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Ferencvaros, the best since Honved and Videoton

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I am old enough to remember Videoton winning at the Bernabeu and clubs like Ujpest, Ferencvaros and Honved mentioned in respectful tones, but Hungarian football did not troubled anyone for 35 years.  Ferencvaros then got the colours all lined up on their Rubix Cube last season and, as a consequence, present a more considered challenge that we would expect any other season.

The existential problem when facing four qualification rounds against comparative minnows, is that while you will be better than most, or even all, the law of averages suggest that one of them will get everything right on and off the field.  Due to their status in the game, this will be impossible to maintain, but on their day a Videoton can beat Real in Madrid.

This Ferencvaros may be the best team to come out of Hungary in 35 years, but their challenge is now the difficult second album.  The stars aligned last season but the sky is ever-changing and while they may remain a good side, it will be near-impossible for them to perform to as they did last season, by merely drawing in Barcelona, as they did last year against Espanyol.

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  1. GENE on 26TH AUGUST 2020 12:39 PM

     

    Talking up the opposition – preparing for a disappointment mmmm

     

     

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    Paul isn’t playing tonight. He’s allowed to be nervous.

  2. The basis of this decision about Celtic’s match at the weekend is what exactly? I hope the club if they received any publish the reasons on the website.

  3. Reposting as just added on the last thread.

     

     

    For what it’s worth (based on my 3 years of managing Subbuteo Celtic :)

     

     

     

     

     

    Barkas

     

     

    El Hamed Julien Ajer

     

     

    Forrest Christie McGregor Ntcham Moi

     

     

    Klimala Edouard

     

     

    Subs: Brown, Bain, Taylor, Bitton, Frimpong, Soro, (Is Ajeti allowed to play in this one?)

     

     

    Could go with Frimpong on Left and move Forrest to right but Klimala would keep them busy at the back and we need to dominate the middle of the park but move the ball quickly.

     

     

    Love Broonie but would look at moving the ball with pace with this setup and if comfortable then bring him on second half to shore things up.

     

     

    The left wing does concern me slightly with Ajer prone to diving in and not being covered by MOI.

     

     

    Gone with Ajer over Taylor for the physical presence and hopefully if we are placing the pressure on them in the middle he would not be overly exposed.

     

     

    Just my thoughts :)

     

     

    Any other options happily considered :)

  4. weebobbycollins on

    Big Wavy…” I’ve no idea what you see.” Of course not.

     

    “You don’t appear capable of sharing it.” What would be the point? I won’t change your mind.

     

    I admit I’m not great for the blog. I just enjoy watching Celtic and having a laugh…

  5. what’s happened to the physic bloggers with out imminent transfer dealings or did the internet get it wrong.

  6. “The existential problem when facing four qualification rounds”, this calls for a Fact Of The Day!

     

     

    Did you know the word “existential” only entered use in the English language in the early 20th century. possibly due to the rise in globalism and the passing of the first truly global war. Prior to this us brits only had to worry about what was lurking in the nearby woods, or the French, sometimes one in the same.

  7. Buddy Morrisey on

    “It is the best atmosphere in Europe and we all want to experience that again” Messi

     

     

    Su rely this is the right moment to test out Lionel Messi’s love of playing football at Celtic Park?

  8. Barkas

     

    El Hamed Bitton, McGregor

     

    Forrest , Rogic, Ntcham , Christie

     

    Klimala, Ajteti ,Edouard.

  9. Difficult second album Paul? There has to be a cheesy joke in there somewhere but it’s too early for me to think of one.

     

     

    Why did the pirate buy a Pavarotti album? Because he loved the high Cs.

  10. weebobbycollins on

    I’m away to paint the room. I said green and white, she said coffee and cream. She wins again.

     

    And I need to be finished by 7.45….

     

    Hasta luego!

  11. Garngad to Croy on

    The Scottish government won’t allow fans into Celtic park because they know a Covid-19 storm is coming our way again. The decision to allow Schools to return full time will prove to be a disaster.

  12. PRESTONPANS: Despite two Melbourne (VIC) teams playing, the game was in a NSW ‘sports bubble’ where Covid is largely under control. Kudos to green and black Western; semi-finals in inaugural season.

     

    PS Diamanti is their excellent marquee and League POTY rather than their first pick Brooni

     

    Tic 2 Ferenc 0 HH

  13. I can only hope tonight that some thought has gone into how we approach this game.

     

    It seems that this team like hitting on the break and that must ring alarm bells with

     

    any long standing Celtic supporters.

