As Good As It Gets?

Other commitments meant that I was unable to bring you the low-down on Pachuca and Etoile Sportive De Sahel ahead of their World Club Cup match. Somehow, it still registers as a surprise that the African champions should be able to see off the champions of Central and North America, but it happened when the Tunisians beat the Mexican club 1-0. This result didn’t surprise me in the slightest. Etoile beat the Egyptian giants Al Ahly over two legs in the final of the CAF Champions League earlier this year (there’s a tremendous article on this in this month’s “When Saturday Comes” – if you’re not already a subscriber to it, you should be), and that would be a massively difficult tie for any club in the world. That they should beat the champions of a region that largely consists of MLS and Mexico doesn’t strike me as a massive surprise. I touched on this before, but it is something that I wished to return to, and now seems as good a time as any. For all their talk of wanting to “reform” world football, the big European clubs actually want nothing of the sort. The last thing that G14 would actually want would be to be shown up by the CAF champions in the quarter finals of the World Club Cup. Football is now driven by the interests...

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