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Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 3:04 pm

Yayers!

Tonight is my favourite day of the year, aka the Champions league final.

Tonight at 2045CET played at Paris, Arsenal defy Barcelona.

I'll be rooting for Arsenal but I think Barcelona will edge it. Probably 2-0 for the Spanish. I'd like to be proven wrong.

So who do you think shall win and on what score?
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 3:48 pm

Rhaaa....

Thanks for posting this thread, reminds me that I have to buy a case of beer for the game tonight.  Wink

I think that Barca will win but Arsenal is always good for a surprise (especially with Lehmann in the goal  Wink).

It is going to be really interesting, I am looking forward!

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:09 pm

Although I do have a soft spot for Arsenal, I will be cheering for Barcelona!

As for the score, lets just hope it's an open, flowing game. 3-1 to the Catalan giants.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:15 pm

It has the potential to be a top final,though whether it will match the FA final last Saturday remains to be seen.

As for the score, well I reckon the Gooners will shade it 2-1 with Fabregas and that man Henry on the scoresheet.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:25 pm

The probable formation for tonight:



Courtesy of "Bild" newspaper


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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:33 pm

My prediction:
Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:39 pm

Barcelona 3 - 0 Arsenal

I hear the linesman has now been given the axe after been spotted wearing a Barcelona shirt. What a fool!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:40 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
The probable formation for tonight:

Early reports on BBC news 24 this morning were that Pires was getting the nod over Reyes.

And is Senderos injured? I think he has done so well this season despite the dodgy start against Chelsea in the Charity shield. I would not pick Campbell over him. Especially since Senderos was a key figure in the clean sheets in the run up to the final.

On a side note: did you hear about the assistant ref.? Caught wearing a Barca shirt for a photo shoot!!  Smile Moron!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 4:46 pm

hmmm not many betting on Arsenal. I haven't been following Barcelona lately to have any expectations of my own. I just wish for exciting 2 halves followed by 2 full extra time halves and then all rounds of penalties.  bigthumbsup 
Hey I can wish...

And thanx for the the reminder thread, I had almost forgotten.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 5:22 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
The probable formation for tonight:


As much as I'd like to think that formation will be played by Arsenal, I think Arsène will stick to the 4-5-1, with Pires/Reyes (most likely Pires to start and Reyes as substitute) on the left wing.

Quoting Oli80 (Reply 7):
And is Senderos injured? I think he has done so well this season despite the dodgy start against Chelsea in the Charity shield. I would not pick Campbell over him. Especially since Senderos was a key figure in the clean sheets in the run up to the final.

Senderos is fit and in the squad, but I would prefer to see Campbell and Toure at centre-back.

Quoting Steve7E7 (Reply 3):
As for the score, well I reckon the Gooners will shade it 2-1 with Fabregas and that man Henry on the scoresheet.



[Edited 2006-05-17 10:24:12]
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 5:36 pm

The champions league final may well be titled 'the ronaldinho show' if the arsenal defence and midfield don't mark him out of the game. Regardless Barca will win, by how many? Depends how much of the ball ronaldinho sees
I have a feeling 3-1 to Barca! Henry to score for arsenal before he signs a big money move to the catalan giants!

Come on Barca!

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 5:59 pm

3-2 Barca. (Eto, Henry grab at least 1 goal each, and possibly a goal from Ronaldinho too.)

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 6):
I hear the linesman has now been given the axe after been spotted wearing a Barcelona shirt. What a fool!

He was approached by a local newspaper when it became clear he would be the assistant referee in the final. They wanted him to pose with the shirts of both teams, but as he couldn't find an Arsenal shirt, he was told to just put on the Barca kit by the journalists.

British papers have been all over the place, wanting to buy the photo, but the local newspaper decided not to sell. It still appears some paper went ahead and printed it.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2006220520,00.html

He has been dropped for the game tonight and will be replaced. So good luck to the 3 Norwegians tonight, you're in for a hell of a job.  Wink

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:01 pm

Prediction Arsenal 1, Barca 0. I can't see Barca scoring IMHO.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:08 pm

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 12):
I can't see Barca scoring IMHO.

