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Away Goals Rule Awards & Hall of Fame 2009

Posted by Jarv on December 31, 2009

Here are this years Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

Away Goals Rule Forum Awards
Poster of the Year – Resurection Joe
New poster of the year (Must have joined After Dec 1st 2008) – The James
Best Thread of the year (Must have been started After Dec 1st 2008) – Moron of the day

None Away Goals Rule Awards
Man of the Year – Frankie Boyle
Woman of the year – Jessica Ennis
Film of 2009 – Star Trek & District 9 – Tied
Album of 2009 – Eminem – Relapse
TV Show of 2009 – Top Gear
Highlight of the year – Jenson Button winning the F1 World Title
Worst thing about 2009 – The Recession
Most deserving of a punch in the face award (otherwise known as the Jeremy Beadle award) – Thierry Henry
Silliest Mistake of 2009 – Tiger Woods and his Bits on the Side
Most Surprising thing about 2009 – Tiger playing the field & his fall from grace
Funniest thing from 2009 – Liverpool & Rafa Benitez
None football sports person of the year – Usain Bolt
Game of the year (PC or Console) – Fallout 3
Best non-football individual sporting event – Jenson Button winning the F1 World Title

Away Goals Rule Football Awards
Manager of 2009 – Pep Guardiola
Player of 2009 – Iniesta
Young Player of the year (AGR rules, must be no Older than 23) – Stephen Ireland
Football Villain of 2009 – Thierry Henry
Best Football Match – Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal

Away Goals Rule Team of the year (if a player should win 2 slots, left and right winger perhaps, we’ll take the 2nd highest)
Keeper – Given
left back – Evra
Right Back – Alves
Centre backs (2) – Vidic & Vermaalen
Central Midfielders (2) – Xavi & Iniesta
Wingers (2) – Ronaldo & Messi
Strikers (2) – Torres & Drogba

Away Goals Rule Hall of Fame – 2009 (MUST be Retired)
Players – Denis Irwin, Juninho, Gary Lineker
Manager – Herbert Chapman & Alf Ramsey
Overseas Player – Paolo Maldini
Overseas Manager – Johann Cruyff


Come and tell us what you think


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A Christmas Message from Away Goals Rule

Posted by Jarv on December 23, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas and a happy new year along with a prosperous 2010 from all The Crew at Away Goals Rule Football Forum

Why not come and tell us what you are getting up to over the Christmas Holiday Season, Share your gossip and stories of your works party on the Christmas Chat Thread. The funnier the better!

We are currently running our Annual Awards and Hall of Fame vote, too, you can have your say here, The vote closes on the December 27th – so you better be quick to make sure your vote counts.

January Football Discussion

There is loads going on in January on Away Goals Rule, Have a look below at just a few of the things we will be discussing.

Come and see who is rumoured to be buying who in our January Transfer Thread.

As always, January also sees the start of the African Cup of Nations. Lots of premier league players will be playing and taking part and you can catch all the latest Discussion here on the African Cup of Nations Thread.

January includes the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and the Semi-Finals of the league cup and the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Finals all of which find their home in our Cup Football Forum.

General Football

With Paul Hart and Mark Hughes already having been relieved of their jobs, tell us who you think will be the next to get the boot on the Premier League Sack Race Thread. Can Rafa survive the season? Will Zola be Saying Zo Long (see what i did there?)

Who will Qualify for the Champions League in possibly the Premier Leagues most open race ever? Vote and discuss this topic on the Premier League Top 4 Thread.

Tell us who you think will be playing Championship football next season and be relegated form the Premier League, and likewise, who will replace them in the top flight in our Battle for the Championship Thread.

We’ve not forgotten the other leagues too we have a Football League Forum and a Non-League Football Forum.

Despite some of Europe’s top league having a winter break the European Football Forum is still busy. Who will be the biggest mover in January? And don’t forget the Champions League and Europa League Draw discussion.

