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    New York City FC

    For those who haven't seen the goal: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39608537 I think as far as CFG see it, there are two types of clubs which they invest in: those they invest in to control and those they invest in as part of a partnership with the owner. Yokohama fall into the latter...
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    How rich are these Chinese clubs?

    Sorry to revive this thread, but not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere: apparently China's sports governing body has pulled the plug on the CSL's crazy spending and told them they have to operate with spending caps in future...
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    Melbourne City FC Thread

    Really made my day, this news has. Got to show respect for JVS for resigning to care for his father, but other than that a very positive development for the club. Too late to wrestle the title from Sydney this season, but we should get an interesting insight into the question of whether the...
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    28th December 1998

    First game I ever went to, no less.
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    why no fixtures today

    More to the point, it's about preparation time. If they played a game on Christmas Eve as well as having the Boxing Day fixtures, managers would be staying up until midnight after the first game to work out their strategies for the second game based on their opponents' performance, and then...
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    Chinese Super League

    I never understood this argument. Would you say the same about a non-league club? Or a bottom-half SPL club etc? Is it only the world class teams that should have season ticket holders on the sole grounds that there is better football out there? Is loyalty to your hometown team not far more...
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    New York City FC

    Yep. Think you might have also missed the bit where you can only take one player from each club before the rest of their squad becomes undraftable. However, yes, in theory one of those players could've been stolen by another team if they hadn't been protected.
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    Etihad Campus, Stadium and Collar Site Development Thread

    You can't really see it from the screenshot 1.618034 posted, but it's the academic/sports buildings arranged with the circular courtyard, next to the academy pitches and bottom left in the below:
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    New York City FC

    In fairness, MLS does also have an academy system and a "Homegrown" status (although I found out this week that - against all dictates of logic - homegrown status can apparently be traded to other teams) so academy players will not go through the draft unless they are released first by their...
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    New York City FC

    Well they still need a new DP. They've already brought in a new keeper and a young striker, but they'll need backup up-front plus reliable CBs, a DM to replace Iraola (who also retired) and a few more to shore up the midfield. In other words, pretty much all areas either need a new starting...
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    New York City FC

    There isn't just "a" draft system, there's about five. They have a draft for young players entering the league, a draft for expansion teams to fill their squads, a draft for when teams go out of business, a draft for players who are released... And yes, all players in the league are eligible...
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    New York City FC

    If you want to see the mechanisms of a league which simply make no logical sense, you can tune in to MLS's expansion draft right now, where the two new teams in the league get to pick 5 players for free each off the squad lists of the other clubs in the league, and there's nothing their current...
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    Melbourne City FC Thread

    Game's on now on BT Sport 1.
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    BT Guess the team quiz

    Wasn't originally going to (though I considered giving clues) because it's a competition and all. However, what the hey. GFF got most of them right but here's the whole lot. See if I can remember them after two days, and shamelessly ripping GFF's post to save time:
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    BT Guess the team quiz

    Took me some time but I managed to brute force my way to a 30/30 score in the end...
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    Unlikely City fans

    Fair enough. I guess you could argue that back in the pre-war years people used to be more willing to support Manchester clubs in general, although I know some dispute that. And as for George Robey, I guess you'd have to also watch out for that if his connection to the club was through Meredith...
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    Unlikely City fans

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    Unlikely City fans

    In fairness, a number of the people who have been mentioned here (like Kevin Hart, Jackie Chan, Dirk Benedict) are just celebrities who have been invited to visit City at some point and have been photographed holding up a ceremonial shirt to mark the occasion, but it's all just publicity...
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    Melbourne City FC Thread

    Kicking off the second half with 12 players on the pitch helped, too...
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    Melbourne City FC Thread

    Give me Saturday or Sunday games any day. When Melbourne City play on any other day, I can't watch as I'm at work.
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