Modern Football: The good and the not so good

Discussion in 'Football Talk' started by EinmalImmerEwig, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    So, Modern Football - The Good
    1) The pitches are better, and the Stadiums are less dangerous.

    The Bad

    1) Half and half scarves. I can understand the concept as a memento for a tourist, but...
    The half and half hats with an English team and a scottish team that I grew up with were hideous enough, but I could understand if someone had an Arsenal/Celtic one because it's another country and league, and Charlie Nicholas, but still, I never had one.
    2) 3rd kits that have nothing to do with a clash of colour or the team. I remember the striped red/blue /whatever that one was, a sky blue away kit, etc., etc
    3) The team I support wearing a ****ing dark blue strip against Man City away, who were wearing light blue, when red shirt/white sleeves is all the contrast ( and all the colours ) that you need!
    4) Diving
    5) Diving, then pretending that you're injured.
    6) Being tackled fairly and then pretending that you're injured.
    7) Not even being tackled and pretending that you're injured without any physical contact whatsoever.
    8) Pretending that you're injured
    9) Staggered kick-offs with no regard for away fans ( not too relevant now )
    10) Goal celebration music
    11) Betting adverts, betting sponsorships, anything to do with betting
    12) Wearing gloves if you're not a goalie
    13) Drinks breaks. These are going to turn into permanent 5 minute drinks breaks, for more advertising on TV...mark my words...from a game of 2 halves to a game of 4 quarters.
    14) The price of a ticket
    15) The price of a beer and a pie
    16) The price of a replica shirt that is not a replica, and is utter tat made by a 6 year old in a sweatshop
    17) Ultras. You're lucky you don't have too many in England, apart from the saddos at Palace, but here in Europe it's a plague. Self-obsessed twonks.
    18) Flares and fireworks inside a football ground, including the embarrassing flames and garbage at the start of games in England now
    19) All-Seater Stadiums
    20) Sit down - shut up, or we'll grass you up
    21) Identikit Stadiums, Stadium of Light in Lisbon/Emirates Stadium
    22) Naming rights for a Stadium
    23) People filming the game on their phone
    24) Selfies at the football, in fact any phone/camera anywhere in the crowd being used for anything when the game is on
    25) "Special" player numbers. The numbers are 1-12, now sadly 1-18, and again, the 5 sub rule will come into Law soon enough, and probably 11 on the bench as well.
    26) The Mexican Wave
    27) Players having clothing ranges.
    28) Players writing ( lol ) a book in the middle of their careers
    29) Surrounding the referee
    30) Stupid haircuts
    31) Pointing to the Heavens when scoring a goal, as if Jesus had helped you
    32) Praying to Mecca after scoring a goal, all religious superstitious nonsense in football
    33) Special goal celebrations that have been planned
    34) Multi-coloured football boots
    35) Corporate Hospitality
    36) Sporting Directors
    37) Directors of Football
    38) The Nations League
    39) International Friendlies
    40) Qatar getting the World Cup
    41) FIFA,
    42) UEFA
    43) Blatter, Infantino, Platini
    44) Celebrity Referees
    45) Celebrity Wives and Girlfriends
    46) Football Agents
    47) The "Premier" League
    48) Players going on loan
    49) Red Bull
    50) Sky Sports
    51) SKY ****ing SPORTS
    52) Friday Night Games
    53) Monday Night Games
    54) Any games not at 3 O'clock on a Saturday
    55) Chelsea
    56) Man City
    57) PSG
    58) The "Champions" League with the vast majority of teams not "champions"
    59) Over-elaborate Trophy Presentations
    60) Statistics and spreadsheets
    61) Transfer Windows
    62) Undisclosed transfer fees, and agents commission
    63) “We don’t want too many Leicester Citys.”
    64) Referees not having to give interviews after the game
    65) Commentators commentating. Football is such a simple game. Don't tell me after it happened. I saw how Player X kicked the ball and made a goal. Well done! Also don't tell me what Player Y should have done. It boils down to "he should have kicked the ball etween the posts into the net" Yes, well done.
    66) Foreign Owners
    67) Having more foreign players than local boys. It should be at least 6 + 5, my wish would be 8 + 3
    68) multi-coloured footballs

    Just writing the number 69 has cheered me up, so I'll post this now
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  2. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    69) Full Kit Wankers
    70) Anyone fat in a football shirt.
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  3. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    71) A dark blue away shirt
    When those ****s Nike did it in 94 I thought it was a bad joke. The turd in 95 was just a joke, but now it's somehow caught on.

    Just **** off with that blue ****ing chelsea shirt, you ****s!

    Yellow shirt, blue shorts, or a white shirt with red trim. Red very obvious trim.
    We are The Arsenal. Red and White! FFS!
  4. Corbulo

    Corbulo Well-Known Member

    We've essentially moved from a blue-collar sport that keeps the working man happy to a globalised Kim Kardashian machine used for entertainment and money-making purposes. With each move we've taken the game away from its origins.

