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The writing has been on the wall for a long time but this week finally announced it, this current iteration of the beautiful game is a failed model.
Just like post Covid-19 life, football must enter a different phase, the new normal as it were.
 
One need not look any further than to three of the globes biggest right now, to their recent business, to see how flawed a model the sport really has become.
The obvious one is the biggest club in the world not being able to afford to keep the games biggest star due to financial fair play type statutes in Spain.
They genuinely tried but their for sale stars didnt get any takers so Messi shall hit the road. Their debts are huge, around half a billion with one hundred million lost last year alone, and now they’ve little to sell with naming rights to the iconic Camp Nou up for grabs.
Genuinely more than a club they reached the top spot, and have now for all intensive purposes blew it.
Unable to help themselves and failed by the games financial police, now all in the sport shall suffer a little without their special brand of football delivered by special footballers. A period of mediocrity awaits, and Athletico under a fantastic coach with numerous valuable assets will be rubbing their hands with glee.
The mighty Barca, humbled by the root of all evil.
 
Meanwhile a certain French club are going all out to create footballs version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Their squad is truly frightening, already one of the best, and with some of the names just added will hit new heights.
There’s almost two top elevens in that total squad, they have a good manager, and will truly compete for the globes biggest trophies from Paris.
And now they are favourites to sign Leo.
 
Across the channel the blue half of Manchester have just spent nine figures on a good player, and are serious about spending another nine figures for ‘Arry Kane to add to their fabulous collection of stars who were one victory away from doing the league and big cup double. And now they may enter the bidding for Leo, second favourites according to the bookies.
 
Three clubs in three different leagues, yes, but only one true giant among them, the other two being playthings who covet top spot.
Yet somehow it’s only the true giant club to suffer real world effects of some type of financial fair play introduced, and by hurting that club they have probably just strengthened a financially doped up rival.
The games biggest name can’t sign a player on a free contract, whilst the others can splurge the guts of half a billion on fees and wages in one transfer window, approximately the size of Barcas debts at the snap of a finger.
 
These are manufactured clubs with very little if any elite history in the game until a sheik spun the dice and they got the nod. Outspending the mighty Barca by two or three country miles year on year despite the fact they don’t have as much tv money, stadium size or global appeal.
And they arent done. Star after star will arrive until it’s a procession to the later stages of the biggest cups, with the astronomical wage levels increasing year on year.
 
How? It might be legal somehow, perhaps a loophole that allows such extravagance to be assembled by smaller clubs with rich owners. But on every single level it’s wrong, totally morally bankrupt and against the spirit of the sport.
It makes a mockery of what FFP was supposed to do, it displays the differing national attitudes towards ‘their’ football clubs financial activities, and it shows the game really hasn’t learned a thing at all,, you can still buy the title or cup after all these years despite being told that was a thing of the past.
 
Of the three nations involved the French teams TV rights deal would be smallest, they have the smallest stadium of the trio, and certainly wouldn’t sell more shirts than Barca.
But somehow they are the financial bullies of the three despite rarely turning a profit in their existence, assembling the highest wage bill in the sport with room still for its biggest star. That nations football authorities are clearly not going to FFP them ala Barca, they are probably enjoying their time in the spotlight for a change.
Messi moving to Paris would elevate their stature, and bring serious merchandise revenue plus more international media interest than usual, but that’s probably the plan.
 
As for City their latest turnover was slightly over a quarter billion, and it’s hard to see how it gets higher without profitable player trading but that’s not the market they are in. With domestic tv rights sitting around 100 million and later stages of Europe bringing in 60 or 70, the majority of their income is television revenue. That in itself is an unstable market, constantly in flux, and there’s no worldwide body of fans to market to unlike their city neighbours.
Grealish and Kane will cost their entire years turnover, then there’s the wages to find and that usually means a few pay rises across the board to keep the Captain etc sweet.
How is splurging a year’s turnover in one window allowed?
Yet they might be tempted to go further and land the biggest fish on the biggest wages anyway?
The English Premier league have failed all their clubs if they allow such recklessness.
 
We’ve got the globes biggest toppling from the podium in a state of disarray hoping to get it’s house in order, then return to the top in good overall health as a club.
They dug a hole for themselves, are at least trying to get out of it, but it’s going to cost years of hurt and pain, years of falling behind the new leaders.
The new leaders being sportswashing juggernauts that swagger around the game fearlessly after ‘the big boss’ got his ass handed to him on a plate by their fancy lawyers.
The owners are not Europeans, but the continent’s elite competition is now their personal plaything, with no one prepared to stand up to them.
The big boss ie UEFA won’t tackle the superclubs, indeed is little more than a figurehead now, pretending to be in charge of the biggest show on earth.
And here comes the biggest free agent in history to start a fresh bout of genital measuring between clubs that shouldnt afford him, but will if they so choose.
 
