The Warm-Up – RIP Celtic’s season: 09.07.19 - 13.08.19
Plus: Manchester City say sorry, Scott Brown’s thumbs land him in trouble and it’s Super Cup day!
WEDNESDAY'S BIG STORIES
What an unforgettable run. That Mikey Johnston strike that silenced the crowd in Sarajevo. That famous 7-0 aggregate win over Estonian heavyweights Nomme Kalju. That valiant defeat against champions-elect CFR Cluj.
It’s just a shame it ended in August - and it’s something that doesn’t sit well with the Warm-Up. How can it be called the Champions League if so few ‘champions’ are allowed in without first visiting the deepest, darkest parts of Europe during everyone else’s holidays?
It’s not just Celtic. Ajax, last year’s breakout package, had to battle through to the play-offs with a 5-4 aggregate win over PAOK. Meanwhile, the likes of Valencia, Atalanta and Lokomotiv Moscow are already salivating about the draw having earned automatic qualification courtesy of their league being sexy for TV companies (OK, the co-efficient, but that’s an indirect result of money being poured into certain countries).
Are we not at saturation point? Do we really need to see Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid: Round XXXXVI? Could we not, you know, spice up the Europa League by refusing to reward teams that finish fourth – basically glorified mid-table – in England, Spain, Italy and Germany with a direct route into the continent’s premier competition?
Oh well. At least we got this beautiful clip to ease the pain of capitalism:
It pays to say sorry
We’re so terribly sorry for signing underage players. We promise it won’t happen again so please don’t ban us from signing players, we’ve learnt our lesson.
Yours in deep regret,
Incredibly, this worked. City’s admission that they breached FIFA rules on signing youth players helped them swerve a transfer ban, instead landing a fine equivalent to Kevin De Bruyne’s one-week pay. That’ll teach them.
However, UEFA are yet to offer their verdict into whether City were compliant with Financial Fair Play and could yet throw them out of the Champions League (they won’t, obviously).
Happy Super Cup day!
HEROES & ZEROES
Hero: Eddie Nketiah
Zero I: Scott Brown
For the record, here’s what his grubby thumb hit:
IN THE CHANNELS
Probably old, but this wonderful clip surfaced:
Tough one. Liverpool v Chelsea in the Super Cup or Havant & Waterlooville v Dorking Wanderers in the National League South? The choice is yours.
Andi Thomas accidentally liked a tweet about the Warm-Up being a waste of time but hopefully he's here tomorrow...