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  1. Wish I'd come back slightly sooner, I could've advised you that your defence would become more porous than a sieve the moment you signed Jerel Ifil, at least you've picked up some results and Dan Fitchett is a machine at that level if you work the tactics around him. Good luck turning it around, still got more than enough games to smash it up the table and get promoted!
  2. FM15 Records

    Put me down for: most goals, highest scoring, biggest home win and most goals by one player  
  3. 2015 TAS Be a Pro

    Hope I stick around this time, captain Aberdeen and the Netherlands at the same time, become a legend, retire and manage them too, a simple dream...
  4. inb4 APOEL actually won the first leg in Denmark...
  5. World Football Thread

    The pitch always looks strange when you watch a game on TV, with some bits very close to the fans and others, with the right angle, looking like a park game with some random advertising hoardings thrown in, can only hope they get a football purpose stadium sooner rather than later to be like the rest of the league, despite the difficulties in the NY real estate market
  6. TAS Be A Pro 2015

    First Name:Simon Second Name: Boendermaker Ethnicity: white Hair Colour: black Date of Birth (only day/month): 23/12 City of Birth: Aberdeen Nation+Second if want:Dutch/Scottish Language(s) (3 max):Dutch, English, French Height (centimeters):190 Weight (kilograms): 88 Strongest foot (right/left/both)? left Position (Pick 1 natural, 1 secondary): dl, mc 5 strongest attributes: penalties, leadership, tackling, passing, determination Spend a total of 90 points on the following Adaptability: 12 Ambition: 13 Controversy: 1 Loyalty:20 Pressure: 15 Professionalism: 20 Sportsmanship: 8 Temperament:1 Optional, max 2 per category Favorite People:Adam Rooney, Derek McInnes Disliked People:Lee McCulloch, Scott Brown (the Celtic one) Favorite Clubs: Aberdeen, Grimsby Disliked Clubs: Rangers, Scunthorpe   And of course - Aberdeen
  7. TAS Be A Pro 2015

