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Football in the hands of intruders


This sport continues to function as a community uniter, as a shield against the void, as televised emotion

The Super League is called Premier.

The Italians, who define like no one else, call the mid-season

market mercato de riparazione.

For its repair, the Premier spent 700 million euros, a staggering figure that cannot be reached by all the European Leagues together.

The feeling is that, under the name of Premier, the country of Brexit is buying the dream of the Super League in the face of the perplexity of soccer Europe.

What does the Super League want?

Gather the greatest quantity and quality of talent in the smallest possible space to cause an impact, global seduction and, of course, money.

As can be seen, the Premier does not need anyone to stimulate the interest of the international audience.

The problem is that the clubs do not produce what they spend and, as Tebas points out, "doping" may produce a catastrophe when UEFA sets limits or big capital stops being infatuated with football.

Without thinking about the fall, they keep going up.

They are not trustworthy people.

Behind this economic madness there are investment funds, countries whose image is laundered by sport, capricious millionaires... People, in the long run, unreliable.

Reliable is soccer, which continues to function as a community uniter, as a shield against the void, as televised emotion.

Also as a leisure industry, but the wise men who manage football don't know how long it will be profitable in the face of technological competition, which, as we know, is in a hurry.

Between wayward investors and fear of the future, there are more and more voices that want to turn football into something more modern, faster, sexier.

They do it in the name of the new generations, when I see every day more young people biting their nails in the stadiums;

they do it to improve it as entertainment, when soccer is an emotion;

They do it to earn more money.

when football is a machine to produce it.

They do it because this is filling up with intruders.

Don't touch it, please.

The changes in the regulations, the excessive number of games that are played, the VAR putting its claws into arbitration decisions, do not speak of an evolution but of a redefinition of football.

Practical issues and deep-rooted symbols are changing.

But, of the five million people who took to the streets in Buenos Aires to celebrate Argentina's triumph in the World Cup, there was not a single fan mobilized by the new trends.

There was the old football showing its sentimental, community, cultural power... So, why so much interest in disinventing the wheel?

More than revolutionizing a game that shows its popular effectiveness every week, it is necessary to take care of the essence of the treasure.

That it is nothing more than the usual regulation applied with intelligence and honesty,

and take care (as Ancelotti said at a press conference) of the players as valuable raw material.

Simpler, impossible.

The need, great counselor.

Rafaela Pimenta, player agent, declared in As that Haaland is worth 1,000 million and it didn't even sound exaggerated to me.

A player who, like Haaland, scores goals of all colors, has incomparable footballing and commercial value.

A unique specimen within a field that he is going crazy.

It sounds worse to me that 70, 80 or 100 million are paid for any good players.

The case of Barça, seen in perspective, is scandalous.

The "historic emergencies" Menotti spoke of came upon them and they went out to buy fashionable players for a fortune.

But fashions pass.

The economic consequences arrived and the need to pull from the quarry.

This is how Araujo, Balde, Gavi, Pedri, Ansu Fati appeared… An entire generation of excellent players who will mark the next decade.

The solution once again

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