Saturday, November 04, 2006


I read with great interest Wenger's remarks and excuses to reject this proposal to impose 'home-grown' players on a team's starting XI. Of course he is the first one to oppose it heavily. His team is playing in the EPL and the starting XI has no English player! They do have Hoyte and Walcott but we all pretty well know this is how he will react.

For me, I for one really support this quota proposal because I believe every club in a country should have some responsibility to the country where the club belongs to is suppose to groom future players. Just look at the giant clubs in the whole of Europe, they too have their own countrymen. All I have to say is you must have at least a few to represent the country the club is from.

Perhaps 3. It is so weird to have a club from a country and you don't see a single player represented from that country. This is baseless unless your country always win the World Cup and the EURO. Unfortunately, looking at the standard now, it will take very long for this dream to be fulfilled. That is why this quota thing should be imposed for the sake of England if they are interested to better their chances in the future.

I won't say it guarantees success but at least it gives players the opportunity to mature and develop to become great. I don't believe in a great player has to be discovered at a young age. Some players become big after they gained experience and after playing a couple of years. The word is potential.

Just look at every big clubs in Europe. AC Milan, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Valencia. I think all of them from different leagues have their own countrymen in their starting eleven except Arsenal. Imagine this, if Wenger's remarks is taken seriously. Imagine what will happen to the English Premier League if all clubs follow Wenger's starting eleven policy? It will be called International Premier League.

Finally, I read a good article on David Beckham by Phil Holland at Soccernet. I agree on his views totally. At Manchester United, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are better than him. At Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo are better than him. He is a less technically complete player when compared to them.



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