The Decline & Fall Of The European Empire?


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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6 Responses

  1. Pete says:

    My gut feeling is that the rich European leagues have instilled in the players a kind of indifference to the international game. For a few years now, I’ve been thinking this about England, and now I’m wondering if it explains the underperformance of other major European international sides as well.

    At the World Cup, obviously, these sides are composed entirely of players from these leagues. And when these players wear the shirt of their national team they seem to care less and less about the pride and excitement of representing their country, and more and more about just making sure they don’t get injured and lose their place in the Chelsea side (or whoever).

    Like I say, it’s just a gut feeling, just an idea. Somebody else would have to do the maths.

  2. Martin says:

    Ironically this may also explain Switzerland’s very committed and impressive performance against Spain.

    Switzerland doesn’t have a strong club game and the majority of its best players play elsewhere in Europe. Spain the opposite with the added twist of an obvious binary split between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

  3. MisoSoup says:

    With all respect, when I see the words “feel”, “gut-feeling”, “seem” in a paragraph, I despair. Look, whatever your “feelings” are, keep them to yourself. Please realise that you cannot read minds and the motivations you ascribe to others are more indicative of yourself than anything else. I mean no offence, but please…

  4. Dimitris says:

    It is better for football to see a decline on European football.South American players are the ones that give us the spark to watch football and not only.They have the flair and the attitude for that and I think this trend will continue in the years to come.Champions League and the introduction of the every week games has made European football extremely boring and predictable so it is inevitable to decline in the future…

  5. Mary says:

    I agree. I think it is also interesting to point out how European (B class) managers have sunk African football. They turned what was a unique happy & ‘irresponsible’ playing style into a bureaucratic, boring & static European game. Where there was dribbling, now there is side passes; where there was speed and creativity now there is cadence and 5 slow midfielders. Africa is also picking up the tab for mediocre European football.

  1. June 16, 2010

    […] The Decline & Fall Of The European Empire? “We are now five days into the 2010 World Cup finals and already several key themes are being discussed ad infinitum. The weight of the balls being used and the influence of the vuvuzelas have already been discussed in the media to the point of saturation in the media (none of which is to say that we won’t return to these particular themes over the next couple of days or so), as have the paucity of goals seen so far. What seems to be becoming one recurring theme so far during the 2010 World Cup is a degree of under-achievement on the part of the qualifiers from the UEFA confederation.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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