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Marty Gleason

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Footy: The Doggies won the 2016 Premiership!! Soccer: From Ronaldo to Ronaldinho to Messi and seemingly back to another Ronaldo. Full circle!

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Mmm, you´re probably right… Even so it´s not just about Kennedy´s shot, but that the whole team made a series of skill and decision errors in the last 10 minutes and showed no real composure in general.

Will the real Richmond please stand up?

2019 definitely, but for me it’s oversold that Richmond supposedly started slowly in 2020. They played one and a bit so-so games against St Kilda and Hawthorn but were mostly dominant last year.

To just base a blind assumption on the 2020 season as proof that “Richmond will come back” (not Cam, other writers though) was short-sighted in my opinion.

Will the real Richmond please stand up?

Surely the Ross Lyon comparison is with Jose Mourinho. Two defensive, moody coaches who keep getting mentioned and/or hired due to past success but whose ultra-defensive methods don’t work anymore.
Lyon is on a steak of four unsuccessful seasons.

More Collingwood carnage, no easy answers after Buckley's departure

Yep Turkey definitely would have been a place to be that month! Turkey and Russia both just came and went from that tournament, didn’t stick around in later years. I suppose it can happen with smaller countries with small pools of players, if you can consider Russia such a thing. Turkey had good players though, perhaps they should have done a little more after 2008.

Thanks for comment!

Euro 2008: Spain rises

You might even say it´s become a history for them 😉

Carlton are this century's saddest football club and it's not even close

It was probably more a debate from 10 years ago than now. In hindsight Spain definitely changed the game for the better, made it less defensive and muscular in general.

Before them, Italy won the 2006 World Cup final with a header from a corner. Same for Greece in 2004. Liverpool, Chelsea and Milan of the era were defensive as. Things were not that exciting when Spain came around.

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Euro 2008: Spain rises

The Netherlands’ national team is literally called Holland, it was completely unnecessary to edit it into Netherlands.

Euro 2008: Spain rises

$2,500??
I’ve noticed stats can really cut across cultures and impress people… I was in America, but even our boss was interested when he heard an 80-1 shot had won something.

Euro 2004: The Greece miracle

Probably a bit strange that I focused more on Portugal than Greece, but those players were my main interest that year, both with Porto and Portugal.

Euro 2004: The Greece miracle

Geez that would have been an experience, in a couple of fun countries for a great tournament (they often call it the greatest Euro ever). Was there any difference between Belgium and Holland that you could see?

Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

Funny how they dramatically got their sht together in 1974 after that history. I suppose knowledge spread slowly in those days and info, knowledge of how the game worked etc was still in its formative stages back before then.

Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

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Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

Never heard of the two dudes you mentioned at the end so I’ll have to keep an eye out.

I know Koeman is a joke now, but they were really good in 2019 under him, very young and pacy, they even beat France (and Germany) in the Nations League. I reckon they would have been a great team if tournament was played last year, got my doubts now.

Another shame is that, and I know I’m living in a fantasyland, but if Ajax could have kept their 2019 team together de Ligt, de Jong and van der Beek would be killing it by now.

Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

Population of 17 million though, Holland overachieves for its size. I would love to see them win a World Cup one day but because of that small population compared to the other big countries it’s very unlikely, as well as because of all the psychological dramas of course. Cheers for comment.

Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

My apologies to Italian fans. Italy did after all, come 30 seconds away from winning Euro 2000 and deserved a bigger focus. I was heavily interested in Thierry Henry and France at the time and that influenced how I wrote about this tournament.
Perhaps one other factor was that Italy’s personalities and team characteristics from that era didn’t stand out for me as well as France’s and Holland’s. This is perhaps because Italy has traditionally lacked very interesting or effective forwards apart from Baggio, though they of course make up for this in other areas.

Euro 2000: France vs Holland, the showdown that wasn't

Collingwood was up 5 goals to 1 before Cox had even touched the ball.

Another failed season for West Coast, the perennial underachievers

Mumford´s like those cockroaches that will still be around after the nuclear holocaust. We can´t ever just get rid of him.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Last year´s game was an awesome payback. Whitfield getting collected on a 100% innocent play was just cherry on the cake.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Yeah looking at Port-Rich this year, you´re probably right.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Yeah, if Johannisen was a split second faster/slower (I can’t remember which) they would have given 50 for sure.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Richmond v Port?? That’s a beat-up too!

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Bulldogs played three-fourths of that preliminary final without ruckman Jordan Roughead (falcon in the eye), which was even worse for our structure than Giants losing Ward. And Scully getting that 50 metre penalty would have been the most miserable, contextless umpiring decision of all time.
Any team that wins a close prelim or grand final is by definition lucky. Brian Lake should have been pinged holding the ball against Port in 14. Duursma dropped a sitter to forfeit a goal and Tigers got a fortunate deliberate free in 20 PF. Reckon Richmond were lucky it rained that night too, Port’s pace could have done them in normal circumstances.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Just four more of these goals to go!! 😁

Realistic goals for the Western Bulldogs

Port are probably still good but wins against bottom teams are irrelevant.
They couldn´t “win” yesterday, if they won by less I´d call them lackluster, but I hope they can deliver against the big teams.

Port start 2021 campaign in style with ruthless win

My logic is that Geelong´s bottom 11 don´t contribute enough to win a premiership, and it´s been that way for at least half a decade. That´s the gist of the article I suppose, the rest is just dressing it up.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

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