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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

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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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England are going to South Africa

Posted by Jarv on September 11, 2009

England are going to South Africa, but then again you all knew that, unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week. Sadly for the other home nations World cup hopes crumbled on Wednesday night.

Wales were never going to go in a group with Russia and Germany especially with Toshack in charge, You have to wonder how one group has Germany an Russia and there is a group with Greece and Switzerland  who are the toughest teams, seems a little unbalanced, then again thats the impression UEFA & FIFA give me most of the time anyway.

Scotland needed 3 points at home to Holland or at the very least a point and hope the other 2nd places didn’t manage to beat their 11 points, Unfortunately they were un-done by a bad back header. Scotland had their chances and were let down by some Heskey-esque finishing from their strikers.

Northern Ireland have surprised a lot of people in this qualification process and i hope their jump in the rankings gives them a better chance of making it to Poland and Ukraine next time around because even if they beat the Czechs next time up its a long shot for Slovenia to lose to San Marino

The Republic of Ireland have the best chance to at least claim a second place spot with 2 home games left, they could still win the group but will need to beat Italy on 10th October and then Montenegro on the 14th and hope Italy lose at home to Cyprus, Thats not likely but 3 points will guarantee them a play off i believe.

So onto England, England destroyed a good, if weakened, Croatia team who beat us convincingly 2 years ago. The Capello factor cannot be understated and every time i see a press conference he impresses me, all but banning the WAG’s from south africa only allowing them to see the players for a couple of hours after each match will hopefully stop them going out there for a holiday. the England team seems to have belief in itself and Capello went barmy when we conceeded to make it 4-1, this i like. We should be in for a good tournament and realistically the Quarter finals should be an Expectation and anything better would be a great achievement.

I expect Capello to keep everyone grounded but i also think he will be going to South Africa next june with the aim of com ing back World champions.

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Heskey Should Not be in the England Squad

Posted by Jarv on September 7, 2009

7 goals in 55 appearances says it all to me, I can’t understand how he’s still there, Capello says he picks players who are on form for their clubs, Heskey hasn’t scored for his club and is struggling to get in their side. I realise Capello has something against Owen and he’s not set the world light yet either but at least he has scored.

If we must play a big man play Carlton cole, at least he doesn’t give the impression he is going to fall over every time the ball goes anywhere near him. Me personally i would actually play the 2 form players, Defoe and Rooney and the Slovenia game was a perfect opportunity to try them together up front from the start and not just for 20 minutes after half time.

Surely there are better English strikers around than having to play Heskey, Agbonlahor, for one, Darren Bent is playing well for Sunderland, Either deserve another shot rather than Heskey, I understand players like playing with him but if Heskey played for your club and managed7 goals every 55 games would you be saying oh go on have another go or would you be calling for someone else to get a go?

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Mystic Jarv – International Saturday Edition 05/09

Posted by Jarv on September 5, 2009

I had a good week with the results last weekend with 9 out of 10 correct and 1 fully correct score so I’ve had a go at some of the International games this Saturday.

England V Slovenia

England have looked much better under Capello than at anytime in a long while, I have much more confidence than at anytime under Mclaren or Sven, Sven had a great record  but Capello just seems to have the right attitude, no-one gets picks because of their name they have to prove them selves, which is unfortunate if your name is Michael Owen.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 3-0 to England

England V Slovenia Match Discussion

Scotland V  Macedonia

Scotland need a win in this game or their play off hopes are gone, against Norway they looked poor after the sending off after being marginally the better team before hand. Caldwell deserved to go you can’t pull back a player as the last man when you’ve just been booked. Scotland might feel aggrieved that Norway weren’t down to 10 before them though as Riise could have been given a straight red for either nasty challenge he did and was lucky to only be booked for one of them. There is a bit of s siege mentality with the Scotland squad and anything less than a win here when Holland is next up will surely cost Burley his job.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Scotland

Scotland Vs  Macedonia Match Discussion

Poland V Northern Ireland

Who’d have thought Northern Ireland would have a realistic chance of winning a group with Slovakia, Slovenia , Poland and the Czech Republic in it, not me for one. I would have predicted a mid table finish would have been most likely but it shows what i know.  Nigel Worthington’s men have 3 tough games left Poland and the Czech republic away and current group leaders Slovakia away and winning all 3 should win them the group despite Slovakia having a game in hand. That being said Poland is a tough place to go.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw

Poland V Northern Ireland Match Discussion

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland

Revenge is not the main motivation for losing in Cyprus last time, really? it would be if i were manager, I would want to go out and win handsomely, but there you go Giovanni Trapattoni is a well respected manager with a lot of Medals, I’m some bloke sat at a compute. Anyway i believe Eire will be too strong for Cyprus

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-3 to the Republic of Ireland

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland Match Discussion

and the other big match happening in South America,

Argentina 2 V 4 Brazil

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Holland vs England Review

Posted by Jarv on August 13, 2009

If only England could cut out the individual mistakes, Holland have already qualified and are a good side but didn’t look overly brilliant last night, Yes i know it was only a friendly but aside from the 2 errors from English players, namely Rio ferdinand and Gareth Barry Holland didn’t really trouble the English defence too much unless we were gifting them the ball.

Jermain Defoe must be pleased with his nights work and is surely due a start along side Rooney next time out to see how they play together. Likewise Milner should be given a start with the main first 11 playing to see how he does as he played well in the limited time he was given.

Glen Johnson made a few errors but there isn’t anyone better at the moment and he does seem to be the best option at right back, Ashley cole had an ok game nothing too flash, Beckham and Young did ok for their time on the field, Lampard Hustled and made a few good passes, Carrick was steady , Rooney was his usual industious self and almost scored in the firt half which brings me onto Emile Heskey.

I don’t understand Heskey, he’s a big tall strong player who seems to get brushed off the ball and fall over an awful lot, If he’s there to be strong and hold up the ball he needs to do so because from what i saw last night his status as first choice big striker has been taken by Carlton cole. Cole was strong on the ball held it up well, made some good passes and seems to have much better technical skills than Heskey.

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Away Goals Rule Back’s the Bid – 2018 world cup

Posted by Jarv on July 29, 2009

Away Goals Rule Back’s the Bid for England to Host the 2018 world cup, although the decision maybe nearly 2 years away it’s important to show support for bringing the biggest football competition to England’s Green and pleasant lands.

There has been a lot of discussion about which cities will win the right to host the tournaments games, the only Stadia that are assured of being used are Old Trafford and of course Wembley but which ever ones are chosen there surely can’t be any alternative destinations with as good infrastructure and enough stadia that are already of the required standard for the host nation than England

For all the latest news and discussion visit the Away Goals Rule World Cup 2018 Thread

This is the opinion of Jarv

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