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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 1:33 pm

Today 4 pm CEST

The biggest football match of the season, in terms of money, is happening, the Championship play-offs final between Huddersfield and Reading.

The financial worth of this game -among other things TV money incl. a guaranteed payment parachute in case of re-relegation- is staggering 230 million €

While Reading finished 3rd in the table, and according beat 6th place Fulham in the playoff semis, Huddersfield, as the 5th placed team, had to over come 4th place Sheffield Wednesday.

So once, again, just like Brighton had to suffer last season, a team which finished higher up in the table might be overtaken for promotion by a team 2 places down after the full season.

If that isn't a monumentally disgusting and stupid mode of settling things, I don't know what is.

Anyway, the rules are the rules, and this is how it works in the quintessentially British Championship.

FC Reading, managed by notorious Dutch roughneck Jaap Stam, has a decidedly Oranje flavour to it, while German-American David Wagner has led the famous 'Wagner Revolution' at Huddersfield, a club with a proud tradition of winning no less than three league titles in th 1920s under legendary football coach Herbert Chapman, who later went on to write tactical history at Arsenal FC.

Wagner, Klopp's Mainz playing team mate, best man and former BVB 2nd team coach, has added something like 5 German players, as well as the Kloppian way of turning his players into 'mental monsters'.

Wagner achieved this goal through unusual and bizarre methods. For example, he had his players parachuted into Northern Lapland, only equipped with a compass and some underwear, with the players having to kill polar animals for fur and food, and having to find their way through hundreds of kilometers of dark, frozen woods southward to the team bus waiting, heated and with blankets and hot tea ready, in Östersund.

Upom returning to England, they had to be able to recount all 30 Innuit words for snow, else they were to be sold the next transfer window. The players who passed the tests were rewarded with 3 hours of naked locker room wet towel slapping.
The result: a team whose financial budget was a mere 18th place in the notoriously competitive and grueling Championship made it to the promotion pay offs :bow:

Here are a couple of articles describing the Wagner revolution.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/28/promotion-not-easy-huddersfield-christopher-schindler
https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/18/david-wagner-huddersfield-town-premier-league


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Post by RealGunner Mon May 29, 2017 1:36 pm

Most valuable match in football history :bow:

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Post by Firenze Mon May 29, 2017 1:45 pm

main man Jaap got this
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Post by Tomwin Lannister Mon May 29, 2017 1:51 pm

How legal would it be to buy a top tier Championship team, get them promoted, siphon the promotion / relegation cash out and run away into the sunset?

Asking for a friend.
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:01 pm

Legal.
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Post by RealGunner Mon May 29, 2017 2:08 pm

Championship League Final 2016/17: The biggest $$$$$$$ game in history DA_vOS0XsAAQfsP
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:09 pm

Team news

Huddersfield v Reading (15:00 BST)
Posted at 15:05

Both sides name an unchanged side from their play-off semi-final second leg victory, but Huddersfield do name forward Kasey Palmer on the bench after injury.

Huddersfield: Ward, Smith, Schindler, Hefele, Lowe, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Brown, Kachunga, Wells

Subs: Coleman, Holmes-Dennis, Crainie, Whitehead, Hudson, Quaner, Palmer

Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Moore, Van den Berg, Ilori, Blackett, Evans, Swift, Williams, Kermorgant, Grabban

Subs: Jaakkola, Beerens, Mendes, Obita, McCleary, Popa, Kelly

http://www.bbc.com/sport/live/football/38395763
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:11 pm

Ilori Proud
Blackett Proud

Both at one point regarded as the future best defenders in the world, by a portion of their then clubs's respective fanbase
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Post by Firenze Mon May 29, 2017 2:13 pm

Tomwin Lannister wrote:How legal would it be to buy a top tier Championship team, get them promoted, siphon the promotion / relegation cash out and run away into the sunset?

Asking for a friend.

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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:14 pm

Monday afternoon. What a retarded time to play this game :brickwall:
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Post by Firenze Mon May 29, 2017 2:14 pm

lol Al Habsi still kicking about

can't wait for that pos to pull off a superhuman performance against us next season
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Post by Firenze Mon May 29, 2017 2:14 pm

Hapless_Hans wrote:Monday afternoon. What a retarded time to play this game :brickwall:


It's a bank holiday in the UK today so it's an extended weekend basically for 95% of the population
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:16 pm

Oh I see. What holiday is it?
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Post by Firenze Mon May 29, 2017 2:19 pm

It's literally just some random day where everything besides some retail stores are closed (and they close early)

we get one at the first and last monday of May and there are a couple more throughout the year

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Holidays_Act_1871

majority of the population couldn't tell you why and they don't care
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Mon May 29, 2017 2:20 pm

Yeah it's just a spring bank holiday lol, it doesn't really mean anything.

I'm not complaining mind.
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 2:21 pm

It's Memorial Day in the States too isn't it. Those are unrelated, then?
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Post by RealGunner Mon May 29, 2017 3:11 pm

Very good match
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Post by RealGunner Mon May 29, 2017 3:14 pm

How in the world did he miss that
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Post by urbaNRoots Mon May 29, 2017 3:20 pm

Huddersfield have a -2 GD? How are they even in the playoffs Laughing

Reading also conceded 64 goals in the league more than relegated Blackburn and Wigan scratch
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 3:25 pm

Great game.

Watching Huddersfield is indeed like watching prime Kloppmund. Even down to the jerseys.

What's a bit perplexing though is why Wagner has a men's bathroom sign on the lapel of his suit
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 3:28 pm

Also a bit paradoxical that the most valuable football match in history is fought out by a bunch of former 1860 München, Dynamo Dresden, Union Berlin, and Ingolstadt players
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Post by Hapless_Hans Mon May 29, 2017 3:30 pm

urbaNRoots wrote:
Reading also conceded 64 goals in the league more than relegated Blackburn and Wigan scratch


AKA The Ilori Effect Proud
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Mon May 29, 2017 3:33 pm

urbaNRoots wrote:Huddersfield have a -2 GD? How are they even in the playoffs Laughing

Reading also conceded 64 goals in the league more than relegated Blackburn and Wigan scratch


The Championship lads, the scenes i saw this season was really eye opening lmao.

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Post by RealGunner Mon May 29, 2017 3:42 pm

Reading did well to get through the early pressure.
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Mon May 29, 2017 4:47 pm

Hapless_Hans wrote:Ilori Proud

Both at one point regarded as the future best defenders in the world, by a portion of their then clubs's respective fanbase

If by "portion" you mean 1, then yes
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