Look at the German league; it is not regarded as the best league in the world but in terms of World Cups and Euro Championships, the national side is always up there. It is no coincidence; they have a wage cap to stop the cases like Portsmouth and even Liverpool. But that means they spend less on wages and big money transfers and put more money into grass roots football so their home-grown players develop into the great players.
It is probably too late to do this in English football because of the excessive wage demands players have. England will not win a major competition until something is changed. If you go to Germany or Belgium, their academies or even there ?Sunday league? style facilities are ten times better than ours.
Is it a coincidence they beat us 4-1 in the World Cup with a very youthful squad? But it had big game experience because they play regular first team experience.
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1 Posted 26/10/2010 at 15:05:02
I have on numerous occasions stated a wage cap is the only way to get our game back on the right footing, it will have to happen eventually as IMO the game is ready to implode big time.
A european super league may well be formed and the sooner the better, then we can all get back to what is important.
The game itself !
The so called big 4 (sky whores) fan base will soon get bored and watching their attendances dwindle will be heaven to watch.
2 Posted 26/10/2010 at 15:09:33
Once Leeds didn't qualify for the top four, they had big trouble financially, and we all know where they are now. Using more money than you have is not such a good idea when it comes to football.
I think it's wise not to offer the players more and more just to keep them. It can and will cause us to take a divisiondive. I also believe there should be a wage cap for all new contracts.
3 Posted 26/10/2010 at 15:06:22
I do agree though that more money should be transfered from what clubs make and put be put into grass roots. We have the richest league in the world yet we spend the bare minimum on grass roots football.
4 Posted 26/10/2010 at 15:12:28
How can our bright youngsters develop with no chance of playing...the big clubs trawl the world of football and buy ready made stars so that they can stay on top...very few youngsters from England can force their way into the first eleven at top clubs.
These foreign stars are real mercenaries who ply their trade where the best money can be earned...and who can blame them, its a short career.
I worked abroad most of my life to earn more and did not care about the consequences...BUT..part of our job was to train locals to eventually take our place....
The only clubs who genuinely bring English youngsters forward are the one's who cannot afford the ready made stars....Germany saw this and nipped it in the bud....we just continue to pick ageing players and the replacements for them are not on the horizon with the exception of Wilshire, Johnson,Rodwell and Albrighton.
It does not augur well for the next world cup.
5 Posted 26/10/2010 at 15:24:03
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7 Posted 26/10/2010 at 16:33:22
I have a feeling the Wayne Rooney new contract shenanigans had something to do with that. Stretford realising that with these new regulations clubs won?t be able to spent crazy amounts of money for wages anymore and saw it as one last chance for a ridiculously massive contract.
8 Posted 26/10/2010 at 16:42:41
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10 Posted 26/10/2010 at 16:53:12
This is perhaps best exemplified during the years 1933-45.
Did you know that Koreans also eat dogs, and The English have bad teeth?
11 Posted 26/10/2010 at 16:56:04
Whenever someone mentions a wage cap in England, someone always says "but all the best players will leave", but will they? I doubt many of our premier league "stars" could earn similar amounts in Spain and Italy, except for four or five like Rooney and Fabregas. the rest would have to like it or lump it.
12 Posted 26/10/2010 at 18:17:52
13 Posted 26/10/2010 at 18:52:27
There needs to be a reality check millions of people are redundant and more cuts along the way whilst this prick pockets £8M a year!!! It's absolutely disgusting!
14 Posted 26/10/2010 at 20:22:42
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16 Posted 26/10/2010 at 23:25:45
In Liverpool on holiday I was staggered at how little attention and support is paid to the junior side of the game. I made it my business to study coaching sessions as often as possible and questioned many coaches.
What struck me most of all was the lack of structure that was employed. There seemed to be very little feedback or support from further up the chain of command. None of the coaches had heard of let alone attended any kind of accreditation course. Most were ordinary blokes doing it for the sake of their own kids and their involvement ended when the kids moved on.
Compare that to my local club here in Oz, which has 26 teams aged between 6 and 16 years. Each team has an appointed accredited yet volunteer coach plus a manager who in most cases is also accredited.
While in Liverpool, I could not get to watch any games of kids up to age 11. I did ask where I could observe those mini ages but not one of the dozens asked had a clue. Everyone was of the opinion that 11 was the starting age.
Mini or Rooball as it's know here is seeing, and for the past 30 years, has seen tremendous growth. Clubs and junior associations are continuously providing and promoting courses in club administration, safety, First Aid, Coaching etc of junior football.
Perhaps I asked the wrong people while in the old town but I found not a shred of evidence that any of that stuff was provided..
17 Posted 26/10/2010 at 23:33:37
Using the Ribery example above - ten years for him earning at that level... would take me over four thousand years to earn in my job! FOUR THOUSAND YEARS!
I think a salary cap is needed, but it should have happened in the 90's before wgaes got this fucking ridiculous!
18 Posted 27/10/2010 at 02:30:29
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20 Posted 27/10/2010 at 12:58:24
Nice. Let's get Mrs Arteta in the megastore for a few shifts.
21 Posted 27/10/2010 at 18:50:33
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23 Posted 29/10/2010 at 12:05:23
The talk of Germany being a well organised people is so far off the mark its untrue. In a footballing sense they are innovative and refreshing. None of your robotic shite - they're open to new ideas in a way that shames England. There's no way England would have chosen that coach, there's no way England would have chosen that team. Given what they had available it was just a perfect balance of youth and experience, encouraged to play good football but a very astute coach. Half of them had already played in an underage World Cup final as well... against England... for whom only one had made the same progression (Milner I think, from the top of my head).
In the meantime England picked the same players who had already failed and expected a different result. Doesn't make sense.
24 Posted 30/10/2010 at 13:43:41
Yes, they admitedly have some good ideas, but finance is as rampant over there as anywhere else. The only difference is that it is relative. The fact that English football is the top league in the world at the moment exacerabtes the financial implications...
I don't know if the writer has watched the German league lately but, outside of the top contenders, the football is pretty mediocre.
As for German footballing virtue... in the year Hoffenheim came up to the top league, they were the second biggest spender in Germany next to Bayern. They spent big and hoovered up all the young talent ? that is not the same as nuturing young talent.
As Alex would say...."You see a cow in another field... blah, blah, blah."
25 Posted 30/10/2010 at 14:08:53
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