    Reserving to do this before the end of the night
  8. The TAS Library

      Shhh, I'm keeping it low key
  9. Predictions 2015/16

    3 weeks until the start of the Premier League season, so perhaps it's time to get on with our predictions for next season, subject to transfers:   1: Chelsea Best manager, probably still the best squad, although Begovic replacing Cech as the back up goalkeeper is the only significant addition, I expect they'll win more on the lack of a strong challenger than because they've significantly improved, although it's not like they needed much improvement from the side that won the league last season.   2: Manchester United Making the right sort of moves in the transfer market again, although the lack of depth upfront is an issue at the moment. Considering the amount of injuries they had last season, fourth place was a significant finish, with the distraction of European football back, a title challenge would represent progress for a fully fit side, although I still don't think they have quite enough to overhaul Chelsea at the top.   3: Arsenal Recognised as the closest challengers to Chelsea last season despite finishing third, the addition of Petr Cech will shore up the backline a bit more, but I just can't see them holding it together mentally at the final hurdle, coupled with United's strengthening they will probably come third again this season based on the players they have, but I wouldn't rule them out from pushing until the end.   4: Manchester City Sterling will undoubtedly offer a significant bit of flair and a fresh impetus to the squad, but the rest of the team is beginning to feel stale, I can't help but feel the club are keeping their fingers crossed for Guardiola to come in next season and rebuild the squad, in the meantime just expecting Pellegrini to get them into the Champion's League and possibly challenge for the title.   5: Liverpool Milner, Clyne and Firmino are all good additions, but I'm just not sure if the squad is as good as the sides in my predicted top three, having said that I think they could push City hard for the final Champion's League spot, but I just think the combined mentality of the City squad could push them over the line at Liverpool's expense at the very end.   6: Tottenham Shed some deadwood, with a few additions, although Alderweireld is probably the only notable one, which means that Tottenham will again be battling for the Europa League instead of the Champion's League. Since Bale left the squad have just lacked a superstar, and Kane is probably still another season away from carrying a team all the way into Europe's elite competition.   7: Stoke City Mark Hughes' signings are still showing progress from the Pulis era, evident in a second ninth place finish in a row last season, I think that Southampton won't repeat their success and Swansea will also fade, allowing Stoke to potentially move up the table at their expense, although they will likely face a challenge from an Everton squad rebuilding on last season's poor effort.   8: Everton Martinez will do better than last season's bottom half effort, with Cleverley and Deulofeu coming in the side has some more attacking midfield options, although the defence is light on depth and Tim Howard continues to get older, I just can't see them pushing on enough to snag a Europa League place despite the fact that progress from last season should happen.   9: Southampton Koeman remains a talented manager, but I think the loss of Clyne will harm the defensive unit he based much of his success on, combined with the fact that sides will spend more time working out how to counter them, will lead to them dropping down the table a little, although not so significantly as to see them fall into the bottom half. A potential deep run in Europe will also affect league progress.   10: Swansea Monk still remains a manager I regard highly, but I still don't see the squad looking better than last season, while some of the sides around them will be making progress to come back up the table, having said that I think they will remain a solid squad without any relegation issues, but also without any European ambitions for the time being.   11: Crystal Palace Cabaye is a brilliant signing and Pardew seems to be getting the best out of the side at Selhurst Park, the side remains solid if unspectacular, much like Bolton or Fulham previously were, which should mean that relegation is never a serious consideration for Palace, while at the same time they won't be knocking on the door of the European spots.   12: West Ham Bilic probably needs time to bed in, especially as it seems the owners are demanding attacking football this season, opening the side up to counter attacks and more defensive frailty than in the Allardyce years, a deep European run will also harm West Ham's league campaign, so a similar mid-table finish to last year would probably be a fair end to the season.   13: Newcastle United Another side I expect to see progress from last season's disastrous campaign, a good side with a couple of good additions already, I doubt the spectre of relegation will feature quite as strongly in Newcastle's sights as last year, however, a seemingly increased importance of the cup competitions will have an effect on the league, so another solid mid-table finish for Newcastle.   14: Norwich The strongest of all the promoted sides in my opinion, with a very talented manager in Alex Neil, the Scotsman is renowned for gathering information on opponents and exploiting their game plans, which is exactly what a side facing relegation will need, I can see some scares for Norwich, and they will struggle against the big sides, but I expect they will have enough to survive.   15: Sunderland Some strong signings so far and with a good manager in Advocaat I think Sunderland will continue to stay up by the skin of their teeth this season, although the inevitable rebuilding job always seems on the horizon rather than one step away, it will be another season of nerves but ultimately they have just enough in the locker to keep them up.   16: Bournemouth Smart signings and a good manager in Eddie Howe, the obvious danger is that their gung-ho style will leave them exposed against better sides, but if it can be reigned in or the defence solidified then Bournemouth won't have too many issues. As it is I think they have enough to stay in the league despite not having a great squad on paper, but it will be edge of your seat stuff, as it always seems to be with Bournemouth.   17: West Brom A poor squad, but with Tony Pulis in charge the force of will of the manager is always a factor to consider, it may not be enough this season as there are some good sides around them at the bottom of the table, but ultimately I think Pulis' nous could be the difference between 17 and the bottom three for the Baggies, who will be hoping for an influx of Chinese cash to push them on.   18: Leicester No Pearson and no Cambiasso, the two key ingredients two Leicester's remarkable survival last year are both gone, and as Wigan found out you can't continue relying on miracle escapes before it fails one season, this could already be that season as Ranieri, with a bruised reputation, takes on one of the poorer squads in the Premier League, whilst their additions have been decent, they may just slip away on the final day.   19: Aston Villa Delph gone and Benteke going, combined with signings that don't particularly inspire me, and it could be one hurdle too many for Tim Sherwood, not that I doubt they will give it a good fight until the end, I just think they lack the quality to stay up and it could be that they slip away at the very end, like Leicester.   20: Watford The squad and manager hardly scream Premier League quality like some of the sides I'm predicting to finish midtable this season and without some serious additions to the side I just can't see them ever getting out of real trouble this season. Troy Deeney's goals may give them glimmers of hope, but as QPR showed last year, one good goalscorer is not all it takes to stay in this league.   FA Cup: Arsenal   League Cup: Chelsea
  10. The TAS Library

