A – Partial – Defence Of The Club World Cup

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    I’m sorry, where on earth would this fit in the summer? I hate players moaning of tiredness but they can’t play every week all year round.

    It’s a joke waste of time tournament and they show just get rid of it. Nobody cares.

  2. Tim Vickerman says:

    It seems most tournaments these days are seen as “joke tournaments” – The League Cup, the UEFA Cup and even The FA Cup. Strangely enough, there IS plenty of life outside the Champions League and the Premier League. I’ve watched this tournament with a great deal of interest as I live in Japan and want to know more about the J-League and so was particularly interested to see how Kashiwa Reysol got on. This year is potentially the most interesting yet as Santos are celebrating their centenary year and have been looking forward to playing Barcelona since they won the Copa Libertadores. Thanks to the influx of money and the strong Brazilian economy, they have been able to retain their brilliant young footballers far longer than expected. Tomorrow’s final does have the potential to be memorable. As Ian points out, how many times do you get to see Barcelona v Santos in a competitive game?

    It’s all well and good to say that most of the teams in it right now are sub-standard and that’s hard to argue. But if you don’t open football up to other confederations, it’s hardly in the spirit of international football. I was reading the comments of Takeshi Okada (Japan manager at the 2010 World Cup), who’s taken over a team in the Chinese Super League and he spoke of his ambition of getting to one day play Barcelona in this tournament. Playing at this prestigious level is what most teams outside Europe aspire to.

    I’m glad that from 2013 it will be moved around. The present arrangement in Japan is a hangover from the Intercontinental (Toyota) Cup days and playing midweek games in Japan in December doesn’t generate the best atmosphere. A host country only really needs two good stadia so it would be good to see developing, football-mad countries given the chance to push the tournament to the next level.

  3. Matt says:

    @Dan

    Obviously your club has never won it, then.

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