National Identity vs. Global Identity
Above: Sepp Blatter at full stretch.
The FIFA President is coming out again (and again) against recent trends in international football, and the familiar six-plus-five model (a minimum of five “home-grown” players), is looking to be his cause once again. From the Sun (UK) article, “This rule will be fighting against the monopolies of clubs and leagues…
We are not fighting the problem of money but for the identity of national teams.”
Ahem… not about money? Au contraire, mon frère. See another review of these remarks in the Telegraph (UK).
The argument is familiar and the issue complex, but if you don’t believe Sepp, the new England national coach, Fabio Capello, an Italian, reckons that the three best players in the English Premiership are all “foreign” players Ronaldo, Torres, and Fabregas (see a video interview in today’s Sun, “Fabio Capello gives his verdict”).
That’s what I am going on and on about. Above photo is from a Majority Rights post with more background on this continuing debate (which so perfectly mirrors globalization phenomena worldwide).