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#21 [url]

May 10 17 10:42 AM

Even Belgian clubs have a better record....

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#23 [url]

May 11 17 6:23 PM

So, after the elimination of Atlético de Madrid, Milan remains the only city to have won the Champions League with two clubs (albeit for seven times with the wrong club and just for three with the right one).
Belgrade, London and Madrid have won the trophy, respectively, with Red Star, Chelsea and Real, and have brought, respectively, Partizan, Arsenal and Atlético to play the final. But I think Manchester has the best chances in the future to bring City to a continental success after the three United's victories.
There's also the curious case of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv: two trumphs for Maccabi and one for Hapoel, but in the Asian Champions League, not in the European Champions League.

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#24 [url]

Jun 20 17 10:25 AM

So a few weeks overdue but time to tally up the winner.

  • Champions: Real Madrid (closest guesses were Borussia Dortmund & Barcelona (qf), tie between me, nfm24, & Luca)
  • Runners-up: Juventus (closest guesses were Leicester City, Barcelona, & Bayern Munich (qf), tie between me, Kaizeler, & Luca)
  • Surprise package: (as much as it pains me to say it) AS Monaco (Luca probably wins this one with Leicester City, special mention to Rostov though)
  • Disappointment: Tottenham Hotspur? (Celtic drew 3 of their games, Leicester definitely avoided disappointment, which leaves my guess of Manchester City and Luca's of PSG. Both of them went out of the Ro16 in humiliating fashion but Luca threw in a guess of Atletico Madrid as well, as well as that one being way off target his failure to commit wholeheartedly to one answer means I'm giving this one to me)
  • Top scorer: Him (Real Madrid), 12 goals (closest guess was Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) on 8 goals - nfm24 wins pretty clearly)
  • Best atmosphere: I'd probably say the Atletico v Real semi-final (out of everyone's guesses I'd say nfm24 edges it over Kaizeler, and special mention to me for being able to get my guess so brilliantly off the mark that it actually comes back round as a contender, an empty stadium is unique at least...)
  • Most potatoes picked: I don't really know how to judge potatoness, but if we go by pure results then Dinamo Zagreb got 0 points, 0 goals, and 15 conceded in the group stage (Brendan Rodgers' Celtic were definitely not as bad as that and did seem to take the game to their opponents (except Barcelona), FC Copenhagen got 9 points and Gerard Pique got no own goals and gets to go home to Shakira, so until someone can prove me otherwise this round goes to me)
And totalling the final scores, Kaizeler gets 1 point, nfm24 & Luca each get 3, and I got 4, so I guess that makes me die meister, die besten, les grandes equipes, etc.... same thing in a couple of months smiley: indifferent?

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Jun 20 17 11:24 PM

Given how inaccurate we all were overall, Mark is the clear winner by default.

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Jun 20 17 11:30 PM

mattsanger92 wrote:
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic were definitely not as bad as that
May I remind you that Brendan Rodgers lost to a team from Gibraltar.  I'm claiming a point for that.

I should also be awarded a bonus point for resisting the temptation to write David Luiz for any of the answers.



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#29 [url]

Jun 22 17 8:50 AM

Well, but the degree of difficulty of my "Best atmosphere" prediction was very high, as I said: “The (eventual) German derby between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the quarter finals”...

By the way my prediction about Portugal European champions in 2016 was a masterpiece and remains in the history of international bets 9qix48.gif

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#31 [url]

Jul 4 17 6:57 PM

To me it makes no sense that Gibraltar (and other examples previously) are not allowed to play at home. There is no valid reason for blocking this. If you allow their clubs to enter the tournament then you should allow them to play at home. If opponents refuse, they can forfeit a 2-0 walkover or whatever.

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Jul 5 17 7:41 PM

nfm24 wrote:
To me it makes no sense that Gibraltar (and other examples previously) are not allowed to play at home. There is no valid reason for blocking this. If you allow their clubs to enter the tournament then you should allow them to play at home. If opponents refuse, they can forfeit a 2-0 walkover or whatever.
I'd take it a step further and say the same for any club not being able to play in their home stadium, let alone their home country (although in the case of Gibraltar's clubs it is of course one and the same). And the concept goes double for any international team (Kosovo's clubs seem to be allowed to play in Kosovo but their national team are not right now, for some reason).

The most obvious example in recent years is Ludogorets Razgrad having to play over 300km away in Sofia for their continental games, or Dundalk playing most of theirs in a slightly bigger stadium in Dublin, if it was their own choice to get more revenue then fair enough, but in a lot of these situations smaller clubs are forced to play elsewhere on a more neutral ground because their stadium doesn't have enough VIP seats or 'bright enough' floodlights etc. Short of a security risk no decisions like this should be out of the club's hands, if they want to invite their illustrious guests to their sub-standard stadiums then brilliant, proper FA Cup stuff etc., one of football's little pleasures seeing a scenario like that.

As for the situation with Gibraltar's clubs, I originally thought Victoria Stadium was getting redeveloped or something, it still is (GFA have taken ownership and are compensating other sports by building a multi-sport facility at Europa Point) but apparently the reason for these CL games being moved to Portugal is because Victoria Stadium now has a worse-condition pitch and more teams using it now for continental games than last season (3 rather than 2, which for a stadium that hosts every single league and cup game of all Gibraltar's clubs each season I don't think is going to have much of a difference).

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