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  1. What?! My source has let me down! Still, doesn't affect the 100% record so all good!
  2. That's a great start. Got any thoughts on this afternoon's game that I previewed?
  3. Cheers for posting that! Best of luck with your bet and it seems like a fair shout. Interested to see how it comes out.
  4. @four-leaf, I see you liking that post! Are you keeping an eye on the Belarus Premier League at the moment? Bet on it before or just here for the coronavirus ride?
  5. I thought I'd get a simple question up in these quiet times asking how we all started supporting the clubs we do. It'll help us all to get to know each other a bit better and it's always interesting to hear the stories. My story? Cardiff is my hometown team so I have supported them since I started watching football. During the dark basement days of the old Division 4 and 5-0 defeats at home to Maidstone I used to have Sheffield Wednesday as my allocated Premier League side. Everyone else chose the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and (at the time) Blackburn. I wanted to be different. I still keep an eye out on the results of the Owls so always like to see @waynecoyne's view on things. I follow a number of teams around the world in a similar way. I just like to have a favoured team I can give my backing to in each league. Usually due to an affiliation built up through Football Manager or visiting them in real-life. These include Alloa in Scotland, Carrick Rangers in Northern Ireland, Cork City in Republic of Ireland, Nantes in France, Freiburg in Germany, Roda JC in Netherlands, FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, Los Angeles FC in the US, Club America in Mexico, Club Brugge in Belgium, and Inter Milan in Italy. I wouldn't call myself a supporter as such of those clubs but I like to see them do well.
  6. Neman Grodno vs FC Vitebsk Our coverage of the Belarus Premier League continues today with the 4pm BST kick-off between Neman Grodno and FC Vitebsk that will take place at the Neman Stadium in Grodno. The home side will be looking to notch up a first league win of the season against an away team that could maintain a 100% winning start to their league campaign with a victory. Neman Grodno find themselves in 12th place after their opening round 1-0 loss away to Isloch. Igor Kovalevich's side had to play with 10 men after the 43rd minute sending off of Zoran Marusic. The team managed to hold out until the 88th minute before Momo Yansane's winner. The aim this season will be to improve on the club's 10th placed finish last season but a defeat here would leave their fans fearing the worst that a relegation battle could be on. FC Vitebsk began their season with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Gorodeya. Manager Sergey Yasinsky needed the opposition to score an own goal through Dmitry Ignatenko after 20 minutes but even going down to 10 men when Maksym Kalenchuk was sent off just before half-time couldn't stop them taking all 3 points. It was a brilliant show of resilience by the defence and bodes well for this campaign. As we said in the previous preview, it's hard to make judgement calls on an unfamiliar league so early on. The odds suggest even the bookies aren't sure which way this one will go. I'm tempted to back an away win but I think a draw could be the best option again. I was wrong in the Minsk derby. Away wins have been quite common so far but I think as solid as Vitebsk look at this early stage, Neman Grodno will be out to make a point in front of their home fans. Draw @ 3.00 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.80 with Unibet
  7. The next matches scheduled to take place are coming up tonight with Jalapa vs Juventus Managua at 11pm BST (yes, daylight saving has kicked in!) and CD Walker Ferretti vs Chinandega FC at midnight. A 1-0 win for Real Madriz last night delivered us a 100% record to start our coverage of this league. Let's hope it continues tonight. I'll look to get a preview up of one of these games later on. Give us any bets you're leaning towards! @Xcout, fancy getting on board and helping me out?
