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Xhaka in kit for Arsenal

What's with the line splitting the torso

I won't wear an Arsenal kit for reasons, but this one looks decent

Photoshoots



Robert Lewandowski?


Messi doesn't particularly do it for *me*, but he has lovely hair (the thick, dark shock of it) and I like his nose

Out and about

Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny married his fiancee, Marina Luczenko, in a lavish ceremony</i>

Luczenko is a model and a singer (typical), and is popular in Eastern Europe according to the newspapers

Italia NT

PUMA puts its foot in when it comes to the Italian kit. Look at this beauty! The kit, not the player. I'm surprised that he's still alive, tbh. But at least he seems to be in Italian contention. Balotelli is... Balotelli

Gigi! People expected the young Milan goalie to be called up for International Duty but that wasn't to be. :*(

Phwoaarrr, I dig this kit. For real, I might have to take a kit on my card and get it

England NT

Marcus Rashford might get a cap. Daniel Sturridge is injured (again!). I have some feelings about Studge that are almost traitorous. Liiiike, I don't know if he suits the NT as it's set up now. Let's see what Rashford does

How tall is Rashford? According to Transfermarkt he's 1.8 m. Football forced me to embrace metric quicker than the EU regulations did. The English NT is getting taller.

All sorts of gossip around the players in the England camp. Andros Townsend is being linked with Sporting (!), and with Dier originally from Sporting, he's probably bending his ear

Eric Dier is a player who's coming into prominence. His life story is a pretty interesting one. I wonder if he knows Barkley from his time at Everton. Dier was at Finch Farm (Everton's School of Science) for eighteen months on loan from Sporting. He left Sporting shortly after the Everton loan, and sold to Tottenham for £4 million

So. Eric Dier. Quick life story, born in England and lived here until he was seven/eight? His mum got a job in Portugal and the whole family relocated there. He has a bit of football history, as his grandfather was Ted Croker, a former secretary of The Football Association (FA) and president of Cheltenham Town. He famously clashed with Margaret Thatcher in terms of how football fans were treated. Dier spent 10 years in Portugal, got into the academy system with Sporting CP. Spent eighteen months with Everton on loan (at the suggestion of his father, supposedly as a kick up his backside). Was one of Pochettino's first buys when he came to Spurs. If you want a profile of a Mauricio Pochettino player, Dier is it.

For a time, conventional wisdom had it that Dier would have been capped by Portugal. Because he was abroad, the English FA didn't really have him on their radar (he was called up for youth games, but wasn't really pushed as 'the future'). It helped that Dier speaks Portuguese fluently, has had Portuguese girlfriend(s) (his current gf is Portuguese, iirc) and the rest of it. But he says that it was never a conversation

Ugh to the England kit. WTF is this?! Sorry. Sorry. ANYWAY. Dier came to Spurs, and refused an England U21 call up in 2014/15 because they wanted him to play as RB, but he wanted to stay behind and solidify himself as a CB. In 2015/16 Pochettino converted him to a DM because he couldn't get Schnederlin or Mané. A lot of people were surprised that other players got called up over Dier (especially in light of England's defensive frailties) until Hodgson got a clue and he got called up. With the call up, Eric Dier became the 10th player under Mauricio Pochettino to get their maiden call up to the English NT (out of the sixteen England players who've made their debut for the English NT, Pochettino has trained 10 of them).

Anyway, Dier has called on England to be less honest, and more cynical. His time in the Portuguese League has taught him the value of that. His time under Mauricio Pochettino has cemented that belief. I do find it interesting who the English FA are calling to do these press conferences. You get the sense that they're trying to find leaders for the future. He might be one of them.

Football confessions

It takes many types to make a world, I guess

Always lessons to learn in football

I know what they mean. It's not really a diss though. In their own way, the Kardashians have changed the celebrity culture. I won't go into that here, because this is a footie community

I guess

*buries head in hands* This is going to run and run, isn't it

OP: Right. Done! Gotta go. If I've overlooked any tags, can someone fill in the rest for me, PLEASE?! Cheers, jeers, corrections and commentary pushback, you know the drill, right? RIGHT???!!! I thought so

ETA: can we talk about the tags, please? Some of them are a bit odd
Tags: club: arsenal, club: bayern munich, club: borussia dortmund, club: juventus, club: manchester united, javier mascherano, jose mourinho, nt: england, nt: italy
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