    Spending a bit of time away from the textbooks this summer I've been able to get through some personal reading;   The Establishment - Owen Jones A book designed to encapsulate the follies and failures of the political class, almost exclusively since Thatcher and also the institutions that support them (such as the police), a book you're likely to agree with if you have any disillusionment with the current UK political system, if not then the analogies and stories used can still make pretty impactful reading even if the conclusions are less appealing to you.   Flashboys - Michael Lewis I wasn't entirely sure on this when I bought it, a book about high frequency trading seemed like a topic I would have absolutely no idea about and struggle with the technical aspects of, and whilst there are still elements of it that I would struggle with, Lewis expertly breaks it down enough to understand the entire story and concepts about how high frequency trading exploited the regulatory loopholes post-2008 and how the tables are now, slowly, being turned on them. Ultimately, a cynic would agree that this is just another in the list of groups exploiting loopholes in the system and that in 10 years time we'll have a book on the next group, but as long as Lewis is writing it I personally can't wait.    The Dream Shall Never Die - Alex Salmond Whatever you think about the author, the book, an account of the final 100 days of the independence referendum highlights the emotional toll of the campaign for both the Yes side and the man himself, the hope he has right up until the bitter end gives an insight into the real strength of belief and passion he had for the cause. Whilst I personally disagree with his political objectives, it is always refreshing to see a politician who really does seem to be guided by principle rather than policy.   Pep Confidential - Marti Pernau A fascinating insight into Guardiola's first season at Bayern, on par with Balague's biography in terms of the technical details and analysis of Guardiola on the field and his impact on footballing culture and philosophy. Where this book differs, however, is in the exploration of Guardiola as a man, despite his incredible impact on football, little is written about him away from the field, and this perhaps offers the greatest glimpse into his life. The only negative about this book is the end, as we have to come face to face with the fact that, for all the brilliance of the Guardiola era, he won't be around forever, even if his impact lasts well beyond him.   ISIS: The State of Terror -  Stern & Berger Admittedly, this was slightly academic as I have a suspicion our public law competition will be based on this, however I found the book incredibly interesting, particularly with regards to the social media strategies that they use. However, I couldn't recommend it too much, writing was finished in November 2014, with publication in March of this year and there are already sections that are getting out of date, as with all books on contemporary topics, but especially a topic moving at this pace.   Money: An unauthorised biography - Felix Martin A history of money, the concept, the thing, the effects. We all know money as those paper notes we carry in our pockets, symbols of our credit and used to transfer that credit to others for the payment of debts. Starting in ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, the development of the concept and in particular the ideas of central banking, culminating in the influence of John Locke's neo-liberal economics on modern day theory. Again, the conclusions of the author may not agree with some of your politics, but the history is fascinating regardless, with plenty of analogies peppered throughout the book.   Shredded: Inside RBS, the bank that broke Britain - Ian Fraser  An incredible insight into how RBS, like Icarus, reached too far too fast under Fred Goodwin and came crashing down, almost taking the global financial system with it. In terms of the British part of the 2008 crisis, RBS was the key player, yet much of what happened remains shrouded in mystery, this book serves as something of an exposé on what happened behind the doors in Gogaburn, Amsterdam and Downing Street in those fateful days, I can only warn you that you will get angry reading this.   Death & Co - Kaplan, Fauchald, Day A book about one of the most iconic cocktail bars in New York, and something a bit different from the rest of the books on the list, an insight into the craft cocktail revolution and one of the bars that is spearheading it, perfect for those who are both curious about cocktail culture or serious drinks makers, especially thanks to the 450 recipes that makes up the majority of the book.   Still some more to go, but enjoying something different from law textbooks so far this holiday.
  11. Football Transfer & Rumour Thread

    Sooo, just took Sterling all of 2 minutes to score in City's pre-season game against Roma after horrifically failing with his first touch...
  12. FM15 Amusing Pictures thread

