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    Euro 2020 ticket prices

    Anyone applying for tickets? Cheapest ticket for the group stages and round of 16 are 50 Euros. That's £44 by today's exchange rate. £44 to watch an international tournament isn't too bad by today's standards, but the tickets get more expensive from there. The next category up is 125 Euros - that's £110 to you and me. The above prices are for behind the goal or in the corners. If you want the sort of view you get from the Cloughy Upper or Main Stand, you'll need to pay 185 Euros. That's £163 in NG2. For a game that might be Poland v Greece playing out a 0-0 draw...... Perhaps you're interested in attending the semi final or final? An excellent choice. The cheapest regular tickets for each will be 195 (£171) and 295 (£260) respectively. Now, there are limited "Fans First" tickets available to those who didn't get allocated a ticket in the first ballot and these are priced more reasonably at 85 (£74) and 95 (£83). However, there are only 13000 of these tickets going for the semis and the final. Myself, I'll apply for a few group stage and second round matches in the cheapest category but I'm not coughing up £110 when I don't even know who's playing! Is this the people's game anymore?
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    The politics thread

    Oh do behave! 40 odd years of anti-EU and anti-immigration sensationalism from the press were a major contributor to the Brexit vote. Years of stories about straight bananas, headlines such as "Up Yours Delors!" not to mention certain front pages doom mongering over Romanians, Turks and other immigrants invading the nation and sinking our beloved island have led us here. And you have the audacity to talk of a "leftist, biased national press"? If I paypal you a fiver will you promise to go to the corner shop and buy yourself a clue?
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Did you see how Conchita (the Austrian who won it in 2014 dressed as a woman) looks now? Bearded bloke in a bondage cap and tights, I was thinking very Kenny Everett!
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    It's usually terrible but it's terrible in a sort of "pantomime villain" way, we all know the songs are rarely NME record of the year material but taking the piss out of them and getting wound up at the Greeks and Cypriots, Scandinavians and various Balkan countries exchanging 12 points is all part of the experience for me. Even had a small win betting on Italy to finish top four, sadly most of my profit was wiped out by Norway missing out on the top four by one spot and North Macedonia not quite making the top four. As I said on the news thread, I loved Hatari raising Palestine banners when the scores were announced, it takes some balls to do that in Israel. That's what I call punk.
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    The politics thread

    How are we all voting on Thursday? I want to vote for a party that advocates remaining in the EU and which will offer a second referendum on staying or going (not a confirmatory referendum where we're forced to chose between various deals which aren't as beneficial as remaining EU members). Listening to the leaders of Change UK, Labour and the Liberal Democrats either not having a clear position or trying to railroad us to revoking Article 50 (the outcome of which might delight me but which I don't think is democratic) is leading me to doing something I've never done in my life. It's leading me to voting Green.
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    The politics thread

    One of the tragedies of Brexit is that your average person, particularly a working average person, has been better looked after in terms of rights by the EU than by UK governments of either political persuasion.
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    News chit chat

    Had to laugh at Iceland's Eurovision entrants Hatari, anti-capitalist chaps, holding up Palestine banners when their scores were announced. Given the contest was being held in Israel, it went down about as well in the arena as a fart in smart car. Good punk rock spirit there, be true to your values regardless of what the audience think!
  8. The season may not yet be a minute old but already I find myself looking forward to 2018/19 with optimism. With Marinakis’ investment and Karanka given the summer to assemble the team he really wants, it will be fascinating to see what kind of a squad we’ll end up with. Will Karanka assemble the squad that will finally return us to the promised land of the Premier League? It isn’t just on the pitch where we may see change. With ownership and managerial connections to Greece and the Basque Autonomous Community, one wonders where our pre-season trips may take us this summer? Goodbye Ilkeston and Mansfield, hello Piraeus (Olympiakos) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Alaves)? Speculation, perhaps, but all of a sudden it feels as if our horizons may have been expanded. Passports at the ready? One change which we know is coming, is the arrival of new kit courtesy of Macron. If they do as good a job for us as they have with certain other European clubs, I for one will very much look forward to pulling on the Garibaldi. There really is so much to look forward to next season and I can’t wait to follow all the action both at the matches and here with you fine people on Forestfans.net!
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    Champions League

    Another 4-1 victory for Real Madrid........yawn.......boring end to what has degenerated into a boring competition? Is it time for a revamp? UEFA's idea is to guarantee four places each for England, Spain, Germany and Italy. I don't see how that makes the tournament more interesting or avoids another Real Madrid landslide victory? In my opinion, one of two options are needed. Both are drastic but could bring some excitement back to the competition. 1) Accept that this is a tournament for rich clubs and make it a closed league like the NBA. The richest, best supported teams would have a license to be in the league for X seasons. This avoids wasting time in the group stages with matches where the likes of Real Madrid trounce (say) Dinamo Zagreb 5-0. Before anyone says it couldn't work, this model has been adopted successfully by the basketball Euroleague. That league is semi-closed, with 11 teams having long term licenses and the other teams being the champions from the strongest leagues and the winners of their version of the Europa League. Introducing salary and transfer caps all teams had to adhere to should keep the competition fair and avoid the sort of trouncings we've been seeing in the finals of late. 2) Go the other way and make it a competition just for the Champions again. No group stages, just two legged knockout. Maybe even one legged knockout, to make things more exciting. No seeding, you could get Real Madrid - Bayern Munich in the first round. This wouldn't avoid one sided finals but would bring about surprise finalists from time to time, which would be great for the spirit of the sport. It would also avoid the wasted group stage matches alluded to at point 1. Of course, less games means less attendance revenue meaning the clubs wouldn't go for this. BUT could such a tournament be ran alongside the existing Champions League? A UEFA Cup, so to speak?
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    Champions League