For once the Government was right. They best step in quickly before football actually does eat itself.
By Mahe.

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Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuG1jnj52c Elvis Presley – Frankfurt Special

Garry Postecoglou

Will be interesting when Malmo pump them on Tuesday in front of 50k angry hun bastards.

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ASWGL is really spoiling us with the backdrops these days!

fan

Preview of forthcoming Hoot.

Mahe

Fan surely the Hoot will be more like,,,
https://youtu.be/tex-M3rjDWk

Margaret McGill

Fan
👍

Margaret McGill

I was at a hoot once. It was like owlcatraz.
Have they improved?

Gordon64

Mags Twit t woo 😜

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MAHE

There’s usually a few heids like a burst couch the morning after!

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MAGS

We get get worse wi age…

Margaret McGill

CQN and 4 red cards? Fuck off they hinted.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and Happy Matchday. To those going along – make some noooooooiiiiiiiiise for the Bhooooooooyyyyyyysss!

jimthetim53

Friesdorfer

Good Morning all. A wee bit brighter today on the silvery Tay. COYBIG.
HH

Hot Smoked

Has Santa been yet?
Thats what it feels like as I prepare to stroll up the road to board the Arbroath Emerald to take those of us who were lucky in the ballot to Paradise.
Before anyone else says it,let
s hope Santa`s generosity does not stretch to giving away presents to our opposition.

jimthetim53

For Big Packy & M.I.T.

Hot Smoked

Friesdorfer
No, I dont know why that went red !!
Did you see there was a ticket on offer for today on the Emerald Facebook page? Don
t know if it is still available.

Craig 76

With skill like this we have no chance this season 🤣🤣

https://mobile.twitter.com/Lskiv_67/status/1424015042719195137

Gordon64

After yesterday’s result there’s only one thing that matters today. Forget everything else just get the Three ! Trois ! Tres ! Drei ! points HH

Jobo Baldie

I received a reply from Premier Sports to the email I sent to them after the Malmo v Triggers Broom FC game. As expected it doesn’t really fill me with joy. My original email and their reply are shown below.

My email:-
Good evening,

I enjoyed tonight’s live coverage of the Malmo v The Rangers Champions league qualifying round game except for one thing – the commentator’s regular mention of the current Scottish Champions looking to return to the Group Stages (and I quote) “for the first time in a decade2. That is factually incorrect. Had the commentator stopped at the word ‘time’ that would have been more accurate.

The current team playing out of Ibrox was formed in 2012. The previous incarnation entered firstly Administration in February 2012 and then ultimately Liquidation. Indeed the Liquidation process is still an ongoing live process.

The new club was admitted to the bottom tier of the Scottish senior leagues, just in time for the start of the 2012-13 season and eventually worked its way up to the top division. The fact that such a young club has managed to win Scotland’s top football competition is certainly a notable achievement. Were they to go on and qualify for the Champions League Group Stages just 9 years after the club was founded I would expect that fact to be regularly mentioned during your coverage of their games. Why do you ignore that fact and instead continue the myth that the former, long since dead club has somehow come back to life?

Aren’t facts important to Premier Sports?

Yours sincerely,

Premier Sports reply:-
Hi Joe, thanks for your email.

I do appreciate your feedback and the points you made. We do understand your concern and the importance of the information provided during the games for the teams as well as the players.

Rest assured I have escalated your feedback to the relevant team who will assess in future.

Kind Regards,
Sasha
Premier Sports Team

bada bing1
Leggy

Morning all,

I hope that everyone going to Celtic Park today has a great day and sees a fabulous Celtic victory.

Not that I am jealous having 0/4 in ballots and self isolating with Covid 😩😩😩

No only kidding, as Jobo said, really enjoy it and make plenty of noise !!!

Ps
When booing the Board, put in an extra Boooooooo for me. 👍👍

HH🍀🍀🍀

jimthetim53

Hope the protest goes well outside Celtic Park at 1pm. I realise some people think it is a waste of time and not nearly enough of what is needed at this point in time. But it is what it is and better than nothing. And dare I say it, a stage beyond being merely a key board warrior. (for locals, not distant fans) So good luck to them!

The protest is being jointly organised by fan groups including: Celtic Trust, The Bhoys, Celtic Shared, the Green Brigade and North Curve Celtic.

Sol Kitts

Jobo
That’s more than I’ve had. Sound of silence is all the reply I’ve had.

bada bing1

Messi,For me he’s the best ever, but ive lost a lot of respect for the guy,sure he was great for them,but that’s when times are good,things are bad now,due to financial mismanagement, including his salary, the Club needs him now and hes walking away from them,he could play for nothing, and turn proposed salary into deferred shares…..something could have been worked out

Jobo Baldie

9 miles from Celtic Park and it’s absolutely bucketing down here. For those going today, dress appropriately!

