Weird Things that have happened this week in football?

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It's the Lyon v. PSG game this evening in Ligue 1; there's deep rivalries between France's two main cities going back to the revolution. A large flag has been put up in one of the suburbs of Lyon (as they can't take it to the stadium) with:

"Corruption, argent sale, esclavage moderne… Bienvenue chez les Qataris !" (Corruption, dirty money, modern slavery… Welcome to the Qataris!)

The Welcome banner has become a bit of a tradition since PSG fans had a similar (but considerably more offensive) banner about "northerners" (the last part used later in the title of the film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis) at a cup final many year ago. Some are very amusing.

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It's the Lyon v. PSG game this evening in Ligue 1; there's deep rivalries between France's two main cities going back to the revolution. A large flag has been put up in one of the suburbs of Lyon (as they can't take it to the stadium) with:

"Corruption, argent sale, esclavage moderne… Bienvenue chez les Qataris !" (Corruption, dirty money, modern slavery… Welcome to the Qataris!)

The Welcome banner has become a bit of a tradition since PSG fans had a similar (but considerably more offensive) banner about "northerners" (the last part used later in the title of the film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis) at a cup final many year ago. Some are very amusing.

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Didn’t realise Lyon was France‘s second biggest city til this - cheers! (I’d assumed Marseille was, but I’ve just seen Lyon is bigger).
 

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Didn’t realise Lyon was France‘s second biggest city til this - cheers! (I’d assumed Marseille was, but I’ve just seen Lyon is bigger).
Having worked there, you get to understand the rivalries and their roots. In business, it's common to ask a senior person which university business school they went to and you will see the cliques around Paris and Lyon/Grenoble (or anything but Paris!). The Parisienne ones are considered more formal and administrative/government-oriented where the Lyon ones are more business and innovative – not dissimilar to here but from deeper cultural roots. A true Lyonnaise will say Marseille is just the deepwater port for Lyon!
 

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Having worked there, you get to understand the rivalries and their roots. In business, it's common to ask a senior person which university business school they went to and you will see the cliques around Paris and Lyon/Grenoble (or anything but Paris!). The Parisienne ones are considered more formal and administrative/government-oriented where the Lyon ones are more business and innovative – not dissimilar to here but from deeper cultural roots. A true Lyonnaise will say Marseille is just the deepwater port for Lyon!
What happed in the revolution to result in the rivalry? Was Lyon royalist and Paris revolutionary?
 

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What happed in the revolution to result in the rivalry? Was Lyon royalist and Paris revolutionary?
Way too far off topic and an oversimplification but the revolution was essentially Parisienne. Lyon was the trade centre, the main source of national tax revenue, and just wanted to keep their businesses going so revolted against the revolution. The revolutionary army was sent to capture Lyon and ended up massacring the locals and destroying many businesses, leading to a long depression.
 

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Way too far off topic and an oversimplification but the revolution was essentially Parisienne. Lyon was the trade centre, the main source of national tax revenue, and just wanted to keep their businesses going so revolted against the revolution. The revolutionary army was sent to capture Lyon and ended up massacring the locals and destroying many businesses, leading to a long depression.
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He'd be well advised to stay well away from the floodlight posts, though.
 

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Benito Mussolini's great grandson signing a professional contract with Lazio.
Huh! That's nothing...

The time Colonel Gaddafi's son played in the Serie A...
After much fanfare, Al-Saadi only made a single appearance for Perugia, briefly taking to the pitch as a substitute before failing a drugs test. It wasn't the end of the line though.
Soon after, he joined fellow Serie A club Udinese, again making a single appearance as a substitute. A brief spell at Sampdoria was to follow, but Gaddafi departed Italy having played in only two official matches.

The time Colonel Gaddafi's son played in the Serie A

I'm pretty sure that Perugia appearance was against Juventus, it of course being entirely coincidental that at the time, Col.Gadaffi himself owned a significant shareholding in.... .... Juventus ;)
Gaddafi buys Juventus shares

Jay Bothroyd was also at Perugia when Al-Saadi Gadaffi was there and he tells some rare stories about him in this radio interview:
BBC World Service - World Football, Jay Bothroyd, the J-League and playing with Gaddafi

One that stood out is that there is a tradition in Italy that after you make your Serie A debut, you have to take your teammates out for a meal.

