It’s only a short one, because it’s not really relevant to the Villa as such, but it does affect the game.
It all started yesterday when I heard that Arsene Wenger has suggested a world cup every two years. I didn’t think much of it and frankly wondered what he was on about.
Until I heard that this has actually been proposed, which in my opinion is seriously bad news.
Gareth Southgate had said that a World cup every two years would be too much and for once, he’s right about something.
As it stands, the WC alternates with the Euros, ie they’re two years apart and every other year the domestic game is blitzed with breaks destroying any impetus that teams might have built up. I suppose you can also say it’s a welcome break for teams that are struggling, but either way, it just destroys the season for us fans.
I’ve suggested previously that the qualifiers ought to consist of all the teams thrown in the hat and whittled down like a conventional cup. Yes, it’s a lottery, but it was that format that made the FA cup so popular before the leagues totally debased it. You might actually get a Libya vs Brazil type final, which would make a great change.
Whatever, I didn’t hear anyone saying I was wrong and I really do believe noone is interested in the qualifiers.
The actual finals, fair enough. Even I find those very watchable and I think a lot of that is down to the timeline.
Who wants to watch a game when you don’t reap the reward until next year?
Of course some will love it and that’s fair enough. But I’m a Villa fan and England come a very distant second, particularly nowadays where some players think they’re bigger than the team.
I find it fascinating that Wenger is one of those proposing this and strongly suspect the shoe would have been firmly on the other foot if he was still a club manager, as opposed to being a Eufa advisor.
I suspect this is all about money, as it seems everything footy related is now and us fans need to be vigilant, as they’ll try and introduce this by stealth if we aren’t careful.
It already seems like we have qualifiers every couple of weeks and I don’t want to see any more of them, thanks.
Of course you might think differently.