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What To Watch This Week (21-27 September)

2020.09.20 21:12 quatrotires What To Watch This Week (21-27 September)

These posts are as much for me as they are for you. So please feel free to reply with your suggestions for what to watch, and make a case for any game to be considered 'must watch', in which case I will bold it. The time zone used to sort games was LIS (Lisbon) time zone, so no, the game is not on a wrong date.
Monday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
19:45 / 14:45 AC Milan vs Bologna Serie A
20:15 / 15:15 Wolves vs Manchester City Premier League
Tuesday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
20:00 / 15:00 Krasnodar vs PAOK Champions League Play-off round
20:00 / 15:00 Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Red Bull Salzburg Champions League Play-off round
20:00 / 15:00 Slavia Praha vs FC Midtjylland Champions League Play-off round
Wednesday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
19:45 / 14:45 Leicester City vs Arsenal EFL Cup Round of 32
20:00 / 15:00 KAA Gent vs Dynamo Kyiv Champions League Play-off round
23:15 / 18:15 Atlético Paranaense vs Colo-Colo Copa Libertadores Group C
Thursday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
18:00 / 13:00 Beşiktaş vs Rio Ave Europa League 3rd qualifying round
18:00 / 13:00 Malmö FF vs Lokomotiva Zagreb Europa League 3rd qualifying round
18:00 / 13:00 Rosenborg vs Alanyaspor Europa League 3rd qualifying round
19:00 / 14:00 Galatasaray vs Hajduk Split Europa League 3rd qualifying round
19:30 / 14:30 St. Gallen vs AEK Athens Europa League 3rd qualifying round
19:45 / 14:45 Manchester City vs Bournemouth EFL Cup Round of 32
20:00 / 15:00 Sporting CP vs Aberdeen Europa League 3rd qualifying round
20:00 / 15:00 Bayern München vs Sevilla UEFA Super Cup
Friday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
19:00 / 14:00 FC Twente vs FC Groningen Eredivisie
19:30 / 14:30 Hertha Berlin vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga
20:00 / 15:00 Lille OSC vs Nantes Ligue 1
Saturday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
12:30 / 7:30 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United Premier League
14:00 / 9:00 Torino vs Atalanta Serie A
14:30 / 9:30 Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga
16:00 / 11:00 Saint-Étienne vs Stade Rennais Ligue 1
19:45 / 14:45 Internazionale vs Fiorentina Serie A
20:00 / 15:00 Olympique de Marseille vs Metz Ligue 1
20:00 / 15:00 Ajax vs Vitesse Eredivisie
20:00 / 15:00 Real Betis vs Real Madrid La Liga
21:00 / 16:00 Boavista vs FC Porto Primeira Liga
Sunday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
12:00 / 7:00 Bordeaux vs OGC Nice Ligue 1
14:00 / 9:00 Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United Premier League
14:00 / 9:00 Napoli vs Genoa Serie A
14:30 / 9:30 1899 Hoffenheim vs Bayern München Bundesliga
15:00 / 10:00 Celtic vs Hibernian Scottish Premiership
16:00 / 11:00 Bournemouth vs Norwich City Championship
16:30 / 11:30 Manchester City vs Leicester City Premier League
17:00 / 12:00 CSKA Moskva vs Lokomotiv Moskva Premier League
17:00 / 12:00 Galatasaray vs Fenerbahçe Turkey - Süper Lig
19:00 / 14:00 West Ham United vs Wolves Premier League
19:45 / 14:45 AS Roma vs Juventus Serie A
20:00 / 15:00 Stade Reims vs Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1
20:00 / 15:00 Barcelona vs Villarreal La Liga
21:00 / 16:00 Rio Ave vs Vitória de Guimarães Primeira Liga
WhatToWatchThisWeek
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2020.09.20 20:50 FHLBot Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid - La Liga, 20-Sep-2020

Match: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid
Competition: La Liga
Date: 20-Sep-2020
Time: 19:00 GMT (convert to local time)
Referee: Juan Martínez
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2020.09.20 11:54 santickles Help me build the gaming PC I've been daydreaming of for years. I need it for my anxiety, I swear

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I'll mostly be using it for playing current games. I have a copy of Flight Simulator 2020 that I can't play with my current potato laptop and I definitely would want to play it. Other games would be Red Dead Redemption 2, Doom Eternal or the Resident Evil remakes, for example.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Between 1,000€ to 1,300€, which I believe is more or less USD$1,539
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
As soon as possible!
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Tower and components. No OS, keyboard, mouse or monitor. I can use an ethernet cable but I'd also need something to connect to Wifi. I also would need thermal paste and zip ties for cable management, if these things don't already come included with the components.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Madrid, Spain
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I'll be reusing my monitor (LG 24MN43) and a generic keyboard and mouse
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
I don't know too much about this, so I imagine I won't be doing it unless you guys recommend it
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Not really. Whatever is needed for a decent gaming PC within my budget. At least 1TB of storage space would be nice, but definitely not necessary.
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Mostly WiFi, but I can also used wired from time to time. My router is a Touchstone TG3442DE
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Not really. I'm not interested in LEDs. A window for the case would be cool, but again, not necessary if it's going to take money from other parts. Ideally it would be black.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
No 🏴‍☠️
Extra info or particulars:
Nothing that I can think of!
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2020.09.19 23:50 FHLBot Levante vs Atlético Madrid - La Liga, 19-Sep-2020

Match: Levante vs Atlético Madrid
Competition: La Liga
Date: 19-Sep-2020
Time: 22:00 GMT (convert to local time)
Venue: Estadio Ciudad de Valencia
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2020.09.16 21:34 SoloTravelMods ANNOUNCEMENT: Upcoming AMA with Kyra from the No Country for Moving Podcast on SEPT. 23

Hello everyone! We are very excited to host solo-traveling badass Kyra for an AMA on Wednesday, September 23 (an earlier version of this had the wrong month, sorry!). Please see her introduction below:
Hello solotravel!
My name is Kyra, and I'm the 34 year old SOLO BLACK FEMALE traveler, who calls Brooklyn her home. Although these days, most of my travel has been stateside, I always aim to take a good walking tour along with a deep dive of the history of every space, city and locale that I frequent. I'm a passionate urbanist who enjoys creating spaces in the arts and culture with a social justice framework and through the elevation of unheard voices of marginalized communities.
Case in point, I started a podcast called @nocountryformoving. On my podcast, I interview immigrants and migrants from across the globe about their story, political and socio-cultural differences between their native country and their host country, and even what it's like to date outside of their culture!
What is driving this AMA is that I have been traveling solo since I was 20. First to my parent's motherland of Ghana, and then to countries such as Morocco, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, India, and the list continues! Each time I have traveled solo, I received similar responses from friends and family, " Are you traveling with friends? Why not choose another country to go to? Are you sure that is a good idea? And each time my response was adamant, "I'm going and I will be safe." Of course, sometimes I wasn't that safe or made the best decisions, but I learned from them, and one thing that I was very sure about was that I needed to share my story and experiences with whomever I could so I could become a resource to the community as well. As a single Black woman, there have been a lot of insurmountable obstacles that I have faced that should be shared and learned from and I'm ready and willing to do that with you!
My travel timeline for reference:
  • May-July 2008 - Ghana
  • April - August 2010- India
  • September 2010- July 2013 - Madrid, Spain
  • July 2013 - August 2016 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Patagonia, Colombia, Ecuador April - October 2016
Highlights from the Kyra Tour
  • Running with the bulls twice in Pamplona and only falling asleep once
  • Getting lost in Las Fallas
  • Being denied entry on the Moroccan and Spanish border
  • Chamuyando (charming) my way back into Argentina after a return flight from America
  • Getting trapped on the Ecuadorian and Colombian border
  • Trapped in Buenos, Argentina due to a financial snafu
  • Bloodwork debacles in the era of Zika
  • Almost going to jail India
  • Malaria in Ghana
  • Falling in love in Buenos Aires/Patagonia
  • Psychotic bosses in NYC
Check out my travel content via:
Instagram
Facebook
Join me for the AMA and follow up by listening to my podcasts @nocountryformoving on iTunes and Spotify and follow on IG @nocountryformoving and Facebook for stories of immigrants, travelers, and people like you. When you do watch an episode, please #nocountryformoving and reference the episode as well as @kymab on IG.
Do not hesitate to ask me all of the questions, no matter how creepy or off-putting or uncomfortable. Since I'm gainfully fun-unemployed, I'm overeager to answer your questions. So get at me here, IG or Facebook.
PSA: I'm doing this AMA to dispel the myth that Black women do not travel and to provide an entrance into a door of a Black female travel experience. Representation matters!
PSA2: I'm open to collaborations in the future around my podcast, so slide into my DMs or PMs.
Fun Fact: this photo is my birthday weekend over a 10 ago prior to my bed bugs debacle in Essaouira, Morrocco.
We're going to start collecting questions now, so for anyone who's not sure they'll be able to make the AMA in real-time, please post your questions below and we'll move them over to the AMA on the day of.
In the meantime, you can check out Kyra's podcast here
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2020.09.16 00:17 ignaciourreta West Bromich Albion Career - long story time! - from seasons 1 to 6

West Bromich Albion Career - long story time! - from seasons 1 to 6
edit: yes I know I have written Bromwich incorrectly, reddit does not let me edit the title and I have already deleted and posted this twice lmao
After having posted my season 7 squad on this subreddit, I started Reading al lof these CM stories of you guys, so I decided to kinda tell the story of my WBA road to glory, there Will be some blank spaces cuz I didnt document it all, and all I'm writing is just from memory, but as a very famous italian journalist would say, here we go! (also sorry for my english, I’m spanish so it is a bit limited :P). This will be a very very long read, as this story has a lot of chapters waiting to be told!

SEASON 1

Transfers and squad
So I started with WBA with a squad that honestly didn't give me much confidence ahead of this huge challenge. With a Budget of 18 million € there was not much room for big names or huge changes in the squad (that Will have to wait until seasons 2-3). Nevertheless I dove into the market and was able to do some Good signings, obviously letting some players go before (I don’t remember who exactly, this was about 4 or 5 months ago). John Swift and Adam Armstrong were the 2new faces in which I trusted to take us back to the top division of english football, and, to be honest, they did preform. Fun fact #1, not only this was gonna be our first run on the Championship, but also our last one!

Sorry I dont remember pretty much any subs apart from O'Shea and Ferguson
Season review
Things didn’t really started the way one would have liked, as we lost on our season opener against Nottingham Forest 2-0, and honestly our defence was a bit of a joke through the first half of the season, but when we settled in, there was nothing that could stop us: We took the lead of the league in the 18th match against Sheffield Wednesday (who were the leaders at that point) with a commanding win of 3-0, and since then we were untouchable the whole season, winning the league with an impressive amount of 116 points. The team was looking much better, with rising-and future team Captain Dara O’Shea starting to peek his way into the starting XI, and Nathan Ferguson and Leko proving that they might be able to step-up and preform in the Premier League as they did in the second división. For anyone wondering, our cup campaign was absolutely awful loosing in the third round of the Carabo Cup, and in the replay of the 3rd round in the FA cup, but anyway, Premier League football was back at The Hawthorns, and this time it was gonna be for a long time.

SEASON 2

Transfers and squad
This team did a good enough job in the Championship, but it was of my concern the fact that it was not that great for a Good Premier League run, one that could see us staying in the league for many years and heck-maybe even qualify for european football. So it was a bit of a rebuild time, but with 26 million € of Budget again not many big transfers incoming. Those 26 millions were quickly reduced when I realised that our last season star Matheus Pereira was on loan from Sporting Portugal, and that your star left winger Diangana was also not your club’s propriety. 17 million were gone in a blink for the pass of Pereira, and although we made some Good money with sells as Phillips by 7 million, Budget was a bit tight. Other players as Gibbs and Sawyers left the club bringing a bit more of cash to the club. We also made the signing of Faouit Maouassa a very promising left Back that could run the entire pitch, come back to his net, and then run again the entire pitch all in the same sprint, he was quick as a man can get. We tried to get Diangana back but it was just too expensive for us so we went for Said Benrahma from Brentford. Young Diogo Costa came from Porto for about 4 million, but he was gonna be our sub GK as Sam Johnstone was already at 80 OVR, probably will only play the cup games and from time to time a Premier League game, getting him prepared to step up for upcoming seasons, as he was our future keeper. Also we tried to squeeze through m Matty Cash but only a few thousands in bonuses didn't allow us to sign him. Finally, on deadline day I decided to sign Kevin Danso from FC Augsburg for about 5 million as a bit of a gamble for the future, if he preforms and improve he can certainly make it into the starting XI. So the team was a bit stronger, with not much on the bench to be honest but good talent, and what’s more important - a much younger squad tan the one I encountered at the start of the journey.

Diogo Costa and Ferguson improving a lot - looking good for the future!
Season review
Cup-wise it was another awful season, loosing this time in the second round of the Carabao Cup, and again in the replay of the 3rd round in the FA cup, but the objective was not to win a trophy yet, just to stay safe in the midfield of the table. And honestly it was a great campaign on the PL, finishing 6th on the table, just 1 point below Chlesea in 5th, who overtook us in the last game after a painful loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 (They qualified 4th to the Champions League). But crucially there was a big incident in the 23rd game of the season, against Manchester United (which were a direct rival for us despite having a much better team) when Adam Armstrong got a direct red from a tackle to Fred and left us one men down for 50 minutes. Eventually we lost that game, and Armstrong never made it into the starting XI again that season, being sold the following summer (look I know that the one that made that tackle was me but ya’ know, you have to make up a bit of a story from time to time). Overall it was a great season, qualified for the Europa League, with a lot of talent in the squad still growing as Jonathan Leko, already in the high 70s, Dara O’Shea now playing every game from the start, Ferguson and Costa also improving a lot.

SEASON 3

Transfers and squad
This season I knew that we definitely needed a step-up from our squad if we wanted to stay competitive in the top 6 and preform in the Europa League. But I also knew that the transfer Budget was not gonna be anything crazy (40 million-ish this time, not too bad to be fair). Fun fact #2, I already knew that through last season, so in January I did some 0-cost moves looking forward to season 3. There were 3 main names (there was a 4th also, Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United, but he was more of a rotation guy) that we signed whose contract came to an end after the 20/21 season. Firstly, Aboubakar Kamara, he was not gonna be our main striker of course, but a bit of a experienced (and fighting) sub, one of those trouble-maker players that you need on your squad. Secondly, a star signing from Liverpool in the Right Back. No it was not Trent Alexander-Arnold who moved onto Real Madrid at the end of season 1, but Hector Bellerin, who changed London to Liverpool at the end of the 19/20 season, and did not play a single Premier League game under Klopp’s management. So to try and relaunch his career he decided to come to a club that did play an european competition, but was not under the constant lights and cameras that playing for a top-tier team meant. He also was gonna be a good reference to Nathan Ferguuson, and would help him a lot improving. Lastly, we signed Tottenham discard Eric Dier. For some reason he only played a couple of games last year and Tottenham were not keen on renewing his contract, so I gave him a new one! (and with his signing starts a struggle to find the perfect fit alongside Pereira, a defensive midfielder that can also go up to the other team’s field and create some danger, a bit of an all rounder, which Dier was not). Of course those 3 were not our only incorporations that summer, as we were also looking for another Left wing (Benrahama did preform but just was not the kind of lightning player we were looking for on the side of the pitch) another midfielder to have a bit of better rotation on the squad, a new central back, because being honest I was not very safe playing with Ajayi and Hagazi in the defence (both got sold in this summer), and crucially, a new striker that could fill the shoes that Adam Armstrong left after being sold by 25 million. Well, we signed Tottenham sub Ryan Sessegnon for almost 30 million (the most expensive signing in this career so far), Yossouf Fofana from Monaco, maybe the all rounder we were looking for, maybe not, very young, not too much potential but we’ll see; Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge, a very quick striker with some good finalising skills, and Mohamed Salisu from Valladolid, an enormous human being, very quick, with great defensive skills and a lot of potential to unleash at The Hawthorns.

Diogo Costa now was the starting GK, Ferguson was having much more playtime
Season Review
Those new players were gonna be responsable of either a well consistent season and maybe, just maybe a push for the top-4 in the Premier league, or the confirmation that West Brom was a one season wonder and that there was not much more in this squad. It turns out, it was the first one. Not only we gave Man City and Liverpool a good run for their money in the first half of the season (falling a bit in the second half to be honest), but we finished 3rd in the league well ahead of 4th and 5th, Chelsea and Manchester United. Not gonna lie, we have always done way better in the long-term league competitions tan in the cups, but that changed this year. We didn’t get knocked out of the Carabao Cup as usual in the 3rd or 4th round, but manager to get into the final (winning on aggregate 5-0 to Arsenal) against all-mighty Liverpool. It was the first final of this squad, and it showed. Liverpool wiped Wembley’s pitch with our faces in the first 20 minutes, eventually scoring the first goal of the afternoon because of a heavily-inspired Sadio Mané. We were starting to find our place at the pitch from min 20 to min 30, when a bit of light appeared in front of our faces. Daniele Rugani did a criminal foul on the center of the field and was sent out to the locker-room directly; Liverpool were one men down, and our hopes had just rise an immense amount. Emmanuel Dennis scored on the 42’ and we were tied starting the second half, but Sadio Mane had other plans for the match and he put Liverpool on top with just 35 minutes ahead. Crucially, Yossouf Fofana went into the pitch just after the goal to sub Eric Dier in the midfield, and it was his first absolute masterclass as a baggie. Not only he gave the assist to Emmanuel Dennis on the 76th minute to equalize the game again, but scored the decisive goal with just 7 minutes left, beating Alisson and giving West Bromwich their first trophy in 50 years. Since then he was on the starting XI for pretty much the resto f the season. In the FA cup we lost on the semi finals just 3 days after our league cup success against Manchester United, with a 1-1 on the match and a 4-3 loss on penalties, but in the Europa League we were not gonna let go so easy. Indeed, the season ended in a high, winning West Brom’s first European title in their history beating Borussia Monchengladbach by 2-0 in Mestalla; a pitch in which we made an impressive comeback against Valencia after loosing 0-1 in the Hawthorns, winning in Spanish soil 4-0 (4-1 agg) on the quarter finals.

