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  1. Cannot believe the world number 1 side has such a muppet as manager. Would be like Bayern appoint Big Sam.
    4 points
  2. coco

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    Mason is having an absolute sublime season, i just keep thinking of those pictures of him as a little boy, and now look where he is, in the thick of it, fighting for tackles, crossing the ball for goals. No wonder the kid keeps on smiling.
    3 points
  3. Another solid performance Early goal is everything against teams who set out with a low block Result was never in doubt Sterling has had a great tournament Southgate has got the calls so far spot on so far, brave to keep Grealish on the bench Clean sheet again…so important in tournament football Could this be the year? We are the self preservation society!
    3 points
  4. I don’t do the Scotland v England rivalry. A good few of my work colleagues were wanting England to get beaten tonight. So this win will quieten them down😀
    3 points
  5. Well done to England.
    3 points
  6. Not gonna lie, I get more of a buzz when Chelsea win a league match over England winning a quarter final in a major tournament.
    3 points
  7. Looks like a Chelsea player or two are guaranteed to have won a Champions League and European Championship medal this summer. Whether it'd be- Mount, Chilwell, and James Jorginho and Emerson Christensen Or Azpi
    3 points
  8. I like this player Doku, pretty good for a 19 year old. We should sign him and loan him out.
    3 points
  9. coco

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    Have you actually listened to the words ? it's anything but arrogant.
    2 points
  10. coco

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    I always support the home nations and Ireland, get more fun out of life that way, rather than a belly full of poison.
    2 points
  11. Same. If England ever win a final, I'm sure I will feel differently, but right now, I don't have the same sense of joy I got when we beat Atletico and Real in the Champions League.
    2 points
  12. 2 points
  13. it's coming home lads
    2 points
  14. Whats up with the cameraman in this Euro showing little girls crying in every game
    2 points
  15. Mount has an awful singing voice lol
    2 points
  16. Could someone explain the obsession with Jack Grealish to me? It really confuses me. He's a good player, quite skillful. But the way the media talk about him and the way the crows reacts every time they see him on the bench, or he touches the ball, you'd think he was prime Messi. It's not a case of him not being a Chelsea player so I'm putting him down. I genuinely don't get it.
    2 points
  17. RMH

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    No offence taken, mate! I was just surprised, we certainly are a lesser country than Italy in economy and many things like national team football, but certainly not in the food or I don’t think so, anyways. I have seen a Croatian stall in my local market here in the uk that sell all kinds of cured meats and cheeses, and I have to agree that they have very good aspect, but never tasted them. I’ll put them on my list, certainly it is also a country I’d like to visit at some point.
    2 points
  18. 2 points
  19. I think that has more to do with how this list is constructed. What has Belgium done to be considered the best footballing nation in the world?
    2 points
  20. If we have something that we are proud of and which is not below par with Italy, is food. Tortilla española, croquetas, cocido, fabada, pulpo a feira, all kinds of paella, gazpacho, salmorejo, a far superior ham (jamón ibérico pata negra) and cured meats like chorizo, salchichón, morcillas, fresh fish, Iberian pork meats…. Our tapas and pintxos, wines…. Nothing to envy Italy, though I like their country and their food as well very much and I feel close to Italians in many ways being Mediterranean.
    2 points
  21. RMH

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    Spain has traditionally never had a strong national team. For those of us old enough the 2008-20012 period was unheard of and the exception rather than the rule. We never got past the round of 16, if we got to qualify. Maybe the final lost to France in the Euro of 1984 was the best we had ever done. And Italy has always been our nemesis, much like Germany to England. It was amazing to beat them in 2008 and 2012, but I’m afraid that this year things will get back to normal with Italy beating us. I remember the elbowing from Tassoti very well, I was watching the game in a hall of residence at UEA with some friends. I believe that Tassoti was banned from playing for a long number of games, not sure if he ever played again.
    2 points
  22. Chelsbear

    Erling Haaland

    Like going from Rib Eye to canned meat. I really hope not.
    2 points
  23. The only thing Martinez has done apart from ruining the Belgian golden generation is interfere in their club careers.. a team which had a prime Hazard /KDB/Lukaku/Kompany/Courtois should have won at least one tournament out of the 3/4 they competed in.. completely shambolic that Belgium couldn’t find a better manager than this fraud!
    2 points
  24. Scott

