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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Barcelona, Rules and another Departure

Ah, why hello there dear reader, good to see you again over the virtual screen of illusion. Anyway, before I settle down to a good afternoon of FIFA-ing and winning the Champions League as Arsenal I thought I’d write a quick blog. One last one before Monday when I sum up the Highbury Cup.

First and foremost, Barcelona are in serious debt (hooray!). Now, anyone connected to European football or Spanish football knew they were in some trouble. They couldn’t pay their stars last month and have just had to take out a £125m loan to do so. Now this is almost insulting that they carry on after Cesc’s signature knowing they can’t afford him or pay him. I mean, they just brought Villa (who was already at a Valencia who last year were in trouble) and they already can’t pay him. Now I don’t want to see any Football club go under (no matter if it was Spurs or Albion) but with all the Spanish banks going under, that loan could soon be called in and they could be in serious trouble. So, unless they miracously win the Euro Millions uber uber rollover that offers like £500 billion don’t expect them to be putting enough on the table or getting Cesc soon.

Now, as for these rule changes for next season. You know, the ones expected to stop us putting out 11 Johnnie Foreigners every week. In fact, that’s exactly what we will do. Now, for anyone who doesn’t know said rules I shall explain them:

Each side has to submit a list of a maximum 25 players to the FA, 8 of these players must be ‘home-grown’ now, this does not mean anything to do with nationality. This means, that 8 of the 25 said players must have trained with their current club for 3 years before their 21st birthday. Initially they must have been there between their 18th-21st birthday’s and still there today. However, anyone under 21 does not have have to be registered in the 25.

If anything, this is very good for Arsenal, players like Cesc Fabregas, Denilson, Gael Clichy, Alex Dimitri Song Billong, Nicky Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey and Vito Mannone can all be registered in the 8 (along with some others) none of which are English. 4 of the match-day squad have to home-grown, now out of that list: Fabregas, Denilson, Clichy, Song, Ramsey and Bendtner all play regularly.

This is probably the best ruling in FA history. It will stop the big spenders like City and Chelsea buying Premiership places. It also means a mass exodus at City with players like Santa Cruz, Adebayor and Ireland are all being sold off. It levels the playing field. Instead of City buying all these lads for too much money and killing English youth, they have to show off their stars for the future. It also spreads out talent between clubs as they will have to get rid of players who cannot make the 25 (like City are being forced to do now).

Hopefully, that clears it up, we’ll be fine and have actually been abiding by these rules for years. If anything, this rule could do us wonders.

Well, Sol has signed for Newcastle for a one year deal. Fair enough, I never saw him re-signing and this could mean Djourou and Koscielny will get more games. However, I’d have rather kept Senderos if Sol was leaving.

Anyway, all the best Sol.

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