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  1. Smiffy

    Pre-Match Thread Southend United v Crewe Alexandra

    Thought I would start this one early, as there is not much else to talk about at the moment! What is your starting XI? What will the score be? Will the Blue Monday deal, boost the attendance? Will Corr & Sturrock be fit? Is this Timlin's last game before going back to Swindon? Here...
  2. Surely a decent holding midfielder is the key!!

    As we have a very attacking midfield (in Grant, Simpson, Hall and or Soares) this is going to lead to us being short in the defensive area. I know we have Easton and now Timlin but when I watched Torquay at the Hall I barely noticed him. This is sometimes the mark of a good player, how...
  3. Yorkshire Blue

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame - Dave Smith (2nd ballot)

    Up for election to the SZ Southend United Hall of Fame is manager Dave Smith. Smith came incredibly close last time, missing out by just 0.26%. Will he fare better at his second attempt? Here's what I wrote last time: ---------------------------------------------------- This poll is really a...
  4. MrB

    Youth Pulls

    I'm assuming by the lack of thread there's nothing too exciting out there? Interesting one for me, I stuck a bit on batting hence the woeful but I think I might train to respectable then sell. Scuffer's tool tells me he's 6.97 so fingers crossed a single week pop and a nice sale price...
  5. There may be trouble ahead...

    Oh dear, oh dear.... On that showing, relegation is a real possibility. Totally clueless, ineffective and downright sh*t. The problems, well, where to start? Firstly - Long ball football; Reality hit home today. Hard. Under Tilly we constantly tried to get the ball down and play football...
  6. Style of football under Paul Sturrock?

    With varying degrees of success, we were a nice little passing side under Steve Tilson. Some of the movement of the ball when we were really playing well was a joy to watch. Yeovil and Brentford in the League One winning season stand out, Carlisle at home the next season (a match we somehow lost...
  7. Slipperduke

    Plodding Snore-fest Is No Reason For Complacency

    Algeria 0-1 Slovenia ENGLAND SHOULDN’T TAKE THESE TWO TEAMS FOR GRANTED An awful game, bereft of class and style, but if England fans think that they can relax, they should think again. There was just enough in this strangely compelling display of mutual ineptitude to concern Fabio...
  8. Slipperduke

    Greek Tragedy For King Otto

    South Korea 2-0 Greece EURO 2004 SEEMS AN AWFULLY LONG TIME AGO It’s hard to believe that Greece ever caused the European superpowers such headaches. Granted, they were never blessed with a generation of superstars, but they always had their composure, their organisation and their ability to...
  9. manor15


    Ghana Manager: Milovan Rajevac Captain: Stephen Appiah FIFA Ranking: 32 Group D Background: The West Africans shocked the World in Germany 2006 as they became the only African nation to reach the last 16, despite an opening game defeat to eventual victors Italy. However, a 2-0 victory over te...
  10. manor15


    Serbia Manager: Radomir Antic Captain: Dejan Stankovic FIFA Ranking: 16 Group D Background: South Africa 2010 will be Serbia's first World Cup as an independent nation after previously competing as Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. As Yugoslavia they reached the World Cup Semi-Finals...
  11. Thrills, Spills and Unpaid Bills - The League One Review Part One

    So, another season bites the dust and it’s all over bar the fighting at the Wembley mud bath. As ever, ten months of football has served up more twists, turns and travesties than a Mail on Sunday honey trap and hopefully this should spread some light on the season just gone. Norwich Starting...
  12. manor15


    Australia Manager: Pim Verbeek Captain: Lucas Neill FIFA Ranking: 20 Group D Background: The Socceroos head to South Africa for their third World Cup, after failing to progress past the group stage in 1974 but returning 32 years later in Germany last time round. Thanks to a 3-1 victory over...
  13. Clinton Baptiste

    Capello to go 3-5-2?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8681745.stm Actually not a bad idea if Barry isnt fit. Johnson and Cole both attacking full backs and could play Gerrard, Lampard and probably Carrick in the middle. Only problem is will we have 3 fit centre backs at any one time.
  14. Benfleet A1

    Bullies and Bullying

    Now bare with me good readers, this is going somewhere but I want to give it some background first. When I was a kid I was bullied, bad. My first taste of it was at the grand old age of 4 years old at nursery school where a phycotic 5 year old used to attack the entire fraturnity. He would rip...
  15. manor15


    Germany Manager: Joachim Low Captain: Michael Ballack FIFA Ranking: 6 Group D Background: Third when they hosted the tournament in 2006, Germany enter the 2010 World Cup as one of the favourites in their seventeenth World Cup appearance, only having missed out in 1930 and 1950. However, in...
  16. Hotman

    Muslims attacking swedish cartoonist

  17. manor15


    Slovenia Manager: Matjaz Kek Captain: Robert Koren FIFA Ranking: 23 Group C Background: Slovenia's only previous World Cup campaign, in 2002, turned into shambles after their opening game saw them defeated by Spain 3-1, resulting in star player, Zlatko Zahovic, and then manager, Srecko...
  18. manor15


    Greece Manager: Otto Rehhagel Captain: Giorgos Karagounis FIFA Ranking: 12 Group B Background: This is only Greece's second World Cup, although a European Championships win and two other appearances often mask that. Before the appointment of Otto Rehhagel in 2001, Greece had only qualified for...
  19. manor15

    South Korea

    South Korea Manager: Huh Jung-Moo Captain: Park Ji-Sung FIFA Ranking: 49 Group B Background: The Koreans qualified for their first World Cup in 1954 but disappointed as they lost 7-0 to Turkey and 9-0 to Hungary before exiting at the group stage. 32 years later they returned to the Finals...
  20. manor15


    France Manager: Raymond Domenech Captain: Patrick Vieira (Thierry Henry is currently acting as captain) FIFA Ranking: 10 Group A Background: Currently hold the record for scoring the most goals in the finals stage of the World Cup, scoring thirteen goals as they finished third in 1958. They...