Winners and losers of the summer transfer window

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    Football’s summer transfer window has just concluded. Here’s how everyone fared.

    Winners
    AC Milan

    In February next year, it will mark four years since Milan played their last competitive game in the Champions League. For such a massive club, it hasn’t been acceptable and the previous owner, Silvio Berlusconi, had a lot to do with that by not investing in the club like he once did.

    That resulted in a change in ownership in May, as Milan were bought out by Chinese owners with an ambition to bring the club back to the top of world football. Judging by the transfer window, the $260 million they have spent have suggested that they are deadly serious about their new project.

    Eleven new signings were made, most notably the purchase of Leonardo Bonucci caught everyone by surprise. Others such as Hakan Calhanoglu, Frank Kessie, Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez and Andrea Conti have all been quality purchases and for this reason they can challenge for the scudetto.

    Milan are indeed the biggest winners of this transfer window. Watch out for them this season.

    Remarkable.

    PSG
    The Parisian owners have done a fine job this summer, recruiting two of the hottest prospects in world football. The signing of Neymar from Barcelona sent shockwaves across the world.

    The huge $262 million transfer fee forced fans to take notice and appreciate that Paris Saint-Germain will be one of the favourites to win the Champions League. He will give the club a lot of goals and creativity on the pitch as well as brand exposure off it.

    Only three weeks ago was Kylian Mbappe linked to a move to his dream club Real Madrid. However, Paris Saint-Germain once again found a way to lure another talented prospect to the French capital on loan, with the option to buy next season for over $210 million.

    Oh, and don’t forget the purchase of Dani Alves. The Brazilian full-back will give Paris Saint-Germain some much needed experience in they are to challenge for the Champions League.

    Both Neymar and Mbappe have become the two most expensive transfers on history, sending strong warning signs to its European rivals that they mean business.

    Ridiculously good.

    Juventus
    Whenever a season goes past, Juventus always seem to find a way to strengthen their squad with even more depth. The depature of Bonucci was disappointing for the club, but they were able to replace him with experienced German Benedikt Howedes, as well as keep hold of prize assets Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala, rejecting bids from Chelsea and Barcelona for $83 million and $190 million respectively.

    Then there’s Italian and Brazilian wingers Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa. Both are extremely talented players with a lot to give going forward. Finally, Blaise Matuidi would have to be the bargain of the summer, costing as little as $25 million. The Frenchman will be consistent and offer accurate passing and awareness in Juve’s build up play.

    Expect another strong season from them this campaign.

    Solid.

    Bayern Munich
    In the past few seasons, the main objective for the German champions was specifically to win the Champions League. That hasn’t happened, but winning the Bundesliga will always be an easy task for them.

    In terms of their new signings, it has created depth and new problems which is a good thing for Carlo Ancelotti. The loan signing of James Rodriguez caught everyone’s attention, and the Colombian will be a valued addition going forward.

    As well as the acquisitions of Corentin Tolisso and Niklas Süle, Bayern were able to keep hold of their main stars such as Arturo Vidal and David Alaba.

    Putting Renato Sanches out on loan to Swansea will see the Germans benefit as he has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in the world. He will only grow stronger.

    Smart business.

    (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki,file)

    Losers
    Arsenal

    After the signing of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, fans and pundits were actually having second thoughts about if Arsenal could maybe challenge for the title.

    Instead, they have since suffered throughout the summer by not being able to sort out the Alexis Sanchez saga firstly. By him staying, it will only cause disharmony and unnecessary tension in the locker room.

    Not being able to complete the Thomas Lemar deal on deadline was nearly as embarrassing as the $120 million they were prepared to pay for him.

    They also weren’t able to strengthen the midfield and defence, which is a real concern.

    Disappointing.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    It was only at the start of June that Aubameyang was inches away from completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain for a hefty price. The Paris club pulled out at the last minute, and since then it has caused a domino effect as clubs have started becoming hesitant.

    The player wanted to leave, but Dortmund just didn’t want to let him go. He revealed that he wanted to return to AC Milan, but Dortmund refused any offers.

    The Gabon international is just going to have to work a bit harder this season to force a move next summer transfer window.

    Unfortunate.

    Barcelona
    Yes, the loss of Neymar would have come as quite a shock for the club, but that was no excuse to not find a suitable replacement.

    All Barca did this summer was panic. Offering silly amounts of money to clubs to lure players such as Lorenzo Insigne, Paulo Dybala and Philippe Coutinho for $119 million, $190 million and $178 million respectively which showed just how desperate they were.