    It's easy to fall into the "back in the day" cliché and I want to avoid that trap because these are the times we are currently living. Although I think we should start using proper balls again.

    I still believe in the strength of football though and there's a compelling documentary (This Is Football) on Amazon Prime which captures the mesmerizing impact of this sport.

    The fans have created a monster. Are we happy with how it's turned out? I don't think so. We are under the foot of the companies who control the broadcasting rights. Football has clearly abandoned its founding principles.

    We rightfully complain about the lack of investment but if Kroenke would sign Van Dijk, De Bruyne, Messi and Mbappe and end up winning the title, would that be enjoyable ? I don't know. Look what's happening at Newcastle. That's just obscene. Some may find pleasure in keeping themselves, but it’s all right if you prefer to get a quick release. For now I just want my team to play entertaining football again.
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  5. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    The next World Cup final will kick off at 3pm UK time on the 18th of December...that's all kinds of wrong.

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  6. Furious

    Furious Xhaka Propagandist

  7. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    For me it's about playing, the camaraderie, the simple rules, my village/town/city being better than your village/town/city, the only point of the game for me is to stop those 11 arseholes from the other side putting the ball into my net.

    You can't stop the growth of football now, especially with FFP all but finished, and the European Super League coming, but it frustrates me that it shows no signs of stopping, and it's getting more ridiculous every season, but it would be so simple.

    A wage cap and having to have 8 home-grown players born within your catchment area on the pitch at any time would stop most of the sins of Modern Football.

    Will it happen? Will it ****!

    It would be beautiful though.

    Luckily I still have that here with my local team, and after the compulsory purchase order I stopped watching The Arsenal for a long time. I stopped watching them on TV/streams, didn't watch MOTD, and only went to Arsenal away games in Europe.
    With this corona thing and our league having been cancelled I started looking on the internet again, and the games with no spectators have been quite refreshing, so I'm enjoying it at the moment, and I think the Europa League and Champions League mini tournaments will be great viewing, but if/when it starts again with all the bullshit attached I'm out of here again.

    **** Modern Football
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
  8. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    For me I want to be entertained by the simple beauty of putting the round thing into the rectangular thing.

    Or in my case, of stopping the round thing going into the rectangular thing.

    That'll do me.

    Das Runde muss ins Eckige.
    Sepp Herberger
  9. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Same thing. Using a less romantic word doesn't change the purpose.

    A lot of the things we currently take for granted when it comes to football - the expertise of players, the accessibility, the level of play, better facilities, safer viewing environments are all products of its professionalization and commercialization.

    You are still able to play and organize football for non-profit reasons if that's what you wish to do. Amateur football exists, local football clubs exist. The quality of play won't be anywhere near as good, but if it's that your thing, it's out there.

    I'm all for having regulations and such in place to not let it get too crazy, but I can't help but feel like a lot of this talk is just romanticism, mostly by fans of teams who haven't fallen on the good side of investments. Let's talk to some Leicester City fans and see if they also feel that foreign investment and money in football ruined their club or not.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
  10. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    Leicester City.
    Making a richter-scale racket with their clap-banners

    Ask real leicester fans if they'd rather be in the double-decker or in that plastic identikit toilet with players who they have no affinity with and who are only there for the money

    Modern Football Sucks
  11. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    72) Internet forums rather than going to games
    73) People being passionate about football who have never even played it
    74) Foreign fans who've never even been in the ground, let alone the Country, getting emotional about "their team "
    75) Arsenal PLC, owned by an American who doesn't give a toss
  12. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    76) Not supporting your local team
  13. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Suffering from cognitive dissonance, I see.
  14. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    You're kind of losing it a bit with a few of these, but I admire your spirit :lol:
  15. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    yes, or maybe no
  16. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    I'm bored, and just typing random thoughts, tbh
    Not even my thoughts, some of them
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  17. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    Fans are massive hypocrites for the most part. If you dislikes what the modern game has become, don't feed it. It's still based on fans. Stop attending games, stop watching. But instead people complain about cash clubs but once their club suddenly gets into such a situation they find excuse after excuse and still thrive on it. Don't stop supporting your club but stop feeding the system.
  18. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    I haven't been to the Emirates and will never do so, unless FCZ or Winti plays there, and if that happens I'll be wanting an away win
    I haven't bought any Arsenal merchandise for at least 20 years

    I can't stop watching though. I have tried.
    If I'm playing then obviously I don't watch.
    If there's another game on here that clashes with The Arsenal then I go to that one. Easy.
    But if there's bugger all else on and The Arsenal are playing...
  19. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    Just don't get a subscription. I've got DAZN cause their overall offer is pretty good for I think 11,99 Euros a months now and I share that with a mate so it's 6 Euros for me, and you can watch a lot of sport.

    But I'll never pay anything for Sky. Illegal stream all the way. No way will I ever pay Sky any money.
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  20. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Only Wants British Players At Arsenal

    I've never given sky even one penny.
    And I'll certainly never give Kroenke any money either.
    **** modern football

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