GunnGunn wrote:I'd wonder if people would be saying this if they supported any other team but us...
Being an Arsenal fan should come with a mental health warning.
elkanofan wrote:- Finances playing too big a part in football (For me the who transfer system is a mess an it's only going to explode!)
elkanofan wrote:- Wages and trasnfer fees spiraling out of control. You thought Andy Carroll for 35 million was bad. I think Jordan Henderson, who's just a decent young player at Sunderland going for 20 million is beyond ridiculous!
I believe the top players of this modern era for me aren't as good as they where 10-20 years ago. In general i think football in professional quality terms it's not as good as it was.
gzagee wrote:I agree to some extent the excitement has decreased, for my money. But I'm unsure the quality has decreased. You look at many foreign academies and technique is still the first thing they teach. Watch the Euro U21s and you'll find that still many of the foreign sides are more comfortable on the ball than their English counterparts.
Teams are now far better conditioned and better organised than before.
There have been mercenaries coming here for a long time. The influx of foreign stars has bred this type of situation.
You can thank Sky for that.
But as I say, I'm not as excited as I was back in the 80's/90s. So I'd say football maybe isn't as enjoyable as it was 25-30 years ago.
There disconnect between fans and players. There was a time you could share a drink with your hero in the local pub. You'd see them in the street.
I wonder how many more 'scandals' there are now in the papers compared to back in the day? When did the back pages become front page news?
I once watched a documentary about World Cup 1990, many of the journos cite that tournament as the last time players and journos would mingle together. They shared the flight to Italy, they mingled in the team's hotel, they were allowed access to players for interviews.
By the time England played at their next world cup (1998) the bonhomie had long become a thing of the past. The game had become businesslike. Football was big business. Multi-millionaire 'stars' were becoming de rigueur. Access to players was restricted. They were the new Michael Jacksons, Mick Jaggers, Diana Ross's, Bon Jovis of the day.
Once again you can thank Sky for that.
Inchpractice wrote:We're pretty spoiled these days imo.
Leody wrote:I will never understand "Americanized" as a term... it's synonymous with commercialized. Any half brained businessman would have done what's being done in football now. Just took longer for Europeans to see the insane amount of money that can be made in sport.
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