     

    If we over commit, sending central defenders forward for set pieces we could find

     

    ourselves out on our ears.

     

    Sorry if this sounds negative but I am sick to death of watching the same old movie.

     

    I wouldn’t let the backs cross the halfway line unless we are well ahead.

     

    Fingers Crossed for tonight

  14. Once again, SNP showing different set of rules to football fans than most other groups in the country – except church goers.

     

     

    10,00o women will enter Primark on Argyll St this weekend, unimpeded, without social distancing in an enlcosed place and without punitive fines to Primark and the traders of Glasgow.

     

     

    A shambles.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    I would assign Jeremie Frimpong to man mark their fast as lightning, double scorer against the Swedes, best player Tomac. The only player in our team with the pace to match him.

  16. BIG WAVY on 26TH AUGUST 2020 12:08 PM

     

     

    In a league where 90% of the teams sit in and we don’t defend, we need a gallus, marauding, attack-minded LB – KT dropping a shoulder, or Izzy in his pomp recently or that goal Bolingoli produced for Eddie against Cluj are beyond GT.

     

     

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    Izzy’s best season ended up with 12 assists. But that was a bit of an anomaly. He generally got single figures in that respect.

     

     

    Taylor has started well. I don’t think it’s a case that he isn’t attacking. I think that when the team becomes better collectively he will find himself with more space and options when he’s on the ball.

  17. What do you call the feeling when something happens a fair bit, though not all the time, but you always expect it to happen?

     

    Examples of this for me in European games:

     

    1. First 10 minutes a defender makes a poor pass, it gets intercepted and we are a goal down against a team that can’t believe their luck.

     

    2. We start well, create a few good chances, are well on top and then 0-1 down the first time the other team launch an attack.

     

    3. We claw our way back into a game only to gift the other team a late winner with another defensive blunder.

     

     

    Obviously it doesn’t happen all the time but when it does happen you feel like it was always thus.

  18. Another music question……..

     

     

     

    Wet Wet Wet is

     

     

    a) A bunch of huns with a token tim

     

    b) Wannabee Van Morrisons who ended up sounding like the Carpenters doing Cabaret.

     

    c) Clydebank’s most successful pop band

     

    d) Radio CLyde’s most successfull 3 day weather forecast

  19. DENIABHOY on 26TH AUGUST 2020 1:30 PM

     

    What do you call the feeling when something happens a fair bit, though not all the time, but you always expect it to happen?

     

     

     

     

    Examples of this for me in European games:

     

     

     

     

    1. First 10 minutes a defender makes a poor pass, it gets intercepted and we are a goal down against a team that can’t believe their luck.

     

     

     

     

    2. We start well, create a few good chances, are well on top and then 0-1 down the first time the other team launch an attack.

     

     

     

     

    3. We claw our way back into a game only to gift the other team a late winner with another defensive blunder.

     

     

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    4. We are playing well lose a goal against the run of play then another within a couple of minutes.

     

     

    That seemed to happen in Europe quite often

  20. Gene @ 12:30 pm

     

     

    I f you were rererring to Paul`s article when you said, `Talking up the opposition – preparing for a disappointment mmmm` then one of us is reading it wrongly.

     

     

    Paul`s : ` while they may remain a good side, it will be near-impossible for them to perform to as they did last season` doesn`t seem like a gloomy prediction to me. Just the opposite.

  21. I posted the other day that there are two threats to our 10iar aspirations – number 2 is Sevco from Ibrox, number 1 is the SNP from Holyrood.

     

     

    Let’s be in no doubt, the credibility of this excuse of a government is now plummeting to new depths.

     

     

    Deflection is now the name of the game. Usually it is UKGOV, or, England, or Westminster, that is the target – however SNP are now turning on their own population to express their undiluted & spiteful power. At this moment Sturgeon is dissembling on elderly care home deaths in front of an SNP-rigged committee at Holyrood.

     

     

    If it takes another complete lockdown to distract from today’s frightening deficit & ensure the daily Party Political Broadcasts continue, they will not hesitate to do it. What in God’s name will they do next year, if in power, when the deficit passes £20bn?

     

     

    Celtic have been punished for a second time, a third time might finish our dream.

     

     

    How can 1400 fans in a stadium that holds 60,000 be denied, when every Witherspoons pub is chok-a-blok, with no face-masks, during the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ promotion.

  22. DD – while I love the enthusiasm from Frimpong, we cannot rely on him to mark any opposition player, never mind their star performer. He has a lot to learn in the defensive part of his game…

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