SEASON 4

Transfers and squad
For some reason I did catalogue all the transfers that we made ahead of this season so I can give more details on the operations that we made.
Departures
Solorth - to Real Sociedad for 30 million € (He underperformed massively)
Aboubakar Kamara - to St. Etienne for 7 million € (Was a good free signing, but for UCL football not enough)
Kevin Danso - To West Ham utd. for 15 million € (Did not improve as expected and found a better option on the market)
Said Benrahama - to (???) for (???) - (I know I said I catalogued the moves but this one idk why I didn’t)
Signings
Tuanzebe - from Man Utd for free - did not play much at United and they were not gonna re-sign him so…
Otávio - from Everton for free - gave us a big headache in which is still up to date (I’m writing this after finishing season 8) our toughest loss, 5-1 in Goodison Park. His contract was running off so decided to get a good 80 OVR player.
Fikayo Tomori - from Norwich for 30 million € (Did not taste success at Chelsea, went undercover at Norwich, but now he wanted to return to top-tier football)
Youcef Atal - from Nice for 30 million € (Emi Buendía was not doing nothing wrong, but was not as incissive as Sessegnon on the right)
Brandon Williams - from Fortunata Dusseldorf for 17 million € (The same as Tomori, but from Man UNited to Fortunata in the Bundesliga: Very young with a lot of potential)
Mike Jeffrey Portillo Soler - from Valladolid for 15 million € - He was the replacement for Kevin Danso, much younger and with a lot of potential.
At this point I had about 20 million left and the task of signing a good sub striker. Had my eyes on Patson Daka, but Crystal Palace thought the same as me and they did sign him before I could do anything. After that I saw two young with great potential players that, if they did not perform could give us a great benefit selling them.
Favio Silva - from Oporto for 14 million € (74 OVR)
Troy Parrot- from Tottenham for 7 million € (He was 72 OVR and did not play a minute for the Spurs)

Still improving the rotation of the team
Season Review
From what I can remember this season was the brightest in terms of football that The Hawthorns has seen so far. Being a bit of an underdog as 3 seasons ago we were in the Championship kind of benefited us because our opponents did nos self-isolate just under their nets as they could be doing against europe’s biggest teams. Season started strongly with a 4-1 win over Bayern Munchen ni the Uefa Super Cup, with yet another masterclass from Yosseuf Fofana. We were pressing Bayern so hard they barely got out of their pitch in the second half. Honestly, one of the biggest games WBA have played since Alex Goerge is their manager, defeating in style last year’s Champions League winner. Our main opponent in the Group Stage was Real Madrid, but with them dropping points in both their games against Lazio, and an embarrassing defeat against us in the Santiago Bernabeu by 4-0, their late win at The Hawthorns by 2-1 couldn’t get higher than 2nd place behind WBA. In the domestic competitions things were looking really good as we again did a pretty strong first half of the season in the Premier League an managed to get into the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals against Manchester United. Our run in the Premier League was looking good for a title shot, but unfortunately in the Carabao Cup we drawn both legs against United 1-1 and lost in penalties (like last year against them in the FA cup semi finals) by 4-3. After an “easy” draw against Oporto in the first knockout stage of the Champions league saw us through to face against Liverpool, as lady luck did not seem to be by our side, giving us pretty much one of the toughest rivals we could get. Last year’s Carabao Cup final showed us we still were not a match for them unless something strange happened (like Rugani’s red card, which allowed us to make the comeback), but this season it was different, being just ahead of them in the league, we knew we could challenge them in the quarter finals. And heck we did. A 1-1 in The Hawthorns was not a good result for the second leg but we did still had our chances, and in a game that remembered a lot the Super Cup won in august against Bayern, we knocked out Liverpool winning in Anfield 3-1 with Klopp’s team not creating a single chance in the second half of the game. Suddenly we were in the Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona, leading the Premier League by 4 points with less than 10 games left and in the FA cup semi-finals against Chelsea. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it into the FA cup final, even we pushed Chelsea with our aggressive pressing style up to their goal for the entire game, a late Pulisic goal in the 81’ made me bring out Emmanuel Dennis as I did big rotations for this game (1st squad needed a break). Dennis managed to tie the game in the 88th minute, but yet in another counter-attack Chelsea got us in the 105’. Dennis still had other plans as he socred just ten minutes later the 2-2, and then we were into the penalty shootout again. And we were not good at that. Chelsea won the shootout by a humiliating 3-0, but we still had good chances of winning the Premier and Champions League. We maintained a 4 point lead over Liverpool with 2 games left, the first one at Stamford Bridge, and the Premier League finale ni our home receiving Tottenham. Couldn’t break through Chelsea’s defense but managed to take one point out of the bridge, so we still were only depending on ourselves against José Mourinho’s Spurs in front of our fans to win WBA’s first league title in over 100 years, the first one of the Premier League era. After a boring first half, with much more possession than Tottenham but not too many chances I decided to bring out Troy Parrot (against his former club) to see if he could gave us something that Leko could not. And he absolutely could. He broke trough spur’s defence not once, not twice or even three times, but managed to score 4 goals (one third of all the goals he socred one season) and made West Brom the Premier League Champions of the 22/23 campaign. Out european campaign saw us receive Barcelona at The Hawthorns in the UCLsemi-finals for the first time in the club’s history, an despite Barça took the early lead, Leko and Dennis managed to score one goal each and wrap up the first leg winning 2-1. Half of the work was done, but there was still a visit to the Nou Camp remaining. And it was absolute hell. We managed to get some decent chances in the first half, but Ter Stegen ( as well as in the 1st leg) made some impossible saves. In the second half we just couldn’t manage to get out of our pitch, Barça was a machine of creating goal chances, including one post in the 93th minute. Luckily (or not), we survived on spanish soil and squeezed our way into the final with a nil nil in the second half. We faced Juventus in the season finale for european glory, and the match couldn’t start in a worse way for us. Not only we were missing some incredible chances (Szczęsny did pretty much the game of his life), but Otàvio was given a direct red card with 10 minutes left in the first half. Nevertheless, I knew the spirit of this team was indestructible, and so, Dennis scored in the 75th minute, and gave WBA the biggest trophy of their history. Shoutout to both young strikers Fabio Silva and Troy Parrot, the first one being key for the UCL title (10 goals 9in 10 games) and the second one, not really performing until the last game of the PL, until then he was pretty much out of the team.

SEASON 5

Transfers and Squad
I did not catalogue the transfers this season, so I will do this from memory...
Departures
Mohamed Salisu - to Real Madrid for 75 million € (As I said, there was not much hope on retaining him after Barcelona almost got him on last summer’s deadline day, so a good offer came in and there was not much to do)
John Swift - to Manchester City for 29 million € (A good player, that had been with us since the beginning, but after all the signings made on the midfield, there was not much room for him, so it was silly to deny him a move)
Otávio - to Schalke 04 for 30 million € (Pretty much the same case as Swift, no room for him, and his red card on the UCL finale was difficult to forget… nevertheless he di a really good job the season he played with us, he might come back at some point in the future)
Buendía - to Chelsea for 45 million € (He had been with us since s1, but was not the type of rocketship player we were needing for our counter-attack playstyle anymore)
Youcef Atal - to Valencia for 40 million € - He not only did not fit the rocketship player role that we were aiming for, some good performances against Liverpool and Man Utd that gave me some hope, but was never decisive.
Eric Dier - to Juventus for 30 million € - Really never fit in our squad, with some good performances but never a standout one.
Faouit Maouassa did not go anywhere, but was really close to closing a deal with Barcelona on deadline day, so until he decided to stay definitely 2 months later and renewed his contract, did not play a minute.
Signings
Jack Grealish - from Aston Villa for free (85 OVR, he had nothing to do on a club that was constantly fighting for not being relegated, I suppose he did not want to renew his contract for that reason, so was a great option)
Youri Tielemans - from Leicester City for free (pretty much the same case as Grealish, Leicester was fighting for Europa League positions, and he was ready for much more)
Lucas Fernandes - from Vitoria SC for free (Brazilian, same profile as Pereira, 2 years younger, with less potential but he was a great option as a sub for him)
Boubacar Kamara - from Villarreal for 40 million € - Defensive midfielder, very young (84 OVR), signed him for matches in which we need a bit more defensive skills (against top teams) to be just behind Pereira and give the team a bit more consistency.
Patson Daka - from Crystal Palace for 45 million € (Wanted to sign him last year, Crystal Palace was faster than me, this year he was not gonna play anywhere else than The Hawthorns)
Krépin Diatta - from Eintracht Frankfurt for 75 million € (The most expensive transfer we have done so far in this career, he was 86 OVR and was coming to fix the issue that Atal was not able to. His signing was a very risky one, so he had to perform from day 1)
With Ferguson moving to the centre of the defence as a replacement for Salisu while Portillo Soler kept growing, we had to look for another RB, as Fosu Mensah was okay, but only 79 rated, for a club fighting for Premier League and Champions League was a bit low for being the second option.
Matty Cash - from Southampton for 20 million € - I was really close to sign him years ago, and he was a solid option for being Bellerin’s sub, with Fosu Mensah completing a good rotation on the RB.
Kieran Tierney - from Napoli for 35 million € - This signing was made in a hurry on deadline day with just 4 or 5 hours left as Barcelona and Maouassa were finishing up a deal. Their negotiations ended up badly, Maouassa stayed and now we had him, Brandon Williams and Tierney, three pretty good solid options, none of them was way better than other on the LB.
Illan Mesliar - from Leeds for 15 million € - Also another signing made in a bit of a hurry as Diogo Costa got injured for long duration on pre-season and I only had one more GK

Just Diatta missing for a quality sub - Maouassa loosing his position in the LB
Season Review
Not gonna lie, probably the toughest season so far in this save. We started our league title defense with 3 losses in a row against low tier teams, conceding 8 goals against and not scoring even one, so our league titles were pretty much obliterated from there on. Managed to start picking up the pace, but we never had a consistent enough run to fight for the title again. After the first half of the season we were standing in 11th place, really far from the objective, which was finish inside the top-4 and secure a UCL spot for next year. Managed to finish a poor 4th in the league, overtaking Manchester United in the last game, ending the campaign just 1 point ahead of them. In the domestic cups, we threw away the Carabao cup in round 3, so, pretty much in November, we had no chances of winning the league cup nor the league. Things were not looking good. Fitting Tielemans alongside Pereira in the midfield was being a struggle, and Jack Grealish did not want to be behind Sessegnon in the team, so before the end of the year, they told me they wanted to leave the club. Grealish only play some games from there, but Tielemans ended up changing his mind, but it was really clear that he did not fit the role that Fofana did absolute wonders alongside Pereira. If that was not enough, in december, Leko, our main striker since the beginning of this save told me he was determined to leave, and in January a FC Barcelona offer came in for Hector Bellerin (Barça is the club he grew up in). Tomori also did want to leave the club in january. So yeah, things were not going smooth.
I could not sell Tielemans or Grealish in January yet, and was determined to keep Leko until the end of the season given he was one of the most-if not the most important player of the team. Tomori went to Real Madrid for 60 million as he was not getting the playtime he wanted (ferguson was playing as a CB alongside O’Shea, and Bellerin was in the RB) I managed to convince Bellerin to stay until the end of the season, and in the summer we were gonna let him go to Barcelona back again. Apart from that, Fofana goit injured until late february, so I had to make a move and sign some players. The chosen ones were Juan Foyth, from Granada, with good potential, and Lewis Cook from Florentina, who caught my eye seasons ago, but never was a priority until now. Also, Brandon Williams went on loan to RB Leipzig, as we had three top quality LB and not all of them could have the playtime they wanted.
We managed to get through the UCL group stage, but we were gonna face Real Madrid, and things were not looking good. Fofana got healthy just in time for the 1st leg, and as Tielemans had not worked alongside Pereira so far, decided to put him on the starting team. And what a decision it was. He once again gave another masterclass, we beated Real in Spain 3-1, and then after another Fofana masterclass in The Hawthorns won 2-1 again. So after trying Tielemans so much, it was clear that both our CMs had to be Pereira and Fofana, and Tielemans was gonna be a pretty sure sale next summer. Worked our way onto the UCL final against City (sorry for not giving much more details, but i don’t remember them) , and beat them 3-1 without Leko (I did not think he really deserved to play the last game of the season after telling us he wanted to left the first time things were not going smooth in the team). In the FA cup we won the final against Manchester United, a club that used a really dirty tactic to destabilize us one week before the game: sign Jack Grealish and Leko, both of them at the same price, 75 million €. Pretty much the only good thing this season was the fact that Diatta not only showed he had great potential, but proved he was exactly the player we were looking for, we solved the issue in the right, now wwe had to sort out Pereira’s mate in the midfield (Fofana was good from time to time, but only 81 OVR, one of the lowest in the team, and a really inconsistent player)

SEASON 6

After a tough season 5, we had to sort some things on the squad, and try to do a decent PL campaign, maybe not win it, but at least put up a good fight against Liverpool and Man City.
Transfers and squad
Departures
Youri Tielemans - 100 million to Manchester City - a good business for the club, he did not get out of the club in a bad was (as Leko or Grelaish did), but after trying so hard to fit him in the team’s scheme, it was clear that there was no room for him at The Hawthorns, with the squad playing much better with Fofana instead of him.
Jack Grealish - to Manchester United for 75 million € - did not perform on the pitch, wanted to leave as soon as possible, again, a free signing that reports a 75 million profit for the club, but you don't want players so unhappy in the team or you could easily lose the trust your players have.
Jonathan Leko - to Manchester United for 75 million € - after 5 seasons in the first team, he decided it was time for a new challenge at Old Trafford due to his lack of minuted (I feel this was a bit of an excuse, as he did have the playtime he deserved, playing even more games than top-scorer Emmanuel Dennis)
Hector Bellerin - to Barcelona for 30 million € - after he agreed to stay until the end of the season due to the big trouble the team was going through january, when Barcelona tried to sign him again in summer there was no choice but to let him go. A true gentleman who believed in the early-stages of this project that leaves the club after 3 seasons. Now Ferguson was ready to take on his place on the RB.
Patson Daka - to Real Madrid for 60 million € - he did a pretty rubish season, only scoring 6 goals, and although he was a sub, he played a lot of games, had many chances, but just missed pretty much all of them.
Fabio Silva went on loan to Roma to have a bot of more playtime. His 1st season was much better than Parrot’s one, then the second one was the other way around, so I let one go temporarily.
The departures of Grealish and Tielemans were no big deal as they were not a crucial part of the squad, Bellerin, although he was a great player, did not have any progression left, while Ferguson was already ahead of him in terms of numbers, was younger and did had a lot of potential to unleash yet. So the only really harmful sell was Leko to United.
Signings
Diogo Jota - from Wolverhampton Wanderers for free - this was the only free signing of this transfer window, as the club did not want to keep with this politic of signing players that were running out of contract, as it was a maneuver to expand the club at a low cost. 87 OVR, did not have much to do in a club fighting in the midfield of the Premier League. He was a great option for both the left of the field and as a partner for Dennis.
Renato Sanches - from Monaco for 56 million € - the struggle for finding a good rated player to play alongside Perira continued, but Sanches was clearly a good option, as the player that had worked better with the Brazilian was Fofana, with 80 ish on all his stats, and Renato was a bit ahead of him in pretty much each way. A player with both good defensive and offensive skills.
Allan Saint-Maximin - from Newcastle United for 45 million € - Although Diogo Jota could play in the left, his signing was mostly to be a striker, so Sessegnon still did not have a natural sub, which made it difficult to have him in shape for the big games.
Moise Kean - from Everton for 50 million € - I was not very confident about the signing of Diogo Jota, as other free players that came in did not perform as expected (Tielemans, Grealish), so Kean was a good option that I had been tracking for years, and now his time had come at WBA.
Diego Lainez - from Betis for 40 million € - I did not have a decent sub for Diatta and although he played most of the games I wanted one just in case he got injured or there was little time between important matches