Jobo Baldie

!

Jobo Baldie

I know that after you post something on here, for a short time you can go in and edit it – very useful for spelling mistakes etc. Is it possible to delete your own post though? Asking for myself 😉

fan

Probably in the minority here but i think Messi leaving Barcelona could be best for both.
He is arguably the best ever but the reality is this Barcelona team have not been real contenders for years.
For Messi if he goes to PSG he will have a genuine chance of winning he Champions league and maybe the impetus of being the new boy can reignite his passion for the game.
Barcelona are facing inevitable change and tough medic very good midfield trioine may be exactly what’s required?
Koeman can now actually put his system and ideas into practice without worrying about being undermined or casing conflict in the teams collective spirit.
I think secretly he will be happy to have a clearer path to introduce his system and ideas.
They still have a plethora of talent especially in midfield and up front.
Ter Steggen is an excellent goalie.
De Jong,Pedri and Busquets is a very good midfield base and maybe Pjanic and Coutinho could thrive in a system that suits?
Up front Griezmann,Augero,Fati,Dembele and Du Pay are all fantastic talents so perhaps in a system less reliant on one guy they will shine.
Defensively they could be better but maybe they will be less exposed in a new system?

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JOBO

You can edit it completely-just remove the words and replace with an exclamation mark or something-as the comment box can’t be left empty. Otherwise,mail me at

bmcuwp@gmail.com

and I’ll do it via the Admin pages.

Jobo Baldie

Thanks Bobby, I’ve done that now. And maybe the ! was quite appropriate anyway 😉

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FAN

Seems they can’t register Aguero either due to their finances,and besides,he is now trying to get out of the deal as Messi was the main reason for signing. Additionally,Dembele and Griezeman are two of the players that they are desperate to get off the wage bill due to the salary cap that has been imposed.

It really is a mess,but when you look at the money spent on players who simply didn’t fit as planned-such as Coutinho,Dembele,Griezeman et al-not to mention their wages,it really is no surprise. Those three alone have probably cost Barca about £700m all in.

bada bing1

Rain of biblical proportions around CP….

MAGUA

Jobo

Trigger’s Broom FC. 😂😂 Makes me laugh every time.

By the by, that reply from Sky sounds like a major GTF. Cheeky swines.

Hail Hail. Mon The Hoops

Jobo Baldie

Peter controlling the weather to dampen any protests?

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JOBO

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”

Jobo Baldie

Exactly, Bobby, especially after my Saturday night curry 😉

Jobo Baldie

team –
Hart
Ralston, Welsh, Startfelt, Taylor
McGregor, Rogic, Turnbull
Abada, Kyoko, Christie

bada bing1

Ugly scenes outside Celtic Park, Charlie Adam just got off the Dundee team bus…

fan

BMCUP
Griezmann and Dembele will be hard to shift.
Aguero is maybe a gamble they should avoid with his injury record and high wages.
The Spanish authorities have made their point with Messi’s departure so i am sure compromise will be reached.
Not like Real Madrid and Atletico are without financial issues so best not to stir a hornets nest.
Was always going to be a difficult time for Barcelona fans to lose a genuine hero but in reality they should have done it last year to City for the 200 million quoted and put their finances on a better footing.
I guess the presidential election made that idea impossible?
I still think in long term for Barcelona he should go now.

fan

Yes! Welsh instead of Bitton.
But Rogic????

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BADABING

Stoapit,pit me right aff ma dinner!

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FAN

Those two will be impossible to shift,as will Coutinho. No other club will pay anything like the wages that they are on at Barca.

fan

Guess Ange is not worried about Dundee’s threat.
There’s not one of our midfield 3 capable of making a tackle.
Charge it is then!

Gordon64

https://mobile.twitter.com/CelticFC/status/1424359190915657731 Ange Postecoglou applauds the Hoops fans who have arrived in the stadium early ahead of #CELDUN!

Leggy

Strange team but hopefully a few goal threats.

COYBIG 🍀🍀

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FAN

Very good point about the midfield. I might have been inclined to give Turnbull a rest for ten days till the Hearts game,try out some other options. Based on his few cameos so far this season,I’m not so sure that Rogic would be a first pick either.

So that will be a couple of goals and assists from each,no doubt!

Craig 76

No one likes a show off 🤣🤣

Your Best Friend (@ColinRossWilson) Tweeted: @CelticFC https://t.co/TEUfTtpU3X https://twitter.com/ColinRossWilson/status/1424359333404549120?s=20

Friesdorfer

Hot Smoked
Only just seen your post, was out this morning. Enjoy the match.
HH