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Wolves had been clutch lately. Blackburn will be tough with their own survival on the line. I just want it to be Sunday already.

Win and you are in.

Draw and you are looking pretty strong - it'll take two wins by the next three to drop you.

Lose by one - it'll still take some work for two teams to pass you up. They'll still need to lose because of your goal differential. I don't know who would get the tiebreaker between you and Birmingham, but I think it's you for goals scored during the season.

Lose by two or more - And you have a lot of reason to worry. Still, it'll take two of the bottom three getting some sort of result.

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I really wonder whether spurs or Liverpool would be better off by missing out on Europa. They both have plenty of money already, and those Europa games can take their toll. They might be better off missing out on this second tier event to give them a better chance of making the top four next season.

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I really wonder whether spurs or Liverpool would be better off by missing out on Europa. They both have plenty of money already, and those Europa games can take their toll. They might be better off missing out on this second tier event to give them a better chance of making the top four next season.

I think I read a few months ago, you can earn as much money for winning the Europa title as you can just for qualifying for pool play in the Champions League and just winning a game or drawing a couple of games.

That really isn't worth it. But couldn't teams field squads of B players and stuff like that so that those players can get some experience? Is there a law you have to bring your top 15 players at all? Don't teams have like 25 players and then a reserve squad? Hopefully someone can brush me up on this. To me, it seems like it can be an invaluable experience for someone not playing too many EPL games.

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Liverpool have certainly played younger blokes in UEFA cup games in the past (that'll be the Europa league probably, I don't know, all these new names for stuff...). The boy Pacheco who was with us at the end of the season has certainly played in some iirc - prolly more than he has league games for Liverpool.

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Wolves pull a couple back in the second half, forcing Brum to have to press at Spurs, leading to a Spurs goal at the death.

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Those last 15-20 minutes were pretty intense. Can't believe an 87th minute goal by Wolves to improve the goal differential moved them above Brum.

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Talk about a rollercoaster. First we were up, then down. HT came and went. Then we were up again, then down again until Hunt's 87th minute goal. With 5 minutes left, I resigned myself to accept we were relegated. Then the goal. Wow.

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!

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And yeah, sucks Blackpool went down. I wanted them to stay up with us, but I'll take survival regardless of who else joined us. Thank you, United. Thank you, Spurs.

I'll say this, in my first season of following soccer leagues worldwide, I must say I'm blown away by the heart these guys play with. It's sort of tough to watch a match, then turn on the Tigers game or an NFL game and see the same guys half assing it day in day out. Were Blackpool good enough to stay up? Probably not. But they tried every match. Love football.

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Congrats on a great season BST, DTrop, FT, and Buddha. Commiserations chas.

Season went beyond my expectations. I thought we'd be battling to stay out of the bottom three. A great start, a lull, a change of managers and boom a great ending that makes the end of the season reasonably meaningless.

West Brom is like US soccer. They get some sort of result despite allowing goals every game they play. Look at yesterday - 3-0 in the second half BOOM - hat trick and we get a 3-3 draw.

West Brom keeps things exciting every week, that's for sure. I've already started making my player cards for my board game - NET RESULTS SOCCER! Can't wait to play them, although I think with that goal differential, it's going to be hard to replicate their season. In fact, I expect them to finish around 16th with that GD.

And even Hull had a reasonable season, after a pretty horrendous start.

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Season went beyond my expectations. I thought we'd be battling to stay out of the bottom three. A great start, a lull, a change of managers and boom a great ending that makes the end of the season reasonably meaningless.

West Brom is like US soccer. They get some sort of result despite allowing goals every game they play. Look at yesterday - 3-0 in the second half BOOM - hat trick and we get a 3-3 draw.

West Brom keeps things exciting every week, that's for sure. I've already started making my player cards for my board game - NET RESULTS SOCCER! Can't wait to play them, although I think with that goal differential, it's going to be hard to replicate their season. In fact, I expect them to finish around 16th with that GD.

And even Hull had a reasonable season, after a pretty horrendous start.

Since West Brom comfortably survived, guess you're not picking a new PL team again, eh? :cheeky:

I'm looking forward to Wolves going unbeaten again next year in the Black Country derby. :devious:

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Talk about a rollercoaster. First we were up, then down. HT came and went. Then we were up again, then down again until Hunt's 87th minute goal. With 5 minutes left, I resigned myself to accept we were relegated. Then the goal. Wow.

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!

FT,

I thought about you the entire time while watching the ManU-Blackpool game. When it was 3-0, wow, you had to be in a frenzied tizzy.

Blackpool - too bad they went down. They were the most exciting team in the EPL this year. Of course, the reason for that was the number of goals there were in their games - and the ridiculous number they allowed. They made West Brom's defense look like Fort Knox.

I was really pulling for them to get at least a draw against ManU. I was pretty pumped when they took that 2-1 lead. But, ManU is ManU.

I'm going to miss them.

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Since West Brom comfortably survived, guess you're not picking a new PL team again, eh? :cheeky:

I'm looking forward to Wolves going unbeaten again next year in the Black Country derby. :devious:

Actually, I didn't pick a new team. My first year selecting, I knew the next season that if either Hull or West Brom stayed up they'd be my team of priority because it would be easier to follow them. However, that said, I never stopped following West Brom. They were my favorite team in the Championship, and I followed their Championship season promotion season all the way through - even here I updated their results just like I did Hull this year.

I selected both for silly reasons.

1) I didn't want to be a front-runner.

2) I wanted to experience the "thrills" of fighting relegation and possibly the thrills of trying to get promoted.