    They were able to purchase the 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele making him the third most expensive transfer in history. A talented player, but Barcelona are taking a risk just hoping on potential. Same goes for right-back Semedo. Paulinho was also a terrible purchase from the Chinese Super League, showing just how far Barcelona have fallen.

    Embarrassing.

    Financial Fair Play

    Seriously, no words can describe how pathetic this FFP rule has become. No one understands how it works or what are the actual regulations behind it.

    How Paris Saint-Germain can spend nearly $500 million on two players makes the FFP an absolute joke.

    Ludicrous.

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    • September 3rd 2017 @ 7:20am
      Fadida said | September 3rd 2017 @ 7:20am | ! Report

      It’s a transfer window, you can’t “win it”. You can only win a trophy.

      • Roar Pro

        September 3rd 2017 @ 8:24am
        andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

        Doesn’t need to be a trophy…

        Picking out winners and losers is supposed to cause a debate, not always going to be right

    • September 3rd 2017 @ 8:00am
      Nemesis said | September 3rd 2017 @ 8:00am | ! Report

      “Financial Fair Play
      Seriously, no words can describe how pathetic this FFP rule has become. No one understands how it works or what are the actual regulations behind it. ”

      If you don’t know how something works, how can you comment about its alleged inadequacies? The regulations are have been drafted like any statues, rules, regulations so, if you don’t understand the regulations, you obviously don’t know how to read legal documents.

      And, if you don’t know how to apply the regulations, you probably don’t understand basic accounting principles & applications.

      People who actually track the financial health of professional clubs in Europe have shown that the financial health of clubs has improved dramatically since FFP was introduced.

      Is this causation? Or, merely, correlation?

      That requires research & statistical analysis that is well beyond the intellect of anyone who doesn’t understand how FFP works, or the regulations.

      • Roar Pro

        September 3rd 2017 @ 8:22am
        andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

        The whole point of the FFP is so that clubs don’t spend stupid amounts of money on individual players, which is why PSG are being investigated.

        How can they comply with the rules when they hardly made any real significant sales to bring in some revenue….

        • September 3rd 2017 @ 9:22am
          Nemesis said | September 3rd 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

          This is not the whole point of FFP. Have you read the FFP Regulations?

          The Objectives are clearly stated in Article 2. Read it & you will understand that the primary focus of the regulations is to create financially stable football clubs that are capable of operating on their own football revenues, rather than constant cash injections from outside sources that may, or may not, be turned off tomorrow.

          • Roar Pro

            September 3rd 2017 @ 10:30am
            andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

            Which is exactly what PSG have been doing…

            • September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am
              Gavin said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

              The fact that you don’t understand and seemingly have no interest in trying to understand the FFP, means you probably have no idea how PSG are funding Neymar’s move, or their financial capabilities.

              Yes, they are being investigated but a lot of teams get investigated. They’re not, at this point, guilty of anything.

              • Roar Pro

                September 3rd 2017 @ 10:59am
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

                Spending nearly $500 million on two players shouldn’t happen in one transfer window.

                End of

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 11:45am
                Gavin R said | September 3rd 2017 @ 11:45am | ! Report

                They haven’t spent $500 million in one transfer window. Mbappe is on loan, and Alves was free.

                And even if they did, if it falls within FFP guidelines, then there is no issue. If they have set themselves up in a financial position to be able to complete such spending, then good luck with them. I know there are concerns surrounding FFP but it has long term sustainability at its core.

                If they have breached this, they will be punished.

            • September 3rd 2017 @ 11:47am
              Nemesis said | September 3rd 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

              No. It is not exactly what PSG is doing.

              It is exactly what people are ALLEGING that PSG is doing. If PSG have broken the FFP rules, then they would’ve been penalized.

              The fact PSG has not yet been penalized so no one knows that they’ve broken the rules any more than we know whether AC Milan has broken the rules.

              Now we learn UEFA is investigating the PSG deals under FFP rules.

              If after all the evidence is presented, the tribunals/court finds PSG has broken the rules, we can then fully accept your comment: “it is exactly what PSG is doing”.

              • Roar Pro

                September 3rd 2017 @ 11:52am
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 11:52am | ! Report

                We’ll see if they get penalised then. If they don’t, then the rules obviously need to change

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 11:54am
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

                Your knowledge regarding the FFP is quite frankly embarrassing. No wonder you are crying foul over PSG when you do not even understand what it means.

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 12:51pm
                LuckyEddie said | September 3rd 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

                Gee Nemesis are you sure you are not employed by the same mob funding PSG – The Government of QATAR.