    Best football images

    20 year old Hernan Crespo
    2 points
  25. just

    Jorginho is a Blue

    The team I have enjoyed watching the most in the euros is Italy. Mancini has got them playing with freedom and real tempo. Their movement is superb, miles ahead of England. It has surprised me because I watch quite a bit of Serie A and the quality of the league at the moment is pretty average overall IMO. Just goes to prove that you don't necessarily need the best players to be the best team. That said, in Chilieni and Bonucci, they have best centre-back pairing in the competition by a country mile!
    2 points
  26. About three weeks ago we reached a point in the season when every man and his blog was giving their rankings, best XIs and players of the season. Naturally a lot of those featured players from other teams, so could be dismissed as irrelevant. We at The Shed End like to take a little time to ruminate on such things, so finally, after a liquor-fuelled hiatus of a few years, I can bring you the Shed End's Player of the Season Awards. Any newbies may be unaware that in addition to being the forum's most hilarious, second-most handsome and eighteenth-drunkest poster, I also maintain an Excel spreadsheet which tallies all votes cast in our per-match MOTM threads. All the punch cards have now been processed, and I now finally have the numbers from this most topsy-turvy of seasons. Even with a dataset as small as ours, a season with a change in management (and a range of contrasts from 'quite good but flawed', to 'totally inept', to 'still kind of inept but solid', to 'apparently the best team in Europe') offers us an opportunity for introspection. One useful factor is the comparability in fixture quantity - Lampard managed 29 games, and Tuchel 30. Pleasingly enough, each of the 28 players who featured for us this season picked up at least 1 vote, with the exception of poor Loftus-Cheek's unfortunate cameo vs Brighton in the season opener. Some introductory stats: Total number of games: 59 Total number of votes cast: 1772 Average number of votes per game: 30.03 (23.59 under Lampard, 32.27 under Tuchel... bunch of glory hunters.) Game with highest number of votes cast: Man City (N CL): 61 Game with lowest number of votes cast: Tottenham (A LC); Rennes (A CL): 12 As a result of the average vote numbers being higher than during previous seasons, I've opted for only two measuring sticks: total number of MOTM awards, followed by the overall number of individual votes as a tie-breaker. The largely vestigial 'points' system has been discarded as a result of players no longer being able to win awards when only picking up two or three votes. The lowest individual winning total was Zouma with 4 (vs Tottenham in the League Cup), however this was really an anomaly. It also meant that joke/tactical votes had less of an effect, although I did notice that Jorginho's eight votes under Lampard came in seven separate matches. No comment... I don't think anyone will be too surprised by individual players performing drastically better or worse following the switch between managers. Even the perenially underappreciated (in MOTM threads at least) Azpilicueta picked up a bit: So here's what the table looked like under Lampard: And here's what it looked like under Tuchel: You will probably note, as a result of his finishing first in both halves of the season that: Mason Mount is The Shed End's 2020/21 Player of the Season. While I agree with the result (which is quite possibly a first for this), I did feel a little bad for Kanté, who only missed out by 16 votes and also strolled the awards for both CL semi-finals as well as the final. So via most MOTM awards: 1) Mount (8 awards) 1) Kanté (8 awards) 3) James (5 awards) 4) Mendy (4 awards) Via total votes: 1) Mount (257 votes) 2) Kanté (241 votes) 3) Havertz (120 votes) 4) James (111 votes) Other stats (feel free to stop reading at any point): Premier League: Mount leads the way with 6 awards, followed by Kanté with 4, then James, Mendy, Pulisic and Chilwell all with 3. Interestingly we only won 2 of the games Mount won the award for - including the capitulation at the King Power and the ludicrous 3-3 against West Brom. Champions League: Unsurprisingly Kanté was ahead in this one with 4 (all of them knockout games including both semis and the final). Mount won 2 (also both knockouts), then 1 each for James, Mendy, Ziyech, Silva, Jorginho, Gilmour and Giroud. I'm sure you can guess which game Giroud won his award for... FA/Cup League Cup: I'm throwing these two together as our League Cup campaign was only two games long. Zouma and Abraham got 2 each; Havertz, James, Hudson-Odoi and Azpilicueta (the semi against Man City) all got one each. So Mount and Kanté are both streets ahead of the rest of the squad. Even Kanté in second has more than double the number of votes of Havertz in third. The awards were more spread out than they normally would be: 20 different players won at least one MOTM award this season. Whether this is a result of us playing such a high number of games or as a result of the necessary rotation in such a compressed season I don't know. This is the full table if anybody is interested: Thanks for reading!
    1 point
  27. just

