it is bloody strange, isn't it?
one for the play-off system, etc. and one against the play-offs system-
Standard was its own independent entity and wanted no playoff and a competition with only 16 clubs, so it would have definitely been strange if they had won the competition through the play-off system.
D'Onofrio raised the point in early 2010 when he said that Anderlecht would keep a low profil during the season (given other fixtures) and then roll over any-one else in the PO's. His point was made even more clear when HE entered this year's PO-1 as 6th and ended up as 1st ex aequo (loosing on number of victories in the overall season).
Standard has been and will always be a kind of 'outsider' in these kinds of things, in my opinion.
Anderslecht and Club Brugge are the biggest culprits in this whole play-off mess.
I just re-read what i wrote and noticed I put Standard in the 'big four'
I meant Racing Genk- I am going to edit it to reflect this.
No biggie, Standard is your old Aristocratic family wanting things to stay as they were. Anderlecht your capitalist, arrogant, impulsive brother-in-law with monopolistic views. Needless to say I'd rather see Belgian football profit from the Arrogance of RSCA, just that sometimes you love when the tables are turned on the big brass.
Sport is an excellence based activity, you can't have results if you're all boyscout. Sometimes indeed tradition makes right, but ambition makes perfect.
It would have been somewhat bad for Genk that indeed had those young guns ready and firing.
We will see the performance of HA in next season.Real MADRID, Karanka: "We're happy because Altintop is the sort of player we want"
We've had a good season; the club is back in the European elite and we won a title we lacked for many years"
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Assistant coach Aitor Karanka addressed the media the day prior to the final league game of the season against Almeria.
"Altintop is an international who comes from a great side: Bayern Munich. He is a team worker and the sort of player we want. We are very happy about the singing and we want to show people why we signed him throughout the coming season."
Sahin, Özil and Altintop were all born within 100 km of each other, pretty close to where I am living now.
It is the center of Real Madrid's recruiting, lol. )
Funny how Real M. had the dutch revolution a few years ago and had to send them packing pretty much for free...Now they are starting a German/Turkish revolution... hope this one ends well.
Barca is going after Giuseppe Rossi which i think is a brilliant move.
In any case, Real is my Spanish team... of course if they play German or English teams, I am against them...lol.
Which Turkish team you support?
After 20 minutes, Blackpool and Wigan to join Hammers for drop. Spurs in Europa Cup.