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:09pm
                Gavin R said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

                I’m starting to think you dont understand FFP, either.

    • Roar Pro

      September 3rd 2017 @ 10:25am
      George K said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

      I’m sorry but I don’t think AC Millan buying 11 players effectively replacing a starting XI can be considered good business,

      The amount of time and scope it takes to effectively integrate 2-3 players into a squad can be time consuming, numerous times have we seen new transfers had bad first seasons only to come back striver the following year. I understand that Millan may be a power-house later but for now I would take a more cautious approach – I don’t expect them to win the title in the fear, get close? Maybe but win it I’m unsure.

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        September 3rd 2017 @ 10:33am
        andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        It’s also about the ambition it shows from their new owners. A few of the players Milan bought are for depth purposes, as we have players that have been in the starting XI for previous years such as Donnarumma, Locatelli, Romagnoli and Bonaventura.

        Milan are already title challengers

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          September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am
          George K said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

          I can’t comment further as I’m not an avid follower of Serie A as such I do not know Milan’s consistent starting XI, but wouldn’t the new signings or depth as you refer them to be counter-intuitive?

          By signing too many players wouldn’t players who have been in the starting XI for years start to get concerned about being replaced?

          Netherless it’ll be an interesting season for sure.

    • September 3rd 2017 @ 10:46am
      hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      I’m sorry but after two matches AC Milan are challenging for the title? Quality over quantity

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        September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am
        andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        Milan will finish in the top 4 at a minimum. Title race will be much closer this season

        • September 3rd 2017 @ 11:53am
          hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Because finishing in the top 4 in the Serie A is such a massive achievement.

          The Italian league (Exception of Juventus) is declining whether you like it or not.

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            September 3rd 2017 @ 12:14pm
            andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

            “The Italian league is declining whether you like it or not” ??? Alright buddy.

            It’s actually on the up….

            More competitive, more quality players, clubs have more money to spend which is why Serie A declined in the first place, more exciting (averaged the most goals out of Europes top 5 leagues last season)

            So yeah, how is it declining?

            • September 3rd 2017 @ 12:43pm
              shirtpants said | September 3rd 2017 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

              You can’t just make bold statements that have no fact behind them.

              More Competitive – as defined by what?

              In 2016/17 the difference between top and bottom was 76 points. In 2015/16 it was 63. In 2014/15 was 68. In 2013/14 it was 77. In 2012/13 it was 65 points.

              In 2016/17 there were 160 drawn matches. In 2015/16 there was 190. In 2014/15 there was 240. in 2013/14 there was 180 drawn matches.

              I’d argue there are less quality players compared to some other leagues. They certainly don’t attract the top talent. Of the top 20 players in the world, how many play in Italy? I’d give you Higuain but that’s it. The rest are dominated by La Liga.

              Attendance figures are on a slight decline over the past few years…

              Honestly, if you can’t write with fact, don’t write at all.

              • Roar Pro

                September 3rd 2017 @ 1:18pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

                Firstly, I’m not saying other leagues are better than Serie A. I’m arguing that it’s not in decline and it’s becoming better

                Attendance figures are rising this season. AC Milan have already tripled their members from last season alone. Only big club that will lose supporters this season is Fiorentina.

                Now for the quality of players argument….
                The top 20 players are probably right, but I never said Serie A had better players than La Liga.
                What I will say is that the Italian league has the best individual defenders and I’d say they have the best youth out of the top leagues in the world

                And in regard to competitiveness, the teams behind Juve have all strengthen their squads and it will be tight for not only champions league places, but the league title

                Serie A has already experienced its decline. As a fan of the Italian league, I’ll enjoy seeing it return to the top

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:23pm
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

                “I’d say they have the best youth out of the top leagues in the world”

                Now stop it please. You sound like you are on the spectrum.

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:30pm
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

                Italy produces superior youth players to Germany, France and Spain??? Alright buddy.

                Their youth teams’ performances really back up your statements. Hilarious.

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:38pm
                shirtpants said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

                You can’t judge attendance figures after 2 games! And if we are going to, they’re up about 200 on last year and 100 on the year prior. Hardly worth shouting about and by no means a good indication they’re going to post more than last years figures.

                Okay, your statement said “more quality players” can you please quantify that?

