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Is the transfer window earlier this year due to the Euros and Copa America? I am having trouble understanding how all these clubs are due to confirm transfers before July
Everyone realized that the transfer battle is won or lost early in the window.

Also yes, once the players are out for Euros and Copa they cannot be involved in negotiations, signings etc. So yes, that is another important reason too

I think the transfer window remains the same but clubs are getting business done early
Arsenal - Xhaka
Liverpool - Karius
Man City - Gundogan
Man Utd - Mourinho/Zlatan?
Chelsea - Waiting for Conte


All the big clubs are making moves, however spurs have been really quiet, quite suspicious really
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Windows timing never changes but an agreement can be reached anytime of the year between Clubs and players.

So clubs can have a deal lets say in feb but they can only register players during the time transfer window in open.

Yesterday Liverpool confirmed Karius signing , but as of now he can't represent Liverpool in an official match , for that they have to register him first and that can be only done during the transfer window.

@Tomikato , Players do get involved in transfers during the NT tournaments , though most players prefer to avoid transfer during a major tournament to remain focus. Usually its players agents that do the negotiations with clubs for a transfer.
Premier League payments to clubs in 2015-16

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CjOmCyYWEAA1Dj2.jpg:large
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Now THAT is some proper socialism if i've ever seen one...Marx would be proud
Lol so u guys got an extra million from the league for finishing over Spurs.
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Has anyone see something similar for the championship? Would be interesting to see.
I am sure most of u know there is more than 1 international competition happening this summer and that is the Copa America. Here is the squad for Argentina, the number 1 ranked team in the world.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes)

Defenders: Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Gabriel Mercado (River), Jonatan Maidana (River), Victor Cuesta (Independiente).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Augusto Fernández (Atlético Madrid), Matías Kranevitter (Atlético Madrid), Éver Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Erik Lamela (Tottenham), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain), Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune)

When u look at the team, it is mind boggling. There are a lot of deserving players and potential match winners(Tevez, Dybala, Mussachio, Garay etc.) left out of the team. It is almost like the coaching staff are missing up the team on purpose. Argentina are clear favorites to win the tournment. Anything besides the trophy will be disappointing. Maybe the coaches saw some thing the fans have not.
-------------Aguero-------------

Gatian-------Messi-------Di Maria

----Mascherano-----Pastore------

Rojo----Oat---Funes Mori----Mercado

---------------Romero-------------

Or

Gatian----------Aguero----------Messi

---------Pastore---------Di Maria----

----------------Mascherano------------

---------------Same back 5------------

Even tough Huguain had a great season I think Aguero edges him slightly and this is a more balanced team.
how come the Copa America is happening this year as well. I Looked through the history and theres not exactly a pattern like with the world cup and euros
"The competition is a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside of South America."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Am%C3%A9rica_Centenario
Tata is the manager, enough said.
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Argentina's issue has always been third tier managers. The last good manager they had was Bielsa, it was downhill from there. More like free falling with Maradona.
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i thought some of their stars will be playing in the olympics instead (u23). eg dybala. i remember argentina won the olympics with messi ... or did they come in second? cant remember
Why would they value the Olympics over the Copa America? That logic doesn't make sense for me. That is like a European team saving their star players for the Olympic instead of the Euros. Just deoesn't add up when u think about it.
i have been watching football for last 18 years and if anything i have learnt is that the Strongest team of the tournament(euro cup and world cup) never wins it lol

The reason behind it is that Pressure in these 2 tournaments is sky high! so i am sure argentina is not winning it lol

Kinglucas, the joy of winning a gold medal in olympic is much more than winning ucl or any other trophiy. so i don't think there is need to be surprised. Its a shame that they give more importance to football at club level where it is nothing but pure business and entertainment:(
Vardy has a clever way of diving:
He runs past the defender, slows down and sticks back a leg to initiate contact. He did that against West Ham and yesterday he replicated the same dive against Turkey