Yeah, no offensive play on the field with that team...  Wink

Pity Lionel Messi isn't fit to play.  Sad

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:09 pm

Arsenal will win 2:0. Lehmann will keep his goal clean.  Wink
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:13 pm

Hopefully it won't go into penalties like last year. Go Arsenal. Umm no score prediction, but near certain that Henry will score an important goal, either to equalise or win.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:30 pm

I think Arsenal 2-1.

I hope so anyway - my feelings towards them have not been all that kind for years, but i fully admit they have been excellent in the run up to the final, and fully deserve their place - a mixture of hard work, skill, finesse, and a little bit of luck. Their tactic have not been to stifle games and hope for penalties, but to soak things up and play honest attacking football when required - its good to watch, and ive been particularly impressed by Eboue at right back - very good player. This is in contrast to Liverpool last season, who I think did not deserve the amount of luck they got, and won it purely based in blind luck.

I think Barca will score first, and Henry will equalise. It will go to extra time, and someone like Fabregas will scramble in a winner. I can see Deco getting absolutely nothing out of Gilberto in the middle, and if Hleb can draw Oleguer out and make him give some free kicks away, i think they've got a great chance. Barca are the best club side in the world, and if Arsenal can do the business tonight, it will be fully deserved - you cant fluke your way past a team like that, Messi or not.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 6:55 pm

Arsenal to win, hopefully. Will it be boring boring or will they follow the recent traditions of English teams and turn it into a cliffhanger?

I just hope both our kids are in bed....not like last year when I had to occupy a 2 year old and a 6 month old when mum was out for the evening.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 7:06 pm

I just think Arsenal are too physically strong for Barca, and Henry is just so good at punishing defences (Barca's back four aren't the greatest IMHO). Arsenal being Arsenal quite clearly Ronaldinho and Eto'o will get a good kicking by Toure and Eboue, so I'm not convinced they will be that effective. I think Giuly could be the key for Barca.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 7:50 pm

I really hope we don't play Pires over Reyes.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 7:54 pm

Quoting RJ111 (Reply 19):
I really hope we don't play Pires over Reyes.

Same here - Reyes' pace and skill from dead-ball situations is no match for Pires, though ideally Reyes would be up-front with Henry and Pires out on the left-wing.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 7:55 pm

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 18):
Barca's back four aren't the greatest IMHO

I think you're forgetting about Puyol and Marquez, and with Edmilson sitting infront of them... Plus they have Motta on the bench who can come in in any 3 of those positions.

I think Arsenals best chances are down the wings. Oleguer and Gio (with Beletti and Silvinho in reserves) are the weak areas if you ask me. Other than that, the team is world class!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 8:10 pm

Arsenal are playing Pires over reyes, which sounds like they will adopt a more defensive approach. IMHO not the best move.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 8:26 pm

Barca 2-1. Will be watching the end of the game once I get home from work (game will be starting at 1330 Central Time, I'll be home at 1430).

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 8:39 pm

Quoting Texan (Reply 23):
Barca 2-1. Will be watching the end of the game once I get home from work (game will be starting at 1330 Central Time, I'll be home at 1430).

You gotta soak in the whole game...I am leaving early to catch the game.....

Arsenal 2-1..Henry gets both goals, Ronaldinho gets one, but Ronaldinho and Barca rendered ineffective by the Arsenal back 4 , Silva and Fabregas. Fabregas will be key for Arsenal.

Plus it's in the Henry's hometown, and he really wants to put on show in Paris.

[Edited 2006-05-17 13:40:35]
Come on you gunners......!!!!!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 8:47 pm

Quoting LH477 (Reply 24):
You gotta soak in the whole game...I am leaving early to catch the game

If I could, believe me, I would! Looking forward to catching what I can of it.

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 9:54 pm

Mann, I rooting for Arsenal, but wearing my Barca shirt becuase they so talented! Too bad they fall like ballerinas!
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 10:19 pm

Quoting MartinairYYZ (Reply 26):
I rooting for Arsenal, but wearing my Barca shirt



Quoting MartinairYYZ (Reply 26):
Chelsea Football Club supporter.

 crazy 
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 10:41 pm

I honestly don't know who to root for. I've been a Barca supporter since 98, but with two Swiss playing for Arsenal, I'll still be happy even if Barca loses.

