View Single Post
Old 02-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #57
Excited Member
wxwax's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Oddometer: 81,401
Originally Posted by ThePikeman View Post
The academies do not neglect the education of the players anymore. They are set up as boarding schools with own schools or in cooperation with local schools. Up to the point when it decides, if they can go pro, they have the same education as their peers of the same age. Going to university after any career is done easy enough.
That's the European and South American model. I'm not sure it will ever be replicated here. Different culture.

In Germany and other European countries, soccer is more of a lifetime game with local clubs for all ages and levels of play plus the professional clubs rather than colleges/universities exert influence. These different models are, again, the result of differences in the sporting cultures of the countries. But, we can also see things evolving. For instance, MLS is certainly becoming more influential in the USA and in Europe women's soccer is becoming more important. So, we are looking at what works in each other's sports cultures and bringing them into our own.
You make an excellent point below, that the draft precludes club academies in the US. No point if you're going to lose your players.

It is amusing that the self-described champions of capitalism have a more socialist sports culture, while "socialist" Europe has a more free enterprise system. :)

Originally Posted by ThePikeman View Post
The problem with the MLS is, that they are pure business. Then there is this purely socialist draft system and so on. It's good investment for european clubs to have a good academy. Take Dortmund for example. Götze is their own "product" worth about 30 million € now. Getting a player out of their academy every 3 years or so will be enough to make it worthwhile. There will be enough players not good enough for them that can be sold on for their "cost". Damn, it is simply wrong to write about humans with these terms.

Klinsmann is waiting for the team to "click". There is no guarantuee, that it will.
In order for a team to click, you need to settle on a formation and a line-up, neither of which Klinsmann has done.

Contrast that to Roy Hodgson in England. New coach. But he knows exactly what he wants. Despite fears that the England team would be a mirror of his cautiously dull Fulham teams, once the players learned their roles they were capable of highly creative and entertaining play. England's play against Brazil in the recent friendly was evidence of that.

I suspect the reason Klinsmann can't settle on a team or a formation is because he doesn't know what's best. Unfortunately, the team can no longer afford his indecision. Time has expired.

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
-- Bertrand Russell

To make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe.
-- Carl Sagan
wxwax is offline   Reply With Quote