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the prophecies are complete, armageddon is nigh, I completely agree with the man. What think you?
Cause clubs are businesses, not toys or children. You can buy and sell them as many times as you want, without worry. So why should football clubs be different from other companies? I honestly think this man (blatter) is a fukcing idiot.
Free Market Economy mean anything to anyone?
I think the most poignant part of that speech was "I'm not sure if there is anything we can do about it" which means that he's just having a moan at the dominance of english football in Europe.
The Eurocrats do it every week, just look at Platini. They are all insanely jealous at the money currently awash in the premier league and they see their "illustrious" european giants fade into insignificance.
I personally think it's great to put one over these fawning un-elected bureaucrats, fuck em in the ear
Its unlikely at the moment that you will see a Marseille, Porto, Ajax, Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade etc in the European Cup Final again as the Prem (and others) are taking the talent from these countries more than ever before and I think that is a shame. The group stage is now totally predicatble as well, which again I think is a shame.
You may (do) have a point about the group stage. I still don't think its good for the world game however (and I do very much enjoy watching the premiership) to have such a high amount of foreign ownership and foreign players. I suppose its just a form of Globalisation.
loads of people have that opinion. It just seems that no-one can really back it up as anything more than a preference. I honestly don't see that domestic or continental football is any more predicatable than it has been in a very long time. Sure, the names involved have changed but the nature hasn't.
Fair enough. I think as more money enters the Premiership, more top top (Redknapp Jr) players will come in and the English teams will dominate Europe more. We will have better players in our league etc.
However since 1996 only Arsenal, Man U and Chelsea have won the League and that doesnt make for an interesting league. You can't realistically see a Newcastle, Spurs, Blackburn, Villa challenging again and I think thats a loss for the English game. With the Champions League money the rich get richer and the poor get poorer to a larger extent than ever before.
As I said before as well I don't think its good for the world game.
that I have a problem with. When have Spurs or Villa ever realistically challenged for the Premiership title? Similarly, the two seasons Newcastle challenged, only them and Man Utd were serious contenders. It was hardly a wide-open race. Blackburn's title is something of a blip and again, the year they won it was a two horse race.
Having gone back through the decades it seems you are correct.
In the past 8 years 3 teams have won the league.
In the 90's 4 teams won the league.
In the 80's 4 teams won the league.
In the 70's 6 teams won the league.
In the 60's 8 teams won the league.
In the 50's 6 teams won the league.
I still don't think the poaching of all the best foreign players is good for world football, which is my biggest problem with the premiership.
Although it does seem that it was slightly more competitive the further back you go.
that only a handful of teams have won the league much over the last 50 years - but I think the problem is now how the top four is virtually the same year on year - at least in the 80s and a lot of the 90s you could get teams like Watford, Ipswich, Southampton, Norwich, Nottingham Forest etc finishing in the top three or four. I think it's just now that that state of flux is confined to below 4th place in the Premiership. Mind you, the way we're going this year at this rate...
"These days you can buy a club as easily as you buy a football jersey. There is something wrong and that's why I ask the European Union to act". I suppose that is true insofar as that I'm currently too skint to pay £40 for a football top.
I don't agree with him. What is he basing his claim on? How would the currently economic turmoil affect foreign owned clubs more than it would those with more 'traditional' owners? He is more concerned about losing his own personal stranglehold over world football. Time and time again he has reacted badly to having his wavering authority challenged without providing much more of an argument than 'I AM SEPP BLATTER, DO AS I SAY!'