Friday, March 4, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: The European Super League is a bad idea

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Granada 2-0 Sporting Gijon
(El Arabi PK 72', Success 90+3')

Espanyol 0-3 Real Betis
(Castro 10', Pezzella 20', Vargas 71')

Raya Vallecano 1-5 Barcelona
(Manucho 57')-(Rakitic 22', Messi 23', 53', 72', Turan 86')

This Barcelona win marks 35 straight games without a loss, which is a Spanish record. they have also won 12 straight in all competitions. They have La Liga by eight points right now and are almost certain to win another title. The only thing separating this team from being one of the greatest ever assembled is the Champions League, which is well within their reach.

Coupe de France- Quarterfinals
Granville 0-1 Olympique Marseille
(Batsuyahi 50')

Headlines
Montreal is getting a bit of a raw deal with Didier Drogba here. While he will remain with the club for a full season, he has come out and said that he will not train nor play on turf at the start of this season for health reasons. Four of Montreal's first five matches are on turf fields. This includes opening day at Vancouver, a trip to Seattle on April 2, and Montreal's first two home games, which will be played at Olympic Stadium. IT's for the safety of his knees, which I understand. But I'd still be a little peeved if I were an Impact supporter.

In other MLS opening weekend news, New York City will be without Frank Lampard to start 2016. He is dealing with a calf strain that will likely see him sidelined agaisnt the Fire on Sunday. The injury is minor and he should not miss significant time.

Greece has experienced another incident of rotten fan behavior. In the Greek Cup semi-final between PAOK and Olympiakos, PAOK fans rioted against police and officials after their club was denied a penalty. Here's video footage of the abhorrent fan behavior. As a result, the entire competition has been cancelled and there has been talk about suspending all competitive football in the country. Frankly, these fans deserve it. If they fail to realize that it's just a game that means nothing in the grand scheme of things, they don't deserve to have the sport at all.

Finally, there has been a lot of talk about the European Super League forming, once again. It stems from large (read: popular and rich) clubs should be guaranteed spots in the Champions League every season. There's been talk of these clubs breaking off and forming their own league with the biggest clubs in Europe.

The elitism shown by these rich kids is pretty awful. If your team wasn't good enough, they shouldn't just be gifted a spot in the biggest competition in the world because they are wealthy. Besides that, though, the concept of a Super League is a bad idea for the game. Yes, there would be short term riches because you would have elite clubs facing off every week, but that novelty would wear off. The spectacle of these matches would wear off once Arsenal goes from being English giant to European whipping boy in jsut one season. Clubs like them, Manchester United, and Manchester City are used to competing in England, but have always been thrashed against European competition. They would get destroyed every season, thus watching their prestige fly right out the window. Those big English clubs have spoken out against it, for just those reasons.

The clubs it makes sense for are the giants in Spain, Germany, and France where there is little viable competition outside the top. Barcelona, with how strong they are, have only a few competitive domestic matches every year. Same goes for Real and Atletico Madrid. Same for Bayern Munich in Germany and PSG in France. These leagues are so top heavy, that there's little reason to watch most matches. Instead of rebelling and trying to form their own league, the governing bodies of Spain, Germany, and France should look for ways to make their minnows stronger.

Today's Matches
Serie A
AS Roma v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Caen v. AS Monaco- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Tijuana v. Leon- 10:30pm

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