It's hard even for me to understand my own choice of subject, but here it goes; modern football sucks. Likewise, things are as they are so what can we do to make things better?
I've been sincerely infuriated by all the horrible performances I've had to go through as both a Gooner and an Eintracht Frankfurt supporter. Oh, the struggle! However, the first thing is that the last thing that'll leave me is hope. Thus, hope is still there and that makes me even more furious than before. Some part of me still believes that Arsenal could win Premier League. Some other part of me seems to believe that die Adler can pull themselves together after a devastating loss at home at the hands of fellow relegation candidates TSG Hoffenheim. What does this have to do with modern football? Here is how.
Both my clubs seem to firmly believe in fairy tales and so do the fans. We all seem to believe that sometime soon a wonderkid will appear in the academies with one mission and one mission only; to clean the messes up. However, this fairytale is of course not true! Not anymore at least. Modern football with all what it means has destroyed the chance of this happening. Sure, a wonderkid could appear, but in Frankfurt he would feel to big for the club and leave for Bayern Munich or one of the Borussias. In Arsenal, this wonderkid would be loaned out or he would feel the pressure from the English media and tragically collapse a'la Jack Wilshere or David Bentley. We cannot trust fairytales and wonders to happen in a game where everything is about the right amount of money. Teams without this money cannot trust in themselves anymore. The whole foundation upon which Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 is built is about to collapse or even implode, please excuse the drama.
Modern football has taken the drama out of it, so I have to add my own. Let's forget about Leicester and what they have achieved, let's forget about what Hertha might just achieve in Bundesliga and let's look at the leagues and their recent history. It quickly becomes rather clear that all top leagues in Europe are dominated by the teams with the most money at their hands. Money to buy the best players, money to improve their squads even though they sincerely do not need to. What can be done to avoid this becoming some kind of standard, which it almost already is? Now I know that this article is about ten years too late. ten years ago these concerns were relevant, nowadays they are already a part of the football. However, does that meke the problems less worth considering, less worth solving? From my rather biased point of view the problems are even greater now, more than ever and they need fixing. Soon the gap between the clubs with money or heavy investors and those without will be too large to close and then the sport we love and try to cherish will be beyond recognition and by then it will be too late. The gap is getting bigger everyday, so what can be done?
Rules. The football needs more rules like the 51%-rule in Germany, it needs more rules to make it harder to invest heavily in clubs. We need to even out the numbers and rules seems to be the only rational way to do it. It really is a simple solution, but because both FIFA and UEFA are being run by more or less incompetent imbeciles with too much power, no rules will even be discussed and therefore football as we know it might be lost.
NB: Please excuse the dystopic point of view, I am a self-proclaimed self-proclaimer and I proclaim myself a cynic.
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