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March 17, 2009


Fun Facts time.

This season the English teams has flexed their muscles once again in the European stage, more evidently in the Champions League. In the last couple of years, “the Big Four” has reached the last 8 of the competition while teams from other leagues are less-represented in this stage (CL 08-09: La Liga – Barcelona and Villareal, Bundesliga – Bayern Munich, Supa Liga – Porto).

During the 2nd leg of the last 16, the four English teams fielded 53 players but from that amount only 11 are English. That’s approximately 21%. Manchester United – Rio Ferdinand, Micheal Carrick, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney. Liverpool – Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Jay Spearing (sub). Chelsea – John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Arsenal – Theo Walcott (sub).

With Sepp Blatter’s “6+5” rule recently reported not to be in conflict with EU laws on free movement of workers therefore increasing its possibility as a legislation. With the key point of the quota proposal being each club must field at least six players eligible for the national team in the starting XI. Many would argue that the English teams would find it hard to cling to their current continental dominance should the rule is legislated into European domestic leagues in the future. This is not the case.

First, here are the stats I painfully gathered from the last leg of the Champions League:

1. Porto (3 Portuguese players out of 14 – 22%) vs. Athletico Madrid (4/14 – 29%).

2. Barcelona (6/14 – 42%) vs. Lyon (6/14 – 42%).

3. Roma (6/14 – 42%) vs. Arsenal (1/14 – 7%).

4. Manchester United (4/13 – 30%) vs. Internazionale (2/14 – 15%)

5. Liverpool (3/14 – 22%) vs. Real Madrid (4/14 – 29%).

6. Juventus (3/14 – 22%) vs. Chelsea (7/14 – 50%).

7. Panathinakos (5/14 – 39%) vs. Villareal (8/14 – 57%).

8. Bayern (8/14 – 57%) vs. Sporting (7/14 – 50%).

As you can see, only two teams out of the 16 would be playing within the rule. With the exceptions of Villareal and Bayern, in general all teams will be affected by the introduction of this rule. Not just the English teams.

All those reports that Blatter’s proposal is a direct attempt to thwart the development of English football are rubbish really. The “6+5” is proposed to encourage the development of young players, protect national teams and maintain competitiveness and the unpredictability of results. I, personally, think that’s good news for English football. The England national team has a lot of potential which they have failed to fulfilled in so many recent cases, they actually failed to reach Euro 08. By limiting the number of foreigners in the starting line-up, there will be more chances for young home-grown talents to play at the top-level therefore benefiting the national team. Kan?

PS. Before you say anything. Yes, I messed up. Under the proposals, there is no limit on substitutes being foreign, or on the numbers of foreigners in a squad. So instead of calculating the number of eligible players from the starting XI, I calculated the number of eligible players from the total players used. Me bad. I was never good in maths plus I started writing this post hours ago, and finding out which player belong to what nationality is too much of a work for me SO I’m not going to redo the calculations. But more or less, same story.

All work and no play makes williamhill a dull boy.

Listen to the latest WDKF Podcast 12/03/09.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 2:48 pm

    Whats stopping england from ending up like another singapore or japan, players might get naturalised and magically become english. Im sure there are a few more countries in the middle east which picked up the habit as well.

    Don’t get me wrong, at this particular moment im neither for nor against the ruling. It would be interesting to see Sepp Blatter’s scheme to come into fruition – how clubs cope and what effect it will have on domestic and international football.

    Keeping in mind that the premiership is the highest profiteer in the world when it comes to football, it would be interesting to see if: a) money can be pumped back into the community, youth football development etc. b) Pato will move to man city for £200 in 2013 seeing as theres more money to spend on singular talent. or c) South american domestic leagues will shoot up the popularity ladder with all the talent going home.

    Finally… I just want to point out that the first letters of all my paragraphs spell out w-d-k-f … hoho!

  2. March 17, 2009 5:20 pm

    well, with gordon brown’s rejection on a cap on immigration there will most probably be alot more neutralised players in the england squad sooner rather than later. countries have befitted from neutralisation, france won the world cup and euro. who knows maybe our man from paddington, sami will have a son playing for england one day.

    did you know that agbonlahor could have played for scotland, nigeria or england?

    keepy uppy is the art of juggling a football.


  3. glamorousdiss permalink*
    March 17, 2009 11:46 pm

    what’s wrong with the 6+5 rule? I’ve always liked the idea of it because it just means money men can’t simply come into football, buy over a team and play fantasy football with it. you can play your local fantasy league, but not of spaniards, brazilians and or portuguese in the side.

    did you know HRH Princess Sarah is a Liverpool fan and was at Le Stadium for the big game?

    knowing that earlier would have made me run to podcast central and gotten her to say a few words for our podcast (if allowed of course!)

    finally, i’ve also decided its time for me to invest in a new microphone cos the last couple of podcasts have some sound quality issues! im hoping to implement some form of quality control for future pods! yay!

  4. March 18, 2009 2:39 pm

    whats wrong is the english media in general don’t like it, quoting fifa not being english friendly.

    dpmm fc is a great idea, covering them i mean. hopefully i can make it also for the next home game.

    kaleidoscope makes me dizzy.

    fedoras, yb has two.

  5. March 18, 2009 3:46 pm

    eh later i change the layout ar hehehe

  6. koppette permalink
    March 21, 2009 8:25 pm

    You guys might want to rethink the colour scheme, all white maybe?

  7. March 21, 2009 10:30 pm

    yea i think all white is the best choice for this theme.

    wait, are you being smart? lol, white text on white background? no, youre not. lol.

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