      Wonder how Nat Brown felt after full-time...
  13. Thanks guys, glad you're enjoying it, Dev, I don't think so as I need to work out my strongest squad before the tournament and we only have these games to do it, so I expect I will mostly be using strong line-ups to play the games even though the opponents are pretty weak.     Sredojevic hoping for "disciplined" Uganda performance Last Updated: September 9th, 2014 18:32   Uganda manager Milutin Sredojevic has admitted his side will face an "almost impossible" challenge when his side take on Herve Renard's Ivory Coast in their African Cup of Nations qualifying match tomorrow. The 45 year old Serb has admitted it will take an "incredibly disciplined" performance alongside "a bit of luck" for his side to get anything out of the game, with many seeing his side as the weakest in the group, an assertion that did not seem out of place as his team slipped to defeat by Guinea-Bissau in their opening fixture.     Reflecting on Uganda's performance against Guinea-Bissau, Sredojevic said; "I think in that game I saw a lot of positives from my players, but I think that makes it even more disappointing that we ended up losing the match to be honest. For 62 minutes my side played with passion and heart, but we were let down by Timothy [batabaire] getting a red card, this is something we have been trying to work on with the players however, trying to keep their discipline and approach the game with the right mentality. For us a draw would have been a good result, but the passion of the moment got to my players and they lost their composure, which created too much pressure and we lost the game. Against the Ivory Coast, if we are not incredibly disciplined in our approach then they have the quality to really punish us I think. Whenever they play the experience is always very passionate, their fans always expect them to win and it will be a very hard atmosphere there, without composure, discipline and a bit of luck I think we will struggle to get anything from the game, we must be respectful of them, not let the occasion get to us and maintain a strong mental atmosphere on the pitch.   Even then, I think this game is going to be very hard. I think I have been reading that a lot of people see this as an almost impossible game for us because the Ivory Coast are such a strong side, and I think that is maybe a similar situation for all the teams in this group, that it would require an incredible performance to get anything from a match against a team as strong as the Ivory Coast. Hopefully tomorrow we can achieve that level of performance to get some sort of result."
  14. Football's Fallen Giants

    I would suggest Aberdeen, having gone from relative dominance of the Scottish Premiership and two European trophies in 1983, are something of a fallen giant, despite their recent upturn in fortunes.   Also @Stu if you want a hand with these I can do one once in a while
  15.   Renard praises Ivory Coast "character" Last Updated: September 5th, 2014 20:41   Herve Renard praised the mental strength of his Ivory Coast squad following a late 2-0 win over a stubborn Kenya side in Kasarani, stating that he always believed his side would get the result after displaying their "mental strength" in his first training squad. Renard was also quick to praise the impact of Giovanni Sio, the FC Basel forward, who came off the bench and scored the brace, including his first international goal, which saw his side through to victory.     Speaking after the match, Renard stated: "Today I'm very happy, very pleased that we managed to get a very important win. Before the match I read that a lot of people considered Kenya to be the strongest competitor with us for qualification from the group. While I do not like to start picking favourites I do think that they are a very strong side, they have many good players and we were always expecting a tough game against an incredibly well organised side. Fortunately, I was able to be relaxed for the game, as I was always confident we would be able to break them down, even though they were a very good team, I think I have found in my time with this squad that they have great mental strength, a lot of belief in themselves. This meant that when we were going into the later stages of the game we did not panic and continued with our game plan which, as you saw, paid off in the end.   But, saying that, it was also important to react to the game and that is why I feel Giovanni [sio] was so important to us today. I think it was quite evident that Salomon Kalou was maybe a little bit rusty because of his transfer status with Lille and Berlin, he has missed some of the pre-season, so we were always planning on substituting him at some stage in the game and it was fantastic that Giovanni was able to come on with the impact that he had. I think to me it was quite obvious that the impact of his first goal had a big effect for him, it's very emotional for any player to score such an important goal in their career and I think when you score that goal it pushes you to play at an even higher standard since there is no pressure. We saw that as he continued to make very good runs, putting in a lot of effort for his whole time on the pitch and trying to get into the scoring zones. I am very happy with his performance and I hope now that he has these goals that he can continue to score for us."