October 28th, 2014

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FA Cup 2015 1st round draws

I didn't see a post about the FA Cup so I hope it is alright to leave this here. The BBC are going to be covering some of the matches as well, presumably more when the bigger clubs get involved a bit later on.

Saturday 8 November 2014 First Round Proper

Kick Off No. Home Away

15:00 1 Mansfield Town VS Concord Rangers
15:00 2 Gosport Borough VS Colchester United
15:00 3 Yeovil Town VS Crawley Town
15:00 4 York City VS AFC Wimbledon
15:00 5 Walsall VS Shrewsbury Town
15:00 6 Notts County VS Accrington Stanley
15:00 7 Chorley / Halifax VS Bradford City
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I have to say I kind of love it when the smaller clubs get through and have the potential to cause an upset

OP note: Hi, mods! I hope this is OK! Could we have an FA Cup tag please? Thank you!

FA Cup fixtures
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  • chrysa

Do your favs grow their own or buy already developed talent?

La Liga giants Barcelona have produced more footballers currently playing in Europe's top leagues than any other club, according to new research by the CIES Football Observatory.

There are 43 different players who have come through Barca's La Masia academy currently plying their trades in the "big five" of Spain's La Liga, the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

Manchester United come second in the rankings with a total of 36 players developed, followed by Real Madrid [34], Olympique Lyon [33] and Paris Saint-Germain [27].

Barca's total includes 13 players currently at the Camp Nou, as well as 30 playing elsewhere including Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, Porto's Christian Tello and Stoke City pair Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa. The Catalan club's youth development facilities and coaching is widely admired, however their failure to comply with recruitment regulations has led to FIFA imposing a 12-month transfer ban upon them which is currently in force.

Taking into account all 98 clubs surveyed, Real Madrid are second behind Barcelona in the number of players developed in-house which are now playing elsewhere. Stars including Juventus' Alvaro Morata, Atletico Madrid's Juanfran Torres, Valencia's Rodrigo, Fiorentina's Borja Valero and Napoli's Jose Callejon are all products of the Bernabeu club's La Fabrica youth set-up.

La Liga sides Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad top the list of the clubs who currently employ homegrown players -- with 15 apiece due to their emphasis on nurturing and promoting Basque talent. Athletic have also produced top players now elsewhere including Manchester United's Ander Herrera, Bayern's Javi Martinez and Juventus' Fernando Llorente.

Relatively smaller clubs who have produced many top players include Rennes [24 in total], Lens [22], Atalanta [22], Espanyol [21] and Montpellier [21]. The highest ranked non-European producer of talent for the big five leagues is Argentine outfit River Plate.

While Arsenal have managed 22 -- 15 of which are playing at another "big five" club -- other English clubs Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have produced just 12 players each in total, the same number as La Liga's Rayo Vallecano and Ligue 1's Guingamp.

The research also found that Ligue 1 club squads contained the highest proportion of home-grown players [24.6 percent], followed by La Liga [20.4 percent], Bundesliga [16.4 percent], Premier League [13.9 percent] and Serie A [9.6 percent].

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre created in 1995 as a joint venture between FIFA, the University of Neuchatel, the City and State of Neuchatel.

full report here / [x]

GAME WEEK #10! - Tuesday Night Football

Because this week, we have the competitive cup competitions taking place!

Fixtures for Tuesday, October 28:

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All timings are UTC.





'Russia’s heart & soul': World Cup 2018 logo unveiled in Moscow

A still from RT video

The official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been unveiled in Moscow and by the cosmonauts at the International Space Station.

The logo was then projected onto the iconic Bolshoi Theater building in the heart of Russian capital, Moscow.

The ceremony was broadcast live during the popular Evening Urgant television talk show, which was attended by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Italian football great Fabio Cannavaro and Russia's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko.

Blatter, who saw the logo before the show, said that he liked it very much as it reflected the heart and soul of Russia as well the country’s cultural traditions, TASS news agency reports.

In his earlier interview with FIFA’s official website, Mutko, said that "winning the right to host the FIFA World Cup was a dream come true for millions of Russians."

"To creatively capture the essence of this remarkable historic moment inspiration was drawn from both Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation," he said. "I hope that fans around the world will appreciate and love the Russia 2018 emblem.”
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