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David Beckham: From Hero to Zero

Started on 9 February 2013 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 7 October 2014 by Mr.O
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Awesome results, this story has been a delight to follow Glenn.

When I am feeling down with FM i read your story and it gets my villa one back on track :)
Krupesh: :)

Jason: That's an awesome compliment Jason. Thanks!
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easy win :)
2013-06-20 21:35#114186 KingPadster : easy win :)

Of course ;)

Euro 2020: Semi Final Draw

After an exciting round of matches, the final four of Euro 2020 have been matched up against each other.

Belgium and England will clash in the Semi Finals, with the Belgians having done brilliantly to crush match favorites Portugal 3-1 in the Quarter Final, with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.

Although originally regarded as a team with little chance of making the Final, Belgium have proved very much otherwise with their easy dispatching of Portugal.

England passed through to the Semi Finals after a 2-0 win over Serbia where Tom Ince and Jack Wilshere scored. It was a tough loss for the Serbs, but they can take pleasure in their tournament run, having not expected to even qualify for the Second Round.

Pundits and bookies are predicting an England vs Spain Final, but David Beckham and his boys will not be too sure with the likes of Belgium and Eden Hazard standing in the way.

Perhaps rather expectantly, Spain killed off Norway with ease, Thiago and Rodrigo finding the net in a 2-0 win.

However, Josep Guardiola's side will perhaps find things a little harder against Turkey.

The hosts of Euro 2020 have really taken the term 'magic of home soil' to a different level, having beaten Germany and Greece to advance to this stage. In both wins, the opposition had been billed as the match favorite.

Although the Turkish only beat Greece by a solitary goal after extra time, and needed penalties to triumph over Germany, it'll not discourage them from giving their all to reach a European Championship Final for the very first time, however unlikely it will be for them to get one up over Spain.

Spain, the reigning Euro champions, are aiming for a record fourth consecutive European Championship win, having won the trophy in the previous three tournaments in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

This is it, the final four.

Will history be made - will records be broken? Will new teams reach the Final, or will it be the old England vs Spain we saw in Euro 2016? Will Spain lift the trophy again?

Leave your predictions for all these questions in the comments section below!
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Belgium! That's a toughie
Belgium will be tough to beat but I'm sure you can do it!
That can be a tough one there. Still could win it come on Glenn. I will give you £2 million a carrot if you win this as well.
England prob have the harder of the semis but very winnable!
Is this England's year?
Paddy: Yep. They have plenty of class players!

Neal: Cheers :)

MS: I'll be expecting a carrot then :P

Rab: And to think I have you in my sig. Asshole :P

Krupesh: Indeed :D

Belgium to rape England! jk, while you are manager, no one gets to rape you.. except me :P

Euro 2020: Semi Final

Jeremy Pauker: G'day cunts, I'm Jeremy Pauker, but you can call me Jesus. Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of today's Euro 2020 Semi Final match between England and Belgium!

Kane Brooker: And I'm Kane Brooker. Let's get the show on the road, bitches!

Jeremy Pauker: Lolololol k

Kane Brooker: Lolololol

Jeremy Pauker: The line-ups are in, let's take a look.

Belgium: Mignolet; Vanden Borre, Vertonghen, Boyata, D'Haene; Malanda, Nainggolan, Witsel; Mirallas, Hazard, Lukaku

England: Hart; Kelly, Shawcross, Jones, Naughton; Chamberlain, Wilshere, Shelvey, Ince; Maddison, Sturridge

Kane Brooker: Vanden Borre sounds like a twat!

Jeremy Pauker: So does Kane Brooker!

Kane Brooker: Yeah, I agr- wait what?

Jeremy Pauker: Belgium have a very strong side today, with-

Kane Brooker: Jeremy, why the fuck wouldn't you want to field a strong side for the Semi Finals of a European Championship?

Jeremy Pauker: Moving on from the cunt beside me, Belgium have a very strong side today with players like Eden Hazard and their top goalscorer of the tournament so far Romelu Lukaku starting. Zenit playmaker Axel Witsel and Arsenal vice-captain Radja Nainggolan are two other key players for the Belgians today, as well as Jan Vertonghen and Dedryck Boyata, who play for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. An interesting but unbeatable pair.