  8. Real Madriz vs Deportivo Ocotal OK, here we go. Our first foray into the Liga Primera de Nicaragua. The first preview we are covering is the 2am GMT kick-off on Sunday morning (a change to the above scheduled 10pm Saturday night kick-off) between Real Madriz and Deportivo Ocotal at the Estadio Solidaridad "Augusto Cesar Mendoza" in Somoto. This game has a rich history due to the bitter rivalry between the two neighbours and with the sides both vying to qualify for the play-offs. Real Madriz might be one letter off sharing a name with one of the greatest clubs in world football but the reality for this side in Nicaragua is that the best they can hope for is to qualify for the play-off quarter-finals. Manager Juan Ramirez has led his team to 8th in the table and just 3 points off the play-off pace. Just 2 wins from their last 8 league games isn't great reading but the 1-0 victory at home to ART Municipal Jalapa in the last round gives their fans cause for optimism heading into this game. Deportivo Ocotal know that the pressure is on them coming into this game. Manager Reynaldo Clavasquin will be keen to avoid his side falling further off the play-off pace. The club is currently in 9th place and 4 points behind the play-off berths. It's now only 2 wins from their last 8 league games and with back-to-back defeats to Diriangen and Real Esteli has put the onus on them to start picking up points before it's too late. The bookies are torn on this one with Real Madriz being offered slightly over Evens with a lot of companies. I'm really not sure Deportivo Ocotal are in a position to give me enough confidence that they can draw this one. The home side will be bouncing after their win last week and even though the away side lost against highly-placed sides in their last two games it's a worry that the losing mentality could set in again. I have back a home win at the value being offered. Real Madriz to Win @ 2.05 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.85 with Bet365
  9. The most interesting part about the documentary was his personal fitness coach saying he was almost schizophrenic. There was Diego off the pitch. The quiet, insecure, and self-doubting boy from Lanus Oeste and then there was the persona he created on the pitch in order to survive the brutality of football that was Maradona. An arrogant, selfish, and ruthless individual. I think this persona he had on the pitch was what made him so good. Maybe that's the trouble these days. Players are encouraged to be these flawless role models on and off the pitch which restricts their freedom to express themselves or reach that deeper level of, for want of a better word, c*ntishness that can take them to the next level of performance.
  10. That's fascinating mate. Would be interested to hear which ones you find upstairs and if any are of memorable games that have happened.
  11. Just a quick addition to say that we've also added coverage of the Liga Primera de Nicaragua. It's no doubt going to be a barrel of laughs so make sure you don't miss out on all the chaos and drama that comes from this underrated Central American league!
  12. Well, this is something I never thought I'd say. Here is our weekly coverage of the Liga Primera de Nicaragua which has entered its Clausura part of the season. Not many of us, if any, will have much experience of this league but it's football and we all bloody love football, right? I'll look to study the statistics of this league and get a preview up this weekend that does its best to figure out where the value is. This is going to be quite the experience. Who fancies helping me trying to turn a profit from this one?
  13. FC Minsk vs Dinamo Minsk Right, so this is going to be interesting! I come into this league with very limited experience of Belarus football. As I said above, I once managed Dinamo Minsk on Football Manager and I did guide the Belarus national team to the 2022 World Cup Quarter-Finals on that same game as well. That wasn't real life though. No matter how much I wanted it to be! This is the real world. FC Minsk versus Dinamo Minsk in a 2pm GMT kick-off this Saturday afternoon at the 3,000-capacity FC Minsk Stadium. FC Minsk have had a cracking start to their league campaign. Andrey Razin's side finished 9th last season but find themselves 2nd in the table after the first round of league games. A 3-1 win away to Belshina gave them a fantastic opening week victory and will already have their fans dreaming of a potential return to European football for the first time since 2013/14. Dinamo Minsk come into this game in 10th place after a disappointing opening round 1-0 loss at home to top flight new boys Rukh Brest. Manager Sergei Gurenko will be determined to see his team return to their glory days after an underwhelming 4th placed league finish last season. Unfortunately, this season could not have started much worse. The experience of centre back Igor Shitov and new striker signing Yevgeniy Shikavka will be needed if the club is to bounce back against a formidable opponent here. It's always hard to judge games in the first few rounds of a new season let alone in an unfamiliar league. It certainly doesn't help when results have thrown up one or two surprises in the opening weekend. The bookies are slightly favouring an away win but I'm not entirely confident Dinamo Minsk are worth the bet at such a low price. FC Minsk produced some impressive statistics last week and I think they're good for a draw. I wouldn't even be surprised if they took the win but I'm going to sit on the fence at this early stage. Draw @ 3.20 with Betfair BTTS @ 1.91 with Bet365
  14. OK, so this is going to be a learning curve for us all! Welcome to the new Belarus Premier League thread. It might not be the EPL, La Liga, or Bundesliga but it's all we've got to keep us going right now. I had a brief spell as Dinamo Minsk manager on Football Manager a few years back. It didn't go very well but I'll humour them by previewing their Minsk derby against FC Minsk this weekend!
  15. Right, so the crazy Eastern Europeans won't be deterred by the prospect of a coronavirus outbreak. The Belarus Premier League has bizarrely just started its 2020 season so we've created a special forum to cover the games in the absence of all other football. It might not be the highest ranked European football league but it's football and the standard actually isn't that bad. If you fancy getting your football fix then get involved!
