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    Easy, Rogin. Some of us have just eaten.

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        It's been nearly 24 hours and I still haven't heard of any Irish fan who "didn't have a ticket but I saw an open door and just pretended I was a worker and I went in a door and it was Jamie Carragher's private box and he gave me a bottle of champagne and called me a mad bastard " but give it time.

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          Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
          That should be easy to fix: move the end of the EPL season to reduce the wait to the final. Having the final EPL round after the FA Cup final, perhaps (as was done before IIRC)
          Everyone hated it when the cup final was played before the end of the season (and it was only done for Wembley scheduling reasons), you end up with either most of the division having a two week gap between their penultimate and final fixtures (which are going to be important games in many cases) or league games on cup final weekend detracting attention from it.

          Not sure it's up to the league to base its scheduling around giving English clubs a better chance of making a spectacle of the CL final, and you could not unfeasibly end up with a club having to play a big league game, the FA Cup final and the CL final on consecutive weekends, and then there would be hand wringing about a game too far for "our" plucky lads.

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            Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
            Sky News are describing Jurgen Klopp not as a football manager but a "spiritual leader". I'm not going to disagree.
            It was only a matter of time before this kind of shit infected this board as well. Have you started writing a song about it yet, Rogin?

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              Song! Give him a chance. He's only just finished the poem.

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                Do you genuinely think any of believe that, Sean?

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                  Depends if you think I'm being serious or not.

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                    I'm feeling a bit imperceptive today, I'll be honest.

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                      Don't worry about it. You'll likely have come down on about a week's time.

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                        Well I'm not sure about that.

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                          Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
                          but if you can watch the video of him hugging his dad and crying tears of happiness, or pride, or whatever, without getting a little speck of something in your eye, then you're a much harder person than I.
                          If we were all to hug our dads every time we did something we're paid to do, and if everybody else blubbed about it, then nothing, anywhere, would ever get done.

                          You little boy's shirt.

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                            How does it feel to be harder than Toby?

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                              Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
                              That's not a spirit!

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                                Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the early episodes, when everything was gritty and realistic and you never knew what was going to happen. The massacre at The Red Wedding, for instance, was brilliant - though I wish they wouldn't give away plot spoilers in the behind-the-scenes photos

                                Also loved the time that cocky guy from the Southern continent thought he was going to win that epic fight with the help of the mouthy dwarf - only to be crushed at the last moment

                                Unfortunately, as it went on it just got worse. I mean OK the bit where the Wall was destroyed was fantastic, but what's the point of building up such a massive threat, only to have them wiped out because all they can do is wander around like zombies?

                                And don't get me started on the time a water bottle ended up in shot. (Or was that in one of the spin-offs?)

                                Anyway, onto the final episode. I cannot believe such a shoddy 90 minutes ever made it onto our screens. I'm sure I wasn't the only person cringing when the guy in black awarded that penalty at the start. I mean come on, I know it's all made up but that sort of thing just doesn't happen in real life! After that all the characters did was walk around cluelessly wondering who was supposed to be in charge. Although, like Cersei in Game Of Thrones, it was nice to see a 'stuck up c*nt' being taken down a peg or two. And I loved the idea that at the end, the big metal thing that everyone was trying to win was melted down because none of them were worth it.

                                Still, considering its reputation as a saucy show, it was a massive let-down that we only got to see one tit
                                Last edited by Mumpo; 03-06-2019, 16:08.

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                                  This is why OTF now has a like button.

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                                    Well, Madrid was nice. I had a lovely time. Will probably be paying for the failure to go to bed on Saturday night for the next few days. A few random thoughts:
                                    - Props to both sets of fans. Everyone just seemed to get on in town before and after the game.
                                    - Great ground. Really liked the layout.
                                    - I really enjoyed Liverpool thoroughly embracing their 1-0 lead by just going to Spurs "OK, then, show us what you can do" and then proceeding to do everything to disrupt the flow of the game. Probably disrupted themselves too but, hey, they weren't the ones needing a goal. And if that wasn't bad enough, they then threw on James Milner. I love James Milner.
                                    - What followed Origi's goal... Get a bit teary just thinking about it.
                                    - Alisson. Magic. Doesn't matter if he's 5-0 down at Anfield or 1-0 up in Madrid, he just seems to assess every situation with remarkable clarity on its own (and just its own) merit. It's genuinely remarkable.
                                    - I also love a game of football on the morning of the big match. Helped that this time we played much better than in Kiev, rallying from 5-1 down to 5-4. We had a free-kick in a dangerous position at the very end but the gaffer, John Coleman, overhit it. Maybe, he was going for glory. Maybe, it was the melting match ticket in his boot. Maybe, he just got too excited in his first European match in charge...
                                    - Istanbul next year... mmm...
                                    Last edited by Sash; 03-06-2019, 20:57.

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                                      Do you bring your kit and gloves on these sojourns?

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                                        Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
                                        Just tried putting on the shirt I wore in 2005. It seems to have ... shrunk in the wash.
                                        I retired mine after this final. It had a good run.

