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200M EUR a year for Benzema and rumoured 600M EUR for 2 years for Messi. Where do they find this money?

Inter Miami offers 50M EUR a year for Messi.
 
West Ham win UEFA....Can City win Champions League...
 
City versus Inter tomorrow.

In other news, Phil Neville gets sacked ahead of Messi's announcement at Inter Miami. Now he's a coach with the Canadian national team. Thank God we qualify as a host country for the next World Cup.
 
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If Real had a choice between Mbappe and Kane you would take Mbappe in a second. Mbappe scored more in one Qatar World Cup fixture than Kane did for the entire tournament.

That said Mbappe would pick up the slack from Benzema and the Saudis are giving the outgoing player 200M+ in wages alone.
 
Speaking of Real.. Modric with an assist and a penalty kick over the Dutch. He played what - a whole season + World Cup and now back in Nations League at age 37.
 
NO.
ONE.
CARES.

In the States........in Canada, it's our golden generation. We're using the same World Cup squad even though the ones playing in Europe are probably all burnt out by now.
 
Saudi pick ups:

Karim Benzema - $107M/year, 3 year contract for a 35 year old
Ruben Neves - $60M transfer fee, 26 year old captain for Wolves
Kalidou Koulibaly - $42M transfer fee, 32 year old centre back from Chelsea and formerly Napoli
N'Golo Kante - $86M/year, 4 year contract for a 32 year old

Attempted signings besides Messi

Luka Modric - $218M
Son Heung-Min - $65M
Wilfried Zaha - $38M/year contract

Don't they realise taking other people's highest contracts and adding a zero is ruining the game?
 
Thank God Bob Bradley got sacked although I'm not sure what the club statement of we thank him for his 2 years..........of what? Running the club to the ground?
 
Stevie Gerrard managing in Saudi Arabia months after saying he wouldn’t go there.
 
Roberto Firmino: Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli sign Brazil forward after Liverpool exit

.$$$$$
 
Going to the game for my hometown club tomorrow.

14th place TFC might only carry a roster totaling $5.67m into the match against STL this weekend. Based on injuries/suspensions/nat'l team duty, TFCe might be w/o players totaling $20.341m.

1st place STL meanwhile, is missing 3.872m of salary to injuries and will likely carry a $7.06m roster into TFC. STL total roster spend is $10.9m


...dear God.
 
Canada crash out of Gold Cup. At least we get our players back for the MLS fixtures. Unfortunately our primary keeper is playing for the States and will continue to be unavailable albeit sitting on the bench as a backup.
 
Messi mania hits MLS. Not sure how long he can continue buying lucky charms at Publix in Miami.
 
"The Saudi league is better than MLS. Now all the players are coming here. In one year, more top players will come to Saudi Arabia." - so says CR7.
 
Jordan Henderson and Riyhad Mahrez off to Saudi Arabia.

European clubs must be ecstatic there is someone willing to pay and take these players off of them with often positive hits on their balance sheets.
 
World Cup kicked of with a bang. Two tense and competitive games.

And a 2200 kick off here with a nil nil draw and a missed penalty from our team's talisman.

How are the preparations there? Did cities have to do a lot of temporary or permanent alterations to stadiums to meet FIFA requirements?

We host 2026 men's and work has still yet to start to expand our 28,000 stadium to expand attendance. I use "we" when it's the entire North American continent. Feels strange after tiny Qatar hosted everyone.
 
How are the preparations there? Did cities have to do a lot of temporary or permanent alterations to stadiums to meet FIFA requirements?

Some stadia more than others. Overall it has been a remarkably smooth preparation. For all the shit FIFA (rightfully) gets having stadiums basically shut down in preparation for four weeks prior to the event starting means they come up an absolute treat. My local stadium got new screens installed. Of course there's the peripheral nonsense about not being be able to take a pepsi or fanta into the game, or having to remove the label, but overall the tournament has been brilliant, with decent crowds as well. Watched the Canada game, that was tough.
 
Some stadia more than others. Overall it has been a remarkably smooth preparation. For all the shit FIFA (rightfully) gets having stadiums basically shut down in preparation for four weeks prior to the event starting means they come up an absolute treat. My local stadium got new screens installed. Of course there's the peripheral nonsense about not being be able to take a pepsi or fanta into the game, or having to remove the label, but overall the tournament has been brilliant, with decent crowds as well. Watched the Canada game, that was tough.

At least you didn't ban the infamous Budweiser beer on religious grounds...or maybe it is banned for other reasons.
 
At least you didn't ban the infamous Budweiser beer on religious grounds...or maybe it is banned for other reasons.

They advertise it at the games but you can't buy it. which is weird.

Some great games again last night and the crowds are fantastic. It's really taken off.
 
It looked dodgy for a bit against Ireland but it looks like the Canadian women might actually get out of group unlike the men's team.
 
Thanks. Have to say was very surprised how poorly you were set up. Luckily we took good advantage of that.

The Canadian team was saying they weren't getting the respect given their ranking and past history. Respect is earned though.
 
I was a bit confused last night when the Panama women scored in the 80 something minute and then proceeded to dance whilst being down 3-5 to France.
 
“Australia will face either France or Morocco in the last eight on Saturday.”

Home support has its advantages.

We did well against Denmark. They set up well in the first half but we broke their well structured press with a bit of magic and then in second half they gave us more of the ball and didn't really seem to have a plan to get back into it.
 

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