It’s the most important of the least important things, this game we love, and gather here and elsewhere to discuss.
For some their team can run their lives, some aren’t as attached, but some degree of love for our beloved club runs through us all.
Countless others out there feel the exact same.
Folks myself and BMCUWPs have done our darndest to create a fine forum, but I must break one of our rules today.
I must bring up politics, to an extent.
I simply must, for what’s happening in Europe shall affect us all, if anything via that club we love. I hope and pray that’s the only way it affect us.
A blind man could tell the current events shall impact the world’s game. I’ll make my prediction now that there will be no European football next year.
UEFA have been exposed big-time, their prestigious final must be moved swiftly elsewhere, and they’ve been sports washing via their large advertising income from Gazprom, whose logo is getting dumped by football clubs.
Further still the clubs they depend on to bulk out their flagship Champions League are no longer a given.
Ukrainians have much more important things on their mind than mere football, and it goes without saying teams from Russia shall be expelled. Belarus may very well join them and if not I can’t see teams travelling there.
After President Biden told the press pack he doesn’t expect Russian aggression to end in Ukraine, I surmised there’s more countries going on the banned list. I hope not but it doesn’t take a genius to figure teams arent heading to places under Russian control.
One should also take into account the danger of gathering in mass crowds, a potential target.
Not to mention footballers themselves opting to leave the sport in order to serve their country, Belarus falls under Russian control and Polish footballers shall put their homelands defense first of course.
UEFA is in a big bind, down in teams and locations, with the dominos still falling. And down a sponsor of course, with the associated income.
That’s a lot of patching up to do.
It’s too much in my humble opinion.
European football must pause, and then readjust itself to the modern reality. In this respect the European Club Association shall have a lot of clout, eventually.
Numbers need filled out and decent stadiums in without a doubt safe areas shall be in demand.
To these eyes, Scottish football is very well positioned. I never thought I would write I’m glad Peter stayed on, but writing this, I’m glad Peter stayed on. His seat on the ECA runs until the end of next year, or at least it’s supposed to.
There’s a rejigg coming, that’s simply stating the obvious, and a man on the inside is better than one outside.
We all know this season’s league Champions were entering the CL, and looking at a forty million bounty in doing so. It’s the most lucrative title to date. Or at least it was.
But that was the old world, before things changed, hopefully for the better.
Whether the Champions League survives this or not, some type of elite competition shall evolve, that’s a given. But only one automatic qualification spot?
Given current events, that is not given.
I expect Alba to benefit sporting wise from the current circumstances. As much as it pains me given that club should be a memory, the Ibrox mob shall meet many of the criteria when looking for numbers to fill out any elite footballing competition.
Given our boards endorsement of the dressed Old Firm allied with Peter’s voice on the soon to be influential ECA board,
I don’t think two qualification spots is a leap too far. They have raised their profile and done decent in Europe recently to bolster the case.
I see it coming, I honestly do.
Chairmen everywhere would feel much easier about sending the squad to Bonnie Scotland rather than eastwards, a great atmosphere and a good chance of victory.
The door has been opened for a massive footballing reshuffle, and for once Scottish teams shall be needed.
As someone who wants a strong league I understand the benefit of one team not financially testing away from the other, not the Champions League money skewing the title race.
Two qualification spots could lift the league to another level.
A knockout tie meeting would be unmissable you must admit.
I caveat the above but once again stating football is unimportant. Given the images we are seeing it feels wrong to type about a mere sport. As stated, some degree of love for the club runs through us all, but some degree of humanity also runs through us all.
Noone wants any war and certainly not another world war.
Unfortunately we don’t make that choice.
God bless the people of Ukraine.
They certainly never made that choice.