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Tuesday cannon fodder: nonretiring fixture computer priorities

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CeBIT 2015 Technology Trade Fair
This is not the fixture computer.
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The soccer off season is famously short. After just ending their season two weeks ago, Arsenal’s first Australian friendly is a month from today. And tomorrow is fixture release day. The question that always gets asked around this time of year?

How are the Premier League fixtures compiled? An expert reveals all - Wales Online

The 10 most expensive soccer players in the world - MarketWatch
I’m not sure the math is rock solid on this, but this website crunched some numbers to find the ‘big 5 league’ players with the highest estimated transfer values. Meanwhile...

Unnamed Chinese Super League club ready to pay Ronaldo €120m a year - ESPN FC
An unnamed Chinese Super League club will travel to Madrid to submit a €200m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Let’s just say I’m skeptical.

Kylian Mbappe Prioritizes Champions League Title Over Ballon d'Or - beIN SPORTS
This would seem to preclude his coming to Arsenal, which probably was optimistic to hope for in the first place.

Gigi Buffon says next season is his last–unless Juventus wins CL |
After more than two decades of top-level soccer, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says next season will be his last–unless Juventus wins the Champions League.

How U.S. men's soccer team pulled it together after Jurgen Klinsmann’s firing
The Americans are undefeated in four World Cup qualifying matches under Bruce Arena.

Oyston family treats Blackpool as ‘personal cash machine’, high court told | Football | The Guardian
Feel free to keep complaining about Stan Kroenke and his two £3 million payments because that’s a whole lot worse than this oh wait no never mind it isn’t.

Why We Need Positional Data | StatsBomb
Soccer stats can be OK, but without positional data they're fairly useless.