Team full of powerful rotations on all positions
Season Review
This was honestly one banger of a season. The main objective was to be back on top of our game and be competitive again in the Premier League, as last year was a bit of a disaster. This time there was not gonna be experiments as Tielemans was last year, I knew the one that worked better with Pereira was Fofana and he started playing since day 1 of the season, with Renato Sanches having some minutes looking for substitute Fofana, but unfortunately no remarkable games from Sanches proved me that maybe he was not the replacement for Fofana neither. On th other side, the formula that we did know that worked did absolute wonders, and we finished the season unbeaten, with 4 draws, and 106 points, we claimed our second Premier League of our history, just 2 points ahead of Liverpool, who just lost 2 games of the season, both of them against us (0-4 at Anfield, they were one men down since minute 30, and 2-0 at The Hawthorns, so without both victories we wouldn’t have won the league). In the Carabao Cup final we defeated also Liverpool 3-1, a result that also was seen in the Uefa Champions League final, also against Klopp’s squad. No, we did not win the FA cup against Liverpool in the final (we knocked them out in the extra time of the quarter finals), we won it against Manchester City 2-0. The quadruple was ours, but this journey was far from ended. One remarkable moment in the season was the UCL semi-finals against Atletico de Madrid, We drawed 1-1 at The Hawthorns, and in the second leg Matheus Pereira was given a red card after just 20 minutes, so things were looking absolutely horrible. Dennis managed to give us the lead with 25 minutes to go, but Atletico managed to tie just after the kick-off. We went onto extra time and then onto the penalties, which, if you remember, did not give us good memories from a few years ago losing both the Carabao Cup and FA cup semi finals in the shootout. Fortunately, this time we managed to win 4-3. In the january transfer window Brandon Williams returned from his loan from RB Leipzig (and got a lot of playtime just behind Maouassa as Tierney was a bit stuck in terms of progression).
The pictures that I have posted of the team are from the start of each season, but don't tell the full story (i.e. Maouassa starts s5 on the bench as he almost went to barcelona on deadline day so until he renewed his contract he did not play on the starting XI, then mid season he gets his position back and starts s6 as usual)
So guys this has been the story until season 6 of this journey with the baggies, if you have come this far just wanted to say thank you as this has been a lot of work (not only playing, but also writing, again sry for the bad english, and a lot of memory work as I did not have almost anything catalogued). I will be doing another separate post at least for seasons 7 & 8 where I have catalogued a lot more and I have them much more recent in my brain xD. Again thank you for the read, and don't hesitate on leave your opinion or ask anything (if you have beem able to go through all of this)
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2020.09.14 12:39 Dedmon3000 Watching competitive Hearthstone (September 14 through 20)

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If I happen to miss something that should be added, let me know and I will do so. Thanks for reading!
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2020.09.13 21:44 quatrotires What To Watch This Week (14-20 September)

These posts are as much for me as they are for you. So please feel free to reply with your suggestions for what to watch, and make a case for any game to be considered 'must watch', in which case I will bold it. The time zone used to sort games was LIS (Lisbon) time zone, so no, the game is not on a wrong date.
Monday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
18:00 / 13:00 Sheffield United vs Wolves Premier League
19:45 / 14:45 MSV Duisburg vs Borussia Dortmund DFB Pokal Round of 64
20:15 / 15:15 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea Premier League
Tuesday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
18:00 / 13:00 Dynamo Kyiv vs AZ Alkmaar Champions League 3rd qualifying round
19:00 / 14:00 PAOK vs SL Benfica Champions League 3rd qualifying round
19:30 / 14:30 KAA Gent vs Rapid Wien Champions League 3rd qualifying round
20:00 / 15:00 Montpellier vs Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1
Wednesday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
1:30 / 20:30 Santos vs Olimpia Asuncion Copa Libertadores Group G
18:00 / 13:00 Hammarby IF vs Lech Poznań Europa League 2nd qualifying round
19:30 / 14:30 FC Midtjylland vs Young Boys Champions League 3rd qualifying round
20:00 / 15:00 Paris Saint-Germain vs Metz Ligue 1
Thursday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
1:30 / 20:30 U. Catolica vs Grêmio Copa Libertadores Group E
17:00 / 12:00 IFK Göteborg vs FC Copenhagen Europa League 2nd qualifying round
18:00 / 13:00 CSKA Sofia vs BATE Europa League 2nd qualifying round
19:00 / 14:00 Wolves vs Stoke City EFL Cup
19:00 / 14:00 Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan Europa League 2nd qualifying round
19:45 / 14:45 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Portsmouth EFL Cup
19:45 / 14:45 NK Osijek vs FC Basel Europa League 2nd qualifying round
20:00 / 15:00 Olympique de Marseille vs Saint-Étienne Ligue 1
21:00 / 16:00 Racing vs Club Nacional Copa Libertadores Group F
23:00 / 18:00 São Paulo vs River Plate Copa Libertadores Group D
Friday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
1:00 / 20:00 Ind. del Valle vs Flamengo Copa Libertadores Group A
19:00 / 14:00 Famalicão vs SL Benfica Primeira Liga
19:30 / 14:30 Bayern München vs FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga
20:00 / 15:00 Olympique Lyonnais vs Nîmes Olympique Ligue 1
Saturday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
14:30 / 9:30 1. FC Köln vs 1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga
17:00 / 12:00 Fiorentina vs Torino Serie A
17:30 / 12:30 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Premier League
17:30 / 12:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga
18:30 / 13:30 Sporting CP vs Gil Vicente Primeira Liga
19:45 / 14:45 Hellas Verona vs AS Roma Serie A
20:00 / 15:00 Arsenal vs West Ham United Premier League
20:00 / 15:00 Stade Rennais vs Monaco Ligue 1
20:00 / 15:00 Celta Vigo vs Valencia La Liga
21:00 / 16:00 FC Porto vs SC Braga Primeira Liga
Sunday
Time (LIS / LIS -5) Match Competition Round
11:30 / 6:30 Parma vs Napoli Serie A
12:00 / 7:00 Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League
12:00 / 7:00 OGC Nice vs Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1
12:00 / 7:00 Hibernian vs Rangers Scottish Premiership
13:00 / 8:00 FC Copenhagen vs Brøndby IF Danish Superliga
13:30 / 8:30 Feyenoord vs FC Twente Eredivisie
13:30 / 8:30 AIK vs Hammarby IF Allsvenskan
16:30 / 11:30 Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League
17:00 / 12:00 Başakşehir vs Galatasaray Turkey - Süper Lig
19:45 / 14:45 Juventus vs Sampdoria Serie A
20:00 / 15:00 Olympique de Marseille vs Lille OSC Ligue 1
20:00 / 15:00 Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid La Liga
20:00 / 15:00 Grêmio vs Palmeiras Serie A
WhatToWatchThisWeek
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2020.09.12 07:23 Significant-Notice- The fragility of herd immunity

Trouble in the Madrid region is brewing again, even though earlier seroprevalance had clocked in at about 20 percent:

Good for New York of course, here is a thread discussing the comparison, to me the conclusions seem premature. The important point in any case is that Covid-protected time periods need not last forever, and you can end up in multiple rounds of “let it rip.” As far as I know, this is the first established case of a major “second wave” in a previously hard-hit area.
The good news is that Madrid cases seem to have peaked, and furthermore the death rate is much lower the second time around, the latter ben one good reason for postponing cases into later time periods rather than taking them all up front.
Note also that England has had months of open pubs, and a very quiet situation, but now cases there are doubling every six to seven days (FT). Don’t switch back to talk of deaths! The “simple” theory of herd immunity is surprised to see that new trend in cases. What I call semi-herd immunity suggests a high degree of protection for the current configuration of social relations, after some point. As those social relations change, some of that temporary herd immunity dissolves, as new infecting connections are being created and new superspreaders arise and do their thing. But that takes a while, possibly months.
The herd immunity theorists downplay the possible temporariness of the equilibrium they pinpoint. They instead prefer to focus on the (correct) point that most of the mainstream approaches did not forecast the collapse in deaths and hospitalizations found in England, Sweden, New York, and now parts of the American South. In reality, you need to put both sides of the picture together, and grasp both the insights and limitations of the herd immunity theorists.
So herd immunity does seem to be fragile, and if other developments (treatment, antivirals, steroids, masks and thus lower dosage) lower death rates, bravo, but case behavior still moves against the simple herd immunity theory, at least in Madrid. How fragile we still do not know, and I readily grant and indeed would emphasize that Madrid is the only major counterexample to date. Appreciate the limits of knowledge!
If you listen to Ivor Cummins, a darling of the herd immunity theorists, he doesn’t seem to grasp these problems of possible temporariness (he loves to switch to talk of deaths at just the wrong time), but rather treats herd immunity as “it’s over,” with a few vague qualifiers tossed in at the very end. We will see.
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2020.09.10 11:18 Snoo_3158 Bosses get away with far too much, I know it, you know it and the toxic bosses reading this will already be frothing at the mouth.

LetsTalkAbout ....

Bosses get away with far too much, I know it, you know it and the toxic bosses reading this will already be frothing at the mouth. So it’s time they start getting called out, let me make a commitment to you here. If you’re going through anything related to the following subject, you’re not alone! I’be got your back.
How many of of you have ever worked for a toxic boss? They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
You’ve got the: - The Passive Aggressive One 😠 - The Genuinely Aggressive One 🤬 - The Stalkery One 📹 - The Belittling One 🔨 - The Paranoid One 🎭 - The Gas Lighting One 🕯 - The Compulsive Liar 🤥 - The Sexist One (Sex Pest)👺 - The Racist & Xenophobic One🐷 - The One with the inferiority complex 🐜 - The Narcissistic One 🥀
But occasionally, you find that rarest of beast. The ones that skull around LinkedIn often typing “THIS IS NOT FACEBOOK” on posts that talk about human rights issues whilst gleefully mashing “something something something snowflake” on their own page.
Of course I am talking about the arsehole incarnate who takes all the toxic traits above and combines them Thanos with the infinity stones to become the inevitable mega Arsehole.
Toxic bosses; settle down boys and girls and listen to a tale of a boss so toxic, so terrible that his name has become somewhat of a meme in inner circles.
The following events are based on a true story.
For a long time I’ve been in contact with, watched, learned and even worked with just such a beast. (I’ll insert an emoji of the representative persona as we go along).
His actions are of so much notoriety that “pulling a Metcalfe” or “they’re a proper Metcalfe” has become a common turn of phrase amongst some of my colleagues and connections.
“Eh he’s probably just got a bit of a twisted sense of humour” is what I thought initially, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I probably let a few things slide to begin with but in hindsight my new work colleagues saying “Be careful around him he’s bit, ya know” should have been a red flag on day one.
🎭 This particular beast took the form of my divisional manager at a large recruitment agency I worked for (he’s now left after essentially making himself unemployable over a series of sexual harassment cases also search are, as far as I am concerned in no way liable for his actions, they’re a top company) it was an odd experience. The paranoia was obvious from the start with him telling me “Don’t talk to Dunc or James, they’re bad news”, they were actually alright blokes but they just didn’t like him as he haemorrhaged staff due to treating them like shit. In fact I was the only one in the office who liked him.
A: “What do you think Mark meant by that?” N: “Errrm he asked how your weekend was?” A: “Exactly, why would he ask that?” N: “Because that’s the sort of inane conversation you have at an office job on a Monday morning”
🕯He juggled his work and his drinking problem quite well although would often keep me away from my desk on “long lunches” where I’d sit and listen to his inane ramblings about colleagues and his wife whilst he sank multiple pints, he would always say “I’m the best boss you’ll ever have, no other boss would let you get away from being away from your desk for this long” which I guess was accurate but he would then turn around the following day and say “Why are you behind on KPIs? I’m keeping you in this job right now”
A few months in and two staff members down (both having lasted no more than 1 and 3 months respectively) I assisted to hire a new person, still under the impression that it was just the market that pushed the other two out. I brought in a young girl from my previous company, she did well from the off.
👺 Then things started getting strange and she stopped socialising with us both on break times instead opting to spend it with other colleagues which is fair enough.
I wasn’t wise to the real reason this was happening at this point in time. Turns out the boss man had been sexually harassing her for weeks, going as far as to say “Book a meeting in London or somewhere far away so we can expense a hotel over night, have a few drinks, see what happens”. He is.... Not particularly attractive... Nor very gifted with charm either... Oh and 15+ years this poor girls senior.
🥀 He had also concocted a fantasy relationship between her and I (without sounding arrogant he was blatantly jealous of my looks and lifestyle at the time as I was young and single whilst he was relegated to scouring Tinder, Bumble and PoF behind his wife’s back and failing miserably, he went as far as to create a tinder profile using my picture and his name) so would often belittle me in front of her as a way of showing he was “the alpha”.
Really it just made him look petty.
📹🥀🐜👺 He would ask for explicit details of dates I’d been on, for their names and for photos. He’d find women who I had gone out with with on Facebook and try to add them for... Uncertain reasons 🤷🏻‍♂️.
One day after work we went for drinks where he spent a good 10 mins saying to our latest hire:
“You look really good, you look good, them jeans fit you just right, what sort of men are you in to? Older men with cash? Or pretty boys like Nick? Bet you like older men don’t you! Like that money” over and over.
She was visibly uncomfortable, the next day he was talking about how much of a flirt she was with him.
🔨 He would try to find faults in all things I (and any of his staff) would do, be it inside or outside of work. His life must be miserable and he gets his validation and happiness from “punching down”, for him if someone is doing better from what he sees as a “lower class” or has a chance of becoming better than him at anything it is his priority to keep them down, whilst sucking the dirt from the boots above.
This isn’t unique to me either, it seems that every ex and current employee of his had the same treatment. He actually failed the probation of one employee who I found for him back when he was a client of mine because of “mental health reasons”. This employee had billed £30k in two months but had taken a week and a half off work for mental health issues. He quit.
Going for a meal with him on lunch was a strange experience, watching him sink 7 pints over some tapas, go to work, sink 4 more after and then see him drive home constantly had me a little uneasy.
These meals were often filled with such great snippets of conversation such as:
🐷 “I’m not racist you know, a lot of people think I am but I just don’t like f**kin Pakis... Little rag heads”
or
“Your bird is only with you for a green card, that’s all you’re good for is green card ass foreign birds don’t get the craic like English ones, I’m funny you see, you’re not. That’s why you date foreigners” (my partner has two degrees and a masters in Law & Business)
👺 “I like to hurt my wife sometimes, turns me on when she cries. I took a video of it and uploaded it to PornHub.... That’s illegal? Meh who doesn’t love a bad boy”
Or him speaking to foreign waiters like they are toddlers (sigh):
“EY! Name? You... name? Javi? Football? Citeh, me... Me Citeh. You Barcelona? You Madrid? He, United. Shit hahahahahaha”
Pretty embarrassing for a “grown man”.
Me being able to speak Spanish seemed to upset him, anything that someone else could do that he couldn’t or could do better was seen as a threat.
🐜👺🔨🤥 This is an odd one and not many will be able to relate but worth putting in whilst I’m on this tangent. Often he would question my ability when it comes to boxing despite never having seen me box. I would invite him to the gym to train together and do some sparring, he would always cancel last minute but not till he says “I train with Quigg you know” and then would insist on telling a story of how he once knocked out three Greek policemen on a stag party 5 years ago and how he could “one bang” me if he wanted to. He also nearly got me banned from my favourite tapas restaurant after he ran up a bar tab by himself and told them I would pay for it the next time I was there.
🤥🐜🕯📹 Once I stopped working for him things became clearer but he was left alone with our new hire who also left shortly after I did. He would call and message me to criticise the name of my current employer, the content I put on LinkedIn, the market I worked in (if he didn’t understand something, which was a lot of things, that was also a threat to him). He had also ramped up his sexual harassment and taken to stalking a guy his final employee was kinda dating on social media, adding him, deleting him, adding him again, viewing his profile multiple dimes a day and went as far as to encourage me to “Beat him up” as he told me that she and he kinda had been reporting ME to HR for sexual harassment (after I had left the company) which seemed odd.
Basically he lived in a fantasy world of his own creation so when HR sat him down and told him he had been naughty his mind somehow interpreted that as “Nick has been naughty”.
🕯🔨🤬 At some point I ran in to financial difficulties and spoke to him about it, that was a mistake! As whenever a debate happens on LinkedIn comes up that he loses (which is all the time seeing as he builds strong opinions based on nothing but a headline in the Sun and has no real understanding of how anything works) he will drop in a “You payed your council tax yet?” Or similar.
👺 He blocked me after he got caught sending dick pics to female recruiters on LinkedIn and I told him he should apologise and do some damage limitation... He still denies doing any wrong and went as far as to comment on the status of person who called him out calling her names.
Why do I write this? Well, after he blocked me I was able to catch up with a few ex colleagues and employees and found their stories of working for him were similar to my own and how working for him had affected their mental health and even careers.
Here is where the fun starts:
He unblocked me a month or so ago and started asking questions, trying to get “dirt” on me, about my relationship, about my work life, about my finances etc.
He would send me a single message “#2020” sometimes multiple times per day in relation to my side busienss as it hasn’t made £80k in 6 months of operating.
I’ve spent the last few weeks listening to his incoherent ramblings about BLM, the EU, racism and of course his attempts to put me down, little did he know I have been baiting him (this can be something as innocuous as saying “City aren’t going to sign Messi” he sees that as an attack on him, also asking him deliberately loaded questions such as “How do you get to that conclusion?” or “Explain what you mean by that?” He would then tie himself in to knots and get angry as his logic fell apart in front of him. Until he then showed his true colours.
Taking my moment to call him out for the unhappy little man he really is and his response of listing how many houses he owns and therefore he can not possibly be unhappy whilst I have “a green card ass” (again referring to my partner as a lesser being because she isn’t from England) before he once again, blocked me.
It’s time to stand up against such arseholes. Stop them in their tracks. Show the world who they really are.
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2020.09.09 16:16 dntowns Long sleeve replica 20-21 third kit?

