Other Domestic Leagues 18/19

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  1. maclean

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    I don't even know if there's any foreign player rule in the Czech Republic, I don't think so, but it's pretty irrelevant because foreign players are expensive and no team can afford to have too many of them. Sparta under Stramacionni started to push the limits of that and he brought in all kinds of foreigners, but the result was just a big mess and even though he's gone, his legacy remains, and one of the main things people were pointing out when Sparta embarassed itself at Subotica in the EL qualifiers was "how could they even expect to win when there were only like three Czechs on the field". It ignores the fact that multi-national teams work fine all over Europe, but I suppose in Czech football reality it rings true, a kind of "too many cooks spoil the broth" thing. (As an aside, of course any particularly good Czech players also go abroad right away, which means there isn't any practical way for the quality of the league to grow somehow.)
     
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    I really wish that the FC Rostov’s club executives would hold some sort of a teaching seminar or something to all other Russian football (or even other sports) executives.

    These guys really know how get the most out of the least, which in all honesty, isn’t very common in Russian sports.
     
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    Goal and two assists yesterday.
     
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    Milos Krasic Ballin' in Poland

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    Mistake from a 20-year-old, very promising goalkeeper Maksimenko.
     
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    Acallabeth Days of glory

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    I expect great things from the generation that's starting to come into the league now. You know, the kids who were not brought up in the 90s.

    Alright, the 5th week is over. Not a lot of surprising results this time, comfortable wins for the better teams.

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    Lokomotiv seems to be coming into form with their 2nd straight win, this time over struggling Anzhi, with their newest acquisition Smolv scoring the winning goal.
    Yenisey, still playing home games 2kkm away from Krasnoyarsk, had their first win ever in the RPL, over Krylia.
    Orenburg had a surprising strong start with 10 points satright outta FNL.
    CSKA lost yet another player to an injury, making it 8. Sum it with 7 players who left the team over summer, and the picture becomes truly epic.
    Zenit is still the only team yet to lose a point. Though their afiiliation with cosmic hellhounds is becoming hard to hide.

    Spartak beat Dinamo, and their fans are singing better now:

     
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    Power Man Grrrr

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    Away team losing 2-0 in lower tier Croatian League, next half coach substitute himself in, scores hattrick and secures his team a victory.

    It's not Tsubasa it's real life
     
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    Melbourne Victory snapped up Swedish striker Ola Toivonen. Should form a dynamic duo with Keisuke Honda.
     
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    Watched some of the Saturday's Eupen vs. Standard Liege game, and it was weird to see Guillermo Ochoa having had a hair cut, he looks like a run-of-the-mill guy now. Claude Makelele managed Eupen now has won two in a row after starting the season with four losses. Based on this game, they shouldn't worry about being relegated, they play with a positive game plan and have some talent in their line-up.
     
  10. Ajacied

    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Erick Guterriez made his Eredivisie debut today. Came in in the 71st minute, provided a beautiful assist on his buddy Lozano just three minutes later and rocketed a ball from outside the box in the upper corner just shortly thereafter. Kid is special. Can't wait for Maximiliano Romero to make his debut and join in on the fun.

    Besides fighting Ajax, they'll cruise through the Eredivisie and I'm starting to believe they won't be a pushover in their CL group of death, either. They have some obvious weak spots (their CB's are average at best and Luuk de Jong's only quality is heading), but they've been very, very impressive.
     
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    Barn burner between Loko and Zenit. Zenit won 5-3.
     
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    Some notable results around Europe today; PSV hosted Ajax in a clash of the only relevant teams in Holland and just like last season PSV won 3-0, there was a lot of euphoria in Amsterdam during these first few weeks of the season but they were pretty bad today, barely creating anything. In Russia, Zenit beat defending champions Lokomotiv 5-3 in an atypical Russian scoreline. And in Switzerland, Basel continue their decline losing 7-1(!) today at Young Boys. Only 7 games in and Basel are in seventh place trailing YB by 12 pts already. YB have yet to drop any points. Same situation in Austria by the way where Salzburg have won eight straight since the season started and seemingly nobody able to stop them from winning their 6th title in a row.
     
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    Yeah not sure what happened. We miss our captain, obviously, but Ten Hag lets Frenkie de Jong fill in at CB, which he clearly isn't. He's not nearly involved as he would be in midfield. Despite the win Wednesday over AEK, I felt they missed de Jong at midfield as well then.

