The Club World Cup Fails Engage… Again


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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3 Responses

  1. I’m not sure that “European” sides are as dismissive of the Club World Championships as you claim. I suspect it’s more the media and some supporters in England who see it more as a glorified Europa League.

    Personally, i think that there is milage in this compitition. If only the correct format was adopted and the compitition was played at the right time of the year.

  2. Matt says:

    I disagree with this pretty much entirely.

    I was well chuffed when United won this in 2008. It was definitely noticeable this year that the southern media belittled the competition, and it suddenly became even less important when Chelsea didn’t win it.

    World champions twice. The only English club to be world champions. The hardest competition in the world to win. It is held in very high regard up here.

  3. Matt says:

    I would also like to add that the idea that it should include more than just the champions of each ‘continent’ is flawed.

    The idea is that the champions of each continent play each other and the ultimate winner is decided.

    It is a great format, and the only flaw is that the European champions only enter at the SF stage. The fact that it is played in the middle of our season is just a problem with having a worldwide competition.

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