Even if tonights game will be close, I can't tell you who will win, especially after seeing last year's final Big grin

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
(especially with Lehmann in the goal Wink)

This reminds me of this:



Nah, Jens' performance has been solid in the Champions League, let's just hope he doesn't do a Kahn and make two Fehler in a Final  Wink
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Wed May 17, 2006 11:30 pm

2:1 to Arsenal at the end of the night....
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 12:11 am

I would play Reyes over Pires on the left side, Reyes has been excellent in Europe. He ran Real Madrid and Juventus ragged. Our defence needs to be at it's best, otherwise Ronaldinho and/or Eto will eat us. At the same time, if we play to our best, like against Real Madrid, then we can win. I really don't fancy extra time, that's when someone like Ronaldinho and Eto can be lethal. However penalties is a different matter, it can go either way.

Come on Arsenal!!!!!!
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 2:10 am

Ok firstly how is this an official thread? Is it endorsed by Uefa in any way, shape or form?

Secondly as I now live in Spain theres only one team I'm routing for.

¡Venga Barca!


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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 2:35 am

Quoting Jamotcx (Reply 31):
Venga Barca!

Wrong!

Quoting Texan (Reply 23):
Barca 2-1

Madman!

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 11):
3-2 Barca

You make me sick!

Quoting AdamTStarFlyer (Reply 10):
I have a feeling 3-1 to Barca

Words can't express how i am feeling about you, well words that won't get me banned!

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 6):
Barcelona 3 - 0 Arsenal

You know nothing! You need to be castrated for saying that!  Wink

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1

Kirkie, You posting drunk again?

Quoting Oli80 (Reply 2):

Your British Man (Well Welsh, If That Counts), Support A British Team!  Angry

Quoting Runway23 (Thread starter):
Probably 2-0 for the Spanish

Die!

2-1 To The Gunners!

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 2:40 am

Im not a footy person but im watching  Silly
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 2:48 am

Right off to the bar.



COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 2:48 am

Even if I support Real Madrid and I hate Barça, I think that today they will win their 2 Champions League....Results: 2-1 or 1-0 for the Spanish, and Ronaldinho the man of the match.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 3:05 am

Will the teams try to score a goal in this game??  sarcastic 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 3:28 am

One nil to the Arsenal...
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 3:46 am

They are out, ready to play. COME ON ARSENAL! Lets hope Arsenal can bring the title to the brits for a second year in a row!

Although...

Score Pred : Barca 4-1 Arsenal

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 3:47 am

Come on Barca!!!!!!!
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 3:51 am

Well 4 minutes gone and we've already had two great chances. COME ON the gooners!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:07 am

Great, Lehmann's been sent off - why couldn't the referee just give Barca the goal and get on with it? We're in trouble now!
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:09 am

Good to see that clown of a keeper get his marching orders.
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:10 am

What a horrible call. The referee should have given the advantage, Barca should be up 1-0, and Lehmann should still be in the match. Congrats to the referee for totally screwing that up  sarcastic 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 43):
What a horrible call. The referee should have given the advantage, Barca should be up 1-0, and Lehmann should still be in the match. Congrats to the referee for totally screwing that up

An American watching Real football  Wow!

I never!
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:12 am

Well it should have been a goal. While Lehmann and Arsenal might be satisfied and the action by the referee be correct, that move was against the spirit of the game.
 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:13 am

Yep, ref has probably just ruined this game as a match. mad 
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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 43):
What a horrible call. The referee should have given the advantage, Barca should be up 1-0, and Lehmann should still be in the match. Congrats to the referee for totally screwing that up

Hey, Lehmann dragged 'em down. Right call, IMHO. Bad luck to Arsenal, though, 20m in.  Yeah sure

Still and all, Barca's got the momentum in their favor now. But what do I know, I'm a stupid American, right?  Yeah sure

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 46):
Yep, ref has probably just ruined this game as a match.

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RE: Official Champions League Final Thread

Thu May 18, 2006 4:16 am

Commentators on Lehmann: "First player to be sent off in a Champions League Final...Making history for all the wrong reasons." LOL!

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