Europe - General 2012-13

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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby eujin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:45 pm

sjc_three wrote:Awesome tifo display at (what should be) everybody's favourite German team - coinciding nicely with the recent debate in the US re gay marriage.

Should be, but isn't. They've totally sold out to the market these days. You can buy their branded beer all over the place. If you want to be ahead of the overseas crowd then go for Babelsberg, community owned, permanently short of money, play in a stadium named after a communist intellectual who was shot by the fascists and they've got the best goal celebration in all of Germany.

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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby sjc_three » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:32 am

eujin wrote:If you want to be ahead of the overseas crowd then go for Babelsberg, community owned, permanently short of money, play in a stadium named after a communist intellectual who was shot by the fascists and they've got the best goal celebration in all of Germany.

Interesting.

On another note, just read this article on the ESPN website, where UEFA have effectively fined the English FA over a million pounds for playing domestic games at the same time as European fixtures. Just find it absolutely staggering that the iron fist of UEFA is able to dictate to this extent what domestic leagues do with their own games, purely based on TV schedules. Just seems outrageous.

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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby SteveW » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:41 pm

sjc_three wrote:
eujin wrote:If you want to be ahead of the overseas crowd then go for Babelsberg, community owned, permanently short of money, play in a stadium named after a communist intellectual who was shot by the fascists and they've got the best goal celebration in all of Germany.

Interesting.

On another note, just read this article on the ESPN website, where UEFA have effectively fined the English FA over a million pounds for playing domestic games at the same time as European fixtures. Just find it absolutely staggering that the iron fist of UEFA is able to dictate to this extent what domestic leagues do with their own games, purely based on TV schedules. Just seems outrageous.


Not dictate, just if you don't work with them they won't give you the money you would have got if you did.

Don't see any problem - you want their cash, follow their rules.
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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby eujin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:25 pm

SteveW wrote:Not dictate, just if you don't work with them they won't give you the money you would have got if you did.

Don't see any problem - you want their cash, follow their rules.

They're also fining them 42,000 aren't they?

One thing that is definitely true is that it is THEIR tournament. UEFA have been very successful at branding it. It's not the Champions League, but the UEFA Champions League. It belongs to them. A modest governing body would see themselves as just that, but UEFA (and FIFA) are sports entertainment franchises. And as such they are in direct competition with Liverpool vs Bolton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, so the competition has to yield.

One thing they probably don't give a fuck about is the time zone difference. Whilst the matches kick-off around 9pm in central Europe, that's only 8pm in the UK, which doesn't leave a lot of time to squeeze a match in between the end of work for most people and the start of the UEFA Media Blackout. (It also means that teams out in the depths of Russia have to play their matches in the middle of the night - with or without public transport home from the match for the fans.)

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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby eujin » Fri May 03, 2013 12:27 am

Due to various circumstances (getting up late, dog getting sick, tickets getting wet...) my trip to the Netherlands only involved watching football on TV. But I did see what looks like a very nice ground from the train in Deventer, who have always been one of my favourite teams for having the very cool name of Go Ahead Eagles. Proper old fashioned floodlights, built in the 1920's, it's probably slated for demolition to be turned into a Euroborg but until then it's on my wishlist, which will probably require them to get promoted or relegated out of the Friday night league.

Amsterdam is slowly sinking into the mud under the weight of all the tourists, so if you've never been you need to get that on your to-do-list. If you do find yourself there, Volendam, (who I visited last year to see Go Ahead), have a very nice cosy ground, easy to reach by bus from Amsterdam station, and they're going up to the big league this year, so definitely worth checking out.

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Re: Europe - General 2012-13

Postby sjc_three » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:46 am

Cracking advert for next year's season tickets at Corsican club, Ajaccio. Amazing prices too.


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