    Jorginho is a Blue

    Can someone post up the Jorginho shot map.
    1 point
  28. Another question: are only players with punchable faces allowed to score for England?
    1 point
  29. No. Southgate could have bought him on for Shaw, but played Trippier (a RB) instead. Still don't know what Chilwell has done to lose not just his starting spot but even back up position in this England team.
    1 point
  30. I won't be sorry to see the back of the 5 sub rule. Makes game management far too easy for teams.
    1 point
  31. This might get ugly
    1 point
  32. They both finished above us in the league, I recall Terry, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole all playing for England when we were winning the league under Mourinho.
    1 point
  33. Have to say that Danish LWB Maehle has been impressive again
    1 point
  34. We were lucky to have that bunch of generational talent at the same time in the period 2008-2012. Other than that, the team always had some good players but not world class, and I think the best we always did was in the 90s to get to the quarter finals. Except the Euro 1984, when we got beaten by Platini’s France in the final, it was just an average team. And that’s what the Spanish kids now a days can’t believe, they think that Spain has been a strong team always because they grew up seeing the amazing triplet.
    1 point
  35. I had always presumed the Spanish were good in the WC or Euros due to the success of clubs like Madrid or Barca. I was working in an international company when Spain won the WC and congratulated a Spanish product manager and the response I got was amazing, his spoken English was very poor yet written English very good. He said along the lines of, 'it was amazing and never expected to see it in his lifetime and how proud he was of the national team.'
    1 point
  36. Ha Ha, I knew would come round to it Bluehaze, if the weather is a bit nippy on August 14th for Palace home, I’ve already got my Sergio Tachini Dallas tracksuit top ready!! Problem is nearer time I might switch to my Fula Settanta or Sergio Ghilbi, decisions decisions
    1 point
  37. Gol15

    Jorginho is a Blue

    You asked for it, so here it is: Touches - 85 Accurate passes -70 Pass % - 98% Long Balls - 4/4 Chances Created - 1 Dribbles - 1/1 Duels Won - 5/9 Fouls Won - 3 Tackles - 1 Clearances - 2 Interceptions - 3 Ball Recoveries - 9
    1 point
  38. goose

    Billy Gilmour

    Out of the 8 you list I think atm only LC, Barkley and Ampadu could maybe fill in for a match or two but I think that we need 4 quality players to cover the 3 positions as I expect we will play 60 odd matches this season. That’s why I think that maybe we have someone lined up and the reason Billy went out on loan.
    1 point
  39. RMH

    Billy Gilmour

    From my perspective, none of these names are as good as Billy Gilmour. I was excited about Ampadu, did like him when he played for us in the cup, his loans haven’t worked out very well. RLC has not lived up to his potential. Gallagher is even rawer than Billy, the rest etc…
    1 point
  40. Sexyfootball

    Billy Gilmour

    We are quite well stocked already for potential back up midfielders. Any of this lot could fill in sporadically as the 4th choice central midfielder. Loftus-Cheek Barkley Gallagher Ampadu Bakayoko Drinkwater Baker Bate
    1 point
  41. Valerie

    Euro 2020 (played in 2021)

    Just visited my parents, where we discussed the Euros. My father was very surprised to learn France were out, but my mother was very much up to speed: the Swiss beat the English and the French beat the Belgians. Last week for some reason or another she was indignant about Baku being one of the venues (while we were on the subject, I told her about our Europa League final win there), and today she was a bit miffed that I didn't know from the top of my head which match will be played there next. So, all in all, a good talk about football with a couple of very involved 92 year olds
    1 point
  42. Bob stark

    Jorginho is a Blue

    I suggest that you to watch pirlo and Jorginho passing compilation back to back.
    1 point
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  44. Bob stark

    Jorginho is a Blue

    I am one one of the biggest Jorginho critic but if he win balon dor , I will be happy. Respect? I have no problem with Jorginho, i have said a gazillion time he is a good dm but that is it good player aka rotation material at best with very specific skillset with massive weaknesses. But for some reason he is touted as dpl/regista which he isn't, a great all around passer which he isn't, technical player which he isn't.
    1 point
  45. Bob stark

    Jorginho is a Blue

    Angry? Why? Chelsea player win balon dor, I will be very happy. Will that ruin balon dor forever? For sure, the bar for winner will be so low that it will be chaos so you will be better of creating new award.
    1 point
  46. just

    Mason Mount

    I miss him already. I think Mason is gonna have to deal with the same misguided comparisons and opinions from the non-Chelsea supporting English football fans that Super Frank did. Many people think Foden, Sterling and Grealish are better choices than Mount. Just as they thought Gerrard and Scholes were better options than Frank. I won't be losing any sleep over it. I know how good he is.
    1 point
  47. That seems a strange comment for a player thread on an internet forum. No one is forcing you to read this. I quite like reading @Gol15 @Argo and @thebluekid's posts even though I don't agree with them, they're well thought out. It's the equivalent of us going into the Random Chat Thread and lambasting you for talking about f**king socks for 1400+ pages.
    1 point
  48. Wembley 17th Jan 1942, Matt Busby introduces Mrs Winston Churchill to the Scottish team before they met England atfor the ,Aid to Russia Fund match. Bill Shankly is 4th right.In the England team were Tommy Lawton, Stanley Mathews and Dennis Compton. England won 3-0 before a crowd of 64,000. FootballRetroPlus on Twitter
    1 point
  49. Stim

    Mason Mount

    Yes our champions league winning starter really needs to prove himself
    1 point
  50. Never thought we'd pull it off, but I did always believe in the right circumstances we could do serious damage in the knockout stages. What we experienced three weeks ago is a dream come true!
    1 point
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