3) Hull were the Tigers (Detroit Tigers) and had Altidore. West Brom Albion had the ol' Albion title - my first home outside of school was in Albion. Plus there were other reasons - I liked the Baggies logo and like the blue and white stripes.

I figured if West Brom was relegated and Hull wasn't promoted, I wouldn't select a "true" team. I probably would've picked a semi-favorite - at least until (or if) one of the main two were promoted. That probably would've been Everton just because of Howard being there, or maybe Bolton because of Holden.

The real question I'll have one day is if both are in the Premier League. Then, I'll have to choose. So far, I've been "lucky."

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I'm looking forward to Wolves going unbeaten again next year in the Black Country derby. :devious:

If you told me at the start of the year that we'd go 0-1-1 against your squad and remain comfortably up, I wouldn't have believed it.

I don't know why I thought they'd stay up, but I thought they would. But I thought it would be more like finishing 16th or 17th and needing to do it one of the last couple of games.

If you look at their goal differential, you might think that that's where they should've finished. However, it wasn't like their -15 GD was based on them scoring 40 goals - it was on them scoring 56 goals. And Chelsea was like -6 of that on the first day of the season.

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Next year I think I'm picking a team in Italy and Spain as well. Haven't figured those teams yet - probably someone more in the middle of the table.

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Next year I think I'm picking a team in Italy and Spain as well. Haven't figured those teams yet - probably someone more in the middle of the table.

Do yourself a favor and pick a team with half a chance.

If you're going to Italy, you might want to consider Udinese or Napoli. Two clubs that made the Champs league this year for the first time in ages (never for Udinese).

Roma is a popular pick. The capital club that comes from the aristocracy, but the alternative (Lazio) is not an option. Unless you're a Fascist like many of their followers. Juventus is the most popular team....outside of their own city, in which they neve draw fans.

If you buck your trend and decide to go with a team that might actually win something, you could go for one of the Milan giants: AC Milan, the working class club that was bought by megalomaniac politician and under age hooker lover Silvio Berlusconi, or Inter, the upper class team who recently won the champs league with Jose Mourinho, but returned to their usual underachieving selves as soon as he left.

As for Spain, you could do worse than Sevilla. Referred to by some as the A's type moneyball team of Spain. Or Real Betis, newly promoted drama queens and the working class team of Seville (as opposed to Sevilla).

There's Espanyol, the working class team of Barcelona. Or Atletico Madrid, the working class team from Madrid and the rivals for Real Madrid.

Villareal are another one (they had Jozey Alitidore for awhile). they're another club like Sevilla who do more with less (only they do it with a LOT less than Sevilla). Plus their nickname is the Yellow Submarine.

There's Atheltic Bilbao, which is the team that only plays Basque players.

Valencia is a big club that's fallen on hard times but has quite a history and still could theoretically challenge the big two.

Knowing you, I'd recommend Villareal and Napoli. But there are plenty to choose from.

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Roma was recently purchased by an American, Thomas DiBenedetto. He's part of NESV that owns the Red Sox and now Liverpool. Rumors that he very much intends to bring some Americans into the side.

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Roma was recently purchased by an American, Thomas DiBenedetto. He's part of NESV that owns the Red Sox and now Liverpool. Rumors that he very much intends to bring some Americans into the side.

I take it back Dtrop, don't root for Roma because they're going to be in a relegation scrap soon!

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I take it back Dtrop, don't root for Roma because they're going to be in a relegation scrap soon!

Right now Parma seems to be the lead horse in that race. I just don't know if I can get beyond those white unis with the black cross on them. It kind of makes me think of the opposite of Monty Python's "The Bishop" skit. Of course, that may actually be a part of the allure.

Well, that and Parma was a town near Albion.

That and their rebuilding toward a better future once again has some appeal.

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Roma was recently purchased by an American, Thomas DiBenedetto. He's part of NESV that owns the Red Sox and now Liverpool. Rumors that he very much intends to bring some Americans into the side.

Roma is one of the teams I know best - at least in terms of names. That will be under consideration. I just can't get myself to root for a team with a 50,000+ place venue. We'll see in the next month or so. They better get those US players soon!

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I take it back Dtrop, don't root for Roma because they're going to be in a relegation scrap soon!

Good point - put enough of those American teams on the same squad and that's a possibility.

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I've become a fan of Bayern Munich over the last couple years due to the abundance of German national team footballers and plenty of matches on GOLTV. It's the only other club I really follow alongside Wolves.

Check out the Bundesliga.

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I've become a fan of Bayern Munich over the last couple years due to the abundance of German national team footballers and plenty of matches on GOLTV. It's the only other club I really follow alongside Wolves.

Check out the Bundesliga.

I know a reasonable amount on them just because of my UEFA Champions League sets I create. So of all the German club teams, they are probably the team I know the most about. I'm 50% German, so I probably should have a favorite team in Germany. Then again, I better find one in Poland then as well. That's my other 50%.

Instead of Munich, I'll always use the ol' Munchen spelling. I just find it gimicky neater. When they win games in my replays, they are munchin their way to victory - silly stuff like that.

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For some reason I always find myself wanting to get a favorite team in Russia as well. I have no clue why. In fact, I'll go on soccernet.com or soccerway.com and just check random tables from different organizations, and I will check Russia about 5 times more than the others. I don't retain a lot of it. I can tell you the UEFA Champions League teams of recent years, but that's about it. Maybe another part of it has to do with them still playing out their season now.

I like saying the name Rubin Kazan as well. It sounds like a magician.

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