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Uefa has about 10 qualifying games - plus 2 PO matches for countries who finish second in the group. You could easily fit six of those qualifiers at the end of the season and then limit the international breaks to probably 2 during it. I think logistically it can work for uefa, but for some other confederations it might be harder
I think that's the issue, other confederations have more qualifying - we have two stages in Asia for the WC for instance. You end up with players missing chunks of the league season and it becomes unfair for teams with players from those confederations. All for people to complain about no football for a weekend (when really there is football, just not league football. And even then there's L1 and L2 and local teams to show support for).

A lot of local teams would actually be banking on income from people who would be otherwise going out to watch PL/Championship teams.
 

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What people often forget about the international break is that as annoying as it is for some people (myself included), for fans of many countries it’s actually the thing they look forward to most.
Which countries?
 

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A lot of the South American countries. Some of the less fancied European countries where qualification is a big deal and not just a formality.
The South Americans are nuts and love seeing the players come back. In Europe it would be less than a quarter of the countries who get sell outs (or close to) for most of their games.

Czech Republic couldn't fill a 20k stadium against Bulgaria, Bulgaria had less than 5k people at a 40k stadium, Portugal 10k off filling Estadio da Luz against Serbia, Estonia half full against Northern Ireland, Switzerland half fall against Denmark etc.
 

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There’s actually always a significant increase in attendances at non-league football during international breaks.
This is absolutely the case.

I don't mind the international breaks. It's just that this one is a bit too early in the season. Many leagues have only had 3-4 rounds and this weekend off comes too soon.
 

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This is absolutely the case.

I don't mind the international breaks. It's just that this one is a bit too early in the season. Many leagues have only had 3-4 rounds and this weekend off comes too soon.
It's not early actually a week late. The first international break in the premier league is nearly always after the first three rounds. This year it's after four.
 

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It's not early actually a week late. The first international break in the premier league is nearly always after the first three rounds. This year it's after four.
Yeah but I mean I think this break comes a bit too early in the season. I would organise it by the end of September/early October.
 

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That's irrelevant. I'm just saying I think it would be better to have it a bit later in the season.
 

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Lol weren't City to let him leave because he was deemed surplus.
No, we offered him an extension but he wanted to move. Common knowledge he'd agreed a deal with Liverpool a good year before he left (pretty sure I posted it on here).

Personally wouldn't waste the energy booing or cheering Milner in a regular game let alone a testimonial.

Remember the year after he left he got a great reception at our place. The relationship has soured a bit over the years though.
 

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No, we offered him an extension but he wanted to move. Common knowledge he'd agreed a deal with Liverpool a good year before he left (pretty sure I posted it on here).

Personally wouldn't waste the energy booing or cheering Milner in a regular game let alone a testimonial.

Remember the year after he left he got a great reception at our place. The relationship has soured a bit over the years though.
Why? What's he done to make things worse?
 

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No, we offered him an extension but he wanted to move. Common knowledge he'd agreed a deal with Liverpool a good year before he left (pretty sure I posted it on here).

Personally wouldn't waste the energy booing or cheering Milner in a regular game let alone a testimonial.

Remember the year after he left he got a great reception at our place. The relationship has soured a bit over the years though.
Cant see why the relationship would have soured. He did leave to win Champions League, can hardly hold that against Milly.
 

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Winding contracts down so the players themselves receive a sign on fee (in lieu of a club paying a transfer fee) is a bit of a thing of late. Will likely see this more and more, Milner is hardly alone in that camp.
 

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Why? What's he done to make things worse?
Not much. He made a few comments in the press which upset a few people. They saw it as talking down City, it was more talking up Liverpool imo.

He made a big deal of not celebrating a goal against Villa when he was with us out of respect for the fans, and then celebrated a goal against us. That got a few people's backs up.

Suspect most who don't like him don't even remember why. But I don't think too many are bothered that he"s playing at a testimonial.
 

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Crowd of 31 K for the first ever Manchester Women's Super League Derby.

And as per usual these days, Citeh got the bikkies. Caroline Weir played a cracker and scored the only goal of the game, although Utd has their chances in the 2nd half.

Listened to the game on the BBC World Service, sounds like it was a cracking game at Etihad.
 

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