Can't find a replica long sleeve version of the new third kit on adidas nor real madrid shop. Anyone know where I can find them or whether they will go on sale at a later date?
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2020.09.08 18:46 mattisafootballguy Transfer Talk Thread: 8th September - 14th September

Transfer Reliability Guide

Se Queda. This thread is dedicated to all transfer related news.
Tier 3+ sources will be listed from now on only, but feel free to list all sources you find in the comments.
last updated: September 13th
Key:
✅ = Source supporting the possibility of transfer.
❌ = Source not supporting the possibility of transfer.
Linked IN Source Tier Date
Eric Garcia Pep says Garcia does not want to extend his City contract Pep 6th August
Eric Garcia City rates Garcia at 23m as that's what they paid for Ferran Torres, both have/had one year left on their contracts - Marçal Llorente 3 7th August
Eric Garcia Barça will not pay for Eric Garcia the same as City has invested in Ferran Torres (23 + 12). If a reasonable agreement is not found, over 10 million, he will wait for it to be released in January reports Miguel Rico 2 8th August
Cancelo Barcelona and City are talking about an exchange of Semedo for Cancelo and Eric Garcia - Albert Roge 3 22nd July
Neymar Neymar isn't feasible says Bartemou in latest interview Official 2nd August
Lautaro Still a top target for Barcelona, he (Lautaro) will not come unless Suarez leaves says Polo. 1 21st August
Lautaro The leaders of Inter Milan have requested a meeting this week with Barcelona management to define the future of Lautaro Martinez, who is claimed by the Catalan club. - 24th August
Lautaro Javier Zanetti (Inter VP) says Lautaro will not leave Inter citing he's part of the club's future Official 9th September
Maxi Gomez Barcelona have expressed interest in him - SER 2 2nd September
Wijnaldum Oriol Domenech is reporting that Van de Beek is on his way to Manchester United. He says our focus has shifted to Wijnaldum. 2 29th August
Wijnaldum Wijnaldum gives his okay to Barcelona. Three season contract and a 15-20m euro fee, Koeman wants him 3 1st September
Wijnaldum There's a debate at the club between signing Thiago or Wijnaldum. Thiago has his supporters, but right now the Dutchman is the favorite says Campos 1 2nd September.
Wijnaldum Liverpool expects Wijnaldum to stay this summer reports Pearce - 13th September
Depay & Wijnaldum Barcelona are leading the race for Depay after starting contact with his agents - but not advanced negotiations yet with OL. Koeman is pushing to sign Wijnaldum. It’s up to the club, considering Thiago too 2 7th September
Depay & Wijnaldum Koeman wants Depay at Barcelona and Wijnaldum at Barcelona - 4th September
Depay Barcelona continues to advance on Depay. Nothing yet agreed, but negotiations are underway. 3 5th September
Depay Lyon wants at least 25 million euros for Depay according to Bouhafsi - 7th September
Depay Barcelona are working to get Memphis Depay - personal terms agreed but no official bid to OL yet reports Romano 2 11th September
Angelino Koeman wants the full-back at the club, City values him at 30m euros says Sam Lee. - 22nd August
Thiago Thiago will not come to Barça reports Llorens 3 7th September
Thiago Some key figures in Barcelona rather Thiago over Wijnaldum reports Martinez 1 7th September
Linked OUT Source Tier Date
Semedo Barcelona and City are talking about an exchange of Semedo for Cancelo and Eric Garcia - Albert Roge 3 22nd July
Suarez Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Suarez Juventus in Turin is a well-placed team to take Luis Suárez but they want to know how long the operation would take and how much they would have to pay the Uruguayan. It is up to Barcelona to make a move 1 28th August
Suarez Juventus have begun to push strongly for Luis Suarez - Constant contacts. The parties will update in the next few hours. Very strong interest. - 1st September
Suarez Both Suarez and Vidal are negotiating with Barcelona for their contract terminations. Agreement between Juventus and Suarez is very close, while Inter is just waiting to finalize the deal for Vidal. - 1st September
Suarez Luis Suárez is still waiting for Barça to release him in order to close his departure. He is facilitating the procedures. Juventus, Atlético Madrid and PSG are interested. Right now, for him, Juventus is the closest for a move says Romero 2 3rd September
Suarez Suárez approaches Juventus. The Uruguayan is examined next week to have the Italian nationality and be able to play in Serie A reports Roge 3 5th September
Suarez Juve continue to work tirelessly on signing Suarez. From tomorrow, probably NOT Monday, the Uruguayan will take the language exam necessary to continue the citizenship practice. Everything is done and agreed with the player. Open dialogue with the Barcelona on compensation. - 6th September
Suarez Suarez has done everything with Juventus and Barcelona, now he just needs a passport. Juve is doing everything for him to get the passport reports Agresti. - 7th September
Suarez The future of Luis Suárez is not clear. At the moment there is no agreement for the exit, but the Uruguayan is very upset with the club, it does not help to facilitate his exit reports Martinez 1 10th September
Suarez Suarez has decided to stay at Barcelona reports Martinez 1 11th September
Umtiti Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Monchu Barcelona are delighted with Monchu's attitude and season. If the player were to leave, Barcelona would want 'control' over the player says Lloren. 3 6th August
Emerson Milan wants to lower the value of Emerson. Evaluations in progress, Maldini hopes for a discount from Barcelona on their total request of €32M says Longo. - 9th August
Several players Javi Miguel says that Rakitic, Braithwaite, Vidal, Firpo, Umtiti, Dembele, are all going to enter in transfer operations. Griezmann, Suarez, Alba, Semedo, Roberto may also possibly enter the market. Busquets, Pique, and Alba may also leave but the club wants to keep them in the short term. 2 16th August
Several players According to Cat Radio, no one is 'untouchable' (hinting that they can be transferred) besides Messi, Ter Stegen and De Jong. 2 16th August
Pique, Roberto, Busquets, and Alba The intention is to keep these four players but to lower their salary as they earn the most at the club reports CAT Radio. 2 24th August
Messi Messi will stay at Barcelona Messi September 4th
Pique Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Vidal Barcelona hopes to get money from Rakitic and Vidal reports Romero 2 24th August
Vidal Inter and Barcelona are in talks, Conte wants him says Romano 2 31st August
Vidal Inter will sign Vidal next week for free, the player is not training today reports Romano 2 5th September
Suarez and Vidal Suárez and Arturo Vidal close to leaving Barça 2 6th September
Vidal Inter are confident to complete Arturo Vidal deal with Barcelona this week. Just a matter of detail. His contract until June 2022 is almost ready. 2 7th September
Vidal Barcelona will authorize his transfer to Inter sometime in the next few hours or days. Vidal will then fly to Milan to complete his transfer reports Romano. 2 13th September
Vidal His transfer to Inter is coming to a close in the next few hours/days. Vidal is expected to do his medical in Milan within the same time period. Barcelona expects a Rakitic-esque deal for him reports Romero. 2 14th September
Rafinha Rafinha is about to leave for the EPL for a fee of 14 million euros reports Llorente. He has one year left on his contract. 3 9th September
DEPARTURES Price (€) Club
Arthur €72.00m+€10.00m in variables Juventus
Carles Perez €11.00m+€3.50m in loan fees Roma
Cucurella €10.00m Getafe
Arda Turan Free Galatasaray
Rakitic €1.50m+€9.00m euros in variables Sevilla
ARRIVALS Price (€) Club
Pedri €5.00m Las Palmas
Matheus Fernandes €7.00m+€3.00m in add-ons Palmeiras
Trincão €31.00m Braga
Pjanic €60.00m Juventus
Rafinha End of loan Celta Vigo
Todibo End of loan Schalke 04
Alena End of loan Betis
Oriol End of loan Twente
Miranda End of loan Schalke
Coutinho End of loan Bayern
Gustavo Maia* €4.50m Sao Paulo
Moussa Ndiaye* €500k Aspire Academy Dreams
Fabian Luzzi** Free Rayo Vallecano
*Barca B transfer
**Juvenil A
Current Squad (21):
GK (2) DEF (8) MID (7) ATT (5)
(1) Ter Stegen (16) Wague - (10) Messi
(13) Neto (2) Semedo (5) Busquets (9) Suarez
(26) Pena (3) Pique (22) Vidal (7) Griezmann
x (23) Umtiti (8) Pjanic (11) Dembele
x (15) Lenglet (21) de Jong (31) Ansu Fati
x (6) Todibo (20) Sergi (19) Braithwaite
x (18) Alba (28) Puig Trincao
x (24) Firpo Pedri
x (33) Araujo Fernandes
x Miranda Oriol
x Rafinha
x Alena
x Coutinho
How I choose sources:
  • Most sources are at least related to Barca or the target's club/league/nationality
  • Most sources have to be around 2 weeks old. To try and stay relevant to what's going on currently.
Sources will be updated per the sources I find as well as sources that are posted in this thread.
IMPORTANT:
  • The point of this isn't to suggest what transfer is going to happen. It's to provide everyone with a lot of sources so you can come to your own conclusion. Also to reduce comments asking if we've been linked to a player and transfer rumor posts.
  • This isn't an Open Thread, the discussion has to be relevant to transfers. Discussion regarding the way the team can set up is allowed here and is encouraged.
I am open to suggestions on how to improve the table, I appreciate the help.
Please link your sources when you post a rumor.
Credit to DakMontana and toskuch for this thread format!

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2020.09.07 13:25 Dedmon3000 Watching competitive Hearthstone (September 7 through 13)

VODs:
Upcoming events:
If I happen to miss something that should be added, let me know and I will do so. Thanks for reading!
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2020.09.07 04:12 Mercy--Main Hi Reddit. Can you build me a PC better than my laptop for the price of a PS5?

I like my laptop but It's starting to fail and it can't run well the most demanding games (Still surprisingly good, though!)
So now the PS5 is coming around and I've been saving for it. But what if I built an (upgradeable) PC instead?

Anyways, sorry for that intro, you only care about the specs I assume. Here they are:
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
RAM: 8 GB
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
I think that's all the important parts but if you need anything else let me know and I'll check.

And here's the questionnaire the bot insisted on me having in the post:

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
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2020.09.06 22:35 threaddo Post-Match Thread: Spain 4-0 Ukraine [UEFA Nations League, Round 2]

FT: Spain 4-0 Ukraine

Spain Score Ukraine
Sergio Ramos 3' (pen.) [1]-0
Sergio Ramos 29' [2]-0
Ansu Fati 32' [3]-0
Ferran Torres 84' [4]-0
Date: 06/09/2020 — 20:45 CEST, 14:45 EDT, 19:45 BST, 00:15 IST
Competition: UEFA Nations League (Round 2)
Venue: Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano (Madrid)
Referee: B. Bastien

Lineups

Spain Notes Ukraine Notes
WDWWD LWDWW
Manager: Luis Enrique Manager: A. Shevchenko
1 David de Gea 12 A. Pyatov
15 Sergio Ramos PG 3'; G 29'; SUB 61' 4 S. Kryvtsov
22 Navas 22 M. Matvienko
21 Reguilón A 32' 18 O. Tymchyk
4 Pau Torres 16 B. Mykhaylichenko
10 Thiago Alcântara 11 Marlos SUB 56'
6 Mikel Merino 14 I. Kharatin SUB 63'
7 Daniel Olmo A 29' 8 R. Malinovskiy YC 77'
16 Rodri YC 37'; SUB 69' 17 O. Zinchenko
9 Gerard Moreno SUB 74' 7 A. Yarmolenko SUB 79'
17 Ansu Fati G 32' 9 R. Yaremchuk

Substitutes

Spain: Eric García (SUB 61'), Óscar Rodríguez (SUB 69'), Ferran Torres (SUB 74'; G 84'), Unai Simón, Rodrigo, Gayà, Carvajal, Busquets, Llorente, Fabián Ruiz, Kepa
Ukraine: V. Tsygankov (SUB 56'), S. Sydorchuk (SUB 63'), V. Kovalenko (SUB 79'; YC 90'+1'), I. Plastun, A. Lunin, Júnior Moraes, V. Supryaha, Y. Konoplyanka, O. Karavaev, E. Sobol, H. Bushchan, Y. Makarenko

Timeline

3': Goal! Sergio Ramos scores (Penalty) — Spain [1]-0 Ukraine .
29': Goal! Sergio Ramos scores [Daniel Olmo assist] — Spain [2]-0 Ukraine .
32': Goal! Ansu Fati scores [Reguilón assist] — Spain [3]-0 Ukraine .
37': Yellow card shown to Rodri ( Spain).
56': Substitution for Ukraine: V. Tsygankov in, Marlos out.
61': Substitution for Spain: Eric García in, Sergio Ramos out.
63': Substitution for Ukraine: S. Sydorchuk in, I. Kharatin out.
69': Substitution for Spain: Óscar Rodríguez in, Rodri out.
74': Substitution for Spain: Ferran Torres in, Gerard Moreno out.
77': Yellow card shown to R. Malinovskiy ( Ukraine).
79': Substitution for Ukraine: V. Kovalenko in, A. Yarmolenko out.
84': Goal! Ferran Torres scores — Spain [4]-0 Ukraine .
90'+1': Yellow card shown to V. Kovalenko ( Ukraine).

Match Statistics

Spain Stat Ukraine
5 Corners 1
10 Fouls 1
2 Offsides 0
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2020.09.06 20:53 barcaxavi FC Barcelona Google Calendar 2020-2021 (user modified)

I updated the calendar with the new events (it's been live since 2013!!), so if you guys have already subscribed to it before, your work here is done.
For newcomers the calendar is >>>HERE<<<
(just click the +Google Calendar sign in the bottom right corner to add it)
The rules remain the same:
If you have any advice on how to make this calendar better, don't hesitate to tell.
Such a hard year behind us on every possible level. Let's hope Koeman can build something all of us (and Messi 🤞) can be really passionate about again.
¡Visca el Barça i visca Catalunya!
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2020.09.06 10:13 S-Santiago Found this cool MV on YouTube revolving around Rising Sun Arc

Storyline dated back in 2018, a prophecy of what is to come in the Madrid Olympic Football Tournament?

LINK


Imo, animation is very cool but too bad it is Japan-only emulator, Pachinko or sth. Any more info would be appreciated.
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2020.09.04 19:29 mikroself De Jure Capital - what does it even mean?

I'm loving the CK3, just like all of you :D
It's cool that some questionable mechanics from CK2 have been removed, for example you can now change councilors jobs without time limit - previously it was apparently so embarrassing to tell your marshal you've changed your mind, that you had to wait (half?) a year to do it.
But, there is one weird game mechanic which imo makes little historical sense, but for some reason it got more fleshed out and focused on in CK3 - de jure capital.
Previously, it had some significance for gameplay (counts with the duchy's de jure capital would desire the duchy), but it was basically hidden - you had to know about it, and in order to check which county is the capital, you had to check where the map focuses when you click "go to". Now you can clearly see de jure capitals on de jure map modes, can't give away your de jure capital, can always move your capital there (even if you moved it before) and probably there's more like that which i didn't discover yet.
Some of it is probably just a consequence of CK3 communicating things more clearly - which is great. But, i hope some of you might want to engage with me in tackling this issue:
wtf is de jure capital even supposed to represent
De jure kingdoms/empires, if taken literally, mean:
  1. This land had always been ruled by one king. If parts of it have split, the most powerful ruler has the divine/natural right to restore order and bring the people again under one banner
This makes sense for the Byzantine Empire, for Persia, or for Egypt. It doesn't make sense for tribal lands which have at this point in history never been under any sort of big, centralized state. Thankfully for them, there is the second way of thinking about de jure kingdoms, the one i personally prefer:
  1. This land geographically forms a coherent whole. It is bordered by mountains and seas, and between them, flat plains and navigable rivers make all who live there interact with each other and form a community. If it was conquered by a strong ruler, it could be a basis for a strong state with natural borders.
This is most evident for example with Pannonia - just look at the satellite image of Europe and the shape is right there. With most regions the situation is more complicated, but i still feel that both CK2 and CK3 did a decent job at drawing de jure kingdoms if we think about them that way.
So, going back to de jure capitals :D
  1. Some cities have such a historical and cultural significance, that it would be improper for any other city to be a capital - obvious example here is Rome. This is however quire rare, especially with the earlier start date and tribal lands.
  2. Some cities are a natural candidate for a center of power, due to their location. For example, Constantinople, sitting on the opening of the Black Sea - whoever controls it, can control who can trade in the Black Sea. This makes The Best City ™ fulfill both point 1 and point 2. Another example is in Hispania. There are populous cities on the northern coast and on the southern coast, between them there's mostly dessert. But, if you wanted to rule the north and the south as one coherent kingdom, it would make sense to rule it from the center - that's Madrid irl, in game it's Toledo, that's close enough.
Now with all the small talk out of the way, let me ask the real question: what does it mean that Kraków is de jure capital of Wendish empire, or even of Poland, if we're talking about times before the unification of Polish tribes? In real life it was conquered off the Bohemians and later the capital was moved there, presumably due to it being a successful commercial centre. In alternate history, if there was another, more developed city up north, this move would make no sense.
As such, i feel that the whole de jure capital business is wonky at best :/ Why not dynamically make the most developed county into de jure capital, or remove it completely?
I would love to hear the community's voice on the topic :D
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2020.09.03 19:11 OnceUponAStarryNight (OC) OPERATION MESSI, PART ONE: THE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL REALITIES

