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Beckham, “Class Of ’92″ And The Royal Qatari Family Buying Manchester United – The Best Football/Soccer Idea…

I was just reading a report in the Daily Mail that David Beckham, his friends and ex-team mates of the “Class of ’92″ (Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and the Nevil brothers) are bidding to acquire Manchester United from the Glazer family. The bid is supposed to be funded by the Royal Qatari Family and is over 2 billion English Pounds.

Well, when the “Daily Mail” and “The Sun” report news, one never knows how much of it, or anything at all, is true. So, it is kind of difficult to add some meat to this. However, if the news has legs, this is probably the best football/soccer idea for over 40 years.

Why is that? Well, do you know Bayern Munich? Over 40 years ago an ex-player took over the business matters in that club. The guys name: Uli Hoeness! As a world cup winner with Germany in 1974 and multiple domestic title winner with Bayern Munich, there was no doubt that Hoeness knew what’s going on in the football/ soccer world. The guy has also displayed a huge mind and sense for business and made Bayern Munich one of the most successful clubs of recent times. As of today, Bayern is arguably the best team in the world. And it doesn’t look like this will change quickly.

Not that Manchester United was unsuccessful over the past 2 decades, the opposite is true, they had lots of success. However, recent changes, most notably Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement let the club slide down the rankings like a bobsled the ice track at the Olympics. As it stands today, it requires a major financial infusion to get the team back on track. On track means on top of the English Premier League, not second, third or fourth. On whether that will be sufficiently accomplished under the current ownership has to be seen. The Glazer’s have been known to fill their own pockets first, before significant money has been spent to strengthen the team.

Beckham and his friends have the same understanding of football/soccer that Hoeness had when he started at Bayern. Over time, he got many other German football greats in to the management team. Beckenbauer and Rummenigge are the best known. Both are still in more or less important roles active at the club. Beckham and his friends would find a franchise that is already established as a brand and could start the project of bringing Manchester United back to relevance way further down the road than Hoeness with Bayern did over 40 years ago. These guys know football/soccer and as far as I can tell, at least Beckham has a sense of big business. There is a good chance that this idea could turn out to be a fantastic one.

If true, this could be huge for Manchester United and English football/soccer. For my part, not as a Manchester United fan, but as a football/soccer fan, I am hoping!

Soccer Is Life: Which Is The Best European Soccer Team? – Infographic

Soccer, or football, is fiercely discussed in the most parts of the world. Fans of all clubs tend to sell their clubs as the best. Those statements are not always most accurate, because there is a lot of emotion in the topic and wearing a club hat while judging other teams just doesn’t work well.

Nicola Cerin has put together the infographic below, giving a more reliable overview of the performance of the best European clubs. Have a look and see if you find some surprises.

Infographic Source: Nicola Cerin

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Soccer is life! – Which League Is The Best In The World? EPL, LaLiga, Bundesliga?

While watching the Champions League game between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United the question of the strongest league in the world was raised, again. The answer usually depends on who you are asking. An Englishman would usually not vote for LaLiga or the Bundesliga. Well, to be honest, he shouldn’t.

Logo Soccer is Life 8923384499_cdec8d66b0_cLooking at the leagues and the standings it is clear that each of them have their top teams that deliver outstanding and exciting soccer. Going down the league tables, however, the excitement waters down. In the German Bundesliga are two teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, that can claim international class. The rest, including Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04, cannot be counted as serious contenders in international club soccer. Going over to Spain and looking at LaLiga, the picture is not different. Barca and Real Madrid have their thing going on forever and barely someone else has the ability to change that. Looking down the table reveals the same picture as in Germany. Two teams and not much more. Does that create excitement every weekend? Not really.

Italy, France and other European leagues don’t have much to show either. There are two or three teams that fight for the national championship, the rest is modest soccer.

The English Premier League is a different animal. Barely a week goes by without a serious game between international big shots, or at least serious title contenders. Looking down the table displays 4, 5 or even 6 teams that could be considered as serious challengers for the title. The teams from position 7 to 10 are always able to make one of the top teams stumble. Something that only seldom happens in the other European leagues.

So, from excitement and quality of the weekly games, the EPL is clearly the best league in the world. The critics of the English league  will claim that there is too much money involved in the EPL. Many clubs are owned by Billionaires that finance their personal hobby, or ego, and this is not a healthy way to run clubs. Well, that might or might not be right, but for the question of which is the best league, that argument is limping.

So, with the EPL being the best league, is English soccer the best? Clearly not! There are multiple reasons for that. First, the English top teams have barely English players in their team. In some teams it doesn’t require the ability to count to three to count them. Second, while usually one of the English club teams is advancing pretty far in the European Champions League, they can’t be called regular winners. The European club title is passing by the British island far more often than not. Even making it to the final is not really a given.

Looking at the English National Team also reveals rather modest soccer quality. The English qualify for big tournaments on a regular basis, but once there, they are unable to keep up with other nations such as Brasil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and many others. The modest successes of the English National Team have their origins in the “shopping habits” of the big English clubs. They rather buy an international superstar with incredible amounts of money, then giving English talent a chance to grow. The English, not known to move to continental Europe, try to find their luck with the lower ranked clubs, or in the second tier of English soccer. That’s not really helping the English National Team.

So, there is really only one answer to the question of the best league. It is the EPL! The question which Country plays the best soccer is far more open. There are a number of teams competing, the English are not amongst them.

 

 

Soccer Is Life: Why Jose Mourinho Is Successful – Infographic

Soccer Is Life Logo 8923384499_0bce02ae7a_oHave you ever wondered what makes Jose Mourinho one of the most successful football managers that ever lived? Take a look at this infographic that delves into his management tactics, and see what you can learn from the master. Continue reading

Soccer Is Life: Possession In Football/Soccer Is Useless As A Measure For Dominance

In the aftermath of the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid (1-2) the discussions are heated. Reporters, fans and otherwise acknowledged experts debate who deserved the win. One word that comes repeatedly to the surface is “possession”. Here is the explanation of possession in football/soccer: Continue reading

Manchester United Winger Ryan Giggs Signs One-Year Contract Extension

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension.

The deal, which will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after an outstanding series of performances from the veteran and will stop speculation that he would retire at the end of the season. Continue reading

Real Madrid vs. Manchester United – No love lost! – Infographic

With the next round of the UEFA Champions League just round the corner, we decided to take a closer look at one of the big ties as we reach the last 16. Continue reading