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I personally think the Capital One Cup is a trophy that has been increasing in terms of prestige over the recent few seasons and i'll tell you why

Just look at the scenes at Wembley on Sunday and tell me that this is a mickey mouse cup. That pre-match ceremony and pirotechnics was just as good as any champions league final i'v seen.

More importantly, this competition has its own final, meaning that there isn't much happening at the time the final is played, unlike the FA cup, which is somewhat lost in the final stages of the premier league race and champions league final.

Not to mention the confidence boost this trophy can have on a club for the remainder of their season (or should have). And thats another interesting point b/c not always does this happen, ask Spurs in 2008 and Birmingham City in 2011. I'm interested to see what happens with Chelsea....

Thoughts?
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Last year City won the trophy and it gave them the final burst of confidence to power themselves to the title. So yes, definitely not a mickey mouse cup or anything of that sort. Pyrotechnics et. al aside, more and more clubs are putting their first teams out there, trying to win the cup.

I'd count it as part of the treble if Chelsea achieves that this year.
I don't disagree, but my reasons are different. No longer do we see teams like United, Arsenal using the cup(especially in the early rounds) as a chance to showcase the future. It could also have to do with the fact that the leading teams presently have treated the cup with more respect than it previously has been.

PS: Still don't like the idea of a 2 legged semis.
The increase in prestige is good for clubs like Swansea, Birmingham, Bradford, etc. to participate in and win a meaningful trophy. For the "bigger" clubs, I still see it as a means to an end (if you're in the title race, to propel you towards it), or a consolation for an otherwise trophy-less season. That's where I think the "mickey mouse cup" terminology originated from. But I think it was always meaningful to other clubs who could use it as a way to get into European competition.

@Suraj, what would you suggest for the semis venue? A random draw for the home team, or both semis at Wembley? The reason for the two-legged semis is most likely to maintain fairness while at the same time not weakening the honor of playing at Wembley (since they already play FA Cup semis at Wembley).

I agree with you though, I wish they'd play the semis (and even final, for that matter) at a neutral site like Villa Park, Old Trafford, Anfield, Goodison, etc. Or go back to Millenium Stadium like they did during the Wembley renovation.
This whole Adam Johnson fiasco is ridiculous and deplorable, and you already know what I think is the cause of this whole situation
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The 'Campaign against Chelsea'
that is the only logical solution I could find, put the blame on that people, put the blame on that. :D
http://www.itv.com/news/story/2015-03-02/police-investigate-new-chelsea-fans-racism-incident/

This is getting ridiculous now , i hope Chelsea , other clubs and governing bodies take strong action against Racisms
We are. I'm sot sure what is prompting this surge in racist actions by our so-called "fans", but it's getting annoying. Chelsea's view is and has always been to kill racism. we've already banned around 5+ people for the last couple ones.

I'm sure we'll ban more if this comes out to be true.
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Firstly, they are not Chelsea fans. Secondly, i feel the club has done as much as it possibly can in the wake of these incidents, full cooperation with the police, good hospitality towards the unfortunate victim (invitation to the Bridge for the PSG game). And a lifetime ban from anything Chelsea if the racist parties are found to be guilty.

If people want to go ahead and ruin thier reputation for 15 minutes of negative fame and recieve a ban from the club the say they support, by all means go ahead....next step imo is jail time.
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don't take it personally, Chelsea fans. Every club has its morons, its just unfortunate that these ones are bringing negative attention to your door.

I don't know what other steps you can take that you're not already doing. You're identifying and banning those proven guilty and thats as much as you can do.

The cause doesn't lie with the clubs, its down to poor social and academic education imo.
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Ever since the PSG incident, anytime a Chelsea 'fan' does something stupid it is going to be reported to the world. Very similar situation to what is happening with police abuse/brutality in the US the last few months... any instance is being reported by news networks... generates clicks I suppose
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Aston Villa is one of the 7 clubs that never got relegated in the PL era..sad to see them go down like this...
Yup. but in this case, all good things come to an end. they haven't really ever been consistently in the top end of the table. so, eventually, it had to change, or this would be the result.

saddening, but such is life in football right?
there will be lot of bargains if they go down .
^ Will there? Nothing about Villa has me screaming they are too good to go down or have man for man better players than teams in and around them.
Figueroa's challenge on Stephen Ireland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHUunGeyPvk

Ireland's nasty nasty wound
http://blog.foxsoccer.com/post/112459094257/stephen-irelands-wound-from-horror-tackle?cmpid=tsmfb:fscom:foxsoccer

^don't click this link if you just ate (Gohonaf-sorry for no warning) lol
shouldn't have clicked the link with the picture. just ate :'(

thought he was just gonna get grazed when i saw that challenge.
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Man, i don't have sypathy for any Stoke players for stuff like that, i mean its awfull and everything but its not like they don't pull the same tackles against other teams, just ask Hazard or Ramsey
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Just shows you the speed and force which the pros play the game at. I've gotten raked like that before but never been cut that badly by it.