Please feel free to read more of City coverage here.
Section One: The Legal Battle
Before there was the Isco Disco™, the seemingly perennial (and at times bi-annual) links to Real Madrid’s talented attacking midfielder – before there were transfer sagas that eventually resulted in the sale of high profile stars like Leroy Sané, or being spurned by the likes Dani Alves, Alexis Sánchez, or Jorginho – there were the links to Lionel Messi.
Dating back to 2011 when it was reported that City’s bosses had met with Lionel Messi’s entourage to ascertain the diminutive superstar’s intentions in light of news that Barcelona were trying to sign then-emerging Brazilian talent Neymar, rumors linking the Barcelona star to City have been injected into the news cycle like a steady drip from an IV. The links would continue over the decade, with City officials taking each chance they were given to impress the Argentinian, both on the pitch and off it.
Speculation that Messi could actually join City reached it’s zenith during the first half of 2016 when it was announced that his former Manager, Pep Guardiola, would be joining the Manchester club. That his arrival happened to coincide with Messi entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Camp Nou, speculation reached new levels. Though there were many who wondered aloud if circumstances may be ripe for a move, in the end no formal approach was made. City embarked on an expensive and extensive rebuilding project for their new star manager, one that was largely built on the backs of precocious young talents like Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Gabriel Jesus, along with a cohort of tenured City stalwarts like Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva.
With the 2016 summer window coming having come to a close with no formal approach having been made, Messi put pen to paper on a new four year extension with the only club he’s ever known. In doing so he set a new standard for himself financially, earning a compensation package that’s worth anywhere between €45m and €100m a year depending on which source you choose to trust. In turn the club gained the safety of an untouchable €700m release clause. Also inserted into that contract was a little thought of termination clause that would allow Messi to void the final year of his contract should he choose to do so. But it would be that clause, one few expected he would ever trigger after a lifetime at the club, in combination with the emergence of global health pandemic that would set the stage for one of the most stunning transfer sagas of the century.
If the journey to reach this day has been long, and the path winding, the process of actually signing Messi is likely to be even more complex. So while this will be a meandering article that will cover many topics – from contract law, to FIFA rules, to finance, it’s perhaps best to start at the beginning.
What About His Release Clause?
On August 25th a Burofax arrived at the offices of Barcelona Football Club containing official, legal notice of Messi’s intent to activate the termination clause in his contract and become a free agent. It’s this clause, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon that clause, that lie at the heart of all the difficulties that have followed.
Only a few people are privy to the exact terms of Messi’s contract, but it has been widely reported that his contract contained a termination clause that would allow him to void the final season of his deal as long as he provided notice of his intention to do so prior to June 10th. Under normal circumstances that date would’ve allowed him somewhere between two and four weeks from the completion of the season to serve notice that he would be leaving. However, due to league shut-downs brought about by the pandemic, Messi’s season didn’t end until August 14th, by which point his termination clause had long since expired. As a result Messi’s future has been left in limbo, with the outcome hinging upon complex and sometimes competing legalities, financial difficulties, and a healthy dose of hubris.
While the player’s camp will continue to try and make the argument that his clause should be honored due to extenuating circumstances, Barcelona is certainly under no obligation to do so and Joesp Bartomeu, President of Barcelona, is plainly in no mood to to do. He is in fact in no mood to allow Messi to leave under any circumstances other than the complete fulfillment of his €700m release clause.
Could City Trigger His Release Clause?
Though there were reports circulating that the €700m release clause built into Messi’s contract had somehow expired at the end of this season, those reports have been shown to be false. On it’s face, the reports made little sense, as all players in Spain are required to have a release clause, so the idea that he suddenly did not never didn’t add up.
The reports led to La Liga taking the highly unusual step of publicly and officially declaring that Messi is still very much bound to Barcelona, and that his release clause is still very much in force. Again, operating under the assumption that Messi does indeed have a release clause (as he is legally obligated to) and that La Liga hasn’t foolishly exposed themselves to a lawsuit for falsely disseminating details of his contract in an official and public capacity, that would mean that the one guaranteed way for City to move the transfer forward would be to pay his release clause.
For obvious reasons paying €700m for a transfer fee alone would be extremely challenging under the existing Financial Fair Play frameworks. While clubs have the ability to amortize the costs of a transfer fee over the duration of a player’s contract, that would still leave City on the hook for €140m a year in expenses over the next five years (should they sign Messi to a five year contract) for the fee alone, before accounting for any potential salary. The numbers only get more challenging if the contract is for the two years that’re being reported. In that case City would have an FFP hit of €350m per year for the next two years just for the transfer fee.
Assuming a salary in in the range of €60m per year, that would leave City shouldering a FFP hit of somewhere between €200m and €410m per year. The first number would be extraordinarily challenging, the latter, likely impossible.
Given the financial difficulties associated with triggering his release clause, and Barcelona’s – or at least Bartomeu’s – stance that they will not agree to sell Messi for a lesser fee, that leaves all parties looking at what would likely be a protracted legal battle.
Could Messi Secure His Exit Through The Courts?
That, in many ways, is the million dollar question. While Messi and his attorneys will argue that extenuating circumstances should allow him to have the June 10th deadline in his contract extended to reflect the date when the season actually ended, it’s hardly a certainty that the Spanish legal system will allow this.
Thanks to excellent reporting work done by a team of writers at The Athletic, including City correspondent Sam Lee amongst many others, we know that under Spanish law deference is always given to the specific date when a question of interpretation arises in contracts. Plainly, that means that Messi and his team would have an uphill battle on their hands to show that his option to terminate his contract should be honored more than two months after it actually expired.
The one saving grace they may have is if there was what is known as a ‘force-majeure’ subclause attached to his void-option. Force-majeure is a fairly common clause to see written into contracts that protects one or both parties from harm due to unforeseeable, and catastrophic events (the term literally means, ‘force of nature.)’ In the event that there is such a clause, it would give Messi’s legal team a fighting chance. They’d still need to successfully argue that the Coronavirus pandemic qualifies as such an unforeseeable and devastating act, and they may very well do so successfully, but it’s far from a sure thing. If there is no such clause, the odds of success are likely stacked firmly in Barcelona’s favor.
There is, of course, another problem with needing to go to the court: legal proceedings take time. Sometimes a lot of time. Even under a best-case scenario (from Messi’s perspective) it’s likely that any legal battle would last months, taking both the player and any interested parties well beyond the transfer deadline of October 5th.
If Messi Believes His Contract Is Void, Could He Just Sign For Whomever He Wants?
Let’s call this the, “going rogue” option. As I’ve discussed above, Messi is in a sub-optimal position from a legal perspective, but if he’s really of the opinion that his contract is indeed void, could he just sign for City – or whomever else he wanted to – anyway?
In short: yes, he could… But both Messi and the acquiring club would be subject to an Article 17 Breach, and Barcelona would then be in an extremely strong position to bring a lawsuit for breach of contract, holding Messi liable for (at least) the full amount of his €700m release clause, plus whatever material damages that Barcelona feels it might incur as a loss of his services. That amount could, at least theoretically, be even greater than the €700m from his release clause, depending on what types of de-escalation clauses are (or are not) tied to Barcelona’s various marketing contracts.
Unfortunately, In order to understand the second part of those potential liabilities we have to delve into the realm of hypotheticals.
For example: Barcelona is reported to receive somewhere between €140m and €155m a year from Nike as their primary kit sponsor. If there is a clause in that contact that would trigger a decrease in that payment should Messi leave (as is likely to be the case) to, say, €100m a year, Messi could be held legally liable for the €40m-€55m loss Barcelona were to incur.
Again, and I cannot stress this enough, that’s a hypothetical scenario, but it’s likely that Nike would demand language to that effect before signing the biggest kit contact in history. There may be no such clause, or it may be for a smaller – or larger – number. No one besides the interested parties knows.
Furthermore, should the loss of Messi lead to a devaluation of the club by the lenders currently financing the club’s debt of approximately €1.3b, that could trigger escalator clauses that could increase their interests rates on those loans. Again, the club would have a strong legal position to argue that Messi is liable for those increased expenses.
These may all be hypotheticals – we don’t know what clauses (if any) are attached to Barcelona’s sponsorship agreements, and if so, how much they would cost Barcelona should Messi leave during this window. But there are almost certainly a bevy of material damages Messi could be held liable for, and those – along with the €700m release clause – would constitute the better part of a billion Euros.
The odds that Messi is bold enough to throw caution to the wind to simply sign with whomever he wants without being absolutely certain that his contract with Barcelona either is, or will be voided would be suicidally foolish, and as such it’s highly unlikely to happen.
Additionally – as if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid going rouge – if Messi were to sign for another club without being absolutely certain his contract was indeed voided and FIFA were to review the case and side with Barcelona – which seems unlikely given their stated guidelines on contracts as it pertains to contracts and Covid-19 (more on this in a moment) – Barcelona or FIFA could file an Article 17 complaint.
Article 17 of FIFA’s Transfer Regulations states that in the event that a player unilaterally terminates his contract without just cause, the player is liable for all potential damages.
“In all cases, the party in breach shall pay compensation. Subject to the provisions of article 20 and Annexe 4 in relation to training compensation, and unless otherwise provided for in the contract, compensation for the breach shall be calculated with due consideration for the law of the country concerned, the specificity of sport, and any other objective criteria. These criteria shall include, in particular, the remuneration and other benefits due to the player under the existing contract and/or the new contract, the time remaining on the existing contract up to a maximum of five years, the fees and expenses paid or incurred by the former club (amortised over the term of the contract) and whether the contractual breach falls within a protected period.”
Additionally and specifically to address potential meddling by the acquiring club, it goes on to state in section two that no third party can pay the resulting damages (IE: a club can’t pay those damages for the player).
Additionally under section three the player would be subject to a ban from all competitions for a period of 4-6 months depending on the severity of the breach.
And of last, but of course not least, the acquiring club would be subject two a minimum two window transfer ban.
What About FIFA, Could They Intervene On Messi’s Behalf?
There is, at least in theory, some ground for thinking this may be a possible avenue for Messi to escape his contract, and it would involve invoking Article 14 of FIFA’s Transfer Regulations, which states,
A contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is just cause.
Exactly what FIFA would accept as a just cause remains to be seen, as the wording of the clause is incredibly vague when compared to, say Article 15, which governs contract termination for sporting cause, and to my knowledge, there have been no attempt at invoking Article 14.
In Messi’s favor would be FIFA’s own declared stance that contracts should handled with the spirit of the contract in mind as they declared in their April 7th release to address the legal consequences of Covid-19. Of relevant note:
“If parties cannot agree and, as a consequence, cases come to FIFA, the factors to be examined will include the following:
Invoking Article 14 or appealing directly to FIFA are of course hardly grantees of success. In the case of Article 14 it will be difficult to define precisely what qualifies as ‘just cause.’ Messi clearly wants the spirit of his contract to be honored, but he has not been materially harmed in any way by the club, and as such, that argument may not be enough.
And though the FIFA guidelines with regards to player contracts exist, they are guidelines, not official policy, and have never been subject to any kind of legal test like the ones they would surely face at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who are the designated arbitrators for FIFA. Should FIFA agree with Messi that his contract is voided, Barcelona’s next step would be to file an immediate appeal to CAS and hope for an injunction.
As if all of that weren’t muddy enough, this is where things get really murky. Let’s say FIFA declares Messi’s contract void and he immediately signs with a new club, but upon review, the Court of Arbitration for Sport were to rule in favor of Barcelona – what then? Is Messi’s new contract voided? Are the new club and/or Messi liable for damages? Worse still – what if a Spanish civil court ruled Messi is in breach of contract regardless of what FIFA or CAS say?
This is, to say the least, extremely shaky legal ground that has no precedent to guide it, and both Messi and his new club would be taking an enormous financial risk even if FIFA were to back the player’s desired move.
Given the enormous financial risks involved, it’s unlikely that either the player or the acquiring club would have much of a stomach for this fight, even if the odds of success were somewhat better, especially if such resolution were to take another five to six months to achieve, during which time the player would be in limbo, and the club be deep into the most meaningful matches of their season.
What else is possible?
With Barcelona’s stance appearing to be fixed – no negotiations will be had – and all legal avenues either against the player or on unsteady legal footing, and with both sure to take many months to finalize, what other options does Messi have?
So far Messi and his camp are taking an approach that would be familiar to fans of the American NFL – he has refused to show up to mandatory team actives in violation of his contract – a holdout. In doing so he’s made himself subject to fines that could cost him his paychecks, but he’s also ratcheted up the pressure on Barcelona to find a solution.
If Messi’s stance is indeed to hold out – to refuse to play for the club without signing for someone else – he’s showing that he’s willing to stay at home for an entire year and in the process forfeit his pay. That, at least in theory, leaves the club in a bit of a bind. Assuming they don’t care about the optics of playing hardball with a club legend – and it certainly doesn’t appear Bartomeu cares much for what those around the club think of him – then the holdout does very little from a financial perspective. In fact, they can maintain all of their sponsorship agreements as they are, and the club won’t have to pay Messi a single Euro (at least in base salary, he’d still be due his image rights and other provisions). In doing so the club would likely save somewhere in the neighborhood of €45m/€60m – Messi’s exact salary is unknown.
Although we don’t know what stipulations are attached to Barcelona’s many sponsorship agreements as it pertains to Messi, it’s fair to say the club stands to lose a lot of money if Messi is sold or released before the start of the season. As a result it could be that Bartomeu’s refusal to sell Messi is borne less of any malignance toward the club legend than it is pure economics. In short, he may believe that between the money the club save in salary they aren’t paying Messi, in addition to the sponsorship revenue that they would be able to maintain – there is no financial agreement that could be made that would be of greater value than meeting his €700m release clause.
Or it could simply be that Joesp Bartomeu is an egomaniacal ass. There’s certainly some precedence for the belief, as the long – and ongoing – legal battles between Barcelona and former star Neymar clearly illustrate. The two parties have been engaged in near perpetuity from the moment the player left for PSG in a string of lawsuits, countersuits, and countersuits to countersuits; with the club accusing the player of being in breach of contract, while the player accuses the club of refusing to pay him wages he is owed for his time with the club. All of which was preceded by attempts by La Liga to intervene on the club’s behalf by initially refusing to accept his buyout clause, while lodging appeals with UEFA surrounding PSG’s adherence to Financial Fair Play.
The lesson: Barcelona under Bartomeu is not averse to engaging in long, protracted legal engagements against star players even when there is precious little to be gained by doing so.
So What’s Most Likely To Happen?
Regardless of whether Barcelona’s stance under Bartomeu is the result of financial imperative, ego, or a combination of both, it’s left no one with a clear path forward, and it may be that in the end the best option for everyone is for Messi to simply see out the final year of his contract, and sign a pre-contract with the club of his choice, free of any legal ramifications Barcelona could bring to bear, on January 1st.
As it stands today, September 2nd, Messi is less than four months away from such a situation. With nothing but a contentious legal minefield awaiting him – a field where there are no real winners, only those who lose less – perhaps it’s an opportunity for Messi to prove to the Barcelona faithful one last time that even in the face of the absurd stance of the club’s President, one man, despite being short of stature, can find yet another way to rise above the rest.
Section Two: The Finances
Determining what type of financial package an acquiring club would have to put together to make a Messi transfer a reality is a multi-part problem. The first requires determining what type of fee would be required to secure the players release from his current club, the second would be determining how large his wage packet would be.
In most cases these matters are relatively straight forward, but due to the legal uncertainty surrounding Messi’s contact status with Barcelona, and the enormity of his existing wages, the task of signing Messi is anything but routine.
In order to paint as thorough a picture as possible we’ll first explore the three primary scenarios in which Messi could sign for another club: by payment of his release clause; through a negotiated fee; or on a free transfer after securing his release, or in the winter window.
We’ll then look at ways that City may try to finance such a move.
Paying The Release Clause
The easiest way, and indeed perhaps the only way that Lionel Messi will be leaving Camp Nou during the summer window, will be for an interested club to take the audacious step of meeting his daunting €700m release clause. Doing so would require that club to find a way to finance a fee most triple that of any that’s ever been paid. To say the least, there are very few clubs in the world who could dream of financing such an outlay, but Manchester City may be one of the few who could.
In City’s favor will be the fact that they have a large amount of liquid assets at their disposal after the sale of 10% of the Club to Silver Lake Capital for $500m (£389m/€423m) in November of 2019. It is possible that the club could utilize the capital raised in that sale to fund – at least in part – his release clause. What would be more difficult, would be funding the remaining €275m. Seeking to sell more shares of the club is likely out of the question – such ventures take at a minimum many months to complete, and City have just over a month to raise the necessary capital. That would likely mean taking out a loan.
If we assume that City can raise the funds, and/or have the willingness to do so, the next question is how can they account for that expense under the constraints of Financial Fair Play?
Working in that club’s favor will be what’s called amortization. Though we briefly touched on the concept earlier, let’s do it slightly more justice now. Amortization at it’s most basic is the process of spreading a payment out of a longer period of time.
What may be confusing to some in this instance is that the actual payment itself would not be able to be spread out – if someone want’s to trigger Messi’s release clause they will need to find a way to furnish the entire €700m in one go. Instead what this is referring to, as we touched on earlier in the article, is how the payment is accounted for.
As a result of this allowance, a player’s transfer fee, at least for the purposes of compliance with Financial Fair Play, is usually not accounted for as a single lump sum, but rather is apportioned out across the length of the players contract. Still, no matter the accounting methods used, the acquiring club would be looking at a substantial FFP hit.
Reportedly Messi is only interested in a two-year contract, if so, that would leave the acquiring club in a highly untenable position, as that would mean taking an FFP hit of €350m per year on the transfer fee alone before accounting for any salary he would be owed. If we assumed a fairly conservative wage packet of €50m/yr for the Argentinian superstar that would mean the acquiring club would be taking on an eye-watering €400m FFP hit for each of the next two seasons. To give that number some context, Manchester City’s entire player expense sheet for the 2019/2020 season was roughly €450m. Even if Messi were to accept a longer five year contract, the Financial Fair Play hit would be €190m per season.
However, as a result of the Silver Lake sale, and the capital it raised, City aren’t necessarily priced out of this move. If the contract is only for two years, they can use that cash influx in any three-year Financial Fair Play accounting period. Th Silver Lake capital alone wouldn’t cover the expense of Messi, but it would take them more than half way home, and that combined with the sale of someone like Riyad Mahrez or Gabriel Jesus – two players who’s minutes would be directly impacted by Messi’s arrival – would get them closer.
The club could then do what Juventus did in renegotiating their sponsorship with Jeep after their acquisition of Christiano Ronaldo. Though City have only recently locked in their new apparel deal with Puma, their long standing – and much maligned – sponsorship with agreement with Etihad is due to expire at the end of the 2021 season. City could, at least in theory, use the acquisition of Messi as justification for renegotiating that contract at a significantly higher value – just as Juventus has.
Further, they could get creative with their wage packet. The could offer Messi a token salary, along with full image rights, and competition bonuses – all things we would normally receive – but make the bold move of offering him an ownership stake in City Financial Group. Given the firm valuation £3.89b that was imparted upon them with the Silver Lake acquisition, a 4% share of CFG would be worth roughly £155m. That would be strong compensation for two years service.
In that scenario, City may, just barely, be able to ride a combination of a fortuitously timed capital injection, player sales, a cleverly designed wage packet and renegotiated contracts, over the FFP finish line. Still, it would take every resource at City’s disposal to cover that release clause and even then, it may not be enough without the sale of another significant player or two.
Let’s call this scenario highly unlikely.
Paying A Negotiated Fee
In most cases, including that of Christian Ronaldo at rival Real Madrid, losing a long-tenured star player is a painful process, but one that both club and player work to make as amicable as possible. Doing so protects both the players image amongst supporters, and the clubs image to those who may with to join in the future. It’s never been a necessity, clubs have always been free to refuse to sell, and players have alway been free to hold out to try and force a move away – but football has an unspoken gentleman’s agreement that when a painful situation arises, it will be handled with class and dignity.
Josep Bartomeu does not appear to be a man who cares for the rules of convention. Whether it was with his aforementioned treatment of Neymar, or as it would appear to be in this instance – when Bartomeu has decided a player will not be allowed to leave, he would appear to mean that quite literally.
Though many may view that behavior as petulant or egotistical (and it may well be), there is a another far more likely culprit driving his decision making: financial imperative.
Though Barcelona are an incredibly wealthy and successful club, they are also a club carrying a significant debt load (almost €1.3b), and one that would appear to have been particularly hard-hit by the impacts of Covid-19, with the President himself taking the unusual step of declaring, “since March 14, we have barely receieved nearly €1. We have lost €200 million in revenues. 200! We have recovered some money by reducing wages and with the ERTE. We had to close the shops and the museum and there were no ticket sales. We also gave money back to season ticket holders for the games that were not played.
While the motivations of that kind of statement should be questioned – heads of major companies are loathe to publicly declare loses as it negatively impacts their leverage at the negotiating table – there’s no doubt that the pandemic will have hurt the club.
On it’s face then it would appear that agreeing a fee for Messi would be a logical move to counteract that financial pain. After all, they could secure a significant fee, whilst ridding themselves of his onerous wage bill.
There are, however, hidden landmines that may be lurking in the field should the club allow Messi his leave. The first and most obvious is that there are likely de-escalator clauses in many of Barcelona’s sponsorship agreements. Just as Juventus was able to renegotiate their primary kit sponsorship with Jeep, it’s likely that there are clauses which would see Barcelona’s major sponsorships cut dramatically in the event Messi leaves.
Perhaps worse still a decline in the valuation of the club – such as the one Real Madrid saw when Ronaldo left – would have more than a paper impact on Barcelona. That’s because when a club takes out a significant loan, such as the €800m loan it’s said to have taken out this past year for renovations of Camp Nou – they’re using the value of the club as collateral against that loan. A significant change in valuation, such as the one that would happen as a result of the loss of Messi, would likely impact the interest rates Goldman Sachs charges.
At the end of that Bartomeu is a businessman. Though he may not be the most pleasant man when he doesn’t get his way, it’s more likely that he has simply looked at the bigger financial picture and come to the conclusion that there genuinely is no fee of less than €700m that would offset the loses he feels the club would incur should Messi be sold this summer.
Logically speaking, if that weren’t the case, there’d be no obvious reason for his refusal to even accept the possibility of negotiating his stars release. He surely understands that Messi could leave the club on a free in ten months time – and sign a pre-contract in less than four – and has decided that despite this, it still makes more sense to refuse to allow the player to leave.
Perhaps it’s merely hubris, or arrogance, or petulance that’s led him to this position, but it’s unlikely that he’s reached this point in his career – as the head of the highest grossing sports franchise on Earth – by being that emotional. Whatever personality traits Bartomeu may possess, he’s a prudent man, and his stance is likely borne of that same view.
Waiting Till The Winter Window
If we operate under the assumption that financing the acquisition of Messi by triggering his release clause is either impossible, or implausible enough to treat as such; and that Barcelona will remain steadfast in their refusal to sell – as they very much appear to be – then that leaves Messi but one way out: on a free at the expiry of his contract.
If Messi is forced to stay at Barcelona, he can use it as one last opportunity to further cement his already indelible legacy with the Barcelona fanbase: a player who acted with class and dignity in the face of an ignominious club President. In the process he can use that time to solicit the very best offers from clubs around the world, maximizing the value of whatever contract he signs next.
Messi’s decision to leave the only club he’s every know has always appeared to be a hasty one; driven as much by a realization that Barcelona would be unlikely to deliver his dream of one last Champions League win given their current aging roster, as it was the sting of their humbling at the hands of an ascendant Bayern Munich side.
However, if Messi’s desire to leave had been driven in part by those factors leading up to his announcement, he now likely has a greater one: a disdain for Bartomeu. Though the President’s tenure is up for vote in March, he’s likely to retain his position, and it’s hard to envisage a scenario where Messi agrees to sign a new contract under his tenure, as all faith in his, or the Club’s willingness to honor the spirit of those contracts is now likely decimated.
It will also give Manchester City, and any other clubs that care to make a run at his signature, time to formulate concrete plans for how they’ll fund such an acquisition.
In the meantime, all anyone can do is wait. Perhaps Bartomeu will have a change of heart, or perhaps the approach of the deadline and the threat of losing Messi on a free will compel him into last minute negotiations. Perhaps the player will initiate a lengthy, costly, and uncertain legal battle either though the Spanish courts or through UEFA to try and secure his release during the winter window. But as of this moment, all signs point to Messi playing out the final season of his contract with Barcelona, perhaps reluctantly, before making a decision that will inexorably alter not only his life, but a significant portion of the European football landscape.
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2020.09.02 12:53 majinmattossj2 Brazilian Big12 series, Episode 8/12: Corinthians

