Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

League of Nations Idea Has One Major Flaw

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

League of Nations Idea Has One Major Flaw

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YOU were so close, Michel.

So, so close to actually doing something that might reverse the eclipsing of international football by it's increasingly noisy neighbour the Champions League.

Unwieldy and still shrouded by questions it might be, but Platini's League of Nations might actually be the injection of original thinking required to turn friendly weeks into something more meaningful.

Lord knows, the status quo had to be disrupted. Anyone who watched - or more accurately, didn't watch - England's turgid friendly against Denmark would recognise that these non-events are weakening the case for international football to be watchable out of tournament time.

The attendances for friendlies tell their own story, too. At the top England (average 77,589) and France (71,666) would suggest that there is an appetite for exhibition games but Italy (27,845), Portugal (23,548) and Russia (a paltry 8,500) give a clearer indication of the general view of these matches. …

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