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Villa Mike

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  1. Villa Mike

    Other groups

    It really is. Setting aside the fact we all want Northern Ireland to qualify...UEFA have ruined their showpiece tournament. If qualification is based on a combination of the Nations League and the European Championship qualifiers, and we're a team who got 0 points in the Nations League and then only beat the 4th & 5th seeds in our qualifying group... it's a joke we're in the mix at all. There's then teams with even less of a claim than us! Last time we won our group and deservedly qualified for the tournament and then made the last 16, played in one nation with fans able to feasibly travel between venues. This time both the qualification and the tournament itself are just a farce. Modern football sucks.
  2. Villa Mike

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    This.
  3. Villa Mike

    Starting line up v Holland

    Scoring was the worst thing we did. Stung them out of 4th gear. We had a lot of League 1 players against some of the best players in Europe. That’s only going to end like it did. Great effort and commitment, we can only be proud of a team like that.
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    Starting line up v Holland

    That’s the more likely option you’d think. I’d see at as Smith replacing Lewis and Ferguson replacing McGinn.
  5. Boys a dear. Fingers crossed no-one digs up a picture of the happy couple in NI tops...
  6. What a front page... the interesting part is top left.
  7. Haha! What a shambles.
  8. Villa Mike

    Score Prediction v Holland

    Netherlands 4-0 Northern Ireland
  9. They really are an embarrassment.
  10. Villa Mike

    UEFA considering international leagues

    Our record against all of them in my lifetime is piss poor.
  11. Villa Mike

    UEFA considering international leagues

    Because you thought the games mattered and were therefore competitive and enjoyable? I think I was almost there too. Turns out they didn’t matter though. You can lose them all and not get relegated...and possibly still make a Euro 2020 playoff. Farcical. Turns our it was all about the TV deal money as usual.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    The whole thing is utter bullsh*t.
  13. Villa Mike

    Other groups

    Because it’s UEFA and they don’t give one f**k. As many games as possible. As many teams in the tournament as possible. As much TV money as possible. Sporting integrity, the quality of the competition and the fans are at best an inconvenience and at worst an outright obstacle. The scenario Big Phil has outlined makes a mockery of the whole thing. It’s already annoying me that Scotland, who’ve been dreadful, have a better chance of qualification than we do.
  14. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    Yeah, I’m sure they did too. In the nineties.
  15. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    You're a savage, Stuarty. A good Bangor man like you should be drinking in the culture.
  16. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    I thought it was great. Made a pleasant change from Snodden’s Incessant merping. “Make some noise!” then sticks on Zombie Nation. Muppet.
  17. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    Too complicated for me! I'm working on the assumption that we aren't qualifying for anything, so anything else can be a pleasant surprise.
  18. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    They have to do it against opposition who are sitting deep. They continually drew us up the pitch to press then pinged 3 quick passes to get Gnabry running at us. You need a keeper like Nueur to make it work. Shows why City and Liverpool were prepared to pay huge money for their guys. Some people being harsh on McGinn. He was given a difficult job to do. The way the Germans were set up made it very difficult to mark the wing backs effectively.
  19. Villa Mike

    Post Mortem

    Can’t have too many complaints. They worked themselves to a standstill. Tremendous guts, effort and discipline. A couple of sliding doors moments we can look back on, but quality told in the end. Can’t pick out individuals as they all did so well... but I wouldn’t disagree with Tarabonga’s assessment on Josh’s contribution. He was the only one not at it, he’ll be disappointed. I was impressed with Germany’s willingness to play out under pressure. That takes guts away from home.
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    Luxembourg

    Germany tickets made it on to general sale and spares have continued to pop up on here and elsewhere. The continued suggestion that we need a significantly bigger stadium is absurd. The capacity is about right. The fact that there is a bit of tension to get home tickets for the bigger games is a good thing. It builds the hype and contributes to the atmosphere. The idea of accommodating parents who might wish to take their kids to a “glamour” game as basis for building a support is laughable.
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    Luxembourg

    Shhhh. Don’t be so realistic.
  22. Villa Mike

    Germany or Holland Result

    We’ve been aiming for the wrong team. We need to win on Monday night.
  23. Villa Mike

    Germany or Holland Result

    Big Ron isn't arsed about tonight...
  24. Villa Mike

    Luxembourg

    I liked Flanagan's performance, good to have another competent defensive option now that Hughes and McAuley are finished. Although the challenge at the end was unnecessary in the last minute of a friendly. If that had happened to one of our players I'd be fuming. Hopefully the lad is alright, I thought he was the best player on the pitch.
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