Previous episodes: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional
In this series I will present each of the 12 Brazilian teams that together compose the "Big 12". My point is to make them more knowledgeable to you, since each one of these teams have their share of the Brazil national team success and of Brazilian club football accomplishments as a whole. I'll try to be as smooth, efficient and non-boring as I can. If the feedback is positive, I'll keep bringing more to this series. So ok, let's do this!
Method: I'll present the teams in a chronological order, from the oldest foundation (Flamengo-1895) to the latest one (São Paulo-1930). The order will be: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional, Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, Cruzeiro, São Paulo. How many of these have you heard of?
Extra clubs: Due to a high number of requests, I'll also present 3 teams who don't belong to the Big12, but are also considered big clubs in Brazil: Bahia, Athletico Paranaense and Coritiba. Welcome to the club!
Geographical reference: Before we start, I'd like to ask something very simple from you. I want you to keep in mind that these 12 teams are spread in 4 different States in Brazil. The club's State name is written below, next to the club's name. It has a direct link to Google Maps, so that you can check it out to make this experience more accurate.

Episode 8/12: Corinthians (State: São Paulo), founded in 1910

State rivals: Palmeiras, São Paulo, Santos

Stadium: Arena Corinthians / Pacaembu (Old)

Mascot: Musketeer

Major achievements: 2 Club World Cup (2000, 2012), 1 Copa Libertadores (2012), 7 Brazilian Leagues (1990, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2015, 2017), 3 Copa do Brasil (1995, 2002, 2009)

State League titles: 30 (Against Palmeiras' 23, Santos' 22, São Paulo's 21)