World Cup 2010

We have a new World Cup 2010 section too, Without doubt the biggest sporting event of 2010 and all of us at Away Goals Rule are really looking forward to the tournament. Who do you think will win? How far will England get? Will David Beckham make the final squad? Who will go to South Africa in June and who will miss out?

Find out all the latest news and read the discussion about the tournament here, In the World Cup 2010 Forum.

So come and visit

http://www.awaygoalsrule.com

today and tell us exactly what you think, and most importantly, and once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Away Goals Rule forum. All the best for you and your loved ones, and may your holidays be as great as you’d hoped, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. :)

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Mystic Jarv Weekend of 19 December

Posted by Jarv on December 19, 2009

Well it’s been a few weeks since I got around to doing this, Rest assured (if you really care) I have still been doing my predictions, I’ve been doing fairly well too, last weekend aside where everything seemed to go wrong, This midweek for example I got 7 of 8 Results right and 2 perfect scores, Only Arsenal let me down who I expected to beat Burnley.

Anyway onto this weekend:

Saturday

Portsmouth V Liverpool

A tough one this one Liverpool have been poor but then again Portsmouth are bottom of the table and seemingly have no money. Still Pompey have been playing better than results suggest and they might just sneak something out of this game. Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 Draw

Aston Villa V Stoke City

Villa Really are on a roll of late and have moved into 4th on the Same points as Arsenal in third all be it playing 1 game more. Stoke will be fairly happy with their lot so far this season 21 points from 16 games will be more than enough to keep them up if they can repeat that in the next 16 games. I really don’t think Stoke will get anything from this game though.

Mystic Jarv predicts 3-1 to Villa

Blackburn Rovers V Tottenham Hotspur

Blackburn have a great home record and have not been beaten there since the 15th of August. Spurs form on the other hand is all over the place, 2 wins, 3 draws and a loss from their last 6 & personally I think Blackburn will just shade this one.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Blackburn

Fulham V Manchester United

What a fantastic achievement it is for Fulham to make the knockout stages of the Europa League, I hope the draw is kind to them. United have major injuries at the back but are scoring more goals this season than last. Fulham need to get at United early and try to nick a goal to put the pressure on. That being said i think United will edge this one.

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-2 to Manchester United

Manchester City V Sunderland

Sunderland started great but have struggled over the last few games and need a win to get the confidence back a little. City also need a win having not picked up 3 league points since September. Tottenham fans were chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning” to Hughes on Wednesday night, well he hasn’t been but pressure is mounting and they are 8th having spent close to a quarter of a billion since Hughes took over. The pressure on Hughes i think will be lifted a bit with this game and all will be rosy again if they follow it up with Wins against Stoke and Wolves over Christmas. They also have a game in hand

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to City

Arsenal V Hull City

Out of the Relegation zone Hull have done better of late but are once again without Jimmy Bullard who has yet another injury. Arsenal aren’t the first team to struggle at Burnley and they wont be the last but from winning at Anfield to losing at Burnley while both United and Chelsea won. This was a shock result last year with Hull picking up 3 points, Can’t see it this time though.

Mystic Jarv predicts 3-0 to Arsenal

Sunday

Wolverhampton Wanderers V Burnley

McCarthy has come under a lot of fire for his team selection at Old Trafford and i can understand why the Wolves fans who forked out 42 quid to effectively watch the reserves but like he says if he wins on saturday which helps keep them up then all will be forgiven. Burnley got a great result at home to Arsenal but are hopeless away from home and i reckon Wolves will pick up 3 points here.