Worst I had was a Welsh kid put a blunt metal stud through my skin and down to my shin bone somehow.
And the fact that Figueroa won't be ban because of FA typical but stupid ruling

" because the referee has seen it, therefore no retrospective action taken"


Seriously this rule must change -.-
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I've had some guy tackle me late with studs facing me, and he broke my shinguard on my shin (still have the scar)

but holy crap... THIS is why it's a usually a red for a tackle like that from behind.. did he get a card at all?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31702374

don't want to judge too soon but if he's found guilty I hope he gets a lengthy sentence and a lifetime ban.
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And users kept his Wikipedia page updated:


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If found guilty he should be let go if its found to be consensual. Why must he pay the price while others are let off?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268395/Adil-Rashid-Paedophile-claimed-Muslim-upbringing-meant-didnt-know-illegal-sex-girl-13.html#ixzz2J5r3bRX4

Personally i think he deserves a lengthy ban and a jail sentence in accordance to the law but it seems in the uk, some people can get away with this s**t with the dumbest of excuses. Therefore he shouldn't be charged either
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15 is a little girl. That's disgusting. The dude is 27 and is ridiculous he can't get some tail closer to 21 at least. Pathetic even if it was consensual.
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It is, legally speaking, impossible for a minor to give consent. Again, minors can't give consent.
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KGB- thats my point. They can't yet the uk courts let someone get off on some pitty excuse and claimed that it appeared to be consensual when legally its impossible for a minor to consent. If they are gonna let the other dickward get away with it, then why should Adam Johnson face charges? The other girl was even younger and barely even a teenager
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shay- i am not defending Mr Johnson. I am just saying that under no circumstances should people be allowed to get away with this. No matter how u look at it, neither Mr. Rashid or Mr. Johnson are in the right and both should face the appropriate consequences as stated by law. The idea of people being able to get away with such crimes using such excuses and clearly ignoring the law sets a bad precedent. I thought i wouldn't have to literally spell out my point to get it across.

@Sam- oh s**t i finally got that. i have been staring at the picture for over 10 mins and didn't get the joke.
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I'm not disagreeing with you in any manor. My comment wasn't in reaction to yours but the original post.
@shay

in the uk at least. its 13+ legal in spain
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That's unreal. Any insight to why their age of consent is the lowest in the world?
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Have a search online for his other half. I have no idea why he would give up a stunner like that for a child.

@Gohonaf, I personally don't think the verdict for any other cases should be considered. What you're suggesting is a dangerous precedent that people do not deserve to be charged with a crime simply because in one other case, the perpetrator did not face them either.

As KGB says, the girl could not legally consent, no matter what he/she says. It is statutory rape (if this truly happened and is not just a wolf cry).
Deffy - guessing u only read the first post since i have already responded to this
People seem ready to gang up on the guy. Nobody knows much about the facts, I reserve judgment.
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She could look 21, they met in a club, and he was none the wiser for all we know.

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^^THIS is why I don't hit on girls at bars or clubs. Especially if I'm drinking.. I mean, just look on the internet, there are soooo many cases where you see pics of sexy chicks, just to be told that they are underage...
D*mn jailbaiting s****...

I feel for the dude, really. but it was his own fault as well.
sorry Gohonaf, you're right - I read and responded to the first part only.
@elchico Or they could be opposite gender of what you were expecting...

slightly unrelated but if you think but check this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina
Like Ched, he has no place in football anymore. Sorry Adam, youre finished.
someone had [Adchoices] ads by google in footytube at anypage ?
or its only me who will infected by malware sh..?????

please help
yes there are adds on footyutube.
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thx m8
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well unless everyone donates or pays a certain fee, how else is this site gonna stay up Booba?
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Micky i'll make a small correction to your statement just to furthur help Boobs...err i mean Booba

yes there are ads on *the internet
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Skool , mate get rid of click on any of thewm , its scam hijacking
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I think he might be referring to the ads being hard to close. I'm having that problem on mobile for android, I click them to go away and another pops up that won't. but you can just scroll down and read above it
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Depends on what type of ads you are having issues with.

