      3 years, 6 months ago

      That's her grandson.

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    4. Camp No No
      3 years, 6 months ago

      This is why I look for your posts whenever I sign in to this site. 😆

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  23. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Do all footballing internet forums take this much of a dip in activity during the summer?

    This is the only one I actively take part in so I haven't a clue if "10 hour pages" would be the norm, I only know they are around here at times in the summer..

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    1. Ginkapo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Yeah, its a skeleton crew holding the fort, but I think some of the discussions are off far higher quality because of the time they are given to grow.

      Think about it, the one thing we have in common isnt happening. It'll pick up a bit during the world cup

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      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Yeah it's as if the gravless and the un-dedicated are all weeded out for a few months and you get all the posters that like to engage in conversation with each other 🙂 So it's not without its positives, but hopefully the World Cup perks things up a bit soon 🙂

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        1. Robareid
          3 years, 6 months ago

          You mean you don't love the 50 million RMTs? 😉

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          1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Meh, I have a built in filter to ignore most of them anyway, and I reeeeeally don't miss the "LOLZ@United" trolls at all, but a happy medium would be nice, maybe 2 pages per 10 hours.. 😉

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            1. Camp No No
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Actually, there is activity, the pages just turn slower in lack of all "lolz@united" and rmt comment, and other crap that fills the forum during seasons as they are always a new comment. Now we respond to comments, which extends the length of the page, but does not push it to next page. Of course, there are fewer posts, but those 10 hours are also because of longer threads where we discuss the issues, write better comments and actually get answers to them as they are not lost in the middle of the general crap flow.

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    2. Mr Sarcastic
      3 years, 6 months ago

      ...and it's still two weeks until Maccy D starts!

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    3. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Yes, every single one of them.

      I've checked.

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    4. Robareid
      3 years, 6 months ago

      With the World Cup this Summer, there's probably a higher level of interest and activity than usual to be honest.

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    5. Mílanista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      We were on this page when I went to bed last night. I think a lot of club forums still move pretty fast as they're posting and debating every transfer rumour about their club that appears.

      Fortunately, most of us here aren't that silly 🙂

      Congrats on getting the 10th trophy.

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      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Cheers Milanista 🙂

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    6. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 6 months ago

      simple: there are less points of discussion!

      why is that 10 in your username? haven't a clue what it could be referring to 😉

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      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Twas my 10th birthday yesterday.... 😉

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        1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
          3 years, 6 months ago

          wow you are one clever 10 year old 😀

          but yeah di maria that kid is one of my favourite players now...what a legend!

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          1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Haha why thank you! 😆

            Yup, absolute hero, I love that man. He was probably the best thing Mourinho ever did for Madrid. Gives 150% and is up there on par with the best in the world at times.

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  24. Saint Steve-O
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Goal.com going with this:

    Tottenham are expected to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager this week

    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2892/transfer-zone/2014/05/26/4841119/tottenham-set-to-appoint-pochettino

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    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Did he not just sign a 6mill per year contract with Southampton?

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      1. Saint Steve-O
        3 years, 6 months ago

        That's what was thought, but there was notjong reported or anything.
        All I've been reading is about hom going to Spurs.....

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    2. Demí
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Interesting, if true. Wonder which Saints player/players he'd take

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      1. President John F. Keninnsie
        3 years, 6 months ago

        I hope for Southampton's sake he doesn't leave. Can see a mass exodus with the likes of Lallana/Shaw/Clyne/Lovren all leaving if this is true.

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        1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          3 years, 6 months ago

          +1

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        2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
          3 years, 6 months ago

          +1

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        3. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
          3 years, 6 months ago

          this would be sad...hopefully the new academy heroes like ward-prowse, chambers, gallagher and reed can keep them going! 🙂

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        4. Camp No No
          3 years, 6 months ago

          +1

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