"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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- Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool
- Tottenham (Spurs), Everton
- Barcelona, Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao
- Bayern Munich
- Borussia Dortmond, Shalke 04, Bayern Leverkusen
- Juventes, Inter Milan, AC Milan
- Roma, Napoli
- Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)
- AS Monaco, Lyon, Marsellie
- UEFA - Europe
- CONCACAF - North America
- CONMEBOL - South America
- CAF - Africa
- AFC - Asia
- OFC - Oceana
- League: Each league has their own domestic season, 38 weeks... with the exception of the German Bundesliga who only plays 34 weeks.
- Domestic Cup: Each league also has its own domestic tournament within their own league that takes place during the regular season (England=FA Cup, Spain=Copa Del Ray, Germany=DFB Pokal, Italy=Coppa Italia, France=Coupe de France)
- Super Cup: The winner of league and the domestic cup from the previous season (all leagues)
Champions League: 32 Select teams also participate in the UEFA Champions League tournament which runs during the domestic season as well. Generally it consist of the top 4 teams from the year before in the 5 major leagues, and the top select teams from minor leauges in Europe like the Russian Premier League, Turkish Super Lig, Dutch Eredivisie and Portuguese Primera Division, that play their way in throguh knockout qualifying rounds and a playoff round....
While the World Cup is regarded as the most prestigious trophy to win only being played every 4 years... the Champions League takes place every year and is the highest club honor. It is considered by most, as well as myself, the hardest trophy to win as teams that participate at the club level are built to win their league and this trophy specifically, instead of joining others by determined birth nationality whom which they may not play with frequently.
- Europa Leauge: The Europa League is besically just like the Champions League, but instead of the top 4 in each league, it is for teams that finish just behind 4th place domesticlly... It consist of 48 teams selected by the UEFA coefficient, and select teams that are knocked out of the first group stage of the Champions Leauge.
- UEFA Super Cup: Winners of the Champions League and Europa League
- FIFA Club World Cup: The 6 champions of the respective continental confederations, and the host nation, play a straight knockout tournament
- European Championship: International tournament, kind of like the World Cup, however limited to only European nations. Also takes place every 4 years, on 2 year alternates with the World Cup... think of the European Championship and the World Cup like the "Spring and Summer Olympics" both are every 4 years, but you'll get one of them every 2 years.
- World Cup: duh
- Barcelona/Real Madrid
- Real Madrid/Atletico Madrid
- Manchester United/Manchester City
- Manchester United/Liverpool
- AC Milan/Inter Milan
- Juventes/Inter Milan
- Bayern Munich/Borussia Dortmund
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Worst kept secret in||
Worst kept secret in England...... it was only a matter of time.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||ya I use firstrow all the||
ya I use firstrow all the time, its awesome! just not as many active links to some of the non-power league games...
http://gofirstrowus.eu/ for the OP
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed on the derby list, it||
Agreed on the derby list, it was more of a "Derby/Rival" list... Merseyside, North London, Old Firm... we know the classics, I should have been more clear.
I didn't list some of the ones like Ajax/Feyenoord, Boca/River Plate, Olympiacos/Panathinaikos just because they are almost impossible to see outside of their own local media...
Wish Rangers would get their shit together as well... Rangers/Celtic is pure hatrid. If you haven't caught the VICE episode about them, it's epic........
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Ok here goes... Quick||
Ok here goes...
Quick Info: The quickest way to pickup basic team information in all honesty is any of the FIFA titles, newer the better... I started playing FIFA in 03 when the original xbox got relased becuase I was so bored of Madden/NHL/NBA2K series, it was just something new... and since then I have owned every single one thats been released. All of the titles will have a generic number ratings for attack/midfield/defense, and will run you down every team that is in every league and be updated year to year with whatever teams are relegated or promoted.
Leagues: There are 5 Major European Leagues. Each league is primarily dominated by a select few clubs I'll just refer to as "1st tier teams", followed by "2nd tier teams", and then everyone else...
England (known as EPL or BPL... English Premier League or Barclays Premier League)
Spain (La Liga)
Italy (Serie A)
France (Ligue 1)
*Yes Manchester United is in the toilet this year, yes Manchester City and PSG have risen only in the last few years becuase of crazy rich new owners wiling to spend anything, yes Inter and AC Milan are having bad years, yes Atletico Madrid is leading La Liga this year... but as a median of how teams are year in and year out, I think this represents a pretty accurate list over the last decade or so.