When it was Gadaffi's turn, he wanted to buy them all a new Mercedes each. And the coaches. And half the rest of the staff! :ROFLMAO:


 

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Wales having a badge that has the red dragon looking the wrong way - weird!!!!
 

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Huh! That's nothing...

The time Colonel Gaddafi's son played in the Serie A...
After much fanfare, Al-Saadi only made a single appearance for Perugia, briefly taking to the pitch as a substitute before failing a drugs test. It wasn't the end of the line though.
Soon after, he joined fellow Serie A club Udinese, again making a single appearance as a substitute. A brief spell at Sampdoria was to follow, but Gaddafi departed Italy having played in only two official matches.

The time Colonel Gaddafi's son played in the Serie A

I'm pretty sure that Perugia appearance was against Juventus, it of course being entirely coincidental that at the time, Col.Gadaffi himself owned a significant shareholding in.... .... Juventus ;)
Gaddafi buys Juventus shares

Jay Bothroyd was also at Perugia when Al-Saadi Gadaffi was there and he tells some rare stories about him in this radio interview:
BBC World Service - World Football, Jay Bothroyd, the J-League and playing with Gaddafi

One that stood out is that there is a tradition in Italy that after you make your Serie A debut, you have to take your teammates out for a meal.

When it was Gadaffi's turn, he wanted to buy them all a new Mercedes each. And the coaches. And half the rest of the staff! :ROFLMAO:
I’ve mentioned this before but I used to be on nodding terms with Saadi as I used to sit two seats down in the VVIP box at Al Ahly games in Tripoli.

Saw Saadi play against Middlesbrough for a Libyan XI at The Great Man Made River Stadium in Tripoli In May 2000. Gazza, Gary Pallister, Curtis Fleming, and Brian Deane played and Bryan Robson was the manager.
 

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Ashley Williams appearing on Sky for the Wales vs Belgium game, with glitter in his beard and hair. Weirdo.

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Brora Rangers crowned Highland League champions after just three games. Kelty Hearts Lowland champions but after about 13 games.
 

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Brora Rangers crowned Highland League champions after just three games. Kelty Hearts Lowland champions but after about 13 games.
The Romanian 2nd Division, comprising 20 clubs, is run in two parts. In Part One, they play each other once (i.e. 19 games). Then for Part Two, the top six stage a promotion play-off.

After 18 games, the top eleven clubs were separated by just four points, which had to make it the most competitive league in Europe.

The final round was played on Sunday and still left just 6 points between 1st and 11th:
Summary - Liga II - Romania - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway

Incidentally I see that a famous name, Rapid Buchurest, made the cut, though it's not really the same club, some other club having purchased the name after the original went out of existence in 2015/16.
 

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The Romanian 2nd Division, comprising 20 clubs, is run in two parts. In Part One, they play each other once (i.e. 19 games). Then for Part Two, the top six stage a promotion play-off.

After 18 games, the top eleven clubs were separated by just four points, which had to make it the most competitive league in Europe.

The final round was played on Sunday and still left just 6 points between 1st and 11th:
Summary - Liga II - Romania - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway

Incidentally I see that a famous name, Rapid Buchurest, made the cut, though it's not really the same club, some other club having purchased the name after the original went out of existence in 2015/16.
The Nigerian one a few years back was insane. Also French Div 2 a couple of seasons ago. Last day any of top 7 could win the title, get promoted, make the play offs or miss the play offs.
 

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting starting tonight for Bayern means the Stoke squad relegated from the Premier League in 2017-18 had players who played in the Champions League quarter- and/or semi-finals in 2004,
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 & 2021.
 

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Takes all sorts I guess but just feels a bit “meh” to this author. Don’t let my comments stop you after all no amount of complaining stops me posting about sh*t movie films
 

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