Column: Policies for soccer's transfer window need to change
Published: Monday, August 26, 2013
Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 23:08
The transfer window in soccer is a hectic time for clubs and fans alike. From the early summer move of Mario Götze to Bayern Munich to outbursts from Liverpool’s always controversial striker Luis Suarez, we have not been disappointed.
Then there is Arsenal, who promised to make a splash, but instead have not even made a substantial dip into the market. Everton’s new manager, Roberto Martinez, stated his thoughts on the transfer window perfectly on BBC Sport.
“It’s about time to stop the window, or stop the official games in the middle of the window,” Martinez said, indicating his displeasure with Manchester United’s bid for his two top players, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Nevertheless, the transfer window creates tension for both clubs and their fans.
Is any soccer player worth upwards of $145 million? These astronomical figure simply make no sense. The logical process is to purchase quality players for the cheapest prices in order to create a rounded and better team.
KICKTV recently created a video asking what could be done with the large quantities of money clubs are spending. Today, soccer clubs fight for more world renowned players, rather than the right ones. Now more than ever we must realize that no player is bigger than a club. Although supporters would love to see agreements occur faster between players and clubs, there is so much more to a deal. Personal terms, visas, living accommodations and more importantly, family, are all factors considered when moving between clubs and sometimes countries.
Though the transfer window closes in six days, some blockbuster moves are in the works. Wayne Rooney’s at Manchester United remains in question, as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks to secure the English striker. Questions also surround another star; Gareth Bale.
Is Gareth Bale really worth upwards of $125 million? It appears that Spanish giants Real Madrid think so. With a record transfer seemingly in order, the move to the Santiago Bernabeu may not best suit the Welshman. Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham all appeared for the Galaticos, and all were average players during their years in Spain.
Bale, who became the face of Tottenham Hotspur this past season, is pushing for a move to Madrid. The 24-year-old exceeded expectations under Andres Villas-Boas this past term and may benefit by remaining in his current league, and possibly playing for a club like Manchester United. As Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be the main man for Madrid, questions arise as to whether or not the two superstars will work together.
Taking a step back from the transfer season, we delve into the recent statements from FIFA President Sepp Blatter regarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
According to The Daily Mail, Blatter recently stated his intent to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter. Blatter suggested a possible World Cup in November of that year to avoid the extreme heat which would affect the quality of play as well as players’ safety. His intention to move the World Cup from summer to winter has yet to be approved.
“I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the [FIFA Executive Committee] will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar,” Blatter said. “Those that have taken he decision at the time, they knew there is problems with the heat. They knew it, because it was in the (technical) report.”
It will be interesting to see the reception from the soccer world, which has a tendency to resist change.