                And for “best youth” well I don’t know they’re keeping that “youth” in Italy considering the following;

                UEFA Youth League
                2016/17 – Napoli knocked out at round of 16 (only representative in knockout rounds)
                2015/16 – Roma knocked out of the quarters (only representative in knockout rounds)
                2014/15 – Roma knocked out of semi finals (only representative in knockout rounds)
                2013/14 – Napoli and Milan out of round of 16 (only representative in knockout rounds)

                As for U/20 World Cup;
                2015 – Italty didn’t qualify
                2013 – Italy didn’t qualify
                2011 – Italy didn’t qualify
                2009 – 3rd in Group – Quarter finals

                Euro U/21
                2015 – Group stage
                2013 – finalist

                I get it dude, your favourite league is Italy, and that is more than okay but your reasoning is awful.

              • Roar Pro

                September 3rd 2017 @ 2:02pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

                The youth is already coming through the first team

                – Franck Kessie
                – Patrick Cutrone
                – Moise Kean
                – Daniele Rugani
                – Alessio Romagnoli
                – Mattia Caldara
                – Gianluigi Donnarumma
                – Manuel Locatelli
                – Federico Chiesa
                – Antonio Barreca
                – Milan Skriniar
                – Patrick Schick
                – Davide Calabria
                – Lorenzo Pellegrini

                These are exciting young players which are playing for some of the biggest clubs in Italy and are actually getting game time. Produced by their own clubs…

                The future is bright

            • September 3rd 2017 @ 12:54pm
              hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

              Back up your actual ridiculous statements.

              Statement #1 More competitive?
              6 straight league titles for Juventus.

              Statement #2 More quality players?
              Who are the quality world class players outside of Juventus? Who are the big name players signed for clubs outside of Juventus? Any candidates for the Ballon D’Or outside of Juventus?

              Really stupid statement #3 More exciting?

              Hahah FFS. Are you telling us more goals = more excitement? You sound like a Big Bash fan. How do you make the connection between more goals = more excitement. Tell me this Christian, how is a 4-0 thrashing more exciting for a football fan than a tense 1-0 scoreline.

              “(averaged the most goals out of Europes top 5 leagues last season)”

              How stupid do you think the readers are on this website?

              La Liga 2.90 goals per game
              English Premier League 2.84 goals per game
              Italian Serie A 2.80 goals per game

              By the way crowds except Juventus and AC Milan experienced a drop. Crowds are at their lowest in five seasons at some stadiums. On the topic of stadiums, they look quite shabby too.

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                September 3rd 2017 @ 1:22pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

                For this argument yes, more goals does equal more excitement.

                If Serie A was scoring the least amount of goals compared to every other top league, they’d be saying how boring it is

                Any excuse to put it down

                Italy is producing exciting young players which are better than the youth in England Spain Germany and France

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:25pm
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

                You do realise how inaccurate your statement on how Serie A has more goals per game than the big leagues in European football.

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                September 3rd 2017 @ 1:30pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

                Sorry, it’s scored the second most goals last season out of the 5 top leagues. Still better than a ‘typical Italian 0-0 draw’ isn’t it?!?!

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:28pm
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

                Please do not run away from statement #2
                Who are the quality world class players outside of Juventus? Who are the big name players signed for clubs outside of Juventus? Any candidates for the Ballon D’Or outside of Juventus?

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                September 3rd 2017 @ 1:43pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

                – Gianluigi Donnarumma (18 years old and already one of the best keepers in the world)
                – Leonardo Bonucci (Best centre back in the world)
                – Andrea Belotti (28 goals + 8 assists last season and Man united bided €70m for him)
                – Lorenzo Insigne (20 goals + 12 assists last season, Barcelona bided €100m for him)
                – Radja Nainggolan (Best box to box midfielder in the world)
                – Dries Mertens (28 goals last season)
                – Mauro Icardi (Consistently scoring 20+ goals a season)
                – Ivan Perisic (Man united bided €55m)
                – Kalidou Koulibaly (One of the best centre backs in the league and rejected a €65m bid from Man City)

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                September 3rd 2017 @ 1:44pm
                andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

                Now I’m not saying most of those players have a chance of winning the ballon’dor, but the talent is there

                You just have to stop underestimating the Serie A ?

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:32pm
                hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

                When did we even mention a ‘typical Italian 0-0 draw’? Stop fabricating BS and backtracking your statements

              • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:52pm
                shirtpants said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

                Italy rarely qualify for the Under 20 World Cup and the Under 17 tournament doesn’t look any better.

            • September 4th 2017 @ 4:01pm
              nachos supreme said | September 4th 2017 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

              In recent memory,

              Talking the 90’s and early 2000’s.

              When Serie A was truly the top of the tree in terms of quality players and managers including a top 6 sides who’s rosters included the who’s who of the worlds finest.

              It’s quality was NOT defined by goals scored.

