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Ferguson could have bought Bebe for $193,000

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10:20 AM ET 09.02 | Manchester United could have signed Portuguese striker Bebe for a minimal sum of $193,000 earlier this year. Three weeks ago, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson shocked the world by paying $11 million for a 20-year-old player he had never even seen play before. Former Estrela coach Jorge Paxaio told media that the club had offered Bebe to teams all around Europe in January for 150,000 euros in order to raise money, but found no takers.

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September 2, 2010  10:37 AM ET

September 2, 2010  10:42 AM ET

and ManU already has one of the biggest debts in the football world. It seems that he intends to ruin ManU to **** with the owners before he retires

September 2, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Sounds like par for the course these days in the European transfer market... pay 50-60x a players real worth...

September 2, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Happy Birthday Patooooooo!!

September 2, 2010  11:01 AM ET

Alrighty then.... Not sure what to make of this T&R. So Sir Alex is a big Tard.... Fine.... He's a wreckless spender.... Got it. This is as bad as soccernet embellishing Pirlo's quotes... So, SAF is a moron and Italian soccer sucks... Great writing!

Well, Brett and Derek discuss (more sanely) the concerns they have about Bob Bradley getting 4 more years and how it will effect certain players chances of playing for the USMNT--oh, and how Sir Alex is a big dumby and Italian soccer is total crap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcvswQlhiZc

September 2, 2010  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This is as bad as soccernet embellishing Pirlo's quotes..

Haha, yeah I saw that the other day. Pirlo says that Italian soccer is lacking "quality," whatever that means. Has to be a bad translation, otherwise Pirlo is just talking out of his rear.

And the same could be said about any transfer really, as with this one (although this one is a bit more pronounced). Timing is everything. For instance, rumors are that Bayern Munich was going to sign VDV yesterday for 18 M Euros, but the deal fell apart and then Spurs get him for around 10 M Euros. Or maybe a player will have a good few months and they are suddenly worth 10 times what they were previously. This isn't really much of a story.

September 2, 2010  11:28 AM ET

am i correct in understanding that Euro 2012 field will be expanded to 24 teams? so does that mean the top 3 teams from each group qualify for the tourney?

September 2, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Alrighty then.... Not sure what to make of this T&R. So Sir Alex is a big Tard.... Fine.... He's a wreckless spender.... Got it. This is as bad as soccernet embellishing Pirlo's quotes... So, SAF is a moron and Italian soccer sucks... Great writing! Well, Brett and Derek discuss (more sanely) the concerns they have about Bob Bradley getting 4 more years and how it will effect certain players chances of playing for the USMNT--oh, and how Sir Alex is a big dumby and Italian soccer is total crap:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcvswQlhiZc

I was thinking more of a 4-3-3 with Holden. The wildcard is Klestjan. The way he is improving, it may be hard not to see him not just back on the roster but in the starting XI. He's our Busquets.

September 2, 2010  11:32 AM ET
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I was thinking more of a 4-3-3 with Holden. The wildcard is Klestjan. The way he is improving, it may be hard not to see him not just back on the roster but in the starting XI. He's our Busquets.

he only shows up when it doesn't matter?

September 2, 2010  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

am i correct in understanding that Euro 2012 field will be expanded to 24 teams? so does that mean the top 3 teams from each group qualify for the tourney?

wait so Engerland gets a group with only 5 teams? as does spain and portugal? and spain's group is stacked with Czechs and scots? but engerland only has to worry about the swiss? and everyone else has 6 teams to contend with? joke.

September 2, 2010  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

am i correct in understanding that Euro 2012 field will be expanded to 24 teams? so does that mean the top 3 teams from each group qualify for the tourney?

Dat **** ain't till 2016. Boy youz needs to check youself.

September 2, 2010  11:36 AM ET

Off the top of my head, these newbies should get looked at:

Lichaj
Brek
Gale the Boss
Connor Doyle
Ream
Sean Franklin
Castillo (finally)

September 2, 2010  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Dat **** ain't till 2016. Boy youz needs to check youself.

You think Poland and Ukrane could really be havin more stadiums than theyze do already. You tarded.

September 2, 2010  11:44 AM ET

Brek Shea? Please no... doofy **** lookin dude...

September 2, 2010  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Brek Shea? Please no... doofy **** lookin dude...

dude, how can you not like the hair?

September 2, 2010  11:48 AM ET

Here's my early print of the 2014 Lineup in 4-3-3

----------------------------Howard--------------------------
Lichaj------------****--------Gale the Boss--------Castillo
-----------------------Edu--------Jones---------------------
----------------------------Bradley-------------------------
Holden----------------------------------Donovan-----------
------------------------Dempsey or Jozy------------------

Now if there is the desire to keep only 1 DM, Holden or Torres could fit beside Bradley and possibly Feilhaber can take that spot open on the wing. Dempsey is now a CF/SS, no more winger for him. I think our strongest lineup would likely be a 4-4-2 with Dempsey and Jozy or Mwanga/LeToux but our midfield should definitely allow some flexibility as long as everybody improves from current form by 4 yrs time.

September 2, 2010  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

dude, how can you not like the hair?

Because at one point he rocked the Flock Of Seagulls... while I was but a wee lad throughout the 80s, I was smart enough to know people that did that were idiots.

September 2, 2010  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Brek Shea? Please no... doofy **** lookin dude...

He's 20, and he's not doing horribly down in Dallas. He's a winter camp dude for now. He only gets a serious look if after we win Gold Cup. That's his lot.

September 2, 2010  11:51 AM ET
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dude, how can you not like the hair?

That's what I'm saying. He could pass for El Nino if youre drunk at the bar. Well, not anymore since Torres cut the mane.

 
September 2, 2010  11:52 AM ET
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Because at one point he rocked the Flock Of Seagulls... while I was but a wee lad throughout the 80s, I was smart enough to know people that did that were idiots.

could be the style edge the USSF needs ...

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