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Does anyone know Leverkeusen? If so help a cluless football fan!

Does anyone know Leverkeusen? If so help a cluless football fan!

Feb 20th, 2007, 01:47 AM
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I've always thought that we do the same thing with the FA cup final - we're always told that some huge number of people around the world are watching it - but I doubt that the streets of Bombay or Rio de Janeiro come to a halt at 3pm on a Saturday in May.

Plymouth might just get past Watford - who are surely more interested in Premier league survival.

And also I have always like Martin Jol - he's bald, fat, has a comedy dutch accent and looks like Tony Soprano - what's not to like?
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 06:37 AM
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Soccer Scene, in Carnaby Street bills itself as Britain's largest seller of soccer and rugby team paraphenalia. Are there any other similar stores in London?

And why the heck do they call themselves SOCCER SCENE and not FOOTBALL Scene - didn't know Brits ever used the world "soccer"???

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Feb 22nd, 2007, 06:51 AM
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No Englishman has set foot in Carbnaby St since 1968. So they have to call it soccer to appeal to the passing punters.

Socccer scene's OK - it has most of the major clubs strips. But it charges like a wounded bear.

Lillywhites or any branch of JJB sports or their ilk will get you the same stuff cheaper.

I like TOFFS which is mainly an internet thing:

www.toffs.com

ditto philosophy football:
http://www.philosophyfootball.com/

Now where's that Flanneur fellow - I wish to taunt him.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Well i don't think Flanner would be a real football fan- cricket perhaps. If he were he'd root for Liverpudlian team i think.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 07:24 AM
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he does support a Liverpool team. A team the mighty spurs played last night. Flanneur's team got the silver medal.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 07:31 AM
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Poor Flanner: appears 'his' team, Liverpool, is even more sad sack than the Spurs, my former team. Of course now i'm rooting for Man U.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 07:34 AM
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I think he'd thump you if you called him a red - there are more than one team in Liverpool.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 08:02 AM
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The English don't like people to know it, but they INVENTED the word "soccer". The "soc" is from "association", as in "Association football", as in the Football Association, as in FA Cup. It's an English English word. It's not used there all that much, because they call their other football codes something else (rugby union, rugby league).

In Australia, they call it soccer, because "footy" is what they call THEIR national football code, Australian Rules football. In Ireland, you have soccer vs. Gaelic football; in Canada, soccer vs. Canadian football; etc.

It's popular to twit Americans for using the word "football" to mean something different than the rest of the world, but lots of other countries do the same.

I don't think it's kind to gloat over Evertonians for a couple of days until they've recovered their spirit. Especially if you're for Man U now. What a disgusting development that is. I thought you had given that up, and were sticking with your first, correct, supporting decision?
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 08:06 AM
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I think the "billion viewers" for the Super Bowl means a billion people have access to television sets in countries where it is shown, and the promoters just naturally assume that everyone who CAN watch it DOES watch it. Which is ridiculous; I can't even stand to watch it myself, here in America. The odd thing about the Super Bowl is that it is almost guaranteed to be the least exciting football game of the season, in terms of actual play.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 08:10 AM
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OK - i guess i should give the Spurs bandwagon i've been on and off more time - i'm back to suffering with Spurs. Man U can go to .... (the only reason i could like Man U is from my Amsterdam days when i frequented the Flying Dutchman pub by central station, which was an outpost of Manchurians and remember several packed days when everyone was routing for Manchester United. I loved the pub and its largely Manchurian ex-pat crowd of relatively low lives - even the pub manager was from Manchester.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 08:14 AM
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I'm stunned that even in Manchuria they have had to suffer the Manchester bandwagon! I think the word you're looking for is "Mancunians", or "Mancs" (not to be confused with "Manx" which is about the Isle of Man).
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 09:55 AM
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No, no, PalenQ is right. Surely you know of the sinister influence of Dr Fu Manchu at Old Trafford?
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Feb 27th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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I guess the key for football now (soccer) at least in Italian terms is how to prevent hooligans from ruining the game for all.
Apparently the UK has done a good job on this but i suggest it still lingers under the surface.
At least hooligans get a lot of ink and their effect is i think way out of kilter to what the average fan is.
But not allowing fans to attend important matches...something needs correcting.
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Feb 27th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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But watching Italian football played in an empty stadium is the funniest thing ever! Since they're clearly not serious about any other kind of penalties, for widespread match-fixing, for instance, it's all there is left to enjoy.
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Feb 27th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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I wonder if Manchuria has a problem with football hooligans? My new favorite team: Manchuria United, forever!
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