*Feel free to google or wikipedia any of these more detailed info...
Dont Miss Games: Any of the top tier teams that play eachother are bound to be great games... "Derby" games refer to teams that are located in the same city or region.
Obviously there are more... these are some of the most popular.
Conclusion: Its early as hell... and Im sure I'll add to this later when I'm more awake. If I were you, I would suggest picking an English Premier League team to follow. They are the most broadcasted games here in the states, and out of the 5 major leauges, they speak english... duh. Sometimes Its nice to be able to listen to players talk about the game post match and other things in your native language.
Also, there are quick little surveys and website that may help you pick a team depending on what priorities you have... take this with a grain of salt, but: http://www.selectsmart.com/premier/
Lastley, ESPNFC is a great new show thats been on for a couple of months now... if you want to pickup things reeeeally fast, see highlights from every league around, listen to comentary, see league tables... 30 minutes a day on ESPN and than and hour episode on Sundays, you will have expanding knowledge in a super short time. I cant stress this enough, the show is great and it keeps you up to date on EVERYTHING...
Anyways... need sleep, hope this helps.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Barca supporter for the last||
Barca supporter for the last decade+... Bale is an amazing player, pace for days. Loved him when he was with Spurs, not so much now that hes at Madrid simply because hes now a rival player...
Broken down... his first touch is amazing, but incase you don't follow Barca at all, they have a center back crisis... Marc Bartra is a B team level player and is only on the squad because Puyol is leaving, and Pique is out with an injury... beating him off the ball is like running smack about being the skinniest kid in fat camp... not really impressive.
That said, its still an amazing run and a slick nutmeg past Pinto... who I wont even get into, ill just say he would struggle making an MLS team...
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Boo you both... that is all.||
Boo you both... that is all.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||guess I should have made a||
guess I should have made a "snowflake: we want to be Stanford" thread... since the dozen other snowflake threads from every single aspect of every game goes through Sundays after we get embarrassed.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||you're a fucking loser... be||
you're a fucking loser... be gone clown
|1 year 5 weeks ago||you're pathetic dude... eat||
you're pathetic dude... eat glass
|1 year 6 weeks ago||cockblocked by an inferior||
cockblocked by an inferior Mexican squad... Thanks Comcast.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||SO. MUCH. WIN.||
SO. MUCH. WIN.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The formatting kills it....||
The formatting kills it.... and you need some different camera angles/view points/scenery shots instead of just 10-15 second telecast chunks. A for effort, just a little constructive criticism.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Agreed... someone should just||
Agreed... someone should just start a 2-3 day Kickstarter for a monsterous bulk rubber chicken order.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Great move for Jozy to get||
Great move for Jozy to get back in the EPL!
Glad to see NBC is going to pick them up this season.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Worst. Idea. Ever.||
Worst. Idea. Ever.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Guess they can't lose them||
Guess they can't lose them all....
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Thats awesome man! appreciate||
Thats awesome man! appreciate it. Ill check them out.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I wish he would have retired||
I wish he would have retired than go to the Raiders.........
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Froze at the end for me||
Froze at the end for me too.
The music is a hard choice for me to get behind simply because its too fast... it doesn't match any of the cuts and is basically just background music for a bunch of highlights lined up like ducks in a row. Whenever I try and put out a video the music selection is as crucial as the clips themselves.. it's suppose to match the mood, flow and cuts to tell a 'story'.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Yup. That shot will live as a||
Yup. That shot will live as a Tournament highlight for the next decade at least.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Our we debating our D1||
Our we debating our D1 credibility yet?? I feel bad for our boys. Dominating the CCLA year after year to being a doormat... ugh :(
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Love it man! So Pumped!!!||
Love it man! So Pumped!!!
|1 year 28 weeks ago||The thumbnail works fine on||
The thumbnail works fine on my 5... hmmmmm.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I live on campus... and my||
I live on campus... and my whole crew are State alums.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Its all good.. just a little||
Its all good.. just a little poke for my close friends. I've lived here my whole life, had to watch several Final Fours, NC games with all my buddies, got junk for our 16-0 start, and got burried for that 23 point embarrassment at Breslin this year... this is just a little reminder.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||WE ON a flight to ATL!||
WE ON a flight to ATL!
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I wanted to use the whole "WE||
I wanted to use the whole "WE BEEN ON" motto and pic that people have been using around here trying to diminish our season...
|1 year 29 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Not a fan... however, ¡Visca||
Not a fan... however, ¡Visca Barça!