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                                          Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                                          Do you bring your kit and gloves on these sojourns?
                                          Yeah. All in my hand luggage. Ryanair don't bat an eyelid. Tbf it really helped that Sid Lowe pulled one out of the bag on Friday and recruited a brilliant centre-mid from AFP.

                                          Reckon, I could easily get us a game in Istanbul next year.

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                                            Well that wasn't so bad. I think the awfulness of Manchester United this season, coupled with the obvious brilliance of this Liverpool team meant that this result wasn't as hard to take as I thought it might be. Getting angry would be like an alley rat in Chinatown feeling pissed off at a Crufts winning dog - there's miles between us, and Champions League finals are not really any of our concern. The real gut-punch was the Barcelona result, especially as I told my mates I was sticking 20 on 4-0 at 50-1, but didn't have any cash when I walked past Betfred, so didn't bother. There's not much in football a grand doesn't soften.

                                            I got proper jealous seeing the Spurs and Liverpool fans in Madrid. There's nothing like it, is there? I made a decision to enjoy every second of next season, where possible, and to make the most of the Europa League, of spending time with mates and family, and to just bask in being a United fan, whatever that entails. I hope everyone who went had an amazing time, and those who watched at home were similarly buzzing. I even hope that once he finishes being a dick on Facebook, Rogin gets to enjoy the result.

                                            I'm properly amused by the narrative that Liverpool's win is somehow a victory for Labour and Corbynism. This is no doubt being helped by John McDonnell being at the match, and that Plaza Jeremy Corbyn stunt (what sort of wrong'un takes cable ties and plastic wallets on a Euro Away with them?) There are no socialist football clubs, certainly not in the PL, and certainly not one who drove local residents out so they could extend their main stand. You have to separate the club from the fans, and while Liverpool is a solid, working class, Labour city, like many in the North, I reckon their fans just enjoy the socialist iconography without having to worry about the ethos and politics behind it. A bit like China or Vietnam. I get that. It's like me having loads of 30 Soviet Union Brutalism books scattered around my front room. I dig it.

                                            I guess there's more to being left wing than hating Margaret Thatcher, though it's a good starting point, granted. This isn't a dig at anyone on here, who are all good Old Labour, but the Twitter commentariat need to realise that a Liverpool flag about Brexit isn't political commentary, it's taking the piss out of United not being in Europe. The last thing we need is to fuel their THIS MEANS MORE mindset. Fuckers have already been brainwashed by Chairman Klaopp's rhetoric.

                                            Uhm, anyway, well done Liverpool fans. Hard lines Spurs. Only watched the first two minutes of the match so I can't add anything more substantial than this. Fucked it off after the penno to watch The Shield. That Vic Mackey, eh? What is he like?

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                                              Originally posted by Sash View Post
                                              Well, Madrid was nice. I had a lovely time. Will probably be paying for the failure to go to bed on Saturday night for the next few days. A few random thoughts:
                                              - Props to both sets of fans. Everyone just seemed to get on in town before and after the game.
                                              - Great ground. Really liked the layout.
                                              - I really enjoyed Liverpool thoroughly embracing their 1-0 lead by just going to Spurs "OK, then, show us what you can do" and then proceeding to do everything to disrupt the flow of the game. Probably disrupted themselves too but, hey, they weren't the ones needing a goal. And if that wasn't bad enough, they then threw on James Milner. I love James Milner.
                                              - What followed Origi's goal... Get a bit teary just thinking about it.
                                              - Alisson. Magic. Doesn't matter if he's 5-0 down at Anfield or 1-0 up in Madrid, he just seems to assess every situation with remarkable clarity on its own (and just its own) merit. It's genuinely remarkable.
                                              - I also love a game of football on the morning of the big match. Helped that this time we played much better than in Kiev, rallying from 5-1 down to 5-4. We had a free-kick in a dangerous position at the very end but the gaffer, John Coleman, overhit it. Maybe, he was going for glory. Maybe, it was the melting match ticket in his boot. Maybe, he just got too excited in his first European match in charge...
                                              - Istanbul next year... mmm...
                                              Yes, yes yes, but did you see #wankbuddha?

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                                                Originally posted by EIM View Post
                                                I'm properly amused by the narrative that Liverpool's win is somehow a victory for Labour and Corbynism...
                                                Now that Qatar have pulled some strings and persuaded FIFA to reinstate the World Club Cup in 2019 and 2020, perhaps Liverpool fans could demonstrate their radical political credentials and opposition to the funding of football by barbarous petrochemical nations by calling for their team to boycott the tournament.

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                                                  Nice to see these specimens dealt with so swiftly:


                                                  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48558259

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                                                    Winning it with two African forwards deserves praise for promoting that continent's talent. And if Salah combats Islamophobia, that too is important.

                                                    I also feel that Klopp's innovations in this competition are more interesting than Pep's, and he is better at managing the KO stages.
                                                    Last edited by Satchmo Distel; 07-06-2019, 14:26.

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