On "buying" vs. "developing" players

On "buying" vs. "developing" players

Post by Graham Parl » Sun, 27 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>If all clubs would just act like Milan, where would the good players
come
>from?? To me clubs like Milan are in a way just parasites, fueled by a
lot  
>money, but without any real contribution to the future of the sport,
just
>to the presence !!!  Ajax' contribution to soccer thereby exceedes the
>contribution of Milan by far!

Clearly, it says a lot for the wisdom of a club when it spots the
potential of a very young player and develops him into a top-class player.

But to dismiss big-spending clubs as parasites is almost to twist facts
backwards. Milan has the history, the marketing, the stadium and the
support that brings big money into the soccer business. That's BUSINESS.
When Milan pays smaller clubs big fees to get their players it enables
the small teams to stay alive. Therefore all Italy has the chance to
attend a live match, even if it's not Serie A.
The same applies to England, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Portugal, France
and other countries with 'glamour' (i.e. big-money) teams. Do you think
the lower divisions in these countries survive on attendance money, TV
contracts and endor***t deals. No. They need to sell their best players
to stay alive.
It's an elaborate ecosystem and the big creatures are not the parasites