    Credit to PSV, though. Especially Rosario and Hendrix. They shut down Ziyech and made sure no balls went through.

    Horrible game. Next.
     
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    Is Ten Hag any good? Some odd looking selection choices from the formation I saw in the first half.
     
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    He's been pretty questionable since his arrival. I don't rate him at all.

    PSV are clearly a level over Ajax though and this wasn't unexpected.
     
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    Krasnodar’s Suleymanov has a very simple role with the team:

    Go in as a substitute
    Score a goal
    Go home

    :)
     
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    Jury is still out on that one, but he is winning the crowd over. He did very well with Utrecht and after a rough start, he has Ajax playing the way they should; in attack, attractive and with constant youth injections. He’s not very convincing or good in explaining his methods. Not much of a charismatic coach, either. Awkward even at times, but he plays the Ajax way. I am starting to like and respect him more and more and so does the general and hardcore Ajax crowd.

    He positioned Mazraoui at RB when he’s a midfielder, but he’s been nothing short of amazing. Lasse Schöne gets the nod over van de Beek, but that’s justified. Lasse ia playing amazing, though people are quick to downplay Ajax players over 30 when there are younger alternatives on hand. So far Lasse has outperformed van de Beek and Eiting.

    Don’t like his fetish for Blind nor the fact that Frenkie de Jong plays at CB when there’s a void there. Was also lost, tactically, vs PSV sunday, I think, but the entire team needed a reality check. Ajax clearly has better players than PSV, but PSV has just a very compact, sound system in place and rarely put themselves in trouble vs lesser sides, unlike Ajax who still enjoy some unexpected, occasional hick ups along the way.
     
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    Acallabeth Days of glory

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    Meanwhile in Russia, Zenit continues to increase their advantage against the field, defeating 2nd place Krasnodar, and are now 6 points ahead of the rest, as 3rd place Rostov suffered a loss as well. The biggest difference from the failed last season seems to be the team spirit, the players are obviously greatly fond of each other, at least after scoring goalz:
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    The reigning champions Lokomotiv are slowly rebuilding momentum after a horrible season start, defeating CSKA in a hard-fought game with extremely questionable refereeing (a wrongly disallowed goal, a missed penalty for both teams and an asinine red card for Eder), thanks to a late goal from Howedes, who joined another newcomer Krychowiak as a key starting player. With Smolov and Farfan now injured, and Eder facing a possible suspension if the red card isn't nullified, Loko will probably start Rifat Zhemaletdinov as a striker next game :facepalm:

    Last-place Yenisey finally got to play in their homestadium, and the players turned themselves upside down trying to defeat Spartak:
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    However, Spartak still won 3-2. Amazing thing is that they have scored all 10 their goals of the season after free kicks, corners or penalties.
     
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    Zenit have a much better coach as well this year and Dzyuba Erokhin Kuzyaev are on a roll after their great World Cup. Let's hope they do well in Europa this year. Really bad loss for CSKA today.
     
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    Spartak is all in with their youngsters.

    No wonder veterans like Glushakov and Eschenko are rebelling.
     
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    In Belgium, it was an entertaining match played at frantic pace when Standard Liege gave Club Brugge their first league loss of the season. Great atmosphere inside the stadium, Standard celebrating their 120th year of existence.
     
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    Those players simply had to play better if they wanted to keep their place.

    I'm not sure if a team will challenge Zenit but there's big races everywhere else, for CL spots, Europa spots, relegation battle everywhere and with much bigger crowds it's very good times for the Russian Premier League.
     
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    Acallabeth Days of glory

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    Well, if you thought the season was boring... ;)

    Russian football stars detained over brutal cafe attack, assault on driver – reports

    Russian national team players Kokorin and Mamaev decided to celebrate 10 years of their 'friendship' (no joke) by ganging up and assaulting at least 3 persons in 2 separate incidents the same morning. First, they beat up a TV host's driver near a strip club, and a coupla hourz later they attacked a university CEO and a ministry worker in a cafe, singning "Gangnam style" at the ministry worker for being "Chinese" (in fact Korean) lol. They are now under arrest and face possible jail time, contracts termination and massive ostracism from the society; an Ossetian boxer has also challenged both for boxing matches, which have already been approved by Russian boxing federation :laugh:
     
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    Two idiots with disapointing careers and no they are not national team players, or at least not on the great World Cup team...Put those away for a long time.
     
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    Just as Russian Football was on a roll...
     

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