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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Get Real! » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:46 am

Love to watch our teams play in the European tournaments:

Tonight...

Apollon Limassol vs Lech Poznań (Poland)

Olympiacos Pireos (Greece) vs Omonia Nicosia

Tomorrow night...

FC Basel (Switzerland) vs Anorthosis Famagusta

APOEL Nicosia vs Zrinjski Mostar (Croatia)




My correct score predictions for punters...


Apollon Limassol 3-1 Lech Poznań

Olympiacos Pireos 2-1 Omonia Nicosia

FC Basel 3-0 Anorthosis Famagusta

APOEL Nicosia 2-0 Zrinjski Mostar
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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Cap » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:37 pm

Omonia, for the first time in its history is gunning for the money shot.
I'm not expecting miracles, in fact the opposite.
(Even the shocking low Greek standards are not enough to convince me of a Cypriot victory)

But for what it's worth.
Good luck.
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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:04 am

Cap wrote:Omonia, for the first time in its history is gunning for the money shot.
I'm not expecting miracles, in fact the opposite.
(Even the shocking low Greek standards are not enough to convince me of a Cypriot victory)

But for what it's worth.
Good luck.


Greek Football isn’t low standard. The top 5 teams are actually very strong. Same thing applies in Cyprus really.

Much like other meals in Europe though, there is a big gap between the top 5 and the rest of the league.

Not like English FA where the gap between top and bottom teams isn’t so pronounced,

Atm, I’m impressed with the likes of PAOK. Olympiacos can never be written off. So much history and money.

I think Olympiacos is far superior to Omonoia. And it showed in the result. At 90 million euro net worth, it is in a different league to the highest valued Cypriot team of APOEL at 20 million Euros. At that kind of money, they can buy some high impact players.
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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Kikapu » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:57 am

Paphitis wrote:
Cap wrote:Omonia, for the first time in its history is gunning for the money shot.
I'm not expecting miracles, in fact the opposite.
(Even the shocking low Greek standards are not enough to convince me of a Cypriot victory)

But for what it's worth.
Good luck.

Not like English FA where the gap between top and bottom teams isn’t so pronounced,
.

But of course it is Paphitis. It has always been and it still is. As long as there are no salary caps in soccer, unlike some of American Sport, the top few rich clubs will outspend the majority of the other clubs in the same division, which makes football (soccer) boring to watch at league level.

In any case, there aren’t enough talent to go around to fulfill all the teams in any soccer leagues, even if there were to be a salary cap. In the USA, a lot of new talents are produced every year in high schools and colleges to enter the professional sports.
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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:57 pm

Kikapu wrote:
Paphitis wrote:
Cap wrote:Omonia, for the first time in its history is gunning for the money shot.
I'm not expecting miracles, in fact the opposite.
(Even the shocking low Greek standards are not enough to convince me of a Cypriot victory)

But for what it's worth.
Good luck.

Not like English FA where the gap between top and bottom teams isn’t so pronounced,
.

But of course it is Paphitis. It has always been and it still is. As long as there are no salary caps in soccer, unlike some of American Sport, the top few rich clubs will outspend the majority of the other clubs in the same division, which makes football (soccer) boring to watch at league level.

In any case, there aren’t enough talent to go around to fulfill all the teams in any soccer leagues, even if there were to be a salary cap. In the USA, a lot of new talents are produced every year in high schools and colleges to enter the professional sports.


The English FA doesn't have caps.

We do in Australia, so in the A League, the bottom team isn't far standard wise from the league leaders. Bottom team can beat the top team, and often do.

But we are trying to get away from the American Model and have a pyramid - first and second division.

If we unlock the cap, we have 5 teams in Australia with virtually unlimited budgets. We are talking about Budgets well over 100 million per annum. Yes I'm not joking at all. These clubs are capable of signing some massive stars if its about money, and as a follower, this is exactly what I want to see,

One example is Melbourne City. Owned by the City Football Group which own Manchester City, and New York City among some other teams in the UAE. The CFG is owned by the UAE Royals.
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Re: A lukewarm EU-football thread...

Postby Get Real! » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:40 pm

A 10-man (52”) Paphos team beat APOEL 1-0 at the GSP! :lol:
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