It will be hard for refs to make a decision because it doesn't look like a dive unless you see a replay
he tricks ref into thinking his fast pace got him down so they award him penalty.
dont think the one yesterday was a dive, the defender tried to stop his momentum, used his hands and then impeded vary as he shielded the ball. throwing yourself infront of the defender not attempting to make a challenge is diving but the defender was trying to win the ball in this case and failed.
I agree that although he was looking for it yesterday, I don't think it was the same type of dive as the one he got a second yellow for
Tbh even the 1 vs west ham wasn't a dive. There was contact. By contact I mean more than a tap on the shoulder.
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not all contact is a foul though. shoulder to shoulder is legal for example.

i think throwing yourself in front of a defender is the same as dangling out a leg so you trip over defender. it's artificial contact and cheating, therefore a dive.

and yes there is a difference between shielding the ball and trying to buy contact and going down.

when ashley young does it, people are calling for his execution. when vardy does it, people want to search their feelings for the right answer call it being clever and give him the benefit of the doubt. until he does it to your team.
U can argue its not a penalty, but it is not a dive either. Certainly not something that should get him booked.
Lots of moves, 10-15 years ago would be boo-ed, now are being practiced as an art.. To dive, to create contact, to make the most out of it, to press the referees, to simulate an act, to provoke opponents, in order to win the game.

Sportsmanship? Go and play other games or watch something else.
This is a money sport now and winning earns money, so winning is everything.
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saw a really funny graphic today

last 4 years title winners 2013-2016
Ligue 1: psg, psg, psg, psg
Serie A: juventus, juventus, juventus, juventus
Bundesliga: bayern, bayern, bayern, bayern
la liga: fcb, atletico, fcb, fcb,
premier league: utd, city, chelsea, leicester

lol

so much for being competitive. you could probably just place a bet on those other leagues champion next season and be 100% accurate. no clue who wins the league next year in the epl though.
but it won't be like that anymore in epl. Manchester era is starting. it would look like this -

cfc/manchester united/city(since it is first season of pep and mou so cfc will have a chance as well),manchester united/city, manchester united/city,manchester united/city.
Don't be like that @Coorperateeye1 LOL Wenger is a good manager ;)
It has nothing to do with wenger being a good or bad manager. wenger alone can't stop them from winning the title.He does not have the luxury of spending big on players because of our stubborn owner.

wenger will continue to be top top manager as long as he is giving us occasional fa cup title and a guaranteed top 4 finish. but is it enough to keep majority of arsenal fans happy? my answer is NO!
Tumbleweed......
The Carefully Chosen One has been carefully chosen by Celtic.

Interesting move. I think he can rejuvenate his career there if he reels off a few SPL titles.
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That is a colossal loss for our league. Loss of character.
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Don't forget he gets champions league football too :D
But that's the hard part about being a manager...it's like trying to build a plane while it's flying...
12 month rolling contract. They don't seem to have much faith in him. From what I remember it's a one horse race but I guess they think he can screw it up.
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From Liverpool to Celtic... How quickly he has fallen :/
Makes sense, he can once again use the phrase "the bhoys showed great character"
His only 43, which shocked me. This is his 5th job managing a football team. His got a lot to learn. Although I already miss the post match interviews about how much character his players showed.
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You train dogs, he likes to educate players.
I just want to say a big congratulations to Liverpool and City for reaching the Final of the Europa League and the Semi-Final of the Champions League respectively. You did the Premiership proud and gave us a good chance of hanging onto the 4 CL paces for a couple of years. Well done lads
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Tough ending for both but surely better than last season, hopefully we'll look even better in the future for UCL with quality mangers such as Pep, Conte, Poach, Klopp and maybe Mourinho. I've always thought we've lacked quality mangers in UCL but I think we can change the tide this time around.

I think the years of worrying about the Champions League coefficient are starting to go behind us. To that end, I'll be looking closely to see if Spurs and Leicester do well in Europe (which they definitely can) and United can make some ground in Europa. Moe is right, some of Europe's top managers are all coalescing in this league at the same time, I don't think it'll be long before the quality of competition within the English game leads to European success.These things go in cycles anyway, and we haven't been prominent in a long time.
As much as we been doing bad lately in Europe, I'm not worried about losing our 4 places, because let's be honest, it's only Spanish and German teams who are doing better consistently. Italy only got Juventus who are good enough to compete for the UCL. We'll improve I think anyways with Klopp, Pep, Conte, and Jose.
Considering the unusual circumstances that have led to United and Bournemouth playing tomorrow instead of this last Saturday, when's the last time the "last day of the season" was actually not the last day of the season?

