Date:Wednesday May 16 2007
I'm not one to criticise too much (in public anyway!) when something is someone else's work, especially when it is only a matter of opinion but the thought the UEFA Cup should be binned is ludicrous.
Stephen Mills, who writes for TEAMtalk.com has questioned the merits of an apparently "increasingly pointless competition." Whilst I can understand, and even agree with some of the theories behind such a suggestion I cannot, and will not agree that the UEFA Cup should be abolished.
It clearly isn't the tournament it once was and the fact that teams not good enough for the Champions League (when they get knocked out) are drafted in is bang out of order, but the UEFA Cup makes European football possible for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough etc. and even some of this countries biggest clubs in the shape of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
He says he is an Aston Villa fan, so he isn't one of these "big boys" looking down on the minnows, but such a move (doing away with the UEFA Cup) would make the strangle hold the "bigger clubs" have on the game throughout the European Leagues, let alone Europe even stronger and would in all effectiveness leave pretty much 16 other Premiership club with virtually nothing to play for over the course of a season (except avoiding relegation of course!), we'd be better off just letting these "bigger clubs" play on their own, or break away (as has often been suggested) to form a European Super League.
The whole European football concept has changed dramatically over the years and isn't the same as it used to be but this is the football governing bodies fault, this is something we must ALL think about! They changed the European format, in particular to suit the Champions League to accommodate more "bigger sides", as a result the European Cup Winners Cup was combined with the UEFA Cup which means some lesser known or glamorous clubs take part in the UEFA Cup format as it is now. Maybe it should be more of a thought that the Cup Winner Cup should be re-introduced?!?!
Whatever, I'd rather take part in a "second rate" European competition than none at all…
To see the article written by TEAMtalk.com's Stephen Mills click here.
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Date:Wednesday May 16 2007
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