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The kings of São Paulo and the team of the people (1910-1954)
Corinthians was founded in 1910 by a group of factory workers in São Paulo, inspired by Corinthian FC, an English team that was going on an excursion in Brazil. From the first moment of Corinthians foundation, their president stated that they would be the "team of the people, and that the people would make the team". It was a manifest against the aristocratic trend of only allowing rich and white people into football clubs.
In Brazilian football early days, there wasn't a national league until 1959, so the teams would play inside their own state, in the State Leagues. In this São Paulo State League Era, Corinthians rose from nothing to become the most victorious team inside the state, with 15 titles, notably leaving behind their rivals Palmeiras (12), São Paulo (8), Santos (4), and also traditional teams from the amateur era such as Paulistano (11). If there was a national league in this period, Corinthians would certainly be a serious title contender, along with Fluminense (from Rio de Janeiro state league) and their archrival, Palmeiras.
Highlights to Corinthians early-1950s decade, when they won 2 State Leagues (1951, 1952), 3 Rio-São Paulo Tournament (1950, 1953, 1954) and 1 Pequeña Copa del Mundo in Venezuela (1953).
Tournament Champion Runner-up 3rd place
1950 Rio-São Paulo* Corinthians Vasco Portuguesa
1951 São Paulo State League Corinthians Palmeiras Portuguesa
1952 São Paulo State League Corinthians São Paulo Portuguesa
1953 Rio-São Paulo* Corinthians Vasco São Paulo
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians Roma (Italy) Barcelona (Spain)
1954 Rio-São Paulo Corinthians Fluminense Palmeiras
Corinthians notably won, undefeated, the 1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo against Roma (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and Caracas (Venezuela). Barcelona, of the Hungarian star Kubala, were the current Spanish and Latin Cup champions; Roma, 6th placed in the Serie A; and Caracas, the home guests. Corinthians won their 6 matches, as you can see below. The topscorers were Luizinho (Corinthians) and Kubala (Barcelona) with 5 goals each.
Tournament Match Goals
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 1-0 Roma (Italy) Luizinho (1)
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 3-2 Barcelona (Spain) Luizinho (2), Kubala (1), Moreno (1), Carbone (1)
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 2-1 Caracas (Venezuela) Cláudio (1), Carbone (1), Aguirre (1)
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 1-0 Barcelona (Spain) Goiano (1)
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 2-0 Caracas (Venezuela) Cláudio (2)
1953 Pequeña Copa del Mundo Corinthians 3-1 Roma (Italy) Luizinho (2), Cláudio (1), Galle (1)
Later in 1958, Corinthians provided the Brazilian National Team with two players in the World Cup title campaign, notably the legendary goalkeeper Gylmar, starter in 1958 and 1962. He played 395 matches for Corinthians, before moving to Santos in 1961.
1954-1977: the drought and the Rivellino Era
In this period, Corinthians went through their longest title drought of their history, without winning a single trophy. Technically, they won the 1966 Rio-São Paulo Tournament, but it had to be shared with 3 other teams due to a lack of dates to end it.
Between 1965 and 1974, Rivellino (born 1946), a creation of Corinthians youth system, was the team's main star. He played 474 matches for Corinthians, scoring 141 goals, and represented his club in the 1970 and 1974 World Cups. He never managed to win the then prestigious State League title, or even the National League, reaching the State League final just once, in 1974, losing to their archrival Palmeiras. He was "found guilty" of losing the final and was released from the club, sold to Fluminense. You can see some of Rivellino magical skills in this amazing skills-only video (3mn08s video).
In this difficult era, Corinthians also counted with legendary star Garrincha in 1966. However, his form was already declining at the age of 32, and he only appeared in 13 matches, scoring 2 goals.
Curiously enough, Pelé played professionaly from 1956 to 1977, almost the exact time Corinthians went trophyless. When Pelé began to shine in football, he used to say that he was rejected in a Corinthians trial in 1954, and therefore cursed that "while I (Pelé) play football, Corinthians will never be champions again". Pelé retired on the 1st of October 1977, and 12 days later, on the 13th October 1977, Corinthians 23-year title drought was over, as they won the 1977 São Paulo State League, 1-0 against Ponte Preta, with a goal from Basilio, at minute 81.
1976: The Corinthians Invasion
A year before Corinthians drought was over, one of the biggest events in the history of Brazilian football took place, the Invasão Corinthiana. The 5th of December 1976, a one-match-only Brazilian League semi-final would happen in Rio de Janeiro, between the home guests Fluminense (of Rivellino, who left Corinthians in 1974) and Corinthians, from São Paulo, 450km away from Rio.
The hype was intense. Fluminense were the frank favorites: 10 of their starting 11 had already been capped to the Brazil NT, they were called the Tricolor Machine.
The Maracanã 146.000 capacity would be split half-half. 70.000 tickets were given to Corinthians by Fluminense, and they were sold out in less than 3 hours. Tens of thousands of Corinthianos started moving from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro 2 days before the match: by airplane, bus, car, motorcycle, bike, taxi, it didn't matter, the Rio-São Paulo highway was dominated by Corinthians supporters (pic). On Saturday 4th, one day before the match, the city and the Copacabana beach of Rio de Janeiro became a huge Corinthianos party. Hundreds and hundreds of black and white flags and shirts all over the city.
On the day of the match, the atmosphere inside the Maracanã was INTENSE (5mn video). More than ever, Corinthians needed to end that title drought. Inexplicably, Corinthians fanbase had their biggest growth during the 60s/70s title drought. That's why they say that only the Corinthians supporters know what it's like to be a Corinthiano, that's why they nicknamed themselves "the Sufferers". Because they are the legitimate team of the people.
The match started under a moderate rain, and the pitch wasn't at its best. Fluminense opened the score at '29, with this goal from Pintinho. Corinthians needed at least a goal to go to extratime, and found it at '29 with Russo, after a corner kick. The rain intensified, and the pitch turned into this horrible mud. Not much happened afterwards, and the match went to the penalty kicks. Corinthians GK Tobias saved Fluminense's 1st and 2nd p.k., while Corinthians scored all their 3 penalties, and Fluminense only 1 out of 3. Zé Maria then scored Corinthians 4th penalty and qualified his team to the 1976 Brazilian League final.
However, Corinthians lost the final 0-2 to Falcão's Internacional, playing away. But the epic Invasão Corinthiana of Rio de Janeiro would be forever remembered in the Brazilian football history - this very good 46mn documentary comes back to 1976 and also shows the 2000 (Rio de Janeiro) and 2012 (Japan) Club World Cup posterior invasions.
1977: the State League title and the end of the drought
In 1977, Corinthians 23-year title drought finally came to an end, after they won the State League title. They played 48 matches, with 30W-6D-12L, cumulating 55% of the points. In the big final, they beat Ponte Preta 1-0, with Basílio scoring this eternal goal at '81.
It was Corinthians' 16th State League title, while their rivals had 18 (Palmeiras), 13 (Santos) and 11 (São Paulo) at that point. So, even without winning a State League title for 23 years, Corinthians was still fighting for São Paulo state title record.
1982-84: Socrates and the Corinthians Democracy
In the middle of the Brazilian military dictatorship, Corinthians chose to wave a flag in favor of democracy. It all began in April 1982, with the nomination of a sociologist, Adilson, to the football director job. Adilson liked to listen to the players, and along with politicized players such as Sócrates, Wladimir, Casagrande and Zenon, decided to establish an innovative democracy inside the club.
Basically, every decision (contracts, inside rules, etc) that was to be taken would be decided by voting. From the president to the average worker, all had the same right to vote, and the same vote weight. For example, thanks to this voting system, married players didn't need to sleep in hotels before matches with the rest of the team anymore. They would also use the Corinthians kit to spread political opinions in favor of democracy--such as the sayings "Diretas Já" ("Direct voting Now") and "Eu quero votar para presidente" ("I want to vote for president").
In April 1984, the Amendment Proposal For Direct Voting was rejected by the Chamber of Deputies, which collaborated to the departure of Sócrates to the Italian Serie A (Fiorentina), and to the end of the Corinthians Democracy. This talented generation won the São Paulo State Leagues of 1982 and 1983, and reached the 1982 and 1984 Brazilian League semi-finals.
This notable team provided the charming Brazil of 1982 (5mn46s video) with Sócrates, who played 265 matches for Corinthians, scoring 172 goals between 1978 and 1984.
1990: the first Brazilian League title
After winning the 1988 State League title, Corinthians won their first Brazilian League title in 1990. Led by midfielder Neto to the knock-out stages, Corinthians defeated Atlético Mineiro in the quarter-finals. In the 1st leg, they did a 2-1 comeback, with both goals from Neto: the first with a header and the second shooting from inside the box. In the 2nd leg, a 0-0 tie put Corinthians in the semi-final stage against Bahia.
In the 1st leg of the semis, Bahia opened the scored, but Corinthians tied with an own goal. Neto scored the 2nd goal with his trademark style, the free-kick. In the 2nd leg, a 0-0 tie was enough to put Corinthians in the final.
In the final, a derby between Corinthians and the São Paulo of Zetti, Cafu, Leonardo, Raí and the coach Telê Santana (former 1982 Brazil coach).
In the 1st leg, Wilson Mano scored the only goal of the match at '4. Fabinho (Corinthians) almost scored the 2nd after this brilliant run and conclusion, saved by Zetti, and Ronaldo (Corinthians GK), fantastic as always, kept Corinthians goal secured with great saves. In the final 2nd leg, Corinthians scored the only goal of the match at '54, after a great one-two between Fabinho and Tupãzinho, with the latter scoring the goal, and securing Corinthians first Brazilian League title.
Ronaldo (GK) and Marcelo Djian (CB) were both elected to the League's Best XI.
Corinthians kept the good shape and won 2 more State Leagues (1995, 1997) and 1 Copa do Brasil undefeated (1995), as well as 2nd place in the 1994 Brazilian League, with a new generation led by Viola and their eventual big idol, Marcelinho Carioca.
1998-2000: National legacy, champions of the World and the Copa Libertadores trauma
Tournament Champion Runner-up 3rd place 4th place
1998 Brazilian League Corinthians Cruzeiro Santos Portuguesa
1999 State League Corinthians Palmeiras Santos São Paulo
1999 Brazilian League Corinthians Atlético Mineiro Vitória São Paulo
2000 Club World Cup Corinthians Vasco Necaxa (Mexico) Real Madrid (Spain)
Vampeta, Rincón, Marcelinho and Ricardinho. The high-level of this midfield make the hearing of their names sound like poetry. The best Corinthians of all-time counted with other monsters such as GK Dida, Paraguayan CB Gamarra, LB Kléber, and the FW duo Luizão and Edílson. 5 of these guys were with the Brazil NT in the 2002 World Cup.
In this period, Corinthians won the 1998 and 1999 Brazilian Leagues, the 2000 Club World Cup and the 1999 São Paulo State League.
Luxemburgo (eventual Real Madrid coach) was the man behind the creation of this superteam. In the 1998 Brazilian League, Corinthians qualified to the knock-out stages with the best campaign. They first sent Grêmio home in the quarter-finals; and then Santos in the semi-finals, after three exciting matches (4mn51s video) and this fine and decisive goal by Edilson at '57 of the 3rd semi-final match.
In the big final against Cruzeiro, Corinthians started badly on the 1st match (away), losing 0-2 at half-time, but recovered greatly with two goals and left with a 2-2 tie. The 2nd leg, at home, was a 1-1 tie, with Corinthians opening the score and Cruzeiro equalizing later. In the 3rd final match, at home, Corinthians won by 2-0, with the first goal by Edilson at '70 and the second goal by Marcelinho Carioca at '80. For the 2nd time, Corinthians were crowned Brazilian champions. Gamarra and Vampeta were elected to the League's Best XI, while Edílson won the Golden Ball and Marcelinho Carioca was the team's topscorer with 19 goals in 28 matches. Their coach Luxemburgo left Corinthians to command the Brazil NT, appointing his auxiliary Oswaldo de Oliveira as the new coach.
Corinthians 1999 season was a hell of a rollercoaster. Qualified to the big dream, the Copa Libertadores, the team was the same as 1998, and had the arrival of Dida and Luizão.
In May 1999, Corinthians were knocked-off of the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals by their archrival Palmeiras, 2-4 on the penalties, after two evenly derbies (0-2, 2-0).
Weeks later, in June 1999, Corinthians and Palmeiras, again, disputed the final of the State League. Corinthians won the 1st derby 3-0. At minute 75 of the 2nd leg, with 2-2 in the score and Corinthians' title secured, Corinthians' winger Edílson performed the biggest provocation in the history of Brazilian football, by doing kick-ups with the ball, provoking this huge, epic and funny struggle. The match ended, and Corinthians were crowned State champions.
At the end of the season, Corinthians dominated the 1999 Brazilian League. In the K.O stage, they beat Guarani in the quarter-finals, and then their city rival São Paulo in the semis (3-2, 2-1), after Dida epically saved two penalties from São Paulo idol Raí (former PSG): the first on his left side at '52, and the second on his right side at '92. Corinthians then won the 2nd leg 2-1 and qualified to the finals.
They would face Atlético Mineiro, and lost the 1st leg (away) 2-3. At home in the 2nd leg, Corinthians beat them 2-0 with 2 goals from Luizão, the first at '28 from a header, and the second at '59 from inside the box. The 3rd leg was an electrifying 0-0 tie, and Corinthians were declared back-to-back Brazilian League champions.
Dida, Rincón and Vampeta were elected to the League's Best XI, Marcelinho Carioca won the Golden Ball, and Luizão was the team's topscorer with 21 goals in 25 matches.
The 2000 FIFA Club World Cup title
In 2000, took place in Brazil the first edition of the Club World Cup, and Corinthians qualified as Brazilian champions.
Group A Points Goal difference
Corinthians 7 +4
Real Madrid (Spain) 7 +3
Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia) 3 -3
Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 0 -4
Group B Points Goal difference
Vasco 9 +5
Necaxa (Mexico) 4 +1
Manchester United (England) 4 0
South Melbourne (Australia) 0 -6
Before Real Madrid's match against Corinthians, the French centre-back Karembeu said he didn't know who Edilson (Corinthians number 10) was. In the match, Edilson humiliated him with this dismantling and shameful nutmeg, before scoring this painting of a goal. The match ended 2-2, with Edílson also scoring the other Corinthians goal.
This beautiful image is perfect to describe Karembeu's humiliating moment.
Corinthians would proceed to play against Vasco in the big final. 70.000 Corinthianos invaded Rio de Janeiro just like in 1976, expecting a great match against Vasco's dream team that had Romário, Edmundo and Juninho Pernambucano. After a 0-0 tie, it went to the penalties. Dida saved Gilberto's shot, and Marcelino Carioca only needed to score to end it, but he missed it. However, Edmundo lost Vasco's last penalty, and Corinthians were crowned Club World champions.
However, later that year, Corinthians met their archrivals Palmeiras once again in the Copa Libertadores, now in the semi-finals. After two crazy evenly derbies (4-3, 2-3), it went to the penalties, just like in 1999. And Marcelinho lost his one, getting Corinthians out of the tournament, and beginning a huge frustration and trauma of the Corinthianos for not having a continental title, while all their state rivals (Palmeiras, São Paulo and Santos) had.
2001-2010: Carlitos Tévez, the 2007 relegation, Ronaldo Nazário's last dance, and the Copa Libertadores trauma
The 2000s was a crazy decade for Corinthians.
They won 3 State League titles (2001, 2003, 2009), 1 Brazilian League (2005), 2 Copa do Brasil (2002, 2009) and 1 Rio-São Paulo (2002). But they were also relegated to the Brazilian League Serie B in 2007.
Highlights to their Galáticos 2005 team, led by Argentine stars Tévez and Mascherano, as well as Carlos Alberto (former Porto) and Nilmar (eventual Villareal), who together won the 2005 Brazilian League.
After their relegation to Serie B in 2007, the club rebuilt greatly under the president Andrés Sanchez.
He brought the legend Ronaldo Nazário in 2009, who led Corinthians to the 2009 State League title against Neymar's Santos and to the 2009 Copa do Brasil title against Internacional. Ronaldo scored 35 goals in 69 matches, with great highlights, notably this last-minute goal on his 1st match in a derby against Palmeiras and also this goal against Santos in the 2009 State League final. He was joined by left-back Roberto Carlos in 2010, before retiring in 2011.
But the Copa Libertadores trauma was still alive. The 30 million Corinthianos couldn't live with the jokes and suffering for not having a continental title.
Year Stage Knocked-out by
1977 Copa Libertadores Group Stage Internacional
1991 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 Boca Juniors (Argentina)
1996 Copa Libertadores Quarter-finals Grêmio
1999 Copa Libertadores Quarter-finals Palmeiras
2000 Copa Libertadores Semi-finals Palmeiras
2003 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 River Plate (Argentina)
2006 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 River Plate (Argentina)
2010 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 Flamengo
2011 Copa Libertadores Preliminary Round Tolima (Colombia)
But after the 2011 elimination, a new era began.
Corinthians 2011-2012: National, Continental and World champions, the dream came true
The coach Tite almost lost his job after the ridiculous defeat to Tolima. But he stayed and focused on the 2011 Brazilian League.
Corinthians dominated the league, leading it for 27 rounds (out of 38). On the last round, they tied 0-0 against Palmeiras and secured their 5th Brazilian League title. However, sadly on this same day, the old idol Sócrates passed away, at the age of 57.
Corinthians had thus qualified to the 2012 Copa Libertadores, which they would brilliantly win undefeated (8W-6D), as well as their 2nd FIFA Club World Cup title.
Tournament Stage Match Goals
2012 Libertadores GS 1-1 Táchira (VEN) Ralf
2012 Libertadores GS 2-0 Nacional (PAR) Danilo, Jorge Henrique
2012 Libertadores GS 0-0 Cruz Azul (MEX) -
2012 Libertadores GS 1-0 Cruz Azul (MEX) Danilo
2012 Libertadores GS 3-1 Nacional (PAR) Jorge Henrique, Sheik, Elton
2012 Libertadores GS 6-0 Táchira (VEN) Danilo, Paulinho, Jorge Henrique, Sheik, Liédson, Douglas
2012 Libertadores Ro16 0-0 Emelec (ECU) -
2012 Libertadores Ro16 3-0 Emelec (ECU) Fábio Santos, Paulinho, Alex
2012 Libertadores QF 0-0 Vasco -
2012 Libertadores QF 1-0 Vasco Paulinho
2012 Libertadores SF 1-0 Santos Sheik
2012 Libertadores SF 1-1 Santos Danilo
2012 Libertadores Final 1-1 Boca Juniors (ARG) Romarinho
2012 Libertadores Final 2-0 Boca Juniors (ARG) Sheik (2x)
2012 Club World Cup SF 1-0 Al-Ahly (EGY) Guerrero
2012 Club World Cup Final 1-0 Chelsea (ENG) Guerrero
Corinthians topped their group stage, placing 2nd overall in the cup. In the round of 16 they met Emelec (Ecuador), and held a 0-0 tie away in the 1st leg, before beating them 3-0 at home in the 2nd leg without much problems, except this dangerous chance and this ball in the post in Ecuador.
In the quarter-finals, the adversary was the Brazilian team, Vasco. The 1st leg was in Rio de Janeiro, a 0-0 tie, with this only big chance in Corinthians' favor. In the 2nd leg, Corinthians were pressing Vasco a lot, until the minute 62, when Vasco forward Diego Souza threw this incredible opportunity away. Had he scored, Corinthians would need 2 goals in 30 minutes. Corinthians kept pressing, until Paulinho scored the winning goal at '87.
In the semi-finals, the current Copa Libertadores champions, Santos, with Neymar, Ganso, Elano & co., would be a tough opponent. But, playing away, Corinthians' Sheik opened the score at '27 with this nice goal. Cássio made this good defense at '57, and this other one at '80. In the 2nd leg, Neymar opened the score for Santos at '35, but Danilo scored for Corinthians at '47, as the match ended 1-1, with Corinthians qualified to their 1st Copa Libertadores final.
In the big final against Riquelme's Boca Juniors (Argentina), who were chasing their 7th title, Corinthians would play the first match in Argentina. Boca opened the score at '72, but Romarinho equalized at '84, after Paulinho took the ball from Riquelme. Boca still had time to hit the post at '90. In the 2nd leg in São Paulo, Sheik opened the score at '53 and scored the 2nd at '71, after a juvenile mistake by Boca. At '92 the match was over, and Corinthians were crowned Copa Libertadores champions for the first time, and undefeated.
2012 Club World Cup - Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea
After beating Al-Ahly (Egypt) 1-0 in the semis, with this goal from Paolo Guerrero, Corinthians was ready to face Chelsea, the European champions, in the final. 30.000 Corinthianos invaded Japan for this unique moment.
Cássio (GK) saved Corinthians at least 4 times, notably with this one. But at '68, after a confusion inside the box, Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal of the match. At '84, Fernando Torres lost this 1on1 opportunity, brilliantly saved by Cássio. At '94, the match ended, and Corinthians were crowned Club World champions for the 2nd time in their history.
Corinthians - 1 Chelsea - 0
12. Cássio 1. Cech
2. Alessandro 2. Ivanovic (Azpilicueta)
3. Chicão 4. David Luiz
13. Paulo André 24. Cahill
6. Fábio Santos 3. A. Cole
5. Ralf 8. Lampard
8. Paulinho 7. Ramires
11. Sheik (Wallace) 13. Moses (Oscar)
23. J. Henrique 17. Hazard (Marin)
20. Danilo 10. Juan Mata
9. Paolo Guerrero (Martinez) 9. Torres
Tite Rafa Benítez
2013-today
After these brilliant days, Corinthians remained on the top tier of Brazilian and South American football. They completed an International Treble in 2013 after winning the 2013 Recopa Sudamericana, won two more notable Brasileirão titles (2015, 2017), and also four more state leagues (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019). Their new arena was also concluded, in 2014.
Aqui é Corinthians!!! (This is Corinthians!!!)
To this day, Corinthians has a fanbase of 30 million supporters, and a stadium attendance average of 33.000, as of 2019.
If you have any questions about Brazilian football, feel free to join us at futebol, where you'll be very welcomed!
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2020.09.01 21:35 mattisafootballguy Transfer Talk Thread: September 1st - September 7th

Transfer Reliability Guide

Messi saga. This thread is dedicated to all transfer related news.
Tier 3+ sources will be listed from now on only, but feel free to list all sources you find in the comments.
last updated: September 7th
Key:
✅ = Source supporting the possibility of transfer.
❌ = Source not supporting the possibility of transfer.
Linked IN Source Tier Date
Eric Garcia Pep says Garcia does not want to extend his City contract Pep 6th August
Eric Garcia City rates Garcia at 23m as that's what they paid for Ferran Torres, both have/had one year left on their contracts - Marçal Llorente 3 7th August
Eric Garcia Barça will not pay for Eric Garcia the same as City has invested in Ferran Torres (23 + 12). If a reasonable agreement is not found, over 10 million, he will wait for it to be released in January reports Miguel Rico 2 8th August
Cancelo Barcelona and City are talking about an exchange of Semedo for Cancelo and Eric Garcia - Albert Roge 3 22nd July
Neymar Neymar isn't feasible says Bartemou in latest interview Official 2nd August
Lautaro Still a top target for Barcelona, he (Lautaro) will not come unless Suarez leaves says Polo. 1 21st August
Lautaro The leaders of Inter Milan have requested a meeting this week with Barcelona management to define the future of Lautaro Martinez, who is claimed by the Catalan club. - 24th August
Maxi Gomez Barcelona have expressed interest in him - SER 2 2nd September
Wijnaldum Oriol Domenech is reporting that Van de Beek is on his way to Manchester United. He says our focus has shifted to Wijnaldum. 2 29th August
Wijnaldum Wijnaldum gives his okay to Barcelona. Three season contract and a 15-20m euro fee, Koeman wants him 3 1st September
Wijnaldum There's a debate at the club between signing Thiago or Wijnaldum. Thiago has his supporters, but right now the Dutchman is the favorite says Campos 1 2nd September.
Depay & Wijnaldum Barcelona are leading the race for Depay after starting contact with his agents - but not advanced negotiations yet with OL. Koeman is pushing to sign Wijnaldum. It’s up to the club, considering Thiago too 2 7th September
Depay & Wijnaldum Koeman wants Depay at Barcelona and Wijnaldum at Barcelona - 4th September
Depay Barcelona continues to advance on Depay. Nothing yet agreed, but negotiations are underway. 3 5th September
Depay -Lyon wants at least 25 million euros for Depay according to Bouhafsi - 7th September
Angelino Koeman wants the full-back at the club, City values him at 30m euros says Sam Lee. - 22nd August
Thiago Thiago will not come to Barça reports Llorens 3 7th September
Thiago Some key figures in Barcelona rather Thiago over Wijnaldum reports Martinez 1 7th September
Linked OUT Source Tier Date
Semedo Barcelona and City are talking about an exchange of Semedo for Cancelo and Eric Garcia - Albert Roge 3 22nd July
Suarez Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Suarez Juventus in Turin is a well-placed team to take Luis Suárez but they want to know how long the operation would take and how much they would have to pay the Uruguayan. It is up to Barcelona to make a move 1 28th August
Suarez Juventus have begun to push strongly for Luis Suarez - Constant contacts. The parties will update in the next few hours. Very strong interest. - 1st September
Suarez Both Suarez and Vidal are negotiating with Barcelona for their contract terminations. Agreement between Juventus and Suarez is very close, while Inter is just waiting to finalize the deal for Vidal. - 1st September
Suarez Luis Suárez is still waiting for Barça to release him in order to close his departure. He is facilitating the procedures. Juventus, Atlético Madrid and PSG are interested. Right now, for him, Juventus is the closest for a move says Romero 2 3rd September
Suarez Suárez approaches Juventus. The Uruguayan is examined next week to have the Italian nationality and be able to play in Serie A reports Roge 3 5th September
Suarez Juve continue to work tirelessly on signing Suarez. From tomorrow, probably NOT Monday, the Uruguayan will take the language exam necessary to continue the citizenship practice. Everything is done and agreed with the player. Open dialogue with the Barcelona on compensation. - 6th September
Suarez Suarez has done everything with Juventus and Barcelona, now he just needs a passport. Juve is doing everything for him to get the passport reports Agresti. - 7th September
Umtiti Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Monchu Barcelona are delighted with Monchu's attitude and season. If the player were to leave, Barcelona would want 'control' over the player says Lloren. 3 6th August
Emerson Milan wants to lower the value of Emerson. Evaluations in progress, Maldini hopes for a discount from Barcelona on their total request of €32M says Longo. - 9th August
Several players Javi Miguel says that Rakitic, Braithwaite, Vidal, Firpo, Umtiti, Dembele, are all going to enter in transfer operations. Griezmann, Suarez, Alba, Semedo, Roberto may also possibly enter the market. Busquets, Pique, and Alba may also leave but the club wants to keep them in the short term. 2 16th August
Several players According to Cat Radio, no one is 'untouchable' (hinting that they can be transferred) besides Messi, Ter Stegen and De Jong. 2 16th August
Pique, Roberto, Busquets, and Alba The intention is to keep these four players but to lower their salary as they earn the most at the club reports CAT Radio. 2 24th August
Messi Messi will stay at Barcelona Messi September 4th
Pique Leaked list shows Umtiti, Pique, and Suarez being players the club wants out according to Martinez. 1 20th August
Vidal Barcelona hopes to get money from Rakitic and Vidal reports Romero 2 24th August
Vidal Inter and Barcelona are in talks, Conte wants him says Romano 2 31st August
Vidal Inter will sign Vidal next week for free, the player is not training today reports Romano 2 5th September
Suarez and Vidal Suárez and Arturo Vidal close to leaving Barça 2 6th September
Vidal Inter are confident to complete Arturo Vidal deal with Barcelona this week. Just a matter of detail. His contract until June 2022 is almost ready. 2 7th September
DEPARTURES Price (€) Club
Arthur €72.00m+€10.00m in variables Juventus
Carles Perez €11.00m+€3.50m in loan fees Roma
Cucurella €10.00m Getafe
Arda Turan Free Galatasaray
Rakitic €1.50m+€9.00m euros in variables Sevilla
ARRIVALS Price (€) Club
Pedri €5.00m Las Palmas
Matheus Fernandes €7.00m+€3.00m in add-ons Palmeiras
Trincão €31.00m Braga
Pjanic €60.00m Juventus
Rafinha End of loan Celta Vigo
Todibo End of loan Schalke 04
Alena End of loan Betis
Oriol End of loan Twente
Miranda End of loan Schalke
Coutinho End of loan Bayern
Gustavo Maia* €4.50m Sao Paulo
Moussa Ndiaye* €500k Aspire Academy Dreams
Fabian Luzzi** Free Rayo Vallecano
*Barca B transfer
**Juvenil A
Current Squad (21):
GK (2) DEF (8) MID (7) ATT (5)
(1) Ter Stegen (16) Wague - (10) Messi
(13) Neto (2) Semedo (5) Busquets (9) Suarez
(26) Pena (3) Pique (22) Vidal (17) Griezmann
x (23) Umtiti Pjanic (11) Dembele
x (15) Lenglet (21) de Jong (31) Ansu Fati
x (6) Todibo (20) Sergi (19) Braithwaite
x (18) Alba (28) Puig Trincao
x (24) Firpo Pedri
x (33) Araujo Fernandes
x Miranda Oriol
x Rafinha
x Alena
x Coutinho
How I choose sources:
  • Most sources are at least related to Barca or the target's club/league/nationality
  • Most sources have to be around 2 weeks old. To try and stay relevant to what's going on currently.
Sources will be updated per the sources I find as well as sources that are posted in this thread.
IMPORTANT:
  • The point of this isn't to suggest what transfer is going to happen. It's to provide everyone with a lot of sources so you can come to your own conclusion. Also to reduce comments asking if we've been linked to a player and transfer rumor posts.
  • This isn't an Open Thread, the discussion has to be relevant to transfers. Discussion regarding the way the team can set up is allowed here and is encouraged.
I am open to suggestions on how to improve the table, I appreciate the help.
Please link your sources when you post a rumor.
Credit to u/DakMontana and u/toskuch for this thread format!