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-0 to Wolves

Everton V Birmingham City

Birmingham have been playing great of late picking up lots of points and are currently lying 7th and only 5 points off 4th, I don’t think they will manage 4th but if Alex Mcleish is given a nice chunk of money in january to buy a few more quality players then its a possibility, especially as the other teams around keep dropping points at regular intervals. Who thought Everton would be 15th after 16 games? I certainly didn’t, They’ve had lots of injuries which has shown the thinness of their squad and will want to pick up points soon or risk being caught in a season long relegation battle.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw but wouldn’t be surprised if either team wins

West Ham United V Chelsea

Can anyone see anything other than a Chelsea win here? West ham have little in the way of striking options and i’m not exactly sure where the goals might come from. Chelsea had a little wobble but i expect them to comfotably be in the top 2 at the end of the season and should they not be crowned champions i think they will be close by.

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-3 to Chelsea

Monday

Wigan Athletic V Bolton Wanderers

A game both teams really need to win, especially as 2 wins in a row could jump either team into the top half if other results went their way, a tough encounter but Wigan to edge it in My Opinion.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-1 Win for Wigan

So there you go

Not sure if I will add anything else before hand so if not i wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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Europa League 1st Knockout round Draw

Posted by Jarv on December 18, 2009

So here is the Europa League Draw – 1st Knockout Round

Pot one: Anderlecht,  Benfica,  Fenerbahce,  Hapoel Tel Aviv,  Galatasaray, Juventus,  Marseille,  PSV Eindhoven,  Roma,  Salzburg,  Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting,  Unirea Urziceni,  Werder Bremen,  Wolfsburg,  Valencia.

Pot Two: Ajax,  Athletic Bilbao,  Atletico Madrid,  Club Brugge,  Everton,  FC Copenhagen,  FC Twente,  Fulham,  Hamburg,  Hertha Berlin,  Lille, Liverpool,  Panathinaikos,  Rubin Kazan,  Standard Liege,  Villarreal.

1st Knockout Round Draw

Rubin Kazan v Hapoel Tel Aviv
Athletic Bilbao v Anderlecht
Copenhagen v Marseille
Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray
Panathinaikos v Roma
Club Brugge v Valencia
Ajax v Juventus
Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray
Fulham v Shakhtar Donetsk
Liverpool v Unirea Urziceni
Standard Liege v Salzburg
Villarreal v Wolfsburg
Hamburg v PSV Eindhoven
Everton v Sporting
Lille v Fenerbahce
Hertha Berlin v Benfica

So There you Go, Please go here for Discussion of the Europa League 1st knockout round draw.

Written by Jarv

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EDIT: Here is the draw for the 2nd Round

Club Brugge/Valencia v FC Twente/Werder Bremen
Ajax/Juventus v Fulham/Shakhtar
Lille/Fenerbahce v Liverpool/Unirea
Panathinaikos/Roma v Standard Liege/Salzburg
Hertha Berlin/Benfica v Copenhagen/Marseille
A Madrid/Galatasaray v Everton/Sporting
Rubin/Hapoel v Villarreal/Wolfsburg
Hamburg/PSV v Athletic Bilbao/Anderlecht

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Champions League Draw – 1st Knockout round

Posted by Jarv on December 18, 2009

So its a big day for the Remaining British clubs still in Europe.

Champions League

Manchester United , Chelsea and Arsenal all go into the draw in the seeded pot,

which consist of Arsenal,  Barcelona,  Bordeaux, Chelsea,  Fiorentina,  Manchester United,  Real Madrid,  Sevilla.

and the unssded clubs are

AC Milan,  Bayern Munich,  CSKA Moscow,  FC Porto,  Lyon,  Inter Milan,  Olympiakos,  Stuttgart.

Clubs from the same country are kept apart as are those from the same group.

For some reason this round is split over 4 weeks instead of 2 this time around.

1st Knockout Stage Draw

Stuttgart V Barcelona
Olympiakos V Bordeaux
Inter Milan V Chelsea
Bayern Munich V Fiorentina
CSKA Moscow V Sevilla
Lyon V Real Madrid
FC Porto V Arsenal
AC Milan V Manchester United

So There you Go, Please Go here for Champions League Draw Discussion

Jarv

As Always for all your European football discussion and Match discussion please visit Away Goals Rule Football Forum

Europa League Draw to Follow

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