    Got to laugh at the Ajax fans singing "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright" when 2-0 up. Oh, really? Still, I did feel rather sorry for Ajax, they looked devastated when the third went in and I thought they were the better side over the two legs. Plus I think Liverpool - Ajax would have made a better final with less of an "FA Cup" feel to it.
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    Forest 2018/19 thread

    On the last day of the 2017/18 season, I started this thread with the above post filled with genuine optimism about what this season would bring. Today is the last day of the 2018/19 season and I'm sorry to say that all the optimism and enthusiasm has been beaten out of me. Even the new kits turned out to be rubbish. Don't even know if I'll bother next season. Whoever is running the club or is picking the team doesn't seem to matter at the City Ground, for reasons I can't fathom we seem stuck in the same cycle of sign players - show flashes of promise whilst somewhat under performing - lose manager mid-season - limp to a mid table finish - REPEAT. Think I might be looking further afield for my sporting kicks next season.
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    The politics thread

    Sounds like there were quite a few others up and down the country who shared your thought process! My anti-development at all costs candidates both got in where I live and their coalition took control of the council from the Conservatives! That'll be partly down to people like myself who don't want every blade of grass built on and partly down to people like yourself wanting to send a message to the Conservatives and Labour over how they've conducted themselves over Brexit. I'm thrilled, I feel proud to have done my bit to defend the area I live from "developers" who want to turn it into something I don't recognise.
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    The politics thread

    I hope you've all done your duty today and voted in the local elections? You've got until 10pm if you haven't got round to it yet...... I'd be interested in hearing how people voted. I'm a big believer in voting according to local issues and not using local elections to support or protest against what might be happening in national politics at the time. Me, for the past few years at local elections I've voted for a coalition of independent candidates who are committed to standing up to the greedy bastard developers who want to turn my nice green village into a housing estate. I've continued my support again today.
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    Championship chit chat

    All together now!: Leeds, Leeds are falling apart - AGAIN! If there's one consolation from losing today it's that we've contributed to that lot hopefully not going straight up!
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    Sheffield United v Forest

    What no comments at half time?? Says it all about how disinterested we've become. I only joined it at the half hour mark so don't feel able to offer a reasoned opinion myself but do people think we're doing?
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    Forest v sheff wed

    This is where I am. I was offered a free ticket and free travel to the Blackburn game and I just can't be bothered now. To be honest I lost that loving feeling when we parted with Karanka mid-season and nothing MON has produced has brought it back. I'll see you chaps in August. Or on the general forum
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    Forest v sheff wed

    Now what happens?
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    The politics thread

    So May's finally reaching out to Corbyn to find an exit deal which will get enough approval in Parliament. Got customs union written all over it, hasn't it?
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    Forest v Swansea

    Do we have any idea why he isn't being picked? At times under Karanka he seemed our best player in terms of flair and creativity.
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    The politics thread

    In the general election scenario you describe above you wouldn't need to demand a second vote as you'd get another one in 5 years anyway. Brexit is irreversible - at least without going through another political process and many years of negotiations on our terms of entry - so it's vital to get it right. If people feel like they've been misled into voting Leave then given the enormity and finality of the impact I think it's only proper they get given a second referendum to vote making a more informed choice.
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    The politics thread

    If that's the case then I hope the speaker blocks May from tabling her deal for a third vote. He said yesterday he wouldn't entertain it unless it passes the "substantially different" test.
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    The politics thread

    Not again! Once more Parliament has taken a whole day to debate and vote to tell us what it doesn't want, but won't actually endorse any option for progressing the Brexit matter either way. I've said it before but this Parliament is dysfunctional. Snap elections, please! I don't want to hear any nonsense about six week's minimum notice, there are local elections on 2nd May, polling stations are booked, staff are rota'd, use the opportunity to double up and give the country a chance to vote in a parliament capable of deciding on something. I can't believe they've done this to us two week's running!
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    The politics thread

    This deal for Tory MPs to back May's deal if she steps down as PM would mean making a decision on our future relationship with the EU, a decision which will affect the life chances and prosperity of future generations, based on the interests of the Tory party and not the national interest of the UK. Besides, it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. If the deal is worth voting for, surely its architect is worthy of leading the nation? If the deal wasn't worth voting for would be when the PM should be asked to do the honorable thing and step down. What is being proposed is a strange perversion of the old phrase "back me or sack me" - it seems its now become "back me and sack me". Whether you're Leave or Remain, it can't be right that a decision affecting the long term future of the nation could be made as a by-product of the latest Tory leadership contest.
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    The politics thread

    Please tell me how many of the pledges in the Leave campaign have been kept? The promise over the EU subscription fees going back to the NHS was conceded to be undeliverable the morning after the referendum. Sure, it's not the first campaign promise to be broken and won't be the last, but a major campaign promise being rescinded less than 24 hours after the ballot speaks volumes. Please tell me how many of the trade deals we were promised have been delivered? If you recall these were going to be the easiest trade deals in history? If you recall, the EU needed us more than we needed them? If you recall we were negotiating from a position of strength? Yes?
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    The politics thread

    Which is the point - the wording of the question was an over simplified approach at resolving a complex issue.
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