Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beautiful Game?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beautiful Game?

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Byline: By Athony Vickers Evening Gazette

Not any more - it's too boring

Modern football is rubbish.

It is tedious, predictable and has an over-inflated opinion of its own worth that would make a bling laden ghetto rapper seem overly modest.

There, I've said it. Biting the hand that feeds, maybe, but there is no avoiding it.

The game lives in a delusional bubble of self-congratulation and super soaraway Sky Sports spin that seeks to hype ever more mundane matches underpinned by a creeping paralysis of fear and caution into sizzling small screen classics that we should feel privileged to witness.

The game unfortunately has its share of dislikable, pompous and players who are rewarded beyond avarice and live in a world of lottery win wages far beyond the financial universe of the mug punters who pay exorbitant ticket prices.

Too many players have little understanding of, or feeling for the club they play for and only go near the stadium on matchdays. Boro are not so badly off in that respect and it's heartening to hear the number of first teamers with Teesside accents.

More corrosively, football is a game that has had all the last vestiges of competition smashed by the weight of Champions League cash and has become a big money procession of inevitability.

For 10 middling makeweights the Premiership has become institutionalised water-treading with no hope of breaking through the lucre-reinforced glass ceiling of fourth place in the table.

As the financial chasm grows between even the most unambitious top flight side and the promoted Championship cannon fodder so what was once fluid membership has become static and moribund.

Of course, there were always big clubs with greater resources but with the gate money being split they were not unstoppable juggernauts. Yes Liverpool dominated for more than a decade but in that time Villa and Forest won the title while teams as diverse as QPR, Norwich, Southampton and Watford all finished in the top three after good cracks. …

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