Kane Brooker: England are also playing their best side with players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Phil Jones on the pitch. Martin Kelly also makes his first start for England in the tournament today, ahead of Kyle Walker and Duncan Romeo.

Jeremy Pauker: Up front for England is Daniel Sturridge and Colin Maddison, what do you think about that, Kane?

Kane Brooker: What can I think?

Jeremy Pauker: You're supposed to say whether it's a good pairing or-

Kane Brooker: It's a good pairing.

Jeremy Pauker: Bitch-

Kane Brooker: There goes the whistle! On to the match!

1' - And England kick the match off, this is going to be an interesting one.

2' ENGLAND GOAL - Well, that didn't take long! Jack Wilshere's free kick is met by the head of Ryan Shawcross, who heads it into the net. What a brilliant header from the Stoke City captain! England are 1-0 up!

4' - Colin Maddison powers it towards goal, but it hits Ryan Shawcross instead, and the one-time goalscorer knocks it into the net anyway. Unfortunately the goal will stand, Shawcross was offside.

7' - It's Impersonate Your Idol Day for Jonjo Shelvey as he tries an Emile Heskey. His shot flies into the stands.

8' - Eden 'The White Heskey' Hazard's terrible free kick flies into the stands as well.

11' - Tom Ince crosses it in and Ryan Shawcross gets to the ball with his head again, but Simon Mignolet saves! Great save from the Roma goalie.

28' - Martin Kelly hits it but the ball goes right into the hands of Simon Mignolet.

29' - A beautiful cross from Kyle Naughton and Colin Maddison beats the keeper's hand to gets his head to it, but Anthony Vanden Borre blocks the shot, getting his body in between the ball and the net. Great defending from the West Brom man.

36' ENGLAND GOAL - Daniel Sturridge's cross finds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and with the goal at his mercy, the Ox fires it fiercely into the back of the net!

45' - It's half-time here and England are leading 2-0. As it stands, the Three Lions are going to be in their second consecutive European Championship Final.

HT: Belgium 0-2 England

45' - And we're back out. No changes from either side, let's see what Belgium can do.

47' - Eden Hazard's free kick is agonizingly close! A missed opportunity.

52' - Eden Hazard shoots! And it hits the crossbar! Romelu Lukaku races for the ball! And oh, Ryan Shawcross has pushed him down! It's a penalty!

52' - In his haste to clear the ball, Shawcross has only made it worst for his team. Will Lukaku add to his Euro 2020 five-goal tally?

52' - No he won't! What a fantastic save from Joe Hart! Romelu Lukaku attempts to strike it into the bottom right of the net but Hart gets to it easily, palming it away for a corner. Great stop from the England veteran!

58' ENGLAND GOAL - Jack Wilshere swings a corner in for Phil Jones. The England vice-captain is foolishly left unmarked and he easily heads it into the net past Mignolet to make it 3-0 for his side.

65' - Eden Hazard's free kick meets the head of Jan Vertonghen, but the Liverpool defender can't direct it properly and the ball goes over the net.

67' - England use up their three substitutions, with Raheem Sterling coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Shahbas Tabia is on for Jack Wilshere while Kyle Naughton is replaced by Leighton Baines.

68' - Belgium make changes as well, a double substitution with Bernard Malanda going off for Thor Devolder and Jelle Vossen is coming on for Romelu Lukaku.

69' Eden Hazard just can't get his shots on target. His latest attempt just misses slightly, and the United winger is visibly frustrated.

71' - Daniel Sturridge's shot is just wide, a missed chance to make it 4-0.

73' - A big chance for Belgium goes begging as Jelle Vossen finds himself one-on-one with Joe Hart, but Hart saves his effort superbly.

90' - And that's it, full-time. England are through to the Final, while Belgium will be wondering what the fuck happened there.

FT: Belgium 0-3 England

Good job making it to the finals, especially in the emphatic way you did! Spain is going to be tough, though, I can't see Turkey beating them.

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