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2020.09.01 11:31 HauntedSpy SKs you never might've heard of: Europe

\Note: Since several countries overlap into Asia, I've decided to exclude some: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey will be in the* Asia post since most/all of their territory is there. Russia is an exception, as the majority of it is in Europe, and thus will be included in this post. In this post, I'll showcase a convicted or suspected SK in each country* on the European continent from a list I've been compiling about SKs around the world, which have yet to receive a Wikipedia entry. Each section will contain some info on their crimes, and a link/source from which I got it. I hope you'll find this as interesting as I do. Let us begin. ALBANIA: Sadik Kuniqi (2002; 4 victims) A delusional former soldier, he bludgeoned to death a friend and his wife in Shkodër in January 2002. Two months later, he repeated the action against another friend and his family, killing the man and his child, and almost killing the wife. In his diary, he claimed that his victims had attempted to kill him at least 33 times, and the murders were retaliatory. Sentenced to life imprisonment. ANDORRA: Joaquín Villalón Díez (1981/1992; 3 victims) The Gentleman Killer Spanish man who murdered and dismembered his lover with an electric saw in the Andorran town of Les Escaldes in 1981. Deemed mentally ill, he served time in a mental institution and released 10 years later. He returned to Madrid, Spain, where in the span of two weeks, he murdered two transsexuals: one died from third degree burns suffered from a fire, and the other was drowned in a bathtub. Imprisoned again, but released from the institution in 2013. AUSTRIA: Himberg serial killer (1997/2015; 3 victims) Hungarian national who murdered his girlfriend in his home country in 1997. Served time, moved to Austria, where he murdered a Slovak woman and his girlfriend in Himberg (the first in early 2015, and the other in October). His name has been withheld. Sentenced to life imprisonment. BELARUS: Lida serial killer (unknown-2020; 1-5+ victims) Only known by the name 'Yuri', he confessed to butchering and dismembering a woman in Tarnovo, Lida District, whose discarded remains were found on January 3rd this year. He confessed to a friend that there were at least five victims killed in a similar manner. Notably, he had previously been convicted for taking bus passengers hostage in 2003. Detained by police, his case is under investigation at the time of writing. BELGIUM: Steven Daubioul (2005-2013; 3 victims) A sex pest, he stabbed and strangled to death three women in Charleroi's Lodelinsart section while either high on drugs or to satisfy his sexual urges. In addition, he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old and had child pornography in his apartment when arrested. Sentenced to life imprisonment. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Edin Gačić (1996-2019; 4 victims) A few months after the Bosnian War ended, he killed his roommate in Banja Luka. Convicted, served 8 years and released. While on parole in 2002, he went to his mother's apartment in Zenica, where he shot and stabbed her. Convicted in February 2003, he escaped in 2019, and in the span of a week, shot to death two men (one being a police officer) in Suhodol. Gunned down by authorities on February 12, 2019. BULGARIA: Georgi Dobryanov (1982-1985; 5+ victims) The Lozen Strangler Rapist who strangled at least five women around the Stolichnina Municipality, Sofia City Province. An innocent man was convicted for the first murder and served time in prison, and his case later caused changes in criminal law to prevent similar miscarriages of justice. Executed 1986. CROATIA: Srđan Mlađan (1998-2002; 3 victims) The Monster of Sisak Inspired to kill by movies such as Born To Kill, at the age of 15, he shot and killed a girlfriend with an automanic rifle. A little over a month later, he shot and killed an elderly neighbor with his father's rifle. He was arrested and served time, but was released in 2002 on parole. He then tried to rob a bank in Zagreb, shooting one of the arresting officers. Sentenced to 27 years imprisonment. CZECH REPUBLIC: Michal Semanský (2009-2013; 3 victims) Killed pensioners during robberies in the Hradec Králové Region. Arrested for a burglary, later confessed to the three killings. Two of the victims were his relatives. Sentenced to life imprisonment. DENMARK: Ashraf Shahidani (1991-1994; 3-9 victims) Iranian refugee who stabbed, strangled and dismembered fellow immigrants and elderly pensioners around Hvidobre, Herning and Viborg. When arrested, he confessed to an additional murder in Viborg, as well as five other homicides in Sweden and Italy, but those couldn't be verified. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, and sent to a psychiatric institution. ESTONIA: Margus Luuk (1991-2007; 3 victims) Murdered a man in Kehra, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. While in the Rummu prison, he murdered a fellow inmate in 1995. He was released on parole, had some convictions for drug possesion in 2002 and served time until 2006. In 2007, he attended a party in Mustjõe, where he proceeed to stab four men during an altercation, killing one of them. Sentenced to life imprisonment. FINLAND: Tommi Taneli Nakari (1992-2008; 3 victims) Stabbed his common-law wife in 1992, slitting her throat. Served time, released in 1998, whereupon he beat and stabbed his mother. Released on parole, began dating a woman in 2008, whom he then stabbed and suffocated to death during a violent altercation. In each instance, he claimed he couldn't remember what had transpired. Sentenced to 14.5 years imprisonment. FRANCE: Mohamed Faleh (1995-1999; 3 victims) The Axe Killer A Moroccan-born factory worker, he butchered to death three men in Belfort and Montbéliard, stealing their money afterwards. He was captured after a would-be fourth victim survived his attack. Sentenced to life imprisonment. GERMANY: Uwe Wischniewski (1986/1991; 3 victims) A megalomaniacal cattle farmer, he raped and strangled a 17-year-old girl, discarding her corpse at a garbage dump in Brandenburg. Five years later, he raped and strangled two girls (16 and 15, respectively) in Marzahn, disposing of their bodies in a nearby forest. At the time, he was applying for a job at a Berlin Penitentiary. Sentenced to life imprisonment. GREECE: Yanis Baltass (1995-2004; 4 victims) In May 2004, he abducted his ex-fiancée from her home in Thessaloniki, killing one of her brothers in the process. After his arrest, he inexplicably confessed to three other murders: the victims were Albanian farm workers employed by him, two killed in in 1995 and one in 1996. The reasons? "They didn't milk the goats well", and the latter asked him for money that he was owed. Sentenced to life imprisonment. HUNGARY: Fourth Highway Killer (2007-2010; 4+ victims) Murdered at least three prostitutes around Karcag, and is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of a fourth. Some investigators claim that he might've began killing in the area since 1994, while others suspected that there are different perpetrators. Unsolved. ICELAND: None to my knowledge IRELAND: Maria Dunne (1896; 3+ victims) Baby farmer who killed young children in Inchicore. One of them died later at a South Dublin Hospital from the abuse it had suffered. She had neglected countless other infants, and likely murdered more than what was known. Case outcome unknown. ITALY: Ernst Schrott (1993/1995; 2+ victims) A Bolzano farmhand who murdered two prostitutes in Trentino. Although officially convicted of only two murders, I believe that he has other victims, as the gap between the years is too long, and it is said that he frequented the prostitution scene. Sentenced to life imprisonment. KOSOVO: None to my knowledge LATVIA: Yuri Krinitsyn (1975; 3 victims) The Riga Ghoul Extortionist who murdered three men, two of them KGB officials, over the summer in Riga. He was captured with the help of world-renowned composer and piano player Raimonds Pauls, whom he had tried to extort. Executed 1976. LIECHTENSTEIN: None to my knowledge LITHUANIA: Tadas Viselga (2011-2014; 3 victims) Poisoned his father (2011) and two girlfriends (OctoneDecember 2014) with clonazepam, in order to profit off their deaths by obtaining their apartments. Sentenced to life imprisonment. LUXEMBOURG: None to my knowledge MALTA: None to my knowledge MOLDOVA: Durlești Maniac (2007-2011; 6 victims) Also known as the Moldovan Zodiac, he attacked couples in the Durlești and Ialoveni areas, killing six people and wounding many others. A man was prosecuted and convicted for one of the murders, but was later found to be innocent. Unsolved. MONACO: None to my knowledge MONTENEGRO: None to my knowledge NETHERLANDS: Theodorus van Berkel (1940-1960: 3+ victims) A dangerous sex offender who served time in the USA for serial rapes of children, he was deported to North Brabant, where he went on to kill at least three children in two decades. Suspected of other murders, including a 1941 double murder in Mierlo. Died in prison. NORTH MACEDONIA: Laze Radevski (1993-2003; 3 victims) The Ohrid Serial Killer Stabbed to death three foreign currency dealers in Ohrid. I could get little information on this guy, since most of the news link appear to be dead. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NORWAY: Sofie Johannesdotter (1869-1875; 5-8 victims) Swedish maid who poisoned her employers in present-day Halden, burning down the home of a couple as well. Also suspected of poisoning three other people, but denide responsibility for those deaths. Executed 1876. POLAND: Kołobrzeg Serial Killer (2016-2018; 3+ victims) Known only as 'Mariusz G.', a local entrepreneur linked to the murders of at least three prostitutes in the area. The victims' properties, including a car, were later found in his possession. Awaiting trial. PORTUGAL: Zé Borrego (1960s; 5+ victims) A deeply religious trader, he moved to Lisbon, where a divine power allegedy told him to murder homosexual men. He would lure them on the pretense of sexual favors, then strangled them in their bedrooms, dismembering the bodies and throwing the remains in the nearby river. Committed suicide in jail. ROMANIA: Adrian Stroe (1992; 3 victims) The Taxi Driver Killer Former taxi driver who killed prostitutes in Bucharest between March and September, throwing their bodies in the Pantelimon lake or the Glina Canal. First known SK following the Romanian Revolution. Sentenced to life imprisonment. RUSSIA: Sergey Kashintsev (1975-1987; 8-58 victims) The Limping Killer Despite being born with a disability in his legs causing a severe limp, Kashintsev was a savvy and ruthless killer who raped and strangled his victims all across the RSFSR using a noose. Due to the different oblasts not connecting the murders, he was allowed to roam free for a long time. After his arrest, he claimed 58 victims, surpassing the victim count of maniacs like Andrei Chikatilo and Anatoly Onoprienko. Executed 1990. SAN MARINO: None to my knowledge SERBIA: Stole Trifunović (1940s-1948; 16-60+ victims) The Serbian Ripper An academically gifted man, but sexually promiscuous and a Jack the Ripper fanatic, he would beat and kill victims of both sexes, mainly couples, raping the women. Horrifyingly, while torturing his victims, he would read them poetry from literature from the likes of Honoré de Balzac. When arrested, he confessed to killing at least 60 people in Belgrade and the surrounding area. Committed suicide in prison. SLOVAKIA: Marek Zivala (1996-1998; 3 victims) A violent sadomasochist, he would tie up his victims with cloths and shove towels down their mouths, either leaving them to suffocate or strangling them before robbing their apartments. The first killing was in the Czech town of Most, while the other were in Žilina and Topoľčany. Sentenced to life imprisonment. SLOVENIA: Anna Vucored (1930s-1938; 1-6 victims) Maid who strangled the children of her employers because they were crying too much. Arrested for one murder in Slovenske Konjice, but confessed to another five which had mysteriously died under her care. Case outcome unknown. SPAIN: Almería serial killer (1989-1996; 10+ victims) The naked bodies of young, drug-addicted prostitutes were discovered either beaten or strangled to death in the region. The similarities in these crimes suggested a serial offender was working in the area, with some suspecting that German truck driver Volker Eckert might've been responsible. No definitive suspects have been arrested, and the case remains cold. Unsolved. SWEDEN: Alva Nordberg (1905; 3-4 victims) Stockholm baby farmer who killed children between May to July, 1905. She was not convicted in the final death. Sentenced to four years imprisonment, further fate unknown. SWITZERLAND: Roland Kübler (1982-2008; 3-4 victims) Former psychiatric nurse who sexually abused and strangled two boys (1982 and 1996) and later an inmate in prison, who was about to be released. Additionally suspected of killing a 17-year-old in 1984, and burying his body in the forest near Schaffhausen. His case was covered on Forensic Files. Died in prison. UKRAINE: Yuriy 'Elvis' Kuzmenko (2006-2009; 13+ victims) The Boyarka Maniac Suffering from money problems and alcohol dependency, he would go around the Kiev-Sviatoshyn Raion, where he would rob, rape and strangle at least 13 girls and young women. After his arrest, he confessed to a total of 206 murders, and was willing to help the investigators locate all the bodies. It's unclear if the investigation into his claims is continuing. Sentenced to life imprisonment. UNITED KINGDOM: BERMUDA: Wendell Lightbourne (1959; 3 victims) Golf caddie who raped and strangled female tourists around the island's southern shores between March and September, leaving bite marks on the bodies. Only known SK in the territory's history. Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment, which is he serving in an undisclosed prison in England. ENGLAND: William Burkitt (1915-1939; 3 victims) The Hessle Road Killer A local fisherman, Burkitt strangled and stabbed three wives to death in Hull (1915, 1925, 1939), being released from prison each time. Yes, including the last one. However, he was finally detained indefinitely to the Hull Royal Infirmary, where he tried to unsuccessfully escape from. Died in the hospital. NORTHERN IRELAND: None to my knowledge SCOTLAND: Susan MacLeod (1996-2001; 2-3 victims) Smothered to death three of her children in Glasgow's, wrapping the bodies up in bin bags and leaving them at her flat. Found guilty of two counts of culpable homicide. Avoided trial, released on bail and freed in 2004. WALES: Joseph Kappen (1973; 3 victims) The Saturday Night Strangler Raped and strangled three young girls (one in February, and the other two in September). Although he was a convicted sex offender, there wasn't enough physical evidence to connect him to the crimes. More than a decade after his death, he was posthumosly linked to the crimes via his DNA. Wales' first documented SK. Died before he could be arrested. VATICAN CITY: None to my knowledge
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