When FIFA has a good amount of idle time it is bad because, after a wave of corruption, another massive money grab is on its way. On this episode of TDY:
- UEFA Nations League Global Expansion!
- Mini and Minnow World Cup
- What Is The End Game?
- Too Much International Football?
- Yahoo: Nations League Article
- And More!
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United Nations League
The Champions League and Europa League draws have been made. Here are the groups for the six English sides that will look for European glory this 15/16 season. Take a look at the groups below and let us know how you think the English clubs will do in continental competition this year.
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You can’t escape it; everywhere you look it inundates you on TV, radio, social media and this very blog (doh!). Everyone has transfer mania! This weekend all the major European leagues will be in action with Spain and Italy starting their league fixtures yet all anyone can and wants to talk about is transfers. After a somewhat dull summer of international football, international club friendlies and MLS we should all be buzzing to see top players at top clubs playing in top leagues. Yet, the only focus in the media and even commentary during matches is who is going to be transferred and to where. It is a product of an artificial transfer window that Corey and I tried to “fix” in the last podcast without much success.
Since the podcast, I have thought of one possible solution that I failed to mention that could be some type of middle ground to settle things down a bit. Getting rid of the transfer window all together is not an option in my opinion and would cause more harm than good. Perhaps keeping the transfer window open with is current dates with a slight tweak is the way to go. Here are my proposed changes:
1. Foreign transfers must be completed before the season starts.
2. The window will remain open until end of August/early September but only domestic transfers will be allowed.
This plan could easily have unintended consequences that I am not considering right now but would benefit the situation by forcing clubs to conclude their foreign business before the season starts. It would still allow for manager experimentation and squad changes to me made but those changes would have to be domestically based. There would still be transfer talk but limiting those transfers to domestic transfers would greatly reduce the current transfer three ring circus.
What are your thoughts? Is this a feasible solution or has the genie been let out of the bottle with the popularity of football in the global media?
The title to this piece were the key words expressed by Price Ali of Jordan in his speech to the FIFA Congress before the election process took place earlier today. Sepp Blatter won his reelection bid after the Prince bowed out of the race following the first round of voting that saw him trail 133 to 73 votes. This may seem like a dark time for world football because its leader embroiled in a sea of corruption has been given more time in charge but there could be a light in the distance as the seeds of change have been planted.
Price Ali has been the most successful challenger to Blatter’s power since he first gained the FIFA presidency and there are at least 73 football associations across the world that are unhappy with his job performance. These FIFA arrests were a major event but they are not the change because as Price Ali said change is a process. I believe this week could very well be looked at as when the process of change started. Corporate sponsors of FIFA and the most powerful football nations in UEFA are reevaluating their association with the Swiss based organization. This will force some level of change because FIFA would be absolutely nothing without the cash that their sponsors and the top teams in Europe provide.
The longstanding Swiss FIFA president is a smart man and a master politician who has built up a great level of trust with the smaller and developing nations of FIFA to consolidate his power even through this great turmoil. These nations have votes that count just as much as the powerful footballing stalwarts in Europe and South America. It will be very difficult to erode this level of trust between Blatter (or his hand-picked successor) and these nations but the seeds of change have been planted even though Prince Ali has failed as most journalist and pundits predicted.
Change is very much a process; let’s hope that process has been kicked started through the prism of scandal because the future of world football depends on it.
UEFA President Michel Platini stated on French radio yesterday that Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules would be “eased” this summer. Eased is a very vague word and as with anything the devil is in the details and we will have to wait to see what exact changes are rolled out this summer. Early reports suggest that UEFA will allow for more club investment from owners as long as they can produce a clear and viable business plan to make that money back.
This would be a good step forward in fixing the unintended consequences of FFP that made upward mobility very difficult keeping the rich clubs rich and the poor clubs poor, due to the set limits of how much money that can be injected into a club by ownership. Gabrielle Marcotti produced one of the best analogies in an article yesterday explaining that the FFP limits on owner investment is much like if laws were in place that limited spending on home improvement projects for home owners who bought fixer-upper properties. Such a housing law would be outrageous but that is essentially what is going on in European football today making a Chelsea, PSG or Monaco situation almost impossible under current regulations so this change is quite welcome.
FFP for better or worse is here to stay as UEFA looks to make sure the business of football is done in a sustainable manner. This easing will probably be the first of many Financial Fair Play changes over the coming years until a proper balance good for all clubs both big and small can be found. The question is what will be the next unintended consequence or loophole that will pop up next?