  16. My Dad has collected Cardiff City programmes for the past 30 odd years. I'm sure he'll burden me with them when the time comes to pass them down! I've got a few programmes that I've kept including the FA Cup Final in 2001 and the FA Cup Final in 2008. The first being because it was the first held at the Millennium Stadium and the second because it was the year Cardiff played Portsmouth. I've got a few other memorable ones from recently. I have a feeling my Dad said he has one from the time Cardiff beat Real Madrid at Ninian Park in 1971 but I'll have to check. What noteworthy ones do you have mate?
  17. To be fair, give any man this amount of drugs and he'd take his nation to a World Cup trophy!
  18. The new Match of the Day Top 10 podcast covered the greatest scorers in the Premier League era. Just wondering what your top 10 choices are. I'll post mine below and interested to see if you agree or not. 1. Alan Shearer - easily forgotten that he might have scored 260 goals in the Premier League era but he also bagged over 20 goals for Southampton before he moved to Blackburn in 1992 as well. Probably would have scored more if he didn't have a couple of injury disrupted seasons too. 2. Wayne Rooney - yes, he was fortunate to avoid any serious injury troubles but that's all part of his professional approach. The man broke most scoring records going for club and country. An incredible finisher from all ranges. 3. Sergio Aguero - still going strong now and likely to move higher than his current 4th place in the scorers chart. 4. Thierry Henry - a clinical finisher but also a total showman on the pitch. I was lucky enough to see him play live a few times and he was always a mesmerising watch. 5. Michael Owen - I'm not sure there have been many more clinical finishers than Owen. You only need to see how quick and lethal he was before his knee injuries to understand how good he was. I'd say only original Ronaldo is ahead of him in terms of ruthlessness. 6. Andy Cole - scored goals for a number of clubs and might have been more highly revered if his career didn't stutter to a finish with a few dry (by his standards!) seasons for the likes of Blackburn, Fulham, and Manchester City. 7. Ruud Van Nistelrooy - you could not switch off with this man in or around your penalty area. I do wonder how good he would have been if he hadn't suffered that long term knee injury before he joined Manchester United. Unreal finisher after it but on another level before it. 8. Harry Kane - still relatively early in Kane's progress so that holds him back on this list but clearly will go down as one of the greatest finishers of all-time in the Premier League. 9. Frank Lampard - OK, this might be controversial because he is 5th in the Premier League all-time scorer chart but I think those above him in my list were just better scorers. Can't fault the number of goals he scored from central midfield and the shadow striker role though. 10. Robbie Fowler - any player that is given the nickname of "God" by his own fans is obviously a talent. Surprised he didn't score more goals but think he did suffer from having to compere with legendary names such as Ian Rush and Michael Owen at the start and end of his time with the Reds as well as generally not having a very good team behind him for the most part so supply was low. Likely would have scored 50-60 more goals if he'd been at Manchester United or Newcastle during the 90s.
  19. Keep an eye on the footy chat and banter section where we'll be frequently posting up some threads for you guys to get involved in. I encourage you all to post anything you want to in order to keep us all entertained... in a responsible way, of course!
  20. Yes, it's all very good players staying fit with their own regimes given to them by the clubs but there is no substitute for match fitness. It's essentially like playing a mini-season from scratch again.
  21. OK, so with a lot of football in suspended animation right now I decided to watch the Diego Maradona documentary directed by Asif Kapadia. It's an absorbing watch. You get some understanding of why he became such a complicated person. Not excusing the bad things he did but you see how he became the way he was. Anyway, it got me thinking about the age-old question. Is he the greatest player to have graced the game as so many claim? Personally, and this might be my age, I'm reluctant to compare players in different positions and prefer to put players in categories. I would say Maradona is in an elite group with Pele, Johann Cruyff, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. After that, it's the likes of George Best, John Charles, Franz Beckenbauer, Zinedine Zidane, and Ronaldo etc. The biggest question for me is would Maradona be hailed as much as he is if he didn't commit the "Hand of God" or develop the cocaine addiction etc? Did his weaknesses and flaws help to build the mythology that has seen him labelled as the greatest of all-time? Or would he have been seen more favourably if he didn't have those flaws?
  22. Yes, if interest continues then we can look at covering it more. Always keen to cater for our members in the best way possible.
  23. It's a shame coronavirus has suspended the season for the time being because I was enjoying the first few weeks of the new season. Hopefully, it hits the ground running when things start up again.
  24. The A-League matches have been juggled around a bit so the games due to be played on Sunday have been pushed back 24 hours. Credit to the league for still trudging on. These are uncertain times and I know I am personally glad of some kind of football action. Not sure how long it will last but so long as it does we'll provide the previews! Tell us any predictions you have below!