FIFA World Cup 2018

Joker62

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Puts them on par with La Resistance and some of the SOE - great who the **** decided that Edith Cavell should share a page with Paul ******* Pogba?
Macron? He does need the votes, after all.

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Puts them on par with La Resistance and some of the SOE - great who the **** decided that Edith Cavell should share a page with Paul ******* Pogba?
There are several grades of the Legion. Just like our British Empire lot.
And it's not as if our footballers, managers, rugby managers et al don't get rather high honours, do they.

Sir Winston Churchill or Sir Alf Ramsey anyone?
 

Fang_Farrier

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Drink induced post again :roll:
Not at all, just the harsh light of reality. Scotland are spectacular in their failure to qualify for major events. We know it and acknowledge it.
 
Not at all, just the harsh light of reality. Scotland are spectacular in their failure to qualify for major events. We know it and acknowledge it.
Income streams have a lot to do with that. In the 2015/16 season the entire Scottish Premier league spent a grand total of 9.7m on new players - less than Fulham (in the Championship) spent on buying Ross McCormack! With clubs like Chelsea, Tottennam and Everton gambling on continued financial success in the Premier league, those three alone are spending 1.5bn on new stadia etc and can therefore attract the best players so that the standards enjoyed and experienced by the England players week in week out are so much higher. That said (and for that reason) Scottish football is generally shite (the smaller potential crowd size also means it ain't going to improve any time soon. So if we are going to talk about the 'harsh light of reality, we should shine the torch in the right direction.)
 
Income streams have a lot to do with that. In the 2015/16 season the entire Scottish Premier league spent a grand total of 9.7m on new players - less than Fulham (in the Championship) spent on buying Ross McCormack! With clubs like Chelsea, Tottennam and Everton gambling on continued financial success in the Premier league, those three alone are spending 1.5bn on new stadia etc and can therefore attract the best players so that the standards enjoyed and experienced by the England players week in week out are so much higher. That said (and for that reason) Scottish football is generally shite (the smaller potential crowd size also means it ain't going to improve any time soon. So if we are going to talk about the 'harsh light of reality, we should shine the torch in the right direction.)
While I wouldn't argue with any of that, there was a time when every English club had a Jock or two in the dressing-room, the best of whom were playing for the national side, which was about half and half Scottish Premier and 'expats'. That talent does not seem to come through any more in spite of the fact that the passion for the game doesn't seem to have diminished in the country.

These days it appears that every club throughout Europe has a Serb or Croatian instead. Not just the top clubs either. There is somebody with an 'ic' ending to his name in more than half the Premier and Championship English clubs, not to mention some of the top Italian, Spanish and German ones.
 
While I wouldn't argue with any of that, there was a time when every English club had a Jock or two in the dressing-room, the best of whom were playing for the national side, which was about half and half Scottish Premier and 'expats'. That talent does not seem to come through any more in spite of the fact that the passion for the game doesn't seem to have diminished in the country.

These days it appears that every club throughout Europe has a Serb or Croatian instead. Not just the top clubs either. There is somebody with an 'ic' ending to his name in more than half the Premier and Championship English clubs, not to mention some of the top Italian, Spanish and German ones.
I made a similar point not long ago regarding the lost opportunities to domestic players due to the increasing numbers of foreign players being brought into the game - I was lamb-blasted for denying the impact that these players have made to the quality of the English game (an assertion I did not deny). But the fact remains, there are far less opportunities for indigenous players to experience the top level of the game in the UK, something that has, as you say, also impacted quite severely on Scots players.
 

Auld-Yin

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I made a similar point not long ago regarding the lost opportunities to domestic players due to the increasing numbers of foreign players being brought into the game - I was lamb-blasted for denying the impact that these players have made to the quality of the English game (an assertion I did not deny). But the fact remains, there are far less opportunities for indigenous players to experience the top level of the game in the UK, something that has, as you say, also impacted quite severely on Scots players.
They threw lambs at you? The swine, horsing around like bulls in a China shop will make them look like donkeys, but no doubt they're barking up the wrong tree, the moon howlers :pissedoff::pissedoff:
 

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