The ones displayed on top right hand side or on the top of the page are probably harmless as i believe they are published by Footytube themselves and unless clicked you won't see any unnecessary popups or new tabs opening without even clicking, as someone pointed out sites which drives lot of traffic are into affiliate marketing business with big networks such as CJs and Rakuten and earns money by referring sales to other sites.

However 2nd types are coming through the unnecessary plugins in your browsers and will irritate you to the core will open new tabs and pops up every now and then, better haven them uninstalled from the extensions.

Ohh and never ever forget deleting cookies after browsing, one hell of a thing they are .
For computers there is obviously Adblock and a few other neat browser fingerprinting preventing ad-on. Installing those should pretty much keep out any ads. Not sure about mobile, it's been a non issue for me
becarful of those ads like

ads by livid
ads by traffic junky which appear on porn sites
ads by volaro
ads by salus
ads by unisales
ads by block&surf

and if your browser homepage open automatically in some unknown page or search engine , you are in trouble


but still , Adchoices is safe but annoying if its popup
i think footytube , dose not publish any ads , expecting the footytube podcast videos
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use adblock plus
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Booba, what do you mean by: "stay home Indian"?
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@Booba. Somewhat clever wording but descrimination isn't funny no matter how you spell it out. Not sure what you're implying with the last part as KGB mentioned above.
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I'm really confused about this post...
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But mmm , liverpool player good !!! (Y)
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O.o
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Obligatory Booba translation:

"My word that Liverpool performance was immaculate and as for Coutinho/Henderson, such incredible strikes from them both"
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Does Booba have a real person job? If so, how is that possible?
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Motivational speaker.
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But mmm, my ass big!!!! (Y)
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someone remove my hashtag lol
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colinmac , yes u can google web/image @ biggiebeil
u will know what im doing bro


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Ivanovic and Hazard's ass could raise the titanic!
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lmao ^
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@shay, Yes, yes they could.
I'm actually surprised that people tend to chop down Hazard's legs so often. I mean his ass is a much bigger target. XD
Next season is looking promising. I feel as if the old top four is turning into a top five. I think Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Utd, & Liverpool could be fighting for the trophy next season
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Been a top 5 ever since City got money. Unfortunately only 4 go to CL which is why we hear 4.
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Don't you remember way back in the day when Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea and Utd chased the title? that's the Big Four I'm referring to
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Well, it still was a top four cause we've been in trouble for a few seasons while City where buying top players after an other.

I hope it will be a top five from now on,

maybe even a top 6 with Spurs ?
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Well I don't know that LFC were ever chasing the title before City got money but they routinely were in the top 4 at least. Best title charge I can remember was last year. 09 were fairly close as well but never in control late on.
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What use to happen was all four teams fight and by Christmas or January, Arsenal & Liverpool would fall off leaving Chelsea vs Utd.

But every year those teams were looked as potential winners.
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From 1999-2009 (11 seasons), here's how many times the traditional "Big Four" finished in the top four:

Arsenal (11)
Chelsea (8)
Liverpool (8)
Manchester United (11)

That's where the terminology comes from.
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I agree with JoeyMac. For me the whole Big four thing has always been a marketing gimmick. For long periods, the title race has always been a two horse race. There was a time it was man utd vs arsenal, became man utd vs chelsea briefly and up till 2 seasons ago it was man utd vs man city. Last season we saw liverpool in the mix which was good but again this season has turned out to be a two horse one. I dont think next season would be different. we always looked forward to 3 to 4 teams battling for this title but we have never gotten it
Everyone talking like city the only team to ever spend money smh.
^don't over react. only Colinmc & Gilkus mentioned that.

They didn't even use it in a negative way. It's true, there use to be only four teams topping the league until City's change inn ownership changed all that. That's how Chelsea jumped from a top four team to title contenders. I don't see the problem
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Scene in Man Utd vs Sunderland today:
O'shea does a bad foul
Red card to wes brown
It wasn't me ref says wes brown
Ref: Shut up and get on with the game, Wickham!
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Andre Marriner: "No no Roger, it was Gibbs!... or was it Oxlade-Chamberlain?... hmmm..."


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