Would be an interesting piece of trivia if something similar has happened before. If it has it's evading my memory.
+1 vote for Milner at RCM
need more experience in the team
vardy should connect quite well with milner
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Lampuiho I think you've got the wrong end of the stick
England Euro 2016 squad

https://bookies.com/news/the-predicted-england-squad-for-euro-2016-next-summer.html

4-3-1-2

--------Vardy---------Lane--------

-------------Lallana-------------

---------Ali-----------Barkley-----

---------------Dier-----------------

Rose----Cahill--Smalling/stones---Clyne

---------------Hart--------------------

Only 1 winger in the team and that is Sterling. I think this is the best England starting XI. Two on form striker combo, with a good midfield and a good defense.

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My startingn line up -

kane

vardy rooney sturridge

alli dier

rose cahill smalling clyne

hart

why sturridge? becoz against team like slovakia, russia who usually put their 10 men behind the ball, we need some1 who can unlock the defence and i think there is noone but him who can do this.

vardy on left can use his sheer pace and also he was successful on left side under pearson for leicester.

Rooney becoz he is experienced and has an amazing capability of spreading the ball in midfield. his long passes are also very good.

rest of the players i have selected based on their current form.
I think you have to have Milner in the starting 11. I hope rooney doesn't start honestly. More interesting if Vardy and Kane up top. Ali, DIer, Milner and Wilshere or henderson in midfield.
Both teams lack creativity imo, other than vardy there's no pace

Kane

Sterling. Alli. Vardy

Wilshere. Dier

Rose. Smalling. Cahill. Walker

Hart
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Xgooner, No way sterling starts ahead of lallana and sturridge. u got to be kidding me! He was involved in all 8 defeats of man city.
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Rooney shouldn't be anywhere near the the team. I also dont like the idea of playing strikers as wingers. Btw this isn't Fifa 16 not everyone has to be fast.
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-----Kane------Vardy----
--------Rooney-------
-Alli-----Dier---Barkely or Drinkwater
-Rose---Smalling--Cahill--Walker
----------Hart----------

For me, Vardy has to play up top, if anything we saw that when his up top, he can finish and that's what makes him so lethal, his so deadly with his finishing. On the break England need him hit the burner and break for that goal. Kane is a great finisher as well but he will fight for the ball and trouble the defense because he likes to do that. His a hard working striker that can do more than just finish. Rooney will be the link between the MF and FWs with his distribution while Alli will be that creative x factor on the field for England. The big problem will be the CM and DM. Dier is going to be the DM no question but I don't know how well Barkely will do as a CM. He will be forced to hold his position at times to defend but I feel as if Drinkwater would be the better option. Not sure.

Stuzza and Wilshere to come off the bench. Stuzza is great but his so injury prone, he should not start or risk the chance of him picking up an injury. He can make an impact off the bench.

Even as a City fan, Sterling has no right to be in the starting XI.

Imo, England 4-3-3 formation or winger-less formation, whatever you wanna call it has done them wounders. Made them look like a beast side with lots of potential. They did a good job against a German side that tore Italy 4-1 a few days later.
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I like Moe's team, with the one change being Milner at RCM. Rooney has done very well for us ever since returning from his injury (he's been good for us as a whole since Christmas, really) and think he would be great at CAM with the runs of Vardy and Alli.
Kinglucas, both of them has played on wings before so don't think they cant.

Moe, Wilshere is also a guaranteed starter once he proved his fitness in the coming 3 friendlies against turkey, us and australia.

My biggest worry is our defence. i expect us to reach quater final atleast.
@Joeymac, yeah Milner makes more sense. I forgot about him for a second.

The problem I have with Wilshere is, will he play to his best? I mean will a few friendlies really get him ready compared to guys that have been playing football for the last 8 to 9 months? I just don't see it. I understand why Roy included him but compared to Milner, Dier and Alli, does he really deserve to start over them compared to the season they had?


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69
6
13
19
38
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66
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38
17
37
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