              I can take a step or two away from your perspective and say that a comp that averages more goals means that it’s full of sub standard defending and lacks managers that are tactically aware.

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          September 4th 2017 @ 1:42pm
          Rellum said | September 4th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

          I would think it would be Juve, Napoli, Roma and Inter in the top four.

          Obviously not in that order as Roma are obvious specials this year :).

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            September 4th 2017 @ 4:43pm
            andresilva10 said | September 4th 2017 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

            Don’t see Roma making the top 4.

            Key departures such as Salah and Rudiger haven’t been properly replaced and with a new coach it will take time to get to understand the football he wants Roma to play.

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              September 4th 2017 @ 6:31pm
              Rellum said | September 4th 2017 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

              That all depends on Di Francesco and how he adapts. He is wedded to a 4-3-3, but with the buys we have made he needs to be more flexible with his tactics.

              We also need to stop the endless ACL’s with the wing backs.

              If those two things happen then I can see us easily being in the top four and again pushing Juve for the scudetto.

              • Roar Pro

                September 4th 2017 @ 7:46pm
                andresilva10 said | September 4th 2017 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

                I’m sorry to say but Roma won’t win any major trophy for years to come. It doesn’t help when you turn into a selling club and have no direction whatsoever.

                No heart in that team besides De Rossi and Florenzi. Draw too many games and drop points to average opposition. Juventus are too consistent

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                September 4th 2017 @ 8:02pm
                Rellum said | September 4th 2017 @ 8:02pm | ! Report

                The club is slowly moving on from Rosella. It is taking time. If the Stadium ever gets up then I think you will see the sales start to slow down.

                And some of those sales are a direct result of FFP issues I believe still stem from the Rosella years.

    • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:36pm
      Sukkan said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

      “No one understands how it works or what are the actual regulations behind it.”

      Only when the author lacks the intelligence to read and comprehend the regulations. Do you really think they passed a rule when no one understands it?

      Italian football produces better youth players than France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands?

      Delusion and bias from a jealous Italian football fan

      • September 3rd 2017 @ 1:38pm
        Sukkan said | September 3rd 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

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        September 3rd 2017 @ 2:05pm
        andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

        The Netherlands?????!!!!!!!

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        I don’t even need to respond…

        • September 3rd 2017 @ 2:32pm
          hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

          Why is that hilarious?

          Have you heard of Ajax and Feyenoord?

          Ajax: Christian Eriksen, Matthijs de Ligt, Kasper Dolberg, Andre Onana, Davinson Sanchez and Jairo Riedewald.

          Feyenoord: Stefan de Vrij, Leroy Fer, Georginio Wijnaldum, Bruno Martins Indi, Tonny Vilhena, Jordy Clasie, Terence Kongolo and Karim Rekik

        • September 3rd 2017 @ 2:36pm
          hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

          Ajax were beaten by Manchester United in the Europa League final 2016/17 by starting the youngest ever starting lineup in a European final. In history.

          Yet you still find Dutch youth football better than the stagnant Italian youth football? Like Gavin said (and you chose to ignore at your own convenience) look how terrible they are in European youth championships. Embarrassing actually.

        • September 3rd 2017 @ 2:50pm
          hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

          Of course you don’t need to respond. You clearly know nothing about European football except for talking up a stagnating Italian league (We get it, you claim to be an Italian football expert with that surname). Cutey

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          September 3rd 2017 @ 3:07pm
          andresilva10 said | September 3rd 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

          Hahahahaha calm down buddy ?

          Why is the Netherlands 4th in their WC qualifying group behind Bulgaria???

          Why do they still need to rely on Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie???

          Because they aren’t producing the same players as they once did!!!

          Yeah they may also be producing some foreigners, but the Eredivisie doesn’t produce homegrown Dutch talent anymore…

    • September 3rd 2017 @ 2:47pm
      hauzenscher said | September 3rd 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

      Look at the pathetic crowds and here you are claiming Serie A has better atmosphere than the Bundesliga (Your previous articles are absolutely hilarious in both the content and the abuse you cop)

      Juventus 96% capacity of their stadium are filled on average

      Cagliari 78%
      Udinese 71%
      Atalanta 70%

      Torino 69%
      Pescara 66%
      Napoli 61%
      Crotone 60%

      Bologna 58%
      Genoa 58%
      Fiorentina 57%
      Inter 57%
      Sassuolo 57%
      Empoli 56%
      Sampdoria 54%
      Milan 50%

      Roma 48%

      Palermo 35%
      Chievo 30%
      Lazio 30%

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